US Pat. No. 10,249,625

COATED PRINTED ELECTRONIC DEVICES EXHIBITING IMPROVED YIELD

XEROX CORPORATION, Norwa...

1. A coated, printed electronic device comprising:a plurality of contact pads arranged in a pattern,
a plurality of electrode traces arranged in another pattern, the plurality of electrode traces comprising a set of bottom electrode traces and a set of top electrode traces, each electrode trace in electrical communication with an associated contact pad of the plurality of contact pads,
a plurality of memory cells, each memory cell located at an intersection of a pair of electrode traces of the plurality of electrode traces and comprising a bottom electrode layer formed from a region of one of the bottom electrode traces, a top electrode layer formed from a region of one of the top electrode traces, and a ferroelectric layer between the bottom and top electrode layers, and
a protective layer covering the plurality of electrode traces and extending laterally beyond each edge of each electrode trace to provide a buffer zone surrounding each electrode trace, the buffer zone extending from an end of each electrode trace to cover a portion of each associated contact pad in an overlapping region, wherein each contact pad also has at least one uncovered edge, wherein the buffer zone is characterized by a buffer zone width which is no more than 2*?2*(line registration capability) in the overlapping region.

US Pat. No. 10,249,624

SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURE CONTAINING LOW-RESISTANCE SOURCE AND DRAIN CONTACTS

International Business Ma...

1. A method of forming a semiconductor structure, said method comprising:providing a structure comprising at least one first functional gate structure located on a first semiconductor material portion within a pFET device region of a semiconductor substrate and at least one second functional gate structure located on a second semiconductor material portion within an nFET device region of the semiconductor substrate, wherein a first epitaxial semiconductor material is located on each side of said at least one first functional gate structure and in contact with a surface of said first semiconductor material portion, and a second epitaxial semiconductor material is located on each side of said at least one second functional gate structure and in contact with a surface of said second semiconductor material portion, and wherein a high k dielectric layer is located on a topmost surface and a sidewall surface of said first epitaxial semiconductor material, and laterally surrounding a sidewall of said least one first functional gate structure;
forming a layer of a dipole metal or a metal-insulator-semiconductor oxide on said second epitaxial semiconductor material, but not said first epitaxial semiconductor material;
removing, by etching, said high k dielectric layer from a portion of said topmost surface of said first epitaxial semiconductor material to physically expose a portion of said first epitaxial semiconductor material; and
forming a first metal semiconductor alloy on said physically exposed portion of said first epitaxial semiconductor material and a second metal semiconductor alloy in direct contact with said layer of said dipole metal or said metal-insulator-semiconductor oxide.

US Pat. No. 10,249,618

POWER SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING TRENCH GATE TYPE IGBT AND DIODE REGIONS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A power semiconductor device having an IGBT region that includes a plurality of cells, and a diode region for reverse conduction of said IGBT region, the power semiconductor device comprising:a semiconductor substrate having a first surface and a second surface opposite said first surface, said first surface having a portion included in said IGBT region and a portion included in said diode region, said semiconductor substrate including,
a first layer of a first conductivity type that is provided on said second surface and is at least partially included in said diode region,
a second layer of said first conductivity type that is in contact with said first layer in said diode region, and
a third layer of a second conductivity type that is provided on said first surface and away from said second surface, is at least partially included in said diode region, and is in contact with said second layer, said second conductivity type being different from said first conductivity type;
an interlayer insulating film that is provided on said first surface of said semiconductor substrate and has a diode opening that exposes part of said third layer;
a first electrode that is provided on said interlayer insulating film and is in contact with said third layer through said diode opening; and
a second electrode that is provided on said second surface of said semiconductor substrate and is in contact with said first layer,
wherein said third layer includes a first region and a plurality of second regions, said first region being provided on the whole of said first surface in said diode region, said plurality of second regions being spaced from each other on said first region, and said plurality of second regions having a higher impurity concentration than an impurity concentration of said first region when impurity concentrations in a direction parallel to said first surface of said semiconductor substrate are compared, and
wherein said first electrode is in contact with only said plurality of second regions of said third layer.

US Pat. No. 10,249,613

ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, ARRAY SUBSTRATE, DISPLAY PANEL AND DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An electrostatic discharge device, comprising: a transistor with one of its source and drain serving as an input terminal of said electrostatic discharge device and the other of its source and drain serving as an output terminal of said electrostatic discharge device,wherein said transistor comprises:
a first conductive layer used as a first floating gate;
a first insulating layer covering said first conductive layer;
an active layer disposed on said first insulating layer;
a second insulating layer covering said active layer;
a second conductive layer used as a second floating gate and disposed on said second insulating layer;
a third insulating layer covering said second conductive layer; and
a third conductive layer and a fourth conductive layer disposed on said third insulating layer and on both sides of the active layer, said third conductive layer and fourth conductive layer being isolated from each other;
wherein said third conductive layer serves as one of the source and the drain and said fourth conductive layer serves as the other of the source and the drain;
said first conductive layer, said third conductive layer, and said first insulating layer, second insulating layer and third insulating layer disposed between said first conductive layer and said third conductive layer form a first capacitor;
said first conductive layer, said fourth conductive layer, and said first insulating layer, second insulating layer and third insulating layer disposed between said first conductive layer and said fourth conductive layer form a second capacitor;
said second conductive layer, said third conductive layer, and said third insulating layer disposed between said second conductive layer and said third conductive layer form a third capacitor;
said second conductive layer, said fourth conductive layer, and said third insulating layer disposed between said second conductive layer and said fourth conductive layer form a fourth capacitor.

US Pat. No. 10,249,611

DIODE STRING CONFIGURED WITH GUARD RING SILICON-CONTROLLED RECTIFIER FOR NEGATIVE ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE PROTECTION

Silicon Laboratories Inc....

1. A semiconductor circuit, comprising:an N-well structure formed in a substrate, wherein said N-well structure is electrically coupled to a positive voltage node;
a plurality of N+ doped regions formed in and distributed across said N-well structure each coupled to said positive voltage node;
a diode string comprising a plurality of NPN transistor diode structures formed in said N-well structure and electrically coupled in series having a first diode structure disposed at a first end of said diode string and a last diode structure disposed at a second and opposite end of said diode string, and wherein each of said plurality of diode structures is disposed between a corresponding consecutive pair of said plurality of N+ doped regions; and
a P+ guard ring comprising at least one P+ doped structure formed in said N-well structure disposed on either side of said first diode structure and electrically coupled to a reference voltage node, wherein said P+ guard ring forms a silicon-controlled rectifier (SCR) with said first diode structure.

US Pat. No. 10,249,608

ESD PROTECTION CIRCUIT

Qorvo US, Inc., Greensbo...

1. An electrostatic discharge protection circuit comprising:delay circuitry coupled between a supply voltage node and a fixed voltage node;
latch circuitry comprising:
current-limiting circuitry; and
a latch; wherein
the current-limiting circuitry and the latch are coupled between the supply voltage node and the fixed voltage node;
the current-limiting circuitry is coupled to the delay circuitry, and
the current-limiting circuitry comprises a gallium arsenide transistor and a diode coupled in series with the gallium arsenide transistor and the latch; and
discharge circuitry coupled between the supply voltage node and the fixed voltage node and to the latch, wherein the latch is configured to drive the discharge circuitry to short the supply voltage node to the fixed voltage node during an electrostatic discharge event, and the current-limiting circuitry is configured to limit latch current from the supply voltage node to the latch during normal operation.

US Pat. No. 10,249,604

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a base substrate; and
a semiconductor chip on the base substrate, the semiconductor chip being an individual semiconductor chip, the semiconductor chip including:
a first layer structure and a second layer structure opposite to the first layer structure, the second layer structures is a semiconductor device portion, and
a bonding structure between the first layer structure and the second layer structure, the bonding structure including a silver-tin (Ag—Sn) compound portion and a nickel-tin (Ni—Sn) compound portion above and below the Ag—Sn compound portion, the Ag—Sn compound portion and the Ni—Sn compound portion having a same width in a horizontal direction such that edge portions of the Ag—Sn compound portion are exposed and edge portions of the Ni—Sn compound portion are exposed,
wherein the first layer structure is a chip substrate including a semiconductor substrate,
wherein the chip substrate including the semiconductor substrate is between the base substrate and the semiconductor device portion, and
wherein the individual semiconductor chip includes the chip substrate, the semiconductor device portion and the bonding structure between the chip substrate and the semiconductor device portion.

US Pat. No. 10,249,599

LAMINATED PRINTED COLOR CONVERSION PHOSPHOR SHEETS

eLux, Inc., Vancouver, W...

1. An emissive display using printed phosphor color conversion sheets, the display comprising:a backplane comprising a top surface with a first number of light emitting diode (LED) devices aligned in an array and configured to emit light in a visible spectrum with a first color;
a first transparent substrate attached to the top surface of the backplane, wherein the first transparent substrate includes a top surface having a second number of printed phosphor dots configured to emit light in the visible spectrum with a second color different than the first color, and wherein the second number of printed phosphor dots overly a first subset of the first number of the LED devices; and,
a second transparent substrate attached to the top surface of the first transparent substrate, wherein the second transparent substrate includes a pattern of a third number of printed phosphor dots overlying a second subset of the first number of LED devices, and wherein the first subset of the first number of LED devices is exclusive of the second subset of the first number of LED devices, and wherein the third number is less than the first number.

US Pat. No. 10,249,597

SYSTEMS, METHODS, AND APPARATUSES FOR IMPLEMENTING DIE RECOVERY IN TWO-LEVEL MEMORY (2LM) STACKED DIE SUBSYSTEMS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A stacked semiconductor package, comprising:a processor functional silicon die at a first layer of the stacked semiconductor package, wherein the processor functional silicon die comprises a TSV repair register comprising a re-routing string;
one or more memory dies forming a corresponding one or more memory layers of the stacked semiconductor package;
a plurality of Through Silicon Vias (TSVs) formed through the one or more memory dies, wherein each of the plurality of TSVs traverse through the one or more memory layers to the processor functional silicon die at the first layer of the stacked semiconductor package; a plurality of physical memory interfaces electrically interfacing the one or more memory dies to the processor functional silicon die at the first layer through the memory layers via the plurality of TSVs; and
a redundant physical memory interface formed by a redundant TSV traversing through the memory layers to the processor functional silicon die at the first layer through which to reroute a memory signal path from a defective physical memory interface at a defective TSV to a functional signal path traversing the redundant TSV.

US Pat. No. 10,249,596

FAN-OUT IN BALL GRID ARRAY (BGA) PACKAGE

Juniper Networks, Inc., ...

1. A device comprising:a set of at least four integrated circuits (ICs);
a first multi-chip module (MCM) substrate comprising a communication link and a first ball grid array (BGA), wherein the first BGA comprises a first pitch indicative of a distance between balls of the first BGA, wherein each IC of the set of at least four ICs is coplanar mounted to a surface of the first MCM substrate, wherein the communication link couples a first IC of the set of at least four ICs to a second IC of the set of at least four ICs, and wherein the first MCM substrate comprises organic, non-silicon insulating material;
a second MCM substrate coupled to the first MCM substrate with the first BGA, the second MCM substrate comprising a second BGA, wherein the second BGA comprises a second pitch indicative of a distance between balls of the second BGA, wherein the second pitch is greater than the first pitch, and wherein the second MCM substrate comprises organic, non-silicon insulating material; and
a printed circuit board (PCB) coupled to the second MCM substrate with the second BGA.

US Pat. No. 10,249,592

WIRE BONDED WIDE I/O SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

SanDisk Technologies LLC,...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:a substrate;
an interface chip mounted to the substrate;
a group of one or more semiconductor die stacked on one of the substrate and the interface chip;
a first set of wire bonds extending between the group of one or more semiconductor die and the interface chip, at least a pair of wire bonds in the first set of wire bonds extending in straight parallel paths from a semiconductor die of group of semiconductor die and the interface chip, the first set of wire bonds supporting wide I/O data exchange between the group of one or more semiconductor die and the interface chip; and
a second set of wire bonds extending between the interface chip and the substrate, the second set of wire bonds supporting narrow I/O data exchange between the interface chip and the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,249,591

RESIN COMPOSITION, BONDED BODY AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. A resin composition, comprising:a binder resin; and
silver-coated particles in which a functional group is introduced to a surface,
wherein a ratio (a/b) of Young's modulus (a) of the silver-coated particles to Young's modulus (b) of the binder resin after being cured is 0.1 to 2.0, and
the Young's modulus (a) of the silver-coated particles is 0.05 to 2.0 GPa.

US Pat. No. 10,249,584

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

ABLIC INC., Chiba-Shi (J...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:a substrate;
a wiring formed above the substrate;
a titanium nitride film formed on the wiring;
an oxide film formed on the titanium nitride film;
a silicon nitride film formed on the oxide film; and
a pad portion exposing the wiring, and formed within a region where a first opening portion formed in the silicon nitride film and a second opening portion formed in the titanium nitride film overlap with each other in a plan view, and being inside a third opening portion formed in the oxide film in the plan view,
the silicon nitride film being formed on top of and in partial contact with the titanium nitride film inside the third opening portion in the plan view.

US Pat. No. 10,249,582

RADIO FREQUENCY (RF) DEVICES WITH RESONANT CIRCUITS TO REDUCE COUPLING

NXP USA, Inc., Austin, T...

1. A device comprising:a first conductor,
a second conductor adjacent to the first conductor; and
a resonant circuit, the resonant circuit physically located at least in part between the first conductor and the second conductor, the resonant circuit electromagnetically coupled to and configured to resonate with the first conductor and the second conductor at a frequency f0, and when resonating to provide a path to a ground node for crosstalk energy and reduce electromagnetic coupling between the first conductor and the second conductor, wherein the resonant circuit comprises a first capacitor in series with an inductance, and wherein the resonant circuit includes a first end and a second end, and wherein the first end is coupled to a first ground node and wherein the second end is coupled to a second ground node.

US Pat. No. 10,249,580

STACKED SUBSTRATE INDUCTOR

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A stacked substrate inductor, comprising:a first substrate;
a second substrate stacked on the first substrate such that an upper side of the first substrate is in direct contact with a lower side of the second substrate;
a first inductor within and in direct contact with the first substrate, the first inductor including a first core region;
a second inductor within and in direct contact with the second substrate, the second inductor including a second core region;
an inductor interconnect within and in direct contact with the second substrate, the inductor interconnect configured to electrically couple the first inductor with the second inductor,
wherein at least a portion of the first core region overlaps with at least a portion of the second core region,
wherein the second inductor comprises a plurality of second substrate inductance loops, and
wherein the second substrate encapsulates the second inductor such that each of the plurality of second substrate inductance loops is in direct contact with the second substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,249,577

METHOD OF FORMING METAL INTERCONNECTION AND METHOD OF FABRICATING SEMICONDUCTOR APPARATUS USING THE METHOD

ASM IP Holding B.V., Alm...

1. A method of forming a metal interconnection, the method comprising:depositing a low-k dielectric layer;
forming a trench in the low-k dielectric layer;
forming a barrier layer in the trench;
filling a metal on the barrier layer;
planarizing the metal; and
forming a capping layer on the planarized metal,
wherein the capping layer comprises at least two layers and has a thickness equal to or less than 100 ?,
wherein the forming of the capping layer comprises depositing a first nitride layer and a second nitride layer, and
wherein the depositing of the first nitride layer and the second nitride layer comprises:
depositing an aluminum nitride (AlN) layer; and
depositing a silicon nitride (SiN) layer,
wherein a ratio of a thickness of the AIN layer to a thickness of the SiN layer ranges from 1:15 to 1:2, and
wherein, when the capping layer comprising the AlN layers and SiN layer is exposed for 17 hours at a temperature of 85° C. and a humidity of 85%, a change in strees of a thin film is equal to or less than 50 MPa.

US Pat. No. 10,249,576

CAVITY FORMATION USING SACRIFICIAL MATERIAL

Skyworks Solutions, Inc.,...

1. A method for fabricating a semiconductor device, the method comprising:providing a semiconductor substrate;
forming an oxide layer in the semiconductor substrate;
forming a transistor device over the oxide layer;
removing at least part of a backside of the semiconductor substrate;
applying a sacrificial material below the oxide layer;
covering the sacrificial material with an interface material; and
removing at least a portion of the sacrificial material to form a cavity at least partially covered by the interface material.

US Pat. No. 10,249,568

METHOD FOR MAKING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH STACKED ANALOG COMPONENTS IN BACK END OF LINE (BEOL) REGIONS

STMICROELECTRONICS, INC.,...

1. A device, comprising:a first dielectric layer;
a first recess in the first dielectric layer;
a first conductive layer in the first recess, the first conductive layer having a first area;
a second conductive layer in the first recess, the second conductive layer having a second area that is less than the first area; and
a third conductive layer in the first recess, the third conductive layer having a third area that is less than the first area.

US Pat. No. 10,249,560

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, SYSTEM IN PACKAGE, AND SYSTEM IN PACKAGE FOR VEHICLE

Renesas Electronics Corpo...

1. A semiconductor system in package comprising:a plurality of semiconductor integrated circuits including a first semiconductor integrated circuit; and
a package substrate having a first surface on which the semiconductor circuits are mounted,
wherein a coefficient of thermal expansion of the first semiconductor integrated circuit is different from a coefficient of thermal expansion of the package substrate,
wherein the package substrate includes electrodes for a plurality of soldering balls on a second surface opposite to the first surface where the semiconductor integrated circuits are mounted, and
wherein the package substrate does not have the electrodes for the soldering balls at a position corresponding to a length of at least one side of a fringe of the first semiconductor integrated circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,249,557

PACKAGED INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICE AND METHODS

NXP USA, Inc., Austin, T...

1. A packaged lead frame comprising:a encapsulant having a first minor side, a second minor side opposite the first minor side, a third minor side between the first and second minor sides, and a fourth minor side between the first and second minor sides and opposite the third minor side; and
a first plurality of leads along the third minor side between the first minor side and a center plane that bisects the encapsulant between the first and second minor sides, wherein the first plurality of leads extend from the encapsulant, and
wherein each lead of the first plurality of leads, includes a corresponding jog external to the encapsulant which jogs away from the center plane, wherein the corresponding jog of each lead from a first lead of the plurality of leads closest to the center plane to a last lead of the first plurality of leads closest to the first minor side jogs incrementally further away from the center plane.

US Pat. No. 10,249,556

LEAD FRAME WITH PARTIALLY-ETCHED CONNECTING BAR

NXP B.V., San Jose, CA (...

1. A lead frame for semiconductor device assembly, the lead frame comprising:a die pad for receiving an integrated circuit (IC) die;
a plurality of lead fingers disposed along at least two opposing sides of the die pad, wherein each of the plurality of lead fingers has a proximal end near to the die pad and a distal end farther from the die pad, and wherein the plurality of lead fingers are perpendicular to the opposing sides of the die pad; and
at least one connection bar extending parallel to one of said at least two opposing sides of the die pad, wherein the distal ends of the plurality of lead fingers on said one of said at least two opposing sides of the die pad are connected to the connection bar, wherein the at least one connection bar has first portions where the plurality of lead fingers are connected thereto and second portions between adjacent lead finger connections to the connection bar, and
wherein the respective second portions comprise a bar that extends diagonally from a first one of the adjacent lead fingers connected thereto to a second one of the adjacent lead fingers connected thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,249,551

ELECTRONIC COMPONENT HAVING A HEAT-SINK THERMALLY COUPLED TO A HEAT-SPREADER

Infineon Technologies Aus...

1. An electronic component, comprising:one or more semiconductor dice embedded in a first dielectric layer;
a heat-spreader embedded in a second dielectric layer, wherein the heat-spreader has a higher thermal conductivity in directions substantially parallel to the major surface of the one or more semiconductor dice than in directions substantially perpendicular to the major surface of the one or more semiconductor dice; and
a heat-sink thermally coupled to the heat-spreader, wherein the heat-sink has a thermal conductivity in directions substantially perpendicular to the major surface of the one or more semiconductor dice that is higher than the thermal conductivity of the heat-spreader in directions substantially perpendicular to the major surface of the one or more semiconductor dice, and the heat-spreader and the heat-sink provide a heat dissipation path from the one or more semiconductor dice having a lateral thermal resistance which increases with increasing distance from the one or more semiconductor dice.

US Pat. No. 10,249,545

METHOD FOR PROCESSING SUBSTRATE INCLUDING FORMING A FILM ON A SILICON-CONTAINING SURFACE OF THE SUBSTRATE TO PREVENT RESIST FROM EXTRUDING FROM THE SUBSTRATE DURING AN IMPRINTING PROCESS

Toshiba Memory Corporatio...

1. A method for processing a substrate, comprising:exposing a silicon-containing surface at a circumferential edge portion of a first main surface of a substrate to be processed;
performing surface processing to the silicon-containing surface to increase a contact angle of the silicon-containing surface with respect to a resist material, comparing with the contact angle before the surface processing is performed;
supplying the resist material in sequence onto a different portion of one surface on the substrate to be processed after the surface processing;
transferring a template pattern to the resist material; and
repeating the supplying of the resist material and the transferring of the template pattern while changing a location of supplying the resist material onto the one surface on the substrate and arranging the template pattern,
wherein
the surface processing comprises forming a film on the silicon-containing surface, the film being formed by bonding silicon, carbon and fluorine, or being formed by bonding silicon, oxygen, carbon and fluorine; and
the forming of the film forms the film containing SiOCFn or SiCFn, where n is an integer that is one or more, at the circumferential edge portion that has not been covered with a shielding member, using CF based gas or a CF based solvent in a state where the shielding member is arranged on the first main surface of the substrate to be processed, the shielding member being configured to shield an inner circumferential side of the circumferential edge portion of the first main surface of the substrate to be processed.

US Pat. No. 10,249,544

METHOD OF INSPECTING SURFACE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method of inspecting a surface, the method comprising:preparing a substrate which is an inspection target;
selecting a spatial resolution of a first optical device,
the first optical device including a light source configured to emit light, an objective lens configured to transmit light received from the light source, a detector, and an imaging optical system configured to image light detected by the detector,
the selecting the spatial resolution of the first optical device including setting a magnification of the imaging optical system;
emitting multi-wavelength light toward a first measurement area of the substrate using the light source to emit the multi-wavelength light and the objective lens to transmit the multi-wavelength light received from the light source towards the first measurement area;
obtaining first wavelength-specific images using the imaging optical system and the detector;
generating first spectrum data of respective pixels based on the first wavelength-specific images;
extracting a spectrum of at least one first inspection area having a range of the first measurement area or less from the first spectrum data; and
analyzing the spectrum.

US Pat. No. 10,249,540

DUAL CHANNEL CMOS HAVING COMMON GATE STACKS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for forming a semiconductor device, the method comprising:forming a first semiconductor fin on a substrate;
forming a second semiconductor fin on the substrate;
forming an oxide layer over the first and second semiconductor fins; and
annealing the oxide layer at a temperature effective to increase a germanium concentration of the second semiconductor fin;
wherein said annealing does not increase a germanium concentration of the first semiconductor fin.

