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US09241436B2 Component mounting device, a component mounting method, an imaging device and an imaging method
A first illuminating devices, when the component adsorbed by an adsorbing nozzle and located in an imaging field of vision is a surface mounted component, illuminate the bottom surface of a component by irradiating light to the component obliquely from below, and a second illuminating device, when the component adsorbed by the adsorbing nozzle and located in the imaging field of vision is a through hole component, only illuminate the downwards extending parts of the component by irradiating light at an irradiation angle closer to a horizontal direction irradiation than the irradiation angle of the light of the first illuminating device to the component are included. That the component is illuminated by the first illuminating devices and that the component is illuminated by the second illuminating devices are switched based on whether the component is a surface mounted component or a through hole component.
US09241435B2 Electronic device housing and method for manufacturing the same
An electronic device housing includes a plastic substrate. The plastic substrate includes a first surface. The electronic device housing further includes an activating layer formed on the first surface. The activating layer contains metal powder. The activating layer defines a recessed portion. Some of the metal powder is partially exposed on the surface of the recessed portion. Some of metal powder is partially inserted into the plastic substrate corresponding to the recessed portion. The electronic device housing further includes an antenna layer formed on the recessed portion. The antenna layer is a metal layer. A method for manufacturing the electronic device housing is also disclosed.
US09241433B2 CNT-infused EMI shielding composite and coating
A composite for use in electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding applications includes a carbon nanotube (CNT)-infused fiber material disposed in at least a portion of a matrix material. The composite is capable of absorbing or reflecting EM radiation, or combinations thereof in a frequency range from between about 0.01 MHz to about 18 GHz. The electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness (SE), is in a range from between about 40 decibels (dB) to about 130 dB. A method of manufacturing the composite includes disposing a CNT-infused fiber material in a portion of a matrix material with a controlled orientation of the CNT-infused fiber material within the matrix material, and curing the matrix material. A panel includes the composite and is adaptable to interface with a device for use in EMI shielding applications. The panel is further equipped with an electrical ground.
US09241427B1 Airfoil to provide directed cooling
An airfoil to provide directed cooling of active elements, such as in a multi-device storage enclosure. In accordance with some embodiments, an apparatus includes a housing having opposing first and second ends. A first active element is mounted within the housing adjacent the first end, and a second active element mounted within the housing adjacent the second end. A fan assembly is mounted within the housing adjacent the second end to establish an airflow through the housing adjacent the first and second active elements for cooling thereof. An airfoil is mounted within the housing between the first and second active elements to accelerate and direct the airflow proximate the second active element.
US09241423B2 Fluid-cooled heat dissipation device
A heat dissipation device that includes a base plate having a plurality of substantially circular channels which are substantially concentrically arranged; and a fluid distribution structure adjacent the base plate, wherein the fluid distribution structure has a plurality of inlet conduits extending substantially radially from a central area with each of the plurality of inlet conduits having at least one fluid delivery port extending through the fluid distribution structure to at least one base plate circular channel, and wherein the fluid distribution structure has a plurality of outlet zones defined between adjacent inlet conduits with each of the plurality of outlet zones having at least one fluid removal port extending through the fluid distribution structure to at least one base plate circular channel.
US09241419B2 Bracket and electronic device
A bracket fixing hole that is configured to insert a screw part of a bracket fixing screw that is configured to mount the bracket to a bracket mounting part, a clamp hole that is configured to mount a cable clamp, and at least two notches that are configured to position the bracket to the at least two convex parts of the bracket mounting part are formed to a bracket. The bracket fixing hole and the clamp hole are faced on the opposed sides in such a manner that a first line segment that connects parts of the two notches is disposed between the holes. A second line segment that connects a center of the bracket fixing hole and a center of the clamp hole and the first line segment generally bisect each other at right angles. A gravity center is disposed on the side of the bracket fixing hole to the first line segment.
US09241418B2 Surface mount device
A surface mount device in which a pin adapter that is integrally formed with a plurality of pins connects a base board and a main board is provided to enable an automatic mounting, to enable a reflow soldering, to increase the flexibility of design, and to satisfy requirements of customers. In the surface mount device, a pin adapter 5 that is formed integrally with a plurality of pins 6 is placed on a base board 1, the base board 1 and the main board 2 are connected by inserting the tips of the pins 6 into the corresponding locations of the main board 2, the leg portions of the pin adapter 5 are folded toward inside, and opening sections 52 are formed at the leg portions.
US09241415B2 Flexible electrical circuit assembly for a motor vehicle
A flexible electrical circuit assembly for a motor vehicle includes a first flexible substrate having a first surface and an opposing second surface. The flexible electrical circuit assembly also includes a second flexible substrate having a first surface and an opposing second surface. The first surface of the second flexible substrate abuttingly joins with the second surface of the first flexible substrate. A flexible circuit member is arranged between the first and second flexible substrates. The flexible circuit member includes an input end and an output end. A first connector is electrically connected to the input end of the flexible circuit member. The first connector is configured and disposed to electrically connect with a source of electrical energy. A second connector is electrically connected to the output end of the flexible circuit member. The second connector is configured to electrically connect with an electrical component in the motor vehicle.
US09241414B2 Bezel-less electronic display
A bezel-less display is disclosed that includes an electronic display device and a cover. The electronic display device has an image-displaying portion and another portion adjacent the image-displaying portion along at least one side. The cover, which may include a glass or plastic sheet, is positioned adjacent the electronic display device and includes a first portion positioned adjacent the image-displaying portion of the display device and a second portion positioned adjacent the other portion of the display device. The optical properties of the first portion are also selected to transmit images displayed on the image-displaying portion and the optical properties of the second portion are selected to mask the other portion of the display device.
US09241411B2 Substrate having transparent electrode for flexible display and method of fabricating the same
A substrate having a transparent electrode for a flexible display which has flexibility and transparency and is resistant to stress of bending, and a method of fabricating the same are provided. By forming a transparent electrode of nanowires resistant to stress of bending on a substrate formed of a shape memory polymer (SMP) material, an increase in resistance due to bending can be prevented and the original form can be recovered. The method for fabricating a substrate having a transparent electrode for a flexible display includes: applying a nanowire dispersion solution of methanol to a glass substrate to form a nanowire electrode; coating the glass substrate with the nanowire electrode formed thereon, with an acrylic shape memory polymer (SMP) to form an SMP thin film; curing the SMP thin film through UV irradiation to form an SMP substrate; and removing the glass substrate from the SMP substrate.
US09241409B2 Component-embedded resin substrate
A component-embedded resin substrate includes a plurality of embedded components arranged as embedded in a resin structure. The plurality of embedded components include a first embedded component and a second embedded component. When viewed in a direction of the lamination, a first distance from the first embedded component to the closest end surface is shorter than a second distance from the second embedded component to the closest end surface. A first projection area calculated by multiplying a length along the end surface when the first embedded component is projected on the closest end surface to the first embedded component by a thickness of the first embedded component is smaller than a second projection area calculated by multiplying a length along the end surface when the second embedded component is projected on the closest end surface to the second embedded component by a thickness of the second embedded component.
US09241405B2 Interposer with extruded feed-through vias
A method of forming interposers includes positioning a plurality of extruded metal wires across a first platten and second platten, which secures the extruded metal wires. A sealing material is added to sidewalls of a volume having the plurality of extruded metal wires within, with the first and second plattens as end plates to form a holding volume. The holding volume is filled with a filling material. The filling material is heated to a sufficient temperature to form a heat treated filled volume. After removing the sealing material, the heat treated filled volume is sawed into a plurality of slices having a predetermined thickness to form a plurality of interposer substrates having a plurality of feed-thru conducting features provided by the plurality of extruded metal wires.
US09241404B2 Adhesive varnish, adhesive film and wiring film
An adhesive varnish includes 100 parts by mass of a component A that includes a phenoxy resin including a plurality of hydroxyl groups in a side chain, 2 to 55 parts by mass of a component B that includes a polyfunctional isocyanate compound including, in a molecule thereof, an isocyanate and at least one of a vinyl group, an acrylate group and a methacrylate group, 5 to 30 parts by mass of a component C that includes a maleimide compound including a plurality of maleimide groups in a molecule thereof or/and a reaction product thereof, a component S1 including a low-boiling point solvent having a boiling point of not more than 100° C., and a component S2 including a high-boiling point solvent having a boiling point of more than 100° C.
US09241403B2 Method for producing a structure for microelectronic device assembly
Forming of a microelectronic device including a substrate containing at least one conductive pad, the pad being provided with a bottom surface resting on the substrate and an upper surface opposite the bottom surface. The upper surface of the pad has a stack applied thereto formed of a conductive layer and a protective dielectric layer including an opening called first opening facing the pad and exposing the conductive layer. At least one insulating block is arranged on a peripheral region of the upper surface of the pad, the insulating block having a cross-section forming a closed contour and having an opening called second opening. A conductive pillar is located in the center of the contour in the second opening.
US09241402B2 Flexible multilayer substrate
A flexible multilayer substrate includes a stacked body including a plurality of stacked resin layers and defining a flexible portion. The stacked body includes an innermost surface located inside and an outermost surface located outside when the stacked body is bent in use. A plurality of conductor patterns are arranged inside the stacked body to be distributed over a surface of one or more of the plurality of resin layers. A portion located on the innermost surface side with respect to a center plane of the stacked body in a thickness direction is a first portion, and a portion located on the outermost surface side with respect to the center plane is a second portion. An area having a minimum spacing along the longitudinal direction between the conductor patterns arranged in the same plane, in all of the plurality of resin layers, is located in the second portion.
US09241400B2 Windowed reference planes for embedded conductors
A rigid multi-layer printed circuit board (PCB) has an embedded elongated conductor between opposing first and second reference planes. The first and second reference planes are formed of conductive material and are electrically isolated from the conductor by intervening insulative material. Each of the first and second reference planes have a plurality of spaced apart windows extending therethrough, the windows aligned with the elongated conductor.
US09241399B2 Printed circuit board and light emitting device
A printed circuit board according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a substrate including a first metal layer, a second metal layer formed on one surface of the first metal layer, and a third metal layer formed on the other surface of the first metal layer, an insulating layer formed on the second metal layer, and a circuit pattern formed on the insulating layer. A cavity configured to accommodate a light emitting element package is formed in the insulating layer. A thermal conductivity of the first metal layer is greater than thermal conductivities of the second metal layer and the third metal layer.
US09241395B2 System and method for controlling droplet timing in an LPP EUV light source
A method and apparatus for improved control of the trajectory and timing of droplets of target material in a laser produced plasma (LPP) extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light system is disclosed. A droplet illumination module generates two laser curtains for detecting the droplets. The first curtain is used for detecting the position of the droplets relative to a desired trajectory to the irradiation site so that the position of a droplet generator may be adjusted to direct the droplets to the irradiation site, as in the prior art. A droplet detection module detects each droplet as it passes through the second curtain, determines when the source laser should generate a pulse so that the pulse arrives at the irradiation site at the same time as the droplet, and sends a signal to the source laser to fire at the correct time.
US09241390B2 Switch image control system and method
A switch image control system includes at least one first switch having a first image viewable when a backlighting is applied to the at least one first switch. The system also includes at least one second switch having a second image viewable when the backlighting is applied to the at least one second switch. The backlighting is independently applicable to either or both of the at least one first switch and the at least one second switch.
US09241386B2 Lighting apparatus and illumination system using the same
A lighting apparatus includes a power supply unit and a control unit configured to control the power supply unit. The control unit determines, at a time of activation of the lighting apparatus, a first color temperature of the load at an initial stage of lighting based on a command value. Thereafter, the control unit controls the power supply unit such that the light quantity and the color temperature of the load change according to a second output characteristic during a period in which the color temperature of the load changes from the first color temperature to a second color temperature. The second color temperature is a color temperature, in the first output characteristic, corresponding to the command value. A correspondence relationship between a plurality of light quantities and a plurality of color temperatures defined by the second output characteristic is different from that of the first output characteristic.
US09241381B2 LED driving circuit, control circuit and associated current sensing circuit
A LED driving circuit, a control circuit and associated current sensing circuit. The control circuit has a sensing circuit, an estimation circuit, an amplifying circuit, a comparing circuit, a zero-cross detection circuit and a logic circuit. The sensing circuit is configured to sense a switching current flowing through at least one switch of a switching circuit to provide a first sensing signal. The estimation circuit is configured to process the first sensing signal to provide a feedback signal, wherein the feedback signal is indicative of a average current signal flowing through a LED. An average current flowing through the LED is regulated by sensing a switching current flowing through at least one switch.
US09241380B2 Hybrid dimming control techniques for lighting drivers
Techniques are disclosed for independent control of individual LED strings driven from a single AC current source. A lighting driver circuit includes a DC-AC inverter with series resonance that provides a current that may be split into multiple currents for driving multiple LED assemblies. Current splitting transformers may be used to divide the current from the AC source, and the amplitude of the current from the AC source may be determined by a microcontroller. In some cases the current splitting transformers provide galvanic isolation to the LED assemblies. The multiple LED assemblies may be controlled by a number of switches that may independently activate the individual LED assemblies based on the duty cycle of multiple PWM signals provided to the switches by the microcontroller. When all of the PWM signals output from the microcontroller are on an off-cycle, the current source may be turned off.
US09241379B2 Method of dimming a light source and display apparatus for performing the method
A method of dimming a light source module including a light guide plate, a first light emitting module including first to k-th light source blocks, wherein the first light emitting module is disposed on a first edge of the light guide plate, and a second light emitting module including first to m-th light source blocks, the second light emitting module being disposed on a second edge of the light guide plate, the second edge disposed opposite the first, the method including; generating a first group of driving signals and a second group of driving signals based on an image signal and driving the first to k-th light source blocks using the first group of the driving signals during a first period in a reference period and driving the first to m-th light source blocks using the second group of driving signals during a second period in the reference period.
US09241375B2 Light-emitting apparatus package, light-emitting apparatus, backlight apparatus, and display apparatus
A light-emitting apparatus package of the present invention includes (i) an electrically insulated ceramic substrate, (ii) a first concave section formed in the direction of thickness of the ceramic substrate so as to form a light exit aperture in a surface of the ceramic substrate, (iii) a second concave section formed within the first concave section in the further direction of thickness of the ceramic substrate so that one or more light-emitting devices are provided therein, (iv) a wiring pattern for supplying electricity, which is provided in the first concave section, and (v) a metalized layer having light-reflectivity, which is (a) provided between the light-emitting device and the surface of the second concave section of the substrate, and (b) electrically insulated from the wiring pattern.
US09241374B2 Induction cooking appliance
To reduce the air exhausted to outside a main body after cooling a heat generating component from being taken in again from an intake port. The flow of cooling wind cooled the heat generating component is discharged from an exhaust port at other than a first peripheral wall with the flow bent inside the main body. When rectified inside the main body and discharged from the exhaust port, the cooling wind grows to a flow speed of a certain extent to become an exhaust air that a flowing direction is clearly defined, so that it is less likely to be taken in again from the intake port, it is less likely to be subjected to the influence of obstacles of the exhaust port, use can be made in a kitchen cabinet of the intake and exhaust air at the back side, and it is satisfactory and is less likely to be damaged without involving sense of unpleasantness by the exhaust air to the user.
US09241372B2 Device and method for heating an object in an intense magnetic field
The invention concerns a device for heating an object (6) in an intense magnetic field, comprising:—a light source (1), an optic fiber (2) for transporting the light emitted by said light source (1) and emitting a beam of light in the direction of the object (6) to be heated, a converging optical system (3), a diaphragm (4) positioned at the focusing point of the optical system (3),—a reflector (5), whereof the inner wall is defined by the revolution of a semi-parabola around an axis perpendicular to the optical axis of the parabola and passing through the focal point of said parabola, the optical axis of said reflector (5) coinciding with the optical axis (A) of the optical system (3) and the focal point (F″) of said reflector coinciding with the focusing point of said optical system (3).
US09241368B2 Method and system for achieving enhanced quality and higher throughput for collocated IEEE 802.11B/G and bluetooth devices in coexistent operation
Disclosed are various embodiments for providing wireless communication. A Bluetooth (BT) communication protocol and a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) communication protocol are enabled in a station. A WLAN fragmentation threshold utilized by the WLAN communication protocol is modified based on a WLAN modulation rate and an HV3 frame duration that is utilized by the BT communication protocol.
