US Pat. No. 10,116,470

COMBINED LOW AND HIGH FREQUENCY CONTINUOUS-TIME LINEAR EQUALIZERS

Futurewei Technologies, I...

1. An apparatus comprising:an input port configured to receive an input signal propagated through a transmission link experiencing a low-frequency channel loss and a high-frequency channel loss;
a continuous-time linear equalization (CTLE) circuit coupled to the input port, the CTLE circuit comprising:
a differential amplifier circuit coupled to the input port, the differential amplifier circuit comprising a first circuit branch connected in parallel to a second circuit branch; and
a bias circuit coupled to the differential amplifier circuit, the bias circuit comprising a first transistor coupled to the first circuit branch and configured to provide a first direct current (DC) bias to the first circuit branch, a second transistor coupled to the second circuit branch and configured to provide a second DC bias to the second circuit branch, and a first resistor positioned between the first transistor and the second transistor,
wherein the CTLE circuit is configured to produce an output signal according to the input signal by:
applying a first gain to the input signal based on a first frequency to compensate the low-frequency channel loss; and
applying a second gain to the input signal based on a second frequency to compensate the high-frequency channel loss; and
an output port coupled to the CTLE circuit and outputting the output signal, wherein a frequency response of the CTLE circuit between the output port and the input port comprises a first zero and a second zero, the first zero dependent on a first parasitic capacitance of the first transistor and on a first resistance of the first resistor, the first frequency associated with the first zero, and the second frequency associated with the second zero.

US Pat. No. 10,116,436

TECHNIQUES FOR PREVENTING MEMORY TIMING ATTACKS

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. An apparatus, comprising:at least one memory comprising a shared memory and a system memory;
logic, at least a portion of the logic comprised in hardware coupled to the at least one shared memory, the logic to implement a memory monitor to:
determine a memory attack by an attacker application against a victim application using the shared memory, and
prevent the memory attack, the memory monitor to:
determine that victim data is being reloaded into the shared memory from the system memory,
store the victim data in a monitor memory,
flush shared memory data stored in the shared memory, and
write the victim data from the monitor memory to the shared memory.

US Pat. No. 10,116,337

DECODING METHOD FOR CONVOLUTIONALLY CODED SIGNAL

MSTAR SEMICONDUCTOR, INC....

1. A decoding method for a convolutionally coded signal of a communication system pre-storing recursion state metrics for decoding sub-trellises resulting in accelerating iteration loop convergence and reducing bit error rates, the convolutionally coded signal comprising a trellis with steps, the decoding method comprising:determining a plurality of first sub-trellises from the trellis, and determining a corresponding step for each of the first sub-trellises, each corresponding step represented by a corresponding dividing line in the trellis, each dividing line distinct from the boundaries of all the first sub-trellises;
decoding the first sub-trellises to generate a plurality of state metrics;
storing a first record containing the plurality of state metrics generated prior to and subsequent to the corresponding steps;
determining a plurality of second sub-trellises from the trellis, the boundaries of each of the second sub-trellises being distinct and non-aligned with the boundaries of each of the first sub-trellises; and
decoding the second sub-trellises by utilizing the first record as an initial condition of the second sub-trellises.

US Pat. No. 10,116,305

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE FOR DISPLAY DRIVER IC STRUCTURE

Magnachip Semiconductor, ...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:a first transistor, a second transistor, and a third transistor formed on a semiconductor substrate, wherein
the first transistor comprises
a first gate insulator having a first thickness,
a first source region and a first drain region,
a pair of lightly doped drain (LDD) regions that are each shallower than the first source region and the first drain region, and
a first gate electrode,
the second transistor comprises
a second gate insulator having a second thickness that is thinner than the first thickness,
a second source region and a second drain region,
a pair of drift regions that encompass the second source region and the second drain region respectively, and
a second gate electrode, and
the third transistor comprises
a third gate insulator having the first thickness,
a third source region and a third drain region, and
a pair of drift regions that encompass the third source region and the third drain region respectively, and
a third gate electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,116,285

INTEGRATION OF A REPLICA CIRCUIT AND A TRANSFORMER ABOVE A DIELECTRIC SUBSTRATE

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method comprising:forming a replica circuit above a surface of a glass-type material of a single dielectric substrate, wherein the replica circuit comprises a thin-film transistor (TFT) configured to function as a variable capacitor or a variable resistor;
forming a first inductor structure of a transformer above the surface of the glass-type material of the single dielectric substrate;
forming a second inductor structure of the transformer, the second inductor structure formed using a metal layer deposited above the first inductor structure; and
using the metal layer, forming one or more of a gate electrode of a transistor, a source electrode of the transistor, or a drain electrode of the transistor,
wherein the transformer is coupled to the replica circuit, and wherein the transformer is configured to facilitate an impedance match between the replica circuit and an antenna.

US Pat. No. 10,116,277

RADIO FREQUENCY POWER AMPLIFIER

NATIONAL CHI NAN UNIVERSI...

1. A radio frequency (RF) power amplifier comprising:a number (N) of amplifying stages, each receiving a respective RF input signal and outputting a respective RF output signal, where N?1;
when N?2, said amplifying stages being cascaded, and the respective RF output signal outputted by an nth one of said amplifying stages serving as the respective RF input signal received by an (n+1)th one of said amplifying stages, where 1?n?(N?1);
each of first to Mth ones of said amplifying stages including
a first amplifying module receiving a first RF to-be-amplified signal, and performing power amplification on the first RF to-be-amplified signal to generate the respective RF output signal and an RF inverted signal that is anti-phase with the first RF to-be-amplified signal,
an input module coupled to said first amplifying module, and receiving the respective RF input signal, and
a feedback module coupled to said first amplifying module and said input module, and receiving the respective RF output signal from said first amplifying module, said feedback module cooperating with said input module to provide, based on the respective RF input signal and the respective RF output signal, the first RF to-be-amplified signal for said first amplifying module, said feedback module cooperating with said first amplifying module to form a positive feedback loop that provides a loop gain which is less than one, a portion of the first RF to-be-amplified signal that is contributed by the respective RF output signal being anti-phase with the RF inverted signal,
where 1?M?N;
for each of said first to Mth ones of said amplifying stages, said first amplifying module including:
a transistor having a first terminal that provides the RF inverted signal, a second terminal that is grounded, and a control terminal that is coupled to said input module and said feedback module for receiving the first RF to-be-amplified signal therefrom;
a first inductor having a first terminal that is coupled to said feedback module and that provides the respective RF output signal, and a second terminal that is coupled to said first terminal of said transistor; and
a second inductor having a first terminal that is used to receive a supply voltage, and a second terminal that is coupled to said first terminal of said first inductor.

US Pat. No. 10,116,269

DIFFERENTIAL AMPLIFIER WITH EXTENDED BANDWIDTH AND THD REDUCTION

INPHI CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A system comprising:an amplifier device comprising:
a first transistor comprising a first base terminal and a first collector terminal, the first base terminal being coupled to a first input;
a second transistor comprising a second base terminal and a second collector terminal, the second terminal base being coupled to a second input;
a first peaking inductor coupled to the first collector terminal;
a second peaking inductor coupled to the second collector terminal;
a third transistor comprising a third base terminal and a first emitter terminal, the first emitter terminal being coupled to the first peaking inductor;
a fourth transistor comprising a fourth base terminal and a second emitter terminal, the second emitter terminal being coupled to the second peaking inductor; and
a degeneration resistor coupled to the third base terminal and the fourth base terminal; and
a output proportional to an input, and the output coupled to the amplifier device.

US Pat. No. 10,116,249

REDUCED RIPPLE INVERTER FOR HYBRID DRIVE SYSTEMS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A powertrain comprising:a battery;
a wye wound electric machine coupled with an inverter; and
a controller configured to, responsive to an electrical connection between the battery and an AC grid that results in charging of the battery with energy from the AC grid, close a switch to connect a capacitor between a neutral terminal of the electric machine and a negative terminal of the inverter to absorb reactive power associated with the energy.

US Pat. No. 10,116,248

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A BRUSHLESS MOTOR

Continental Automotive Gm...

1. A method for operating a brushless electric motor with an AC converter comprising three outputs that are allocated to the windings (U, V, W) of the electric motor, a respective power semiconductor switch arranged between each output of the AC converter and the windings (U, V, W) of the brushless electric motor, a plurality of supply voltage switches, a detection unit, a measuring unit, a motor position angle sensor, and a switch driver circuit connected to an output of the motor position angle sensor, the method comprising:detecting, by the detection unit, a defective switch of the plurality of supply voltage switches,
measuring, by the measuring unit, the voltage at the outputs of the AC converter,
determining, by the motor position angle sensor, the motor position angle (?), and
performing the following steps sequentially:
controlling all of the plurality of supply voltage switches to switch off following the detection of the defective switch so that power is no longer introduced into the windings (U, V, W) of the electric motor, and then
while all of the plurality of supply voltage switches are switched off, generating and directly applying, by the switch driver circuit in response to an output signal of the motor position angle sensor, control signals to control the power semiconductor switches to individually switch off in succession at previously defined motor position angles (?U, ?V, ?W) respectively, the previously defined motor position angles (?U, ?V, ?W) are defined to prevent electric current generated by rotation of the electric motor from flowing to the plurality of supply voltage switches.

US Pat. No. 10,116,247

INVERTER DRIVE DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR MODULE

FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. An inverter drive device for driving a semiconductor switching element that controls an output current of an inverter, comprising:a drive circuit configured to apply a drive voltage to the semiconductor switching element, to thereby turn the semiconductor switching element on and off, the turning off of the semiconductor switching element causing a counter electromotive force to be generated therein;
a clamping diode configured to, upon the turning off of the semiconductor switching element, clamp a voltage of the generated counter electromotive force;
a voltage dividing resistor configured to detect a voltage that is proportional to a current flowing through the clamping diode when the clamping diode clamps the voltage of the counter electromotive force; and
an auxiliary drive circuit configured to generate a control voltage in accordance with the voltage detected by the voltage dividing resistor, and to apply the control voltage to the semiconductor switching element, to thereby turn the semiconductor switching element on.

US Pat. No. 10,116,246

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION COMPRISING AN ELECTRICAL APPARATUS, A THREE-PHASE INVERTER AND A CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE INVERTER, AND RELATED METHOD

SKF MAGNETIC MECHATRONICS...

1. An electrical installation comprising:a permanent-magnet synchronous motor comprising a rotation frequency for which the permanent-magnet synchronous motor produces a greatest rotational torque,
a three-phase inverter, and
a control device,
wherein the three-phase inverter generates a three-phase electrical current and supplies the permanent-magnet synchronous motor with the three-phase electrical current, the three-phase electrical current presenting a first frequency for operating the permanent-magnet synchronous motor, the three-phase electrical current also comprising an undesired frequency component presenting a second frequency, and the control device comprising:
a measurement module configured to measure a parameter of each phase of the three-phase electrical current, the measured parameters forming a measurement vector comprising a set of three numbers, each number being equal to currents of respective phases,
a first Clarke calculation module configured to calculate a Clarke transform of the measurement vector, the Clarke transform including a first vector containing two first values, the first vector being represented in a first basis of a two-dimensional vector space,
a command module for generating a control signal for controlling the three-phase inverter,
a first rotation module configured to generate a second vector containing two second values, the second vector being a representation of the first vector in a second basis of a two-dimensional vector space, the second basis rotating at the second frequency with respect to the first basis,
a first subtraction module configured to compare each second value to a corresponding first reference value for generating a corresponding first difference,
a second rotation module configured to generate a third vector containing two third values, the third vector being a representation of the first vector in a third basis of a two-dimensional vector space, the third basis rotating at the first frequency with respect to the first basis,
a second subtraction module configured to compare each third value to a corresponding second reference value for generating a corresponding second difference,
an identification module configured to calculate the second frequency from the first frequency,
a first integration module configured to calculate an integral of the second frequency, and
a second integration module configured to calculate an integral of the first frequency; wherein
the command module is configured to generate the control signal from the first differences and the second differences.

US Pat. No. 10,116,245

COMPRESSOR DRIVING DEVICE, COMPRESSOR INCLUDING THE SAME, AND REFRIGERATION CYCLE APPARATUS INCLUDING THE COMPRESSOR DRIVING DEVICE AND THE COMPRESSOR

PANASONIC APPLIANCES REFR...

1. A compressor driving device, comprising:a power conversion circuit that supplies power to an electric motor included in a compressor;
a drive circuit that drives the power conversion circuit according to a control signal;
a voltage detector that detects a voltage that is output to the electric motor;
a current detector that detects a current that is output to the electric motor; and
a controller,
wherein when a product of a detection value of the voltage detector and a detection value of the current detector is greater than a predetermined comparison value, the controller reduces a duty ratio of the control signal and cause the power supplied to the electric motor by the power conversion circuit to have a predetermined power level or less.

US Pat. No. 10,116,243

DETERMINING MOTOR POSITION WITH COMPLEMENTARY DRIVE AND DETECT AND SLIGHT MOVE

ALLEGRO MICROSYSTEMS, LLC...

1. A method of determining a position of a rotor in a three-phase motor having phase A, phase B, and phase C, comprising:determining first and second ones of sectors in which a first one of the magnetic poles of the rotor may be positioned, wherein the first and second ones of the sectors are oppositely located, by respectively driving phase pairs A-B, A-C, and B-C with complementary signals and examining a voltage of a floating one of the phases; and
applying torque to the motor by driving at least one phase pair with respective signals aligned in phase and unequal duty cycles to move the rotor a given amount from the rotor position in the first or second ones of the sectors for determining the position of the rotor.

US Pat. No. 10,116,242

INVERTER CONTROLLER AND MOTOR DRIVING SYSTEM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. An inverter controller, comprising:an inverter circuit which drives a rotary device;
current detectors which detect current values output from the inverter circuit;
a current command value calculator which calculates current command values so that an output voltage generated by the rotary device based on a current output from the inverter circuit becomes equal to or more than a given value;
a voltage command value calculator which calculates voltage command values so that the current values become equal to the current command values; and
an estimator which estimates a rotational phase angle of the rotary device, based on the voltage command values and the current values,
wherein the current command value calculator calculates first current command values based on a torque command value and second current command values based on the torque command value and an estimated speed, respectively, determines whether the output voltage in accordance with the first current command values is lower than the given value, outputs the first current command values as the current command values when the output voltage in accordance with the first current command values is equal to or more than the given value, and outputs the second current command values as the current command values when the output voltage in accordance with the first current command values is lower than the given value.

US Pat. No. 10,116,241

MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE AND MOTOR CONTROL METHOD

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A motor control device for a vehicle which is provided with a motor as a power source, the motor control device comprising:a first torque limiter that performs clipping of a torque value with a first upper limit torque value, with respect to a torque command received from a vehicle controller, the torque command controlling a torque generated by the motor;
a motor revolution speed calculator that receives a resolver signal and calculates a motor revolution speed of the motor based on the resolver signal;
a torque ripple correction amount calculator that calculates a torque ripple correction amount for suppressing torque ripples generated in the motor, based on the torque command and the motor revolution speed;
an adder that subtracts the torque ripple correction amount from the torque value of the torque command subjected to the clipping with the first upper limit torque value;
a second torque limiter that performs clipping on the torque value output from the adder with a second upper limit torque value greater than the first upper limit torque value;
a carrier frequency correction amount calculator that calculates a carrier frequency correction amount for correcting a carrier frequency of a power converter for driving the motor, based on the torque ripple correction amount and the motor revolution speed, in order to reduce losses in the power converter caused by a torque ripple correction; and
a PWM modulator that corrects the carrier frequency based on the carrier frequency correction amount, calculates a drive signal for the power converter based on the corrected carrier frequency and the torque command which has the torque value subjected to the clipping with the second upper limit torque value, and supplies the drive signal to the power converter to drive the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,116,240

CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR JOINTLY CONTROLLING ASYNCHRONOUS MACHINES OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Robert Bosch GmbH, Stutt...

1. A method (20) for jointly controlling asynchronous machines (2; 3) of a motor vehicle (1) comprising a first asynchronous machine (2) and a second asynchronous machine (3) for driving the motor vehicle (1); and an inverter (4) which is designed for supplying the first asynchronous machine (2) and the second asynchronous machine (3) with a common stator voltage (5) at a common stator frequency (6);wherein the method comprises the steps of:
sensing (21) a specified setpoint drive torque (11) of the motor vehicle (1) for a current driving situation of the motor vehicle (1); sensing (22) a first speed (7a) of the first asynchronous machine (2) and a second speed (7b) of the second asynchronous machine (3);
establishing (23) a permitted value range for a first drive torque (9a) of the first asynchronous machine (2) and a permitted value range for a second drive torque (9b) of the second asynchronous machine (3);
determining (24) a common operating strategy for the first asynchronous machine (2) and the second asynchronous machine (3) according to the specified setpoint torque (11) of the motor vehicle (1) with consideration for the sensed speeds (7a; 7b) and the established value ranges of the drive torques (9a; 9b) of the asynchronous machines (2; 3); and
controlling (25) the stator voltage (5) and the stator frequency (6) of the inverter (4) for setting the drive torques (9a; 9b) of the asynchronous machines (2; 3) according to the operating strategy.

US Pat. No. 10,116,239

SINGLE PHASE MOTOR ENERGY ECONOMIZER FOR REGULATING THE USE OF ELECTRICITY

Protective Energy Economi...

1. A system for reducing inrush loading when a source of electrical power is restored, the system comprising:means for switching the electrical power, the means for switching the electrical power selectively connecting a load to the source of the electrical power;
means for measuring the AC voltage potential at the source of the electrical power;
means for determining when the AC voltage potential is within an operating range; and
responsive to the AC voltage potential being within the operating range, the system delays for a time period then connects the load to the source of the electrical power by way of the means for switching the electrical power.

US Pat. No. 10,116,238

POWER GRID FREQUENCY FLEXIBLE OPERATION SYSTEM AND METHOD USING THE SAME

Korea University Research...

1. A power grid frequency flexible operation system, comprising:a generating unit which includes a base-load unit and a peak-load unit and generates first alternating current (AC) power;
a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission unit which receives the first alternating current (AC) power generated by the generating unit and transmits second alternating current (AC) power;
a first load; and
a second load,
wherein the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission unit comprises:
a converter which transforms the first alternating current (AC) power generated by the generating unit to direct current (DC) power;
an inverter which is connected to the converter and transforms the direct current (DC) power to the second alternating current (AC) power,
wherein a frequency of the first alternating current (AC) power has a first frequency variation allowance range,
wherein a frequency of the second alternating current (AC) power has a second frequency variation allowance range,
wherein the first frequency variation allowance range of the frequency of the first alternating current (AC) power generated by the generating unit is larger than the second frequency variation allowance range of the frequency of the second alternating current (AC) power,
wherein the second load requires a power having a higher quality than a quality of a power required by the first load,
wherein the first load is supplied with the first alternating current (AC) power having the first frequency variation allowance range larger than the second frequency variation allowance range,
wherein the second load is supplied with the second alternating current (AC) power having the second frequency variation allowance range, and
wherein the first frequency variation allowance range of the first alternating current (AC) power is from ?0.5 Hz to +0.5 Hz on a 60 Hz standard, and the second frequency variation allowance range of the second alternating current (AC) power is from ?0.2 Hz to +0.2 Hz on the 60 Hz standard.

US Pat. No. 10,116,237

INVERTER DEVICE AND CONTROLLING METHOD THEREOF

Huang-Jen Chiu, New Taip...

1. An inverter device electrically connected to a direct current source, comprising:a first stage circuit electrically connected to the direct current source and comprising a first switch module and a charge-discharge module, wherein the first switch module is electrically connected to the charge-discharge module;
a second stage circuit electrically connected to the first stage circuit and an AC output terminal and comprising a second switch module and a filter module, wherein the second switch module is electrically connected to the filter module; and
a control module electrically connected to the first switch module and the second switch module, and outputting a first control signal for controlling the first switch module to turn on/off and a second control signal for controlling the second switch module to turn on/off;
wherein the control module obtains an input current from the first stage circuit, the control module determines a predetermined current value with a varied capacitor voltage of a capacitor included in the charge-discharge module and adjusts the input current to be approaching to the predetermined current value, and the control module obtains an output power from the AC output terminal and adjusts the duty cycle of the first control signal according to the output power and a predetermined output power.

US Pat. No. 10,116,236

ISOLATED SWITCHING MODE POWER SUPPLY WITH MESSAGE CONTROL BETWEEN SR AND PRIMARY SIDE, AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

Sync Power Corp., Taipei...

1. An isolated switching mode power supply, comprising:a primary side circuit, comprising:
a primary-side controller; and
an additional winding coupled to the primary-side controller; and
a secondary side circuit coupled to the primary side circuit, the secondary side circuit comprising:
a secondary winding coupled to the primary side circuit;
a secondary switch coupled to the secondary winding; and
a synchronous rectifier (SR) controller coupled to the secondary winding and the secondary switch,
wherein the SR controller is configured to turn off the secondary switch to trigger the secondary winding to feed back a first message to the primary side circuit; and
the primary-side controller enables the primary side circuit to transfer energy to the secondary side circuit if the primary-side controller detects the first message from the additional winding, the first message is a voltage change occurring on the additional winding of the primary side circuit, the first message is a voltage increment in an operating duration of the secondary side circuit, the operating duration represents a time interval between a timing point when a primary switch of the primary side circuit is turned off and a timing point when a current of the secondary winding reaches zero, and the additional winding is configured for receiving the first message through inducing the secondary winding.

US Pat. No. 10,116,205

POWER CONVERSION DEVICE AND REFRIGERATING AND AIR-CONDITIONING APPARATUS

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A power conversion device configured to convert electric power from a power source to a load, comprising:a voltage changing device including a rectification unit configured to prevent backflow of a current from a side of the load to a side of the power source, the voltage changing device being configured to change a voltage of power from the power source to a predetermined voltage;
a commutation device configured to perform commutation operation in which a current flowing through the voltage changing device is caused to flow into an other path;
a controller that outputs a master operational signal that includes an on edge and an off edge, the on edge and the off edge are separated by an on-pulse width that defines a predetermined on period of the master operational signal; and
a signal generating module device that receives the master operational signal as an input command signal from the controller to put the voltage changing device and the commutation device into or out of operation during the on period of the master operational signal, and that outputs both a drive signal for running the voltage changing device and a commutation signal for running the commutation device that only turn on during the predetermined on period of the master operational signal, wherein
the on pulse width of the master operational signal is greater than a length of time where the drive signal generated by the signal generating module device is turned on and greater than a length of time where the commutation signal generated by the signal generating module device is turned on, which only turn on between the on edge and the off edge of the predetermined on period of the master operational signal.