US Pat. No. 10,249,536

SEMICONDUCTOR FINS FOR FINFET DEVICES AND SIDEWALL IMAGE TRANSFER (SIT) PROCESSES FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

International Business Ma...

1. A semiconductor structure comprising:a semiconductor substrate; and
at least one semiconductor fin disposed on the semiconductor substrate, wherein the at least one semiconductor fin includes an inner core comprising a silicon germanium (SiGe) material having a germanium content of from 10 atomic % to 90 atomic %, and an outer shell laterally surrounding the inner core of the at least one semiconductor fin, wherein the outer shell is composed of Si.

US Pat. No. 10,249,534

METHOD OF FORMING A CONTACT ELEMENT OF A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND CONTACT ELEMENT STRUCTURE

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc., Gr...

1. A method of forming a contact element of a semiconductor device structure, the method comprising:forming an opening in an insulating material layer, said insulating material layer being provided over a semiconductor substrate, wherein said insulating material layer is exposed at a bottom of said opening and at sidewalls of said opening;
forming a contact liner portion within a lower portion of said opening, said contact liner portion covering said insulating material layer at said bottom of said opening and partially covering said insulating material layer at a lower sidewall portion of said sidewalls at said lower portion of said opening such that an upper sidewall portion at an upper portion of said opening is exposed to further processing;
forming an insulating liner portion within said opening, said insulating liner portion covering said exposed upper sidewall portion;
forming a contact liner within said opening, said contact liner covering said contact liner portion and said insulating liner portion; and
filling said opening with a conductive material, wherein said contact element is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,249,529

CHANNEL SILICON GERMANIUM FORMATION METHOD

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:a first transistor area arranged on a silicon support layer of a common substrate, the first transistor area comprising a buried oxide layer arranged on the silicon support layer, and a silicon layer arranged directly on the buried oxide layer;
a second transistor area arranged adjacent to the first transistor area on the silicon support layer of the common substrate, the second transistor area comprising a buried oxide layer arranged on the silicon support layer, and a silicon germanium layer arranged directly on the buried oxide layer; and
a trench arranged between the first transistor area and the second transistor area that extends to the silicon support layer of the common substrate;
wherein all of the buried oxide layer of the second transistor comprises an implant comprising silicon dioxide and a reaction product of an implanted ion of phosphorus or boron and silicon dioxide.

US Pat. No. 10,249,521

WET-DRY INTEGRATED WAFER PROCESSING SYSTEM

LAM RESEARCH AG, Villach...

1. An apparatus for processing wafer-shaped articles, comprising:a vacuum transfer module;
an atmospheric transfer module;
a first airlock interconnecting said vacuum transfer module and said atmospheric transfer module;
an atmospheric process module connected to said atmospheric transfer module; and
a gas supply system configured to supply gas separately and at different controlled flows to each of said atmospheric transfer module, said first airlock and said atmospheric process module, so as to cause:
(i) a flow of gas from said first airlock to said atmospheric transfer module when said first airlock and said atmospheric transfer module are open to one another, and
(ii) a flow of gas from said atmospheric transfer module to said atmospheric process module when said atmospheric transfer module and said atmospheric process module are open to one another,
wherein the gas supply system includes
a first gas showerhead positioned in an upper region of said first airlock and configured to dispense gas downwardly within said first airlock,
a second gas showerhead positioned in an upper region of said atmospheric transfer module and configured to dispense gas downwardly within said atmospheric transfer module, and
a third gas showerhead positioned in an upper region of said atmospheric process module and configured to dispense gas downwardly within said atmospheric process module, and
wherein the gas supply system is configured to separately control respective flows of the first gas showerhead, the second gas showerhead, and the third gas showerhead.

US Pat. No. 10,249,518

POLISHING DEVICE AND POLISHING METHOD

TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATIO...

1. A polishing device comprising:a stage configured to hold a wafer;
a polishing part configured to polish a film formed on a circumferential edge portion of the wafer;
a cleaner configured to clean the wafer;
a dryer configured to dry the wafer;
a detector configured to detect a residual portion of the film on the circumferential edge portion of the wafer and to identify a target region where the residual portion is located among regions of the circumferential edge portion of the wafer that divide the circumferential edge portion of the wafer along a direction that intersects a major surface of the wafer, the regions including at least a bottom region, a middle region, and a top region arranged from a lower surface side to an upper surface side of the wafer, the detector being configured to image the circumferential edge portion and to detect the residual portion according to brightness information of an imaged image, brightness of the residual portion in the imaged image being lower than brightness of an exposed portion of the wafer in the imaged image;
a first movable part configured to move the detector in the direction that intersects the major surface of the wafer such that the detector is movable along a surface of the circumferential edge portion of the wafer between the upper surface side and the lower surface side of the wafer; and
a controller configured to control the polishing part based on a state of the circumferential edge portion detected by the detector, including causing the polishing part to perform selective re-polishing on the wafer only at the target region on the circumferential edge portion of the wafer when the detector detects the residual portion of the film on the circumferential edge portion of the wafer after the wafer is polished by the polishing part, cleaned by the cleaner, and dried by the dryer, the controller causing the polishing part to polish the film formed on the circumferential edge portion of the wafer, causing the cleaner to clean the wafer, causing the dryer to dry the wafer, causing the detector to detect the residual portion of the film on the circumferential edge portion of the wafer by acquiring the brightness information from the imaged image of the circumferential edge portion of the wafer, and by analyzing the brightness information to identify the target region among the regions including at least the bottom region, the middle region, and the top region, and causing the polishing part to perform selective re-polishing on the wafer only at the identified target region to remove the detected residual portion of the film, to be executed in this order during a period that the wafer remains inside the polishing device.

US Pat. No. 10,249,514

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

ROHM CO., LTD., Kyoto (J...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a semiconductor element;
a substrate including a main surface and formed with a recess that recedes from the main surface;
a conductive layer formed on the substrate;
a bonding layer electrically connecting the conductive layer to the semiconductor element, the bonding layer comprising a Ni layer and an alloy layer containing Sn; and
a sealing resin covering the semiconductor element at least from above,
wherein the substrate is made of an electrically insulative synthetic resin containing a filler,
the recess includes a bottom surface on which the semiconductor element is mounted and at least one intermediate surface connected to the main surface and the bottom surface, the bottom surface being orthogonal to a thickness direction of the substrate, and the intermediate surface being inclined with respect to the bottom surface,
the semiconductor element includes an inner surface that faces and is parallel to the bottom surface of the recess, and a gap between the inner surface and the bottom surface is filled with the sealing resin, the sealing resin covering the semiconductor element at least from above such that an integral part of the sealing resin extends into the gap,
the conductive layer includes a bottom surface conductive portion formed on the bottom surface of the recess, the bottom surface conductive portion comprising a flat plate part and a protrusion that protrudes from the flat plate part toward the semiconductor element, both the flat plate part and the protrusion being made of Cu, and
the protrusion of the bottom surface conductive portion is connected to the semiconductor element via the bonding layer.

US Pat. No. 10,249,513

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, MOVING OBJECT, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An electronic device comprising:an electronic component including external connection terminals; and
metal members each connected to an associated external connection terminal of the external connection terminals, wherein
each of the metal members has an elongated lead portion having a connecting portion, and a pad,
the connecting portion connects the elongated lead portion to the pad and is bent,
each pad has a longer width than the elongated lead portion in a direction perpendicular to an elongated direction,
each pad overlaps its associated external connection terminal in plan view,
at least a portion of each pad is located outside the external shape of the electronic component in plan view,
each pad and its associated external connection terminal are connected by means of a conductive bonding member,
each pad and the electronic component are bonded together with a resin,
the resin extends to a region of each pad located outside the external shape of the electronic component in plan view,
a portion of the external shape of the resin extends along the external shape of each pad that overlaps the electronic component in plan view and forms a fillet associated with each pad, thereby forming multiple spaced apart fillets, and
a surface of the electronic component, on which the external connection terminals are provided, is exposed without resin thereon between the fillets.

US Pat. No. 10,249,510

ETCHING METHOD

UNITED MICROELECTRONICS C...

1. An etching method, comprising:providing a substrate, wherein a first region and a second region adjacent to the first region are defined on the substrate, and the substrate further comprises conductive lines located in the second region;
forming a material layer on the substrate, wherein the material layer is formed covering the conductive lines in the second region, and the material layer is partly located between the conductive lines;
forming a patterned mask on the material layer, wherein a part of the material layer is located between the patterned mask and the each of the conductive lines in a vertical direction, and the patterned mask comprises:
a first part covering the material layer on the first region; and
a second part located corresponding to the second region, wherein the second part comprises a lattice structure, and the lattice structure comprises:
openings, wherein each of the openings exposes a part of the material layer on the second region, and each of the openings is located corresponding to a part of at least one of the conductive line in the vertical direction; and
shielding parts, wherein each of the shielding parts is located between the openings adjacent to one another, and each of the shielding parts covers at least a part of the material layer located between two of the conductive lines adjacent to each other; and
performing an isotropic etching process to remove the material layer exposed by the openings and the material layer covered by the shielding parts.

US Pat. No. 10,249,509

SUBSTRATE CLEANING METHOD AND SYSTEM USING ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE ATOMIC OXYGEN

Tokyo Electron Limited, ...

1. A method for cleaning a substrate in a single substrate cleaning system, the cleaning system comprising a pre-treatment system used in pre-treatment process and a wet cleaning system used in a wet cleaning process, the pre-treatment system including a processing chamber and a gas delivery sub-system, the method comprising:providing a substrate having a layer to be cleaned and an underlying dielectric layer, the underlying dielectric layer having a k-value;
delivering a pre-treatment gas into the processing chamber using the gas delivery sub-system, the pre-treatment gas comprising oxygen at a partial pressure and an oxygen temperature;
processing the pre-treatment gas in an atomic oxygen generator, the atomic oxygen generator powered using an RF, microwave, or electric power source and generating atomic oxygen at a target partial pressure of atomic oxygen;
exposing a portion of a surface of the substrate to the atomic oxygen;
obtaining one or more metrology measurements in the pre-treatment system during the exposing;
controlling two or more cleaning operating variables during the exposing using the one or more metrology measurements obtained in the cleaning system during the exposing in order to meet two or more cleaning objectives; and
optionally performing a wet cleaning process using the wet cleaning system;
wherein the two or more cleaning operating variables comprise substrate temperature, an atomic oxygen partial pressure, atomic oxygen temperature, atomic oxygen flow rate, a pre-treatment gas total pressure, and/or pre-treatment process time; and
wherein the two or more cleaning objectives comprise at least two cleaning objectives selected from a target pre-treatment cleaning percentage that is less than or equal to 100%, a target change in k-value of the underlying dielectric layer in pre-treatment, or a target pre-treatment process time.

US Pat. No. 10,249,506

GAN-ON-SI SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE STRUCTURES FOR HIGH CURRENT/ HIGH VOLTAGE LATERAL GAN TRANSISTORS AND METHODS OF FABRICATION THEREOF

GaN Systems Inc.

1. A wafer scale nitride semiconductor device structure comprising:a silicon substrate having formed thereon a GaN epi-layer stack for a plurality of GaN die, said plurality of GaN die being arranged as an array with dicing streets therebetween;
each GaN die comprising:
a part of the GaN epi-layer stack, the GaN epi-layer stack comprising a GaN/AlGaN hetero-layer structure defining a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) active layer for a lateral GaN transistor; source, drain and gate electrodes of the lateral GaN transistor being provided on a front-side of the GaN epi-layer stack over an active area of the GaN die, an inactive area of the GaN epi-layer stack surrounding said active area of the GaN die, and an overlying interconnect structure comprising metallization and dielectric layers, the overlying interconnect structure defining respective source, drain and gate connections and contact areas; and
a trench structure formed around a periphery of each GaN die in said inactive area, the trench structure comprising a trench etched through layers of the overlying interconnect structure, through the GaN epi-layer stack, and into a surface region of the silicon substrate to a depth below an interface region between the silicon substrate and the GaN epi-layer stack;
the trench structure further comprising a trench cladding, the trench cladding comprising a metal layer and an overlying dielectric passivation layer, the trench cladding extending over inner sidewalls of the trench and sealing surfaces of layers of the interconnect structure, layers of the GaN epi-layer stack and the interface region between the silicon substrate and the GaN epi-layer stack, the metal layer of the trench cladding contacting the silicon substrate within the trench, and the overlying dielectric passivation layer of the trench cladding sealing surfaces of the metal layer of the trench cladding within the trench.

US Pat. No. 10,249,503

PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD, SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Samsung Electro-Mechanics...

1. A printed circuit board comprising:an insulating layer;
a circuit layer disposed on a lower surface of the insulating layer; and
a metal post,
wherein a side surface of the metal post contacts the insulating layer, and the metal post extends from the lower surface of the insulating layer to an upper surface of the insulating layer; and
wherein a portion of the side surface of the metal post is spaced apart from the insulating layer.

US Pat. No. 10,249,502

LOW RESISTANCE SOURCE DRAIN CONTACT FORMATION WITH TRENCH METASTABLE ALLOYS AND LASER ANNEALING

International Business Ma...

1. A method for forming n-type source and drain contacts, the method comprising the steps of:forming a transistor on a substrate, the transistor comprising at least one gate stack, spacers alongside the gate stack, and epitaxial source and drain regions on opposite sides of the gate stack, wherein the epitaxial source and drain regions extend above the substrate and are in direct contact with one or more of the spacers;
depositing a dielectric over the transistor, such that the dielectric covers a top of the transistor;
forming contact trenches in the dielectric that extend down to the epitaxial source and drain regions, wherein the forming of the contact trenches comprises removing all of the dielectric from along at least one sidewall of the transistor;
forming a trench epitaxial material entirely above the substrate in the contact trenches on the epitaxial source and drain regions, wherein the trench epitaxial material is in direct contact with the one or more spacers;
implanting phosphorous into the trench epitaxial material to form an amorphous phosphorous-doped layer entirely above the substrate having a greater phosphorous concentration than the trench epitaxial material, and controlling the implanting to limit formation of the amorphous phosphorous-doped layer to the trench epitaxial material and at most only a top surface portion of the epitaxial source and drain regions such that, following the implanting, a majority of the epitaxial source and drain regions remains present beneath the amorphous phosphorous-doped layer, wherein the amorphous phosphorous-doped layer is in direct contact with the one or more spacers;
annealing the amorphous phosphorous-doped layer under conditions sufficient to form a crystalline phosphorous-doped layer entirely above the substrate having a homogenous phosphorous concentration that is greater than about 1.5×1021 atoms per cubic centimeter (at./cm3), wherein the crystalline phosphorous-doped layer is in direct contact with the one or more spacers;
lining the contact trenches with a metal liner, wherein the metal liner is a bilayer comprising a first metal liner layer present only at a bottom of the contact trenches and a second metal liner layer that is conformal and is present on the first metal liner layer at the bottom of the contact trenches and along sidewalls of the contact trenches; and
annealing the transistor to react the first metal liner layer with the crystalline phosphorous-doped layer to form a metal silicide layer on the epitaxial source and drain regions.

US Pat. No. 10,249,500

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SUBSTRATE FOR SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A method of manufacturing a substrate for semiconductor device, comprising:a step of forming on a back surface of a substrate a metal thin film layer having a transmittance with respect to red light or infrared light lower than that of the substrate;
a reaction step of diffusing a material of the metal thin film layer into the substrate by heating the substrate and the metal thin film layer so that a reaction layer is formed in which a material of the substrate and the material of the metal thin film layer are mixed with each other; and
a detection step of detecting, after the reaction step, the presence or absence of the substrate in accordance with the presence or absence of reflected red or infrared light from the metal thin film layer.

US Pat. No. 10,249,498

METHOD FOR USING HEATED SUBSTRATES FOR PROCESS CHEMISTRY CONTROL

TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED, ...

1. A method of controlling doping of a substrate, the method comprising:providing the substrate in a process chamber of a doping system;
performing a doping process to impart a target dose on a surface of the substrate using an abruptness depth control technique that includes exposing the substrate to at least one of (i) a plasma at one or more predetermined temperatures, (ii) one or more predetermined source powers including at least one of a first source power and a second source power, (iii) one or more predetermined concentrations of dopant radicals, and (iv) one or more predetermined bias powers including at least one of a first bias power and a second bias power; and
controlling selected operating variables of plasma doping in order to meet doping objectives;
wherein performing the doping process further comprises:
exposing the substrate to light ion plasma, wherein the exposure to the light ion plasma is performed at the second source power and the second bias power; and
exposing the substrate to a surface wave plasma, wherein the exposure to the surface wave plasma is performed at the first source power and the first bias power;
wherein the second source power is less than the first source power, and the second bias power is less than the first bias power.

US Pat. No. 10,249,492

FABRICATION OF COMPOUND SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURES

International Business Ma...

1. A method for fabricating a compound semiconductor structure, the method comprising:providing a semiconductor substrate comprising a first semiconductor material;
forming an insulating layer on the semiconductor substrate;
forming an opening in the insulating layer, thereby exposing a seed surface of the substrate, the opening having sidewalls and a bottom, wherein the bottom corresponds to the seed surface of the substrate;
forming a cavity structure above the insulating layer, the cavity structure comprising the opening and a lateral growth channel extending laterally over the substrate;
growing a matching array on the seed surface of the substrate, the matching array comprising at least a first matching structure comprising a second semiconductor material and a second matching structure comprising a third semiconductor material;
growing the compound semiconductor structure comprising a fourth semiconductor material on a seed surface of the matching array;
wherein the first, the second, the third and the fourth semiconductor material are different from each other;
wherein:
the first matching structure provides a first matching level between the first and the second semiconductor material;
the second matching structure provides a second matching level between the second semiconductor material and the third semiconductor material; and
the compound semiconductor structure provides a third matching level between the third semiconductor material and the fourth semiconductor material;
wherein the first, the second and the third matching level address a plurality of matching parameters in a sequential way.

US Pat. No. 10,249,488

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES WITH SAME CONDUCTIVE TYPE BUT DIFFERENT THRESHOLD VOLTAGES AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME

UNITED MICROELECTRONICS C...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:a substrate;
a first transistor on said substrate, wherein said first transistor comprises a high-k dielectric layer, a first bottom barrier metal layer on said high-k dielectric layer, a second bottom barrier metal layer on said first bottom barrier metal layer, a work function metal layer on said second bottom barrier metal layer, and a low resistance metal directly contacting on said work function metal layer;
a second transistor on said substrate, wherein said second transistor comprises said high-k dielectric layer, said first bottom barrier metal layer on said high-k dielectric layer, said second bottom barrier metal layer on said first bottom barrier metal layer, and said low resistance metal directly contacting on said second bottom barrier metal layer; and
a third transistor on said substrate, wherein said third transistor comprises said high-k dielectric layer, said first bottom barrier metal layer on said high-k dielectric layer, and said low resistance metal directly contacting on said first bottom barrier metal layer, wherein said first transistor, said second transistor and said third transistor have same conductive type but different threshold voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,249,485

PULSED PLASMA ANALYZER AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A pulsed plasma analyzer comprising:a pulse modulator that controls an off-time of a pulsed plasma that includes a target radical;
an optical spectrometer that measures optical emissions of the pulsed plasma after the off-time and outputs optical emission data; and
a concentration estimating module that estimates a concentration of the target radical during the off-time, based on an initial optical emission value of the optical emission data that changes as a function of the off-time, and outputs the estimated concentration.

US Pat. No. 10,249,476

CONTROL OF IMPEDANCE OF RF RETURN PATH

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A matchbox comprising:a housing;
a match circuitry located within the housing;
a switch circuit located within the housing, the switch circuit including:
a plurality of switches; and
a plurality of parametric elements spaced apart from each other, wherein each of the parametric elements is connected to a corresponding one of the switches, wherein each of the switches is configured to be connected to a return path of a radio frequency (RF) transmission line to modify an impedance of the return path.

US Pat. No. 10,249,473

TRANSPORTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF TRANSPORTING USING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A transporting apparatus configured to transport an object to a storage container, the transporting apparatus comprising:a transporting rod having one end configured to connect to the object, the transporting rod extending in a transporting direction of the object;
a transporting portion that moves the transporting rod in the transporting direction of the object; and
a contact sensor provided on an outer wall of the transporting rod and configured to sense contact with an inner wall of the storage container,
wherein the contact sensor is one of contact sensors provided plurally along a circumferential direction of the transporting rod on the outer wall of the transporting rod at intervals separated by a predetermined distance,
wherein the contact sensors respectively comprise:
contact portions provided on the outer wall of the transporting rod at intervals separated by a predetermined distance,
an input channel electrically connected to the contact portions and configured to detect first reference signals,
a receiving channel electrically connected to the contact portions and the input channel and configured to detect second reference signals in which a change in voltage from the first reference signals occurs,
ball plungers provided along the outer wall of the transporting rod at intervals separated by a predetermined distance, and
balls provided in the ball plungers so that part of the balls is exposed to the outer wall of the transporting rod.

US Pat. No. 10,249,472

CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM DEVICE, CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM INFLUENCING DEVICE, AND METHOD OF OPERATING A CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM DEVICE

1. A charged particle beam device, comprising:a beam source configured to generate a charged particle beam propagating along an optical axis (A);
an aperture device with a first number of apertures configured to create a first number of beamlets from the charged particle beam, wherein the first number is five or more, and wherein the apertures are arranged on a ring line around the optical axis (A) such that perpendiculars of the apertures onto a tangent of the ring line are evenly spaced; and
an electrostatic multipole device configured to individually influence the beamlets, wherein the aperture device comprises a substrate on which electrostatic multipoles of the electrostatic multipole device are formed, and the electrostatic multipoles comprise four, six, eight, or more electrodes.

US Pat. No. 10,249,461

CONTROLLABLE TRIPOUT FOR AN ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT BREAKER

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUST...

1. A controllable trip device for an electrical circuit breaker, the circuit breaker being switchable between an open state and a closed state, said trip device comprising:an actuator comprising a coupling member movable between a rest position and a tripped position, the coupling member being intended to be mechanically coupled to a switching mechanism of an electrical circuit breaker to cause the switching of the circuit breaker from a closed state to an open state when the coupling member goes from the rest position to the tripped position, and
a control device configured to energise the actuator in response to the reception by the trip device of a tripping command signal in order to move the coupling member from the rest position to the tripped position;wherein the actuator is a magnetic actuator including a coil configured to move the coupling member from the rest position to the tripped position when it is energised by an electrical current pulse of intensity greater than a predefined first threshold (I-min) for a time greater than or equal to a predefined time (T-on) and wherein the control device is configured to energise the coil electrically immediately on reception of the command signal (Vcmd) and for as long as the command signal (Vcmd) is maintained with a series of electrical current pulses having a duration equal to the predefined time (T-on) and of intensity greater than or equal to the first threshold (I-min) and less than or equal to a second threshold (I-max), said second threshold (I-max) being equal at most to 120% of the first threshold (I-min).

US Pat. No. 10,249,459

ADVANCED COOLING SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

EATON INTELLIGENT POWER L...