US09241367B2 System and method for wi-fi roaming
Systems and methods for Wi-Fi roaming. A gateway supports both a local access point (AP) and a virtual AP. The local AP is accessible only to an “owner” of the gateway. The virtual AP (VAP) is accessible to devices associated with the owner of the gateway and to roaming Wi-Fi devices. A datastore conveys information about the roaming Wi-Fi devices to the VAP to permit them to access the VAP without the need for manual configuration of the VAP. A roaming Wi-Fi device may communicate with a gateway via a tunnel to maintain session connectivity during roaming. A session may be initiated on one network, such as a Wi-Fi network or a cellular network, handed off to another network, such as a cellular network or a Wi-Fi network, and then returned to the network on which the session was initiated.
US09241366B2 During warm up operations of a first RAT performing tune away operations for a second RAT
Operating a user equipment (UE) which comprises a first radio that is configured to operate according to a first radio access technology (RAT) and a second RAT. The UE may receive a request to perform tune away operations (e.g., page decoding) for the second RAT while performing warm up procedures for the first RAT. If the request is received during crystal oscillator or radio frequency circuitry warm up, the tune away operations may be performed after these operations. If the request is received during tracking loop operations, they may be cancelled and the tune away operations may be performed. After the tune away operations, the tracking loop operations may be restarted or resumed.
US09241361B2 Method for handling device to device communication and related communication device
A method of handling device to device communication for a first user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system includes establishing a Radio Resource Control (RRC) connection to a network of the wireless communication system; and receiving a first RRC message indicating to the first UE to use a first data radio bearer (DRB) for a proximity-based services (ProSe) communication with a second UE of the wireless communication system, wherein the first DRB is different from a second DRB for communication between the first UE and the network.
US09241359B1 Delayed authentication following a radio link failure
Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for delaying authentication of a mobile device following a radio link failure, and thereby enabling the mobile device to quickly attach to a current control component associated with a network, are provided. The method includes receiving, at the current control component, a message indicating that the radio link failure occurred at a previous control component. Upon receiving the message, the mobile device is attached to the current control component. Authentication of the mobile device is delayed such that authentication of the mobile device is initiated subsequent to the attaching of the mobile device to the current control component. This delayed authentication ensures that a communication session in which the mobile device was engaged prior to the radio link failure is uninterrupted.
US09241353B2 Communications between a mobile device and an access point device
Method, device, and computer program product that may improve communications between a mobile device and an access point device are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of communicating between a mobile device and an access point device comprises control a plurality of beacons in the access point device, establishing a communication between the access point device with the mobile device using a first beacon in the plurality of beacons, broadcasting availability of the plurality of beacons in the access point device via the first beacon, and establishing the communication with the mobile device using a second beacon in the plurality of beacons.
US09241352B2 Method for establishing a connection between a node of a communication system and a node of a data service network in a wireless communication system
A method for establishing a connection between a mobility management entity and a node of a network includes acquiring, at the mobility management entity, an address of the node, transmitting a session creation request from the mobility management entity to a serving gateway, receiving, at the mobility management entity, a session creation response from the serving gateway in response to the session creation request, the session creation response including uplink bearer information for data transmission to the serving gateway and an address allocated to the mobility management entity by a packet data network gateway, transmitting, at the mobility management entity, downlink bearer information for data reception from the serving gateway to the serving gateway, and communicating, at the mobility management entity, with the node using the address of the mobility management entity and the address of the node according to the uplink bearer information and the downlink bearer information.
US09241348B2 Radio network node user equipment and methods therein
Embodiments herein relate to a method in a user equipment (10) for requesting access to a radio communications network (1), which user equipment (10) comprises at least two transmit antenna ports. The user equipment (10) obtains one or more random access preambles to be used to access the radio communications network. The user equipment (10) transmits; in case of obtaining one random access preamble, the one random access preamble over the at least two transmit antenna ports. In case of obtaining more than one random access preambles, the user equipment (10) transmits each random access preamble over a separate antenna port out of the at least two transmit antenna ports.
US09241346B2 Method and apparatus for data transmissions in a wireless network
A method and apparatus for data transmissions in a wireless network are disclosed. A first device may send a first frame to a second device including information regarding a number of pending data frames to be transmitted from the first device to the second device. The first device receives an acknowledgement frame including a number of approved data frames for transmission from the first device to the second device. The first device then may send a plurality of data frames without performing the contention-based channel access procedure in response to the acknowledgement frame. The first device may send a first frame to a second device for requesting data frames that are pending at the second device. The first device receives an acknowledgement frame including a number of pending and approved data frames. The first device may receive a plurality of data frames in response to the acknowledgement frame.
US09241341B2 Method and apparatus for providing carrier indication and carrier sensing in a wireless network
An approach is provided for carrier indication and carrier sensing. Interference information relating to radio interface with one or more neighboring nodes is generated. The interference information is transmitted over a designated channel to the one or more neighboring nodes.
US09241337B2 Method and base station for handling radio resources
A method and a base station configured to serve a first cell in a cellular network, for supporting radio resource management in the cellular network. When receiving an indication of uplink interference experienced in a neighboring second cell, the base station identifies interfered bandwidth resources on which the interference is experienced, and detects that these resources coincide with resources that have been allocated to User Equipments, UEs, in the first cell. When the interfered bandwidth resources coincide with resources that have been allocated to cell edge UEs in the first cell, the base station allocates bandwidth resources separate from the interfered resources to the cell edge UEs. Further, when the interfered bandwidth resources coincide with resources allocated to cell center UEs in the cell, the base station applies power control for transmissions made by the cell center UEs on the interfered resources.
US09241332B2 System and method for managing resources in a communication system
The present invention relates to a system and method for managing resources, which involve managing a plurality of frequency resources in a communication system including a plurality of systems having no right to use a first frequency band. The system comprises a coexistence manager (CM) which manages, when a frequency band usable by the plurality of systems is found in the first frequency band, the plurality of systems so as to enable the coexistence of the systems and frequency-sharing among the systems in the usable frequency band; a coexistence enabler (CE) which transceives information of the plurality of systems and information of the coexistence manager; and a coexistence discovery and information server which supports the control of the coexistence manager on the plurality of systems. The plurality of systems uses the usable frequency band by means of coexistence and frequency-sharing according to a reference model.
US09241327B2 LTE enhancements for small packet transmissions
Disclosed in some examples is a method of wireless resource block assignment in a long term evolution wireless network including creating a downlink control information message for a user equipment, the downlink control information message comprising: a resource block assignment field which indicates up to N physical resource blocks scheduled to the user equipment by specifying an index into a plurality of all possible physical resource block allocations of between 1 and N resource blocks, wherein the resource block assignment field comprises at most a number of bits necessary to address all of the possible physical resource block allocations for assignments of 1 to N physical resource blocks, and wherein N is less than a total number of physical resource blocks; and sending the downlink control information over a physical downlink control channel using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing.
US09241326B2 Wireless device transmission power
A wireless device transmits a first packet in subframe n of a first cell of a first cell group and transmits a second packet in subframe n+1 of a second cell of a second cell group overlapping in time with the transmission of the first packet. The wireless device reduces a subframe transmission power of at least one of the first packet and the second packet if a power value is more than an allowable transmission power. A calculation for the power value considers transmission power of the first packet and the second packet according to a pre-configured rule.
US09241325B2 Method and apparatus for providing channel sharing among white space networks
A method and an apparatus for providing channel sharing are disclosed. For example, the method receives a request for a white space channel assignment, and identifies one or more white space channels in accordance with the request. The method sends a response to the request comprising a white space channel assignment, wherein the white space channel assignment assigns one of the identified one or more white space channels.
US09241321B2 Privacy-hardened geolocation system
A lightweight, wireless geolocation node monitors mobile wireless devices for the purpose of the geolocation and has restricted functionality to better preserve privacy information. MAC addresses acquired from probe signals of mobile wireless devices may be one-way encrypted before being transmitted from the node. Reduced transmission strength may be used for localized transmission without consumer tracking.
US09241320B2 Base station synchronization
The invention relates to transmission and reception of clock synchronization data in a wireless communication system. According to the invention a device for transmitting clock synchronization data obtains at least one time reference of a wireless communication system clock, controls transmission of a frequency reference of the wireless communication system clock via an air interface of the wireless communication system, and provides transmission of the time reference via a transport network associated with the wireless communication system, while the base station receives the frequency reference, locks an own oscillator to the frequency of the frequency reference, receives the time reference from the transport network and adjusts timing that is controlled by the oscillator based on the time reference.
US09241317B2 Method for configured maximum output power reporting and user equipment
A method for configured maximum output power reporting and user equipment including: judging sequentially by user equipment whether there exists non-adaptive retransmission of uplink data in each of serving cells, or judging whether a base station schedules only channel status information in each of serving cells and does not allocate an uplink grant to transmit data of an uplink shared channel when the user equipment triggers a power headroom report at a current subframe, the base station allocates an uplink grant to the user equipment for transmitting new data in an uplink shared channel, and the uplink grant is capable of containing the power headroom report; obtaining, if the result of judging is positive, by the user equipment, a configured maximum output power of the corresponding serving cell; and reporting the obtained configured maximum output power to the base station.
US09241316B1 System and procedure to reduce the power consumption of a mobile device through automated disabling of RF filters
Methods and systems are provided for conserving resources of a wireless communication device (WCD). A WCD may be configured to operate in one of two modes while in communication with the RAN. In a high-power mode, the WCD operates with a filtering component having a first filtering bandwidth. The first a filtering bandwidth generally enables the WCD to provide high quality audio signals based on a first audio bandwidth of an audio codec. In a low-power mode, the WCD operates with the filtering component having a second filtering bandwidth. The second filtering bandwidth enables the WCD to provide a lower quality audio signal based on a second audio bandwidth having a narrower audio bandwidth than the first audio bandwidth.
US09241314B2 Mobile device with application or context aware fast dormancy
Systems and methods for improving battery life and transmission efficiency of mobile devices are disclosed. Some embodiments provide for application and/or context aware fast dormancy on a mobile device or user equipment (UE) and/or via a proxy server. By incorporating application and context information, e.g., when an application opens a connection, what kind of applications are present, how the application normally behaves and whether the application is running in background or transmitting background data, embodiments provide for an improved and enhanced fast dormancy operation.
US09241313B2 Mobile phone performing power adjustment and power adjustment method thereof
The present disclosure discloses a power-adjustable mobile phone and a power adjustment method thereof. The method comprises following steps of: a. determining whether a maximum power transmission instruction from a base station is received before establishing a phone call; b. determining whether an interrupt signal emitted from a range sensor is received after it is determined that the maximum power transmission instruction from the base station is received; c. setting a maximum output power of a radio frequency power amplifier (RFPA) to be a first output power when it is determined that the interrupt signal is not received, and setting the maximum output power of the RFPA to be a second output power when it is determined that the interrupt signal is received; and d. controlling the RFPA to output radio frequency (RF) signals with the maximum output power.
US09241310B2 Method and arrangement in a communication system
The present invention relates to a method and an arrangement for reducing a state transition time from a power saving state for a user equipment (18) in a communication network. The state transition time is reduced by retaining in the user equipment (18) one or more information parameter, such as the radio network temporary identifier for a high speed downlink shared channel (H-RNTI), when performing a state transition to said power saving state so as to enable a time reduction when said user equipment switches back from said power saving state.
US09241305B2 Access network discovery and selection function enhancement with cell-type management object
Concepts and technologies described herein relate to an enhancement to an access network discovery and selection function (“ANDSF”) with a cell-type management object (“MO”) within an ANDSF MO tree. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a system including an ANDSF can generate a policy for network selection. The policy can include network selection criteria based upon a cell-type. The cell-type may be a small cell cell-type, a macro cell cell-type, or a multi-standard metro cell (“MSMC”) cell-type. The network selection criteria can be further based upon WI-FI availability. The system can send the policy to a mobile device. The mobile device can utilize the policy to select a network. In some embodiments, the network selection criteria includes network load information, local device information, user profile information, or some combination thereof.
US09241303B2 Mobile station and method
A mobile station includes a public land mobile network registration unit that registers public land mobile networks including a public land mobile network input by a manual operation, wherein the public land mobile network input by the manual operation is not detected, and a public land mobile network selecting unit that selects a public land mobile network specified by the manual operation, among the public land mobile networks registered in the public land mobile network registration unit, wherein the public land mobile networks registered in the public land mobile network registration unit include the public land mobile network which is not detected.
US09241302B2 Methods and apparatus for radio access technology search
Certain aspects of the disclosure relate generally to search of radio access technologies (RAT). For example, certain aspects of the present disclosure relate to a technique for performing higher priority radio access technology (RAT) searches in areas having a plurality of overlapping RATs, such as Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and Long Term Evolution (LTE). According to certain aspects, a user equipment (UE) may be configured to periodically search for higher priority RATs in neighboring cells. According to certain aspects, upon finding a higher priority RAT cell, the UE may be further configured to evaluate, or “pre-evaluate”, criteria for cell reselection from found cell to the currently camped cell, while still camped on the current cell. The UE may be configured to decide whether or not to switch to the found cell based on the evaluation.
US09241297B2 Method and apparatus for providing local breakout service in wireless communication system
A method and an apparatus for providing a Local BreakOut (LBO) service in a wireless communication system are provided. In the method for providing an LBO service in a wireless communication system, after an access authentication procedure between an authentication server and a terminal, a femto gateway receives a subscriber profile including LBO service flow information from the authentication server to provide the LBO service flow information to a femto base station through initial service flow setting between the terminal and the femto gateway. The femto base station sets an LBO service flow through a Dynamic Service Addition (DSA) procedure. The terminal performs a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) procedure through the LBO service flow setting, and obtains an IP address for LBO based on the DHCP procedure.
US09241296B2 Radio communication terminal, radio communication system, and radio communication method
A radio communication terminal includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire property information indicating a property that is used when a data communication route, on which data communication is performed with other radio communication terminals, is determined, a calculator configured to calculate variation of the property by using the acquired property information, and a controller configured to change a determination reference for whether to change the data communication route in response to the calculated variation of the property.
US09241295B2 Communication apparatus and communication method
A communication apparatus includes a first CPU that is capable of executing a communication process at a first processing speed; a measuring unit that measures a first transmission speed when the communication process is executed with a base station; a collecting unit that collects from at least one other apparatus, a second transmission speed between the base station and the apparatus, and a second processing speed of a second CPU included in the other apparatus based on the first transmission speed; a determining unit that determines whether the communication process is to be transferred to the other apparatus, based on the second transmission speed and the second processing speed; and a transferring unit that transfers the communication process to the other apparatus based on a determination result.
US09241292B2 Seamless application connectivity
In some implementations, a request to switch to using a second network connection is received at a first computing device that is currently communicating with a second computing device over a first network connection. While still using the first network connection, the second network connection may be initiated. During a period of transition, the first computing device may communicate with the second computing device using both the first network connection and the second network connection. To use both the first and second network connections, data from the second computing device may be received over the first network connection, and data may be sent to the second computing device over the second network connection. The first computing device may identify an end of the period of transition. In response, the first computing device may communicate with the second computing device using only the second network connection.
US09241286B2 Associating a VoIP provider with a set of VoIP networks as a preferred or default VoIP provider
In an embodiment, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) bidder negotiates with a VoIP provider and/or a VoIP access network to establish the VoIP provider as a preferred or default VoIP provider for the VoIP access network (e.g., a set of particular WiFi APs, a non-roaming cellular access network, etc.). As the preferred or default VoIP provider, the VoIP access network gives preferential performance and/or contract terms (or VoIP opportunities) for providing VoIP service to user equipments (UEs) via the VoIP provider as compared to one or more other VoIP providers that are also configured to provide VoIP service to the UEs over the VoIP access network. In a further embodiment, one of the UEs connects to the VoIP access network and advertises, to a user of the UE, the preferential performance and/or contract terms available to the UE via the VoIP provider over the VoIP access network.
US09241284B2 Multimode user equipment accessing wireless sensor network
A method, an apparatus and a computer-readable storage medium for accessing a wireless sensor network with a multimode user equipment. The method includes a user equipment receiving broadcasted wireless sensor network information; requesting access information for the wireless sensor network from a base station of a mobile data network; receiving the access information from the base station; and accessing the wireless sensor network using said access information.
US09241283B2 Transmission and reception of channel state information
The present disclosure is related to reporting channel state information associated with a downlink channel in a wireless communication system. In particular, a method of transmitting the channel state information in user equipment may include extracting one or more reference vectors having a high correlation with a channel state information vector associated with a downlink, creating one or more compressed vectors by compressing the one or more reference vectors, and transmitting the one or more compressed vectors.