US Pat. No. 10,116,122

SPARK PLUG WITH SHUTTLE ELECTRODE

1. A spark plug with shuttle electrode (1) for an internal combustion engine (2), said spark plug (1) comprising at least electrodes (6, 7) and a ceramic insulator (3) housed in a metal base (4) which has a base threading (5), said spark plug (1) also comprising a lamination cavity (15) connected to a combustion chamber (11) included in the internal combustion engine (2) through a lamination duct (16) while a lamination injector (17) can directly or indirectly inject into said cavity (15) a pilot charge (18) previously pressurized, said charge (18) consisting of an combustive-AF fuel mixture easily ignited by a spark, further comprising:at least one central electrode (6) which opens into the lamination cavity (15);
at least one shuttle electrode (20) which is wholly or partly made of an electrically conductive material and which is partially or entirely housed with a small clearance in the lamination duct (16), said shuttle electrode (20) being interposed between the central electrode (6) and a ground electrode (7) and having both a chamber-side end (21) which faces the ground electrode (7) and which is exposed to the pressure prevailing in the combustion chamber (11) as well as a cavity-side end (22) which faces the central electrode (6) and which is exposed to the pressure prevailing in the lamination cavity (15), said shuttle electrode (20) capable of translating into said duct (16) under the effect of the gas pressure either towards the lamination cavity (15) when the pressure in the latter is lower than the pressure prevailing in the combustion chamber (11), or towards the combustion chamber (11) when the pressure in the latter is lower than the pressure prevailing in the lamination cavity (15);
At least one cavity-side shuttle electrode abutment (23) which determines the position of the shuttle electrode (20) closest to the lamination cavity (15);
At least one chamber-side shuttle electrode abutment (24) which determines the position of the shuttle electrode (20) closest to the combustion chamber (11).

US Pat. No. 10,116,094

DATA-SECURE CONNECTOR WITH INDICATOR

1. A data-secure low voltage power connector comprising:a connector housing having a front face defining a receptacle opening;
an electrical-power-only receptacle accessible through said receptacle opening and configured to receive a power-and-data electrical connector associated with an electrical consumer, the power-and-data electrical connector comprising two electrical power receiving contacts and an electronic data contact;
said electrical-power-only receptacle comprising at least two electrical contacts that are electrically energized by a power source and are configured to convey only electrical power to the electrical consumer upon engagement of said electrical contacts by the electrical power receiving contacts of the power-and-data electrical connector; and
an indicator at said connector housing and in selective electrical communication with the power source, said indicator configured to provide an indicia when an electrical connection is established between said electrical contacts and the power-and-data electrical connector;
wherein said electrical-power-only receptacle is configured so as not to establish electrical continuity to the electrical consumer via the electronic data contact of the power-and-data electrical connector.

US Pat. No. 10,116,059

RERADIATION REPEATER

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A reradiation repeater, comprising:a dielectric substrate;
a ground conductor provided on a first surface of the dielectric substrate; and
a plurality of unit cells provided on a second surface of the dielectric substrate,
wherein each unit cell of the plurality of unit cells reradiates radio waves in the same direction by directing the radio waves which are incident onto the each unit cell of the plurality of unit cells at different angles to the same direction,
wherein each unit cell of the plurality of unit cells includes a conductive pattern formed on the second surface of the dielectric substrate, and at least one conductive protrusion projecting from a surface of the conductive pattern, and
wherein the conductive protrusion projects into the second surface of the dielectric substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,116,051

LENS ANTENNA SYSTEM

Isotropic Systems Ltd., ...

1. An antenna system comprising:a plurality of lens sets forming a phased array, each lens set including:
a substantially flat lens capable of wide-angle beam steering with a substantially planar surface;
a plurality of discrete feed elements associated and linearly aligned with the substantially planar surface of said lens, each of said plurality of discrete feed elements at one of a plurality of fixed positions separated from said lens to direct a signal through said substantially flat lens at one of a plurality of desired directions; and
a selector connected to each of said plurality of discrete feed elements to select only a subset of said plurality of discrete feed elements to direct the signal through said substantially flat lens at said one of the plurality of desired directions.

US Pat. No. 10,116,046

VEHICLE OUTDOOR ELECTRONICS CABINET

1. An antenna farm for a locomotive cab having a cab interior and a cab roof surrounding and defining at least one cab cable channel communicating between said cab interior and said cab roof, said antenna farm adapted to mount upon said cab roof and to bear one or more antennae coupled by antenna cabling to electronic devices within said cab interior, said antenna farm comprisinga frame bolted to said cab roof and having
a roof-engaging surface and an opposite frame top surface;
a frame perimeter wall extending between said roof-engaging surface and said frame top surface; and
means for leveling the frame on the cab roof;
a base congruent with said frame and disposed on said frame top surface, said base surrounding and defining an antenna farm enclosure, said base having
a substantially planar enclosure floor surrounding and defining at least one access port, each of said at least one access ports aligned with and coupled to one of said at least one cab cable channels; and
at least three substantially vertical base perimeter walls extending normal to said enclosure floor and intersecting to form at least three perimeter wall corners;
a lid hingedly coupled to a first one of said at least three base perimeter walls and adapted to articulate between an open lid position and a closed lid position disposed atop said base perimeter wall, said lid having
a lid bottom adjacent to said enclosure and an opposite lid top bearing said antennae; and
a plurality of antenna cable battens disposed on said lid bottom and adapted to affix cables extending from said antennae through said antenna farm enclosure toward said cab interior;
means for coupling the base to the frame;
means for latching the lid to the base; and
means for interfacing between said enclosure and said cab interior.

US Pat. No. 10,116,043

ANTENNA MODULE AND WEARABLE DEVICE USING SAME

Chiun Mai Communication S...

1. An antenna module comprising:a main body made of conductive material and being a watch cover of a wearable device;
a baseboard received in the main body and comprising a feed point, one end of the feed point electrically connected to the main body, another end of the feed point electrically connected to a signal source for feeding current to the main body;
a ground portion being grounded and defining a space;
wherein the baseboard is spaced from the main body to form a first gap therebetween, the ground portion is positioned in and partially fills the first gap, wherein the ground portion is configured to electrically connect the baseboard to the main body, and an area of the first gap corresponding to the space forms a second gap.

US Pat. No. 10,116,042

ANTENNA DEVICE AND COMMUNICATION TERMINAL DEVICE

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. An antenna device incorporated in electronic equipment, the antenna device comprising:a ground conductor provided in a circuit board in the electronic equipment;
a conductor portion of a casing of the electronic equipment;
a connection conductor that connects the ground conductor and the conductor portion of the casing;
a capacitor that defines a looped current path with the ground conductor, the conductor portion of the casing, and the connection conductor; and
an inductor that defines the looped current path with the ground conductor, the conductor portion of the casing, and the connection conductor, and that is a separate component from the ground conductor, the conductor portion of the casing, and the connection conductor; wherein
a resonant circuit is provided that includes the ground conductor, the conductor portion of the casing, the connection conductor, the capacitor, and the inductor;
a resonant frequency of the resonant circuit is in a High Frequency band which is in a carrier frequency band of communication signals or near the carrier frequency band; and
the antenna device couples with a counterpart antenna by a magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,116,040

MULTI-FREQUENCY ANTENNA AND TERMINAL

ZTE Corporation, Shenzhe...

1. A multi-frequency antenna, comprising an antenna body, wherein the antenna body comprises: a grounding part, a feed part, and a first radiation branch arm and a second radiation branch arm which are connected with the feed part; and the antenna body further comprises a third radiation branch arm; one end of the third radiation branch arm being connected with the feed part, and other end of the third radiation branch arm being connected with the grounding part; wherein the third radiation branch arm is configured to generate a harmonic with a frequency band to be expanded, or to assist in tuning the frequency band to a frequency band with a better standing-wave ratio;wherein a clearance between the third radiation branch arm and the second radiation branch arm is less than or equal to a first preset distance threshold value, and the clearance affects a strength of a coupling existed between the third radiation branch arm and the second radiation branch arm;
wherein one end of the first radiation branch arm and one end of the second radiation branch arm are connected in parallel through a public part to form a whole to be connected with the feed part; other end of the first radiation branch arm and other end of the second radiation branch arm are led out of the public part along a cabling direction of the third radiation branch arm; the other end of the second radiation branch arm extends a certain length along the cabling direction of the third radiation branch arm, and then is backwards bent and extends a certain length again to form an inverted U shape; and the other end of the first radiation branch arm extends a certain length from the public part along the direction parallel to the third radiation branch arm to form an inverted G shape with the second radiation branch arm;
wherein one end of the third radiation branch arm is connected with the feed part through the public part and then connected in parallel with the first radiation branch arm and the second radiation branch arm; and other end of the third radiation branch arm is connected with the grounding part to form a loop between the feed part and the grounding part to expand the bandwidth frequency band, or to assist in tuning the frequency band to a frequency band with a better standing-wave ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,116,038

MOBILE HOTSPOT SYSTEM

Verizon Patent and Licens...

1. A device, comprising:a first module to provide a wireless network,
where the first module includes one or more cellular antennas;
a second module; and
a first ground element to be electrically connected to the first module and to be connected to the second module,
where the first module, the second module, and the first ground element are stackable,
where the one or more cellular antennas have a first ground plane provided by a second ground element included in the first module,
where the first ground element is to provide a second ground plane for the one or more cellular antennas when the first ground element is electrically connected to the one or more cellular antennas,
where the second ground plane is larger than the first ground plane, and
where radio performance of the one or more cellular antennas with regard to a cellular network is enhanced when the one or more cellular antennas are electrically connected to the first ground element based on the second ground plane.

US Pat. No. 10,116,036

WIRED PIPE COUPLER CONNECTOR

BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPAN...

1. A method of forming a wired pipe coupler including:molding with plastic in a molding machine a plastic carrier ring that includes one or more recesses;
injecting metal into the one or more recesses while the plastic carrier ring is in the molding machine to form a metal ground plane, the melting point of the metal not exceeding the melting point of the plastic;
connecting an electrical connector to the ground plane;
forming a metal antenna in the molding machine while the plastic carrier ring is in the molding machine and that are in electrical contact with the electrical connector; and
covering the plastic carrier ring, the metal ground plane and the antenna with a plastic covering;
wherein molding, injecting, forming and covering are all done in a single molding machine.

US Pat. No. 10,116,035

ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE ARTICLES WITH DISCRETE METALLIC SILVER LAYERS AND METHODS FOR MAKING SAME

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. An electrically conductive article, comprising:a monolithic glass body having a first primary surface; and
an electrically conducting element formed in the body, the element comprising a discrete layer, or a plurality of discrete layers, of metallic silver,
wherein each layer has a thickness T such that 0.1 ?m?T?0.5 ?m and an electrical resistivity (?) of about 50 n?·m to about 2000 n?·m, and
further wherein the element is spaced apart from the first primary surface by a distance D, wherein 0.1 ?m?D?20 ?m article, and
wherein the monolithic glass body is configured as a fiber having a diameter between about 50 ?m and about 600 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,116,030

INTEGRATED FAN-OUT PACKAGE INCLUDING DIELECTRIC WAVEGUIDE

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A semiconductor structure, comprising:a dielectric waveguide;
a driver die configured to generate a driving signal;
a first transmission electrode located along a first side of the dielectric waveguide and configured to receive the driving signal;
a second transmission electrode located along a second side of the dielectric waveguide and electrically coupled to a transmission ground, wherein the first transmission electrode and the second transmission electrode are mirror images, and the dielectric waveguide, the first transmission electrode, and the second transmission electrode are located in layers, respectively, that are different from each other; and
a receiver die configured to receive a received signal from the dielectric waveguide.

US Pat. No. 10,116,029

ULTRA-WIDE BAND CIRCULATORS WITH SEQUENTIALLY-SWITCHED DELAY LINE (SSDL)

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

22. An ultra-wide band circulator apparatus, comprising:(a) a transmitter demultiplexor having an input node configured for coupling to a transmitter, and having a first and second pole output;
(b) a first delay line segment along a first transmitter signal path having a proximal end coupled to the first pole output of said transmitter demultiplexor;
(c) a second delay line segment along a second transmitter signal path having a proximal end coupled to the second pole output of said transmitter demultiplexor;
(d) a receiver multiplexor having a first and second pole input and an output configured for coupling to a receiver;
(e) a third delay line segment along a first receiver signal path having a proximal end coupled to the first pole input of said receiver multiplexor;
(f) a fourth delay line segment along a second receiver signal path having a proximal end coupled to the second pole input of said receiver multiplexor;
(g) a transmit/receive switch having two poles and a common node, with said first pole coupled to a distal end of said first delay line segment along said first transmitter signal path, with said second pole coupled to a distal end of said third delay line segment along said first receiver signal path;
(h) a fifth delay line segment having a proximal end coupled to the common node of said transmit/receive switch;
(j) a receive/transmit switch having two poles and a common node, with said first pole coupled to a distal end of said second delay line segment along said first transmitter signal path, with said second pole coupled to a distal end of said fourth delay line segment along said second receiver signal path;
(k) a sixth delay line segment having a proximal end coupled to the common node of said receive/transmit switch; and
(l) an antenna multiplexor/demultiplexor switch having a first pole coupled to the distal end of said fifth delay line, and a second pole coupled to the distal end of said sixth delay line, with said antenna multiplexor/demultiplexor switch having a common node configured for coupling to an antenna;
(m) wherein a control circuit generates control signals for switching said transmitter demultiplexor, said receiver multiplexor, said transmit/receive switch, said receive/transmit switch, and said antenna multiplexor/demultiplexor switch to split transmitted and received waves into two pulses synchronized with the switching of the switches and thus separating the transmit and receive signals.

US Pat. No. 10,116,028

RF DIELECTRIC WAVEGUIDE DUPLEXER FILTER MODULE

CTS Corporation, Lisle, ...

2. An RF dielectric waveguide duplexer filter module for the transmission of Tx and Rx RF signals comprising:an antenna block of dielectric material including an antenna input/output, the antenna block including a plurality of exterior surfaces covered with a layer of conductive material and first and second antenna Tx and Rx signal transmission regions on one of the exterior surfaces defining a direct coupling path for the transmission of the Tx and Rx RF signals;
a Tx RF signal waveguide filter including:
stacked lower and upper Tx blocks of dielectric material including exterior surfaces covered with a layer of conductive material and defining a plurality of resonators;
a plurality of Tx RF signal transmission regions defined between the stacked lower and upper Tx blocks defining a direct coupling path for the transmission of the Tx RF signal between the stacked lower and upper Tx blocks;
a third antenna Tx RF signal transmission region defined on one end exterior surface of the lower Tx block defining a direct coupling path for the transmission of the Tx RF signal from the lower Tx block into the antenna block;
one or more bridges of dielectric material on the lower Tx block defining a cross coupling path for the transmission of the Tx RF signal through the lower Tx block; and
a Tx RF signal input/output defined at the end of the lower Tx block opposite the end with the third antenna Tx RF signal transmission region;
an RF Rx signal waveguide filter including:
stacked lower and upper Rx blocks of dielectric material including exterior surfaces covered with a layer of conductive material and defining a plurality of resonators;
a plurality of Rx RF signal transmission regions defined between the lower and upper Rx blocks defining a direct coupling path for the transmission of the Rx RF signal between the stacked lower and upper Rx blocks;
a fourth antenna Rx RF signal transmission region defined on one end exterior surface of the lower Rx block defining a direct coupling path for the transmission of the Rx RF signal from the antenna block into the lower Rx block;
one or more bridges of dielectric material on the lower Rx block defining a cross coupling path for the transmission of the Rx RF signal through the lower Rx block; and
an Rx RF signal input/output defined at the end of the lower Rx block opposite the end with the fourth antenna Tx RF signal transmission region;
the Tx and Rx RF signal waveguide filters being attached in side-by-side relationship and the antenna block being attached to the lower Tx and Rx blocks of the respective Tx and Rx signal waveguide filters in a side-by-side relationship along the end of the lower Tx and Rx signal blocks with the respective antenna Tx and Rx signal transmission regions, the Tx RF signal being adapted for transmission only in the direction of the antenna block or between the upper and lower Tx blocks and the Rx signal being adapted for transmission only in the direction of the Rx RF signal input/output or between the upper and lower Rx blocks.

US Pat. No. 10,116,025

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

MURATA MANUFACTURING CO.,...

1. An electronic apparatus comprising:a transmission line member; and
a mount circuit board; wherein
the transmission line member includes:
a dielectric base body;
a first signal conductor that is disposed inside the dielectric base body, and has an elongated shape extending along a transmission direction of high frequency signals;
a first ground conductor disposed at one side of the first signal conductor in a thickness direction of the dielectric base body; and
a second ground conductor disposed at another side of the first signal conductor in the thickness direction of the dielectric base body;
a first transmission line that transmits a first high frequency signal is defined by the first signal conductor interposed between the first ground conductor and the second ground conductor;
the mount circuit board is wrapped by the transmission line member such that the transmission line member covers the mount circuit board from a top surface of the mount circuit board to a back surface of the mount circuit board via a side surface of the mount circuit board; and
at least one of an IC chip, a mount component, and a battery pack is mounted on the mount circuit board and is wrapped by the transmission line member so as to be disposed on an inner peripheral side of the transmission line member.

US Pat. No. 10,116,023

PHASE SHIFT OF SIGNAL REFLECTIONS OF SURFACE TRAVELING WAVES

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An apparatus configured to cause a phase-shift in reflected signals that are a reflection of surface-traveling wave signals of a select signal frequency, comprising:a conductive strip, having a plurality of slots therein alternatingly arranged orthogonal to each other, each slot having a length that is a fraction of between 9/16 and ? of a wavelength ?0 associated with the select signal frequency;
a plurality of conductive enclosures respectively disposed under each of the plurality of slots, each conductive enclosure having a width and length sufficient to enclose a respective corresponding slot, wherein each of the conductive enclosures have a dielectric material therein and have a depth that is a fraction of between ? and ? of a wavelength ?d associated with the select signal frequency when transmitted in the dielectric material;
wherein the plurality of slots and plurality of conductive enclosures cause a phase-shift in the range of 150 to 210 degrees in the reflected signals that are a reflection of the surface-traveling wave signals at the select signal frequency which impinge the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,116,022

INTERNAL CONVECTION CELL

NANTENERGY, INC., Scotts...

1. An electrochemical cell comprising:a housing comprising:
a permeable fuel electrode configured to support a metal fuel thereon;
an oxidant reduction electrode spaced from the fuel electrode;
a liquid ionically conductive medium for conducting ions between the fuel and oxidant reduction electrodes to support electrochemical reactions at the fuel and oxidant reduction electrodes;
a charging electrode selected from the group consisting of (a) the oxidant reduction electrode, (b) a separate charging electrode spaced from the permeable fuel electrode and the oxidant reduction electrode, and (c) a portion of the permeable fuel electrode;
a gas bubble flow generator selected from the group consisting of (a) the charging electrode, and (b) a sparger spaced from the charging electrode, the gas bubble flow generator being configured to evolve gaseous oxygen bubbles that generate a flow of the ionically conductive medium during a charging operation; and
one or more flow diverting surfaces,
wherein when the electrochemical cell is positioned such that the oxidant reduction electrode is in a vertical orientation, the one or more flow diverting surfaces establishes a closed circuit circulation path within the housing that directs the flow of the ionically conductive medium at least partially through the permeable fuel electrode,
wherein the fuel electrode and the oxidant reduction electrode are configured to, during discharge, oxidize the metal fuel at the fuel electrode and reduce an oxidant at the oxidant reduction electrode to generate a discharge potential difference therebetween for application to a load and generate a by-product of oxidized metal precipitated or solvated in the ionically conductive medium, and
wherein the fuel electrode and the charging electrode are configured to, during re-charge, reduce a reducible species of the metal fuel to electrodeposit the metal fuel on the fuel electrode and oxidize an oxidizable species of the oxidant by application of a re-charge potential difference therebetween from a power source.

US Pat. No. 10,115,926

LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT, LIGHTING DEVICE, LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A light-emitting element comprising:an anode;
a first layer over the anode;
a second layer over the first layer;
a third layer over the second layer; and
a cathode over the third layer,
wherein the first layer comprises a first organic compound and a second organic compound,
wherein the second layer comprises a third organic compound and a fourth organic compound,
wherein the third layer comprises the first organic compound and a fifth organic compound,
wherein the first organic compound and the third organic compound have light emitting-property,
wherein the third organic compound comprises a material which emits phosphorescence,
wherein a color of light emitted from the first organic compound is blue, and
wherein a color of light emitted from the third organic compound is yellow.

US Pat. No. 10,115,801

VERTICAL TRANSISTOR GATED DIODE

International Business Ma...

1. A semiconductor structure comprising:a first doped semiconductor segment of a first conductivity type extending upwards from a doped bottom semiconductor layer located on a substrate;
a second doped semiconductor segment of a second conductivity type located on the first doped semiconductor segment, wherein the second conductivity type is opposite from the first conductivity type;
a doped top semiconductor region laterally surrounding a top portion of the second doped semiconductor segment;
a gate structure laterally surrounding the first doped semiconductor segment and the second doped semiconductor segment located between the doped bottom semiconductor layer and the doped top semiconductor region;
a top spacer located on the gate structure, wherein the top spacer laterally surrounding the second doped semiconductor segment;
a sidewall spacer atop the top spacer, wherein the sidewall spacer laterally surrounding the doped top semiconductor region; and
a first contact structure atop the second doped semiconductor segment and the doped top semiconductor region, wherein the first contact structure is laterally surrounded by the sidewall spacer.

US Pat. No. 10,115,798

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a semiconductor substrate;
a first electrode disposed on a surface of the semiconductor device and configured to be soldered to a conductive member; and
a second electrode disposed on the surface of the semiconductor device and configured to be wire-bonded to a conductive member,
wherein
the first electrode comprises a first metal layer, a second metal layer, and a third metal layer, the second metal layer being located between the first metal layer and the third metal layer, and a metallic material of the second metal layer being greater in tensile strength than a metallic material of each one of the first metal layer and the third metal layer, and
the second electrode comprises a layer constituted of a same metallic material as one of the first metal layer and the third metal layer, and does not comprise any layers constituted of a same metallic material as the second metal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,115,721

PLANAR DEVICE ON FIN-BASED TRANSISTOR ARCHITECTURE

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. An integrated circuit comprising:a semiconductor substrate having a plurality of fins extending from a surface thereof;
a semiconductor body over a first sub-set of the plurality of fins and having a planar surface, wherein the semiconductor body merges the first sub-set of fins; and
a first planar transistor having a gate body over the planar surface of the semiconductor body.

US Pat. No. 10,115,713

OPTOELECTRONIC ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF OPERATING AN OPTOELECTRONIC ASSEMBLY

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors...

1. An optoelectronic assembly comprising:a semiconductor chip comprising:at least one first component that emits a first electromagnetic radiation;
a first photosensitive component that controls the first component electrically connected in parallel with the first component and comprises a first radiation-sensitive region arranged in a beam path of the first electromagnetic radiation, wherein the first photosensitive component connected in parallel with the first component is an automatic control of the first component such that the photosensitive component connected in parallel with the first component results in the automatic control without needing to provide an associated open loop control, and the first component and the first photosensitive component are integrated into the semiconductor chip;
a first carrier on which the first component and the first photosensitive component are arranged, wherein on the first carrier a first contact region is configured, a second contact region electrically insulated from the first contact region is configured on the first carrier, the first component comprises a carrier layer and a functional layer deposited on the carrier layer, the carrier layer is configured in an electrically conductive manner, the first photosensitive component is arranged on the first component, a first electrical contact of the first component and a first electrical contact of the first photosensitive component are electrically coupled by a first contact pad, the first contact pad is electrically coupled to the first contact region by a first bond wire, a second electrical contact of the first component is arranged at a bottom side of the first component and is electrically and physically coupled to the second contact region, a second electrical contact of the first photosensitive component is physically connected to the electrically conductive carrier layer of the first component and is electrically coupled to the second contact region, and between the first component and the first photosensitive component and between the first contact pad and the carrier layer, an insulator is formed; and
at least a second component that emits a second electromagnetic radiation and comprises a second photosensitive component electrically connected in parallel with the second component and a second radiation-sensitive region, wherein the second radiation-sensitive region is arranged in the beam path of the second electromagnetic radiation, the second radiation-sensitive region of the second photosensitive component is arranged in the beam path of the first electromagnetic radiation, a second beam filter is arranged in the beam path between the first component and the second photosensitive component, the second beam filter blocking the first electromagnetic radiation, and the second photosensitive component is coated with a beam-filter material of the second beam filter, and
wherein the first radiation-sensitive region of the first photosensitive component is arranged outside of a beam path of the second electromagnetic radiation.