1. A cooling system for a circuit breaker, said circuit breaker including a conductor assembly, said cooling system comprising:a temperature management unit structured to detect the temperature at one of said circuit breaker or said conductor assembly;
a power assembly structured to harvest energy from said circuit breaker;
a heat dissipating assembly including a number of convection units;
a number of heat exchanging elements thermally coupled to said conductor assembly; and
each said convection unit disposed immediately adjacent the number of said heat exchanging elements.

US Pat. No. 10,249,448

CARBON SURFACE MODIFICATION FOR THREE-VOLT ULTRACAPACITOR

Maxwell Technologies, Inc...

1. A method of making an ultracapacitor, comprising:treating a carbon material to result in an about 10% to about 60% reduction in at least one functional group on a surface of the treated carbon material; and
forming a first electrode and a second electrode from the treated carbon material;
separating the first electrode and second electrode with a separator; and
inserting the first electrode and second electrode into a housing to form an ultracapacitor;
wherein the capacitor is configured to operate at 3 volts or greater at 65° C. and maintain greater than 80% of its initial capacitance for over 1500 hours.

US Pat. No. 10,249,439

CAPACITOR FOR MULTIPLE REPLACEMENT APPLICATIONS

American Radionic Company...

1. An apparatus suitable for use in an air-conditioning system and configured to provide a plurality of selectable capacitance values, comprising:a plurality of capacitive devices housed in a case, each of the capacitive devices having a first capacitor terminal and a second capacitor terminal, three of the capacitive devices having a combined capacitance value of about 55.0 microfarads;
a pressure interrupter cover assembly comprising:
a deformable cover mountable to the case,
a set of capacitor cover terminals, each capacitor cover terminal having at least one contact extending from the deformable cover, wherein the deformable cover is configured to displace at least one of the capacitor cover terminals based upon an operative failure,
a common cover terminal having at least one contact extending from the deformable cover, and
a set of insulation structures, wherein each insulation structure is configured to provide insulation for at least one of the capacitor cover terminals; and
a conductor configured to electrically connect the second capacitor terminal of at least one of the capacitive devices to the common cover terminal,
wherein the first capacitor terminal of the at least one of the capacitive devices is electrically connected to one of the capacitor cover terminals.

US Pat. No. 10,249,438

MULTILAYER CERAMIC CAPACITOR AND BOARD HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS...

1. A multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) comprising:a ceramic body in which a plurality of dielectric layers are layered in a width direction;
an active part including a plurality of first and second internal electrodes alternately exposed to opposing end surfaces of the ceramic body with the dielectric layer interposed therebetween to form capacitance;
an upper cover part provided on an upper surface of the active part;
a lower cover part provided on a lower surface of the active part and having a thickness greater than that of the upper cover part; and
first and second external electrodes formed to cover opposing end surfaces of the ceramic body,
wherein a ratio of cube root of volume of the active part to the thickness of the lower cover part is between 1.4 and 8.8.

US Pat. No. 10,249,436

MULTILAYER CERAMIC ELECTRONIC COMPONENT INCLUDING EXTERNAL ELECTRODES AND INSULATING COATING PORTIONS

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. A multilayer ceramic electronic component comprising:a laminated body including a plurality of dielectric layers and a plurality of internal electrode layers that are laminated in a laminating direction, a first side surface and a second side surface opposed in the laminating direction, a first principal surface and a second principal surface opposed in a height direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the laminating direction, and a first end surface and a second end surface opposed in a length direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to both the laminating direction and the height direction;
a first external electrode extending in the laminating direction on a central portion of the second principal surface in the length direction, over from the second principal surface to respective portions of the first side surface and second side surfaces;
a pair of second external electrodes including one second external electrode extending in the laminating direction on one end of the second principal surface in the length direction, and another second external electrode extending in the laminating direction on the other end of the second principal surface in the length direction; and
a pair of insulating coating portions including one insulating coating portion extending in the laminating direction between the one second external electrode and the first external electrode on the second principal surface, and another insulating coating portion extending in the laminating direction between the another second external electrode and the first external electrode on the second principal surface; wherein
the plurality of internal electrode layers include a plurality of first internal electrode layers connected to the first external electrode; and a plurality of second internal electrode layers connected to each of the pair of second external electrodes;
the one second external electrode is provided over from the second principal surface to a portion of at least one of the first side surface and the second side surface, and to a portion of the first end surface;
the another second external electrode extends from the second principal surface to a portion of at least one of the first side surface and the second side surface, and to a portion of the second end surface;
the pair of insulating coating portions each extend from the second principal surface to a portion of the at least one of the first side surface and the second side surface;
a maximum thickness of the first external electrode on the second principal surface is larger than a maximum thickness for each of the pair of second external electrodes on the second principal surface; and
a maximum thickness for each of the pair of insulating coating portions on the second principal surface is larger than the maximum thickness of the first external electrode on the second principal surface.

US Pat. No. 10,249,432

INDUCTIVE ENERGY TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

ROBERT BOSCH GMBH, Stutt...

1. An inductive energy transmission system, comprising:a primary coil that is connectible to an electrical useful voltage source, the primary coil being connected to a first capacitor, the first capacitor being connected to a local ground potential of the energy transmission system; and
a secondary coil inductively coupled to the primary coil;
wherein a second capacitor is between the primary coil and the local ground potential of the energy transmission system.

US Pat. No. 10,249,427

POWER TRANSFORMER OF THE SYMMETRIC-ASYMMETRIC TYPE WITH A FULLY-BALANCED TOPOLOGY

STMicroelectronics SA, M...

1. A transformer of the symmetric-asymmetric type comprising:a primary inductive circuit and a secondary inductive circuit formed in a same plane by respective interleaved and stacked metal tracks; and
a first crossing region comprising a pair of connection plates disposed in different metallization levels and facing one another in an axis perpendicular to the plane, with each connection plate having a rectangular shape wider than the metal tracks, and diagonally connected to tracks of the secondary inductive circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,249,424

COVER FOR TISSUE PENETRATING DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED MAGNETS AND MAGNETIC SHIELDING

Becton, Dickinson and Com...

1. A cover for magnetizing a tissue-penetrating medical device comprising:a sleeve member having a hollow body with an exterior surface, an interior surface, a proximal end, and a distal end to form a protective closure over a shaft of a tissue-penetrating medical device having a longitudinal axis, the proximal end of the hollow body providing a receiving space for receiving at least a shaft of the tissue-penetrating medical device;
one or more magnets disposed along the sleeve member effective to magnetize the shaft; and
a magnetic shield composed of one or more shielding materials spray-coated onto the exterior surface of the sleeve member, a first face of the one or more magnets being exposed to the receiving space and an opposite face of the one of one or more magnets being exposed to the exterior surface of the sleeve with the spray-coated magnetic shield.

US Pat. No. 10,249,421

SUPERCONDUCTING COIL

FUJIKURA LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A superconducting coil, comprising:a coil body around which a superconducting wire is wound;
an electrode member which comprises a first surface, a second surface, a base portion, and an extension portion, the first surface facing an outer peripheral surface of the coil body, the second surface being positioned to be opposite to the first surface, the base portion being solder-joined to the superconducting wire of the coil body on the first surface, the extension portion extending from the second surface to the outside of the coil body; and
an electrode superconducting wire which extends from the second surface of the electrode member toward the extension portion, and is solder-joined to the base portion and the extension portion,
wherein a relationship among a width W1 of the superconducting wire of the coil body, a width W2 of the base portion of the electrode member, and a width W3 of the electrode superconducting wire satisfies W1 >W2 ?W3.

US Pat. No. 10,249,419

SUPERCONDUCTIVE ELECTROMAGNET AND CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM THERAPY APPARATUS

SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES...

1. A superconductive electromagnet comprising:a main coil that has an annular shape;
a pair of magnetic poles that respectively have opposing surfaces which are planes opposing each other while being separated from each other in an axial direction of the main coil, and that are arranged on an inner peripheral side of the main coil; and
a correction coil that is arranged between the pair of magnetic poles,
wherein a non-uniform width of a density of magnetic flux after being corrected by the correction coil is narrower than a non-uniform width of a density of magnetic flux generated by the main coil.

US Pat. No. 10,249,417

FERRITE SINTERED MAGNET

TDK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A ferrite sintered magnet comprising a composition expressed by a following formula (1),Ca1-w-xLawAxFezComMnaO19  (1)
wherein “w”, “x”, “z”, “m”, and “a” in the formula (1) satisfy following formulae (2), (3), (4), (5), and (6) and
0.21?w?0.62  (2)
0.02?x?0.46  (3)
7.43?z?11.03  (4)
0.18?m?0.41  (5)
0.046?a?0.188  (6)
“A” in the formula (1) is at least one kind of element selected from a group consisting of Sr and Ba.

US Pat. No. 10,249,416

SLIDE TYPE VARIABLE RESISTOR WITH RESISTANCE ADJUSTING MEMBER

TAIWAN ALPHA ELECTRONIC C...

1. A slide type variable resistor with a resistance adjusting member, comprising:a housing, having a housing position limiting hole extending along a manipulating direction, and forming an accommodation space spatially communicated to the housing position limiting hole;
two side rails, extending along the manipulating direction and symmetrically located in the accommodation space;
a circuit module, located in the accommodation space and having a resistor circuit;
a manipulating device, located in the accommodation space, and comprising:
a slidable unit, slidably located between the two side rails along the manipulating direction, and having a bump;
at least one metal brush, fixed on the slidable unit and with elastic force to press against the resistor circuit;
a handle, connected to the slidable unit and extending outward through the housing position limiting hole; and
an elastic member, sleeved on the bump; and
a base, fixed to the housing and utilized for enclosing the accommodation space to constrain the two side rails, the circuit module and the manipulating device in the accommodation space, and further having a trench for pressing against the elastic member to have the elastic member moving therein.

US Pat. No. 10,249,415

PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING A LEADLESS FEEDTHROUGH FOR AN ACTIVE IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

Greatbatch Ltd., Clarenc...

1. A method for manufacturing a feedthrough that is configured for incorporation into an active implantable medical device (AIMD), the method comprising the steps of:a) forming a dielectric body, comprising the steps of:
A) forming a ceramic body in a green state, or, stacking discrete layers of ceramic in a green state one upon another and pressing them to form the ceramic body in the green state, the ceramic body having a ceramic body body fluid side opposite a ceramic body device side, wherein, when the feedthrough is attached to a housing for the AIMD, the body fluid side of the ceramic body resides outside the AIMD and the device side of the ceramic body resides inside the AIMD;
B) forming at least one first via hole comprising a first via hole inner surface extending along a longitudinal axis through the ceramic body to the body fluid and device sides;
C) providing a ceramic reinforced metal composite (CRMC) paste in the at least one first via hole, the CRMC paste comprising platinum and, by weight or by volume, about 15% to about 80% ceramic material, wherein the CRMC paste extends to a CRMC first end residing at or adjacent to the ceramic body body fluid side and to a CRMC second end residing at or adjacent to the ceramic body device side;
D) drying the ceramic body including the CRMC paste to thereby form a first CRMC material filling the at least one via hole in the ceramic body;
E) forming a second via hole extending through the first CRMC material to the ceramic body body fluid and device sides so that an inner surface of the first CRMC material is spaced toward the longitudinal axis with respect to the first via hole inner surface;
F) providing a substantially pure metal core in the second via hole; and
G) sintering the ceramic body including the first CRMC material and the substantially pure metal core to thereby form the dielectric body; and
b) providing an electrically conductive ferrule comprising a ferrule opening; and
c) hermetically sealing the dielectric body to the ferrule in the ferrule opening.

US Pat. No. 10,249,414

CONNECTING ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT THROUGH WIRING HARNESSES

EMERSON ELECTRIC CO., St...

1. A connector for use in a wiring harness assembly, the connector comprising:a male header pin connector of the wiring harness assembly connectible to a female connector of an existing furnace wiring harness, the male header pin connector including an in-line pin header through which a single row of in-line header pins extend, an exposed portion of each pin extending alongside and past a single locking wall of the in-line pin header for connection with the existing furnace wiring harness, the single locking wall having a configuration suitable for frictionally locking the in-line pin header to the female connector of the existing furnace wiring harness, wherein the exposed portion of each pin is connectible with the female connector of the existing furnace wiring harness;
a covered portion of each pin connected with a corresponding conductor of the wiring harness assembly and coated by and embedded in a molding material that forms an insulated housing for supporting the conductors in-line with the pins and that provides strain relief for the male header pin connector when the locking wall is used to lock the in-line pin header to the female connector of the existing furnace wiring harness.

US Pat. No. 10,249,411

CABLE WITH STRANDED WIRE PAIRS

1. A cable with at least two wire pairs which are in each case configured for the transmission of a differential data signal, in particular USB cables, wherein the at least two wire pairs extend in the longitudinal direction of the cable (L) in a helical arrangement around a common stranding center, such that at least one additional wire pair does not have a separate shield, wherein the wires of the additional wire pair each include a conductive core and insulation, and are arranged at a distance from one another on diagonal opposite sides of the stranding center.

US Pat. No. 10,249,399

PRODUCTION OF ISOTOPES USING HIGH POWER PROTON BEAMS

UCHICAGO ARGONNE, LLC, C...

1. A method for producing astatine isotope, the method comprising:a. irradiating a target containing 232Th with a 500 kW, 200 MeV proton beam to produce 215Ra, wherein the 215Ra decays into 211Rn;
b. extracting the 211Rn from the target;
c. collecting the extraction 211Rn; and
d. generating about 8 Ci of 211At from the collected 211Rn per day of irradiation.

US Pat. No. 10,249,398

TARGET ASSEMBLY AND ISOTOPE PRODUCTION SYSTEM HAVING A VIBRATING DEVICE

General Electric Company,...

9. An isotope production system comprising:a particle accelerator configured to generate a particle beam;
a target assembly including a target body having a production chamber and a beam cavity that is adjacent to the production chamber, the production chamber configured to hold a target liquid, the beam cavity positioned to receive the particle beam from the particle accelerator such that the particle beam is incident on the production chamber, the target assembly including a vibrating device secured to the target body; and
a control system operatively coupled to the particle accelerator and the target assembly, the control system configured to activate the vibrating device, the vibrating device configured to cause vibrations that are experienced within the production chamber;
wherein the vibrating device is configured to operate within a range of operating frequencies, the control system configured to select an operating frequency of the vibrating device; and
wherein the control system is configured to select the operating frequency of the vibrating device in response to an operating parameter of the isotope production system.

US Pat. No. 10,249,397

MODULAR REACTOR STEAM GENERATOR CONFIGURED TO COVER A REACTOR OUTER WALL CIRCUMFERENCE

1. An apparatus comprising:a nuclear reactor comprising an upper head, a reactor vessel shell coupled to the upper head, the reactor vessel shell comprising a cylindrical shape, a lower head provided on a lower portion of the reactor vessel shell, and a core located within an interior of the nuclear reactor;
a steam generator surrounding a circumference of the reactor vessel shell, the steam generator comprising a first penetration hole in fluid communication with the interior of the nuclear reactor such that a fluid flows between the interior of the nuclear reactor and an interior of the steam generator; and
a steam drum surrounding a circumference of the steam generator and comprising a second penetration hole in fluid communication with an interior of the steam generator such that a fluid flows between an interior of the steam drum and the interior of the steam generator, wherein the steam generator further comprises:
a steam generator inner shell connected to or formed in one piece with the reactor vessel shell and surrounding 360 degrees the circumference of the reactor vessel shell, wherein the steam generator inner shell shares a portion with the reactor vessel shell and extends in a longitudinal direction of the reactor vessel shell; and
a steam generator outer shell spaced apart from the steam generator inner shell and surrounding 360 degrees the circumference of the reactor vessel shell, wherein the steam generator outer shell extends in the longitudinal direction of the reactor vessel shell,wherein the steam drum further comprises:a steam drum inner shell connected to or formed in one piece with the steam generator outer shell and surrounding 360 degrees the circumference of the steam generator, wherein the steam drum inner shell shares a portion with the steam generator outer shell and extends in the longitudinal direction of the reactor vessel shell; and
a steam drum outer shell spaced apart from the steam drum inner shell and surrounding 360 degrees the circumference of the steam generator, the steam drum outer shell extending in the longitudinal direction of the reactor vessel shell,
wherein the first penetration hole is provided in a region in which the reactor vessel shell and the steam generator inner shell are connected to or formed in one piece with each other and is used as a flow path allowing a fluid to flow between the interior of the nuclear reactor and the interior of the steam generator,
wherein the second penetration hole is provided in a region in which the steam generator outer shell and the steam drum inner shell are connected to or formed in one piece with each other and is used as a flow path allowing a fluid to flow between the interior of the steam generator and the interior of the steam drum.

US Pat. No. 10,249,388

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REPLENISHING SUPPLIES IN A PRODUCT ARRAY

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A method comprising:displaying a digital image of an array of storage spaces on a client device having a screen to display the digital image of the array of storage spaces, wherein each storage space of the digital image of the array of storage spaces represents a contact lens prescription for a contact lens;
placing at least a three by three array of the digital image of the array of storage spaces displayed on the client device in a same general space as a three by three array of physical storage spaces so that the digital image of the array of storage spaces and the array of physical storage spaces may be viewed by a user, wherein each physical storage space is sized and shaped to store at least one contact lens package having a contact lens prescription and wherein the contact lens prescription of each storage space of the digital image of the array of storage spaces corresponds to the contact lens prescription of a contact lens for each corresponding storage space in the three by three array of physical storage spaces;
receiving, in the client device, a selection of a chosen storage space within the three by three array of the digital image of the array of storage spaces that corresponds to an empty storage space within the three by three array of the physical array of storage spaces, said selecting of the empty storage space defining a first order selection;
receiving, in the client device, an input of a number that corresponds to a quantity of contact lens packages to order for the first order selection; and
confirming an order in a shopping cart using the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,249,384

BAMBAM: PARALLEL COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF HIGH-THROUGHPUT SEQUENCING DATA

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A computer implemented method of displaying genomic variants between a tumor tissue and a matched normal tissue comprising:receiving a reference genome or portion thereof, a first genetic sequence string object including first sub-strings from the tumor tissue and aligned to the reference genome or portion thereof, and a second genetic sequence string object including second sub-strings from the matched normal tissue and aligned to the reference genome or portion thereof;
generating at least one differential sequence object, each generated through incremental synchronized reading of the first sub-strings from the first genetic sequence string object and the second sub-strings from the second genetic sequence string object using a known position of at least one of a plurality of sub-strings corresponding to the known position to produce local alignment between the first sub-strings and the second sub-strings, the known position determined based on the reference genome or portion thereof, the incremental synchronized reading keeping sequence data read from the first genetic sequence string object and the second genetic sequence string object at common genomic locations across the reference genome or portion thereof during the generating;
instantiating, via a browser computer, the at least one differential sequence object stored in a computer memory, the at least one differential sequence object representing a difference between a localized alignment of multiple sequence reads of a tumor genome sequence of the tumor tissue and a matched normal genome sequence of the matched normal tissues;
identifying, via the browser computer, at least one genomic variant between the tumor tissue and the matched normal tissue based on the at least one differential sequence object at a genomic position corresponding to the localized alignment;
generating, via the browser computer, a browser image including a representation of the at least one genomic variant with respect to a reference genome sequence;
displaying, via the browser computer, on a display, the browser image; and
allowing, via the browser computer, displaying of genomic regions associated with the at least one genomic variant relative to the reference genome sequence.

US Pat. No. 10,249,383

DATA STORAGE DEVICE AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF

SK hynix Inc., Gyeonggi-...

9. A method for operating a data storage device including a nonvolatile memory device, the method comprising:adjusting a read voltage for discriminating an erase state and a program state having a threshold voltage most adjacent to the erase state among program states having threshold voltages in a case where a program operation for memory cells of a page of the nonvolatile memory device fails;
reading out data by applying the adjusted read voltage to the memory cells of the page; and
performing an error handling operation to the data stored in the memory cells of the page according to a result of comparing a reference value and a number of flipped bits, which are different data bits between an original data output from an ECC unit before the program operation and the data read out by applying the adjusted read voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,249,381

SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE AND DATA WRITE METHOD

TOSHIBA MEMORY CORPORATIO...

1. A semiconductor memory device comprising:a memory cell array including a plurality of memory cells;
an ECC (Error Checking and Correcting) circuit including an encoder and a decoder, the encoder being configured to generate error correcting codes when writing write data in the plurality of memory cells, and the decoder being configured to perform, when reading read data from the plurality of memory cells, correcting processing of the read data based on the error correcting codes;
a page buffer configured to store the write data, corrected data corrected by the correcting processing of the read data, and the error correcting codes used for the correcting processing; and
a multiplexer including a first input terminal coupled to the encoder, a second input terminal coupled to the page buffer, and an output terminal coupled to the memory cell array, the first input terminal being selected when writing the write data in the plurality of memory cells, and the second input terminal being selected when writing the corrected data in the plurality of memory cells;
wherein a write operation includes a first operation of reading the read data from the plurality of memory cells, a second operation of writing the corrected data and the error correcting codes used for the correcting processing in the plurality of memory cells, and a third operation of writing, in the plurality of memory cells, the write data and error correcting codes generated based on the write data, and the first operation and the second operation are successively executed.

US Pat. No. 10,249,379

ONE-TIME PROGRAMMABLE DEVICES HAVING PROGRAM SELECTOR FOR ELECTRICAL FUSES WITH EXTENDED AREA

Attopsemi Technology Co.,...

1. A One-Time Programmable (OTP) memory, comprising:a plurality of OTP cells, at least one of the OTP cells including at least:
an OTP element including at least an electrical fuse coupled to a first supply voltage line; and
a program selector coupled to the OTP element and to a second supply voltage line,
wherein at least a portion of the electrical fuse has at least one extended area, the portion of the electrical fuse pertaining to the extended area has substantially no current flowing therethrough even during program or read operations for the OTP element including the electrical fuse, and
wherein the OTP element is configured to be programmable by applying voltages to the first and second supply voltage lines and by turning on the program selector to thereby change the OTP element into a different logic state,
wherein the program selector including at least a first active region and a second active region isolated from the first active region, the first active region having a first type of dopant and a second active region having a second type of dopant, the first active region providing a first terminal of the program selector, the second active region providing a second terminal of the program selector, both the first and second active regions residing in a common CMOS well or on an isolated substrate, at least one of the first and second active regions being fabricated from sources or drains of CMOS devices.

US Pat. No. 10,249,378

FLASH MEMORY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR RECOVERING OVER-ERASED MEMORY CELLS

Winbond Electronics Corp....

1. A method for recovering over-erased memory cells of a flash memory device using a Fowler-Nordheim (FN) post-programming operation, comprising:selecting a memory block which comprises at least one over-erased memory cell in the flash memory device, wherein the selected memory block comprises a common bulk line and a common source line;
applying a negative voltage to the common bulk line and the common source line of the selected memory block; and
applying a positive voltage to word lines that are coupled to the at least one over-erased memory cell in the selected memory block, wherein the negative voltage is smaller than zero volts and the positive voltage is greater than zero volts.