US09241282B2 Minimization of drive tests uplink measurements
A method and radio access network device includes a processing unit configured to: separate a network measurement configuration command into at least first network measurements and second network measurements; forward the first network measurements of the network measurement configuration command over an air interface to a user equipment; receive, from the user equipment, the first network measurements on downlink communication channels to form first network measurement results; perform, in the radio access network device, the second network measurements on uplink communication channels to form second network measurement results; and combine, in the radio access network device, the first network measurement results from the user equipment with the second network measurement results from the radio access network device to form an aggregated network measurement report.
US09241281B2 Apparatus and method for reporting of communication path quality within a wireless network
A method includes identifying multiple statistics associated with each of multiple wireless connections. The multiple wireless connections form a single communication path between two wireless nodes in a wireless network. The method also includes identifying an overall quality associated with the communication path using the statistics. The method can also include assigning a quality value to each statistic for each wireless connection, where the overall quality is based on at least one of the quality values assigned to the statistics (such as a lowest of the quality values). The statistics could include a Received Signal Quality Indicator (RSQI), a Received Signal Strength Indication (RSSI), and a transmit success/fail ratio. The quality value assigned to each statistic could include a “good” quality, a “fair” quality, or a “poor” quality.
US09241279B2 Communication control apparatus, communication control system and communication control method
A communication control apparatus that controls a wireless communication between a base station and a terminal, the communication control apparatus including: a memory configured to store combinations of each of threshold values, each of areas, and each of realtimenesses, and a processor configured to obtain a specified threshold value of the threshold values by referring the combinations in accordance with a specified area and a specified realtimeness, the specified area being one of the areas where the terminal is located, the specified realtimeness being one of the realtimenesses and being information which indicates how long a delay time from requesting a data communication to performing the data communication is acceptable, and to permit the terminal the data communication, when a channel quality between the terminal and the base station is better than the specified threshold value.
US09241278B2 Measuring instrument and a measuring method for stationary testing of mobile-radio relay stations
A measuring instrument for testing mobile-radio relay stations provides at least one first measuring device and a receiver device. The first measuring device generates a first signal and transmits it either directly or via at least one further device to a relay station under test. The receiver device receives from the relay station under test a second signal derived from the first signal. The first measuring device compares the first signal and at least one signal derived from the second signal.
US09241268B2 Method and device for screen unlocking of electronic device
A method for authentication in an electronic device is provided, comprising: receiving a touch pattern, the touch pattern including a set of points; determining, by a processor, whether the touch pattern is valid by validating a first portion of the touch pattern, the first portion not including at least one of the set of points; when the touch pattern is determined to be valid, unlocking the screen; and when the touch pattern is determined to be invalid, holding the screen locked.
US09241254B2 Method and system for determining reachability of terminal group
A method and system for determining reachability of a terminal group are disclosed. The method includes that: when a service network element needs to acquire reachability of a terminal group, the service network element sends a terminal group reachability notification request message to a Home Subscriber Server (HSS), wherein the terminal group reachability notification request message includes information of the terminal group; and when the HSS determines that the terminal group is reachable, the HSS notifies the service network element that the terminal group is reachable. In the disclosure, the reachability of a Machine Type Communication (MTC) terminal group may be directly determined, so that it is unnecessary to determine the reachability of all terminals in the terminal group one by one, thereby saving network processing resources and alleviating network congestion.
US09241251B2 Systems and methods for detection of transmission facilities
In embodiments, a method of detecting a transmitting device within an obstruction rich environment is disclosed. The method may involve detecting the transmitting device with a wireless transmission detection facility; communicating signal information relating to the detected transmitting device from the wireless transmission detection facility to a central unit; determining the location of the transmitting device; displaying information of the detection and location of the transmitting device through a user interface; and providing an action facility for causing actions related to the detected transmitting device.
US09241248B2 Modified present signal mode for mobile device
Example methods, apparatuses, or articles of manufacture are disclosed herein that may be utilized, in whole or in part, to facilitate or support one or more operations or techniques for a modified present signal mode for use in or with a mobile communication device.
US09241246B2 Method and apparatus for communication connection service
Methods and apparatus are provided for communication connection service. Identification information of a second device is acquired. An inquiry about whether to register the second device as a favorite device is displayed. A registration request message is sent to a server, when a request to register the second device as the favorite device is inputted in response to the inquiry. The registration request message includes the identification information of the second device. A registration response message is received from the server in response to the registration request message. A user interface of the first device is controlled to provide feedback informing of a success or a failure in registering the second device as the favorite device based on the registration response message.
US09241244B2 Method and apparatus for providing multimedia broadcast and multicast service (MBMS) in wireless communication system
A method for receiving a multimedia broadcast multicast service (MBMS) by a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system, the method comprising acquiring, by the UE, a predetermined system information block (SIB) from a base station (BS); and upon acquiring the predetermined SIB, transmitting an MBMS interest indication message by the UE to the BS. The predetermined SIB includes information related to MBMS service continuity. Whether the transmitting of the MBMS interest indication message is allowed is provided to the UE through the predetermined SIB.
US09241242B2 Information recommendation method and apparatus
An information recommendation method is provided for a terminal. The method includes obtaining at least one keyword, obtaining geographical location information corresponding to the keyword, and searching, within a range of a map interface display area, recommendation information relevant to geographical locations adjacent to the geographical location corresponding to the geographical location information. The method also includes displaying, according to the range of the map interface display area, geographical location information corresponding to the keyword, as well as the map interface having the recommendation information.
US09241241B2 Methods and arrangements for handling positioning in a radio communication system
A method in a first radio network node for handling position measurements is provided. The first radio network node receives from a second radio network node a position measurement associated with a user equipment, and a system frame number. The system frame number is associated with the second radio network node. The system frame number is further related to a point in time when the position measurement was performed. The first radio network node calculates a position estimate of the position of the user equipment based on the position measurement. The first radio network node defines a time stamp which is based on the received system frame number. The first radio network node then signals to a third radio network node a positioning response. The positioning response comprises the position estimate and the time stamp.
US09241239B2 Establishing network connectivity based on location
A mobile computer device obtains location information indicating a geographical location in which the mobile computer device resides. The mobile computer device produces a list based on the location information. The list specifies one or more WiFi networks present in a vicinity of the geographical location. The computer device then establishes a wireless connection between the computer device and a WiFi network as specified in the list. Thus, a geographical location of the computer device can be used as a basis to initiate connectivity to a respective network.
US09241229B2 Visual representation of audio data
Systems, methods, and computer program products for displaying audio data are provided. In some implementations, a computer-implemented method is provided. The method includes receiving audio data and displaying a composite image representing the audio data. The composite image combines a first representation and a distinct second representation of the audio data. Each representation is visible in the composite image and the representations appear in the composite image as if laid one over the other.
US09241226B2 Uncomfortableness threshold value estimation system and method, and a program thereof; hearing aid adjustment system; and uncomfortableness threshold value processing circuit
An exemplary UCL estimation system including: an output section configured to present to a user a first sound, and a second sound after lapse of a first predetermined time from a point of presenting the first sound, the first sound having a sound pressure within a predetermined sound pressure range, and the second sound having a same sound pressure as that of the first sound; a measurement section configured to measure an electroencephalogram signal of the user; an extraction section configured to extract, from an electroencephalogram signal measured within a second predetermined time from a point of presenting the second sound, a characteristic amount of an event-related potential of the signal; and an estimation section configured to estimate, by referring to a predetermined relationship between characteristic amount values of event-related potential and uncomfortableness threshold values, an uncomfortableness threshold value corresponding to the extracted characteristic amount of the potential.
US09241225B2 Hearing aid interconnection system
A hearing aid interconnection system is disclosed. The hearing aid interconnection system comprises an abutment provided with means for being attached to a fixture for anchoring the hearing aid interconnection system to a skull bone. The hearing aid interconnection system comprises means for attaching a hearing aid device to the abutment. The hearing aid interconnection system comprises an extension member attached to the abutment in such a manner that the extension member extends the length of the abutment.
US09241223B2 Directional filtering of audible signals
Various implementations described herein include directional filtering of audible signals, which is provided to enable acoustic isolation and localization of a target voice source. Without limitation, various implementations are suitable for speech signal processing applications in, hearing aids, speech recognition software, voice-command responsive software and devices, telephony, and various other applications associated with mobile and non-mobile systems and devices. In particular, some implementations include systems, methods and/or devices operable to emphasize at least some of the time-frequency components of an audible signal that originate from a target direction and source, and/or deemphasizing at least some of the time-frequency components that originate from one or more other directions or sources. In some implementations, directional filtering includes applying a gain function to audible signal data received from multiple audio sensors. In some implementations, the gain function is determined from the audible signal data and target values associated with directional cues.
US09241215B2 Mobile apparatus and control method thereof
A mobile apparatus and control method thereof are provided, which includes an audio data signal input unit arranged to receive an audio data signal. An audio output unit is arranged to output an audio signal according to the received audio data signal within a first reproduction frequency. A balanced armature is arranged to output an audio signal according to the received audio data signal within a second reproduction frequency band. The second reproduction frequency band is different from the first reproduction frequency band. An audio signal processor is arranged to adjust the first reproduction frequency band and the second reproduction frequency band such that a combination of the first reproduction frequency band and the second reproduction frequency band is wider than the first reproduction frequency band and the second reproduction frequency band individually.
US09241212B2 Ray tracing apparatus and method
The ray tracing apparatus for three-dimensional (3D) graphics includes a Central Processing Unit (CPU) for constructing a first Acceleration Structure (AS) for a static object, and creating a second dynamic object by performing a Level Of Detail (LOD) operation on the first dynamic object and a ray tracing core for performing ray tracing based on the first AS and a second AS for the second dynamic object. The CPU or the ray tracing core constructs the second AS for the second dynamic object.
US09241211B2 Tubular body, bass reflex port, and acoustic apparatus
A tubular body having an air flow passage, wherein an area of a cross section, in a direction perpendicular to a tube axis, of a space enclosed with an inner wall of the tubular body increases toward an open end thereof, wherein a curvature of the inner wall at an end portion of the tubular body near the open end is repeatedly increased and decreased along a circumferential direction of the inner wall, and wherein, when the inner wall in a cross section of the end portion in the direction perpendicular to the tube axis is viewed from the tube axis, a convex portion at which the inner wall protrudes in a direction away from the tube axis and a concave portion at which the inner wall is recessed in a direction toward the tube axis are repeatedly formed along the circumferential direction.
US09241204B2 Transmitting multiple adaptive bit rate (ABR) segment streams on a shared frequency
A system for transmitting multiple adaptive bit rate (ABR) segment streams on a shared frequency may include an ABR segment generator and transmitter circuitry. The ABR segment generator may encode a content item based at least in part on different ABR profiles to generate encoded streams. The ABR profiles may indicate encoding parameters corresponding to the encoded streams, e.g., bit rates, resolutions, frame rates and/or codecs. The ABR segment generator may be further configured to segment the encoded streams to generate ABR segment streams. The transmitter circuitry may be configured to transmit the ABR segment streams on a shared frequency, such as by transmitting the segment streams over spatially separated antennas, or by applying different orbital angular momentums to the ABR segment streams. In one or more implementations, the system may further include a segment interleaver that is configured to interleave the ABR segment streams.
US09241203B2 Apparatus for controlling a transmission path
An apparatus includes a switch unit configured to switch signal paths between a plurality of input ports and a plurality of output ports. The apparatus controls the signal paths according to the connection setting information stored in the apparatus. The connection setting information includes first and second connection information. The first connection setting information specifies a first output port to which a signal input via an input port is to be output, in association with identification information identifying the signal, and the second connection setting information specifies a second output port to which the signal is to be alternatively output. The apparatus controls setting of a signal path of the switch unit, based on the second connection setting information in a case where another signal path has been already allocated to the first output port specified by the first connection setting information.
US09241201B2 Linking and browsing media on television
Techniques for linking and browsing media on a television (TV) are provided. A selected program, which is associated with a channel of the TV, is detected and additional content, which is associated with that channel and/or the selected program, is dynamically acquired from one or more external sources. The additional content is formatted as links and simultaneously presented within a display of the TV along with the selected program that continues to play on the TV. Furthermore, activation of any link results in the additional content being dynamically acquired and presented within the display.
US09241200B2 Targeted advertising
A distribution system of programs and ads includes transmitting one or more ad channels to user devices. An ad channel includes ads and ratings that indicate a likelihood of interest of a user for an ad. The ratings are calculated based on ad profiles and user profiles. A user device selects ads to play during an ad insertion period of a program based on the rating.
US09241198B2 Method and system for automatically scheduling and inserting television commercial and real-time updating of electronic program guide
A method and system for automatically scheduling television commercials within the broadcasting content have been disclosed. A program scheduling module schedules television programs (broadcasting content) with respect to specific time-slots for advertisement insertion. An advertisement scheduling module schedules television commercials to be inserted into the broadcast content. The advertisement module determines time slots in the television programs for inserting television commercials, and dynamically inserts television commercials at specific time slots within the television programs prior to broadcasting.
US09241197B2 System and method for video delivery over heterogeneous networks with scalable video coding for multiple subscriber tiers
A method is provided in one example and can include receiving a source data stream, generating a base layer sub-stream from the source data stream, and generating an enhancement layer sub-stream from the source data stream. The method further includes communicating the base layer sub-stream to a client device using a first communication protocol, and communicating the enhancement layer sub-stream to the client device using a second communication protocol. In a particular example, the one-to-many communication protocol is a multicast communication protocol and the second communication protocol is a unicast communication protocol. In another example, the base layer sub-stream is sent to the client device via a first network connection and the enhancement layer sub-stream is sent to the client device via a second network connection.
US09241195B2 Searching recorded or viewed content
A method may include receiving a request from a user to play or record a program, wherein the program is associated with dialog text and determining a user profile associated with the user. The method may include associating, in response to receiving the request, the dialog text of the requested program with the user profile. The method may include receiving a search query from the user associated with the user profile and searching the dialog text associated with the user for dialog text that matches the search query. The method may include transmitting, for display, an identification of the program associated with the matching dialog text.
US09241191B2 Method for auto-setting configuration of television type and television using the same
Provided is a method for auto-setting a configuration of a television (TV) based on a TV installation type, and a TV using the same. The present method for auto-setting configuration may set a TV configuration based on a TV installation type input via a GUI which receives a TV installation type. Accordingly, a TV configuration such as audio parameters may be automatically set according only to the TV installation type.
US09241190B2 Generating a response to video content request including dynamically processed video content
In one embodiment, a video processing server including a memory capable of storing data and a processor is disclosed. The processor is configured for using the data such that the video processing server can receive a request redirected from a gateway for a video content, wherein the request is redirected by the gateway based on information contained in the request and wherein the information contained in the request includes control data used for an optimal delivery of the video content. The processor is further configured for using the data such that the video processing server can send the redirected request to a content provider identified in the request, receive the requested video content from the content provider, and generate a response to the request by modifying the video content based on the control data.
US09241187B2 Method and system for customizing television content
An intelligent television is provided that can collect viewer information for use by a rating service.
US09241186B2 Systems and methods for securely providing adaptive bit rate streaming media content on-demand
A system for securely providing adaptive bit rate streaming media content on-demand may include a security sever of a program distributor that selects, based on a received authorized request, which of a differently encrypted stored versions of a “special segment” of the requested program to deliver to the receiving device during the transmission of the requested program. The selection may be based on a pseudo-random selection process per request for the program based on an identifier of the request associated with the remote control device. The selection of which of the differently encrypted stored versions of the “special segment” of the ordered program to deliver may be based on the current session. The secure remote then sends to the receiving device the correct decryption key for the receiving device to decrypt the particular encrypted version selected of the “special segment” to be sent to the receiving device.
US09241184B2 Clothing visualization
A method includes receiving an indication of interest in a garment depicted within media content displayed at a video display and determining, based on the media content, one or more garment identifiers associated with the garment. The method includes after determining the one or more garment identifiers, generating an image representation including a garment overlay and a viewer representation, the garment overlay at least partially covering the viewer representation. The viewer representation is generated based at least partially upon measurement input associated with the viewer. The garment overlay is based at least partially on the one or more garment identifiers and at least partially on the measurement input.
US09241182B2 Method for setting time of display apparatus, method for setting time of display apparatus by remote controller, display apparatus and remote controller
A method of setting time information of a display apparatus is provided. The method includes: receiving a Turn-on signal from a remote controller; receiving time information from the remote controller in response to a determination that resetting the time information is necessary; and setting time information of the display apparatus based on the received time information.
US09241177B2 Audio/video channel transbonding in a network device
A data communication architecture delivers a wide variety of content, including audio and video content, to consumers. The architecture employs channel bonding to deliver more bandwidth than any single communication channel can carry. The architecture includes intermediate network devices that may receive content and send content using different groups of communication channels. The network device may process content received across a first set of communication channels for transmission across a second set of communication channels different from the first set. Such processing may preserve a program order of the content during delivery to a destination device.