US Pat. No. 10,115,701

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD OF FORMING CONDUCTIVE VIAS BY BACKSIDE VIA REVEAL WITH CMP

STATS ChipPAC Pte. Ltd., ...

1. A method of making a semiconductor device, comprising:providing a semiconductor wafer;
forming a plurality of openings in the semiconductor wafer;
forming a plurality of conductive vias in the plurality of openings in the semiconductor wafer, respectively;
removing a portion of the semiconductor wafer to leave a respective portion of each conductive via of the plurality of conductive vias extending above the semiconductor wafer;
forming a first insulating layer over the plurality of conductive vias and semiconductor wafer, wherein the first insulating layer includes a first planar top surface that extends uniformly across an entire surface of the semiconductor wafer;
planarizing the first insulating layer and the plurality of conductive vias together to form a second planar top surface of the first insulating layer, wherein the second planar top surface of the first insulating layer extends as a uniform plane to each respective conductive via of the plurality of conductive vias;
forming a conductive layer over the plurality of conductive vias and the second planar top surface of the first insulating layer, wherein a surface of the conductive layer opposite the semiconductor wafer is planar across an entire width of the conductive layer and the conductive layer extends outside a footprint of each respective opening of the plurality of openings in the semiconductor wafer to contact the second planar top surface of the first insulating layer, and wherein the second planar top surface of the first insulating layer is exposed between portions of the conductive layer;
singulating the semiconductor wafer into a plurality of semiconductor die, wherein a first semiconductor die of the plurality of semiconductor die includes a first conductive via of the plurality of conductive vias and a second semiconductor die of the plurality of semiconductor die includes a second conductive via of the plurality of conductive vias; and
disposing the first semiconductor die of the plurality of semiconductor die over the second semiconductor die of the plurality of semiconductor die, wherein a conductive bump is in direct physical contact with the first conductive via of the plurality of conductive vias of the first semiconductor die of the plurality of semiconductor die and a first portion of the conductive layer on the second semiconductor die of the plurality of semiconductor die.

US Pat. No. 10,115,700

POWER MODULE, ELECTRICAL POWER CONVERSION DEVICE, AND DRIVING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A power module, comprising:a first switching device; and
a second switching device connected in parallel to the first switching device and having a threshold voltage higher than that of the first switching device,
the second switching device being mounted at a first location at which a temperature of the power module during operation is higher than a temperature of the power module at a second location at which the first switching device is mounted,
wherein each of the first switching device and the second switching device is an SiC-MOSFET.

US Pat. No. 10,115,698

METHOD FOR DIRECT ADHESION VIA LOW-ROUGHNESS METAL LAYERS

1. A method for assembling a first substrate and a second substrate via metal bonding layers, comprising: depositing, onto a surface of each of the first and second substrates, a metal layer having a thickness which is controlled to limit surface roughness of the metal layer below a roughness threshold; exposing the metal layers to air; contacting the metal layers after the metal layers have been exposed to air, the surface roughness of the contacted metal layers being that obtained at an end of the depositing, and directly bonding the first and second substrates through the contacted metal layers; wherein the bonding is made without applying physical pressure to the assembly of the first and second substrates resulting from contacting the metal bonding layers.

US Pat. No. 10,115,697

COUPLING ELEMENT, INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICE AND METHOD OF FABRICATION THEREFOR

NXP USA, INC., Austin, T...

1. A coupling element for providing external coupling to a semiconductor die within an integrated circuit package; the coupling element comprising a flexible laminate structure comprising:a flexible, electrically insulating substrate layer;
a first conductive layer bonded to a first surface of the substrate layer, the first conductive layer comprising a first bonding area for bonding directly to a first respective bonding pad of the semiconductor die; and
a second conductive layer bonded to a second surface of the substrate layer, wherein:
the coupling element is arranged to be coupled to the semiconductor die such that the first and second conductive layers are electrically coupled to electrical contacts of the semiconductor die, the second conductive layer comprising a second bonding area for bonding directly to a second respective bonding pad of the semiconductor die; and
the coupling element is further arranged to extend through the integrated circuit package when electrically coupled to the semiconductor die, and for the first and second conductive layers to be further electrically coupled to at least one external component.

US Pat. No. 10,115,696

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

INNOLUX CORPORATION, Mia...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a first substrate;
an adhesion layer disposed on the first substrate and comprising a condensation product of silane or derivatives thereof;
an inorganic layer disposed on the adhesion layer; and
an active unit disposed on the inorganic layer;
wherein the silane or the derivatives thereof is represented by the following formula (I):

wherein each of R1, R2 and R3 is H.

US Pat. No. 10,115,694

ELECTRONIC DEVICE, ELECTRONIC DEVICE FABRICATION METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

FUJITSU LIMITED, Kawasak...

1. An electronic device fabrication method comprising:preparing an electronic part including:
a first substrate having first terminals over a first surface and having a concavity in a second surface opposite to the first surface;
a filler placed in the concavity; and
a flat plate placed over the second surface with the filler therebetween; and
making the first surface of the electronic part face a third surface of a second substrate having second terminals over the third surface and bonding the first terminals and the second terminals together,
the preparing the electronic part includes:
sucking and holding the first surface of the first substrate on a first sucking surface;
placing the filler in the concavity of the first substrate sucked and held; and
placing the flat plate over the second surface of the first substrate sucked and held with the filler therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,115,690

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MICRO PINS AND ISOLATED CONDUCTIVE MICRO PIN

TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANU...

1. A method of manufacturing micro pins, the method comprising:forming a release layer over a substrate;
forming a pattern layer over the release layer, wherein the pattern layer has a plurality of openings spaced apart from each other and through the pattern layer;
forming a plurality of micro pins respectively in the openings;
removing the pattern layer and the release layer to obtain the micro pins; and
after removing the pattern layer and the release layer, rounding corners of the micro pins, wherein rounding the corners of the micro pins includes performing a ball mill process on the micro pins.

US Pat. No. 10,115,689

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Toshiba Memory Corporatio...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a first semiconductor substrate having a first wiring electrode on a first surface thereof;
a first protective layer on the semiconductor substrate, having an opening therethrough at the location of first wiring electrode;
a first bump electrode in the opening of the first protective layer, the first bump electrode including a base overlying the wiring electrode and an opposed bump receiving surface; and
a first bump comprising a bump diameter of 30 ?m or less connected to the first bump electrode,
wherein the width of the base of the first bump electrode within the opening is equal to or less than 1.5 times the thickness of the first protective layer.

US Pat. No. 10,115,688

SOLDER METALLIZATION STACK AND METHODS OF FORMATION THEREOF

INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG,...

1. A method of forming a semiconductor device, the method comprising:forming active circuitry and devices at a first semiconductor surface of a semiconductor substrate having a first side and an opposite second side, the first side having the first semiconductor surface, the second side having a second semiconductor surface;
providing a contact metal layer under the second semiconductor surface of the semiconductor substrate, the contact metal layer comprising aluminum, the second semiconductor surface being opposite to the first semiconductor surface, the contact metal layer physically contacting and covering all of the second semiconductor surface of the semiconductor substrate, the contact metal layer being provided at the second side of the semiconductor substrate;
at the second side, forming a diffusion barrier layer under the contact metal layer, wherein the diffusion barrier layer covers all of the contact metal layer and is a different material than the contact metal layer;
at the second side, forming an inert layer under the diffusion barrier layer, wherein the inert layer comprises a different material than the diffusion barrier layer;
at the second side, forming a solder active layer under the inert layer, wherein the inert layer comprises a different material than the solder active layer; and
at the second side, forming a conductive capping layer under the solder active layer,
wherein the contact metal layer, the diffusion barrier layer, the inert layer, the solder active layer, and the conductive capping layer form a solder metallization stack and wherein each layer in the solder metallization stack is coterminous with the second semiconductor surface of the semiconductor substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,115,687

METHOD OF PATTERN PLACEMENT CORRECTION

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A method for correcting a pattern placement on a substrate, the method comprising:detecting three reference points for a substrate;
detecting a plurality of sets of three die location points, each set indicative of an orientation of a die, the plurality of sets include a first set associated with a first die and a second set associated with a second die;
calculating a local transformation for an orientation of the first die and the second die on the substrate;
selecting three orientation points from the plurality of sets of three die location points wherein the orientation points are not members of the same set;
calculating a first global transformation of the substrate from the selected three points from the set of points; and
storing the first global transformation and the local transformation for the substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,115,589

EPITAXIAL SUBSTRATE FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE EPITAXIAL SUBSTRATE FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES, AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

SHIN-ETSU HANDOTAI CO., L...

1. A method for producing an electronic device, comprising:forming an AlN initial layer on a Si-based substrate;
forming a buffer layer on the AlN initial layer;
forming a channel layer on the buffer layer;
forming a barrier layer on the channel layer;
forming a cap layer on the barrier layer; and
forming electrodes on the cap layer,
wherein
a roughness Sa of a surface of the AN initial layer on a side where the buffer layer is located is set at 4 nm or more and 8 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 10,115,585

HARDMASK COMPOSITION AND METHODS THEREOF

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

1. A method of semiconductor device fabrication, comprising:forming a silicon-based resin over a substrate, wherein the silicon-based resin includes a nitrobenzyl functional group;
performing a baking process to cross-link the silicon-based resin;
patterning the cross-linked silicon-based resin and etching an underlying layer using the patterned cross-linked silicon-based resin as an etch mask;
exposing the cross-linked silicon-based resin to a radiation source, thereby de-cross-linking the silicon-based resin; and
removing the de-cross-linked silicon-based resin using an organic solution.

US Pat. No. 10,115,540

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a support member;
an ornamental member assembled to face one face of the support member; and
an operating member that is disposed on the support member to be partially exposed to outside through the ornamental member,
wherein the operating member includes:
a body that is positioned on one face of the support member to be exposed through the ornamental member; and
at least one pair of fastening pieces, each of fastening pieces extending from the body to be fastened to the support member, and
wherein the support member includes:
an accommodation recess formed on the one face of the support member; and
fastening recesses formed on opposite side walls of the accommodation recess, respectively, and
wherein the body is accommodated in the accommodation recess when the fastening pieces are engaged with the fastening recesses, respectively, so that the operating member is mounted on the one face of the support member.

US Pat. No. 10,115,528

MULTILAYER CERAMIC ELECTRONIC COMPONENT

Murata Manufacturing Co.,...

1. A multilayer ceramic electronic component comprising:a laminated body including multiple dielectric layers and multiple internal electrode layers laminated, and a first principal surface and a second principal surface opposed in a laminating direction, a first side surface and a second side surface opposed in a width 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 width direction;
a first external electrode provided on the first end surface; and
a second external electrode provided on the second end surface; wherein
the multiple internal electrode layers include multiple first internal electrode layers electrically connected to the first external electrode, and multiple second internal electrode layers electrically connected to the second external electrode;
the laminated body further includes:
a first conductor layer extending along the first side surface and connected to respective ends of the multiple first internal electrode layers at a surface adjacent to the first side surface to connect the multiple first internal electrode layers to each other;
a first insulating coating layer covering a surface of the first conductor layer which is opposite to a surface of the first conductor layer connected to the multiple first internal electrode layers to define the first side surface;
a surface of the first conductor layer adjacent to the first end surface being partially connected to the first external electrode;
a second conductor layer extending along the second side surface and connected to respective ends of multiple second internal electrode layers at a surface adjacent to the second side surface to connect the multiple second internal electrode layers to each other;
a second insulating coating layer covering a surface of the second conductor layer which is opposite to the surface of the second conductor layer connected to the multiple second internal electrode layers to define the second side surface; and
a surface of the second conductor layer adjacent to the second end surface being partially connected to the second external electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,115,524

MULTILAYER CERAMIC CAPACITOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

Murata Manufacturing Co.,...

1. A multilayer ceramic capacitor comprising:a ceramic laminate in which a plurality of ceramic dielectric layers each including a surface on which a first internal electrode is provided, a plurality of ceramic dielectric layers each including a surface on which a second internal electrode is provided, and a plurality of ceramic dielectric layers provided with no internal electrodes, are laminated to each other, the ceramic laminate including a first main surface and a second main surface facing each other in a lamination direction, a first side surface and a second side surface facing each other in a width direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the lamination direction, and a first end surface and a second end surface facing each other in a length direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the lamination direction and the width direction;
in the width direction of the ceramic laminate, a first covering ceramic dielectric layer provided on the first side surface of the ceramic laminate to which one end portion of the first internal electrode and one end portion of the second internal electrode are exposed and a second covering ceramic dielectric layer provided on the second side surface of the ceramic laminate to which the other end portion of the first internal electrode and the other end portion of the second internal electrode are exposed; and
a first external electrode provided on the first end surface of the ceramic laminate to which the first internal electrode is exposed and a second external electrode provided on the second end surface of the ceramic laminate to which the second internal electrode is exposed; wherein
the first internal electrode and the second internal electrode face each other with the corresponding ceramic dielectric layer interposed therebetween;
in the width direction of the ceramic laminate, the one end portion of the first internal electrode includes metal phases of Ni, Ni—O, and Ni—Mg—O arranged in this order from a first internal electrode side to the first side surface of the ceramic laminate, and the other end portion of the first internal electrode includes metal phases of Ni, Ni—O, and Ni—Mg—O arranged in this order from the first internal electrode side to the second side surface of the ceramic laminate; and
in the width direction of the ceramic laminate, the one end portion of the second internal electrode includes metal phases of Ni, Ni—O, and Ni—Mg—O arranged in this order from a second internal electrode side to the first side surface of the ceramic laminate, and the other end portion of the second internal electrode includes metal phases of Ni, Ni—O, and Ni—Mg—O arranged in this order from the second internal electrode side to the second side surface of the ceramic laminate.

US Pat. No. 10,115,515

MULTILAYER COMMON MODE FILTER

TDK CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A multilayer common mode filter comprising:an element body that has a non-magnetic portion including a non-magnetic material and a pair of magnetic portions including a magnetic material and opposing each other with the non-magnetic portion therebetween;
a first terminal electrode, a second terminal electrode, a third terminal electrode, a fourth terminal electrode, a first terminal ground electrode, and a second terminal ground electrode that are disposed on the element body;
a first coil that is disposed in the non-magnetic portion and is electrically connected to the first terminal electrode and the third terminal electrode;
a second coil that is disposed in the non-magnetic portion, electrically connected to the second terminal electrode and the fourth terminal electrode, and opposing the first coil in a first direction in which the pair of magnetic portions oppose each other; and
first and second conductors that are disposed in the non-magnetic portion, electrically connected to the first terminal ground electrode and the second terminal ground electrode, and are of a shape extending in a line,
wherein
the first and second coils are positioned between the first conductor and the second conductor in the first direction,
the first conductor is adjacent to the first coil in the first direction and overlaps a part of the first coil when viewed from the first direction,
the second conductor is adjacent to the second coil in the first direction and overlaps a part of the second coil when viewed from the first direction, and
an inner region delimited by an innermost loop of each of the first and second coils includes regions not overlapping the first and second conductors when viewed from the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,115,278

WIRELESS SECURITY NETWORK AND COMMUNICATION METHODS

A9.COM, INC., Seattle, W...

1. A system comprising:first communication hardware, the first communication hardware operable to receive security data generated by a security sensor device; and
second communication hardware disparately located with respect to the first communication hardware, the second communication hardware comprising:
a wireless access point interface operable to receive the security data over a wireless communication link from the first communication hardware; and
a wireless communication interface operating independently of the wireless access point interface to communicate with the first communication hardware;
wherein the first communication hardware is operable to initiate establishing of the wireless communication link with the wireless access point interface of the second communication hardware to communicate the security data from the first communication hardware over the wireless communication link to the second communication hardware;
wherein the second communication hardware is operable to detect availability of the security data via notification received over the wireless communication interface while the wireless access point interface is depowered; and
wherein the second communication hardware is operable to selectively communicate with a remote server over a primary communication path and a bypass communication path, the second communication hardware operable to choose transmission of the received security data over the primary communication path and the bypass communication path depending on operability of the primary communication path to deliver the received security data to the remote server.

US Pat. No. 10,115,276

PORTABLE SECURITY SURVEILLANCE DEVICE

1. A portable security surveillance device comprising:a saddle having a thickness, a first end, and a second end, the saddle configured to deploy over an object;
a first end module disposed on the first end of the saddle, the first end module configured to reside on a first surface of the object;
a second end module disposed on the second end of the saddle, the second end module configured to reside on a second surface of the object, whereby the saddle, the first end module, and the second end module collectively form an assembly, the saddle retaining the assembly in a deployed position wherein the first end module resides on the first surface of the object and the second end module resides on the second surface of the object, wherein the assembly is removable from the object by removing the saddle from the object, the first and the second surfaces of the object being unaltered by deployment and removal of the saddle;
a first electronic device housed within the first end module, the first electronic device being an input device;
a second electronic device housed within the second or first end module, the second electronic device being a data transmission device;
a control unit in electronic communication with the first and the second electronic devices;
a sensor in electronic communication with the control unit, the sensor configured to detect a predefined event and, responsive to detecting the predefined event, to transmit an electric signal to the control unit;
a power source configured to supply an electric current to the control unit, the first electronic device, and the second electronic device; and
a plurality of electrical connectors disposed within the saddle, the electrical connectors carrying electric signals between the power source, the control unit, the first electronic device, the second electronic device, the sensor, or a combination thereof;
wherein responsive to the sensor detecting the predefined event, the sensor transmits an electric signal to the control unit, the control unit actuates the first electronic device and the second electronic device, whereby the second electronic device transmits data captured by the first electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,115,269

METHOD AND SYSTEM OF WAGERING

1. A system for providing an interactive sweepstakes to a player over a period of time and through a series of interactive events, comprising:a network of electronic devices operable to send and receive electronic communications through said network;
a distinct network site associated with said sweepstakes hosted on at least one of said electronic devices;
a game of chance associated with said sweepstakes
comprising a set number of successive plays of said game of chance with each of said plays producing a random outcome from a plurality of possible outcomes, each of said plurality of outcomes comprising a primary game result and a secondary game result wherein said primary game result comprises a plurality of predetermined first awards with each of said first awards having an assigned value and associated with at least one of said plurality of outcomes, and wherein said secondary game result comprises a null value associated with a predetermined first subset of said plurality of outcomes and a unit value associated with a predetermined a second subset of said plurality of outcomes;
a first counter for counting the number of random outcomes for each play of said game of chance that matches an outcome from the second subset of said plurality of outcomes and a second counter for counting the number of plays of said game of chance;
a display screen and an input device on at least one of said electronic devices to enable the player to
play said game of chance at said device, wherein;
i) said player plays said game of chance;
ii) said player receives one of said plurality of first awards;
iii) said first counter increments when the outcome is from said second subset of outcomes;
iv) said second counter increments;
v) steps (i) through (iv) are repeated until the second counter equals the set number of plays of said game of chance; and
vi) said person receives a second award when said first counter exceeds a predetermined number.

US Pat. No. 10,115,268

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTEGRATED GAME PLAY AT PAYMENT-ENABLED TERMINALS

LINQ3 TECHNOLOGIES LLC, ...

1. A processing system configured to:receive, from a transaction terminal, identification information associated with a user, wherein the receipt of the identification information is caused by an identification transaction performed at the transaction terminal;
determine a game play set associated with the identification information;
determine gaming rules associated with a jurisdiction for the transaction terminal, wherein the gaming rules are provisioned in response to receiving a game play request at the transaction terminal, wherein a first portion of the gaming rules is provisioned at the transaction terminal, and wherein a second portion of the gaming rules is provisioned by a remote processing system not at the transaction terminal, and where the gaming rules are provisioned substantially simultaneously to receiving the game play request;
determine, based on the gaming rules, whether the user associated with the identification information is eligible to participate in a game associated with the jurisdiction; and
in response to determining the user associated with the identification information is eligible to participate in the game associated with the jurisdiction, enable participation of the game play set associated with the identification information in the game associated with the jurisdiction, wherein presentment of game-related content associated with the game at the transaction terminal is controlled by control data associated with the identification information, and wherein the presentment of the game-related content associated with the game at the transaction terminal is further based on an attribute of the transaction terminal,
wherein the attribute of the transaction terminal further comprises a location of the transaction terminal, and
wherein first game-related content for a particular game presented at a first transaction terminal associated with a first location is different from second game-related content for the particular game presented at a second transaction terminal at a second location.

US Pat. No. 10,115,241

AUTOMATIC DECORATION OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL MODEL

Roblox Corporation, San ...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computer system of an online service hosting a multi-player simulated three-dimensional virtual game, a two-dimensional (2D) image from a user to customize a three-dimensional character for control by the user in the multi-player simulated three-dimensional virtual game, the 2D image to be a texture on a three-dimensional model upon rendering the three-dimensional model in the multi-player simulated three-dimensional virtual game, the three-dimensional model to be a decoration of the three-dimensional character in the multi-player simulated three-dimensional game;
determining, by the computer system of the online service, a texture template corresponding to the three-dimensional model, wherein the texture template provides a guide on how to arrange the 2D image on a surface of the three-dimensional model, and wherein the texture template is to provide texture coordinates that map the 2D image to the three-dimensional model;
assigning, by the computer system of the online service, the texture coordinates to the 2D image in response to arranging the 2D image on the surface of the three-dimensional model based on the texture template;
storing, by the computer system of the online service, the 2D image and the three-dimensional model in a database; and
linking, by the computer system of the online service, the 2D image with the assigned texture coordinates to the three-dimensional model using a content file associated with the three-dimensional model, wherein the content file indicates that the three-dimensional model is associated with the content file, a background color of the three-dimensional model, the assigned texture coordinates for the 2D image, and a location of the 2D image stored in the database.

US Pat. No. 10,115,215

PAIRING FONTS FOR PRESENTATION

Monotype Imaging Inc., W...

1. A computing device implemented method comprising:attaining data representing features of a font capable of representing one or more glyphs; and
determining a rating for pairing the font and at least one other font using a machine learning system and the data representing the features of the font, wherein at least one of the features or at least one category of a set of categories is identified to represent the font by the machine learning system using the features of the font, and wherein the machine learning system produces a vector of numerical values, each numerical value represents one of the features or one of the categories in the set of categories.

US Pat. No. 10,115,201

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING AND USING A SUBJECT-SPECIFIC STATISTICAL MOTION MODEL

UCL Business PLC, London...

1. A method for building a subject-specific statistical model of shape variation for an anatomical structure, the method comprising:providing a set of geometric representations of shape for said anatomical structure, wherein each representation is associated with one of multiple subjects, each subject having a respective subset of associated representations, and each subset comprising multiple representations including a reference representation, said multiple representations corresponding to different shapes of the anatomical structure arising from physical motion and/or deformation thereof, the method comprising:
specifying a set of shape parameters whose values, for any given representation, characterise the shape of the representation;
for each subject, representing a probability distribution of the values of the shape parameters across the subset of representations associated with that subject by a set of subject-specific distribution parameters;
determining a regression between the subject-specific distribution parameters and the respective reference representation for each subject;
applying said determined regression to a reference representation for a new subject to determine subject-specific distribution parameters for the new subject; and
using the subject-specific distribution parameters to build a subject-specific statistical motion model for the new subject.