US Pat. No. 10,249,374

VOLTAGE SUPPLY CIRCUIT AND SEMICONDUCTOR STORAGE DEVICE

LAPIS Semiconductor Co., ...

1. A voltage supply circuit, comprising:a step-down circuit configured to receive a power supply voltage, and step down the power supply voltage to generate a step-down voltage having a constant value lower than a value of the power supply voltage;
a booster circuit configured to boost the step-down voltage to generate an output voltage so as to suppress an amplitude of ripples in the output voltage, the output voltage having a value greater than the value of the power supply voltage, the booster circuit configured to output the output voltage to a column decoder to supply a corresponding write voltage to a memory cell array; and
a control circuit configured to control turning-on and turning-off of the booster circuit based on each of the output voltage, a selection signal from a memory control unit, and a predetermined clock signal.

US Pat. No. 10,249,371

CONTROL CIRCUIT, SEMICONDUCTOR STORAGE DEVICE, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SEMICONDUCTOR STORAGE DEVICE

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. A control circuit that controls a memory including a storage region and a redundant region, the control circuit comprising:a detector that detects a defective block in the memory; and
a controller that switches, when the detector has detected the defective block, a data storage scheme of the first block detected as the defective block from a first storage scheme to a second storage scheme in which the number of bits of data to be stored in each of memory elements is smaller than the number of bits of data to be stored in each of the memory elements in the first storage scheme, and that stores a portion of data stored in the first block in the first storage scheme to be stored in the first block in the second storage scheme and stores the remaining portion of the data stored in the first block in the first storage scheme to be stored in a second block of the redundant region,
the controller writes all the data stored in the first block in the first storage scheme in the second block of the redundant region and a third block of the redundant region, switches the data storage scheme of the first block from the first storage scheme to the second storage scheme, and writes back data written in the third block of the redundant region to the first block in the second storage scheme after the switching of the data storage scheme.

US Pat. No. 10,249,359

ADDRESS GENERATION CIRCUIT AND MEMORY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

SK hynix Inc., Gyeonggi-...

1. An address generation circuit comprising:a first latch unit configured to latch a first address obtained by inverting a part of an input address;
a second latch unit configured to latch the first address latched in the first latch unit at a first time, and configured to latch an added/subtracted address at a second time different form the first time after a first refresh operation during a target row refresh operation, wherein the address latched in the second latch unit at each of the first and second times is a target address for the target row refresh operation;
a third latch unit configured to latch the first address latched in the first latch unit during operations other than the target row refresh operation; and
an addition/subtraction unit configured to generate the added/subtracted address by adding/subtracting a predetermined value to/from the address latched in the second latch unit.

US Pat. No. 10,249,358

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR CONFIGURABLE COMMAND AND DATA INPUT CIRCUITS FOR SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORIES

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a command decoder configured to receive command signals and provide internal control signals to cause an operation to be performed, wherein the operation to be performed includes at least a read operation and a write operation; and
a clock blocking circuit, the clock block circuit configured to receive a first progress signal indicative of a read operation in progress, a second progress signal indicative of a write operation in progress, and a clock signal, the clock blocking circuit configured to provide an active read clock signal, an active write clock signal, and an active common clock signal responsive to an active clock signal when the first and second progress signals indicate neither a write nor read operation is in progress, and further configured to provide the active read and active common clock signals and an inactive write clock signal when the first progress signal indicates a read operation in progress and to provide the active write and active common clock signals and an inactive read clock signal when the second progress signal indicates a write operation is in progress.

US Pat. No. 10,249,354

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR DUTY CYCLE DISTORTION CORRECTION OF CLOCKS

Micron Technology, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a receiver circuit configured to provide complementary clocks responsive to an input clock, the receiver circuit further configured to provide the complementary clocks having first high and low voltage amplitudes in a first mode and to provide the complementary clocks having second high and low voltage amplitudes in a second mode; and
a divider circuit configured to provide multiphase clocks responsive to the complementary clocks, wherein the multiphase clocks responsive to the complementary clocks in the second mode having less duty cycle distortion than the multiphase clocks responsive to the complementary clocks in the first mode.

US Pat. No. 10,249,347

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DRIVING SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first memory cell; and
a second memory cell,
wherein each of the first memory cell and the second memory cell comprises:
a transistor comprising a gate, a first terminal, and a second terminal;
a volatile memory circuit electrically connected to the first terminal and a bit line; and
a capacitor comprising a first electrode electrically connected to the second terminal and a second electrode electrically connected to a potential control line,
wherein the volatile memory circuits of the first and second memory cells are directly connected to a same word line,
wherein the volatile memory circuit of the first memory cell is configured to store a datum in a first period,
wherein a node between the transistor and the capacitor of the first memory cell is configured to store the datum in a second period,
wherein the potential control line is set at a low power supply potential when the transistor of the first memory cell is in an on state in the first period, and
wherein the potential control line is set at a high power supply potential when the transistor of the first memory cell is in an off state in the second period.

US Pat. No. 10,249,337

MAGAZINE MANAGEMENT DEVICE, DISC DEVICE, AND MAGAZINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A magazine management device that stores a plurality of magazines where a plurality of optical discs is housed, the magazine management device comprising:a case that supports the plurality of magazines;
a plurality of partitions that divides the case so as to form a plurality of regions in which the plurality of magazines can be stored one by one;
a radio identifier provided to a magazine from the plurality of magazines;
at least one antenna operably connected to the case that transmits a first radio wave to the radio identifier and receives a second radio wave carrying a response transmitted from the radio identifier; and
an arithmetic processor operably connected to the at least one antenna and that receives information obtained from the response carried by the radio wave received by the at least one antenna,
wherein
the at least one antenna includes a first antenna and a second antenna disposed on each region from the plurality of regions such that each region includes at least two antennas, and
the first antenna attempts to transmit the first radio wave to the radio identifier and, when the first antenna does not receive the second radio wave, the second antenna transmits the first radio wave to the radio identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,249,334

SLIDER AIR-BEARING SURFACE DESIGNS WITH SIDE PARTICLE-TRAPPING STRUCTURES

Western Digital Technolog...

1. A slider, comprising:a leading edge;
a trailing edge;
a leading-edge structure located between the leading edge and the trailing edge;
a vertical structure located between the leading-edge structure and the trailing edge, the vertical structure having a leading-edge-facing surface and a side-edge-facing surface, the vertical structure having a base at a first level of an air-bearing surface (ABS) of the slider; and
a particle-trapping structure adjacent to the base of the vertical structure, the particle-trapping structure having a first portion adjacent to the leading-edge-facing surface and a second portion adjacent to the side-edge-facing surface, wherein the particle-trapping structure comprises at least one cavity extending below the first level when the ABS is oriented upward.

US Pat. No. 10,249,329

CURRENT-PERPENDICULAR-TO-THE-PLANE (CPP) MAGNETORESISTIVE (MR) SENSOR WITH WEDGE SHAPED FREE LAYER

Western Digital Technolog...

1. A magnetoresistive (MR) sensor structure for detecting magnetized regions of a magnetic recording medium, the structure comprising:a substrate; and
a magnetoresistive sensor on the substrate and comprising a stack of layers including a ferromagnetic free layer consisting of a single layer of ferromagnetic material or multiple layers of ferromagnetic material, the free layer having a front edge for facing the recording medium and a back edge recessed from the front edge, wherein the front edge is substantially parallel to the back edge and wherein the free layer has a thickness at the back edge greater than its thickness at the front edge.

US Pat. No. 10,249,328

WRITE COIL COOLING ARRANGEMENT AT AIR BEARING SURFACE

Seagate Technology LLC, ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a slider configured to interact with a magnetic recording medium and comprising an air bearing surface (ABS);
a writer provided on the slider and comprising a write coil having a plurality of coil turns, a planar configuration, and a media-facing surface situated at the ABS, each of the turns having a thinned section that extends along the ABS and a thickened section spaced away from the ABS; and
a plurality of cooling arms projecting laterally from peripheral surfaces of the write coil, each of the plurality of cooling arms extending along the ABS;
wherein the media-facing surface of the write coil, including at least the thinned section of an outermost turn of the coil turns, and the cooling arms are exposed in a plane of the ABS to facilitate cooling of the write coil at the ABS.

US Pat. No. 10,249,326

HEAT-ASSISTED MAGNETIC RECORDING HEAD INCLUDING A WAVEGUIDE WITH DIELECTRIC CAVITY TO REDUCE OPTICAL FEEDBACK

Seagate Technology LLC, ...

1. A recording head comprising:a near-field transducer proximate a media-facing surface of the recording head; and
a waveguide core that overlaps and delivers light from a light source to the near-field transducer along a light propagation direction, the waveguide core comprising a dielectric cavity proximate the near-field transducer, the near-field transducer being located outside of the waveguide core within a cladding material that is located on a side of the waveguide core, the cladding material having a lower refractive index than that of the waveguide core, the dielectric cavity comprising a length along the light propagation direction such that light will propagate through the dielectric cavity, the dielectric cavity filled with the cladding material and reducing optical feedback to the light source.

US Pat. No. 10,249,318

SPEECH SIGNAL PROCESSING CIRCUIT

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

1. A speech-signal-processing-circuit configured to receive a time-frequency-domain-reference-speech-signal and a time-frequency-domain-degraded-speech-signal,wherein each of the time-frequency-domain-reference-speech-signal and the time-frequency-domain-degraded-speech-signal comprises a plurality of frames of data,
wherein:
the time-frequency-domain-reference-speech-signal is in the time-frequency domain and comprises:
an upper-band-reference-component with frequencies that are greater than a frequency-threshold-value; and
a lower-band-reference-component with frequencies that are less than the frequency-threshold-value;
the time-frequency-domain-degraded-speech-signal is in the time-frequency domain and comprises:
an upper-band-degraded-component with frequencies that are greater than the frequency-threshold-value; and
a lower-band-degraded-component with frequencies that are less than the frequency-threshold-value;the speech-signal-processing-circuit comprises:a disturbance calculator configured to determine one or more spectral balance ratio (SBR) features based on the time-frequency-domain-reference-speech-signal and the time-frequency-domain-degraded-speech-signal by:
for each of a plurality of frames:
determining a reference-ratio based on the ratio of the upper-band-reference-component to the lower-band-reference-component;
determining a degraded-ratio based on the ratio of the upper-band-degraded-component to the lower-band-degraded-component; and
determining a spectral-balance-ratio based on the ratio of the reference-ratio to the degraded-ratio; and
determining the one or more SBR-features based on the spectral-balance-ratio for the plurality of frames; and
a score-evaluation-block configured to determine an output-score for the degraded-speech-signal based on the SBR-features;wherein the signal-processing-circuit includes an output configured to pass the output-score for the degraded-speech-signal to a set of quality control and/or monitoring circuitry.

US Pat. No. 10,249,317

ESTIMATING NOISE OF AN AUDIO SIGNAL IN A LOG2-DOMAIN

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft z...

1. A method for estimating noise in an audio signal, the method comprising:determining an energy value for the audio signal;
converting the energy value into the log 2-domain, and
estimating a noise level for the audio signal based on the converted energy value directly in the log 2-domain,
wherein the energy value is converted into the log 2-domain as follows:

?x? floor (x),
En_log energy value of band n in the log 2-domain,
En_lin energy value of band n in the linear domain,
N quantization resolution.

US Pat. No. 10,249,315

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING CORRECTNESS OF PITCH PERIOD

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A method for detecting correctness of a pitch period for encoding, comprising:receiving, at a receiver of a detecting apparatus, an input signal comprising a speech signal or an audio signal;
determining, by a processor of the detecting apparatus, according to an initial pitch period of the input signal in a time domain, a pitch frequency bin of the input signal, wherein the initial pitch period is obtained by performing open-loop detection on the input signal;
determining, by the processor, based on an amplitude spectrum of the input signal in a frequency domain, a pitch period correctness decision parameter of the input signal associated with the pitch frequency bin;
determining, by the processor, correctness of the initial pitch period according to the pitch period correctness decision parameter;
performing, by the processor, short-pitch detection to obtain a short pitch period; and
determining, by the processor, according to the correctness of the initial pitch period in combination with one or more other conditions, whether to replace the initial pitch period with the short pitch period,
wherein the pitch period correctness decision parameter comprises a spectral difference parameter, an average spectral amplitude parameter, and a difference-to-amplitude ratio parameter,
wherein the spectral difference parameter is a weighted and smoothed value of a sum of spectral differences of predetermined quantity of frequency bins on two sides of the pitch frequency bin,
wherein the average spectral amplitude parameter is a weighted and smoothed value of an average of spectral amplitudes of the predetermined quantity of frequency bins on the two sides of the pitch frequency bin, and
wherein the difference-to-amplitude ratio parameter is a ratio of the sum of the spectral differences of the predetermined quantity of frequency bins on the two sides of the pitch frequency bin to the average of the spectral amplitudes of the predetermined quantity of frequency bins on the two sides of the pitch frequency bin.

US Pat. No. 10,249,313

ADAPTIVE BANDWIDTH EXTENSION AND APPARATUS FOR THE SAME

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A method of decoding an encoded audio bitstream at a decoder, comprising:decoding the audio bitstream to produce a decoded low band audio signal and generate a low band excitation spectrum corresponding to a low frequency band;
determining a sub-band area from the low frequency band using at least one parameter which indicates energy distribution information of a spectral envelope of the decoded low band audio signal; wherein a starting point of the sub-band area is corresponding to the highest spectral formant energy within a searching range, and wherein the searching range is a frequency region within the low frequency band;
generating a high band excitation spectrum for a high frequency band by copying a sub-band excitation spectrum from the determined sub-band area to the high frequency band;
generating an extended high band audio signal using the generated high band excitation spectrum; and
synthesizing an audio output signal having an extended frequency bandwidth according to the extended high band audio signal and the decoded low band audio signal.

US Pat. No. 10,249,311

CONCEPT FOR AUDIO ENCODING AND DECODING FOR AUDIO CHANNELS AND AUDIO OBJECTS

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft z...

1. An audio encoder for encoding audio input data to acquire audio output data comprising:an input interface that receives a plurality of audio channels, a plurality of audio objects and metadata related to one or more of the plurality of audio objects;
a mixer that mixes the plurality of audio objects and the plurality of audio channels received by the input interface to acquire a plurality of pre-mixed audio channels, each pre-mixed audio channel comprising audio data of an audio channel and audio data of at least one audio object;
a core encoder that core encodes core encoder input data; and
a metadata compressor that compresses the metadata related to the one or more of the plurality of audio objects,
wherein the audio encoder is configured to operate in either a first mode or a second mode of a group of at least two modes comprising the first mode, in which the core encoder core encodes the plurality of audio channels received by the input interface and the plurality of audio objects received by the input interface as the core encoder input data, and the second mode, in which the core encoder receives, as the core encoder input data, the plurality of pre-mixed audio channels generated by the mixer and core encodes the plurality of pre-mixed audio channels generated by the mixer; and
an output interface for providing an output signal as the audio output data,
the output signal comprising, when the audio encoder is in the first mode, encoded audio channels and encoded audio objects as an output of the core encoder (300) and the compressed metadata, and
the output signal comprising, when the audio encoder is in the second mode, the output of the core encoder without any metadata related to the at least one audio object included in a pre-mixed audio channel of the plurality of pre-mixed audio channels.

US Pat. No. 10,249,310

AUDIO DECODER AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A DECODED AUDIO INFORMATION USING AN ERROR CONCEALMENT MODIFYING A TIME DOMAIN EXCITATION SIGNAL

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft z...

1. An audio decoder for providing a decoded audio information on the basis of an encoded audio information comprising a series of audio frames, the audio decoder comprising:an error concealment configured unit to provide error concealment audio information for concealing a loss of an audio frame,
wherein the error concealment unit is configured to modify a time domain excitation signal acquired for one or more audio frames preceding a lost audio frame to acquire the error concealment audio information;
wherein the error concealment unit is configured to acquire information about an intensity of a deterministic signal component in one or more of the audio frames preceding the lost audio frame, and
wherein the error concealment unit is configured to compare the information about an intensity of the deterministic signal component in one or more of the audio frames preceding the lost audio frame with a threshold value to decide whether to input a deterministic time domain excitation signal with the addition of a noise like time domain excitation signal into an LPC synthesis; or whether to input only a noise time domain excitation signal into the LPC synthesis.

US Pat. No. 10,249,307

AUDIO DECODING USING INTERMEDIATE SAMPLING RATE

Qualcomm Incorporated, S...

1. An apparatus comprising:a receiver configured to receive a first frame of a mid channel audio bitstream from an encoder; and
a decoder configured to:
determine a first bandwidth of the first frame based on first coding information associated with the first frame, the first coding information indicating a first coding mode used by the encoder to encode the first frame, the first bandwidth based on the first coding mode;
determine an intermediate sampling rate based on a Nyquist sampling rate of the first bandwidth;
decode an encoded mid channel of the first frame to generate a decoded mid channel;
perform a frequency-domain upmix operation on the decoded mid channel to generate a left frequency-domain low-band signal and a right frequency-domain low-band signal;
perform a frequency-to-time domain conversion operation on the left frequency-domain low-band signal to generate a left time-domain low-band signal having the intermediate sampling rate;
perform a frequency-to-time domain conversion operation on the right frequency-domain low-band signal to generate a right time-domain low-band signal having the intermediate sampling rate;
generate, based at least on the encoded mid channel, a left time-domain high-band signal having the intermediate sampling rate and a right time-domain high-band signal having the intermediate sampling rate;
generate a left signal based at least on combining the left time-domain low-band signal and the left time-domain high-band signal;
generate a right signal based at least on combining the right time-domain low-band signal and the right time-domain high-band signal; and
generate a left resampled signal having an output sampling rate of the decoder and a right resampled signal having the output sampling rate, the left resampled signal based at least in part on the left signal, and the right resampled signal based at least in part on the right signal,
wherein the intermediate sampling rate is equal to the Nyquist sampling rate if the Nyquist sampling rate is less than the output sampling rate, and wherein the intermediate sampling rate is equal to the output sampling rate if the output sampling rate is less than or equal to the Nyquist sampling rate.

US Pat. No. 10,249,303

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETECTING AND PROCESSING SPEECH SIGNALS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, by a computing device that (i) is operating in a low power mode, (ii) is configured to exit the low power mode upon determining that a particular hotword has likely been spoken, and (iii) is in proximity of other computing devices that are each also configured to exit the low power mode upon determining that the particular hotword has been spoken, audio data corresponding to a user uttering the particular hotword;
based on an estimated position of the user in relation to the computing device, determining, by the computing device, to remain operating in the low power mode despite determining that the particular hotword has likely been spoken.

US Pat. No. 10,249,298

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING GLOBAL VOICE-BASED ENTRY OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION IN A DEVICE

HERE GLOBAL B.V., Eindho...

1. A method for automatic speech recognition in a device, comprising:partitioning a global speech decoding graph into one or more spatial partitions according to a geographic topology of one or more geographic entities, one or more geographic terms, or a combination thereof, wherein each of the spatial partitions contains a decoding graph comprising a sub-set of the one or more geographic entities, the one or more geographic terms, or a combination thereof associated with a geographic area;
determining one or more of key entities occurring in each of the one or more spatial partitions, wherein at least one of the one or more of key entities includes at least one of the one or more geographic entities and the one or more geographic terms;
constructing a combined set of key entities comprising the one or more key entities from said each spatial partition;
creating a retrieval index to map the one or more key entities in the combined set of key entities to a corresponding partition from among the one or more spatial partitions,
wherein a voice input signal associated with a request for one or more navigation or mapping related services is processed, using automatic speech recognition and a first partition associated with a first geographic area from among the one or more spatial partitions, the combined set of key entities, and the retrieved index are stored in a memory of the device, and
wherein a second partition that is associated with a second geographic area and not in the memory of the device is retrieved based on the combined set of key entities and the retrieval index to automatically re-process the voice input signal when an out-of-vocabulary result is obtained with respect to the first partition and to provide the one or more navigation or mapping related services via a user interface based, at least in part, on the re-processing.

US Pat. No. 10,249,296

APPLICATION DISCOVERY AND SELECTION IN LANGUAGE-BASED SYSTEMS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system comprising:one or more processors; and
non-transitory computer-readable media storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
determining a first serviceable intent associated with an application, wherein the first serviceable intent corresponds to a function to be performed by the application;
receiving first audio data associated with a user;
generating, via automatic speech recognition, first text data corresponding to the first audio data;
determining, via natural language understanding performed on the first text data, a first intent associated with the first audio data;
determining, based at least in part on the first intent, first response data related to the first audio data, the first response data including text that is to be output to the user;
causing the first response data to be output via a user device of the user, the first response data requesting second audio data from the user;
receiving, via the user device, the second audio data, the second audio data received in response to the first response data;
generating, via automatic speech recognition, second text data corresponding to the second audio data;
determining, via natural language understanding performed on the second text data, a second intent associated with the first audio data and the second audio data;
analyzing the second intent to determine whether the second intent corresponds to the first serviceable intent;
determining that the second intent corresponds to the first serviceable intent;
causing the application to perform the function associated with the serviceable intent;
receiving third audio data;
generating, via automatic speech recognition, third text data corresponding to the third audio data;
determining, via natural language understanding performed on the third text data, a third intent associated with the third audio data;
determining that the third intent corresponds to a second serviceable intent associated with an additional application; and
in response to determining that the third intent corresponds to the second serviceable intent, causing the application to cease performing the function.

US Pat. No. 10,249,293

LISTENING DEVICES FOR OBTAINING METRICS FROM AMBIENT NOISE

Capital One Services, LLC...

9. A device comprising:one or more memories; and
one or more processors, communicatively coupled to the one or more memories, configured to:
receive first audio data based on a first capturing of sounds associated with a first structure;
receive second audio data based on a second capturing of sounds associated with a second structure;
obtain a first model associated with the first structure,
the first model having been trained to:
receive the first audio data as input,
determine a first score that identifies a likelihood that a first sound is present in the first audio data, and
identify the first sound based on the first score;
obtain a second model associated with the second structure,
the second model having been trained to:
receive the second audio data as input,
determine a second score that identifies a likelihood that a second sound is present in the second audio data, and
identify the second sound based on the second score;
determine at least one first parameter associated with the first sound;
determine at least one second parameter associated with the second sound;
generate a first metric based on the at least one first parameter associated with the first sound;
generate a second metric based on the at least one second parameter associated with the second sound;
obtain cost data from a third-party device;
determine a first cost of consumption based on a first correlation of the first metric and the cost data;
determine a second cost of consumption based on a second correlation of the second metric and the cost data;
perform a first action based on determining the first cost of consumption; and
perform a second action based on determining the second cost of consumption.

US Pat. No. 10,249,292

USING LONG SHORT-TERM MEMORY RECURRENT NEURAL NETWORK FOR SPEAKER DIARIZATION SEGMENTATION

International Business Ma...