US09241176B2 Content validation techniques
A video server inserts unique content identifiers into private packets of a digital program stream file as a result of loading the file onto a video server.
US09241171B2 Motion compensation method, picture coding method and picture decoding method
A picture coding apparatus includes a motion vector estimation unit and a motion compensation unit. The motion vector estimation unit selects one method for deriving a motion vector of a block to be motion-compensated, depending on a motion vector of a block located in a corner of a decoded macroblock from among a group of blocks that compose the decoded macroblock corresponding to the current macroblock to be coded and determines the motion vector derived by the selected method for derivation to be a candidate of the motion vector of the current macroblock to be coded. The motion compensation unit generates a predictive image of the block to be motion-compensated based on the estimated motion vector.
US09241165B2 Controlling a compression of an image according to a degree of photo-realism
A method of controlling a compression of an image according to a degree of photo-realism in the image, comprising computing a value indicating a degree of photo-realism for an input image based on a distribution of pixel luminance values within the image, calculating a configuration parameter based on the photo-realism value for the image, and configuring an encoder to compress the image according to the configuration parameter.
US09241164B2 Image processor that reduces processing load of a software processing unit
In a high-speed mode, a software processing unit notifies a hardware processing unit of settings information about output pictures before the hardware processing unit starts to encode an input picture, and the hardware processing unit performs continuous encoding for the output pictures, based on the settings information notified of by the software processing unit, without a notification signifying a completion for every picture, and upon completion of encoding for all of a specified number of the output pictures, sends an interrupt notification signifying a completion of encoding to the software processing unit.
US09241162B2 Moving picture coding method, and moving picture decoding method
A moving picture coding apparatus for performing inter-picture predictive coding for pictures constituting a moving picture is provided with a coding unit for performing predictive error coding for image data; a decoding unit for performing predictive error decoding for an output from the coding unit; a reference picture memory for holding output data from the decoding unit; and a motion vector detection unit for detecting motion vectors on the basis of the decoded image data stored in the memory. When coding a B picture as a target picture, information indicating whether or not the target picture should be used as a reference picture when coding another picture is added as header information. Therefore, in a decoding apparatus for decoding a bit stream Bs outputted from the moving picture coding apparatus, management of a memory for holding the reference picture can be facilitated on the basis of the header information.
US09241160B2 Reference processing using advanced motion models for video coding
Processing a reference picture is described. A reference processing unit enables signaling of parameters such as motion model parameters, interpolation filter parameters, intensity compensation parameters, and denoising filter parameters. Methods for estimating the various parameters are also discussed. Processing improves quality of a reference picture prior to its use for prediction of a subsequent picture and thus improves the prediction.
US09241159B2 Encoding apparatus, method of controlling thereof, and computer program
An encoding apparatus comprises, a detection unit configured to determine a characteristic of the image of each of a plurality of blocks and to detect whether visual degradation in each block is noticeable, a determination unit configured to determine a quantization parameter of each block based on a detection result, a transformation unit configured to perform orthogonal transformation of the block and quantization using the quantization parameter, an encoding unit configured to perform variable-length encoding of a transformation result, an inverse transformation unit configured to inversely transform the transformation result to generate a locally decoded image, and a calculation unit configured to calculate a reference value to change a criterion to determine the characteristic of the image, wherein the detection unit detects a block having noticeable visual degradation by changing the criterion in accordance with the reference value.
US09241152B2 System and method for 3D imaging using structured light illumination
A biometrics system captures and processes a handprint image using a structured light illumination to create a 2D representation equivalent of a rolled inked handprint. A processing unit calculates 3D coordinates of the hand from the plurality of images and maps the 3D coordinates to a 2D flat surface to create a 2D representation equivalent of a rolled inked handprint.
US09241151B2 Camera system for three-dimensional thermal imaging
A system for displaying a 3D thermal image by using two thermal imaging cameras and extracting distance/depth data in the thermal images. The system includes two thermal imaging cameras where one thermal imaging camera is used as a master camera serving as a reference and the other is used as a slave camera to correct gain and offset of the thermal images and ensure uniformity. In addition, provided is an apparatus and method for correcting gain and offset of the thermal images to be identical to each other and ensuring uniformity by using a process module separately from two thermal imaging cameras.
US09241147B2 External depth map transformation method for conversion of two-dimensional images to stereoscopic images
External depth map transformation method for conversion of two-dimensional images to stereoscopic images that provides increased artistic and technical flexibility and rapid conversion of movies for stereoscopic viewing. Embodiments of the invention convert a large set of highly granular depth information inherent in a depth map associated with a two-dimensional image to a smaller set of rotated planes associated with masked areas in the image. This enables the planes to be manipulated independently or as part of a group and eliminates many problems associated with importing external depth maps including minimization of errors that frequently exist in external depth maps.
US09241142B2 Descriptor-based stream processor for image processing and method associated therewith
The present disclosure provides a stream processor, an associated stream controller and compiler, and associated methods for data processing, such as image processing. In some embodiments, a method includes defining a kernel pattern associated with an image frame, and processing the image frame using the defined kernel pattern. The method can further include generating a kernel switch lookup table based on the defined kernel pattern. In various implementations, the stream controller is operable to direct execution of kernels on the image frame according to the defined kernel pattern and the kernel switch lookup table.
US09241137B2 Aircraft in-flight entertainment system with enhanced seatback tray passenger control units and associated methods
An aircraft in-flight entertainment (IFE) system includes an entertainment source, passenger seatback displays coupled to the entertainment source, and passenger control units (PCUs). Each PCU is associated with a respective seatback display. Each PCU includes an underside PCU input device carried by an underside of a seatback tray to be accessible by a user from the underside of the seatback tray when the seatback tray is in a stored position, and a topside PCU input device carried by a topside of the seatback tray to be accessible by the user from a topside of the seatback tray when the seatback tray is in a down position.
US09241134B2 Transfer of metadata using video frames
An automated method of attaching metadata to a segment of content using a programmed processor consistent with certain embodiments involves retrieving metadata relating to the segment of content; rendering the metadata as visually perceptible text in one or more frames of video; appending the one or more frames of video to the video as the first one or more frames of the video to produce metadata enhanced video; and storing or transmitting the metadata enhanced video. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract.
US09241133B2 Distributed recording of a video based on available disk space
A federated media server system. The federated media server system may include a plurality of media servers. A first media server may be coupled to a second media server over a network. The first media server may also be coupled to a third media server over the network. Additionally, the second and third media servers may be coupled to a plurality of respective clients. The first media server may be configured to record video, e.g., videoconferences, and stream recordings to clients and/or the second and third media servers. The second and third media servers may assist in performing video recording, transcoding, storage of recordings, multicasting, etc.
US09241132B2 Reception apparatus, reception method, and program thereof, image capturing apparatus, image capturing method, and program thereof, and transmission apparatus, transmission method, and program thereof
A reception apparatus configured to receive content data including a plurality of pieces of segment data includes a metadata reception unit configured to receive metadata indicating a reproduction order of the segment data, an acquisition unit configured to acquire storage information indicating whether the reception apparatus is in a storage mode for storing the content data, and a control unit configured to, if the storage information does not indicate the storage mode, perform control to transmit a request for acquiring a piece of segment data that is later in the reproduction order than a piece of the segment data to be requested to be acquired if the storage information indicates the storage mode.
US09241126B2 Memory card reader device having television broadcast signal reception function
There is provided a memory card reader device including: a memory card reader unit reading data stored on a memory card; a broadcast signal receiving unit receiving a television broadcast signal under control; a main control unit controlling operations of the memory card reader unit and the broadcast signal receiving unit and converting data from the memory card reader unit or a signal from the broadcast signal receiving unit into a signal suitable for a predetermined interface; and a wired connection unit transferring the signal from the main control unit to an external connection device.
US09241123B2 Electronic device
An electronic device includes: a plurality of oscillators (10) that output modulation waves of a parametric speaker; a display unit (40) that displays a plurality of contents at the same time; a recognition unit that recognizes the locations of a plurality of users; and a control unit that controls the oscillators (10) so as to reproduce sounds corresponding to the contents. The control unit controls the oscillators (10) so as to reproduce the sound corresponding to the content selected by each user, toward the location of each of the plurality of users which is recognized by the recognition unit.
US09241116B2 Method for controlling radiation image pickup apparatus, radiation image pickup apparatus, and radiation image pickup system
A radiation image pickup apparatus capable of setting an optimum threshold value used for instantaneously and highly accurately detecting the presence/absence of irradiation includes a pixel array having a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, where each of the pixels includes a conversion element and a switch element, a drive circuit for supplying a drive signal for controlling the switch element between a conducting state and a non-conducting state, a detection unit for outputting a detection signal varying with the intensity of irradiation of the pixel array, and an arithmetic unit for calculating an end threshold value used to detect end of irradiation on the basis of the signal output from the detection unit during a period of time during which irradiation is applied to the pixel array in which the switch elements of the pixels are set in a non-conducting state by the drive circuit.
US09241110B2 Information display device and information device system
An information display device may include: an image capturing unit configured to capture an image; a display unit configured to display the image captured by the image capturing unit; a detection unit configured to detect a position and an attitude of the information display device; an identification unit configured to identify a field device positioned in a direction of image capturing by the image capturing unit, by using a detection result of the detection unit; and a display control unit configured to cause an overlaid display on the display unit of the image captured by the image capturing unit, overlaid with at least one of static information and dynamic information regarding the field device identified by the identification unit.
US09241109B2 Image capturing apparatus, control method, and recording medium for moving image generation
An image capturing apparatus sequentially obtains images obtained by image capturing of a subject and detects the angle of view of each obtained image at the time of image capturing. The apparatus sequentially selects a plurality of images, of the obtained images, which are used to generate one frame. The apparatus combines the selected images to generate a moving image including an obtained composite image as a frame. If the selected images differ in angle of view at the time of image capturing, the apparatus changes all the selected images into images having the same angle of view and the same number of pixels by adjusting angles of view of selected images which differ in angle of view from one reference image of the selected images, and combines the images.
US09241106B2 Image processing apparatus and image processing method, and computer-readable storage medium storage image processing program
Provided are an image processing program and an image processing apparatus that support imaging setting in an imaging apparatus. In a focus value display window, temporal change of a focus value (index value) in an input image is outputted. A user operates the imaging apparatus with reference to graph display in the focus value display window to adjust the focus. The focus value displayed in the focus value display window indicates a relatively high value in a “focused” state to a subject such as a work. In the focus value display window, a maximum focus value indicating bar is displayed in association with a focus value indication. The user adjusts the focus state in the imaging apparatus so that the focus value indication “approaches” or “exceeds” this maximum focus value indicating bar as much as possible.
US09241104B1 Panorama photographing method
A panorama photographing method is provided. Firstly, panorama focal positions required for a full panoramic image are defined. A designated shooting area is determined. The panorama focal positions within the designated shooting area are taken as plural designated focal positions. Then, plural target images corresponding to the plural designated focal positions are captured. A partial panoramic image corresponding to the designated shooting area is generated according to the plural target images.
US09241100B2 Portable device with display function
A portable device has a display, a display processor displays a magnification image on a screen of the display, and an input device. The portable device further has a display-area shift processor that shifts the magnification-image-display area in accordance to an input operation administered to the input device, and a position sensor that detects an angle of inclination of the body. Then, The display processor changes the magnification-image-display area to an image area that is inclined by an angle corresponding to the angle of inclination, and the display-area shift processor changes shift directions of the magnification-image-display area from vertical and lateral directions of the original image to directions that are perpendicular to each other and correspond to inclined vertical and lateral directions rotated by the angle of inclination.
US09241099B2 Camera module and electronic device
A lens barrel (12) of a camera module (1) is provided with an electrode terminal which is connected to a focus adjusting device (11) and to an electrode terminal (32) of a holder (13). The electrode terminal (32) of the holder (13) faces the electrode terminal of the lens barrel (12) which electrode terminal changes in position in accordance with movement of the lens barrel (12) which movement is caused with the use of a lens barrel moving mechanism.
US09241098B2 Camera body and interchangeable lens
A camera body at which an interchangeable lens, holding a plurality of sets of optical characteristics data, each expressing specific optical characteristics in one of a plurality of representation formats, can be detachably mounted, includes: an identification information reception unit that receives lens-side identification information from the interchangeable lens, which indicates the plurality of representation formats; an identification information storage unit in which body-side identification information indicating each representation format that the camera body is capable of recognizing among the plurality of representation formats, is stored; a selection unit that selects a single representation format included in both the lens-side and the body-side identification information, among the plurality of representation formats; a request unit that issues a request to the interchangeable lens for the optical characteristics data corresponding to the selected representation format; and an optical characteristics reception unit that receives the requested optical characteristics data from the interchangeable lens.
US09241097B1 Camera module including image sensor die in molded cavity substrate
Systems and methods of manufacturing compact camera modules for use in electronic device are provided. These designs may provide small form factor autofocus (AF) camera modules for incorporation into thin mobile devices, such as tablets or smartphones. The camera module includes a flexible tape substrate having an image sensor die wire bonded to an upper side of the substrate and a molded stiffener formed on the lower side of the substrate.
US09241096B2 Housing with touch-through membrane
A camera system includes a camera and a housing that is structured to at least partially enclose the camera. The camera includes a touch-sensitive surface that can be used to receive user input. The camera housing includes a touch-through membrane in a position that allows the membrane to align with the touch-sensitive surface when the camera is placed in the housing. The membrane transfers a user's gestures so that any touch gestures that are performed on the exterior surface of the membrane are transferred to the touch-sensitive surface.
US09241095B2 Method and system for adaptive temporal interpolation filtering for motion compensation
Certain aspects of a method and system for adaptive temporal interpolation filtering for motion compensation may include computing a plurality of weights for adaptively adjusting one or more parameters of a plurality of linear filters utilized for motion compensation. One or more motion compensated output pictures may be generated based on vector median filtering a plurality of linear filtered output pictures generated by the plurality of linear filters. In instances where two frames are utilized for motion estimation of a video sequence, a motion compensated picture of a previous frame and a motion compensated picture of a current frame may be combined to adaptively compute the subsequent weights. In instances where three or more frames are utilized for motion estimation of a video sequence, the generated one or more motion compensated output pictures may be combined with an extracted desired picture from the video sequence to adaptively compute the subsequent weights.
US09241092B2 Signal processing device, liquid crystal apparatus, electronic equipment, and signal processing method
A signal processing device which is used in a liquid crystal apparatus, includes a detection portion that detects a boundary between a first pixel correlated with a first signal for applying a first voltage lower than a first reference voltage and a second pixel correlated with a second signal for applying a second voltage higher than a second reference voltage on the basis of signals for controlling voltages applied to pixels, and a correction portion that corrects a signal correlated with M pixels including the first pixel to a third signal for applying a third voltage which is higher than the first voltage and lower than the second voltage in a correction period, wherein the correction portion varies M in the correction period.
US09241091B2 Image processing device, image processing method, and computer program
Provided are an image processing device, image processing method, and computer program which can accurately detect noise in an input image and eliminate or reduce the noise. A display device extracts a specific area including a target pixel from an input image and determines whether the boundary of noise is included in the specific area. If so determined, the display device performs filtering using a smoothing filter to smooth the target pixel. If not so determined, the display device performs filtering using an edge-preserving smoothing filter to smooth the target pixel. At this time, the display device determines whether to apply the result of the smoothing process using the edge-preserving smoothing filter, on the basis of the pixel values in the specific area, the result of the smoothing process using the edge-preserving smoothing filter, and the like.
US09241090B2 Image processing device, image correcting method and program
An image processing device includes: an image correcting unit configured to correct a size of an image by inserting or deleting a predetermined number of pixels into and from the image based on size changing information of the image in which a plurality of pixel data is arranged, wherein the image correcting unit includes: a reading unit configured to read at least any one of attribute data and the pixel data; a characteristic determining unit configured to determine a characteristic of the pixel of interest in the image; a deforming process selecting unit configured to select a type of a deforming process related to determination of a position and determination of a pixel value of a pixel; and a correction executing unit configured to execute the deforming process selected by the deforming process selecting unit.
US09241087B2 Mobile terminal and method for operating the same including starting and ending a grouping image process
A method for controlling a mobile terminal, and which includes entering, via a camera of the mobile terminal, a capture mode; receiving, via a controller of the mobile terminal, a start input for starting a grouping image process; capturing, via the camera, at least one image; receiving, via the controller, an end input for ending the grouping image process; and storing, in a memory associated with the mobile terminal, the at least one image captured between the start input and the end input in a group.