US Pat. No. 10,115,156

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING WORKUP TRADING

NEX Services North Americ...

1. A method for trading a product on a trading system comprising one or more computers, the method comprising:one or more of the computers executing a trade at a first price for a quantity of the product between a first trader who has submitted a passive order via at least one trading interface and second trader who has submitted an aggressive order via the at least one trading interface;
in response to the execution of the trade, one or more of the computers initiating a first workup during which further trades for the product are allowed to be made only at the first price;
during the first workup, one or more of the computers receiving further orders via the at least one trading interface from other traders to buy and sell quantities of the product at the first price;
during the first workup, one or more of the computers receiving at least one additional order via the at least one trading interface specifying either (1) a quantity of the product to be bought along with a price for the product which is higher than the first price when the passive order is an order to sell or (2) a quantity of the product to be sold along with a price for the product which is lower than the first price when the passive order is an order to buy; and
at least one of the computers determining whether a quantity of the product associated with the at least one additional order is, either individually or cumulatively, equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold and, if so, causing the first workup to be terminated and initiating a second workup during which further trading for the product may be made only at the higher or lower price,
wherein the at least one additional order is a plurality of additional orders and the further workup is initiated when the aggregate quantity of a plurality of additional orders exceeds the predetermined threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,115,155

MULTI-BUREAU CREDIT FILE FREEZE AND UNFREEZE

EXPERIAN INFORMATION SOLU...

7. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having computer-executable instructions stored thereon, the computer-executable instructions executable by a computing system having one or more hardware processors, wherein the computer-executable instructions are executable on the computing system in order to cause the computing system to perform operations comprising:coordinating communication between:
a server computing system storing a database indicating an identifier of the user in association with at least each of a first access protocol for a first credit bureau of the plurality of credit bureaus and a second access protocol for a second credit bureau of the plurality of credit bureaus;
a touchpad computing device, remotely located from the server and configured to receive an identifier of the user; and
wherein the touchpad computing device is configured to:
present a user interface indicating an option for the user to unlock the credit data of the user at each of the first credit bureau and the second credit bureau;
detect input requesting unlocking of credit data of the user; and
in response to detecting the input requesting unlocking of credit data of the user, transmit a credit data sharing authorization to the server computing system;
wherein the server computing system is further configured to, in response to receiving the credit data sharing authorization from the touchpad computing device:
determine, based on an association with the identifier of the user, a first access protocol associated with the first credit bureau;
request unlocking of the credit data of the user at the first credit bureau using the first access protocol;
determine, based on an association with the identifier of the user, a second access protocol associated with the second credit bureau; and
request unlocking of the credit data of the user at the second credit bureau using the second access protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,115,154

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR INBOUND MESSAGE MANAGEMENT

1. A computer-implemented method for identifying institutions with which a first individual does business, the method comprising:accessing a message stream that includes messages from a plurality of institutions, wherein:
the messages are directed to a first individual,
the message stream comes from at least one message source, and
the message source requires an access credential to access messages;
analyzing the messages in the message stream, using a computer, and, responsive to the analyzing, inferring institution relationships; and
populating a system account for use by the first individual, using the computer, with at least one institution identifier corresponding to each of the institutions with the inferred institution relationships;
further analyzing the messages from the institutions with the inferred institution relationships and determining from contents of the messages which are actionable messages and what user actions are responsive to the actionable messages, the user actions comprising: pay a bill, retrieve a document for review or archive, sign a document, check in for a transit, refill a prescription, confirm or verify a profile or password change, RSVP for an event in response to an invitation, or track a package; and
for each of the actionable messages, generating and causing display of a snaplet, the snaplet comprising at least the institution identifier and an action button or link that, when selected, initiates a user action responsive to the selection of the action button or link without opening the message.

US Pat. No. 10,115,153

DETECTION OF COMPROMISE OF MERCHANTS, ATMS, AND NETWORKS

Fair Isaac Corporation, ...

1. A computer-implemented method for detecting compromise of financial transaction accounts, the method comprising:receiving authorization data for each of a number of financial transaction accounts that are authorized for use for a financial transaction executed by a merchant device;
for each of the number of financial transaction accounts, in a memory associated with a computer:
storing compromise cluster analytic variables representing a pre-fraud compromise of a group of the financial transaction accounts, the pre-fraud compromise comprising information related to at least a portion of the group of the financial transaction accounts being obtained by an unauthorized third party;
generating an account profile that contains predictive fraud variables to be used in conjunction with the compromise cluster analytic variables to assign a compromise account score if any of the financial transaction accounts are identified as being part of the pre-fraud compromise;
generating an account transaction profile that contains a purchase history of the account, the account transaction profile further containing one or more links between financial transaction accounts that are used at a particular merchant device each during a common time period;
generating a merchant device profile that contains predictive fraud variables relevant for compromise cluster generation; and
generating a merchant device account transaction history profile that contains financial transaction account volume and velocity statistics at numerous time intervals, and tracking data that tracks the number of accounts that experience fraud at a later date;
receiving, by the computer, reported fraud data that represents a confirmed fraudulent use of one or more of the number of financial transaction accounts;
identifying, by the computer and in response to the receiving the reported fraud data, merchant devices associated with the confirmed fraudulent use;
calculating, by the computer and for each merchant device of the identified merchant devices, a pre-fraud pattern;
generating, by the computer and based on the pre-fraud pattern, a compromise cluster, the compromise cluster identifying suspicious financial transaction accounts, the generating the compromise cluster comprising:
generating, for each suspicious financial transaction account, a compromise account score based on fraud detection variables of an associated account profile of the suspicious financial transaction account; and
ranking, by the computer, each of the suspicious financial transaction accounts based on the compromise account scores;
generating, by the computer, a compromise profile for the identified suspicious financial transaction accounts based on a comparison of the reported fraud data with the account profile, account transaction profile, merchant device profile, and merchant device account history profile; and
denying, by the computer at authorization, a transaction associated with a first suspicious financial transaction account of the identified suspicious financial transaction accounts.

US Pat. No. 10,115,152

LINE ITEM MANAGEMENT SYSTEM METHOD AND APPARATUS

Lavante, Inc., San Jose,...

1. An apparatus for performing electronic audits of vendor records, comprising:a data acquirer, implemented in a processor, configured to
automatically acquire vendor data from a database in response to making a determination that an audit is to be performed, wherein the vendor data includes vendor contact information associated with a vendor that performs business transactions with a client,
wherein the data acquirer includes at least one translation filter that automatically converts alternate database formats into a compatible database format in response to making a determination that the vendor data has been imported from the database in the alternate database formats;
a communication matrix, implemented in the processor, configured to send an audit request to the vendor upon receiving the vendor data from the data acquirer, wherein said audit comprises an examination and verification of accounts and records related to said business transactions that includes reviewing disbursement transactions and related supporting data to identify and recover overpayments and under-deductions to said vendor, and wherein said audit identifies transactions among said business transactions that comprise open line items that are held up in active accounting ledgers because they have not settled after an initial attempt to settle them;
a data integrator, implemented in the processor, configured to
receive vendor statements from the vendor in response to the audit request, wherein the vendor statements include one or more line items of an accounting ledger, which provides an accounting of a plurality of past business transactions between the vendor and the client, and wherein each of the one or more line items includes information regarding an amount payable to the vendor by the client,
determine whether the one or more line items for the plurality of past business transactions include any open line items; and
automatically marshal open line items of the one or more line items from the vendor statements based on a determination made by the data integrator that the open line items exist; and
a content manager, implemented in the processor, configured to determine whether discrepancies exist from the marshalled open line items so as to thereby electronically audit the plurality of past business transactions between the client and the vendor, wherein the discrepancies include information regarding a credit amount to be applied against the amount payable due to a credit owed by the vendor to the client, and wherein the credit owed includes one or more of a duplicate payment made by the client to the vendor, a past overpayment made by the client to the vendor, a rebate provided to the client by the vendor, a discount provided to the client by the vendor, a missed shipment from the vendor to the client, and an unused credit owed by the vendor to the client.

US Pat. No. 10,115,151

COMPUTERIZED METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DYNAMCIALLY CREATING AND UPDATING A USER INTERFACE

PEERACTIVE INC., New Yor...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a computing device over a network, a first request from a first user for an item, said first request associated with a website associated with the item;
retrieving, via the computing device, a first web page presentation associated with the item, said first web page presentation comprising displayable information associated with the item, said item information comprising an indicia indicating a value of the item at the time of the first request;
automatically communicating, via the computing device over the network, the first web page presentation in response to the first request to a device of the first user for display within a browser running on the user device;
receiving, at the computing device, a second request from a second user for the item;
determining, via the computing device, a rate at which the item information will change in response to the second request;
dynamically adjusting, via the computing device, the item information based on said second request and the determined rate of change;
automatically communicating, via the computing device over the network, the adjusted item information to the user device in response to the second request, said communication comprising facilitating display of the adjusted item information within the browser displayed first web page presentation; and
identifying, via the computing device, whether a third request for the item is received, and based on said identification:
accelerating, via the computing device, the rate of change of the item information when a third request is received; and
decelerating, via the computing device, the rate of change of the item information when a third request is not received.

US Pat. No. 10,115,150

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONSTRUCTING AND DISPLAYING ACTIVE VIRTUAL REALITY CYBER MALLS, SHOW ROOMS, GALLERIES, STORES, MUSEUMS, AND OBJECTS WITHIN

1. A computer implemented method, comprising:displaying a first virtual reality scene corresponding to a physical scene, wherein the first virtual reality scene includes a plurality of objects, the plurality of objects being selectable by a user and being built from a plurality of images representing varied views of the plurality of objects in the physical scene;
enabling the user to navigate within the first virtual reality scene to observe the first virtual reality scene;
enabling the user to select a selected object from the plurality of objects within the first virtual reality scene;
in response to the user selecting the selected object, performing the following when the selected object within the first virtual reality scene is linked to a second virtual reality scene concerning the object:
displaying the second virtual reality scene, and
enabling the user to navigate within the second virtual reality scene and select at least one object presented within the second virtual reality scene, wherein the at least one objects within the second virtual reality scene are linked with a corresponding information packet; and
in response to the user selecting the selected object, performing the following when the selected object within the virtual reality scene is a single object and linked to an information packet concerning the selected object:
displaying the information packet linked to selected object to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,115,149

VIRTUAL WORLD ELECTRONIC COMMERCE PLATFORM

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

5. A method, comprising:generating a virtual world that includes multiple virtual scenes, a virtual scene of the multiple virtual scenes including a virtual object associated with a tag;
sending the virtual scene to a device associated with a user profile based at least in part on an association between the tag and historical data representing prior interactions associated with the user profile;
locating the virtual object within the virtual scene;
associating the virtual object with a real-world item using the tag;
creating a link that forms a virtual pathway between the virtual scene and a different virtual scene within the virtual world based at least in part on the association between the tag and the historical data associated with the user profile; and
sending, in response to user interaction with the virtual object in the virtual scene, a request to a third party service for the real-world item associated with the virtual object, the teal-world item available for purchase from the third party service.

US Pat. No. 10,115,148

SELECTION OF TOOLS

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:identifying, by a computer system, a plurality of functional tools configured to allow users to manage first items offered in an electronic marketplace, the plurality of functional tools organized with respect to a plurality of tool categories;
receiving interaction information identifying historical user actions performed, by a user group during a first time period, with a particular set of functional tools from a first tool category of the plurality of tool categories, the user group comprising a class of users defined by a seller type;
determining, by the computer system, an association between the first tool category and the class of users of the user group based at least in part on the interaction information;
during a second time period occurring after the first time period and in response to a user request, performing a classification of a user into the user group based at least in part on user information associated with the user;
modifying a user interface from a default state including a first set of functional tools to a modified state including a second set of functional tools, the modifying of the user interface from the default state to the modified state comprising adding or removing, based at least in part on the classification and independent of user input, at least one functional tool such that the first set of functional tools is different from the second set of functional tools; and
providing the modified user interface in the modified state for presentation at a user device associated with the user, the at least one functional tool being launchable from the modified user interface to perform one or more actions with respect to management of second items of the user that are offered in the electronic marketplace.

US Pat. No. 10,115,147

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TERMINAL, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION APPARATUS, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, CONTENT MANAGEMENT METHOD, BROADCAST RECEPTION METHOD, INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION METHOD, PROGRAMS AND STORAGE MEDIUM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a touch panel to detect a user input;
a wireless interface to connect to a distribution server via the Internet;
circuitry configured to, via the wireless interface,
receive identification data of content data available for purchase from the distribution server,
purchase the content data for a fee from the distribution server based on a first user input detected by the touch panel,
download the purchased content data for storage in the information processing apparatus,
send, to a backup server, management data including the identification data of the purchased content data stored in the information processing apparatus, the backup server updates backup data of a user identification associated with the information processing apparatus based on the management data,
send a request to the backup server with the user identification associated with the information processing apparatus,
receive a list of identification data of content data identified in the backup data from the backup server in response to the request,
download the purchased content data without the fee from the backup server based on a second user selection detected by the touch panel of the identification data of the purchased content data from the list of the identification data of the content data,
receive another list of identification data of content data from the distribution server,
display the other list with purchase icons of the content data in the other list, the purchase icons are selected by a third user input with the touch panel, and
change an appearance of one of the purchase icons corresponding to the purchased content data to prohibit a selection of the one of the purchase icons.

US Pat. No. 10,115,107

PAYMENT CARD FRAUD PROTECTION

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method for managing payment card transactions, the method comprising:using at least one server processor for:
using at least one biometric sensor to perform biometric identification of a card holder prior to allowing the card holder to physically pass through at least one security checkpoint;
accessing, by a payment card company, information associated with the card holder after the card holder has physically passed through the at least one security checkpoint in which the card holder's identity has been authenticated using biometric identification;
extracting at least one destination region from a ticket associated with the card holder;
only after the card holder has physically passed through the at least one security checkpoint, receiving from the card holder using a client processor-based device, at least one payment card identifier associated with the card holder through one or more of a magnetic strip payment card reader, a text message, an optical recognition of a picture of a payment card, and a near field wireless communication with a smart-chip embedded in a credit card and while on one of an airplane, a bus, a train, or a ship and prior to reaching a ticketed destination; and
updating, by the payment card company, a payment card profile associated with the payment card by authorizing use of the payment card within at least one or more of the destination region and a time period, and the updating the payment card profile includes reducing a probability of rejection of the payment card in at least one destination region when the payment card is used to make a purchase based upon receiving the payment card identifier using the client processor-based device from a ticket venue network address defined as an identifier for a node or a network interface of a telecommunications network associated with the ticket, wherein the ticket venue network address is located after the card holder has physically passed through the at least one security checkpoint, and
increasing the probability of rejection of the payment card in response to failing to receiving the payment card identifier using the client processor-based device, from the ticket venue network address defined as the identifier for the node or the network interface of the telecommunications network associated with the ticket.

US Pat. No. 10,115,028

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CLASSIFYING AN OBJECT IN AN IMAGE

MANDO CORPORATION, Gyeon...

1. A driver assistance system, comprising:at least one camera for generating images of a surrounding of a vehicle;
a data processing unit is configured to:
define an image area located within the object in the image,
decompose the image area into an array of subareas,
define an array of aggregated pixel values by calculating, for each of the subareas, an aggregated pixel value of the respective subarea,
calculate a gradient array depending on differences between the aggregated pixel values of adjacent subareas,
analyze the gradient array, and
identify depending on a result of the analyzing the gradient array, the object as belonging to a class of a predefined set of classes; and
a driver information unit coupled to the data processing unit and providing information on the objects classified as traffic signs and/or speed limit signs to a driver of the vehicle,
wherein the aggregated pixel values of the subareas are obtained by summing up pixel values of pixels contained in the respective subarea.

US Pat. No. 10,115,014

EYEPRINT RECOGNITION-BASED MOBILE TERMINAL CAMERA SELF-ADAPTATION ADJUSTMENT METHOD AND SYSTEM

JRD COMMUNICATION INC., ...

1. An eyeprint recognition-based mobile terminal camera self-adaptation adjustment method, including:detecting in real time whether or not eyeprint recognition software of the mobile terminal uses the mobile terminal camera;
if the eyeprint recognition software uses the mobile terminal camera, turning on the mobile terminal camera by eyeprint recognition software;
if the eyeprint recognition software does not use the mobile terminal camera, conducting processing according to a normal procedure of an ordinary application;
in response to the eyeprint recognition software using the mobile terminal camera, before starting a preview operation of the eyeprint recognition software, starting, by a hardware abstraction layer of the mobile terminal camera, a light sensor built in the mobile terminal, acquiring, by the light sensor, a light brightness value of a current environment of the mobile terminal, classifying the light brightness value into one of a plurality of brightness scopes, each brightness scope comprising a range of light brightness values, and calculating a current exposure initial value according to the one brightness scope, and transmitting the calculated current exposure initial value to the mobile terminal camera;
receiving, by the mobile terminal camera, the current exposure initial value, and adjusting camera shooting configuration parameters in real time for the preview operation, wherein the camera shooting configuration parameters comprise an exposure initial index value and a gain value; and
turning off the mobile terminal camera after the mobile terminal camera outputs an image according to the current exposure initial value and transmits the image to the eyeprint recognition software so that the eyeprint recognition software processes the image and performs unlock.

US Pat. No. 10,114,992

ELECTRONIC IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. An electronic identification document, comprising:a carrier;
an identification element;
a microwave interaction structure configured to interact with microwave radiation;
a chip; and
an alteration element, wherein the alteration element is part of or in contact with the microwave interaction structure and is configured to alter, upon interaction of the interaction structure with microwaves, its state from an initial state to a permanent altered state;
wherein the permanent altered state differs from the initial state by a change of the alteration element in color, brightness, saturation, and/or transparency.

US Pat. No. 10,114,981

ARCHITECTURE FOR TELEMETRY AND ADAPTIVE LIFETIME CONTROL OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus that is a computer processor, the apparatus comprising:one or more processor cores;
a plurality of sensors to track a plurality of operational metrics on the apparatus;
a network interface to send one or more of the plurality of operational metrics to a remote monitor communicatively connected to the apparatus through a network and responsively receive a command generated by the remote monitor;
analyzer circuitry to generate a threat level based at least in part on the plurality of operational metrics, wherein generating the threat level by the analyzer circuitry comprises:
receiving the plurality of operational metrics from the plurality of sensors over an epoch period;
normalizing the plurality of operational metrics to create normalized operational metrics;
creating a matrix of cross-correlation values based on the normalized operational metrics;
feeding a plurality of cross-correlation matrices collected over a plurality of epochs into a neural network, the neural network to generate a generated threat level based on the plurality of cross-correlation matrices; and
outputting the generated threat level when the generated threat level is not overridden by the command from the remote monitor and outputting a second threat level indicated by the command from the remote monitor when the generated threat level is overridden by the command from the remote monitor; and
threat responder circuitry to perform a derating action based on the generated threat level or the second threat level, wherein the derating action to be performed by the threat responder circuitry respective to each threat level is specified by a pre-defined policy set by a manufacturer of the apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,114,964

ROLE-BASED CONTENT RENDERING

TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES...

1. A computer implemented method comprising:authenticating a user to access content associated with a metadata driven framework and the metadata driven framework is employed for defining a plurality of content objects for at least one application, the content comprising data and content objects related to one or more applications stored in one or more application data repositories, wherein the authentication is based on login credentials of the user, and wherein:
the content objects include a plurality of user interfaces (UIs) and UI elements to render role-based content of the one or more applications from the one or more application data repositories;
each of the plurality of UIs is associated with an application from the one or more applications and defines a workspace for the user; and
the UI elements include reports, graphs, and charts;
determining, by a processor, an application role associated with the user, wherein the application role defines an access permission for the user to selectively access content of the one or more applications in from the one or more application data repositories, wherein a query is automatically generated, upon authentication of the user, for rendering the content to the user;
identifying, by the processor, one or more of the content objects associated with the determined application role of the user, wherein the identification is based on a mapping of application roles with the content objects and a plurality of rules associated with each of the application roles, the plurality of roles defining access to the content objects for the associated application roles, and wherein the identifying of the one or more of the content objects comprises identifying a plurality of parameters associated with the identified content objects, the plurality of parameters referring to a criteria based on which the content objects are rendered to the user, wherein the plurality of UI elements associated with the user are defined based on access permissible to the user;
providing, by the processor, a plurality of pre-defined tag libraries to the user for defining a custom logic, wherein a tag library is indicative of a set of custom tags that invoke custom actions in a file stored in the one or more application data repositories, said application data repositories configured to receive at least one query from a user device and identify the location in the application data repository which the user device is seeking, wherein the custom logic defines a layout for customizing the identified content objects and the custom logic is written using a plurality of tag libraries pre-defined in the one or more application data repositories;
receiving, by the processor, the custom logic for rendering the identified content objects, based on the at least one application role, wherein the custom logic is defined by using the plurality of pre-defined tag libraries;
rendering, by the processor, the identified content objects accessible to the user based on the defined custom logic and modifying the identified content objects based on users privileges, wherein the custom tag libraries provided by the metadata driven framework enables the user to render data from a plurality of resources by configuring the custom logic to provide a plurality of user inputs on a screen;
associating, by the processor, at least one user defined filter on the rendered content, wherein the user defined filter creates a subset of the rendered content, and configuring a plurality of rules to define and control data access based on at least pre-defined application role wherein the configured plurality of rules secure the identified content objects from unauthorized access;
defining, by the processor a model of the metadata driven framework, wherein at least one of User Interface (UI) and User Interface (UI) elements create a dependency relationship, wherein each UI is mapped with one or more UI elements, and wherein the metadata driven framework is configured to support rendering of data in a plurality of formats, by providing a one-line status within the UI to access further information; and
reading, by the processor, a plurality of user inputs and resizing the one or more UI elements by reading a gesture of an input device, wherein the input device is at least one of a stylus, a hand gesture, or a touch screen.

US Pat. No. 10,114,962

GENERATING A STUB FILE CORRESPONDING TO A CLASSIFIED DATA FILE

Alibaba Group Holding Lim...

1. A method, comprising:in response to an indication that a data file has been generated by a first client device, determining a security classification associated with the data file;
determining that the security classification associated with the data file comprises a classified file;
storing, using one or more processors, the data file in a designated virtual storage area;
generating a first stub file at an original storage location of the data file, wherein the first stub file includes a viewing permission associated with the data file and a storage location of the data file in the designated virtual storage area;
receiving a first instruction from a first user to share the data file with a second user;
determining user information associated with the second user;
determining that the second user has permission to access the data file based at least in part on the user information associated with the second user; and
sending a second instruction to a second client device associated with the second user, wherein the second instruction is configured to generate a second stub file corresponding to the data file at the second client device associated with the second user, wherein the second stub file is configured to be usable to obtain the data file in the designated virtual storage area.

US Pat. No. 10,114,912

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING ADDRESS TRAFFIC IN AN ELECTRONIC DESIGN

Cadence Design Systems, I...