1. A computing system comprising:a processor;
a storage device to store audio data including speech of a first speaker type, speech of a second speaker type, and silence, the storage device storing computer-executable code that the processor is to execute to:
segment the audio data using a long short-term memory (LSTM) recurrent neural network (RNN) to identify a plurality of change points of the audio data that divide the audio data into a plurality of segments, each change point being a transition from one of the first speaker type, the second speaker type, and the silence to a different one of the first speaker type, the second speaker type, and the silence; and
perform speech recognition on the segments,
wherein segmentation of the audio data using the LSTM RNN to identify the change points technically improves speech recognition technology, by improving accuracy of the speech recognition on the segments when the audio data includes one or more of speech articulated by multiple speakers, silence, and music.

US Pat. No. 10,249,290

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROSODICALLY MODIFIED UNIT SELECTION DATABASES

1. A method comprising:decomposing, via a residual-excited linear prediction algorithm, speech units from a speech unit database into residual coefficients and linear predictive coder coefficients;
determining a cost of modifying the residual coefficients to yield a determination;
modifying, via a pitch synchronous overlap and add algorithm, the residual coefficients, to yield modified residual coefficients based on the determination; and
combining, via the residual-excited linear prediction algorithm, the modified residual coefficients with the linear predictive coder coefficients, to yield new speech units, such that a new prosodic curve corresponding to the new speech units conforms to a desired prosodic curve, wherein speech is generated based on the new speech units.

US Pat. No. 10,249,285

ACOUSTIC CONVERSION DEVICE FOR ACTIVE NOISE CONTROL

PIONEER CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An acoustic conversion device for an active noise control comprising:a speaker unit for emitting sound; and
an enclosure for accommodating the speaker unit and forming a closed space to which at least a part of the sound is emitted,
wherein a volume of the closed space is smaller than an equivalent compliance air volume of the speaker unit,
wherein the speaker unit includes a vibration plate, and
wherein an effective vibration diameter of the vibration plate is 10 cm or more and 14 cm or less, and
the volume of the closed space is 5 liters or more and 7 liters or less.

US Pat. No. 10,249,280

HIGH PRESSURE GAS SILENCER

1. A high and low pressure natural gas silencer comprising:a threaded union to connect to a natural gas pipeline port;
said natural gas pipeline port further comprising a vent valve functioning to allow a venting of a pressurized natural gas to atmosphere;
a cylindrical body connected to the threaded union by a nut assembly;
said nut assembly having a loose mode to allow the cylindrical body to be rotated 360° on the threaded union while remaining attached to the nut assembly, and having a locked mode to affix the cylindrical body at a desired angle;
a plurality of vent holes on only one side of the cylindrical body;
a replacement noise suppression module inside the cylindrical body; and
said cylindrical body having a solid top.

US Pat. No. 10,249,276

ROTATING SPEAKER ARRAY

1. An audio effects apparatus comprising:a rotatable sound directing device that is operable to direct acoustical sound waves along a rotatable sound directional axis;
a rotary device coupled to the rotatable sound directing device, the rotary device operable to continuously rotate the rotatable sound directional axis of the rotatable sound directing device about a rotational axis in response to a rotational drive signal;
a rotational position measurement device for generating a rotational position signal that is indicative of a rotational position of the rotary device;
an audio input for receiving an audio input signal;
a motion control and audio signal processing device for receiving the rotational position signal and the audio input signal, and for generating the rotational drive signal and a light timing signal based at least in part on the rotational position signal; and
one or more light emitting devices for emitting pulsed light that is timed based on the light timing signal.

US Pat. No. 10,249,268

ORIENTATION OF VIDEO BASED ON THE ORIENTATION OF A DISPLAY

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A system comprising:a non-transitory computer readable medium; and
program instructions stored on the non-transitory computer readable medium and executable by at least one processor to cause a sharer mobile device to:
receive first video data, the first video data corresponding to a first orientation of an image-capture device that is arranged on the sharer mobile device;
send the first video data to a viewer mobile device;
receive, from the viewer mobile device, orientation data indicating a requested orientation of the image-capture device, wherein the requested orientation is based on movement data generated at the viewer mobile device in accordance with a movement of the viewer mobile device;
cause a graphical image indicative of the requested orientation to be displayed on a graphical display of the sharer mobile device;
receive second video data, the second video data corresponding to a second orientation of the image-capture device arranged on the sharer mobile device;
determine that the second orientation is within a threshold from the requested orientation; and
responsive to the determination, send the second video data to the viewer mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,249,264

CONTROLLER FOR COMPENSATING MURA DEFECTS, DISPLAY APPARATUS HAVING THE SAME, AND METHOD FOR COMPENSATING MURA DEFECTS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method for compensating mura defects in a display image comprising:selecting a plurality of sampling pixels by selecting at least one polygon region to include all pixels determined to have mura defects, pixels within the at least one polygon region are defined as the plurality of sampling pixels;
obtaining a plurality of display data and a plurality of address data corresponding to a plurality of display pixels; and
determining if a pixel is a sampling pixel based on a data table comprising a plurality of compensation data associated with a plurality of compensation points for compensating a plurality of sampling pixels, a respective one of the plurality of compensation points corresponding to a group of at least one sampling pixel, the plurality of sampling pixels comprising a plurality of display pixels having mura defects and constituting a portion of the plurality of display pixels;
wherein a respective one of the at least one polygon region is selected to encompass one or more isolated areas of pixels determined to have mura defects if a distance between isolated areas is less than a threshold distance.

US Pat. No. 10,249,259

METHOD FOR DRIVING A PIXEL ARRAY

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A method for driving a pixel array in a display panel, the pixel array comprising a plurality of pixel units, each pixel unit comprising a plurality of sub-pixels of different colors, each sub-pixel having an aspect ratio from 1:2 to 1:1, the method comprising steps of:dividing an image to be displayed on the display panel into a plurality of theoretical pixel units based on a desired resolution, thereby obtaining a pixel pattern of the image to be displayed, each theoretical pixel unit comprising a plurality of color components and having an aspect ratio of 1:1, thereby the theoretical pixel unit being an area unit of the image to be displayed corresponding to the desired resolution, the area of each theoretical pixel unit being smaller than the area of each pixel unit in the pixel array; and
calculating a luminance value of each sub-pixel of each pixel-unit based on the color components of respective divided theoretical pixel units, comprising sub-steps of:
dividing a diamond sampling area for each sub-pixel in the pixel array, a center of the diamond sampling area being a center of the sub-pixel, and four vertexes of the diamond sampling area being midpoints of connecting lines between centers of adjacent sub-pixels in the same row or the same column and with the same color as the sub-pixel and the center of the sub-pixel respectively;
calculating a ratio of an overlapping area of each theoretical pixel unit with the diamond sampling area for the sub-pixel and the area of the diamond sampling area, as an area ratio of the theoretical pixel unit with respect to the diamond sampling area for the sub-pixel; and
using an area ratio of each theoretical pixel unit with respect to the diamond sampling area for the sub-pixel to multiply a color component of the theoretical pixel unit with the same color as the sub-pixel, and taking a summation of respective products to set the luminance value of the sub-pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,249,258

DISPLAY INTERFACE DEVICE AND DATA TRANSMISSION METHOD THEREOF

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

1. A display interface device comprising:a transmission part and a reception part, wherein the transmission part serializes clock edge information and display information and distributes a plurality of data packets each including serial clock edge information and display information as a transmission unit to a plurality of channels, and the reception part receives the plurality of data packets from the transmission part,
wherein the transmission part transmits clock edge information included in a data packet of each channel at a different timing from clock edge information included in data packets of other channels, and
the reception part detects a clock edge of each channel from the data packet transmitted through each channel and generates an internal clock signal of each channel, synchronized with the detected clock edge, corrects a delay of each channel depending on a result of a logical operation performed on a delayed clock edge of a channel and a clock edge of another channel to generate a delay-compensated internal clock signal of each channel, and restores the display information from the data packet of each channel using the internal clock signal of each channel.

US Pat. No. 10,249,257

DISPLAY DEVICE AND DRIVE METHOD OF THE DISPLAY DEVICE

Panasonic Liquid Crystal ...

1. A display device, comprising:a plurality of data lines extending in a first direction;
a plurality of gate lines extending in a second direction, the plurality of gate lines divided into groups that are adjacent in the first direction;
a plurality of selector transistors, each of which including a first conductive electrode and a second conductive electrode, wherein the first conductive electrode for each of the plurality of selector transistors is connected to an end of a gate line of the plurality of gate lines;
a plurality of selection signal supplying wirings, each of which is provided for a corresponding group and connected to a control electrode of a corresponding selector transistor of the plurality of the selector transistors for the corresponding group;
a plurality of gate voltage supplying wirings that are connected to the second conductive electrode of one of the selector transistors for each of the groups; and
a gate driver that sequentially supplies a first gate voltage to the plurality of gate voltage supplying wirings while supplying a control voltage to the plurality of selection signal supplying wirings in order to turn on or off the plurality of selector transistors,
wherein the gate driver supplies a second gate voltage to at least one of the plurality of gate voltage supplying wirings for each of the groups before supplying the first gate voltage that is used to turn on a pixel transistor disposed at an intersection portion of a data line among the plurality of data lines and a gate line among the plurality of gate lines,
wherein the second gate voltage is lower than the first gate voltage,
wherein the first gate voltage is Vgh1 and the second gate voltage is Vgh2, and the second gate voltage Vgh2 is set to satisfy (Vgh1)/3?Vgh2

US Pat. No. 10,249,252

COLOR CAST COMPENSATION METHOD

Shenzhen China Star Optoe...

1. A color cast compensation method, utilized for a triple-gate liquid crystal display (LCD) panel, the triple-gate LCD panel comprising a plurality of rows of gate lines and a plurality of columns of data lines, said method comprising the steps of:obtaining a first row and column position of a first pixel electrode currently to be charged and a first gray value of a portion of an image corresponding to the first pixel electrode;
determining, based on the first row and column position, a second row and column position of a second pixel electrode on a previous row sharing a same data line with the first pixel electrode, and obtaining a second gray value of the second pixel electrode that is stored in a row data buffer thereof; and
obtaining a target charging voltage of the first pixel electrode based on the first gray value and the second gray value, and charging the first pixel electrode according to the target charging voltage or charging the first pixel electrode according to a charging voltage corresponding to the first gray value, the target charging voltage making image brightness corresponding to the first pixel electrode achieve the brightness corresponding to the first gray value;
wherein obtaining the target charging voltage of the first pixel electrode based on the first gray value and the second gray value comprises:
inquiring a look up table by using the first gray value and the second gray value to obtain a compensation gray value of the first pixel electrode; and
obtaining, based on the compensation gray value, the charging voltage corresponding to the first pixel electrode and serving the same as the target charging voltage;
wherein after charging the first pixel electrode according to the target charging voltage, said method further comprises:
storing the first gray value in the row data buffer corresponding to the first pixel electrode and serving the same as gray value data of a previous row for a third pixel electrode on a next row, where the third pixel electrode and the first pixel electrode share a same data line;
wherein before obtaining the target charging voltage of the first pixel electrode based on the first gray value and the second gray value, and charging the first pixel electrode according to the target charging voltage or charging the first pixel electrode according to the charging voltage corresponding to the first gray value, said method further comprises:
obtaining N gray values of pixel electrodes in sequence on a row where the first pixel electrode is located on, in which N is an even number greater than or equal to 8, and sequentially taking every two adjacent entities of the N gray values as a group and subtracting the gray value of an even column and the gray value of an odd column in each group from each other to obtain N/2 first gray value differences S1 to SN/2;
sequentially taking every two adjacent entities of the N/2 first gray value differences as a group and subtracting the gray value of the even column and the gray value of the odd column in each group from each other to obtain N/4 second gray value differences E1 to EN/4; and
determining to charge the first pixel electrode according to the target charging voltage or to charge the first pixel electrode according to the charging voltage corresponding to the first gray value, based on the relationship between the N/4 second gray value differences E1 to EN/4 and a predetermined first gray value difference threshold and the relationship between the N/2 first gray value differences S1 to SN/2 and a predetermined second gray value difference threshold, where the second gray value difference threshold is greater than the first gray value difference threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,249,247

TRANSPARENT DUAL-SIDED DISPLAY DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOE...

1. A transparent dual-sided display device, comprising a display panel, a source driver electrically connected to the display panel, a timing controller electrically connected to both the source driver and the display panel, and a voltage controller electrically connected to both the timing controller and the source driver;wherein the display panel comprises a transparent substrate, a plurality of sub-pixel groups arranged in an array on the transparent substrate, and a plurality of multiplexer modules respectively corresponding to a plurality columns of the sub-pixel groups; the source driver comprises a plurality of output terminals respectively corresponding to the plurality of rows of sub-pixel groups; each of the sub-pixel groups comprises a front-side organic light emitting display (OLED) sub-pixel and a back-side OLED sub-pixel that are respectively arranged on two opposite sides of the transparent substrate and an electrowetting sub-pixel arranged on one of the sides of the transparent substrate; each of the multiplexer modules comprises a first thin-film transistor, a second thin-film transistor, and a third thin-film transistor, the first thin-film transistor having a gate electrode input with a first control signal, a drain electrode electrically connected to all the front-side OLED sub-pixels of the sub-pixel groups of one of the columns corresponding thereto, and a source electrode electrically connected to one of the output terminals of the source driver corresponding thereto, the second thin-film transistor having a gate electrode input with a second control signal, a drain electrode electrically connected to all the back-side OLED sub-pixels of the sub-pixel groups of the one of the columns corresponding thereto, and a source electrode electrically connected to the one of the output terminals of the source driver corresponding thereto, the third thin-film transistor having a gate electrode input with a third control signal, a drain electrode electrically connected to all the electrowetting sub-pixel of the sub-pixel groups of the one of the columns corresponding thereto, and a source electrode electrically connected to the one of the output terminals of the source driver corresponding thereto;
wherein the voltage controller comprises a fourth thin-film transistor and a fifth thin-film transistor, the fourth thin-film transistor having a gate electrode input with a fourth control signal, a source electrode input with a second voltage, and a drain electrode electrically connected to a drain electrode of the fifth thin-film transistor and outputting a reference voltage to the source driver, the fifth thin-film transistor having a gate electrode input with a fifth control signal and a source electrode input with a first voltage; the first voltage is greater than the second voltage; each of the electrowetting sub-pixels is transparent upon application of the first voltage and blocks light upon application of the second voltage; and
wherein the timing controller is operable to receive an input data signal and generating and supplying a front-side output data signal and a back-side output data signal to the source driver, outputting the first, second, and third control signals to control the first, second, and third thin-film transistors to conduct on or cut off, outputting the fourth and fifth control signals to control a voltage value of the reference voltage output from the voltage controller, and outputting a source driving control signal to the source driver to control the source driver to output the front-side output data signal, the back-side output data signal, or the reference voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,249,241

METHOD AND DEVICE OF DRIVING DISPLAY AND DISPLAY DEVICE USING THE SAME

EverDisplay Optronics (Sh...

1. A method of driving a display, comprising:conducting first image data combined with image data relevant to the first image data in time/space by a micro disturbance operation processing, to obtain second image data; and
outputting the second image data,
wherein the image data relevant to the first image data in time/space is image data of two frames preceding the first image data, and
wherein the conducting first image data combined with image data relevant to the first image data in time/space by a micro disturbance operation processing comprises:
according to image data of an xth sub-pixel in a yth scanning line of an (n?1)th frame image and image data of an xth sub-pixel in a yth scanning line of an (n?2)th frame image, calculating a first time axis correction parameter;
according to image data of an xth sub-pixel in a yth scanning line of an nth frame image and image data of an xth sub-pixel in a yth scanning line of an (n?1)th frame image, calculating a second time axis correction parameter; and
according to the first image data combined with the first time axis correction parameter and the second time axis correction parameter, calculating and obtaining the second image data,
wherein the image data of the xth sub-pixel in the yth scanning line of the nth frame image is the first image data.

US Pat. No. 10,249,236

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING AN AUXILIARY GATE ELECTRODE

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. An organic light-emitting display apparatus comprising:a substrate;
an active layer disposed on the substrate, wherein the active layer comprises a source region, a drain region, and a channel region disposed between the source region and the drain region;
a gate electrode overlapping the channel region, wherein a gate voltage is applied to the gate electrode;
an auxiliary gate electrode disposed between the gate electrode and the channel region, and to which a first voltage is applied; and
a first thin-film transistor comprising the active layer, the auxiliary gate electrode, and the gate electrode, wherein the first thin-film transistor is turned on or off according to the gate voltage, and the gate voltage is different from the first voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,249,232

DISPLAY PANEL DRIVER SETTING METHOD, DISPLAY PANEL DRIVER, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

LAPIS Semiconductor Co., ...

1. A display panel driver setting method for setting a plurality of display panel drivers in accordance with specifications based on setting data stored in a memory, the plurality of display panel drivers being configured to drive a display panel that displays an image corresponding to a video signal, the method comprising:causing one of the display panel drivers to supply, to the memory and to the remainder of the display panel drivers, a memory access signal indicative of only one of either a readout instruction to read the setting data from the memory or a write instruction to write the setting data to the memory;
causing said one display panel driver to fetch the setting data, which is read from the memory and provided on a first line, to perform setting based on the setting data; and
causing said remainder of the display panel drivers to fetch the setting data from the first line to perform the setting based on the setting data, when the memory access signal supplied from said one display panel driver is indicative of the readout instruction.

US Pat. No. 10,249,211

MAKEUP APPLICATION ASSISTANCE DEVICE, MAKEUP APPLICATION ASSISTANCE METHOD, AND MAKEUP APPLICATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A makeup assisting apparatus including a processor that executes instructions and a memory that stores the instructions and configured to:acquire a stereo image, which comprises a first image obtained by capturing a user's face when the user's face is makeup free and generate a makeup removed image of the user's face from the first image to be used as the first image for subsequent processing when the user's face has makeup thereon;
acquire areas of a plurality of portions of the user's face from the first image;
acquire a second image, which is an image obtained by capturing a model's face to which makeup is applied;
acquire areas of a plurality of portions of the model's face from the second image;
specify an area having a color approximate to a color of a skin of the model's face, from a positional relationship between the areas of the plurality of portions of the model's face;
estimate, for each of the plurality of portions of the model's face in the second image, skin colors of the plurality of portions of the model's face in the second image, based on the color of the area specified;
acquire, from the second image, by reverse alpha blending, reference makeup and the color and concentration of the reference makeup including the level of permeability thereof and the gradation thereof for each of the plurality of portions of the model's face, based on differences between the skin colors of the plurality of portions of the second image and actual colors of the plurality of portions of the second image, the reference makeup including a way of applying the makeup;
acquire the reference makeup from a two-dimensional code displayed on an image of the model's face in a picture thereof instead of acquiring the reference makeup based on differences between the skin colors of the plurality of portions of the second image and actual colors of the plurality of portions of the second image, when acquiring the second image by capturing a picture of the model's face that includes the two-dimensional code;
display cosmetics information of skin cosmetics required for applying the reference makeup; and
transfer, with a printer, a cosmetic agent of the skin cosmetics to a peelable predetermined thin film transferable to the user's face when peeled after the printer is connected to the makeup assisting apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,249,197

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MISSION PLANNING VIA FORMAL VERIFICATION AND SUPERVISORY CONTROLLER SYNTHESIS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method implemented by a computing system in response to execution of program instructions by a processor of the computing system, the method comprising:receiving, by at least one decomposition module of a mission planning module, a set of formalized requirements generated by a requirements formalization engine for accomplishing a mission;
allocating, by a processor of the decomposition module, using architecture synthesis, constraint solving, and compositional verification techniques, a role to each of a plurality of assets comprising a team of autonomous entities responsible to accomplish the mission, each of the plurality of assets of the team to execute specific tasks according to their allocated role to accomplish the mission;
generating, by a processor of at least one supervisory controller synthesis module using controller synthesis and formal verification techniques, automatically and in response to the set of formalized requirements and the roles allocated to the plurality of assets, a mission plan for accomplishing the mission by the plurality of assets, the mission plan being generated to automatically and dynamically react to external inputs during a run-time execution of the mission plan by the plurality of assets to execute tasks according to their allocated role to accomplish the mission plan;
sending the generated mission plan to the plurality of assets for the plurality of assets to, during a run-time execution of the mission plan, execute tasks in reaction to the external inputs and according to their allocated role to accomplish the mission;
wherein the method further comprises generating a plurality of contracts between the plurality of assets, where the plurality of contracts represents obligations the plurality of assets has with each other and the coordination required to fulfill those obligations; and
wherein the breaking or breaching of at least one contract among the plurality of contracts triggers a change in mission templates to be executed by the plurality of assets.

US Pat. No. 10,249,195

LANE DEPARTURE WARNING DEVICE AND METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A lane departure warning device comprising:a lane recognizing unit configured to recognize a lane line of a lane on which a vehicle is traveling by using image information captured by a camera;
a lane departure warning unit configured to determine whether the vehicle departs from the lane line according to a relative position between the vehicle and the recognized lane line;
a first warning limit unit configured to confirm at least one of a road junction region and a road branch region in front of the vehicle by using at least one of the image information captured by the camera and navigation map information, and to limit the lane departure warning when the vehicle enters into the road junction region or the road branch region;
a second warning limit unit configured to confirm a driver's lane departure intention by using information including at least one of the vehicle's transverse velocity, transverse acceleration, longitudinal acceleration, heading angle, steering angle, steering angle speed, and a hazard signal, and to limit the lane departure warning when the driver's lane departure intention is confirmed,
wherein, when one of recognized lane lines of both sides of a traveling road vanishes, the first warning limit unit recognizes a vanishing side distant lane line, calculates a vehicle approach rate of the vanishing side distant lane line, and determines that the vehicle enters into the road junction region when the vehicle approach rate of the vanishing side distant lane line is equal to or larger than an approach threshold value for a first determination distance; and
wherein the vehicle approach rate of the vanishing side distant lane line is determined as a change rate of a vertical distance between the vanishing side distant lane line and the vehicle or a first angle between the vehicle's traveling direction and an extension direction of the vanishing side distant lane line.

US Pat. No. 10,249,183

TRAFFIC INDEX GENERATION DEVICE, TRAFFIC INDEX GENERATION METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. A traffic index generation device configured to generate a traffic index used for traffic signal control, the device comprising:a storage unit configured to store therein area information on a coordinate system, the area information forming a detection area, assuming that a vehicle detector is installed on a road;
a communication unit configured to receive probe information including a vehicle position and temporal information of a traveling vehicle; and
a control unit configured to generate the traffic index on the basis of the area information and the probe information.

US Pat. No. 10,249,172

WEARABLE DEVICE FOR SAFETY MONITORING OF A USER

5. The system of claim 4, further comprising (a) service bus queues, (b) a SQL database, (c) solr search engine, (d) mongo database, (e) telephony services, (f) notification services, and (g) one or more load balancers, wherein:a) the SQL database feeds user data configured as the registered wellwisher's details and local emergency contacts, to enable an efficient system performance;
b) the solr search engine and redis cluster are assimilated into the system;
c) the services requested are lined-up and processed by the service bus queues;
d) the telephony services and notification services which can be used by a user accordingly as and when required either to alert their network members or to dismiss the alert signal generated during an emergency; and
e) dismissal of an SOS triggered during an emergency is done through either a Call-center or a Mobile application, which will be dealt with the CSR office.