US09241085B2 Image forming apparatus having improved blank paper image detection
An image processing apparatus includes: an obtaining unit configured to obtain a multi-value image as an obtained image; and a control device configured to: convert the obtained image into a first binary image; determine whether the first binary image is a blank paper image, on the basis of the first binary image; and output a binary image, the binary image outputting including: outputting the first binary image in a case where it is determined that the first binary image is not the blank paper image; and not outputting the first binary image in a case where it is determined that the first binary image is the blank paper image.
US09241084B2 Scanning implemented software for time economy without rescanning (S.I.S.T.E.R.) identifying multiple documents with first scanning pass and generating multiple images with second scanning pass
Methods and devices are described for detecting boundaries of documents on flatbed and multi-function scanners on a first pass of a carriage assembly, and then performing a high resolution scan on a second pass. High resolution images of documents can then be obtained with little or no interaction normally necessary to identify areas of interest on the scanner bed. Patterns on the scanner cover or lid facilitate not only edge determination, but orientation of text and other objects, and straightening of images in preparation for OCR and related functions. Electronic images and files derived from paper documents may be automatically cropped, deskewed, subjected to OCR, and named consistent with content or other information derived from them.
US09241083B2 Apparatus, method, and computer readable medium for displaying gesture guidance information
An input display apparatus includes the following elements. A display unit has a display area. A receiver receives plural types of gestures which are performed on the display area. A setting unit sets plural settings for an apparatus in accordance with the types of gestures received by the receiver. A display controller controls the display unit to display at least one of the plural settings and gesture guidance information for guiding an input of a gesture which is associated with the setting to be displayed.
US09241080B2 System and method for managing and sharing images on per album basis
Provided is a system and method for managing images album-by-album. A communication terminal includes a storage device, a management unit configured to manage images stored on the storage device, album-by-album, and a loading unit configured to load images contained in an album into a server corresponding to a host system on a per album basis in response to a user's setting of sharing attribute of the album as shared with another person. An access permission to the album is granted to the another person so that the another person shares the album with the user.
US09241079B1 Mobile application usage monitor
Described herein is a framework to monitor mobile application usage. In accordance with one aspect of the framework, sensor data from one or more sensors in a mobile computing device is received. Usage of one or more mobile applications implemented on the mobile computing device may be monitored based on such sensor data to generate monitoring results. A report may be generated based on the monitoring results.
US09241078B2 Virtual contact identifier
The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates enhancing connectivity associated with data communications. An interface can receive a portion of communication state data, wherein the communication state data is related to at least one of a data communication mode and a user context state. A routing component can evaluate the portion of communication state data to identify an optimized data communication mode, wherein the optimized data communication mode is dynamically linked to a virtual contact identifier. Moreover, the routing component can automatically and seamlessly employ an optimized communication session utilizing the dynamically identified optimized data communication mode based upon an activation of the virtual contact identifier.
US09241077B2 Method and apparatus for DSL performance enhancement in a DSL network
A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Management Center (DMC) coupled to a DSL network includes a data collection module that receives information regarding the DSL network from a plurality of sources. An analysis module is coupled to the data collection module to analyze the received information and issue a command for one or more of a plurality of DSL performance enhancement devices to optimize their operation. A command signal generation module is coupled to the analysis module to receive the issued command from the analysis module and generate a corresponding command signal for transmission to one or more of the DSL performance enhancement devices.
US09241067B2 System and method for self-service callback modification
A system and method are presented for self-service callback modification. A user may request a callback. A unique confirmation identifier may be issued which may be used by the system to look up the callback record. A user may modify their callback request at any time during the callback process to receive their callback at a requested point in time, change the address to which the callback is addressed, alter the media through which the callback is placed, etc. Modification may occur in real time. Confirmation may be sent to the user after modification.
US09241065B2 Systems, methods, and devices for testing communication lines
The invention generally relates to systems, devices, and methods for testing communication lines. In certain aspects, the invention provides systems and devices that include a digital/analog converter configured to operate with a computer processor and memory to send or receive an analog signal over a communication line that includes a plurality of signals having known frequencies. Inbound receiving sub-systems or devices sample the analog signal and measure a quality of the sampled, digital signal to evaluate the communication line. The key differentiator is the recognition that the human mouth and ear are intrinsically analog without encryption. By locating the test device as close to the user as possible, this system incorporates testing of complex communication streams including numerous variables and transforms (e.g. encryption, Analog to digital, Voice over IP, packet switching, ATM, SONET). Ultimately, it provides a simple interface to convert qualitative analysis to quantitative (numerical) analysis.
US09241064B2 Smart method and device for adaptive user interface experiences
A wireless communication device (200) and method (300). The method (300) can include: detecting (310) a motion signature in a wireless communication device; sensing (320) a location of the wireless communication device; and setting (330) a user interface experience, based on the detected motion signature and sensed location of the wireless communication device. Engagement signatures can be detected in various ways, such as by dock or cradle specific connections, seating, gestures, movements in an x, y and/or z direction and location. A desired location specific user interface experience can include: a preferred user interface experience, application, display brightness, touch lens sensitivity, input key activation, and the like, based on a user preference for a particular location.
US09241059B2 Callee rejection information for rejected voice calls
A system includes a rejection module in a phone configured to receive calls over a network and a remote rejection announcement server (RAS) configured to receive calls over the network. The rejection module is configured to generate at least a portion of an incoming call user interface (UI) on the phone. The UI indicates incoming call signalling, associated with an incoming call from a caller, over a call signalling path in the network. One or more rejection options is provided for selection by a caller. Rejection reason data is generated based on selecting one of the rejection options. The rejection reason data is sent using a rejection reason path separate from the call signalling path. The remote RAS is configured to receive the incoming call from the caller, receive the rejection reason data over the rejection reason path, and generate an audio/video message based on the rejection reason data.
US09241054B1 Protective case with integrated breathalyzer
An apparatus includes a protective case for a portable computing device and an integrated alcohol sensor module for measuring the blood alcohol concentration of a user. The apparatus also includes a breath interface, a wireless communication device, an alcohol sensor module and a microcontroller. The protective case houses and protects the portable computing device and the internal electronic components. The breath interface allows the user to provide a breath sample to the alcohol sensor module. The alcohol sensor module measures the alcohol concentration of the breath sample. The microcontroller operates the alcohol sensor module and conveys the alcohol concentration measurements to the portable computing device via the wireless communication device. The microcontroller and the wireless communication device are both mounted within the protective case. The alcohol concentration measurement is used as input for a variety of software application which promote safe drinking and driving habits.
US09241053B2 Molded shock resistant case for an electronic device
A mounting system for an electronic device includes an outer section having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface adapted to face the electronic device when the electronic device is mounted in the mounting system. The mounting system also includes a perimeter suspension section coupled to the outer section and adapted to secure the electronic device to the mounting system, the perimeter suspension section including a spring portion provided around a periphery of the perimeter suspension section, the spring portion being adapted to isolate the electronic device from a shock force that may be applied to the mounting system.
US09241051B1 Cell phone case for selectively blocking sound and video input
A case that replaceably encloses a cell phone having at least one audio input and at least one video input and selectively prevents access to the at least one audio input of the cell phone and to the at least one video input of the cell phone by a hacker. The case includes a back portion, a front portion, and barriers. The front portion is pivotally attached to the back portion. The front portion and the back portion replaceably enclose the cell phone. The barriers are movably attached to the back portion and to the front portion and selectively prevent access to the at least one audio input of the cell phone and to the at least one video input of the cell phone by the hacker. The front portion is either pivotally attached to the back portion or is affixed to the back portion.
US09241044B2 System and method for improving internet communication by using intermediate nodes
A method for fetching a content from a web server to a client device is disclosed, using tunnel devices serving as intermediate devices. The client device access an acceleration server to receive a list of available tunnel devices. The requested content is partitioned into slices, and the client device sends a request for the slices to the available tunnel devices. The tunnel devices in turn fetch the slices from the data server, and send the slices to the client device, where the content is reconstructed from the received slices. A client device may also serve as a tunnel device, serving as an intermediate device to other client devices. Similarly, a tunnel device may also serve as a client device for fetching content from a data server. The selection of tunnel devices to be used by a client device may be in the acceleration server, in the client device, or in both. The partition into slices may be overlapping or non-overlapping, and the same slice (or the whole content) may be fetched via multiple tunnel devices.
US09241042B2 In-server redirection of HTTP requests
A method and system for HTTP request service identify a true URL content regardless of whether the target URL is redirected, and send the true URL content to a client. The requesting and sending of the redirected URL content is done internally in the HTTP server system and do not require the client to have the ability to receive and execute a URL redirection command. The server system receives a URL request from the client and generates within the server a response to the URL request. If the response does not contain any redirection information, the true URL content includes the target URL content; and if the response contains redirection information indicating a redirected URL, the true URL content includes a redirected URL content associated with the redirected URL. The client receives the true URL content in either case by submitting a request for the target URL once.
US09241040B2 Mobile activity status tracker
A technique and apparatus to provide status tracking of presence and/or location of a mobile, wireless device to a requesting entity even outside of a particular wireless system. This allows wireless service providers the ability to monitor and log changes in the status of mobile stations within and/or outside their networks. Embodiments are disclosed wherein presence and/or location information is provided to entities outside of a particular servicing wireless network using the mechanisms of call processing components of a mobile network (e.g., call setup procedures), and using standard mechanisms currently available to any appropriately conforming Mobile Switching Center (MSC) element. A mobile activity status tracker (MAST) is disclosed which contains a database of information similar to the information contained in the Home Location Register. The MAST tracks and reports status and activity of mobile wireless devices in a wireless network using mobile registration message, mobile inactivity message forwarding, and/or mobile automatic notification of subscriber status to TCP/IP entities (e.g., application servers on the Internet or Intranet). The MAST system duplicates the same or similar information contained in a corresponding HLR, but is available as an external database entity which is not restricted by SS7 standards. The tracking need not track call-specific information, e.g., called telephone numbers or information regarding conversations sustained by the tracked wireless subscribers.
US09241039B2 Automated tracking of class attendance
Various systems, methods, and programs embodied on computer readable mediums are provided relating to classroom attendance tracking. In one embodiment, a method is provided that comprises the steps of harvesting personal identification data from each one of a plurality of students attending a class in conjunction with a conduct of the class using a portable identification capture device, and coupling the portable identification capture device to a client coupled to a server via a network. The method further comprises automatically uploading the personal identification data from the portable identification capture device to the server.
US09241033B2 Managed peer-to-peer file sharing
A network server that includes at least a processor is configured to receive, from a first network, a trigger event received in the first network from a non web-enabled device configured to communicate the trigger event to the first network, wherein the trigger event includes a designation of at least one file to be transferred. The network server is further configured to transmit a notification that includes the designation to a second network based on the trigger event, the second network being a web-enabled network communicatively coupled to at least a first web-enabled peer node that is capable of receiving the notification.
US09241032B2 Storage performance
A network, such as a computer network, is disclosed. The network has a plurality of nodes and includes a first node for storing pieces of a digital object and having a storage. A plurality of connections are present between the first node and the plurality of nodes. The first node has a requester for requesting one or more pieces of the digital object, a transmitter for transferring one or more pieces of the digital object to at least one further node among the plurality of nodes, a receiver for receiving content availability messages from at least some of the plurality of nodes, and a sender for sending a limited content availability message to at least one further node among the plurality of nodes. The limited content availability message indicates a subset but not all of the pieces of the digital object available through the first node.
US09241029B2 Open application interface for complex systems
A method and apparatus is disclosed for using an open application interface to enable communications between the components and sub-components of a complex system, such as an OSS system. In a first embodiment, one or more Intelligent Flow Engines (IFEs) are used to register all applications and/or components in the system. Once the applications have been registered, then a component requiring service from another application/component sends a request for service to an IFE. The IFE then determines which provider application can best provide the requested service and binds the requesting application with that provider application. In accordance with another embodiment, when a provider component is taken offline, e.g., for maintenance or to replace that component with a new or upgraded component, the applications of that component are un-registered and any applications that were bound to that component are seamlessly rerouted and are bound with another application if one is available.
US09241028B2 Device communication, monitoring and control architecture and method
A communication interface and a device control, management and monitoring system are provided to enable the networking of and communication between multiple devices operating under different protocols. The communication interface may act as a translator or protocol converter that reformats transmissions from one protocol to another based on protocol compatibility between the recipient and transmitting devices. The device control and monitoring system may store predefined rules that are triggered when specified conditions associated with the networked devices are detected. The rules may specify an action to take, such as transmitting a discount offer to a user or turning off a light. According to one or more arrangements, the communication interface may act as an intermediary between the networked devices and the device control system, so that the device control system is not required to understand or be compatible with the various other protocols used by the networked devices.
US09241026B2 Facilitating network communications with control server and devices utilizing virtual network connections
A method includes communicating network connection information from a control server to each of a subset of devices for enabling an open network connection between each of the devices; spawning, by each device of the subset, a plurality of virtual machines for network connections that virtualize network capabilities of the device; establishing, by each device of the subset, a respective open network connection with each of the other devices of the subset using a respective spawned virtual machine and network connection information received from the control server; and communicating, by one or more devices of the subset, via each of the open network connections that are established with such one or more devices, data, whereby each such one or more devices of the subset functions in part as a server by serving data to other devices of the subset.
US09241018B2 System and method for storing and sharing images
An image sharing server provides several ways of sharing images between users. After a user contributes images to the image sharing server, the user can interact with the image sharing server to identify and tag people in the images, share the images with other users, and organize the images into memory boxes. Memory boxes can also be shared between users, and multiple users can be granted the ability to add images to a shared memory box. In addition, the image sharing server can prompt a user to share his or her images with other users who contributed related images. The image sharing server also performs facial recognition to automatically identify people in images, and facial recognition models can be shared between users.
US09241015B1 System and method for suggesting discussion topics in a social network
A system and method for suggesting discussion topics in a social network is provided. The method may include identifying a first participant associated with an online group discussion. The method may further include determining one or more interests of the first participant of the online group discussion based upon, at least in part, data associated with the first participant. The method may also include generating interface instructions based at least in part on the one or more interests of the first participant, the interface instructions usable to generate a user interface of the one or more interests for a second participant associated with the online group discussion. The method may additionally include transmitting the interface instructions to a computing device associated with the second participant.
US09241014B2 Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for transferring or recovering a communication between a number of participants
The present disclosure relates to methods, systems, and computer-readable media for conducting communications. One method includes determining a context associated with a communication between a first participant and a second participant while the communication is occurring, determining a failure of the communication, and resuming the communication based, at least in part, on the context.
US09241013B2 Caller name authentication to prevent caller identity spoofing
Caller name is authenticated using authentication certificates issued by a registration authority that registers callers who wish to terminate calls to callers subscribed to the registration authority. In one embodiment, the authentication certificates are sent to a called device or a proxy for the called device via a path that is separate from the call setup path. An indication is conveyed to the called party to indicate whether the caller name was successfully authenticated.
US09241012B2 System and method for telephony and communication services with message-based API
A communication application server is provided with a unified framework for call control and media control. The framework supports a unified API having class objects and functions conforming to a telephony object model. The class objects are invoked and manipulated by a finite set of commands and an application program essentially issues a series of such commands to operate the communication application server. More particularly, an API server on the communication application server defining a messaging API protocol enables an application script to pass commands remotely to the communication application server to operate it. This allows application scripts to be processed remotely by appropriate scripting engines. In this way, application scripting is decoupled from the operation of the communication application server, which only needs to focus on providing basic communication services.
US09241011B2 Method and system for assessing cumulative access entitlements of an entity in a system
A method and system is provided for assessing the cumulative set of access entitlements to which an entity, of an information system, may be implicitly or explicitly authorized, by virtue of the universe of authorization intent specifications that exist across that information system, or a specified subset thereof, that specify access for that entity or for any entity collectives with which that entity may be directly or transitively affiliated. The effective system-level access granted to the user based upon operating system rules or according to access check methodologies is determined and mapped to administrative tasks to arrive at the cumulative set of access entitlements authorized for the user.
US09241009B1 Malicious message detection and processing
Malicious message detection and processing systems and methods are provided herein. According to various embodiments, a method includes detecting, via an intermediary node, a link included in a message, the link being associated with an unknown resource, hashing a unique identifier for a recipient of the message, coupling the hashed identifier with the link, creating an updated link and updated message, and forwarding the updated message to the recipient.