1. A computer-implemented method for measuring address noise in an electronic design simulation comprising:providing, using one or more processors, a first electronic design configured to generate one or more address sequences;
defining a plurality of address noise monitors, wherein each of the address noise monitors is defined relative to a particular System-on-a-chip architecture associated with the first electronic design;
identifying the first address noise monitor from the plurality of address noise monitors;
applying the first address noise monitor to the first electronic design, wherein the first address noise monitor is configured to determine address noise data, wherein the address noise data includes a measure of one or more discontinuities in the one or more address sequences;
simulating the electronic design to generate one or more performance results, the one or more performance results including address noise data;
generating an address noise profile, based upon, at least in part, the one or more performance results including address noise data;
refining a number of address bins associated with an address bus of the first electronic design to align with the particular System-on-a-chip architecture;
determining a gap between the one or more discontinuities;
determining a variance associated with each of the address bins; and
applying the address noise profile to a second electronic design that includes, at least in part, the particular System-on-a-chip architecture associated with the first electronic design.

US Pat. No. 10,114,864

LIST ELEMENT QUERY SUPPORT AND PROCESSING

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A system comprising:one or more hardware computing devices comprising one or more hardware processors and memory;
a database storing one or more tables, wherein at least one of the tables includes a plurality of records that include respective lists of elements; and
an update module implemented by the one or more hardware computing devices, wherein the update module is configured to:
receive an update command that specifies an element and a record of the plurality of records;
update, according to the update command, a list of elements for the specified record of the plurality of records;
determine an operand set that includes one or more unique operands respectively mapped to one or more elements of the updated list of elements for the specified record of the plurality of records;
apply a function to the one or more unique operands of the operand set to determine a function value such that a complementary function applied to the function value and a given operand indicates whether the given operand is included in the operand set; and
update the specified record of the plurality of records to include the determined function value; and
a query module implemented by the one or more hardware computing devices, wherein the query module is configured to:
receive a query for which of the records of the plurality of records include a list of elements that includes an element specified in the query;
determine a unique operand mapped to the element specified in the query;
for the plurality of records in the table:
apply the complementary function to the unique operand and to function values of the plurality of records in the table to determine which of the records in the table include a respective function value generated using the unique operand; and
determine, based at least on which records in the table include function values generated using the unique operand, which of the plurality of records include a respective list of elements that includes the element specified in the query; and
respond to the query with an indication of which of the plurality of records include a respective list of elements that includes the element specified in the query.

US Pat. No. 10,114,632

SOFTWARE PATCH MANAGEMENT INCORPORATING SENTIMENT ANALYSIS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method, comprising:generating, by a machine-based sentiment prediction generator, respective machine-determined sentiment predictions for each of a plurality of software patches using sentiment analysis;
setting, by a sentiment-based confidence value generator, a confidence value for each of the plurality of software patches based on the machine-determined sentiment predictions;
adjusting the machine-determined sentiment predictions based on learned information in response to an alert triggered based on predetermined criteria to generate one or more subsequent machine-determined sentiment predictions; and
at least one of selecting and prioritizing, by a software patch selector and prioritizer, at least one of the plurality of software patches based on the respective confidence value therefor,
wherein the sentiment analysis comprises:
building a sentiment analysis graph, where graph nodes represent at least one of respective users and respective software patches, and edges indicate sentiment between the respective users and the respective software patches; and
clustering the respective users into one of at least three clusters that include a positive sentiment cluster, a negative sentiment cluster, and a neutral sentiment cluster.

US Pat. No. 10,114,598

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME, IN WHICH IMAGE FORMATION IS STOPPED IN ACCORDANCE WITH OBTAINED ERROR INFORMATION

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus capable of communicating with a server, the apparatus comprising:(A) an image forming device configured to form an image on a sheet based on print data;
(B) a memory device that stores a set of instructions; and
(C) at least one processor that executes instructions out of the set of instructions:
(a) to obtain print data transmitted from the server;
(b) to cause the image forming device to start image formation based on the obtained print data;
(c) to notify the server of identification information of the print data after the start of the image formation;
(d) to receive error information from the server as a response to the notification in a case that the server determines that the identification information of the print data does not match identification information stored in the server; and
(e) to cause the image formation by the image forming device to stop in accordance with receiving the error information from the server.

US Pat. No. 10,114,499

ENHANCED HANDLING OF REMOTE CONTROLLER TOUCHPAD INPUT DATA

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A method for a media electronic device enabling a user electronic device to control a media application processing module, the method comprising:at the media electronic device:
receiving from the user electronic device first user control data indicative of a first user position of a first user touch event of a user touch path along a touch sensitive surface of a touch input component of the user electronic device;
defining a first actual device position based on the first user position of the received first user control data relative to the bounds of the touch sensitive surface;
centering a virtual window within the bounds of the touch sensitive surface as close as possible to the first actual device position;
after the centering, defining a first reportable device position based on the first actual device position relative to the bounds of the centered virtual window; and
sharing the first reportable device position with the media application processing module.

US Pat. No. 10,114,465

VIRTUAL REALITY HEAD-MOUNTED DEVICES HAVING REDUCED NUMBERS OF CAMERAS, AND METHODS OF OPERATING THE SAME

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method comprising:providing a virtual-reality (VR) head-mounted display (V-HMD) having an imaging sensor, the imaging sensor including color-sensing pixels, and infrared (IR)-sensing pixels amongst the color-sensing pixels;
capturing, using the imaging sensor, an image having a color portion and an IR portion;
forming an IR image and a color image from the captured image by:
forming the IR image from at least some of the IR portion from the captured image;
forming the color image by replacing the IR portion of the captured image with color data determined from the color portion of the captured image and locations of the IR-sensing pixels in the imaging sensor;
performing a first tracking based on the IR image;
performing a second tracking based on the color image; and
performing hand tracking based on the IR image and the color image.

US Pat. No. 10,114,445

SCREEN TIMEOUT DURATION

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:by a computing device, determining a duration overage for a length of a countdown to an automatic timeout to power down a screen of the computing device, wherein the computing device determines an overage if a type of user interaction with the computing device turns off the screen during the countdown and prior to first a pre-determined amount of time before the end of the countdown;
by a computing device, determining a duration underage for a length of a countdown to an automatic timeout to power down a screen of the computing device, wherein the computing device determines an underage if a type of user interaction wakes up the screen of the device within a second pre-determined amount of time after the automatic timeout turns off the screen, wherein the first pre-determined amount of time is equal to or shorter than the second pre-determined amount of time; and
by the computing device, adjusting the length of the countdown to an automatic timeout to power down the screen of the computing device based on the duration overage in addition to the duration underage and further based on one or more physical characteristics of the computing device including: a physical screen size of the computing device and an angle of the computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,114,437

PORTABLE DEVICE AND CALIBRATION METHOD THEREOF

MEDIATEK INC., Hsin-Chu ...

1. A portable device, comprising:a first processor, performing an initial procedure according to an operation clock with a first frequency value and an operation voltage with a first voltage value, and performing a calibration procedure according to the operation clock with a second frequency value and the operation voltage with a second voltage value when the initial procedure has been performed and a self-calibration event is present;
a storage unit; and
a second processor, detecting whether a specific function of the calibration procedure is being performed by the first processor,
wherein the second processor stores the second frequency value and the second voltage value into the storage unit after the calibration procedure is performed,
wherein the second voltage value is lower than the first voltage value, and the second frequency value is lower than the first frequency value.

US Pat. No. 10,114,431

NONHOMOGENEOUS SERVER ARRANGEMENT

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A data center having nonhomogeneous servers interleaved within a rack comprising a first quantity of gaming optimized servers having a first hardware configuration and a second quantity of general processing optimized servers having a second hardware configuration that is different from the first hardware configuration, the first quantity of gaming optimized servers and the second quantity of general processing optimized servers being power balanced to use a substantially equal amount of power at peak power, and an amount of cooling available being insufficient to cool both the first quantity of gaming optimized servers and the second quantity of general processing optimized servers in active processing mode, wherein the first hardware configuration comprises a graphics processing unit (“GPU”) and the second hardware configuration does not include GPU, and wherein the first quantity of gaming optimized servers is designed for a workload with a peak usage during a first time period that does not substantially overlap with a second time period for which the second quantity of general processing optimized servers is designed, wherein interleaved with a rack means that the first quantity of gaming optimized servers and the second quantity of general processing optimized servers are arranged within the rack in an alternating arrangement.

US Pat. No. 10,114,422

COVER PANEL AND DISPLAY DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A cover panel, comprising:a heat sink layer;
an impact absorbing layer on the heat sink layer; and
an elastic pattern on at least one side of the impact absorbing layer.

US Pat. No. 10,114,416

PARABOLIC-SHAPED RECEPTACLE AND SUPPORT MECHANISM FOR A COMPUTING DEVICE

Language Line Services, I...

1. A parabolic-shaped receptacle comprising:a frame having a left side that has a left parabolic curvature and a right side that has a right parabolic curvature;
a receiver operably connected to the frame such that the receiver receives a computing device within the frame; and
one or more support mechanisms operably attached to a rear portion of the frame that support the computing device in a landscape mode or a portrait mode, wherein the one or more support mechanisms are positioned in fixed portions at the rear of the frame such that a first portion of the one or more support mechanisms supports the landscape mode and a second portion of the one or more support mechanisms supports the portrait mode.

US Pat. No. 10,114,412

LAPDESK

1. A lapdesk comprising:a hard shell;
an ejection button; and
an embedded desk;
wherein the embedded desk is ejected from the hard shell case after the ejection button is pushed;
wherein the embedded desk is folded over a keyboard of a laptop to create a functional workspace.

US Pat. No. 10,114,402

TOUCH-SENSITIVE CONTROL

AMS Neve Ltd., Burnley (...

1. A control comprising a cylindrical first touch-sensitive body comprising a first display element, the first display element adapted to display information relating to a parameter controlled by the first touch-sensitive body, andan annular second touch-sensitive body formed around a circumference of the first touch-sensitive body, the second touch-sensitive body comprising a second display element, the second display element adapted to display information relating to a parameter controlled by the second touch-sensitive body,
wherein both the first touch-sensitive body and the second touch-sensitive body are rotatable.

US Pat. No. 10,114,396

INDUCTION TYPE POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM AND INTRUDING METAL DETECTION METHOD THEREOF

Fu Da Tong Technology Co....

1. A method used for an induction type power supply system, for detecting whether an intruding metal exists in a power transmission region of the induction type power supply system, the method comprising:interrupting at least one driving signal of the induction type power supply system to stop driving a supplying-end coil of the induction type power supply system;
detecting an attenuation status of a coil signal on the supplying-end coil when driving of the supplying-end coil is interrupted; and
determining whether the intruding metal exists in the power transmission region of the induction type power supply system according to the attenuation status of the coil signal;
wherein the step of determining whether the intruding metal exists in the power transmission region of the induction type power supply system according to the attenuation status of the coil signal comprises:
configuring a threshold voltage;
calculating a number of peaks reaching the threshold voltage in the coil signal after the at least one driving signal is interrupted; and
determining that the intruding metal exists in the power transmission region of the induction type power supply system when the number is smaller than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,114,395

EXPERT SYSTEM ANALYSIS FOR POWER MONITORING DEVICES

Electronic Systems Protec...

1. An apparatus comprising:a communication interface to communicate with a network;
a storage unit that stores a knowledge base containing logical rules on electric power data and explanation or recommendation information associated with the logical rules; and
a processor, coupled to the communication interface and the storage unit, to:
generate for display a user interface and receive via the user interface identification of input data descriptive of electricity conveyed through at least one power monitor;
responsive to the identification, and without activity by a human user:
obtain the input data from the power monitor over the network;
process the input data in a data file format into a logically-testable condition for electrical power using predetermined processing operations;
determine whether the logically-testable condition evaluates to true or not true for the input data; and
store or not store the logically-testable condition as a determinant for electrical power when the logically-testable condition evaluates to true or not true, respectively;
search the knowledge base for logical rules that are triggered by the determinant; and
generate for display the explanation or recommendation information associated with logical rules triggered by the determinant.

US Pat. No. 10,114,394

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONNECTION DEVICE, COMMUNICATION DEVICE, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An information processing apparatus, comprising:a processing device and a memory device encoded with computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the processing device, are configured to:
receive, from a connection device having a connection terminal, entry information in which connection device identification information for identifying the connection device and communication device identification information for identifying a communication device connected to the connection terminal are associated with each other;
acquire connection device information related to the connection device based on the entry information, wherein, in a case where first entry information is stored in a storage section, and thereafter second entry information is received having connection device identification information in common with the first entry information and communication device identification information different from the first entry information, an invalid flag is set in the first entry information and the second entry information is stored in the storage section; and
transmit the connection device information to the communication device indicated by the communication device identification information, wherein the connection device comprises an outlet and the communication device comprises a plug that can be inserted into the outlet and wherein the connection device information transmitted to the communication device includes the connection device identification information and presentation information associated with the connection device identification information.

US Pat. No. 10,114,386

ELECTRO-HYDRAULIC SERVO VALVE CONTROL SYSTEM

GOODRICH CORPORATION, Ch...

1. A control system comprising:an electro-hydraulic servo valve configured to move about a plurality of positions in response to receiving an analog bi-polar current signal;
an electronic field programmable gate array (FPGA) that generates first and second digital pulse width modulation (PWM) signals according to an adjustable duty cycle;
an electronic bridge circuit in electrical communication with the FPGA to convert the first and second digital PWM signals into the bi-polar current signal, the electronic bridge circuit is configured to drive a plurality of switching devices that output the bi-polar current signal in response to the first and second PWM signals, the duty cycle of the PWM signals controlling the average current level of the bi-polar current signal, the plurality of switching devices are configured as an H-bridge circuit, a first section of the plurality of switching devices generating the bi-polar current signal having a first polarity to move the electro-hydraulic servo valve in a first direction and a second section of the plurality of switching devices generating the bi-polar current signal having a second polarity opposite the first direction to move the electro-hydraulic servo valve in a second direction opposite the first direction; and
an electronic current sensing circuit in electrical communication with the bridge circuit, the current sensing circuit configured to generate a digital feedback signal indicating an average current level of the bi-polar signal; and
an electronic filter unit interposed between the H-bridge circuit and the electro-hydraulic servo valve,
wherein the FPGA controls the duty cycle based on at least the average current level indicated by the digital feedback signal, and
wherein the electronic current sensing circuit measures a voltage differential corresponding to the bi-polar current signal and generates an offset analog average current level signal indicating the average current level of the bi-polar current signal based on the voltage differential.

US Pat. No. 10,114,382

FLEXIBLE COMMAND MODEL FOR AIRCRAFT CONTROL

SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORA...

1. A method of implementing a flexible command model, the method comprising:receiving a pilot stick input;
generating an aircraft response to the pilot stick input that is a continuous blend of first and second response types and comprises time-varying coefficients set as a function of a magnitude of the pilot stick input and an aircraft state;
subjecting changes in the time-varying coefficients to a first non-linearity allowing for anti-symmetric control of transitions between the first and second response types;
calculating a differential equation of the time-varying coefficients based on selected integrator states;
applying the selected states of the differential equation to at least one additional non-linearity;
outputting an output of the differential equation of the time-varying coefficients as a desired aircraft response; and
controlling an aircraft based on the desired aircraft response.

US Pat. No. 10,114,381

EMERGENCY AUTOLOAD SYSTEM

Garmin International, Inc...

1. An aircraft Autoland device comprising:a memory operable to store one or more modules, terrain data including at least one terrain characteristic, and obstacle data including at least one obstacle characteristic; and
a processor coupled to the memory, the processor operable to execute the one or more modules to cause the processor to:
identify a plurality of potential destinations for an aircraft, each of the plurality of destinations having at least one attribute;
calculate a merit for each of the plurality of potential destinations based on the at least one attribute;
select a destination based upon the merit;
receive at least one of terrain data or obstacle data;
create a route from a current position of the aircraft to an approach fix associated with the selected destination, the route accounting for the at least one of the at least one terrain characteristic or the at least one obstacle characteristic;
cause the aircraft to traverse the route; and
cause the aircraft to land at the destination without requiring pilot intervention.

US Pat. No. 10,114,376

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING EDGE DUMPING OF MOBILE MACHINES

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A control system comprising:one or more sensors; and
a controller configured to:
receive a signal indicative of a current position of a machine on a work surface as the machine travels along a first direction;
initiate a scanning of the work surface, by using the one or more sensors, along the first direction when the machine is at a predetermined distance from a target area;
receive, from the one or more sensors, data, indicative of a contour of the work surface;
identify a raised contour and a contour edge within the target area based on the data indicative of the contour as the machine approaches the target area while traveling along a second direction,
the second direction being different from the first direction;
determine a location of the contour edge within the target area based on identifying the raised contour and the contour edge within the target area; and
control a positioning of the machine, within the target area and relative to the raised contour, such that tires of the machine coincide with the contour edge.

US Pat. No. 10,114,373

NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH TRAJECTORY CALCULATION MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

Telenav, Inc., Santa Cla...

1. A method of operation of a navigation system comprising:determining detected information for representing a maneuverable object capable of self-propelled physical movement or displacement, detected using a device;
identifying a directional portion based on the detected information for representing directional portion controlling an object travel vector of the maneuverable object; and
calculating with a control circuit an estimated trajectory profile based on the directional portion for predicting movement of the maneuverable object, wherein the estimated trajectory profile includes a reference measurement, and wherein the reference measurement is calculated based on an angle relative to a surface of the maneuverable object.

US Pat. No. 10,114,371

VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD, AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

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

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a detector that detects a towing state of a subject vehicle;
a recognizing unit that recognizes surrounding situations of the subject vehicle;
a controller that performs automatic control in which at least one of acceleration-and-deceleration and steering of the subject vehicle is automatically controlled on the basis of the surrounding situations of the subject vehicle recognized by the recognizing unit; and
a changing unit that changes, if the detector defects that the subject vehicle is in a state of towing an object, details of control performed by the controller to restrict the automatic control compared to a case where the detector does not detect that the subject vehicle is in the state of towing the object.

US Pat. No. 10,114,370

MACHINE AUTOMATION SYSTEM WITH AUTONOMY ELECTRONIC CONTROL MODULE

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A Machine Automation System (MAS) for a machine that includes an implement, the MAS comprising:a plurality of Vehicle Electronic Control Modules (ECMs) disposed on the machine;
a local transceiver disposed on the machine and configured to receive input control signals from off-board the machine, wherein the local transceiver is a wireless radio;
an Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) disposed on the machine and configured to enable operative communication between an Autonomy Electronic Control Module (AECM), at least some ECMs of the plurality of Vehicle ECMs, a Remote Shutdown Module (RSM), an environment monitoring system and the local transceiver, the Ethernet LAN including:
a plurality of communication channels configured to transfer data between two points;
a local router disposed on the machine and in operable communication with the local transceiver, a first switch, the RSM, and a second switch, the local router being in operable communication with the AECM and the environment monitoring system via the first switch, the local router being in operable communication with at least one Vehicle ECM of the plurality of Vehicle ECMs via the second switch, the local router being configured to receive and transmit the input control signals from the local transceiver to the AECM,
the first switch being in operable communication with the AECM and the environment monitoring system,
the second switch being in operable communication with the at least one vehicle ECM; and
a first Controller Area Network (CAN) disposed on the machine, the AECM and the at least one Vehicle ECM being in operative communication via the first CAN,
the AECM being disposed on the machine and being configured to:
receive the input control signals from the local router;
generate output control signals based on the input control signals; and
transmit the output control signals to at least one of the Vehicle ECMs, wherein the output control signals control an operation of the machine,
the environment monitoring system including a plurality of Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, a microphone and a plurality of Laser Detection and Ranging Systems (LADARS) disposed on the machine, each IP camera of the plurality of IP cameras being configured to transmit video data in a video stream to the local transceiver via the first switch and the router, the microphone being configured to capture audio data, and the LADARS being configured to transmit positioning data of the machine to the local transceiver via the first switch and the router, wherein the video stream from one IP camera of the plurality of IP cameras includes the audio data captured by the microphone,
the RSM being disposed on the machine and being configured to receive a safety control signal from off-board the machine,
the MAS being configured to operate advanced machine control features concurrently with execution of the input control signals received from off-board the machine.

US Pat. No. 10,114,367

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR THE UNIVERSAL INTEGRATION OF PLANT FLOOR ASSETS AND A COMPUTERIZED MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Mtelligence Corporation, ...

1. A server platform for integrating a plurality of diverse plant floor equipment with at least one computerized management (CM) system, said server platform comprising:a processor;
a memory;
a plurality of plant floor drivers adapted to interface with a plurality of diverse plant floor data sources, the plurality of plant floor drivers configured to establish first communication links between said server platform and the plurality of diverse plant floor data sources, the plurality of diverse plant floor data sources configured to access information from a plurality of diverse plant floor equipment;
at least one CM system driver adapted to interface with said at least one CM system, said at least one CM system driver configured to establish a second communication link between said server platform and said at least one CM system;
a discovery application configured to:
discover from said plurality of diverse plant floor data sources, via said first communication links, at least one of a device object of a plurality of defined device objects and a device type of a plurality of defined device types, and import the discovered at least one of device object and device type into said server platform; and
discover from said at least one CM system, via said second communication link, at least one of a management object of a plurality of defined management objects and a management type of a plurality of defined management types, and import the discovered at least one of management object and management type into said server platform; and
one or more mapping applications configured to generate one or more mappings that relate (i) the imported at least one of device object and device type to (ii) said imported at least one of management object and management type.

US Pat. No. 10,114,365

ANALYSIS DEVICE, ANALYSIS METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Yazaki Corporation, Mina...

1. An analysis method comprising:determining first attribute data for each member of a first wire harness;
determining first corresponding graphic data associated with the first attribute data, and first non-corresponding graphic data which is not associated with the first attribute data, wherein the first corresponding graphic data and the first non-corresponding graphic data are visually incorporated in a first product;
determining second attribute data for each member of a second wire harness;
determining second corresponding graphic data associated with the second attribute data, and second non-corresponding graphic data which is not associated with the second attribute data, wherein the second corresponding graphic data and the second non-corresponding graphic data are visually incorporated in a second product drawing;
storing attribute information of the second corresponding graphic data and function information of the second corresponding graphic data in association with one another for each member of the second wire harness;
generating an image of a part of or an entire wire harness by drawing corresponding graphic data of each member of the second wire harness, wherein generating the image of the part of or the entire wire harness includes:
generating a first portion of the image corresponding to a first member of the second wire harness;
applying an indicator to a stored first piece of second attribute data corresponding to the first member of the second wire harness; and
advancing to a stored second piece of the second attribute data not having the indicator;
adding visual representations of the second non-corresponding graphic data to the generated image of the part of or the entire wire harness; and
displaying the generated image,
wherein the first non-corresponding graphic data is compared with the second non-corresponding graphic data, and the second non-corresponding graphic data which completely matches the first attribute data and the second non-corresponding graphic data which does not completely match the first non-corresponding graphic data are displayed in a visually discriminable manner.