US Pat. No. 10,249,169

SOMATOSENSORY TYPE NOTIFICATION ALERTS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method comprising:determining, by a computing device, based at least in part on contextual information associated with a user of the computing device, a type of activity currently being performed by the user;
selecting, by the computing device, based at least in part on the type of activity, a particular intensity level for which to output a vibration alert for indicating receipt of notification data; and
responsive to receiving the notification data, outputting, by the computing device, at the particular level of intensity, the vibration alert.

US Pat. No. 10,249,166

CHILD TRACKING SYSTEM

1. A child tracking system comprising:an electronic device being configured to be manipulated by a first user, said electronic device having a first transceiver, said first transceiver being configured to be in electrical communication with an extrinsic communication network;
a tracking unit being configured to be worn on a second user, said tracking unit having a second transceiver, said second transceiver being configured to be in electrical communication with the extrinsic communication network, said tracking unit being in remote communication with said electronic device via the extrinsic communication network, said tracking unit selectively transmitting a first signal to said electronic device wherein said tracking unit is configured to alert the first user that the second user needs assistance, said tracking unit selectively transmitting a second signal to emergency responders via the extrinsic communication network wherein said tracking unit is configured to notify the emergency responders that the second user needs assistance, said tracking unit comprising
a band being configured to be worn on a wrist, said band having an outwardly facing surface, a first lateral side and a second lateral side, and
a processor being positioned within said band, said processor selectively generating a first alert sequence and a second alert sequence,
a power supply being coupled to said band, said power supply being electrically coupled to said processor, said power supply comprising a first charge port being coupled to an inwardly facing surface of said band;
a charger, said charger having a first member extending between a top member and a bottom member, each of said top member and said bottom member extending away from said first member such that said charger has a U-shape, a second charge port being positioned on an upwardly facing surface of said top member, said first charge port being electrically engageable to said second charge port wherein said first charge port is configured for electrically coupling to a power source through said second charge port; and
a power cord coupled to and extending from said charger, said power cord being in electrical communication with said second charge port and configured for electrically coupling to the power source.

US Pat. No. 10,249,161

MAGNETIC FIELD SENSOR

1010210 B.C. Ltd., Surre...

1. A magnetic field sensor comprising:a housing having a lid;
a tamper switch which detects when the lid of the housing is opened;
a device which senses a presence or an absence of a magnetic field;
a power source, the magnetic field sensor being powered up when the lid of the housing is removed and the power source is inserted into the housing;
a microprocessor, a signal being sent by the tamper switch to the microprocessor when the lid of the housing is open, and a signal being sent by the device to the microprocessor when a magnetic field is sensed; and
an indicator which indicates the presence or the absence of a magnetic field, wherein the power source supplies current to the indicator, and the indicator turns on when a magnetic field is sensed and turns off when a magnetic field is not sensed; and
wherein the indicator is initially operable following the power source being inserted into the housing and the magnetic field sensor being powered up, and the microprocessor renders the indicator inoperable a predetermined period of time after the lid of the housing is closed following the power source being inserted into the housing and the magnetic field sensor being powered up, and the indicator remaining inoperable until the lid of the housing is removed and the lid of the housing is closed again at which point the indicator is operable until the microprocessor again renders the indicator inoperable a predetermined period of time after the lid of the housing is closed again.

US Pat. No. 10,249,157

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING GENERATION OF ELECTROSTATIC FRICTION EFFECTS FOR A PLURALITY OF ELECTRODES

IMMERSION CORPORATION, S...

1. An interface device configured to provide an electrostatic friction (ESF) effect, the interface device comprising:a plurality of electrodes disposed at a surface of the interface device;
a signal generating circuit configured to generate a first drive signal at an output of the signal generating circuit;
a plurality of electrically shielding elements, wherein each electrically shielding element of the plurality of electrically shielding elements is located between the surface of the interface device and a respective electrode of the plurality of electrodes;
a plurality of switches, wherein each switch of the plurality of switches is located between a source of ground potential and a respective electrically shielding element of the plurality of electrically shielding elements; and
a control unit configured
to select one or more electrodes of the plurality of electrodes to output the ESF effect with the first drive signal, wherein one or more respective electrically shielding elements of the plurality of electrically shielding elements are located between the surface of the interface device and the one or more electrodes,
to control one or more switches of the plurality of switches to electrically disconnect the one or more respective electrically shielding elements from the source of ground potential, such that the one or more electrodes are not electrically shielded and are able to output the ESF effect when there is user contact with the surface of the interface device, and
to control other switches of the plurality of switches to electrically connect other electrically shielding elements of the plurality of shielding elements to the source of ground potential.

US Pat. No. 10,249,154

INDICATING/ALARMING APPARATUS

1. An indicating/alarming apparatus, comprising:an optically transparent polymer plate, having an upper surface, a lower surface opposite to the upper surface, a top side surface, a bottom side surface opposite to the top side surface, a first edge surface, a second edge surface opposite to the first edge surface, and an opening formed on the lower surface, the opening being adjacent to the top side surface and having a light incident face;
a light-shielding layer, formed to overlay the upper surface of the optically transparent polymer plate;
a flexible circuit board;
a plurality of light-emitting devices, soldered on the flexible circuit board, wherein the flexible circuit board is mounted on the lower surface of the optically transparent polymer plate such that the plurality of light-emitting devices are disposed within the opening of the optically transparent polymer plate, each light-emitting device emits a light entering from the light incident face of the opening into the optically transparent polymer plate which guides the light to exit from the top side surface, the bottom side surface, the first edge surface and the second edge surface, the light-shielding layer blocks the light from exiting from the optically transparent polymer plate; and
a light-reflecting layer, being formed to overlay the lower surface of the optically transparent polymer plate and being for reflecting the light incident to the light-reflecting layer.

US Pat. No. 10,249,152

INTEGRATED VISUAL NOTIFICATION SYSTEM IN AN ACCESSORY DEVICE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. An accessory device for an electronic device that includes a display, the accessory device comprising:a body having a size and shape to cover the display, the body having an opaque portion and a transparent portion connected to the opaque portion, wherein the body covering the display causes the display to present visual information at a location corresponding to the transparent portion.

US Pat. No. 10,249,151

CANINE HANDLER OPERATIONS POSITIONING SYSTEM

Robotic Research, LLC, G...

1. A method for canine handler operations positioning comprisingdetermining a position of one or more canines in GPS-denied areas;
relaying a position of the canine, a 2D map, a 3D map, a floor map, or a texture map of the area traversed by the canine, to an operator controlled unit, or incident commander;
providing a multifaceted electronic computer system that can be human-worn, or canine carried;
affixing the electronic computer system to one or more human handlers;
affixing the electronic computer system to one or more canines;
collecting audio and visual information from one or more wearers as they move throughout a GPS-denied environment;
producing real-time, 3D mapping and localization for the one or more wearers as they move throughout the GPS-denied environment from the collected information;
providing an Operator Control Unit (OCU) displaying the information collected 2D floorplans; 3D textured-enriched surfaces of a structure's interior; and location of the users within that structure;
providing an open architecture that allows the multifaceted electronic computer system to function with an OCU;
creating a spring network among different updates; and
using the springs to pull a navigation solution to a more accurate location.

US Pat. No. 10,249,150

SECURITY APPARATUS FOR AN AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINE

International Business Ma...

1. A cash capture operation defeating assembly for an automated teller machine, said assembly comprising:a first sensor mounted outside a plane of paper currency dispense and between a currency dispenser shutter and presenter belts of a presenter area of the automated teller machine and mounted in a same vertical plane as a pair of presenter belts, said first sensor being operable for detecting a first object inserted between presenter belts of a pair of presenter belts;
a second sensor mounted outside the plane of paper currency dispense in the presenter area and not mounted in the same vertical plane as the pair of presenter belts, said second sensor being operable for detecting paper currency as the paper currency passes in a paper currency dispense operation; and
control circuitry for receiving object detection signals from the first and second sensors; said assembly operable in such a way that, when the first and second sensors are mounted in the automated teller machine and the first sensor detects a first object:
if the second sensor has previously detected a second object within a predetermined time period before the detecting of the first object by the first sensor, the time period being determined so as to encompass the time for traverse of paper currency from the second to the first sensor during a paper currency dispense operation, then the control circuitry determines that a normal paper currency dispense has occurred and that the first and second objects each comprise the paper currency; and
if the second sensor has not previously detected the second object within the predetermined time period before the detecting of the first object by the first sensor, then the control circuitry determines that the first object detected by the first sensor is a cash capture device, and the control circuitry initiates an alarm state of the assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,249,147

SKILL CALIBRATED HYBRID GAME

Gamblit Gaming, LLC, Gle...

1. A skill-calibrating gaming system, comprising:an entertainment controller connected to a game world server by a network, wherein the entertainment controller is constructed to:
execute an entertainment game providing outcomes based upon a player's skillful play of the entertainment game;
communicate to the game world server via the network, player performance information for the player where the player performance information is indicative of the player's performance at the entertainment game; and
communicate to the game world server via the network, the outcomes based upon the player's skillful play of the entertainment game; and
the game world server connected to the entertainment controller and a real world controller, wherein the game world server is constructed to:
receive, from the entertainment controller via the network, the outcomes based upon the player's skillful play of the entertainment game;
communicate, to the real world controller, gambling event occurrences based upon the player's skillful play of the entertainment game that triggers a wager;
receive, from the entertainment controller via the network, the player performance information for the player;
analyze the player performance information to determine the player's skill level in playing the entertainment game by comparing the player performance information to a skill calibration history;
determine configuration information for the entertainment controller's execution of the entertainment game based on whether terms of the wager are calibrated in a manner appropriate to the player's skill level in the entertainment game;
receive, from the real world controller, a wager result; and
communicate, to the entertainment controller, the configuration information for the entertainment controller's execution of the entertainment game, based on the skill calibration history and the wager result.

US Pat. No. 10,249,146

INCREASING RESOURCE UTILIZATION IN GAMING APPLICATIONS

1. A method for enhancing resource utilization in Texas Holdem poker, the method comprising:administering a primary Texas Holdem poker round by, for a plurality of players:
providing a set of two hole cards for each player, wherein each set of two hole cards is associated with and visible by only a single player;
receiving, from each player, a pre-primary-flop election, the pre-primary-flop election being one of a pre-primary-flop bet or a pre-primary-flop fold;
providing a primary flop consisting of a set of three primary flop cards visible to at least all unfolded players;
receiving, from each unfolded player, a post-primary-flop election, the post-primary-flop election being one of a post-primary-flop bet or a post-primary-flop fold;
providing a primary turn card visible to at least all unfolded players;
receiving, from each unfolded player, a primary turn card election, the primary turn card election being one of a primary turn card bet or a primary turn card fold;
providing a primary river card visible to at least all unfolded players;
receiving, from each unfolded player, a primary river card election, the primary river card election being one of a primary river card bet or a primary river card fold;
generating a secondary flop consisting of three secondary flop cards;
concurrently with the primary Texas Holdem poker round, administering a secondary Texas Holdem poker round among at least a subset of folded players, wherein:
the at least a subset of folded players retain their respective hole cards from the primary Texas Holdem poker round for the secondary Texas Holdem poker round;
the secondary Texas Holdem poker round utilizes the secondary flop; and
the at least a subset of folded players play the secondary Texas Holdem poker round against one another;
wherein there is a period of time during which both the primary Texas Holdem poker round and the secondary Texas Holdem poker round are being played simultaneously so that the secondary Texas Holdem poker round utilizes at least one otherwise idle resource from the primary Texas Holdem poker round;
wherein:
the primary Texas Holdem poker round and the secondary Texas Holdem poker round are both computerized poker games played with virtual playing cards by way of remote communication connections between a dealer computer system and player computer systems associated with the players; and
the at least one otherwise idle resource from the primary Texas Holdem poker round comprises the remote communication connections between the dealer computer system and the player computer systems associated with at the least a subset of folded players.

US Pat. No. 10,249,143

METHOD OF GAMING AND A GAMING SYSTEM

Aristocrat Technologies A...

1. A method of gaming using a first gaming machine having at least one display device displaying a first game, a first controller and memory device configured to operate the first gaming machine, a first communication interface, an input device configured to accept instructions for placing a wager, an acceptor and cashout device, a credit input mechanism configured to receive a physical item via the acceptor representing a credit input having a monetary value, hardware meters configured to monitor the credit input having been provided by the credit input mechanism for establishing a credit balance, the credit balance being increasable and decreasable, and an output mechanism configured to cause a payout via the cashout device associated with the credit balance, and a second gaming machine having a second controller and a second communication interface, the first gaming machine communicatively coupled over a network to the second gaming machine, the method comprising:conducting, via the first controller and in response to the wager received at the input device and deducted from the credit balance at the hardware meters, the first game at said first gaming machine for a first player with the credit balance, said first game having a continuous objective;
conducting, via the second controller, a second game at said second gaming machine for a second player during play of said first game at said first gaming machine, said second game being a different game than said first game;
modifying, via the second controller and the second communication interface, play of the second game based on a variable length of time that said continuous objective continues to be met during play of the first game, wherein said first game terminates when said continuous objective ceases being met; and
terminating, via the second controller and the second communication interface, play of said second game on said second gaming machine in response to play of the first game being terminated on said first gaming machine.

US Pat. No. 10,249,141

METHOD OF GAMING, A GAMING SYSTEM AND A GAME CONTROLLER

Aristocrat Technologies A...

1. An electronic gaming system comprising:a credit input mechanism configured to receive a credit input in the form of a physical item representing a monetary value for establishing a credit balance, the credit balance being increasable and decreasable based at least on wagering activity;
credit meters configured to monitor the credit balance;
a video display configured to have a plurality of symbol display positions;
a memory configured to store a symbol set comprising a number of symbols including a movable symbol;
a game controller configured to:
for a first game instance,
select a plurality of symbols from the symbol set;
display on the video display the movable symbol or one of the plurality of symbols selected at each one of the respective plurality of symbol display positions such that each of the plurality of symbol display positions includes at least one of the movable symbol or the plurality of symbols selected, wherein the movable symbol is located at a first symbol display position in the plurality of symbol display positions; and
evaluate plurality of symbols selected in a first subset of the plurality of symbol display positions to determine whether to make a first award, wherein the first subset includes a first number of the plurality of symbol display positions; and
for a second game instance, move the movable symbol visually on the video display from the first symbol display position in the first subset of the plurality of symbol display positions to a second symbol display position disposed outside of the first subset of the plurality of symbol display positions;
expand the first subset of the plurality of symbol display positions into a second subset of the plurality of symbol display positions having a second number of the plurality of symbol display positions, wherein the second subset includes the second symbol display position and wherein the first subset of the plurality of symbol display positions and the second number of the plurality of symbol display positions is greater than the first number of the plurality of symbol display positions; and
evaluate the plurality of symbols selected in the second subset of the plurality of symbol display positions in the second game instance to determine whether to make a second award.

US Pat. No. 10,249,140

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLAYING ONLINE GAME

Huuuge Global Ltd., Larn...

1. A system for playing an online game, wherein the system comprises:a plurality of player devices associated with the online game; and
a server arrangement communicably coupled with the plurality of player devices, wherein the server arrangement is configured to:
receive an electronic request from at least one player device of the plurality of player devices associated with the online game, to initiate the online game;
monitor a period of time for a request from another player device of the plurality of player devices to initiate the online game;
determine that another player device is a passive player device when a request is not received from the another player device;
transmit an authorization request to the passive player device to play the online game as a virtual player;
receive an authorization response from the passive player device;
execute instructions to create a virtual player for the passive player device, based upon the received authorization response, wherein one virtual player is created for a corresponding passive player device;
associate a playing style and a set of playing rules for the virtual player created for the passive player device based on one or more of a playing style instruction message received from the passive player device or a set of instructions stored in the server arrangement for the passive player device;
initiate the online game among the virtual player associated with the passive player device and the at least one player device, wherein the passive player device is different from the at least one player device of the at least one player devices; and
wherein the server arrangement is configured to execute instructions to cause a playing of the online game between the at least one player device and the passive player device by executing instructions to cause the virtual player of the passive player device to cause a playing of the game on the passive player device according to the associated playing style and set of playing rules associated with the virtual player.

US Pat. No. 10,249,139

COIN OPERATED ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM

TOUCHTUNES MUSIC CORPORAT...

1. An interactive entertainment device provided in an out-of-home location, comprising:a display;
a camera;
a non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing instances of media available for playback via the interactive entertainment device;
a fee collection mechanism configured to receive payment in exchange for credits usable on the interactive entertainment device to play instances of media;
a network interface; and
at least one processor configured to:
cause a user interface to be displayed on the display;
in response to inputs to the user interface, enable users to select instances of media for playback via the interactive entertainment device in exchange for credits, and/or to enable users to use the camera to capture images and/or videos, and
cause the interactive entertainment device to: obtain images and/or videos from the camera, and display the obtained images and/or videos from the camera on the display of the interactive entertainment device substantially in real time,
wherein an additional hardware component is in wired and/or wireless connection with the interactive entertainment device, and
wherein the additional hardware component is a musical instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,249,138

GAMING SYSTEM WITH DYNAMIC PRIZING

1. A method for the dynamic distribution of prizes, the method comprising:initializing a digital interactive sweepstakes game, wherein initialization of the digital interactive sweepstakes game comprises setting one or more game parameters;
receiving, at an electronic processor, player identification data from a plurality of gaming devices;
receiving at the processor, from the plurality of gaming devices, player activity data and player identification data while the gaming devices are played;
determining, by the processor, a player activity forecast based, at least in part, on the received player activity data, the player activity forecast comprising an estimate of a number of prize entries over a predetermined time period;
updating a prizing algorithm based on the player activity forecast to obtain an updated prizing algorithm, wherein updating the prizing algorithm comprises increasing a prize distribution rate responsive to an increase in the player activity forecast and/or decreasing the prize distribution rate responsive to a decrease in the player activity forecast;
applying, by the processor, the updated prizing algorithm to the received player activity data to identify a particular player to which a prize is to be distributed, wherein applying the updated prizing algorithm comprises activating random prizes from the prize pool according to the prize distribution rate so as to maintain a predetermined ratio of number of prizes distributed to a number of prize entries; and
responsive to identifying the particular player to which the prize is to be distributed, distributing the prize to a player account that is associated with the particular player and that is identified by the player identification data.

US Pat. No. 10,249,106

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING VEHICLE INSPECTION

Wipro Limited, Bangalore...

1. A method for optimizing vehicle failure detection using data from various locations in a vehicle failure detection network, the method comprising:receiving, by a vehicle inspection computing device, inspection data of one or more parts of a vehicle from an inspection database associated with the vehicle failure detection network;
receiving, by the vehicle inspection computing device, field data of the one or more parts of the vehicle from a field failure database associated with the vehicle failure detection network;
associating, by the vehicle inspection computing device, the inspection data and the field data, based on an identification number of the vehicle, to obtain a joined data using an association algorithm;
identifying, by the vehicle inspection computing device, a set of relevant equivalent terms from the inspection data and the field data for a selected one of the one or more parts of the vehicle from one or more failure comments in the joined data using at least one of text mining algorithms, tagging, semantic rules, Natural Language Processing (NLP), or correlation plots;
determining, by the vehicle inspection computing device, a frequency of the set of relevant equivalent terms for the selected one of the one or more parts of the vehicle in the joined data;
detecting, by the vehicle inspection computing device, an existence of failure of the vehicle when the determined frequency of the set of relevant equivalent terms for the selected one of the one or more parts of the vehicle exceeds a predefined threshold frequency;
providing, by the vehicle inspection computing device, a notification indicating defects in the selected one of the one or more parts of the vehicle based on the existence of failure of the vehicle; and
providing, by the vehicle inspection computing device, a recommendation indicating one or more corrective actions with respect to the defects in the selected one of the one or more parts of the vehicle, wherein the one or more corrective actions comprise correcting the defects or replacing the selected one of the one or more parts of the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,249,093

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DIGITALLY REPLACE OBJECTS IN IMAGES OR VIDEO

1. A method comprising:receiving video data representative of a video frame, the video frame including a first representation of a first object;
and
in response to determining that the first representation is to be replaced with a second representation of a second object:
identifying a first visual property of the first representation;
manipulating a three-dimensional model of the second object to generate the second representation of the second object so that a second visual property of the second representation matches the first visual property of the first representation; and
generating a modified version of the video frame that includes the second representation in place of the first representation.

US Pat. No. 10,249,085

GRAPHICS PROCESSING METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROCESSING SUB-PRIMITIVES USING SUB-PRIMITIVE INDICATIONS IN A CONTROL STREAM

Imagination Technologies ...

1. A graphics processing system configured to use a rendering space which is subdivided into a plurality of tiles, the graphics processing system comprising:geometry processing logic comprising:
geometry transform and sub-primitive logic configured to receive graphics data of input graphics data items, and to determine transformed positions within the rendering space of one or more sub-primitives derived from the input graphics data items; and
a tiling unit configured to generate, for each of the tiles, control stream data including: (i) identifiers of input graphics data items which are to be used for rendering the tile, and (ii) sub-primitive indications to indicate which of the sub-primitives are to be used for rendering the tile, wherein one or more of the sub-primitive indications is a hierarchical index, wherein a hierarchical index for a particular sub-primitive indicates which of one or more graphics data items at each of one or more different levels of a hierarchy are for use in deriving the particular sub-primitive; and
rasterisation logic configured to generate a rendering output for each of the tiles, the rasterisation logic comprising:
a fetch unit configured to fetch input graphics data items identified by the identifiers in the control stream data for a particular tile;
rasterisation transform and sub-primitive derivation logic configured to derive, from the fetched input graphics data items, transformed sub-primitives within the rendering space, wherein the derived sub-primitives are to be used for rendering the particular tile, and wherein the sub-primitives are derived in accordance with the sub-primitive indications in the control stream data for the particular tile, wherein the rasterisation transform and sub-primitive derivation logic is configured to use the hierarchical index for the particular sub-primitive to identify one or more graphics data items in the hierarchy to be used to derive the particular sub-primitive; and
one or more processing units for rendering the derived sub-primitives, to thereby generate a rendering output for the particular tile.

US Pat. No. 10,249,082

VISUAL OPTIMIZATION OF THREE DIMENSIONAL MODELS IN COMPUTER AUTOMATED DESIGN

Metaverse Technologies Li...

1. A method of visualization optimization during three dimensional modeling, the method comprising:obtaining a frame rate threshold for a display system;
selectively adjusting, for areas of complexity of a three dimensional model, node parameters from a first rendering complexity level to a second rendering complexity level in such a way that the three dimensional model can be displayed at the frame rate threshold, wherein the three dimensional model at the first rendering complexity level cannot be displayed at the frame rate threshold by the display system; and
providing for display the three dimensional model at the second rendering complexity level on the display system.