US09241007B1 System, method, and computer program for providing a vulnerability assessment of a network of industrial automation devices
A system, method, and computer program are provided for providing a vulnerability assessment of a network of industrial automation devices. A user interface that enables a user to select an IP address range and a plurality of industrial automation protocols is provided. The system attempts to establish a communication session with each device within the selected IP address range using each of the selected industrial automation protocols. If a communication session is established with a device, the system attempts to read device information. If device information can be read, the system determines a threat level associated with the device using the device information. The system then provides a vulnerability assessment to the user, identifying each device with which a communication session was established and the industrial automation protocol(s) with which the communication session was established and any threat level determined for the device.
US09241002B2 Trusted relationships in multiple organization support in a networked system
Some embodiments of supporting trusted relationships between multiple organizations in a networked system have been presented. In one embodiment, a centralized server manages a networked system, which includes the centralized server and a set of computing machines coupled to each other within an internal network of a customer. The centralized server may segregate data and encapsulating resources within the networked system by a set of organizations created by the customer. Furthermore, a trusted relationship defined by a system administrator of the centralized server may be applied to a first one and a second one of the set of organizations.
US09241001B2 Method and apparatus for providing service using personal network
A method and apparatus in which a device capable of near-field communication receives a service from an external network using a communication function of a device capable of accessing the external network. A personal network is formed with devices having different users, and subscriber information for each user is safely acquired and authenticated, making it possible to provide a service received from the external network to the devices included in the personal network more conveniently.
US09240994B2 Apparatus and method for securely managing the accessibility to content and applications
A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, receive secret information and non-secret information from a secure download application function, provide a request for a first verification to a secure element where the first verification is associated with access to content and/or an application that is accessible via the secure download application function, receive the first verification which is generated by the secure element based on the secret information without providing the secret information to the secure device processor, receive the non-secret information from the secure element, and generate a second verification for the access based on the non-secret information, where the content and/or application is accessible from the secure download application function responsive to the first and second verifications. Other embodiments are disclosed.
US09240992B2 Method for producing a soft token
The invention relates to a method for reading the at least one attribute stored in an ID token (106, 106′), wherein the ID token is assigned to a user (102), having the following steps: Authentication of the user with respect to the ID token, Authentication of a first computer system (136) with respect to the ID token, after successful authentication of the user and the first computer system with respect to the ID token, read access of the first computer system to the at least one attribute stored in the ID token, generation of a first soft token through providing a signature to the at least one attribute read from the ID token via the first computer system, sending the first soft token to a device.
US09240991B2 Anti-phishing system for cross-domain web browser single sign-on
A system and method for cross-domain web browser single sign-on is described. A client accesses a workflow view from a service provider. An identity provider of the service provider generates an authentication process view. The authentication process view has the workflow view provided by the service provider and a logon form view provided by the identity provider.
US09240989B2 Apparatus and method for secure over the air programming of a communication device
A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may perform, for example, receiving an over-the-air programming message that is utilizing a hypertext transfer protocol where the over-the-air programming message including programming data for use by the mobile communication device, converting the over-the-air programming message to a short message service transport protocol to generate an adjusted message that includes the programming data, and providing the adjusted message to a universal integrated circuit card of the mobile communication device via a baseband proxy operating in a device processor of the mobile communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
US09240988B1 Computer system employing dual-band authentication
A first machine (e.g., server VM) authenticates an untrusted second machine (e.g., new client VM) as a condition to performing or allowing a protected operation. Authentication information is written to a library using one mechanism, and then read from the library using another mechanism. One of the mechanisms is an untrusted mechanism employing the untrusted second machine, while the other is a trusted mechanism performed by the first machine either alone or in combination with a trusted management component that has privileged access to the library. If a written and read value match, it can be inferred that the second machine is authentic, because the trusted management component has accessed an existing library that is also separately accessed by the second machine.
US09240987B2 Separate privacy setting control of multiple communication clients of a user
One or more terminals that are coupled to a packet-based network are installed with a first instance and/or a second instance of a communication client application of a first user. At times, the communication client application can be configured to enable the first user to communicate with other users using a first communication system implemented over the packet-based network. In some cases, a controller coupled to the packet-based network can be used to maintain separate privacy settings for each of the first and second instances, and thereby control the privacy of the first user in relation to the other users within the first communication system in dependence on which of the first and second instances is active.
US09240982B2 Method for associating an image-forming device, a mobile device, and a user
Systems, methods, and devices for associating an image forming device and a mobile device receive, at a first device, a request to establish a connection with a second device; generating an optically-readable code that encodes a first set of data, wherein the first set of data includes first key-derivation data; display the optically-readable code of the first set of data; establish a communication channel with the second device; receiving a second set of data from the second device via the established communication channel, wherein the second set of data includes second key-derivation data, and wherein the second key-derivation data is generated in response to receiving the first key-derivation data at the second device; and determine the common key from the first key-derivation data and the second key-derivation data.
US09240979B2 Distributing keypairs between network appliances, servers, and other network assets
A method and apparatus for providing an automated key distribution to enable communication between two networked devices. A monitoring device receives a request from a network device to send a certificate using a second secure connection prior to an expiration of a timeout period, wherein the second secure connection was created using a known port in response to determining that a request to create a first secure connection was rejected. The monitoring device sends the certificate to the network device using the second secure connection, and establishes the first secure connection with the network device in response to the network device receiving the public key of the monitoring device from a server system by using the certificate.
US09240976B1 Systems and methods for providing network security monitoring
Systems and methods are disclosed for providing security monitoring in a computer network, in an embodiment, a service accessible via a network port of a network node within the network is identified. The assigned port number for the identified service is changed to a second port number and a trap is configured including one or more criterion. A trap may be configured to capture network traffic that meets the one or more criterion of the trap. A data packet is then received. It is determined whether data packet meets the one or more criterion of the configured trap, and if so, the data packet is redirected to a ghost network. The ghost network may replicate network services, applications, and infrastructure in the computer network. The ghost network may additionally gather activity data based on the redirected data packet.
US09240974B2 Wireless communication method, sending device and receiving device
Disclosed is a wireless communication method, comprising: determining a type of a media access control MAC frame header according to a type of a media access control protocol data unit MPDU; assigning a value to a function field in the MAC frame header to generate the MAC frame header; generating an MPDU, the MPDU at least comprising the MAC frame header; and encapsulating the MPDU and sending the encapsulated MPDU. Further disclosed are a transmitting device and a receiving device. By using the method and devices of the present invention, a signaling format having complete functions and compact structure and being easy to implement and extend is implemented, which is applicable to a newly defined medium-to-short distance wireless communication system, and reduces the complexity in processing. Moreover, the present invention is simple in processing, stable, convenient in resolving, and has low requirement on system performance, thereby implementing high-efficient transmission of services and increasing the utilization of air interface resources.
US09240973B2 Self-construction system of wireless sensor network and method for self-construction of wireless sensor network using the same
Disclosed is a self-construction system of a wireless sensor network, and a method for self-construction of a wireless sensor network using the same. Also disclosed is a method for self-construction of a cluster tree structure-based wireless sensor network (WSN). The present invention can connect devices distributed densely in a wide area to a network while maintaining the advantages of a conventional tree-structured network, such as the reduction of time required for network construction, traffic by the exchange of control command messages, and a load for a routing path search, and thus can provide a WSN having an improved self-construction performance.
US09240972B2 Method to improve the registration of in an NGN-IMS subsystem
A method to improve the registration of “Permanently Registered Users” (User1, User2, . . . User500) in an NGN-IMS subsystem. The permanently registered users are coupled to the IMS subsystem via a group device (AGW1, IP-PBX, SIP/H.323 GW) that is registered in the IMS subsystem as a dedicated IMS virtual user by means of its IMPI/IMPU identifier. The HSS/UPSF server is then allowed to download the user profiles in bulk. This results in fewer loads on the IMS and in a shortened start-up time of the group device(s).
US09240970B2 Communication collaboration
A communication collaboration system may include a memory storing machine readable instructions to receive a first signal representing a first mode of communication for a user. The communication collaboration system may further include machine readable instructions to seamlessly escalate the first signal to a second signal representing a second mode of communication for the user. The second mode of communication may be different from the first mode of communication. The communication collaboration system may further include a processor to implement the machine readable instructions.
US09240966B2 System and method for transmitting and receiving media messages
Systems and methods for a communication platform that includes receiving a media message request; obtaining a set of web content resources associated with the media message request; rendering the set of web content resources; converting the rendered set of web content resources into a media resource; and transmitting the media resource to a destination according to the media message request.
US09240964B2 Cross platform discovery and communication over a local network
Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems that execute a cross-platform application programming interface (API) that supports a plurality of applications are described. The cross-platform API implements a request from an application for a device to participate in a unique conversation, the unique conversation being identified by a topic and independent of a unique identifier for entities. The cross-platform API further provides the application an abstracted discovery mechanism by which the application causes the device to discover an entity that is accessible on the local network participating in the unique conversation. The cross-platform API further provides the application with a message passing mechanism by which the application causes the first device to exchange messages related to the unique conversation with the entity.
US09240962B2 Group messaging system and method for providing file sharing through bidirectional interlock with a cloud server
Disclosed herein is a group messaging system for providing file sharing through bidirectional interlock with a cloud server, including: a messenger server receiving information requesting creation of a group chatting room including group members and instructing user terminals of the respective group members to create the group chatting room; and a cloud server interlocking with the messenger server, receiving information about the creation of the group chatting room from the messenger server, and creating a sharing group mapped to the group chatting room in a one-to-one scheme.
US09240961B2 VLAN bridging path for virtual machines in MVRP environment without administrator intervention
A bi-directional VLAN bridging path is created on an edge switch in an MVRP environment without administrator intervention using a virtual network profile (VNP) feature running on the edge switch. The VNP feature is configured to detect a device coupled to a port of the edge switch, learn the Medium Access Control (MAC) address of the device on a MVRP-VLAN and automatically convert the MVRP-VLAN to a VNP-Dynamic-VLAN corresponding to a static VLAN to create a bi-directional VLAN Port Association (VPA) for the device.
US09240959B2 Method for packet classification and device therefor
Disclosed are a method of packet classification and a device thereof. A method for packet classification according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises the steps of: partitioning the entire rule set by using key values corresponding to packet fields, into a plurality of rule subsets; generating recursive flow classification (RFC) tables for each of the plurality of partitioned rule subsets; loading, in the same cache line, both partition information and RFC table information commonly corresponding to key values of received packets; searching for a rule subset by using the partition information on the key values of the received packets, which are loaded in the cache line; and searching for an RFC table for a rule by using the RFC table information on the key values of the received packets, which are loaded in the cache line.
US09240958B2 Radio frequency signal router
A RF router for routing n input signals to m destinations, where the router comprises a backplane coupled to a plurality of RF input terminals, a plurality of RF output terminals, a plurality of splitters and a plurality of connectors. The backplane is also coupled to a controller and a plurality of connectors for receiving a plurality of switching matrices. The RF router comprises a plurality of u×v input switch matrices, a plurality of p×q intermediate switch matrices and a plurality of r×s output switch matrices, where at least one of the plurality of u×v input switch matrices, the plurality of p×q intermediate switch matrices and the plurality of r×s output switch matrices are redundant.
US09240955B1 System and Architecture for Robust Management of Resources in a Wide-Area Network
A system and method of management of communication in a potentially unreliable wide-area network that contains one or more nodes connected to said network, each potentially having access to one or more inputs and/or outputs and capable of evaluating said inputs and directing said outputs, a global address space (GAS) accessible by said nodes, and a communication system using said GAS that provides communications between said nodes.
US09240954B1 Forward-based resource delivery network
A resource delivery network and method for distributing content in the network is disclosed herein. The network comprises a plurality of servers arranged in tiers and partitioned. Each server includes a resource store with a set of resources for distribution to a successive tier. Updates to each successive tier are provided by a pull-forward client on servers in the tier. This forward propagation mechanism maximizes resource availability at edge servers in the network. Resources transmitted to the edge tier servers may be transformed, combined, and rendered without taxing lower tier servers. Transformation and pre-rendering of data can be performed by low priority CPU tasks at each layer of the system.
US09240953B2 Systems and methods for managing traffic in a network using dynamic scheduling priorities
A system for managing traffic in a communication network. The system includes a plurality of queues each configured to store data packets and a plurality of scheduling nodes each configured to process data packets from one or more of the plurality of queues. A scheduler is configured to schedule, using the plurality of scheduling nodes, respective transfers of the data packets from the plurality of queues. Each of the plurality of scheduling nodes is assigned to one or more of the plurality of queues. Each of the plurality of scheduling nodes and each of the plurality of queues is assigned a respective scheduling priority. The respective scheduling priorities are selectively changeable between a predetermined scheduling priority and a dynamic scheduling priority, wherein the dynamic scheduling priority corresponds to a priority propagated from the one or more of the plurality of queues.
US09240952B2 System and method for communication between networked applications
During communication of a large data message from a client application to a server application, requirements to communicate smaller control messages can arise. To facilitate timely communication of control messages, a client application may include a chunking module that divides a data message into chunks that can be sent as a sequence of individual data message packets. When a control message needs to be sent, the sequence of data message packets can be interrupted to send a control message packet. At the server application, the sequence of message packets is processed so that data message packets are appended to a data message and control messages are extracted for immediate processing.
US09240950B2 System and method for providing quality of service over dedicated local loop networks
An apparatus, method, and system for quality of service over dedicated local loop networks is provided. Information regarding uplink and downlink speeds, and information regarding WAN interface protocol and encapsulation mode, is received from a network device. A link throughput limit is calculated based on the uplink speed of the network device, and a link throughput limit is set based on the calculated uplink throughput limit. An uplink network protocol overhead of the network device is calculated based on the WAN interface protocol and encapsulation mode of the uplink device and is factored in upstream available bandwidth calculations. Communication data size(s) are set based on the calculated uplink network protocol overhead. The downlink throughput limit is set to match the downlink speed based on the downlink speed and WAN network protocol overhead. The WAN network protocol overhead is factored in the downstream available bandwidth calculations and communication data sizes.
US09240947B2 Effective bandwidth path metric and path computation method for wireless mesh networks with wired links
Enhanced mesh network performance is provided by computation of a path metric with respect to multi-hop paths between nodes in a mesh network and determination of a path through the mesh network that is optimal according to the path metric. Information is communicated in the mesh network according to the determined path. Nodes in the mesh network are enabled to communicate via one or more wireless links and/or one or more wired links. The path metric optionally includes an effective bandwidth path metric having elements (listed from highest to lowest conceptual priority) including an inverse of a sustainable data rate, a number of wireless links, and a number of wireless and wired links. The sustainable data rate is a measure of communication bandwidth that is deliverable by a path for a period of time. Accounting is made for interference between contiguous wireless links operating on the same channel.
US09240944B2 Overlay services in communication networks
In one embodiment, a method includes receiving a packet from a first host at a first edge device, the packet comprising a layer 3 address of a second host in communication with a second edge device, using the layer 3 address of the second host to receive a layer 2 address and a location identifier for the second host from a database accessible from a core network, the database comprising a mapping of layer 3 host addresses to layer 2 host addresses and location identifiers, and storing a mapping of the layer 2 address to the location identifier at the first edge device for use in forwarding packets to the second host. The first edge device is in communication with the second edge device in an overlay network defined by the edge devices interconnected by the core network. An apparatus and logic are also disclosed herein.
US09240942B2 Bandwidth utilization for equal cost multiple paths
In one embodiment, a method includes identifying a packet at an upstream node in communication with a source and in communication with a downstream node through equal cost multiple paths including first and second multi-access networks, the packet transmitted on the first multi-access network and associated with a multicast group, and transmitting from the upstream node a request to the downstream node to join the group on the second multi-access network, if the upstream node is already transmitting data to the group on the second multi-access network, or a bandwidth utilization at the first multi-access network exceeds a specified threshold. An apparatus is also disclosed.
US09240937B2 Fault detection and recovery as a service
The monitoring by a monitoring node of a process performed by a monitored node is often devised as a tightly coupled interaction, but such coupling may reduce the re-use of monitoring resources and processes and increase the administrative complexity of the monitoring scenario. Instead, fault detection and recovery may be designed as a non-proprietary service, wherein a set of monitored nodes, together performing a set of processes, may register for monitoring by a set of monitoring nodes. In the event of a failure of a process, or of an entire monitored node, the monitoring nodes may collaborate to initiate a restart of the processes on the same or a substitute monitored node (possibly in the state last reported by the respective processes). Additionally, failure of a monitoring node may be detected, and all monitored nodes assigned to the failed monitoring node may be reassigned to a substitute monitoring node.
US09240931B2 Information technology service management
A desired instance of a service model is stored, and an observed instance of the service model is provided. Inconsistencies between the desired instance and the observed instance may be detected based on a comparison between the desired instance and the observed instance.