US Pat. No. 10,114,364

NUMERICAL-CONTROL-PROGRAM EDITING APPARATUS, NUMERICAL-CONTROL-PROGRAM EDITING METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A numerical-control-program editing apparatus comprising:a machining-shape generating unit that generates, for each unit of machining, a three-dimensional machining shape including position information in a three-dimensional virtual space based on attribute information, which is dimension information or position information described for each unit of machining configuring a numerical control (NC) program;
an attribute processing unit that extracts the attribute information from the NC program and associates three-dimensional position information corresponding to a machining shape corresponding to the extracted attribute information with the extracted attribute information; and
a display-screen control unit that displays the NC program on a program display screen and displays, on a shape display screen, a projection drawing in which the machining shape arranged in the virtual space is obliquely projected according to the position information contained in the machining shape, and when receiving an input for editing the NC program via the program display screen, reflects content of the input on the NC program, wherein
the display-screen control unit displays the extracted attribute information in a position indicated by position information associated with the attribute information on the shape display screen, the position being on the projection drawing and adjacent to a portion of the machining shape corresponding to the extracted attribute information,
when plural kinds of attribute information are displayed in a manner overlapped with one another on the shape display screen, the display-screen control unit displays only one of the plural kinds of attribute information displayed in the manner overlapped with one another,
the unit of machining configuring the NC program includes a plurality of items in which the attribute information is described,
priority degrees are set in advance for each of the items, and
the display-screen control unit displays attribute information related to an item for which a highest priority degree is set among the plural kinds of attribute information displayed in the manner overlapped with one another.

US Pat. No. 10,114,362

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING THE PRODUCTION PROCESS OF A PRODUCT

1. A method for controlling a production process of a product by a system (600), the system being linked to a process control system for controlling the system, the method comprising the steps:a) determining a first n-tuple representative of current parameters of the product;
b) retaining the first n-tuple in a memory of the process control system;
c) displaying the product having the current parameters on a display device (100) of the process control system (10);
d) displaying on the display device control elements for selecting from a plurality of pre-defined process actions that are compatible to be performed on the product having the current parameters as retained in the first n-tuple, each pre-defined process action being representative of a first transformation matrix having matrix elements of a dimension that is compatible with the first n-tuple, the pre-defined process action and corresponding first transformation matrices being retained in the memory of the process control system;
e) selecting at least one selected process action from the plurality of pre-defined process actions;
f) applying the first transformation matrix corresponding to the selected process action to the first n-tuple to produce a second n-tuple of future parameters of the product and displaying the product having the future parameters of the second n- tuple on the display device of the process control system;
g) providing instructions representative of the matrix elements in the first transformation matrix of the selected process action to the system for performing a process step on the product corresponding to the process action, and
h) repeating the steps a) to g).

US Pat. No. 10,114,357

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR REMOTELY OPERATING A MACHINE TOOL BY MEANS OF A MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE

1. A method for remotely controlling a machine tool comprising a stationary operating device that can operate in a control mode for controlling the machine tool or in a mode without control authorization, the method comprising:a) activating a first communication connection between a mobile communication device and the stationary operating device;
b) configuring the stationary operating device to operate in a mode without control authorization; and
c) transferring control authorization from the stationary operating device to the mobile communication device by configuring the mobile communication device to operate in a remote control mode for controlling the machine tool based on information that is accessible only locally at the machine tool,
wherein, the control authorization is transferred to the mobile communication device simultaneously or after the stationary operating device is configured to operate in the mode without control authorization, and wherein the control mode comprises safety-related functions that are not transferred to the mobile communication device when the control authorization is transferred from the stationary operating device to the mobile communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,114,356

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A PHYSICAL UNIT IN AN AUTOMATION SYSTEM

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A method for controlling a physical unit, the method comprising:cyclically generating a plurality of controlling outputs, wherein the plurality of controlling outputs is provided in a redundant manner;
applying a selected controlling output of the controlling outputs to the physical unit;
checking if at least the selected controlling output is correct; and
selecting a selected control unit whose controlling output was checked as correct to apply its controlling output to the physical unit in a subsequent cycle,
wherein the applying is performed before the step of checking, and in case the selected control unit has generated an invalid output, the selected control unit is replaced by another control unit before the next controlling cycle.

US Pat. No. 10,114,355

TECHNIQUES FOR FACILITATING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN NETWORKED NODES

ULTRA ELECTRONICS, Round...

1. A method of operating a communication system that includes multiple nodes, comprising:determining, by a control unit of a specific node, whether the specific node of the communication system is a start node;
in response to determining the specific node is the start node, initiating, by the control unit, transmission of a header over a communication link of the communication system for each frame period, wherein each frame period also includes a plurality of address segments each of which has an associated data number;
in response to determining the specific node is the start node, comparing, by the control unit, data numbers for address segments with associated I/O module address settings to determine if a data number is equal to one of the associated I/O module address settings; and
in response to determining the data number is equal to one of the associated I/O module address settings, initiating transmission, by the control unit, node configuration and data from an input module included in associated I/O modules or zeroes for an output module included in the associated I/O modules.

US Pat. No. 10,114,349

MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS UTILIZED IN AN INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION SYSTEM DISPLAYED AS A SINGLE APPLICATION

Rockwell Automation Techn...

1. A system, comprising:a memory that stores computer executable instructions; and
a processor that executes or facilitates execution of the computer executable instructions to at least:
display a manager application comprising a first display of a first application utilized in configuration of an industrial automation system at a first organizational location within the manager application and a second display of a second application utilized in the configuration of the industrial automation system at a second organizational location within the manager application; and
provide a common menu for use with the first application and the second application via the manager application,
wherein the manager application facilitates navigation between the first application and the second application,
wherein the manager application facilitates performance of an action by the first application and the second application in response to an input received by the manager application,
wherein the common menu comprises a common save command for the first application and the second application, the input is a selection of the common save command, and the action performed is concurrently saving a first application instance of the first application and a second application instance of the second application in response to the selection of the common save command,
wherein at least the first display of the first application is reduced in size in at least the first organizational location within the manager application in response to elimination of at least one menu of the first application based on the providing of the common menu,
wherein the first application instance of the first application comprises a visualization design of a visualization portion associated with a component of the industrial automation system, and the second application instance of the second application comprises a control design of a control portion of the component of the industrial automation system, wherein the visualization portion associated with the component corresponds to the control portion of the component, and
wherein visualization data, associated with the first application, a first file format, and a first type of hierarchy that is associated with the industrial automation system, is mapped to control data, associated with the second application, a second file format, and a second type of hierarchy that is associated with the industrial automation system, wherein the visualization data is associated with the visualization portion of the component and the control data is associated with the control portion of the component, and wherein the visualization data is a subset of data that is different from, and is not based on, the control data, and wherein the control data is not based on the visualization data.

US Pat. No. 10,114,341

INERTIA SETTING OR POISING OF A TIMEPIECE SPRUNG BALANCE ASSEMBLY

Nivarox-FAR S.A., Le Loc...

1. A method for producing and for setting inertia of and/or for poising a sprung balance assembly mounted in a timepiece oscillator mechanism which includes, mounted on a plate carrying a balance spring stud via a balance cock, the sprung balance assembly including a balance pivoting about a pivot axis and a balance spring whose inner coil is fixed to the balance or to a collet mounted integrally with the balance and whose outer coil is fixed to the stud to be held in the plate or in the balance cock, the method comprising:selecting a re-machining technology for setting the inertia of and/or for poising the balance by removal of material, from among tool or abrasive machining or laser beam or plasma projection or liquid jet projection, the re-machining technology being implemented by a re-machining means including a means of ablation and/or of charging and/or of deformation and/or of heat treatment;
defining, according to the selection of the re-machining technology, a value of a first distance, forming a minimum distance between any point of the balance spring and a re-machining area for setting the inertia of and/or for poising the balance;
determining a peripheral surface for setting the inertia of and/or for poising the balance, at a periphery of the balance, as a re-machining area, any point of the surface being separated from the balance spring by at least the value of the first predefined distance, to prevent any modification of features of the balance spring during irreversible re-machining of the balance on the peripheral area for setting the inertia of and/or for poising the balance on the assembled sprung-balance assembly;
making the balance spring, prior to attachment to the balance, with the outer coil thereof bent and/or twisted on the attachment thereof to the balance spring stud to move an active end part of the outer coil away from the peripheral surface;
manufacturing the balance and the balance spring, and irreversibly assembling to each other by fixing the inner coil to the balance or to the collet mounted integrally with the balance;
fixing the outer coil in position to the balance spring stud which is immobilized by irreversible attachment with respect to the balance cock;
defining, according to the selected re-machining technology, a value of a second distance, greater than or equal to the first distance and forming the minimum distance between the balance spring stud and the peripheral surface separated from the balance spring stud by a value greater than a second predefined distance, to prevent any modification of features of the attachment of the balance spring to the balance spring stud during re-machining of the balance on the peripheral area for setting the inertia of and/or for poising the balance on the assembled sprung-balance assembly;
determining a value and location of any necessary re-machining operations for setting the inertia and/or for poising;
determining a limit of a trajectory of the re-machining means, the limit being a volume external to a first surface of revolution about the pivot axis and resting on a minimum radius of the peripheral surface and at a third distance from any active point of the balance spring, the determining including comparing the third distance to the first distance to ensure that the third distance is equal to or greater than the first distance, and the first surface is a cone with a first apex centered on the pivot axis and whose first apex angle is lower than a first predetermined value; and
performing the inertia setting and/or poising re-machining operations only on the peripheral surface according to the limit of the trajectory of the re-machining means.

US Pat. No. 10,114,339

ANTI-SHOCK SYSTEM WITH ANGULAR LOCKING

1. A shock absorber device for an arbor of a timepiece element comprising:a support including a base cup surmounted by a peripheral rim delimited, opposite said cup, by an upper surface and including an outer wall, said cup and the rim defining together a housing;
at least one pivot module extending along an axis, said at least one pivot module being arranged inside said housing and able to cooperate with said arbor;
fastening means including a peripheral shoulder extending from the rim towards the axial center of the cup; and
elastic means being arranged between the pivot module and the shoulder to exert a stress on the pivot module,
wherein the elastic means include a spring ring provided with at least one radial extension extending towards the center of said ring and with at least two catches extending in an opposite direction, said shoulder including at least one notch to allow a mounting of said spring ring based on a bayonet system, and
wherein the shoulder includes, on either side of said at least one notch, a beak oriented towards the base cup allowing said elastic means to be locked in rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,114,335

PROCESS FRAME AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS COMPRISING SAME

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a drum unit supporting a photosensitive drum;
a development unit forming a toner image on the photosensitive drum; and
a process frame in which, after the development unit is installed along a predetermined installation direction, the drum unit is installed along the installation direction,
wherein the process frame includes:
a pair of two supporting parts supporting a pair of two supported parts provided in the development unit,
one of the supporting parts is configured so as to support one of the supported parts along a direction intersecting the installation direction and to restrict movement of one of the supported parts along the installation direction,
other of the supporting parts is configured to restrict movement of other of the supported parts along the installation direction when, after the other of the supported parts is supported along the installation direction, the drum unit is installed to the process frame.

US Pat. No. 10,114,331

TRANSFER DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCORPORATING SAME

RICOH COMPANY, LTD., Tok...

1. A transfer device comprising:an image bearer to bear an image;
a rotatable body that forms a transfer nip with the image bearer to rotate in contact with a recording medium, the transfer nip where the image on the image bearer is transferred onto the recording medium;
a solid lubricant assembly including a solid lubricant and extending in a longitudinal direction of the rotatable body, the solid lubricant assembly to apply the solid lubricant to at least one of the rotatable body and the image bearer; and
a guide to guide the recording medium and position the solid lubricant assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,114,330

CLEANING APPARATUS WITH SCRAPING MEMBER, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A cleaning apparatus comprising:a plate-like scraping member which is in contact with a surface of a member to be cleaned in order to clean out residuals from the surface of the member to be cleaned;
a support member configured to support the plate-like scraping member;
a cleaning roller located in parallel with an image bearing member which bears toner, and positioned in contact with the image bearing member;
a recovery roller located in parallel with the cleaning roller and positioned in contact with the cleaning roller; and
a voltage application unit configured to generate an electric field by applying a voltage with a polarity opposite to that of the toner, the voltage application unit further configured to apply a bias voltage from 200 V to 2000 V to the recovery roller, wherein
the plate-like scraping member is in contact with a surface of the recovery roller, as the member to be cleaned, in order to clean out residuals from the surface of the recovery roller,
the support member comprises:
a supporting plate configured to support a base portion of the plate-like scraping member, the supporting plate arranged to allow contact between the supporting plate and the plate-like scraping member; and
a fixing plate located opposite the supporting plate at a distance (g) from the supporting plate to hold the base portion of the plate-like scraping member between the fixing plate and the supporting plate, the plate-like scraping member having a thickness (t), there being an empty space present between the plate-like scraping member and the fixing plate while the plate-like scraping member is in contact with the surface of the member to be cleaned, wherein
the empty space corresponds to g minus t, and the empty space is greater than t,
the support member causes a leading end of the plate-like scraping member to make contact with the surface of the member to be cleaned by making use of an edge of the supporting plate as a fulcrum,and whereinthe plate-like scraping member has a base length from a position of the fulcrum on the supporting plate to an engagement position at which the support member engages the plate-like scraping member, and the base length is capable of pivoting on the fulcrum and allows the plate-like scraping member to contact, with uniform contact pressure, the member to be cleaned,
the plate-like scraping member has a Young's modulus of 1 to 400 GPa,
a hardness of the recovery roller being equal to or higher than the hardness of the plate-like scraping member, and
the recovery roller having a surface roughness Rz of 0.25 to 2.00 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,114,327

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus operable in a simplex image forming mode for forming an image on a first side of a sheet and in a duplex image forming mode for forming images on the first side of the sheet and a second side of the sheet, which is reverse to the first side, the image forming apparatus comprising:a toner image forming unit configured to form a toner image on an image bearing member;
a sheet conveying unit configured to convey the sheet;
a transfer unit configured to transfer the toner image, which is formed on the image bearing member, onto the sheet conveyed by the sheet conveying unit;
a fixing unit configured to fix, on the sheet, the toner image transferred on the sheet;
a sheet reversing unit configured to reverse the sheet from the first side to the second side of the sheet, the toner image having been fixed on the first side, and to convey the sheet to the transfer unit again in the duplex image forming mode;
a sheet shifter configured to move the sheet in a width direction orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the sheet to be conveyed to the fixing unit;
a controller configured to determine, when a first toner image is to be formed on a first side of a first sheet, based on a plurality of positions to which a plurality of sheets, conveyed before the first sheet, are moved by the sheet shifter, a shift position corresponding to a passing position at which the first sheet is to pass the fixing unit in the width direction; and
a memory configured to store, when the first toner image is to be formed on the first side of the first sheet, the shift position of the first sheet determined by the controller,
wherein, when a second toner image is to be formed on a second side of the first sheet, the controller controls the sheet shifter such that the first sheet is moved to the shift position of the first sheet stored in the memory regardless of a shift position to which another sheet is moved by the sheet shifter before the second toner image is formed on the second side of the first sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,114,322

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A fixing device comprising:a fixing belt rotatable in a rotation direction;
a pressure rotator pressed against the fixing belt to form a fixing nip between the fixing belt and the pressure rotator;
a polishing roller separably contacting the fixing belt, the polishing roller to slide over an outer circumferential surface of the fixing belt while the polishing roller is pressed against the fixing belt;
at least one support supporting and stretching the fixing belt; and
a polishing aid, disposed opposite the polishing roller via the fixing belt, to support and stretch the fixing belt,
the polishing roller being disposed opposite the polishing aid via the fixing belt to form a polishing nip between the polishing roller and the fixing belt while the polishing roller is pressed against the fixing belt,
the polishing roller to change a rotation locus of the fixing belt along at least a part of a circumferential face of the polishing roller, and
a contact area between the polishing roller and the fixing belt includes a first area that is the polishing nip and a second area that is not the polishing nip.

US Pat. No. 10,114,321

LUBRICATING DEVICE FOR BELT-SHAPED MEMBER, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

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

1. A lubricating device for a belt-shaped member, the device comprising:a pair of belt holding members,
wherein each of the pair of belt holding members has a corresponding one of outer peripheral surfaces, is disposed at a corresponding one of end portions of the belt-shaped member in an axial direction of the belt-shaped member, and holds the belt-shaped member such that the belt-shaped member is rotatable,
wherein the lubricating device has first grooves,
wherein each of the first grooves extends in a peripheral direction in the outer peripheral surface of a corresponding one of the pair of belt holding members and holds a liquid lubricant existing on an inner surface of the belt-shaped member,
wherein the lubricating device has second grooves,
wherein each of the second grooves extends in the peripheral direction, is provided at a position in the outer peripheral surface of a corresponding one of the pair of belt holding members further to an outside than the first groove in the axial direction, and holds the liquid lubricant,
wherein the pair of belt holding members include respective flange portions provided at the respective end portions in the axial direction,
wherein each of the flange portions projects outward in a radial direction of the belt-shaped member, and
wherein the second groove is provided in the flange portion of each of the pair of belt holding members.

US Pat. No. 10,114,320

FIXING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A fixing device comprising:a heating body being rotated and heating a medium on which a toner image is formed;
a pressuring body forming a nip with the heating body, being rotated and pressuring the medium passing through the nip;
a lateral plate supporting one body of the heating body and the pressuring body rotatably;
a first supporting body swingably supported to the lateral plate and supporting other body being against the one body rotatably;
a second supporting body swingably supported to the lateral plate and including a rotatable roller;
a tensile spring connected between the first supporting body and the second supporting body at its both ends to pull the first supporting body to a side of the second supporting body;
an eccentric cam rotatably supported at a position between the first supporting body and the second supporting body in the lateral plate, making its outer circumference face come into contact with the roller, and being rotated to change a posture of the second supporting body and to extend and contract the tensile spring, and thereby, changing a nip pressure of the nip to a first pressure or a second pressure lower than the first pressure; and
a driving part including a gear train connected to the eccentric cam to transmit torque rotating the eccentric cam to the eccentric cam and a driving source driving the gear train;
wherein, in the outer circumference face, in a portion coming into contact with the roller between a first portion making the first pressure of the nip pressure and a second portion making the second pressure of the nip pressure, at least one depression receiving insertion of the roller is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,114,319

FIXING APPARATUS WITH COIL AND MOVABLE MAGNETIC BODY AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS WITH COIL AND MOVABLE MAGNETIC BODY

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A fixing apparatus, comprising:a fixing belt including a conductive layer; and
an induced current generation section facing the fixing belt, comprising
a coil configured to generate a magnetic flux, and
a magnetic body facing the fixing belt across the coil,
wherein a part of the magnetic body facing an end in a width direction of the fixing belt is set as a movable magnetic body capable of moving in a width direction; and
wherein the movable magnetic body includes a plurality of movable magnetic bodies provided at ends in the width direction of the magnetic body, and
wherein pressing members configured to press the movable magnetic bodies positioned at the ends in the width direction of the magnetic body to move the movable magnetic bodies inward in the width direction are provided at an outside portion in the width direction of the magnetic body.

US Pat. No. 10,114,318

IMAGE HEATING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image heating apparatus that heats an image formed on a recording material, the image heating apparatus comprising:a heater including a first heat generating block, and a second heat generating block disposed adjacent to the first heat generating block in a longitudinal direction of the heater, the longitudinal direction being orthogonal to a conveying direction of the recording material; and
a power control portion that controls electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks, the power control portion being capable of controlling the electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks independently,
wherein, when the recording material passes the position of the heater, and in the longitudinal direction, when an entire range in which the second heat generating block is provided is a range in which the recording material passes and only a portion of a range in which the first heat generating block is provided is a range in which the recording material passes,
the power control portion controls the electrical power to be supplied to the first and second heat generating blocks so that electrical power Wd supplied to the first heat generating block is less than electrical power Wc supplied to the second heat generating block, and
wherein the power control portion controls the electrical power so that a ratio Wd/Wc of the electrical power Wd supplied to the first heat generating block to the electrical power Wc supplied to the second heat generating block decreases as a recording material passing range, in the range in which the first heat generating block is provided, decreases.

US Pat. No. 10,114,317

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTION...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:a plurality of photosensitive drums, each of which is configured to form an electrostatic latent image on a surface thereof, and to carry a toner image;
an intermediate transfer belt disposed to face the plurality of photosensitive drums, and configured to circulatingly move in a predetermined circulating direction;
a plurality of primary transfer rollers, each of which is disposed to face a corresponding one of the plurality of photosensitive drums with respect to the intermediate transfer belt, and is configured to primarily transfer the toner image from the corresponding one of the plurality of photosensitive drums onto the intermediate transfer belt;
a support roller for supporting an inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt at a position downstream of the plurality of primary transfer rollers in the circulating direction;
a secondary transfer roller disposed to face the support roller with respect to the intermediate transfer belt, and configured to secondarily transfer the toner image from the intermediate transfer belt onto a sheet;
a conductive contact member disposed to come into contact with the inner peripheral surface of the intermediate transfer belt between the support roller and a most-downstream primary transfer roller located on a most-downstream side among the plurality of primary transfer rollers in the circulating direction;
a primary transfer bias applying unit for applying a primary transfer bias voltage of a polarity opposite to a polarity of the toner to the plurality of primary transfer rollers;
a secondary transfer bias applying unit for applying a secondary transfer bias voltage of a same polarity as the polarity of the toner to the support roller; and
a contact-member bias applying unit for applying a bias voltage of a same polarity as the polarity of the primary transfer bias voltage or the polarity of the secondary transfer bias voltage to the contact member, wherein
the contact-member bias applying unit applies, to the contact member, the bias voltage such that leak current is allowed to flow from one of the support roller and the most-downstream primary transfer roller to the contact member, and flow of leak current from the other of the support roller and the most-downstream primary transfer roller to the contact member is prevented.

US Pat. No. 10,114,316

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image former that forms a toner image;
an intermediate transfer belt that carries the toner image formed by the image former;
a first winding corrector that corrects a winding of the intermediate transfer belt; and
a second winding corrector that assists the first winding corrector in correcting the winding of the intermediate transfer belt,
wherein the second winding corrector includes:
an auxiliary roller that stretches the intermediate transfer belt and is supported to be axially movable; and
an elastic member that is provided at each of axial ends of the auxiliary roller and urges the auxiliary roller toward an image center position.

US Pat. No. 10,114,315

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. An image forming apparatus which transfers toner images formed on an image bearing member to a transfer target medium, the image forming apparatus comprising:a drive shaft structured to transmit a rotation force to the image bearing member;
a drive coupling supported movably in an axial direction of the drive shaft and structured to couple the drive shaft and a flange of the image bearing member with play;
a taper coupling supported inside the drive coupling with play and structured to hold the drive shaft and the flange of the image bearing member; and
a pressing member structured to press the taper coupling in the axial direction of the drive shaft,
wherein the taper coupling comprises:
a tip portion having a tapered chuck structure and coming in surface contact with the drive shaft and the flange of the image bearing member by an elastic force of the tapered chuck structure and a pressing force of the pressing member; and
an axial portion having a cylindrical structure whose outer diameter is smaller than an inner diameter of the drive coupling; and
wherein the flange of the image bearing member comprises:
a convex portion and a concave portion that are each coupled with the drive coupling; and
a collet portion coupled with the taper coupling.

US Pat. No. 10,114,313

TONER CONVEYING DEVICE, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A toner conveying device comprising:a casing in which a conveyance path of toner is formed;
a conveyance screw supported by two support portions of the casing so as to be rotated in the conveyance path and convey the toner along the conveyance path; and
a low friction portion provided on a portion of an inner side surface of the casing facing the conveyance screw, the portion being located in a middle of the two support portions, the low friction portion having a lower friction coefficient with the conveyance screw than other portions of the inner side surface of the casing, wherein
in a region along a longitudinal direction of the conveyance screw including the low friction portion, a space between the low friction portion and the conveyance screw is narrower than a space between the conveyance screw and portions of the inner side surface other than the portion on which the low friction portion is provided, and
the portion of the inner side surface of the casing on which the low friction portion is provided is a recessed portion whose depth is equal to or smaller than a thickness of the low friction portion.