US Pat. No. 10,249,079

RELAXED SORTING IN A POSITION-ONLY PIPELINE

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A method comprising:computing, in a graphics processing unit, representative coordinates of vertices of primitives, where representative coordinates are coordinates of a single point that represents all of the vertices of a primitive;
performing position-only shading based on previously computed representative coordinates of the vertices of a primitive;
sorting the position-only shaded primitives into groups based on representative coordinates; and
sorting the primitives within a group based on the depths of the primitives in the group.

US Pat. No. 10,249,071

USER INTERFACE WITH FAST VIEW TILES

SAP SE, Walldorf (DE)

1. A computing device comprising:a processor configured to
generate a top image layer comprising an opaque section and a plurality of transparent segments corresponding to a plurality of values based on which of the plurality of transparent segments are filled in with color, wherein each transparent segment is associated with multiple Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) style classes corresponding to multiple levels to display,
generate at least one background color pane comprising color,
receive a value from among the plurality of values,
determine a level from among the multiple levels to display, based on the received value,
determine, for each transparent segment, which CSS style class to implement from among the multiple CSS style classes associated with each segment, based on the determined level, and
generate an Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) structure including the determined CSS style classes for the plurality of transparent segments determined based on the determined level; and
a controller configured to overlay the top image layer on the at least one background color pane to generate a view tile and arrange the at least one background color pane in a background of at least one transparent segment of the top image layer based on the HTML structure causing the at least one transparent segment to be filled with the color based on the determined level,
wherein the processor is further configured to output the generated view tile representing the value to a user interface of a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,249,070

DYNAMIC INTERACTION GRAPHS WITH PROBABILISTIC EDGE DECAY

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:generating, by the computer, two or more sample graphs by sampling edges of a current snapshot of a dynamic graph, the snapshot of the dynamic graph having a plurality of vertices and a plurality of edges between the vertices, wherein each of the two or more sample graphs includes the same vertices;
generating, by the computer, two or more partial results by executing an algorithm on the two or more sample graphs;
combining, by the computer, the partial results, from executing the algorithm on the two or more sample graphs, into a final result thereby reducing storage consumption and execution time of the computer during analyzation of a dynamic graph; and
incrementally maintaining, by the computer, the sample graphs,
wherein edges included in the current snapshot of a dynamic graph and which were added to the dynamic graph in a most recent update thereto are included in each of the generated two or more sample graphs,
wherein incrementally maintaining the sample graphs includes:
subsampling each of the edges of each of the sample graphs at a given time by applying a Bernoulli trial, and
combining a result of the subsampling with new edges received in a batch corresponding to the given time to form new sample graphs.

US Pat. No. 10,249,068

USER EXPERIENCE FOR MULTIPLE UPLOADS OF DOCUMENTS BASED ON SIMILAR SOURCE MATERIAL

International Business Ma...

1. A method of identifying changes to copied source to facilitate sharing of the changes, comprising:comparing elements of a document to other documents in a repository, the document and the other documents having no previous explicitly specified version control relationship, wherein a source-to-derived content relationship between the other documents and the document is discovered based on the comparing;
classifying an element of the document as being derived from a source document element of a source document in the repository;
presenting on a user interface indications of all elements of the document classified as being a derived;
presenting on the user interface an indication of the source document from which the element of the document is derived;
generating a connected graph representing a relationship between the document and the source document;
storing the connected graph in a memory device;
responsive to determining an update to the source document element, performing an action to facilitate updating the element of the document based on the update to the source document element; and
responsive to determining based on the update to the source document element, that no source document elements in the source document correspond to any elements in the document, disconnecting the graph relationship between the document and the source document without removing the source document, wherein the source document remaining in the repository is represented in the graph stored in the memory device as disconnected from the document.

US Pat. No. 10,249,055

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus, comprising:circuitry configured to:
acquire a plurality of images respectively captured by a plurality of cameras;
estimate three-dimensional positions of specific objects in the image captured by at least one of the plurality of cameras, based on the acquired plurality of images;
extract a first area and a second area based on the estimated three-dimensional positions of the specific objects, the first area including specific objects outside of a predetermined three-dimensional area and the second area including specific objects within the predetermined three-dimensional area in the image captured by at least one of the plurality of cameras;
specify an overlapping area of the first area and the second area;
carry out image processing on the first area including the specified overlapping area; and
output the image to be displayed after the image processing.

US Pat. No. 10,249,045

REGION-GROWING ALGORITHM

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A region growing method comprising:identifying, by a processor coupled to a memory, a voxel as a first seed voxel in a wave;
performing, by the processor, region growing iterations with the first seed voxel in the wave until there are no newly segmented voxels in a successive wave and no leakage voxels left in a post processing queue, each region growing iteration including:
identifying, by the processor, voxels adjacent to a seed voxel in a current wave as seed voxels in a successive wave, when each of the adjacent voxels meets or exceeds a threshold value;
determining, by the processor, whether a seed voxel in the current wave is a leakage voxel;
when the seed voxel in the current wave is determined to be the leakage voxel,
removing, by the processor, the seed voxel from the current wave and storing the seed voxel as a leakage voxel in the post processing queue;
determining, by the processor, whether the successive wave includes at least one seed voxel;
when the successive wave is determined to include no seed voxel, determining, by the processor, whether the post processing queue includes at least one leakage voxel; and
when the post processing queue is determined to include at least one leakage voxel, selecting, by the processor, a leakage voxel from the post processing queue as a seed voxel in the successive wave and reducing the threshold value so that the reduced threshold value is used as a new threshold value in next region growing iterations.

US Pat. No. 10,249,040

DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING FOR DIAGNOSIS OF A SUBJECT

International Business Ma...

1. A computer system comprising:a processor in communication with a memory;
an image capture device operatively coupled to the processor, the device to capture a first image;
an image diagnostic tool to determine a diagnosis, the image diagnostic tool including program instructions to:
recognize a morphological feature of an element within the captured first image;
perform a first comparison including compare the recognized morphological feature to a previously recognized morphological feature of the element within at least one image;
determine a first probability based on the performed first comparison;
create a first diagnosis based on the performed first comparison and determined first probability; and
convert the first captured image to a first diagnostic image, the conversion utilizing the recognized morphological feature, created first diagnosis and determined first probability, and the first diagnostic image being a first visual representation of the created first diagnosis.

US Pat. No. 10,249,031

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, PROGRAM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image processing apparatus for displaying an image on a display screen, the image processing apparatus comprising:an input unit configured to input color image data;
an obtaining unit configured to obtain, as tone information of a pixel of interest to be processed in the image from the color image data input by the input unit, an average of signals of the pixel of interest and pixels around the pixel of interest;
a correction unit configured to execute correction processing of increasing a chroma of a color indicated by the signals of the pixel of interest according to the tone information so that, from a predetermined value to a maximum value which can be taken as an average of signals in the color image data, the higher a brightness indicated by the tone information is, the larger a magnification of a chroma increases; and
a display control unit configured to display, on the display screen, an image based on corrected image data that has undergone correction by the correction unit.

US Pat. No. 10,249,023

PATCH WARPER CIRCUIT FOR IMAGE PROCESSING

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A patch processor in an image signal processor, comprising:a patch direct memory access circuit coupled to a source memory and configured to obtain patches of input image data from a source memory via direct memory access using a first warping parameter indicating at least one coordinate of the patches, the patches corresponding to a subset of the input image data; and
a patch warper circuit coupled to the patch direct memory access circuit to receive the patches of the input image data, the patch warper circuit configured to warp the patches of the input image data by processing the patches of the input image data according to a second warping parameter to generate warped patches.

US Pat. No. 10,249,022

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DEWARPING IMAGES

Intelligent Security Syst...

1. A device comprising:a camera containing a processor, a memory, and a wide-angle lens, wherein the processor is coupled to the memory, wherein the memory stores a file and a set of instructions, wherein the file contains a setting, wherein the set of instructions executably configures the processor to:
access a first image captured via the wide-angle lens, wherein the first image includes a pixel;
read the setting;
determine a first set of coordinates of the pixel based on the setting and for each cell of a sparse conversion map;
interpolating the first set of coordinates to obtain a second set of coordinates, wherein the second set of coordinates is associated with a second image,
wherein the first image would be less rectilinear than the second image when the first image and the second image are displayed,
wherein the second image is associated with the sparse conversion map corresponding to a sparse grid of pixels, and
wherein the second image is associated with a full conversion map corresponding to a full grid of pixels with a plurality of cells; and
output the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,249,018

GRAPHICS PROCESSOR AND METHOD OF SCALING USER INTERFACE ELEMENTS FOR SMALLER DISPLAYS

Nvidia Corporation, Sant...

1. A graphics processor, comprising:a scene renderer configured to render a scene to provide a rendered scene from scene data generated by a graphics application for transmission over a network to a remote client device having a display screen associated therewith;
a user interface (UI) renderer configured to render intercepted UI from UI data generated by said graphics application;
a UI scaler configured to scale said UI independent of said rendered scene and before said UI is composited with said rendered scene, according to display size properties of said display screen to provide a scaled UI; and
a compositor operable to combine said rendered scene and said scaled UI into a composite image displayable on said display screen of said remote client device.

US Pat. No. 10,249,014

USE OF SNAPSHOTS TO REDUCE RISK IN MIGRATION TO A STANDARD VIRTUALIZED ENVIRONMENT

International Business Ma...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium comprising computer executable instructions which when executed by a computer cause the computer to perform the method of:during a process of migrating a source system into a standardized virtual environment, incrementally adjusting virtual machine instances of said source system to meet standards of said standardized virtual environment, and in response to each incremental adjustment, snapshotting said virtual machine instances of said source system executing in a hypervisor as virtual machine images in an operational repository of said hypervisor, said virtual machine images in said operational repository comprising short-term snapshots; and
from time to time during said migration process, creating long-term snapshots of said source system by checking given ones of said virtual machine images from said hypervisor operational repository into an image library as image objects, wherein said long-term snapshots include information on a file system of said source system and information on applications that are running on said source system.

US Pat. No. 10,249,011

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD

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

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a processor programmed to:
when a plurality of pieces of first and second information have been accumulated, each piece of first information indicating (i) a document, (ii) an order of processes of a certain operation performed on the document, and a corresponding piece of second information indicating a result of the certain operation in terms of a plurality of items, specify one of the plurality of items on the basis of an operation performed by a user; and
output a piece of first information corresponding to a piece of second information for which the result of the certain operation meets a condition in terms of the specified item among the plurality of pieces of first and second information.

US Pat. No. 10,249,003

SYSTEM FOR SHARING RETIREMENT SCORES BETWEEN SOCIAL GROUPS OF CUSTOMERS

Bank of America Corporati...

1. A system for determining a projected retirement score of a user, the system comprising:a memory;
a communication device connected to a distributed network;
a processing device;
a software module stored in memory comprising executable instructions that when executed by the processing device, cause the processing device to:
receive from a financial management computing system, over the distributed network, financial information of the user;
determine the projected retirement score of the user based on the financial information of the user and a life expectancy of the user;
establish a connection with a fitness tracker of the user;
receive, from the fitness tracker, fitness information of the user;
update the life expectancy and the projected retirement score of the user based on the fitness information of the user;
cause the fitness tracker to determine a location of the user;
receive the location of the user from the fitness tracker;
determine a fitness activity based on the location of the user;
in response to receiving the fitness information of the user, prompt the user to perform the fitness activity by (i) causing the fitness tracker to display a message and (ii) causing the fitness tracker to vibrate;
determine that the user has completed the fitness activity;
update the life expectancy and the projected retirement score of the user based on determining that the user has completed the fitness activity; and
communicate, to a personal computing device of the user, via the communication device over the distributed network, the projected retirement score of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,248,999

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING THE FREQUENCY OF MARKET INFORMATION UPDATES IN AN ELECTRONIC TRADING ENVIRONMENT

Trading Technologies Inte...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium having stored therein instructions executable by a processor, wherein the instructions are for updating a graphical user interface of a client device based on market update messages being received from an electronic exchange, the instructions executable to:define at the client device a low precedence level and a high precedence level to be applied to market update messages for a tradable object being received from the electronic exchange to reduce a frequency of updating the graphical user interface at the client device, wherein each of the low precedence level and the high precedence level is determined based on a type of market data in received market update messages;
receive at the client device comprising the graphical user interface a first market update message from the electronic exchange, the first market update message comprising market information related to the tradable object;
determine based on the market information included in the first market update message that the first market update message is the low precedence level;
refrain from providing the first market update message for processing and display at the graphical user interface and store the market information associated with the first market update message in a data structure until another market update message received at a later time from the electronic exchange is determined to comprise market information associated with the high precedence level;
receive at the client device a second market update message from the electronic exchange, the second market update message comprising market information related to the tradable object;
determine based on the market information included in the second market update message that the second market update message is the low precedence level;
refrain from providing the second market update message for processing and display at the graphical user interface and coalesce the market information in the second market update with the market information associated with the first market update message stored in the data structure, wherein coalescing comprises overwriting the market information in the data structure with the market information in the second market update to generate a coalesced market data update including coalesced market information;
store the coalesced market information associated with the coalesced market data update in the data structure until another market update message received at a later time from the electronic exchange is determined to comprise market information associated with the high precedence level;
receive at the client device a third market update message from the electronic exchange, the third market update message comprising market information related to the tradable object;
determine based on the market information included in the third market update message that the third market update message is the high precedence level; and
provide the market information in the received third market update message along with the stored coalesced market information to the graphical user interface, wherein the market information in the received third market update message and the coalesced market information is processed and displayed at the graphical user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,248,992

PRESENTATION DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT A PRODUCT PRESENTATION

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A method for presenting a digital representation of a product at a presentation location for a customer, comprising:receiving, at a sales location, from the customer at the presentation location, an indication of the customer's interest in the product, wherein the sales location is remote from the presentation location;
configuring, at the sales location, a presentation device by storing modeling data depicting the digital representation of the product at a memory of the presentation device; and
after the presentation device has been configured, sending the presentation device from the sales location to the presentation location, wherein the presentation device further comprises:
a support that fits on the customer's head while the customer is physically present in current surroundings of the customer;
a simulator to simulate a virtual viewing position of the customer with respect to the digital representation of the product;
a renderer to generate graphics data, to depict a stereoscopic view of the product, visually simulated at the virtual viewing position of the customer, wherein the graphics data is generated based on the modeling data and the virtual viewing position simulated by the simulator; and
one or more displays supported by the support to present a simulation by stereoscopically displaying the graphics data to the customer, wherein the one or more displays are transparent, and the graphics data superimposes the digital representation of the product into the current surroundings of the customer.

US Pat. No. 10,248,991

LINKING IMAGE ITEMS TO AN ELECTRONIC CATALOG

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:discovering, using a computing device having one or more hardware processors via a network storage device operated by a first entity, a first image that includes an item, the first image being publicly accessible via the network storage device;
retrieving the first image from the network storage device using the computing device;
identifying, using the computing device, the item within the first image;
associating, using the computing device, the item with item association information, the item association information including a link, a second image, and a link location associated with a portion of the first image including the item, wherein the link provides direct access to an item detail page, the item detail page containing item information that is not stored on the network storage device, the item detail page being generated with electronic catalog data stored on an electronic marketplace device operated by a second entity, the second entity being different than the first entity, the second image being an image of at least a portion of the item detail page that would be displayed in response to selecting the link;
associating the first image with the item association information to generate a linked image;
storing the linked image on the network storage device from which the first image was retrieved, such that subsequent retrieval of the first image is rendered as the linked image;
displaying the linked image via the network storage device;
displaying, in response to a user interface element hovering over the item of the displayed linked image, the second image over a portion of the displayed linked image;
receiving an indication that the link to the item detail page has been selected; and
at least partially in response to receiving the indication, causing display of the item detail page corresponding to the item.

US Pat. No. 10,248,990

ONLINE TRANSACTIONS USING AN EMBEDDED STOREFRONT WIDGET

AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVEL R...

1. A computer-based method comprising:receiving, by a widget administration computer, a request for an instance of a storefront widget from a client device that is processing a first webpage in which the storefront widget is embedded;
automatically determining, by the widget administration computer and in response to receiving the request, that the request is a request to distribute the instance of the storefront widget;
receiving, by the widget administration computer, confirmation from a merchant to embed the storefront widget in a second webpage; and
sending, by the widget administration computer and based on administrative input from the merchant, the instance of the storefront widget to the client device, in response to the receiving confirmation from the merchant to embed the storefront widget in the second webpage,
wherein the instance of the storefront widget presents product information for a product,
wherein the storefront widget presents a second link that identifies a second webpage resource accessible from the second webpage, and
wherein the merchant is associated with a merchant account.

US Pat. No. 10,248,988

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC MANIFESTING IN A DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

United States Postal Serv...

1. A method of manifesting items comprising:providing a user interface device, the user interface device providing access to a an electronic manifesting system;
receiving, via the user interface device, an access request to access the electronic manifesting system;
assigning, by a processor, a unique identifier associated with a user;
storing, by a memory, the unique identifier;
providing, using a processor, based on the access request, access to the electronic manifesting system;
receiving, via the interface device, item information for one or more items;
generating, by a processor, a unique identifier for at least one of the one or more items;
associating, in a server of the electronic manifesting system, the unique identifier for the at least one of the one or more items with the user's unique identifier;
creating, by a processor, an electronic manifest including the item information and the user's unique identifier;
generating label information including the associated unique identifier for the at least one or more of the items in an item tracking apparatus configured to process the at least one of the items in an item distribution network; and
causing an output apparatus to automatically apply the unique identifier for the item to the at least one of the items in response to receiving the label information.

US Pat. No. 10,248,983

CUSTOMIZED ITEM DESCRIPTIONS BASED ON SKILL LEVEL

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:maintaining, at a service provider, a set of item descriptions associated with an item, the set of item descriptions associated with a set of skill levels, each item description in the set of item descriptions associated with a particular skill level of the set of skill levels and having been generated based on feedback received from users of that particular skill level;
receiving, from a user, a request to view a network document related to the item;
determining a skill level from the set of skill levels associated with the user with respect to a category associated with the item by:
identifying a category associated with the item;
identifying an account associated with the user;
determining, based on information stored in the account, a number of historical actions that the user has performed with respect to items within the category; and
upon determining the number of historical actions has exceeded a threshold associated with the skill level, assigning the skill level corresponding to the user's experience with the category associated with the item to the user;
identifying a corresponding item description from the set of item descriptions based at least in part on the determined skill level;
generating the network document related to the item to include one or more attributes associated with the item as well as the identified item description; and
providing the network document for presentation to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,248,978

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GROUP SHOPPING WITH A SHARED SHOPPING LIST

PAYPAL, INC., San Jose, ...

1. A non-transitory machine-readable medium having stored thereon machine-readable instructions executable to cause a machine to perform operations comprising:automatically generating, by a service provider, a list of products available at a merchant establishment based on account information for a plurality of user accounts associated with a plurality of user devices, wherein the account information comprises recommended items based on historical user information corresponding to one or more of the plurality of user accounts;
receiving from the plurality of user devices within the merchant establishment, user device check-in information for each of the plurality of user devices, wherein the user device check-in information is generated based on first wireless communications between beacons installed within the merchant establishment and the plurality of user devices;
determining that the plurality of user devices correspond to a group associated with the list of products based on the account information;
determining a first location, within the merchant establishment, at which a first product from the list of products displayed in a software application running on the plurality of user devices is located, wherein the list of products is shared between each of the plurality of user devices;
determining that a first user device from the plurality of user devices is within a first predefined proximity to the first location using wireless signals transmitted by at least one of the beacons over the first predefined proximity;
causing to be displayed, in an interface of a software application running on the first user device, only a portion of the list of products based on the first user device being within the first predefined proximity of the first location using the wireless signals, wherein the portion of the list of products is based on a location of the first user device in the merchant establishment;
determining that a first user associated with the first user device obtained the first product based on second wireless communications between the first user device and a beacon associated with the first location;
causing an update to indicate that the first product has been obtained on each of the plurality of user devices;
transmitting a product alert for a second product in the list of products;
determining that the first user device leaves a second predefined proximity for the second product based on the first user device and the beacons; and
removing the product alert from the interface of the software application running on the first user device.

US Pat. No. 10,248,977

NUMA-BASED CLIENT PLACEMENT

VMware, Inc., Palo Alto,...

1. A method for performing resource management operations in a distributed computer system, the method comprising:receiving, from each of host computers of the distributed computer system, information regarding multi-processor memory architectures of the host computer, including information regarding Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) architectures of the host computer;
receiving, from said each of the host computers of the distributed computer system, information regarding physical and virtual processors operating in the host computer;
receiving, from a user, virtual processor requirements of a client to be placed in one of the host computers of the distributed computer system; and
recommending a target host computer of the distributed computer system to place the client, taking into account the received information regarding the multi-processor memory architectures of the host computers of the distributed computer system, the received information regarding the physical and virtual processors in the host computers of the distributed computer system and the received virtual processor requirements of the client to be placed.

US Pat. No. 10,248,962

PROFITABILITY SIMULATOR

Oracle International Corp...

1. A method implemented with a processor for generating data reports, comprising:receiving inputs comprising a simulation period, simulation information, and a plurality of subsets of the simulation period corresponding to a first granularity of results to be provided in a report of a simulation, wherein a subset of the plurality of subsets of the simulation period corresponds to a time period within the simulation period, wherein a granularity of results is a unit of time corresponding to the results;
running the simulation based at least in part on the simulation period and the simulation information by:
performing historical charting with parallel processing by:
building multiple thread groups wherein work among a plurality of threads is divided according to date ranges,
performing fetches of historical data in parallel via the plurality of threads, and
concatenating results from the fetches and updating a scaling to chart results data,
wherein concatenating results comprises concatenating the results from the fetches into an XML string structure based upon an ordering of the date ranges processed by the plurality of threads; and
performing future forecast charting by:
receiving forecast data corresponding to one or more subsets of the plurality of subsets of the simulation period, the one or more subsets of the forecast data having a second granularity of results;
identifying a mismatch between the first granularity for the report of the simulation and the second granularity of results from the forecast data, wherein the mismatch is due to the first granularity for the report of the simulation being smaller than the second granularity of results from the forecast data; and
generating data corresponding to the first granularity by determining a proportional amount of forecast data corresponding to the mismatch; and
adding the data generated to the XML string structure; andgenerating the report of the simulation to be displayed to a user or saved on a database, wherein the report of the simulation is generated using the XML string structure.

US Pat. No. 10,248,956

ADVERTISING ASSOCIATED WITH MULTIMEDIA CONTENT

EXCALIBUR IP, LLC, New Y...

1. A computer implemented method comprising:selecting, by a digital content distribution system server, a first content from a repository of user-generated digital content, the first content comprising at least one of digital image content and digital video content;
analyzing, by the digital content distribution system server, the first content for references embedded within the first content, the references comprising markers from a producer of the first content to identify a portion of a surface area of the first content available for insertion of digital content and monetization option information associating the portion of the surface area available for insertion of the digital content with monetary payment information for use in selecting the digital content for insertion into the identified portion of the surface area;
automatically matching, by the digital content distribution system server, a second content to the first content using the embedded references identifying the portion of the surface area of the first content available for insertion of digital content, the automatic matching comprising using the monetization option information, comprising the monetary payment information embedded in the first content, as selection criteria in automatically selecting the second content as the digital content to be inserted in the first content;
determining, by the digital content distribution system server, a set of presentation preferences for presentation of the second content in conjunction with the first content, wherein the presentation preferences comprise at least one of audience information, contextual information for the user-generated content, and content metadata; and
transmitting, by the digital content distribution system server, the second content, automatically matched to the first content using the references embedded in the first content, and first content over an electronic communications network to a networked computing device, transmission of the second content and the first content over the electronic communications network to the networked computing device causing the networked computing device to display the second content in the portion of the first content marked by the references, wherein the display is based on the presentation preferences.