US09240929B2 Techniques for network replication
In response to a request to duplicate a network, the network is duplicated. The duplicate network includes one or more virtual devices that correspond to one or more devices in the network being duplicated. The devices of the duplicate network are communicatively arranged in a manner consistent with a topology of the network being duplicated. Once the duplicate network is created, access to the duplicate network is provided.
US09240928B2 Data plane for resilient network interconnect
A network interconnect node of an internal network may communicate with an external network interconnect node of an external network, other internal network interconnect node(s) and internal network node(s). The network interconnect node may receive frames from the external network interconnect node and forward them according to a Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) tagging forwarding process to other internal network interconnect node(s) or internal network node(s) based on whether the network interconnect node is active for the service associated with the frames. The network interconnect node may receive frames from other internal network interconnect node(s) or from internal network nodes and forward them according to the VLAN tagging forwarding process to other internal network interconnect nodes, internal network nodes or the external network interconnect node based on whether the frames are encapsulated frames and/or whether the network interconnect node is active for the service.
US09240927B2 Methods and apparatus for enhanced overlay state maintenance
Methods and apparatus for enhanced overlay state maintenance in a peer-to-peer overlay network. A first method includes inferring that a first node is leaving the overlay network, and transmitting a decrement message to decrement a size counter value. A second method includes identifying a set of nodes associated with a first node of an overlay network, obtaining a segment length associated with each node of the set of nodes, and determining a size of the overlay network by dividing the total number of nodes in the set of nodes by the sum of the segment lengths. A third method includes identifying a set of nodes associated with a first node of an overlay network, obtaining a size estimate associated with the first node and with each node of the set of nodes, and determining a size of the overlay network by averaging the size estimates.
US09240923B2 Methods and apparatus for automatically provisioning resources within a distributed control plane of a switch
In some embodiments, a network management module is operatively coupled to a set of edge devices that are coupled to a set of peripheral processing devices. The network management module can receive a signal associated with a broadcast protocol from an edge device from the set of edge devices in response to that edge device being operatively coupled to a switch fabric. The network management module can provision that edge device in response to receiving the signal. The network management module can define multiple network control entities at the set of edge devices such that each network control entity from the multiple network control entities can provide forwarding-state information associated with at least one peripheral processing device from the set of peripheral processing devices to at least one remaining network control entity from the multiple network control entities using a selective protocol.
US09240921B2 Method and apparatus for providing a wide area network infrastructure
A method and apparatus for providing a wide area network infrastructure for providing services on IP networks such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Service over Internet Protocol (SoIP) networks are disclosed. For example, an enterprise customer may subscribe to a service for obtaining a reliable wide area network infrastructure for communicating among two or more customer locations. The network service provider creates a virtual private network in the public domain and another virtual private network in the private domain to interconnect the customer locations. It then connects each customer edge router to two provider edge routers one in each domain and/or instances of provider edge functionality in each domain. Routes are then advertised via two control planes to both virtual private networks.
US09240917B2 Communication system using orbital angular momentum
Different data communication architectures deliver a wide variety of content, including audio and video content, to consumers. The architectures may utilize orbital angular momentum to deliver more bandwidth across multiple channels than any single communication channel can carry. In some implementations, the communication architectures distribute data across multiple orbital angular momentum channels in a bonded channel group.
US09240916B2 Apparatus for transmitting broadcast signals, apparatus for receiving broadcast signals, method for transmitting broadcast signals and method for receiving broadcast signals
Disclosed is a method for transmitting broadcast signals, including: formatting input streams to a plurality of data pipes (DPs), wherein the formatting comprises allocating data packets to a payload of a baseband frame (BBF), and adding a header indicating a format of the payload of the baseband frame, and the header comprises at least one of first control information and second control information.
US09240915B2 Signal processing in wireless communication system
Embodiments of the present disclosure may generally relate to methods for processing a response matrix of a communication system. One example method may comprise dividing the response matrix into a plurality of clusters. The number of the clusters is associated with the number of subcarriers of the communication system, and the clusters are indexed in sequence as even-indexed clusters and odd-indexed clusters. The method may further comprise estimating data transmitted by a first set of transmit antennas of the communication system through a first subcarrier and a second subcarrier of the subcarriers associated with a first even-indexed cluster. The method may further comprise modifying a first receive vector of the communication system based on the estimated data transmitted by the first set of transmit antennas as a second receive vector of the communication system.
US09240914B2 Communication system with frequency synthesis mechanism and method of operation thereof
A communication system includes: a frequency synthesizer, configured to reference a radio frequency (RF) signal, in a device including: a ring oscillator with track-and-hold circuit electrically connected to a reference clock, a bank of comparators, electrically connected to the ring oscillator with track-and-hold circuit, configured to measure a coarse timing, and an analog-to-digital converter, electrically connected to the ring oscillator with track-and-hold circuit, configured to generate a fine timing; a communication interface, electrically connected to the frequency synthesizer, is configured to receive a device transmission; and a control unit, electrically connected to the communication interface, is configured to display a receiver data from the a radio frequency (RF) signal.
US09240912B1 Transceiver circuitry with summation node common mode droop reduction
An integrated circuit having transceiver circuitry is provided. The transceiver circuitry may include an equalization circuit such as a decision feedback equalizer (DFE). The DFE may include a variable gain amplifier (VGA) that is coupled to a summation node circuit and a digital sampler. The DFE may also include an operational amplifier that is coupled in a negative feedback loop and that provides a controlled power supply voltage to the VGA so that the VGA is able to provide a stable common mode output voltage to the digital sampler. The operational amplifier may be a self-biased operational amplifier with an output stage that includes miller compensation circuitry for enhanced stability.
US09240911B1 Decoupled equalizer in a communications receiver
A digital communications receiver can comprise a digital filter that can be configured and later reconfigured multiple times as, for example, a matched filter, an equalizer, a matched filter and equalizer, or the like. For example, the digital filter can be initially configured as a matched filter for use with a correlation module to detect pilot symbols. Detected pilot symbols can be utilized to estimate characteristics of a channel from the distant transmitter to the receiver, and the estimated channel characteristics can be used to determine coefficients for an equalizer for reducing channel distortion in future transmissions received over the channel. The digital filter can then be configured as an equalizer or a matched filter and equalizer. If the later, the digital filter can both equalize incoming transmissions from the distant transmitter and, with a correlation module, identify any pilot symbols in the transmissions. Any detected pilot symbols can be utilized to determine again equalizer coefficients for equalizing transmissions received over the channel, and the digital filter can be updated accordingly.
US09240907B2 Transcoding scheme techniques
Disclosed herein are certain embodiments of a coding system and method that guarantee a pair of sync bits in a transcoded block will appear on the same physical lane. Embodiments may then use this property for data synchronization and to guarantee a bit transition in a certain amount of time on a physical lane. Embodiments of a coding system and process for configuring alignment marker blocks are also disclosed.
US09240905B2 Protecting hybrid equipment in a network node
The disclosure generally relates to mechanisms to protect hybrid networking equipment at a port level granularity and thereby provide capabilities to specify the protection of client services on a port-by-port basis. For example, in one embodiment, a Virtual Connection Point (VCP) may be established as a termination point for a transport-side network connection and configured as a Layer 1 bridge/select connection to switch among any one of a plurality of backplane Layer 1 termination points. The plurality of backplane Layer 1 termination points may be protected using a link aggregation group, wherein a Layer 2 switch may be established to direct packets between the link aggregation group and the VCP configured as the Layer 1 bridge/select connection.
US09240896B2 Method and system for USB connections over distinct network paths
Connecting USB devices with USB hosts over distinct network data plane connections, including the following steps: USB hosts are connected with respective USB host adaptors (USBHs) according to USB specification timings. USB devices are connected with respective USB device adaptors (USBDs). Enabling the USBDs and the USBHs to communicate over a network that can connect each USBD with each USBH, wherein the network includes network control plane and network data plane. Initiating first, second, and third USB-over-network-data-plane connections from the USB hosts to the USB devices. And operating the at least two USB-over-network-data-plane connections essentially simultaneously and without any common network node.
US09240894B2 Multicast snooping on layer 2 virtual private network
A network system includes: a core switch; and an edge switch. The edge switch includes: a join message identification unit; and a marking unit. The join message identification unit identifies a join message from among MAC frames from the user network. The marking unit marks mark information to a header of a MAC-in-MAC frame in which the identified join message is encapsulated. The core switch includes: a plurality of input/output ports; a mark identification unit; and a port setup unit. The mark identification unit identifies a MAC-in-MAC frame to whose a header the mark information is marked. The port setup unit associates a multicast group of a join message which is encapsulated in the identified MAC-in-MAC frame, with an input/output port to which the identified MAC-in-MAC frame is input.
US09240890B2 Computerized system and method for deployment of management tunnels
Methods and systems for deploying management tunnels between managed and managing devices are provided. According to one embodiment, network devices, including a peer managed device, a management device and a trusted peer managed device are deployed within a network. The network devices are pre-configured to form a web of trust by storing within each network device (i) a digital certificate signed by a manufacturer or a distributor and (ii) a unique identifier. The peer managed device establishes a management tunnel with the management device based on an address received from an external source. Prior to allowing the management device to use the management tunnel to perform management functionality, the peer managed device verifies credentials of the managed device by causing its unique identifier to be confirmed with reference to a pre-configured identifier of an authorized management device stored within the peer managed device.
US09240889B2 Method and system for secure data access among two devices
An embodiment of the present invention provides a method for secure data access among two devices. The method comprises: retrieving unique information corresponding to a first electronic device and a storage device; generating an encryption key according to the unique information; generating a password string for secure a data file; encrypting the password string with the encryption key; and locking and storing the data file together with the encrypted password string in the storage device.
US09240885B2 Cryptographic processing apparatus, cryptographic processing method, and computer program therefor
A processing unit transforms first input information into first nonlinear transformed information that is transformed into first linear transformed information, and transforms second input information into second nonlinear transformed information that is transformed into second linear transformed information. An exclusive-or section performs an exclusive-or operation based on the first and second linear transformed information. When the first nonlinear and linear transformed information are expressed as a first and second sequence vector, respectively, and the second nonlinear and linear transformed information are expressed as a third and fourth sequence vector, respectively, then a first row vector chosen from a first inverse matrix of a first matrix that transforms the first sequence vector to the second sequence vector, and a second row vector chosen from a second inverse matrix of a second matrix that transforms the third sequence vector to the fourth sequence vector, are linearly independent.
US09240884B2 Method and apparatus for verifiable generation of public keys
The invention provides a method of verifiable generation of public keys. According to the method, a self-signed signature is first generated and then used as input to the generation of a pair of private and public keys. Verification of the signature proves that the keys are generated from a key generation process utilizing the signature. A certification authority can validate and verify a public key generated from a verifiable key generation process.
US09240883B2 Multi-key cryptography for encrypting file system acceleration
Embodiments of methods and systems for encrypting and decrypting with encryption attributes are presented. An encryption attribute contains information to identify one or more segments of a file to be encrypted. An encryption process encrypts those one or more segments to generate a partly encrypted file instead of encrypting the entire file. That is, the file includes some data that are encrypted and some data that are not. In one embodiment, at least three encryption keys are used such that the encryption attribute is encrypted with using a third key.
US09240881B2 Secure communications for computing devices utilizing proximity services
Techniques are disclosed for establishing secure communications between computing devices utilizing proximity services in a communication system. For example, a method for providing secure communications in a communications system comprises the following steps. At least one key is sent from at least one network element of an access network to a first computing device and at least a second computing device. The first computing device and the second computing device utilize the access network to access the communication system and are authenticated by the access network prior to the key being sent. The key is useable by the first computing device and the second computing device to securely communicate with one another when in proximity of one another without communications between the first computing device and the second computing device going through the access network.
US09240878B2 Apparatus, method and system for asymmetric, full-duplex communication
Techniques and methods for performing asymmetric, full-duplex communication via a signal line. In an embodiment, a transceiver includes transmit circuitry to transmit a first signal via a node coupled to a signal line, where the first signal is transmitted concurrently with the transceiver receiving a second signal via the node at a substantially different data rate than that of the first signal. In another embodiment, signal processing circuitry of the transceiver detects a composite signal at the node, the composite signal including a combination of the first signal and the second signal. Based on the combination of the first signal and the second signal, the signal processing circuitry generates a processed signal, including the signal processing circuitry reducing a contribution by the first signal. The processed signal is provided to receiver circuitry of the transceiver.
US09240875B2 Method and apparatus for feeding back and receiving acknowledgement information of semi-persistent scheduling data packets
The application relates to radio communications and discloses a method and apparatus for feeding back and receiving acknowledgment (ACK) information of semi-persistent scheduling (SPS) data packets. The method includes receiving downlink data packets and an uplink data assignment indicator (UL DAI) from a base station, wherein a value of the UL DAI indicates a number (N) of all scheduled downlink sub-frames which scheduled by the base station for the user equipment, the number N is greater than 1, and a number k (k
US09240873B2 Base station apparatus, communication method, terminal apparatus and integrated circuit
Provided are a radio terminal device, a radio base station device, and a channel signal forming method which can prevent quality degradation of the downlink source allocation information by reducing the frequency of the zero information addition process to the downlink resource allocation information when executing communication using an uplink unit band and a plurality of downlink unit bands correlated to the uplink unit band. A base station can execute communication using the uplink unit band and a plurality of downlink unit bands correlated to the uplink unit band. The base station includes: a PDCCH generation unit which includes the uplink allocation information relating to the uplink unit band only in some of the channel signals formed for each of the downlink unit bands; and a padding unit which adds zero information to the downlink allocation information only in the selected some channel signals having the bandwidth of the corresponding downlink unit band smaller than that of the uplink unit band until the downlink allocation information size becomes equal to the uplink allocation information size.
US09240870B2 Queue splitting for parallel carrier aggregation scheduling
A method and system for carrier aggregation scheduling in a communication system are disclosed. According to one aspect, a method for carrier aggregation scheduling includes selecting a set of at least one component carrier from a group of candidate component carriers upon which to transmit data in a queue. The selecting of all component carriers in the set is performed prior to determining an amount of data to be assigned to any one of the component carriers in the set. Blocks of data from the queue are assigned to at least one of the component carriers in the set of selected component carriers based at least in part on an estimated amount of data that can be carried by each component carrier in the set.
US09240863B2 Apparatus and method for estimating channel in wireless communication system
An apparatus for iteratively estimating a channel in a receiver of a wireless communication system is provided. The apparatus includes a channel estimator configured to estimate a first channel value by using a pilot symbol included in a received signal, a demodulator configured to demodulate the received signal by using the first channel value, a decoding unit configured to decode the received signal demodulated by the demodulator, a feedback determining unit configured to determine whether to iteratively estimate the channel, and a feedback device configured to feed back an input value of the decoding unit when the feedback determining unit determines to iteratively estimate the channel, wherein when the feedback determining unit determines to iteratively estimate the channel, the channel estimator estimates a second channel value by using at least one of the pilot symbol included in the received signal and a data symbol received from the feedback device.
US09240861B2 STP pathway control system applied to wireless communication device having AMR function
A pathway control system, implementing control and setting for a communication pathway between wireless communication devices each implementing wired communication and wireless communication and each equipped with an AMR function, detects communication speed with respect to uplink wireless communication and downlink wireless communication in each wireless communication device, thus determining which one of uplink wireless communication and downlink wireless communication undergoes communication failure. It carries out adaptive modulation control on uplink wireless communication or downlink wireless communication, which undergoes communication failure, calculates new communication speed, and carries out STP pathway control based on new communication speed. Irrespective of a reduction of line speed due to activation of an AMR function, it is possible to automatically switch to redundant pathways by way of STP pathway control; it is possible to prevent momentary disconnection of wireless communication; and it is possible to maintain an adequate capacity for communication pathways.
US09240860B2 Apparatus and method for operating channel quality indicator channel on sleep mode in broadband wireless communication system
A Channel Quality Indicator (CQI) channel management in a broadband wireless communication system is provided. Operations of a base station include determining a CQI channel operation mode for a CQI channel of a terminal which enters a sleep mode; transmitting at least one message which instructs to enter the sleep mode and includes information indicating the CQI channel operation mode; and managing the CQI channel of the terminal according to the CQI channel operation mode while the terminal operates in the sleep mode. Candidates of the CQI channel operation mode include at least one of a first mode which deallocates the CQI channel in the sleep mode entry, a second mode which maintains the CQI channel in the sleep mode and forbids CQI channel allocation to other terminal during a sleep window, a third mode which deallocates the CQI channel in the sleep window entry without signaling, and a fourth mode which maintains the CQI channel in the sleep mode and allows the CQI channel allocation to other terminal during the sleep window.