US Pat. No. 10,114,312

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND TONER CASE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a toner case; and
an attachment part to which the toner case is detachably attached,
wherein the toner case includes:
a case main body having a discharge port through which a toner is discharged; and
a discharge shutter movable between a first closing position where the discharge shutter closes the discharge port and a first opening position where the discharge shutter opens the discharge port,
the attachment part includes:
a housing having a replenishment port through which the toner discharged through the discharge port is introduced; and
a replenishment shutter movable between a second closing position where the replenishment shutter closes the replenishment port and a second opening position where the replenishment shutter opens the replenishment port,
wherein as the discharge shutter moves from the first closing position to the first opening position, the discharge shutter presses the replenishment shutter to move the replenishment shutter from the second closing position to the second opening position, and
as the discharge shutter moves from the first opening position to the first closing position, the discharge shutter presses the replenishment shutter to move the replenishment shutter from the second opening position to the second closing position,
wherein the discharge shutter includes:
a first pressing part; and
a second pressing part provided at an upstream side of the first pressing part in a moving direction of the discharge shutter from the first closing position to the first opening position,
the replenishment shutter includes:
a first pressed part; and
a second pressed part provided at an upstream side of the first pressed part in a moving direction of the replenishment shutter from the second closing position to the second opening position,
wherein as the discharge shutter moves from the first closing position to the first opening position, the first pressing part presses the first pressed part and the second pressing part presses the second pressed part,
wherein the toner case further includes a rotator rotating around a rotation axis, at least a part of the rotator being stored in the case main body,
the discharge shutter includes:
a main body part formed in a cylindrical shape extending along a rotation axis direction of the rotator, and opening and closing the discharge port;
a closing part which closes an end of the main body part at an outside in the rotation axis direction; and
an arm part arranged along an outer circumferential face of the main body part or the closing part,
wherein one end of the arm part in a longitudinal direction is connected to the outer circumferential face of the main body part or the closing part,
another end of the arm part in the longitudinal direction is free, and
the first and second pressing parts are protruded on an outer circumferential face of the arm part.

US Pat. No. 10,114,311

LIGHT EMITTING SUBSTRATE, PRINT HEAD, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A light emitting substrate comprising:a transparent substrate;
a plurality of light emitting element groups which are formed by a first light emitting element on the transparent substrate and a second light emitting element over the first light emitting element; and
a control unit that controls light emitting of the first light emitting element and the second light emitting element of the plurality of light emitting element groups,
wherein amounts of light emitted from the plurality of light emitting element groups are uniform.

US Pat. No. 10,114,310

OPTICAL WRITING DEVICE AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. An optical writing device that drives a light-emitting element array of light-emitting elements, modulating light emitted therefrom according to a screening pattern that expresses an image as a dithered image, the optical writing device performing optical writing by focusing light emitted from the light-emitting element array through a lens array onto a surface of a photoreceptor, the optical writing device comprising:a screening processor configured to acquire a write start position for writing to the photoreceptor in a main scanning direction; and
a hardware processor configured to perform a control when the write start position corresponds to an i-th light-emitting element of the light-emitting element array, counting from a reference position that corresponds to a first light-emitting element in ascending numerical order of the light-emitting elements in the main scanning direction, i being a positive integer greater than 1, wherein the control unit supplies pixel values to the i-th light-emitting element onwards, the pixel values being assigned from pixels of the screening pattern from an i-th pixel onwards, counting from a leading pixel in ascending numerical order of the screening pattern in the main scanning direction.

US Pat. No. 10,114,302

PHOTOCONDUCTOR, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Ricoh Company, Ltd., Tok...

1. A photoconductor comprising:a support;
an undercoat layer overlying the support, the undercoat layer comprising a binder resin, a zinc oxide particle, and a salicylic acid derivative; and
a photosensitive layer overlying the undercoat layer, the photosensitive layer comprising a compound represented by the following formula (1):

where each of R1 and R2 independently represents an alkyl group or an aromatic hydrocarbon group.

US Pat. No. 10,114,297

ACTIVE EYE-TO-EYE WITH ALIGNMENT BY X-Y CAPACITANCE MEASUREMENT

APPLIED MATERIALS, INC., ...

1. A photolithography system, comprising:a slab;
a chuck disposed on the slab;
a plurality of image projection systems disposed over the slab, wherein each image projection system of the plurality of image projection systems includes a lens, wherein the lens includes a lens housing;
a first plurality of sensors each coupled to a corresponding lens housing of each image projection system of the plurality of image projection systems;
a plate disposed between the slab and the plurality of image projection systems, wherein the plate includes a plurality of openings; and
one or more targets coupled to the plate and disposed adjacent to each opening of the plurality of openings.

US Pat. No. 10,114,293

ILLUMINATION SYSTEM AND PROJECTION OBJECTIVE OF A MASK INSPECTION APPARATUS

Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH, Obe...

1. An illumination system of a mask inspection apparatus,wherein the illumination system is configured to, in operation of the mask inspection apparatus, illuminate a mask with an illumination bundle of rays which has a centroid ray; and
wherein the illumination system is further configured such that, during the operation of the mask inspection apparatus, said centroid ray has a direction dependent on the location of the incidence of the illumination bundle of rays on the mask, in which the centroid ray has at least two different directions for different locations of the incidence of the illumination bundle of rays on the mask, and there is a predetermined relationship between the direction of the centroid ray and the location of incidence of the illumination bundle of rays on the mask, such that the centroid ray has a first direction for a first location of incidence of the illumination bundle of rays on the mask, and the centroid ray has a second direction different from the first direction for a second location different from the first location of incidence of the illumination bundle of rays on the mask.

US Pat. No. 10,114,288

SILICON-CONTAINING UNDERLAYERS

Rohm and Haas Electronic ...

10. A composition comprising: one or more curable silicon-containing polymers comprising a backbone comprising Si—O linkages; one or more organic blend polymers comprising as polymerized units one or more monomers of formula (1b) and one or more monomers of formula (2)wherein R5 is selected from the group consisting of a C4-30 organic residue bound to the oxygen through a tertiary carbon, and a C4-30 organic residue comprising an acetal functional group; each R1 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1-4 alkyl, C1-4haloalkyl, halo, and CN; and R2 is a monovalent organic residue having a lactone moiety; and one or more cure catalysts.

US Pat. No. 10,114,286

PHOTORESIST AND METHOD

Taiwan Semiconductor Manu...

15. A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, the method comprising:dispensing a photoresist onto a layer to be patterned, the photoresist comprising a polymer comprising:
a hydrocarbon backbone;
a cross-linking group bonded to the hydrocarbon backbone; and
a group which will decompose bonded to the hydrocarbon backbone;
generating an acid H+ within the photoresist, wherein the acid H+ causes the group which will decompose to decompose and also causes the cross-linking group to bond with a crosslinking agent and trap a group produced by the decomposition of the group which will decompose; and
developing the photoresist after the generating the acid H+, wherein the group produced by the decomposition of the group which will decompose is present during the developing.

US Pat. No. 10,114,284

METHOD FOR DESIGNING MASK SET, RECORDING MEDIUM, TEMPLATE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING TEMPLATE

Toshiba Memory Corporatio...

1. A template comprising:a shot region to be imprinted onto a substrate, the shot region including:
chip regions; and
a scribe region, the scribe region being a region in which an imprint-alignment mark and another pattern are arranged, the scribe region including:
a first scribe region, the first scribe region being located in between the chip regions; and
a second scribe region, the second scribe region surrounding the chip regions, the second scribe region including:
a protruding region, the protruding region being a region in which a pattern is arranged; and
a depressed region, the depressed region being a region in which no pattern is arranged,
wherein, when viewed from the top, the protruding region and the depressed region are shaped to fit one another to constitute a scribe line between adjacent shot regions.

US Pat. No. 10,114,282

SAMPLING FOR OPC BUILDING

GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC., Gr...

1. A method comprising:calculating simulated contours of one or more structures representing an integrated circuit (IC) design layout;
calculating evaluation cutlines along the simulated contours, each cutline corresponding to an evaluation site;
extracting one or more image parameters for the evaluation cutlines;
inter-structure coarse selection followed by intra-structure fine selection of evaluation sites;
calibrating an optical proximity correction (OPC) model for the IC design layout based on measurements at the selected evaluation sites; and
manufacturing an IC based on the calibrated OPC model.

US Pat. No. 10,114,279

VEHICLE HEADLAMP FOR PROJECTING DRIVING INFORMATION

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A vehicle headlamp device comprising:a light source;
a reflection unit that reflects the light emitted from the light source having a plurality of light reflection sections for changing a path of the light;
a primary optical system that receives the light reflected by the reflection unit along a first path and emits the light as a high beam; and
an auxiliary optical system having a plurality of color patterns for changing a color of the light incident thereto that receives the light reflected by the reflection unit along a second path and projects the light onto a road.

US Pat. No. 10,114,274

HEAT DISSIPATING MODULE HAVING TURBULENT STRUCTURES

Coretronic Corporation, ...

1. A heat dissipating module, adapted to use in a heat dissipation airflow along a flowing direction, comprising:a heat dissipation fin set, comprising a plurality of heat dissipation fins, wherein the heat dissipation fins are stacked on each other, each of the heat dissipation fins has a front side, a rear side opposite to the front side and at least one turbulent structure set, the turbulent structure set is located between the front side and the rear side and has a plurality of first turbulent structures, the first turbulent structures are arranged from the front side to the rear side in sequence, such that when the heat dissipating module used in the heat dissipation airflow, the heat dissipation airflow flows from the front side toward the turbulent structure set along the flowing direction, and passes through the turbulent structure set to flow toward the rear side, and an extending direction of each of the first turbulent structures is tilted relative to the flowing direction,
wherein the turbulent structure set further comprises a plurality of second turbulent structures, the second turbulent structures are arranged from the front side to the rear side in sequence and aligned with the first turbulent structures respectively, an extending direction of each of the second turbulent structures is tilted relative to the flowing direction, each of the first turbulent structures and the corresponding second turbulent structures are rendered in a V shape structure, each of the V shape structures has a narrow end, and each of the narrow ends face the front side,
wherein each of the first turbulent structures has a first end and a second end opposite to each other, each of the second turbulent structures has a third end and a fourth end opposite to each other, each of the first ends and the corresponding third ends constitute the corresponding narrow end, a distance between each of the narrow ends and the front side is smaller than a distance between the corresponding second end and the front side and smaller than a distance between the corresponding fourth end and the front side.

US Pat. No. 10,114,272

CAMERA MODULE AUTOFOCUS ACTUATOR AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

ACTUATOR SOLUTIONS GMBH, ...

1. A camera module autofocus actuator comprising:a housing,
a movable lens carrier having a protrusion with an apex for lodging a shape memory alloy wire,
a shape memory alloy wire,
at least four spheres,
a bottom plate,
two electric terminals at a different height with respect to said protrusion apex,
a return elastic element,
wherein:
said bottom plate and said housing are fixed to each other, defining an autofocus main body,
said two electric terminals are fixed onto said autofocus main body,
said shape memory alloy wire is in contact with the lens carrier protrusion apex and its extremities are locked to the two electric terminals on the main body,
the housing and said movable lens carrier are aligned via at least two side channels defining at least two guide channels containing and holding said spheres,
said movable lens carrier is configured to house at least one lens having an optical axis parallel to the guide channels,
said return elastic element is mounted between the housing and the lens carrier, and the return elastic element exerts on the lens carrier a force only along a direction parallel to the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,114,270

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AN OPTICAL LOGIC DEVICE

King Fahd University of P...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an input signal wave generator including
a first wave generator coupled to a first modulator configured to generate a first output, wherein the first modulator is configured to amplitude modulate the first output, and
a second wave generator coupled to a second modulator configured to generate a second output, wherein the second modulator is configured to amplitude modulate the second output,
wherein the input signal wave generator is configured to combine the first output and the second output at a first coupler generating a third output having a wavelength within an injection locking range of the first output, wherein the third output corresponds to the input signal wave generated by the input signal generator; and
a logic device configured to receive the input signal generated by the input signal wave generator, the logic device including
a laser configured to generate a fourth output at a first wavelength,
a third wave generator configured to generate a fifth output at a second wavelength, the second wavelength being identified based on an injection locking range of the first output, wherein the fifth output is coupled with the input signal at a second coupler and configured to stabilize the input signal,
a bandpass filter having a center frequency corresponding to the second wavelength, and
an optical circulator having a first port coupled to the input signal wave generator and the third wave generator, a second port coupled to the laser, and a third port coupled to the bandpass filter.

US Pat. No. 10,114,269

HETEROGENEOUS WAVEGUIDES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A heterogeneous waveguide configured to achieve nonlinear optical interactions, the heterogeneous waveguide including at least two materials in a cross-section, a first material having a nonlinear optical property for generating at least one new frequency by mixing one or more input optical waves, and a second material being patterned for defining a waveguide mode in the cross-section, the second material configured to achieve phase-matched interactions of waves along a propagation direction, such that optical modes are distributed between the first and second materials.

US Pat. No. 10,114,263

DISPLAY DEVICE

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A display device including a transmissive region and a reflective region, comprising:a liquid crystal element;
a transistor;
a scan line;
a signal line;
a layer that reflects visible light;
a first insulating layer; and
a coloring layer,
wherein:
the liquid crystal element includes a pixel electrode, a common electrode, and a liquid crystal layer,
the transistor includes a semiconductor layer, a gate, and a gate insulating layer,
the first insulating layer is provided between the pixel electrode and the transistor,
the first insulating layer includes an opening portion,
the pixel electrode is provided between the liquid crystal layer and the first insulating layer,
the common electrode is configured to transmit visible light,
the semiconductor layer includes a first region and a second region,
the first region overlaps the gate with the gate insulating layer therebetween,
the second region includes a first portion in contact with the pixel electrode and a second portion in contact with a side surface of the opening portion in the first insulating layer,
the second region has resistivity lower than resistivity of the first region,
the first portion is provided in at least one of the transmissive region and the reflective region,
the reflective region includes the layer that reflects visible light,
the layer that reflects visible light includes a portion between the liquid crystal layer and at least one of the scan line and the signal line,
the coloring layer overlaps the pixel electrode with the liquid crystal layer therebetween, and
a thickness of the coloring layer in the reflective region is greater than or equal to 40% and less than or equal to 60% of a thickness of the coloring layer in the transmissive region.

US Pat. No. 10,114,261

LIQUID CRYSTAL PANELS AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DEVICES

Wuhan China Star Optoelec...

1. A liquid crystal panel, comprising: a plurality of data lines and a plurality of gate lines, the data lines extend along a first direction and are spaced apart along a second direction, the gate lines extend along the second direction and are spaced apart along the first direction, the liquid crystal panel comprises a first side, a second side, and a third side, the first side is opposite to the second side, and the direction from the first side toward the second side forms the first direction, the third side respectively intersects with the first side and the second side, the liquid crystal panel also comprises a data driving chip and at least one gate on array (GOA) circuit, the data driving chip is arranged to be close to the first side, and is configured to provide data signals to the data lines, one of the GOA circuits is arranged to be close to the third side, the GOA circuit comprises a plurality of GOA units, each of the GOA units comprises a signal buffer, the signal buffer is configured to buffer received gate driving signals, and to provide the buffered gate driving signals to the corresponding gate lines, dimensions of the signal buffer of each of the GOA unit are in an increasing order along a direction from the first side toward the second side, or numbers of the signal buffers of each of the GOA units are in the increasing order along the direction from the first side toward the second side, wherein when the dimensions of the signal buffer within each of the GOA unit are gradually increased along the direction from the first side to the second side, starting from the first GOA unit located close to the first side, N number of adjacent GOA units are defined as a GOA unit set, and different GOA unit sets comprise different GOA units, with respect to the same GOA unit set, the dimensions of the signal buffer are the same, with respect to different GOA unit sets, the dimensions of the signal buffer within the GOA unit set are linearly increased along the direction from the first side to the second side, wherein N is a positive integer.

US Pat. No. 10,114,259

ARRAY SUBSTRATE, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

Wuhan China Star Optoelec...

1. A manufacturing method of an array substrate, wherein the method comprises:exposing and developing metallic material deposited on a substrate by a first mask at a time, respectively obtaining a data line pattern and a light shield layer pattern separately disposed on a same layer;
forming a first insulating layer and an oxide semiconductor layer on the data line pattern and the light shield layer pattern in sequence, exposing and developing the oxide semiconductor layer deposited on the first insulating layer by a second mask at a time, obtaining a source electrode pattern, a drain electrode pattern, an oxide semiconductor layer pattern and a common electrode pattern respectively, wherein the oxide semiconductor layer pattern is capable of preventing influence of light completely subjected to shelter of the light shield layer pattern;
forming a second insulating layer and a gate electrode layer on the source electrode pattern, the drain electrode pattern, the oxide semiconductor layer pattern and the common electrode pattern in sequence, exposing and developing the second insulating layer by a third mask at a time, obtaining a second insulating layer pattern and a gate electrode pattern respectively, the second insulating layer pattern and the gate electrode pattern disposed on the oxide semiconductor layer pattern;
processing the source electrode pattern, the drain electrode pattern and the common electrode pattern without protection of the second insulating layer pattern and the gate electrode pattern by doping treatment, converting material of the source electrode pattern, the drain electrode pattern and the common electrode pattern from the oxide semiconductor material to conductive material, the source electrode pattern and the drain electrode pattern disposed adjacently to two sides of the oxide semiconductor layer pattern respectively, the common electrode pattern and the drain electrode pattern disposed separately;
forming an insulated interlayer deposition on the first insulating layer pattern, the source electrode pattern, the gate electrode pattern, the drain electrode pattern and the common electrode pattern, exposing and developing the interlayer deposition by a fourth mask at a time, forming a first contact hole, a second contact hole and a third contact hole throughout the interlayer deposition respectively, one end of the first contact hole extending to and penetrating the first insulating layer pattern to connect with the data line pattern, one end of the second contact hole and the source electrode pattern connected, one end of the third contact hole and the drain electrode pattern connected;
forming a transparent electrode layer on the interlayer deposition, fully filling the transparent electrode material in the first contact hole, the second contact hole and the third contact hole, exposing and developing the transparent electrode layer by a fifth mask at a time, obtaining a transparent electrode layer pattern and a pixel electrode pattern respectively, the transparent electrode layer pattern connected with the other end of the first contact hole and the other end of the second contact hole respectively, making the source electrode pattern to connect with the data line pattern electrically through the second contact hole, the transparent electrode layer pattern and the first contact hole, the pixel electrode pattern and the other end of the third contact hole connected, to achieve electrical connection of the pixel electrode pattern and the drain electrode pattern;
the common electrode pattern divided into a plurality of parts, or the common electrode pattern is integrated.

US Pat. No. 10,114,258

NARROW BEZEL DISPLAY DEVICE

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

1. A display device, comprising:a lower substrate having a display area and a non-display area;
an upper substrate corresponding to the lower substrate and including a black matrix (BM);
a bezel located on the non-display area and including a GIP driver, a plurality of signal transmission lines, a connection line connecting the GIP driver and the plurality of signal transmission lines, and a seal area having a sealant, in a direction being apart from one side of the display area;
a plurality of bridge patterns located on the non-display area and electrically connects the GIP driver and the connection line, and the connection line and the plurality of signal transmission lines, respectively; and
a plurality of shield patterns enclosing the plurality of bridge patterns,
wherein the plurality of shield patterns reduces an area in which the sealant and the plurality of bridge patterns are in directly contact with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,114,257

CONDUCTING FILM OR ELECTRODE WITH IMPROVED OPTICAL AND ELECTRICAL PERFORMANCE FOR DISPLAY AND LIGHTING DEVICES AND SOLAR CELLS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A solid state lighting element, comprising layers arranged in the following order:a first substrate;
a first electrode;
a light emitting material;
a second electrode; and
a second substrate,
wherein at least one of the first and second electrodes comprises:
a first transparent or semitransparent conductive layer;
a second transparent or semitransparent conductive layer; and
a transparent or semitransparent intervening layer located between the first and second conductive layers, wherein the intervening layer comprises an inorganic dielectric,
wherein the intervening layer includes electrically conductive transparent or semitransparent pathways extending through the intervening layer between and in contact with the first and second conductive layers,
wherein the first and second conductive layers each comprise a sheet of material and the first conductive layer is substantially coextensive with the second conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,114,254

PIXEL STRUCTURE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOE...

1. A pixel structure, comprising a backing plate, a first metal layer arranged on the backing plate, a first insulation layer arranged on the first metal layer and the backing plate, a semiconductor layer arranged on the first insulation layer, a second metal layer arranged on the semiconductor layer and the first insulation layer, a second insulation layer arranged on the second metal layer, the semiconductor layer, and the first insulation layer, and a transparent conductive layer arranged on the second insulation layer;wherein the first metal layer comprises a scan line;
wherein the semiconductor layer comprises a first active layer and a second active layer that are spaced from each other, and the first active layer and the second active layer are both arranged to be located above and correspond to the scan line;
wherein the second metal layer comprises a first data line, a first source electrode connected to one side of the first data line, a first drain electrode spaced from the first source electrode, a second data line, a second source electrode connected to one side of the second data line, and a second drain electrode spaced from the second source electrode;
wherein the first data line and the second data line are each arranged across over the scan line in a manner of being substantially perpendicular thereto; the first source electrode and the first drain electrode are respectively set in contact engagement with two opposite sides of the first active layer; and the second source electrode and the second drain electrode are respectively set in contact engagement with two opposite sides of the second active layer;
wherein the transparent conductive layer comprises a first pixel electrode and a second pixel electrode that are not connected to each other; and
wherein the second insulation layer comprises a first via formed therein and located above and corresponding to the first drain electrode and a second via formed therein and located above and corresponding to the second drain electrode, wherein the first pixel electrode is set in contact engagement with the first drain electrode through the first via and the second pixel electrode is set in contact engagement with the second drain electrode through the second via;
wherein the first pixel electrode comprises a vertical trunk electrode and a horizontal trunk electrode, which intersect each other in a manner of being perpendicular to each other, and four pixel electrode areas that defined by the perpendicular intersection between the horizontal trunk electrode and the vertical trunk electrode, each of the pixel electrode areas comprising a plurality of first strip-like branch electrodes that are connected to the horizontal trunk electrode or the vertical trunk electrode at an angle of ±45° or ±135° therebetween, the plurality of first strip-like branch electrodes of the four pixel electrode areas being arranged symmetric with respect to the horizontal trunk electrode and the vertical trunk electrode in a left-right direction and a top-down direction so as to form a pixel electrode configuration of superimposition of a “cross” and a “saltire”; and
wherein the second pixel electrode comprises a frame electrode located outside a periphery of the first pixel electrode and a plurality of second strip-like branch electrodes each connected to the frame electrode, the plurality of second strip-like branch electrodes being arranged and distributed in the four pixel electrode areas of the first pixel electrode and being also arranged to parallel and alternate with the first strip-like branch electrodes in each of the pixel electrode areas.