US Pat. No. 10,248,954

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR VERIFYING USER IDENTITY USING CARD FEATURES

ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIM...

1. A computer-implemented method for verifying identity, the method comprising:registering, by an authorized user, a physical card for subsequent verification by a server by submitting a digital image of the physical card;
receiving, by the server, a request for identity verification of a user for an online transaction, wherein the request corresponds to an account and includes a digital image of a verifiable physical card;
extracting, based on an image-processing technique, a first card feature from the verifiable card image, wherein an extracted card feature includes a physical feature associated with a physical card or private information of the user;
extracting, based on the image-processing technique, a second card feature from a digital image of a registered physical card which corresponds to the account, wherein the second card feature is encrypted based on an encryption algorithm;
decrypting the encrypted second card feature based on a decryption algorithm which corresponds to the encryption algorithm; and
in response to determining that the first card feature matches the decrypted second card feature, determining successful identity verification,
which causes the user to proceed with the online transaction based on the verifiable physical card.

US Pat. No. 10,248,953

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING TOKENIZED TRANSACTION ACCOUNTS

The Toronto-Dominion Bank...

1. A system, comprising:a communications interface;
at least one processor coupled to the communications interface;
a memory having computer executable instructions stored thereon, that when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to perform the steps of:
generating and storing a first update condition for determining whether to update a first tokenized transaction account at a client device;
providing the first tokenized transaction account to the client device, the first tokenized transaction account constituting a secure digital representation of a transaction account;
obtaining pending purchase transaction data involving a transaction account, the pending purchase transaction data including the first tokenized transaction account;
in response to obtaining the pending purchase transaction data, determining that the first update condition applies to the pending purchase transaction data;
determining that an update to the first tokenized transaction account is required based on the determination that the first update condition applies to the pending purchase transaction data;
based on the determination that the update to the first tokenized transaction account is required, obtaining first location data of prior geographic positions of the client device and second location data of geographic positions of terminal devices that processed prior purchase transactions involving the transaction account;
determining that a subset of the prior geographic positions of the client device matches the geographic positions of the terminal devices;
based on the determination that the subset matches the geographic positions of the terminal devices, delaying the required update of the first tokenized account for a predetermined time period;
detecting that the predetermined time period has expired; and
in response to the detection that the predetermined time period has expired, performing an update to the first tokenized transaction account and providing the updated first tokenized transaction account to the client device.

US Pat. No. 10,248,948

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING INTERACTION INFORMATION BY USING IMAGE ON DEVICE DISPLAY

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method for using a mobile device to provide information to a point-of-sale (POS) terminal, the method comprising:detecting, by the mobile device, a presence of the POS terminal via wireless communication;
in response to the presence of the POS terminal being detected, displaying, on a display of the mobile device, a credit card image that is stored in the mobile device, by executing a payment application, without displaying a lock screen for receiving a user input for unlocking the mobile device;
while the credit card image is displayed:
receiving, via a fingerprint sensor of the mobile device, a first fingerprint input of a user of the mobile device; and
determining, by the mobile device, whether the first fingerprint input that is received is valid; and
in response to the first fingerprint input that is received being determined to be valid and being maintained over a preset time interval, providing, by the mobile device, to the POS terminal, first information corresponding to a credit card related to the credit card image that is displayed, to facilitate a performance of a transaction by a settlement server.

US Pat. No. 10,248,945

DYNAMIC SCREEN LOGO THAT TRANSMITS SHOPPING BASKET CONNECTION INFORMATION TO MOBILE DEVICE

Mastercard International ...

1. A method comprising:using a camera component of a mobile device to capture images over time of a design element displayed on a display screen, the design element modulated over time to encode data in the design element, the design element presented by a merchant;
analyzing the captured images by a payment application running on the mobile device to obtain the encoded data;
the payment application using the encoded data to establish a communication channel with a merchant device, the merchant device operated by or on behalf of the merchant; and
the payment application engaging in a purchase transaction with the merchant device via the communication channel, the purchase transaction including the payment application causing payment credentials to be transmitted to the merchant device to permit the merchant device to use the payment credentials to initiate a request for payment;
wherein the design element is presented by the merchant via being included in a web page downloaded by the merchant to a computer operated by a user of the mobile device.

US Pat. No. 10,248,938

REMOTE TRANSACTION PROCESSING AT A SERVER WITH AUTHENTICATION AFTER A PRODUCT LIST

Michelle Fisher, Berkele...

1. A method for processing a transaction comprising:maintaining, at a remote management server, a payment method;
sending a list of products from the remote management server to a non-browser based application generated screen for display using the non-browser based application generated screen, wherein the non-browser based application generated screen is generated by a non-browser based application which is a mobile operating system platform non-browser based mobile application with a graphical user interface that is preinstalled or downloaded and installed on a mobile device, the non-browser based application generated screen corresponding to a specific screen or area of the non-browser based application, the mobile device including the mobile device display, a mobile device processor, a mobile device wireless transceiver configured to support voice and data interactions through a first wireless communication channel including at least one of CDMA and GSM, and a mobile device wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) transceiver;
receiving, at the remote management server, an identification of one or more products selected from a list of products, from the non-browser based application generated screen wherein the non-browser based application generated screen device receives the identification of one or more products selected from the list of products through user input via the mobile device display of the mobile device;
receiving, at the remote management server, user input login information including an identification code associated with a user and information related to a password from the non-browser based application generated screen, wherein the non-browser based application generated screen receives the user input login information including the identification code associated with the user and the information related to the password, through the user input via the mobile device display of the mobile device;
upon receipt of the user input login information including the identification code associated with the user and the information related to the password, authenticating, at the remote management server, the user associated with the user input login information;
receiving, at the remote management server, a transaction purchase request from the non-browser based application generated screen, wherein the non-browser based application generated screen receives the transaction purchase request through the user input via the mobile device display of the mobile device;
after receiving the transaction purchase request, transmitting, from the remote management server, the payment method to a transaction server which processes the transaction using the payment method;
receiving, at the remote management server, a transaction verification from the transaction server, wherein the transaction verification indicates that the transaction has been processed; and
after the transaction has been processed, sending, from the remote management server to the non-browser based application generated screen stored on the mobile device, a digital artifact for display within the non-browser based application generated screen using the mobile device display.

US Pat. No. 10,248,937

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF PROVIDING POST-PURCHASE MEDIA CONTENT TO A SUBSCRIBER

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computing device of a media service provider, purchase data of a subscriber of the media service provider, the purchase data including identification information of a first product;
in response to receiving the purchase data, sending, by the computing device of the media service provider, media content associated with the first product to a device associated with the subscriber;
receiving, by the computing device from the device associated with the subscriber, a search request associated with the first product;
in response to receiving the search request, determining, by the computing device, a responsible party associated with the first product based on whether a return period associated with the first product is active, wherein determining the responsible party associated with the first product comprises:
determining, by the computing device, that a return period associated with the first product is active based on a purchase date associated with the first product; and
selecting a seller of the first product as the responsible party associated with the first product based on determining that the return period is active;
placing, by the computing device, a first call to a communication device of the responsible party;
placing, by the computing device, a second call to a second communication device of the subscriber; and
bridging, by the computing device, the first call and the second call.

US Pat. No. 10,248,917

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEVELOPING AND UTILIZING A CONTACTABILITY PROFILE

CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC...

1. A system for improving call center efficiency based on a contactability profile of an entity, comprising:at least one memory configured to store data and instructions;
at least one processing unit configured to access the at least one memory and execute the instructions, causing the at least one processing unit to:
generate a contactability profile of an entity by:
receiving, from a transaction system, transaction card usage data associated with the entity, the transaction card usage data comprising a transaction date and time and a transaction channel associated with each of a plurality of transactions;
receiving, from a plurality of data sources, internet usage data associated with the entity's access to a plurality of webpages, the internet usage data comprising an access time and an access channel for each of the plurality of webpages;
extrapolating, by a discriminator controlling a plurality of data enhancers and based on the transaction card usage data and internet usage data, contactability data including both contactable times and channels and non-contactable times and channels;
filtering the contactability data to remove conflicting contactability data indicating that the entity is both contactable and noncontactable at a same period of time; and
calculating, based on the filtered contactability data, a plurality of probabilities that the entity will be available for contact at a respective specified time and via one or more communication channels,
store, in the at least one memory, the contactability profile including a block of time indicating a calculated probability that the entity will be available at a specified time and via a specified channel;
and
a call generator system configured to:
receive the contactability profile of the entity;
schedule a telephone call during the block of time provided by the contactability profile;
dial a telephone number provided in the contactability profile during the block of time;
detect that the telephone call is answered by the entity; and
connect a user to the answered telephone call.

US Pat. No. 10,248,911

ION TRAPPING DEVICE WITH INSULATING LAYER EXPOSURE PREVENTION AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

1. An ion trap device, comprising:a substrate;
at least one central DC electrode disposed over the substrate and comprising:
a DC connector pad, and
a DC rail connected to the DC connector pad;
an RF electrode disposed over the substrate and comprising:
at least one RF rail located adjacent to the DC rail, and
an RF pad connected to the at least one RF rail;
at least one side electrode disposed over the substrate with the RF electrode disposed between the central DC electrode and the side electrode; and
a plurality of insulating layers configured to support at least one of the central DC electrode, the RF electrode or the side electrode, on a top surface of the substrate,
wherein
the plurality of insulating layers includes a first insulating layer and a second insulating layer disposed over the first insulating layer,
the second insulating layer includes an insulating overhang that protrudes with respect to the first insulating layer in a width direction of the ion trap device, and
the insulating overhang comprises at least one bottom side, substantially parallel to the substrate, and a lateral sidewall, substantially perpendicular to the substrate,
wherein the lateral sidewall of the insulating overhang has a conductive film formed thereon, and
wherein the bottom side has no conductive film formed thereon.

US Pat. No. 10,248,907

RESISTIVE PROCESSING UNIT

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A two-terminal resistive processing unit (RPU) comprising:a first terminal;
a second terminal; and
an active region having a resistance;
wherein the RPU represents a neuron in a neural network, and the resistance of the active region represents a weight of the neuron according to a training methodology applied to the neural network;
wherein the active region is configured to change the resistance in a stochastic manner wherein the change in the conduction state comprises a non-linear change based on a first encoded voltage signal applied to the first terminal and a second encoded voltage signal applied to the second terminal; and
wherein the active region is further configured to locally perform a data processing operation of the training methodology using the changed resistance.

US Pat. No. 10,248,889

ORGANIZING IMAGES ASSOCIATED WITH A USER

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:identifying images associated with a user, wherein at least one of the images includes a first person;
for each of the images:
identifying one or more objects in the image; and
for each of the one or more objects, determining labels, wherein the labels are based on at least one of metadata or a primary annotation and at least one of the labels indicates that a corresponding image includes the first person;
determining, based on the labels, that the first person is identified as being present in at least a threshold number of the images associated with the user; and
responsive to determining that the first person is identified as being present in at least the threshold number of the images associated with the user, providing a user interface that includes graphical data that displays an image of the first person and a prompt for the user to provide identification information for the first person.

US Pat. No. 10,248,887

OBJECT TRACKING DEVICE AND METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An object tracking device including a processor and a memory, wherein the processor includes:an image preprocessing module that normalizes a background area of an input image to obtain a normalized image with a background area of a fixed size;
a super-pixel matching module that converts the normalized image into a super-pixel image by a super-pixel arithmetic, and matches the super-pixel image with a reference super-pixel area for a matching area in super-pixel image which has high degree similarity of super-pixel colors with the reference super-pixel area; and
a background masking module that masks the super-pixel image having the matching area to mask a super-pixel masked image at the background area which is outside the matching area.

US Pat. No. 10,248,885

METHOD FOR ENCODING OF ANATOMIC CURVES

James R. Glidewell Dental...

1. A method for automatic generation of a design proposal for a dental restoration prosthesis to be used as a tooth restoration for a patient comprising the steps of:in a computing system,
a. identifying and sampling a characteristic curve of a tooth preparation of the patient to be restored with the dental restoration prosthesis, at a plurality of sample points;
b. encoding the characteristic curve of the tooth preparation of the patient as a string by a curve encoding process;
c. searching a database of cases of previously completed tooth restoration designs, each case having
i. a dental restoration prosthesis design, and
ii. a string encoding a characteristic curve of the dental restoration prosthesis design,
d. measuring similarities and defining a plurality of string similarity measures between the string of the tooth preparation and the strings of the database;
e. obtaining one of the dental restoration prosthesis designs as the design proposal for the dental restoration prosthesis for the tooth preparation based on the string similarity measures; and
f. using the design proposal as a design for the dental restoration prosthesis.

US Pat. No. 10,248,884

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING AN IMAGE CLASSIFIER

Linear Algebra Technologi...

1. A computing device for image classification comprising:a memory including:
a non-rectangular foreground silhouette generated based on a set of training images, and
a non-rectangular bitmap that identifies a subset of cells of a rectangular detection window, the rectangular detection window having a cell width and cell height;
a hardware accelerator to:
identify a portion of an image to be classified based on the non-rectangular foreground silhouette,
identify a cell within the portion of the image to be classified that match the subset of the cells of the non-rectangular bitmap, the portion having the cell width and the cell height,
generate and store a histogram of orientations of pixels within the cell that matches the subset of cells, and
determine a cell block having a plurality of contiguous identified cells from the image; and
a processor to:
generate, for the cell block, a descriptor including at least a portion of the histogram, and
evaluate the descriptor against the set of training images to selectively identify the portion of the image as including a class of object associated with at least one of the training images.

US Pat. No. 10,248,883

PHOTOGRAPH-BASED ASSESSMENT OF DENTAL TREATMENTS AND PROCEDURES

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A dental-treatment monitoring system comprising:one or more processors;
one or more electronic memories that store instructions and data;
one or more mass-storage devices that store encoded images and patient information;
a communications subsystem through which the dental-treatment monitoring system receives images and information from remote computer systems; and
computer instructions, encoded in one or more of the one or more electronic memories, that control the dental-treatment monitoring system to store, in one or more data-storage devices selected from among the one or more electronic memories and one or more mass-storage devices, a three-dimensional model of a patient's teeth, receive, through the communications subsystem, one or more two-dimensional digital photographs of the patient's teeth taken at a time t during the course of a dental treatment, project, in time, the three-dimensional model of the patient's teeth to the time t to generate and store a time-projected three-dimensional model of the patient's teeth representing an expected configuration of the patient's teeth, compare one or more of the one or more two-dimensional digital photographs to corresponding two-dimensional digital images generated from the time-projected three-dimensional model of the patient's teeth to generate one or more comparison values and generate, from the received one or more two-dimensional digital photographs, a set of one or more processed images with associated metadata for analysis, determine, for each image in the set of one or more processed images, a set of virtual-camera parameters that describe the position, and orientation for a virtual camera that produces a generated image from the time-projected three-dimensional model of the patient's teeth equivalent to the image in the set of one or more processed images, use, for each image in the set of one or more processed images, the standard type of view and additional metadata to generate an initial set of virtual-camera parameters for the image in the set of one or more processed images, use the standard type of view and additional metadata to determine a value for an iteration variable; carry out a number of optimization iterations equal to the value of the iteration variable; and finally refine the virtual-camera parameters for the image in the set of one or more processed images, generate, for each image in the set of one or more processed images, a generated image corresponding to the image from the time-projected three-dimensional model of the patient's teeth and the virtual-camera parameters determined for the image in the set of one or more processed images, and compare each image in the set of one or more processed images with the corresponding generated image to generate the one or more comparison values for the image in the set of one or more processed images, determine, from the one or more comparison values, whether or not a configuration of the patient's teeth is within a threshold level of correspondence to the expected configuration of the patient's teeth, and store an indication of the determination in one of the one or more electronic memories.

US Pat. No. 10,248,876

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AVOIDING NON-ALIGNED LOADS USING MULTIPLE COPIES OF INPUT DATA

Texas Instruments Incorpo...

1. A method of determining a summation of pixel characteristics for a rectangular region of a digital image for object detection, the method comprising:determining, by a digital signal processor (DSP) of an electronic assembly, whether a first base address for a first data element in an integral image buffer is aligned for a first single instruction multiple data (SIMD) operation by the DSP, wherein the first data element represents a first corner of a pre-selected rectangular region of an integral image, wherein the integral image is a representation of a pre-selected digital image, and wherein the integral image is formed by data elements stored in the integral image buffer on a storage device;
loading the first data element from the integral image buffer, to the DSP, in response to determining that the first base address is aligned for the first SIMD operation; and
loading an offset first data element of an offset integral image from an offset integral buffer on the storage device, to the DSP, in response to determining that the first base address is non-aligned for the first SIMD operation, wherein the offset first data element represents the first corner of the pre-selected rectangular region; and
wherein the offset first data element of the offset integral image is defined by corresponding data elements of the integral image and stored at address locations in the offset integral buffer that are offset by one address location such that a select data element in the integral image buffer at a select address that is non-aligned for a select SIMD operation by the DSP is located at a select offset address in the offset integral buffer that is aligned for the select SIMD operation.

US Pat. No. 10,248,866

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS BASED ON AUDIO

GoPro, Inc., San Mateo, ...

1. A system that identifies video highlights based on audio, the system comprising:one or more physical processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
obtain video information defining spherical video content, the spherical video content having a progress length, the spherical video content defining visual content viewable from a point of view as a function of progress through the progress length of the spherical video content;
obtain audio information defining audio content, the audio content captured during capture of the spherical video content, the audio information characterizing one or more directions of sounds within the audio content;
identify an audio event within the audio content, the audio event indicating an occurrence of a highlight event based on one or more of the sounds within the audio content, the audio event occurring at an audio event moment within the progress length, the one or more of the sounds originating from one or more audio sources captured within an audio event extent within the spherical video content at the audio event moment, the audio event extent characterized by an audio viewing direction and an audio viewing size;
determine a temporal type of the audio event, the temporal type providing guidance with respect to relative temporality of the highlight event with respect to the audio event;
determine a spatial type of the audio event, the spatial type providing guidance with respect to relative spatiality of the highlight event with respect to the audio event;
identify a highlight event moment of the highlight event based on the audio event moment and the temporal type of the audio event, the highlight event occurring at the highlight event moment within the progress length;
identify a highlight event extent of the highlight event based on the audio event extent and the spatial type of the audio event, the highlight event extent characterized by a highlight viewing direction and a highlight viewing size, the highlight event captured within the highlight event extent within the spherical video content at the highlight event moment; and
effectuate storage of the identification of the highlight event moment and the identification of the highlight event extent in a storage medium.

US Pat. No. 10,248,859

VIEW FINDER APPARATUS AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A viewfinder apparatus comprising:a window on which first and second reference marks are disposed;
a movable eye imaging camera configured to photograph at least one eye of a user via the window; and
a controller configured to detect a current position of the eye imaging camera, based on a first distance between the first reference mark and the second reference mark in a first image captured by the eye imaging camera when the eye imaging camera is at a first position different from the current position and a second distance between the first reference mark and the second reference mark in a second image captured by the eye imaging camera when the eye imaging camera is at the current position; and track the eye of the user based on the detected current position of the eye imaging camera.

US Pat. No. 10,248,856

SMART NECKLACE WITH STEREO VISION AND ONBOARD PROCESSING

1. A wearable neck device for providing optical character or image recognition information to a user, comprising:a band having a left portion, a right portion, and a central portion connecting the left portion and the right portion;
an inertial measurement unit (IMU) that is configured to detect IMU data including a body posture of the user;
at least one camera connected to the band, having a field of view, and configured to detect image data corresponding to a surrounding environment of the user;
a memory storing optical character or image recognition processing data corresponding to an algorithm or a set of instructions for identifying characters or images of documents;
a processor connected to the IMU, the memory and the at least one camera, and configured to:
determine, using the image data, a location of the user,
determine, using the IMU data, the body posture of the user,
detect, using the image data, a plurality of documents in the surrounding environment of the user based on the location of the user,
determine, using the image data and IMU data, that the plurality of documents are of interest to the user based on the determined location and the determined body posture of the user relative to a location of the plurality of documents in the surrounding environment of the user, and in response:
recognize a document that is among the plurality of documents that are of interest and in the surrounding environment of the user,
provide a description of the document that identifies the document to the user,
receive a user selection of the document that is among the plurality of documents that are of interest and in the surrounding environment of the user in response to providing the description of the document to the user,
select the document that is among the plurality of documents in the surrounding environment based on the user selection,
adjust the field of view of the at least one camera such that the document is within the adjusted field of view,
recognize, using the optical character or image recognition processing data, at least one of a character or an image of the document, and
determine output data based on the at least one of the character or the image of the document; and
a speaker configured to provide audio information to the user based on the output data.

US Pat. No. 10,248,853

IMAGE OUTPUT DEVICE, IMAGE OUTPUT METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. An image output device, comprising:a memory; and
one or more processing circuits configured to function as an acquirer, an extractor, a search unit, an associate unit and an output controller, wherein
the acquirer acquires a plurality of first images obtained by capturing a mobile object and a plurality of second images obtained by capturing the mobile object;
the extractor extracts a first parameter that varies in accordance with a movement of the mobile object from at least one of the first images, and extracts a second parameter that varies in accordance with a movement of the mobile object from each of the second images;
the search unit searches the second parameters for a second parameter that is similar to the first parameter;
the associate unit associates the first image from which the first parameter is extracted with the second image from which the second parameter that is retrieved with respect to the first parameter is extracted and to associate another first image other than the first image with another second image that is shifted from the second image by a number of frames between the another first image and the first image from which the first parameter is extracted; and
the output controller instructs an output unit to output an image based on the first image and the second image that are associated to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,248,852

METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING FACIAL EXPRESSION OF HEADSET WEARING USER AND APPARATUS ENABLING THE SAME

INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERA...

1. A head mounted display apparatus for recognizing expressions, comprising:a sensing unit including at least one expression detection sensing unit installed inside of the head mounted display apparatus for sensing expression information around eyes in at least one of a contact manner and a non-contact manner;
an image acquiring unit installed outside of said head mounted display apparatus for collecting expression information around a mouth; and
an acquisition unit for information of expressions for collecting the expression information around the eyes and the expression information around the mouth,
wherein the sensing unit measures a reference value of compression and stretching of one object and senses a degree of the compression of the one object or a degree of the stretching of the one object by comparing an infrared intensity value measured for the one object with the reference value, and
wherein the degree of the compression of the one object or the degree of the stretching of the one object is reflected in the expression information around the eyes.