US Pat. No. 10,114,252

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY PANEL AND LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A liquid crystal display panel, comprising a color filter substrate and an array substrate opposite to each other, wherein a side of the color filter substrate facing the array substrate is provided thereon with a first photo spacer, a side of the array substrate facing the color filter substrate is provided thereon with a second photo spacer at a position corresponding to that of the first photo spacer, and an end of the first photo spacer far away from the color filter substrate and an end of the second photo spacer far away from the array substrate are capable of shifting relative to each other,wherein the first photo spacer and the second photo spacer have truncated cone structures, the end of the first photo spacer far away from the color filter substrate and the end of the second photo spacer far away from the array substrate are fitted to each other and
wherein a surface area of the end of the second photo spacer far away from the array substrate is larger than that of the end of the first photo spacer far away from the color filter substrate,
wherein alignment layers are provided on the color filter substrate and the first photo spacer, and on the array substrate and the second photo spacer, respectively, and
wherein a recessed structure is formed on a top surface of the alignment layer provided on the end of the second photo spacer far away from the array substrate by varying a thickness of the alignment layer, and the end of the first photo spacer far away from the color filter substrate is fitted in the recessed structure.

US Pat. No. 10,114,244

CURVED DISPLAY DEVICE

Samsung Display Co., LTD....

1. A curved display device comprising:a display panel having a shape, and including a first segment, a second segment, and a third segment which are sequentially defined along an edge in the display panel;
a support member which is combined with the display panel and supports the curved shape of the display panel; and
a spacer placed in correspondence with the second segment of the first to third segments and disposed between the display panel and the support member,
wherein the display panel is curved with a first curvature radius along a first direction in the second segment, and the first and third segments are flat,
wherein a side of the display panel is defined along the first direction,
wherein the side of the display panel includes a curved line having the first curvature radius in the second segment, a first straight line in the first segment, and a second straight line in the third segment, the first straight line meets the curved line at a first point, and the second straight line meets the curved line at a second point spaced from the first point, and wherein the first straight line is tangent to the curved line at the first point, and the second straight line is tangent to the curved line at the second point.

US Pat. No. 10,114,171

MULTIMODE OPTICAL FIBER AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

Panduit Corp., Tinley Pa...

1. A multimode optical fiber (MMF) for operating within a spectral window, said MMF comprising:a cladding; and
a core, said core having a radius a and a refractive index profile, said core comprising at least one dopant, a concentration of said at least one dopant varying between a center of said core and a,
wherein said spectral window is defined by an overlapping range of wavelengths (1) at which said MMF has an effective modal bandwidth (EMB) equal to or above a predefined minimum with one of a peak EMB or a minimum EMB occurring at wavelength ?p which is less than a maximum wavelength of said spectral window and (2) at which a differential mode delay (DMD) plot of said MMF exhibits a shift to the left of its higher order modes relative to its lower order modes,
wherein said DMD plot is measured by launching a plurality of optical pulses into one end of said core at various radial distances r and observing an arrival of said optical pulses at another end of said core at said various radial distances r to determine a velocity of any one of said plurality of optical pulses launched into said core at some radial distance r relative to any other of said plurality of optical pulses launched into said core at some other radial distance r, and
wherein said shift to the left is characterized by some of said plurality of optical pulses having a faster velocity relative to at least one other optical pulse having a slower velocity, said at least one other optical pulse having a slower velocity being launched into said core at a lower radial distance r than any of said some of said plurality of optical pulses having a faster velocity wherein said refractive index profile is characterized by a predefined value ?,
wherein said core includes ?_opt profile comprised of values ?_opt(?) defined by a function of wavelength ?, wherein for a given ? said ?_opt(?) value minimizes a group delay of said MMF when said ? is set equal to ?_opt(?), said ?_opt profile having one of a concave shape with a maximum ?_opt value or a convex shape with a minimum ?_opt value, and
wherein ? is less than or equal to said one of said maximum ?_opt value or said minimum ?_opt value.

US Pat. No. 10,114,129

SEMICONDUCTOR DETECTOR FOR X-RAY SINGLE-PHOTON DETECTION

THE RESEARCH FOUNDATION F...

1. A detector for detecting a single x-ray photon, the detector comprising:a semiconductor substrate, the semiconductor substrate comprising at least one element from each of Groups III and V of the Periodic Table of Elements; and
a plurality of pixels on the substrate, each pixel comprising:
a semiconductor diode fabricated on the substrate;
a semiconductor transistor comprising an epitaxial layer having at least one element from each of Groups III and V of the Periodic Table of Elements;
one electrode of the semiconductor diode electrically connected to a gate of the semiconductor transistor; and
a second electrode of the semiconductor diode electrically connected to a drain of the semiconductor transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,114,079

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING VEHICLE BATTERY DECAY

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A vehicle power system comprising:a controller programmed to operate a battery according to a battery capacity estimate and, in response to differences between current-based estimates and voltage-based estimates of changes in battery states of charge exceeding a magnitude threshold a predetermined number of times, alter the battery capacity estimate based on an average of the differences.

US Pat. No. 10,114,062

METHOD AND APARATUS FOR MONITORING A JUNCTION BETWEEN ELECTRICAL DEVICES

GM Global Technology Oper...

1. A test fixture for evaluating a junction between an electrical lead trace and a busbar, comprising:an electric power supply disposed to supply electric power to the electrical lead trace;
an electric monitoring device disposed to monitor electrical potential across the junction between the electrical lead trace and the busbar; and
a mechanical stress-inducing device disposed to apply a mechanical stress proximal to the junction;
wherein the electric monitoring device monitors the electrical potential across the junction of the electrical lead trace coincident with the mechanical stress-inducing device applying mechanical stress proximal to the junction when the electric power supply is supplying electric power to the electrical lead trace; and
wherein the electric monitoring device determines the electrical integrity of the junction based upon the monitored electrical potential across the junction.

US Pat. No. 10,114,052

ESTIMATION OF A WAVEFORM PERIOD

Schweitzer Engineering La...

1. A system configured to determine a period of a waveform, the system comprising:an input configured to receive a signal comprising a representation of the waveform of a power delivery system;
a period determination subsystem configured to calculate an estimated period of the signal based on a period determination function;
an estimated period adjustment subsystem configured to determine an adjustment to the estimated period based on a result of the period determination function;
a quality indicator subsystem configured to:
determine a measurement quality indicator of the estimated period by evaluating a measurement quality indicator function based on the estimated period;
update a previously determined period of the waveform with the estimated period when the measurement quality indicator of the estimated period exceeds a threshold;
retain the previously determined period of the waveform when the measurement quality indicator is below the threshold; and
a control action subsystem configured to implement a control action on the power delivery system based on the updated estimated period of the waveform.

US Pat. No. 10,113,936

CLOSED-LOOP ENGINE TESTING SYSTEM

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A system for testing an engine, comprising:a dynamometer coupled to the engine and controlled with a control signal; and
a control that derives the control signal from an operation parameter of the engine by
measuring a hydraulic fluid pressure of a propeller control,
comparing the hydraulic fluid pressure with a past hydraulic fluid pressure and a requested hydraulic fluid pressure, and
deriving the control signal from the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,113,923

FORCE DETECTION DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A force detection device comprising:a substrate that includes a power supply wire, a reference wire, a first output wire, a second output wire and a plurality of mesa gauges disposed on a main surface of the substrate; and
a force transmission block that is connected to the substrate, wherein:
the plurality of mesa gauges include a first mesa gauge, a second mesa gauge, a third mesa gauge, and a fourth mesa gauge;
the first mesa gauge and the second mesa gauge are connected in series with each other between the power supply wire and the reference wire, the first mesa gauge is connected to a power supply wire side, and the second mesa gauge is connected to a reference wire side;
the third mesa gauge and the fourth mesa gauge are connected in series with each other between the power wire and the reference wire, the third mesa gauge is connected to the power supply wire side, and the fourth mesa gauge is connected to the reference wire side;
a pair of the first mesa gauge and the second mesa gauge and a pair of the third mesa gauge and the fourth mesa gauge are connected in parallel to each other between the power supply wire and the reference wire;
the first output wire is connected between the first mesa gauge and the second mesa gauge;
the second output wire is connected between the third mesa gauge and the fourth mesa gauge;
each of the first mesa gauge, the second mesa gauge, the third mesa gauge, and the fourth mesa gauge extends along a first direction; and
a contact area of the force transmission block with respect to a first pair of the first mesa gauge and the fourth mesa gauge is different from a contact area of the force transmission block with respect to a second pair of the second mesa gauge and the third mesa gauge.

US Pat. No. 10,113,868

MULTIPLE SYNCHRONIZED OPTICAL SOURCES FOR TIME-OF-FLIGHT RANGE FINDING SYSTEMS

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A phase-based time-of-flight (TOF) system including a primary output source adapted to emit first energy Sout having a modulation frequency ? and a phase ?, and a time of flight sensor which detects incoming signal Sin, which is at least a fraction of emitted said first energy that is reflected-back by a target object a distance Z away, and is adapted to determine said distance Z from a shift in said phase ? in Sin, said TOF system comprising:at least one auxiliary wireless optical emitting (WOE) unit that includes at least one optical sensor for receiving a portion of Sout and is adapted to output second energy Sout-n at a frequency and phase derived from the received portion of Sout;
wherein said first energy and second optical energy are adapted to be received by said time of flight sensor in replicated modulation frequency and phase as optical energy Sout emitted by said TOF system when reflected by said target object.

US Pat. No. 10,113,866

PORTABLE AXLE ALIGNMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. Apparatus for aligning an axle of a vehicle which comprises,A laser emitter that emits a laser beam substantially perpendicular to the axis of a wheel when said laser emitter is held against said wheel's outer flange wherein said wheel is mounted substantially coaxial with said axle,
A plurality of laser targets detachably mounted to said vehicle's steer wheels,
A plurality of elongate measurement scales mounted to said laser targets protruding away from said vehicle and substantially coaxial to said steer wheels when said laser targets are detachably mounted to said steer wheels.

US Pat. No. 10,113,865

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CHECKING THE MUTUAL POSITION OF COMPONENTS OF A WORKPIECE AND EQUIPMENT USING SUCH SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. A checking system for checking a mutual position of a second component of a workpiece relative to a first component of the workpiece, the first component being configured to receive at least a portion of the second component and apt to define an axis, comprising:a reference system apt to define a reference plane and a main axis perpendicular to the reference plane, and the first component of the workpiece being located so that the axis of the first component is aligned with the main axis;
a detection system adapted to define at least a first checking area and a second checking area spaced apart from each other, and detect, at said at least first and second checking areas, quantities indicative of the mutual position of the second component of the workpiece relative to the first component of the workpiece; and
a processing unit connected to the detection system and adapted to receive and process said quantities in order to find out, in real time, information about said mutual position;
wherein the detection system comprises at least a first detection device adapted to define the first checking area, and a second detection device adapted to define the second checking area, said at least first and second detection devices being intended to operate at the same time, each on the respective checking area, and cooperate with one of the second component of the workpiece and a specific component of the checking system, said specific component being adapted to be coupled to the second component.

US Pat. No. 10,113,785

ICE MAKING MACHINE AND ICE CUBE EVAPORATOR

Hoshizaki America, Inc., ...

17. The evaporator of claim 1, wherein each of the front and rear plates defines a top edge and a bottom edge, each of the top edge and the bottom edge of each of the front and rear plates defining a plurality of notches, each notch of the plurality of notches defined in a one of the plurality of fins.

US Pat. No. 10,113,742

EVAPORATOR BURNER

Webasto SE, Stockdorf (D...

1. An evaporator burner for a mobile heating device, said burner comprising:a combustion chamber;
a fuel supply line supplying a liquid supplied fuel for the combustion chamber; and
an evaporator evaporating the supplied fuel, wherein the evaporator has a carrier body including a non-porous material and which has a fuel preparation surface which faces toward the combustion chamber and which comes into contact with the liquid fuel, wherein a surface structuring with a multiplicity of depressions and elevations is formed into the fuel preparation surface and/or into a rear side, which is averted from said fuel preparation surface, of the carrier body.

US Pat. No. 10,113,592

ROLLER BEARING MODULE, A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A ROLLER BEARING MODULE, AND A METHOD FOR FORMING A VEHICLE HUB ASSEMBLY

AKTIEBOLAGET SKF, Gothen...

1. A roller bearing module for a vehicle hub module, the roller bearing module comprising:an outboard roller bearing;
an inboard roller bearing;
a spacer coupling the outboard roller bearing to the inboard roller bearing, the spacer arranged in an axial direction between the outboard roller bearing and the inboard roller bearing, the spacer having a first distal end and a second distal end, the second distal end is connected to an inner ring of the outboard roller bearing and the first distal end is axially aligned with, adjacent to, free-floating relative to, and not permanently affixed to an inner ring of the inboard roller bearing;
a first sealing structure arranged at an outwards facing side of the outboard roller bearing, and
a second sealing structure arranged at an inwards facing side of the inboard roller bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,584

ROLLER FINGER FOLLOWER HAVING A BEARING SLEEVE FOR A FLOATING AXLE

1. A roller finger follower, comprising:a housing including a pair of sidewalls connected by a transverse wall, the pair of sidewalls including a first sidewall including a first hole and a second sidewall including a second hole; and
a roller assembly including:
a roller positioned between the pair of sidewalls;
an axle extending through the first hole, the second hole, and the roller rotatably mounted on the axle; and
a first bearing sleeve positioned in the first hole and a second bearing sleeve positioned in the second hole,
wherein ends of the axle are respectively positioned in and rotatable relative to the first bearing sleeve and the second bearing sleeve such that the axle is rotatable relative to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,113,583

ROLLING BEARING AND ANTI-ROTATION MECHANISM FOR TURBOCHARGER

MINEBEA MITSUMI INC., Na...

1. A rolling bearing for a turbocharger, the rolling bearing comprising:an outer ring that has a cylindrical shape and that has an outer ring raceway surface at one end side and an outer ring raceway surface at another end side, the outer ring raceway surfaces being separately formed on an inner peripheral surface in an axial direction;
a first inner ring that has a first inner ring raceway surface facing the outer ring raceway surface at the one end side;
a second inner ring that has a second inner ring raceway surface facing the outer ring raceway surface at the another end side;
a first retainer that holds a plurality of rolling elements disposed between the outer ring raceway surface at the one end side and the first inner ring raceway surface; and
a second retainer that holds a plurality of rolling elements disposed between the outer ring raceway surface at the another end side and the second inner ring raceway surface, wherein an outer peripheral surface at one end of the outer ring has a first plane extending in the axial direction, and a groove is formed from the first plane along a radial direction perpendicular to the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,113,546

PUMP FOR AN ENGINE

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. A pump for an engine, comprising:a drive gear rigidly mounted on a rotatable drive shaft;
an idle gear mounted on a shaft and being engaged with the drive gear;
a suction chamber and a discharge chamber;
a piston at least partly received within a relief chamber, the piston having first and second passageways provided therein, wherein the second passageway is closer to a face of the piston than the first passageway; and
a fluid passageway connecting the discharge chamber and the relief chamber,
wherein the piston is movable within the relief chamber according to a pressure in the relief chamber, and
wherein the first and second passageways form fluid paths between the suction chamber and the discharge chamber at a first and second pressure in the relief chamber, respectively, the first pressure being less than the second pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,113,492

HYBRID COMBUSTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Caterpillar Inc., Deerfi...

1. An internal combustion engine, comprising:at least one cylinder case forming a plurality of cylinders, the plurality of cylinders including a first grouping of cylinders and a second grouping of cylinders, each of the plurality of cylinders including a primary fuel injector, a secondary fuel injector and a spark device;
a primary fuel supply connected to each of the primary fuel injectors and including a primary fuel supply sensor, the primary fuel supply sensor configured to provide a primary fuel supply signal indicative of a rate of supply of a primary fuel to the engine through the primary fuel supply;
a secondary fuel supply connected to each of the secondary fuel injectors and including a secondary fuel supply sensor, the secondary fuel supply sensor configured to provide a secondary fuel supply signal indicative of a rate of supply of a secondary fuel to the engine through the secondary fuel supply;
an output shaft including a speed sensor, the speed sensor configured to measure an engine speed and to provide a speed signal;
an electronic controller operably associated with each of the primary fuel injectors, each of the secondary fuel injectors and each of the spark devices, the electronic controller disposed to receive the primary and secondary fuel supply signals and the speed signal,
wherein the electronic controller is programmed and operates to:
determine a first fueling mode for the first grouping of cylinders and a second fueling mode for the second grouping of cylinders independently based on the primary and secondary fuel supply signals and the speed signal:
wherein the electronic controller is programmed and operates to:
determine a first fueling mode for the first grouping of cylinders and a second fueling mode for the second grouping of cylinders independently based on the primary and secondary fuel supply signals and the speed signal:
wherein the first fueling mode is a dual-fuel operating mode in which the primary and secondary fuel injectors both provide amounts of their respective fuels into each of the plurality of cylinders belonging to the first grouping of cylinders with ignition provided by compression; and
wherein the secondary fuel is a gaseous fuel and wherein, in the second fueling mode each of the plurality of cylinders is operated on gaseous fuel with ignition provided by the spark device.

US Pat. No. 10,113,350

DOOR STOPPING DEVICE WITH HANDLE

1. A the door stop device comprising:a rope with a top portion and a bottom portion;
a top rope holder;
a connector;
a lockable ring;
a wedged shaped device comprising:
a wedge shaped doorstop portion;
an attachment portion;
at least one fastening means;
wherein the attachment portion is secured to the wedge shaped portion by the fastening means on both sides of the wedge shaped doorstop portion,
wherein the top portion of the rope is secured and configured to the top rope holder in such a manner as to form a loop for hanging or attaching the loop around a door handle,
wherein the bottom portion of the rope is linked to the lockable ring by the connector, and
wherein the lockable ring links to the attachment portion of the wedge shaped device.

US Pat. No. 10,113,324

RE-POSITIONABLE FLOOR GUIDE SYSTEM AND TOOL FOR USE IN THE SAME

ISCHEBECK TITAN LIMITED, ...

1. A floor guide system, comprising:a floor guide, comprising a mounting arm extending along a longitudinal axis and a floor guide fixing means for fixing said mounting arm to a floor of a construction, said floor guide fixing means having a fixed guide-to-floor configuration and a released guide-to-floor configuration, said floor guide being slidable along said floor in said released guide-to-floor configuration; and
a tool comprising:
a first member fixable to the floor of the construction at a first position along an axial length of the mounting arm;
a tool fixing means for fixing said first member to the floor of the construction at said first position along said axial length of the mounting arm, said tool fixing means having a fixed tool-to-floor configuration and a released tool-to-floor configuration, wherein said floor guide fixing means is in said released guide-to-floor configuration when said tool fixing means is in said fixed tool-to-floor configuration;
a second member fixable to the mounting arm at a second position spaced along said longitudinal axis of the mounting arm from the first member; and
a driving means linking the first and second members to one another, wherein space between the first and second members along the longitudinal axis is set by said driving means,
wherein said floor guide is slidable along said floor according to said second member and said driving means when said floor guide fixing means is in said released guide-to-floor configuration when said tool fixing means is in said fixed tool-to-floor configuration,
wherein the first member comprises a U-shaped bracket having an upper portion spanning a width of said mounting arm and a pair of vertical leg portions extending downward from said upper portion and along sides of said mounting arm so as to form respective lower regions to engage said floor of said construction.

US Pat. No. 10,113,197

PURIFIED POLYMERASE / TEMPLATE COMPLEXES

Pacific Biosciences of Ca...

1. A method for isolating active polymerase enzyme nucleic acid complexes comprising:contacting a phi-29 DNA polymerase enzyme or a modified form thereof with a primer-hybridized template nucleic acid to produce a population of polymerase enzyme nucleic acid complexes in solution, at least some of which are active;
exposing the population of polymerase enzyme nucleic acid complexes with a resin having nucleoside polyphosphate moieties attached thereto in the presence of a stabilizing divalent cation under conditions whereby the active polymerase enzyme nucleic acid complexes bind to the nucleoside polyphosphate moieties, wherein the divalent cation is Ca++, Sr++, Ba++, Ti++, or Ni++;
washing the resin to remove components not bound to the resin; and
eluting the active polymerase enzyme nucleic acid complexes bound to the nucleoside polyphosphate moieties attached to the resin by contacting the resin with a chelating agent, thereby isolating the active polymerase enzyme nucleic acid complexes.

US Pat. No. 10,113,125

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COGENERATING GAS-STEAM BASED ON GASIFICATION AND METHANATION OF BIOMASS

SUNSHINE KAIDI NEW ENERGY...

1. A system for cogenerating gas-steam based on gasification and methanation of biomass, the system comprising:a gasification unit comprising a gasifier, the gasifier comprising an upper part that is disposed higher with respect to the ground than the remaining parts of the gasifier, a waste heat boiler, an external thermostatic heater, and an outlet segment;
a shift unit;
a purification unit;
a methanation unit; and
a methane concentration unit;wherein:the gasifier is adapted to yield a crude gasified gas;
the waste heat boiler is connected to the upper part;
the waste heat boiler is adapted to recycle waste heat of the crude gasified gas to yield a first intermediate pressure superheated steam;
the external thermostatic heater is disposed at the outlet segment to keep a gasification temperature within the gasifier at 1,500-1,800° C.; and
the purification unit is adapted to purify the crude gasified gas to yield a purified syngas.

US Pat. No. 10,112,999

ANTI-PRLR ANTIBODY-DRUG CONJUGATES (ADC) AND USES THEREOF

AbbVie Inc., North Chica...

1. An antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) comprising the structure of Formula (X), or a salt thereof,
wherein Formula (X) comprises a monoclonal anti-PRLR antibody (Ab) conjugated to “n” cytotoxic warheads,
wherein said monoclonal anti-PRLR antibody comprises:
i. a heavy chain variable region comprising a CDRH1 sequence comprising SEQ ID NO: 3, a CDRH2 sequence comprising SEQ ID NO: 4, and a CDRH3 sequence comprising SEQ ID NO: 5;
ii. a light chain variable region comprising a CDRL1 sequence comprising SEQ ID NO: 8, a CDRL2 sequence comprising SEQ ID NO: 9, and a CDRL3 sequence comprising SEQ ID NO: 10; and
iii. a mutation comprising S239C in a heavy chain constant region, wherein the numbering is in accordance with Kabat,
wherein said monoclonal anti-PRLR antibody is conjugated to said cytotoxic warheads through said S239C mutation in said heavy chain constant region, and
wherein “n” is 2.

US Pat. No. 10,112,806

PORTABLE HOIST ARM ASSEMBLY

1. A portable hoist arm assembly comprising:a pair of bars, each said bar having a first terminus, said bars being pivotally coupled proximate to said first termini;
a pair of first couplers configured for coupling to a vertical support;
a pair of contractors, each said contractor being coupled to and extending between a respective said first coupler and an associated said bar proximate to said first terminus;
a connector coupled to a respective said bar proximate to said first terminus, said connector being configured for coupling to a hoist line, wherein said connector is positioned on said respective said bar such that said connector is configured for coupling to the hoist line; and
wherein said bars are configured for positioning such that second termini of said bars are positioned for abutting the vertical support with a first said bar extending substantially perpendicularly from the vertical support and a second said bar extending angularly and downwardly from said first said bar to the vertical support, wherein said contractors are positioned on said bars such that said contractors are positioned for contracting for coupling said bars to the vertical support positioning said connector for coupling to the hoist line.