US09240854B2 Communication system, station-side communication device, user-side communication device, communication method, and control device
An OLT includes an OLT control unit that generates a control signal for controlling a power saving operation of an ONU by specifying a different idle period with respect to a first power saving operation in which an optical receiver is operated while an optical transmitter of the ONU is controlled to a power saving state and a second power saving operation for controlling the optical transmitter and the optical receiver to the power saving state, and a station-side transmitter that transmits the control signal generated by the OLT control unit to the ONU. The ONU includes an ONU control unit that receives the control signal via the optical receiver to selectively perform the first power saving operation and the second power saving operation based on the idle period specified by the control signal.
US09240853B2 Systems and methods for sparse code multiple access
Coding gains can be achieved by encoding binary data directly to multi-dimensional codewords, which circumvents QAM symbol mapping employed by conventional CDMA encoding techniques. Further, multiple access can be achieved by assigning different codebooks to different multiplexed layers. Moreover, sparse codewords can be used to reduce baseband processing complexity on the receiver-side of the network, as sparse codewords can be detected within multiplexed codewords in accordance with message passing algorithms (MPAs).
US09240852B2 Method for receiving downlink control information and method for transmitting same, user equipment and base station
The present invention relates to a wireless communication system. More particularly, the present invention, when cells each operating in different TDD DL-UL configurations are merged, provides a plan for setting a UL grant transmission/reception timing for a cross-CC scheduling. In addition, the present invention, according to the UL grant timing, provides a base station for transmitting UL grant to a user equipment, and a user equipment for receiving the UL grant from the base station.
US09240848B2 Eye quality monitoring system and method
An eye quality monitoring system may include an eye quality monitor that includes a charge pump that is configured to output (a) a first charge in a first direction upon detection of a first transition of a sampled non-return-to-zero (NRZ) data signal in a first region of a unit interval of an eye pattern, and (b) a second charge in a second direction upon detection of a second transition of the sampled NRZ data signal in a second region of the unit interval of the eye pattern. The first direction is opposite from the second direction. The eye quality monitor is configured to form an eye quality output that relates to a quality of the eye pattern based on the first and second charges.
US09240847B2 Method for suppressing interferences in a sampling process as well as a device for carrying out the method
A method is provided for suppressing interferences in a sampling process. The method includes the method step of sampling an analog useful signal at a sampling frequency f as well as determining whether an interference amplitude is present. In the presence of an interference amplitude, a stochastic shift of the chronologically equidistant sampling points in time, which are determined by the sampling frequency f, is carried out within a range [−Δt; +Δt] (21) around the equidistant sampling points in time, Δt being the maximum shift. Subsequently, a resampling of the analog useful signal is carried out. It is redetermined whether an interference amplitude is present. In the case of the continuous presence of an interference amplitude, a change in the absolute value of the maximum shift |Δt| is carried out and the process is restarted with the method step of stochastically shifting the sampling points in time.
US09240845B2 System for intercepting signals to be transmitted over a fiber optic network and associated method
A system is provided for intercepting signals transmitted between a target served by a fiber optic network and a subscriber. A network is described having a phone switch at a central office configured to receive signals for transmission to and from a target, such as the target of a criminal investigation. A signal received at the central office is assigned to an analog circuit, and a monitoring device configured to intercept and monitor the signal is installed along the analog circuit at a location that allows the monitoring of communications without notifying the target that he is under surveillance. After the signal has been monitored, it is converted to a digital signal for transmission. A method is also provided for intercepting a signal transmitted between the target served by a fiber optic network and a subscriber, such that a monitoring device may be installed without alerting the target.
US09240843B1 Method and apparatus for blind time skew compensation for coherent optical receivers
In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a coherent optical receiver that can receive during a first time period a set of in-phase signals and a set of quadrature signals having a skew from the set of in-phase signals. The coherent receiver can blindly determine a delay between the set of in-phase signals and the set of quadrature signals based on the set of in-phase signals and the set of quadrature signals. The delay includes an intersymbol portion and an intrasymbol portion. The coherent optical receiver can apply the delay at a second time after the first time period such that a skew after the second time is less than the skew at the first time period.
US09240833B2 Method of operating relay station in wireless communication system
A method of operating a relay station in a wireless communication system is provided. The method includes operating in a first mode comprising a first sub-mode and a second sub-mode, in the first sub-mode a first downlink and a first uplink between a base station and the relay station being simultaneously activated, in the second sub-mode a second downlink and a second uplink between the relay station and a mobile station being simultaneously activated, and operating in a second mode comprising a third sub-mode and a fourth sub-mode, in the third sub-mode the first downlink and the second uplink being simultaneously activated, in the fourth sub-mode the first uplink and the second downlink being simultaneously activated.
US09240831B2 Radio base station apparatus, radio communication system and radio communication method
The present invention is designed to implement radio communication to maintain good communication quality even when the number of antennas provided in a radio base station apparatus is greater than the number of transmission layers of a downlink control channel, a broadcast channel, and cell-specific reference signals. When, from a radio base station apparatus (200) having a plurality of transmitting antennas, at least one of a downlink control channel, a broadcast channel and a cell-specific reference signal is transmitted with fewer transmission layers than the number of all transmitting antennas, a smaller number of antennas than the number of all transmitting antennas are made virtual in a precoding weight multiplication section (205), and also transmission weights that make the average transmission power of the transmitting antennas or transmission streams the same are multiplied, and the signals multiplied by the transmission weights are transmitted from the transmitting antennas on the downlink.
US09240827B2 Methods and apparatus for improving remote NFC device detection using an oscillator circuit
A method, an apparatus, and a computer program product for wireless and/or inductive communications are provided in connection with improving remote NFC device detection through use of an oscillator circuit connected to an NFC antenna and matching network. In one example, a communications device is equipped to monitor frequency oscillations generated by an oscillator circuit associated with a transmitter path of a NFC antenna and matching network, determine that a number of occurrences of the frequency oscillations from a reference frequency is greater than a frequency deviation threshold, and perform a NFC polling procedure in response to the determination.
US09240818B2 Self protect for shared access systems
The examples describe a self-protection feature in components of an authorized shared access system (ASAS). In the ASAS, radio frequency spectrum is shared by different users having different levels of priority when accessing the shared radio frequencies. Higher-tiered user equipment, such as radar systems, generate signals having significantly higher levels of power than the lowest tier user equipment. Exposure to the high power signals may damage the lower-tiered user equipment. The examples describe a lower-tiered access point device and a lower-tiered end user device that participate in the shared access system to communicate over the shared radio frequency spectrum under control of a shared access system manager. In response to a threat of high power signals, the access points and the end user devices are instructed to enter a self-protection mode. The self-protection is enabled by a local switch system within the access point and the end user devices.
US09240812B2 Power amplification device and transmitter
A power amplification device includes: a first power-amplifier array including a plurality of first switching elements that constitute a class-D power amplifier for a higher bits; a second power-amplifier array including a plurality of second switching elements that constitute a class-D power amplifier for a lower bits; and a capacitor array including a plurality of capacitance elements. The second switching elements have a larger on-resistance than the first switching elements. The first power-amplifier array is arranged between the second power-amplifier array and the capacitor array.
US09240806B2 Method of codifying data or generating a block of data based on matrix with a triple diagonal structure
A method including generating a matrix. The matrix includes first and second portions. The first portion includes data bits. The second portion includes parity bits and has a triple diagonal structure. The triple diagonal structure includes a first central diagonal, a second central diagonal, and a last row diagonal. Bits of the first central diagonal, the second central diagonal, and the last row diagonal are equal to 1 and a remainder of bits in the triple diagonal structure are equal to 0. The method further includes: determining parity bits based on the matrix; if the matrix is generated to codify data for transmission from a first device to a second device, transmitting the parity bits from the first device to the second device; and if the matrix is generated based on a vector of bits received from the second device, generating a block of data based on the parity bits.
US09240805B2 Parity check matrix creation method, encoding apparatus, and recording/reproduction apparatus
According to an embodiment, in a parity check matrix creation method, all N column vectors in the mask matrix are different. A submatrix having M rows×L columns obtained by arbitrarily extracting L continuous columns from the mask matrix includes B1 first correction rows and Bi ith correction rows. The B1 first correction rows have at least one “1” in total in each of A1 first correction columns. Each of the Bi ith correction rows has at least one “1” in total in Ai−1 (i−1)th correction columns and has “1” in one of Ai ith correction columns included in a column set excluding the first correction columns to (i−1)th correction columns. The Bi ith correction rows include at least one “1” in total in each of the Ai ith correction columns. A sum from A1 to AI equals L.
US09240800B2 System that obtains a switching point with the encoder in a static position
A system including an encoder, multiple sensing elements and control logic. The encoder has a pole pitch and is configured to rotate in a direction of rotation. The multiple sensing elements are situated along the direction of rotation and span at least half the length of the pole pitch. The control logic is configured to receive signals from the multiple sensing elements based on the encoder in a static position and obtain a switching point based on the signals.
US09240799B1 Spin-based logic device
A device including a conductive layer configured to output a spin-current based on an analog input value, a plurality of magnetoresistive devices, and an encoder configured to output a digital value. Each of the magnetoresistive devices may be configured to receive a different reference voltage on a first side and the spin-current on a second side. The magnetization state of each of the magnetoresistive devices is set by respective reference voltages and the spin-current. The encoder may include a plurality of digital bits that is a digital representation of the analog input value based on the magnetization states of the magnetoresistive devices.
US09240797B2 Power supply noise cancelling circuit and power supply noise cancelling method
According to an embodiment, a power supply noise cancelling circuit includes a generator, a first multiplier, a subtractor and a digital-to-analog converter. The generator generates a sine wave signal. The first multiplier multiplies a digital input signal by a digital signal based on the sine wave signal to generate a first digital product signal. The subtractor subtracts a digital signal based on the first digital product signal from the digital input signal to generate a digital difference signal. The digital-to-analog converter performs a digital-to-analog conversion on the digital difference signal to obtain an analog output signal.
US09240796B2 PLL frequency synthesizer with multi-curve VCO implementing closed loop curve searching
A phase-locked loop circuit using a multi-curve voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) having a set of operating curves, each operating curve corresponding to a different frequency range over a control voltage range. The phase-locked loop circuit includes a digital control circuit configured to generate a curve select signal using a closed loop curve search operation to select one of the operating curves in the multi-curve VCO, the selected operating curve being used by the VCO to generate an output signal with an output frequency being equal or close to a target frequency of the phase-locked loop. In one embodiment, the digital control circuit implements a binary jump method and an operating curve is selected when the operating curve has an output frequency meeting the target frequency with the control voltage being within a first voltage range being a narrowed and centered voltage range within the control voltage range.
US09240794B2 Apparatus and methods for phase-locked loop startup operation
A phase-locked loop (PLL) is provided. The PLL may include a local oscillator configured to generate an output signal, a feedback divider configured to generate a feedback signal in response to the output signal, a phase detector configured to operate the local oscillator based on a comparison between a reference signal and the feedback signal, and a reset controller in communication with each of the phase detector and the feedback divider. The reset controller may be configured to hold each of the phase detector and the frequency divider in reset, and enable each of the phase detector and the frequency divider such that at least the feedback signal is in substantial synchronization with the reference signal.
US09240788B2 Semiconductor device and communication interface circuit
A communication interface circuit includes a register and a register setting circuit. The register holds a data value for controlling characteristics of an electronic circuit element included in the communication interface circuit. The register setting circuit changes a wire connection state on the basis of a control signal. The register setting circuit inputs a variable data value to the register to detect the data value corresponding to the characteristics of the electronic circuit element in a first wire connection state, and sets the data value detected in the first wire connection state in the register on the basis of a fixed value in a second wire connection state. A control circuit outputs the above control signal.
US09240784B2 Single-ended configurable multi-mode driver
Embodiments of the invention are generally directed to a single-ended configurable multi-mode driver. An embodiment of an apparatus includes an input to receive an input signal, an output to transmit a driven signal generated from the input signal on a communication channel, a mechanism for independently configuring a termination resistance of the driver apparatus, and a mechanism for independently configuring a voltage swing of the driven signal without modifying a supply voltage for the apparatus.
US09240782B2 One-dimensional capacitive touch panel with stable coupling capacitance
A touch sensitive device includes a capacitive touch panel with plural electrodes, a driving and sensing circuit electrically connected to the electrodes through sensing lines, and at least one conductive member. The conductive member is arranged orthogonal to and crosses the sensing lines without contact and is electrically connected to the driving and sensing circuit. Therefore, a stable coupling capacitance is provided for a one dimensional capacitive touch panel for improved touch sense performance.
US09240778B2 Analog break before make system, method and apparatus
A system and method of providing an analog make before break circuit includes a first transistor coupled in series with a second transistor, the first transistor being configured for conducting a high portion of an input signal, the second transistor being configured for conducting a low portion of the input signal. A third transistor is configured to interrupt a connection between the input signal and a first transistor input node, the third transistor having a third transistor threshold voltage between of about 90 and about 110 percent of a second transistor threshold voltage. A fourth transistor is configured to interrupt a connection between the input signal and a second transistor input node, the fourth transistor having a fourth transistor threshold voltage of between about 90 and about 110 percent of a first transistor threshold voltage.
US09240773B1 Low-power biasing networks for superconducting integrated circuits
A superconducting integrated circuit, comprising a plurality of superconducting circuit elements, each having a variation in operating voltage over time; a common power line; and a plurality of bias circuits, each connected to the common power line, and to a respective superconducting circuit element, wherein each respective bias circuit is superconducting during at least one time portion of the operation of a respective superconducting circuit element, and is configured to supply the variation in operating voltage over time to the respective superconducting circuit element.
US09240770B2 Harmonic cancellation circuit for an RF switch branch
Disclosed is a harmonic cancellation circuit for an RF switch branch having a first transistor with a first gate terminal and a first body terminal, a second transistor having a second gate terminal coupled to the first body terminal, and having a second body terminal coupled to the first gate terminal. Also included is a first resistor coupled between a first coupling node and the second body terminal, and a second resistor coupled between a second coupling node and the first body terminal, wherein the first transistor and second transistor are adapted to generate an inverse phase third harmonic signal relative to a third harmonic signal generated by the RF switch branch, such that the inverse phase third harmonic signal is output through the first resistor and the second resistor to the RF switch branch to reduce the third harmonic signal.
US09240766B2 Wide-band coupler
A coupling circuit, including: a coupler including a first conductive line and a second conductive line coupled to the first one; at each end of the second line of the coupler, a two-output signal splitter; and at each output of each splitter, a filtering function.
US09240763B2 Loudness normalization based on user feedback
A system for performing loudness normalization based on user feedback is described herein. The system includes a content delivery system and a plurality of audio playback devices. The audio playback devices may communicate volume settings used during playback of pieces of sound program content to the content delivery system. Based on these collected data points, a statistical analysis may be performed to generate loudness adjustment values for pieces of sound program content. The loudness adjustment values may be communicated to the audio playback devices through metadata in associated pieces of sound program content or as separate communications from the content delivery system. An offline version is also described that supports individual loudness normalization adjustments based on a single user's preferences. Under either system, loudness normalization may be achieved based on real world volume settings for individual pieces of sound program content played using various playback configurations.
US09240761B1 Power amplifier calibration systems and methods
Systems and methods for use in configuring a power amplifier system are provided. The method includes generating a phase error compensation signal using a phase error model configured to determine the phase error compensation signal based at least in part on an amplitude and a phase of an input signal for the power amplifier system. The phase error model is configured to estimate a time and frequency-dependent phase error in a power amplifier output signal associated with the amplitude and the phase of the input signal, and the phase error compensation signal is configured to at least partially correct the time and frequency-dependent phase error in the power amplifier output signal. The method further includes applying the phase error compensation signal to the input signal to generate a corrected input signal and providing the corrected input signal to the power amplifier system.
US09240758B2 Voltage regulator and method of regulating voltage
A voltage regulator comprises a first amplifier and a biasing unit. The first amplifier has a positive input, a negative input and an output, wherein the output of the amplifier is connected to the negative input. The biasing unit generates a reference voltage by Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor transistors, wherein the positive input of the first amplifier is configured to receive the reference voltage.
US09240749B2 Motor drive control using pulse-width modulation pulse skipping
A control system for a motor includes a pulse-width modulation module, a pulse skip determination module, and a duty cycle adjustment module. The pulse-width modulation module generates three duty cycle values based on three voltage requests, respectively. A plurality of solid-state switches control three phases of the motor in response to the three duty cycle values, respectively. The pulse skip determination module generates a pulse skip signal. The duty cycle adjustment module selectively prevents the plurality of solid-state switches from switching during intervals specified by the pulse skip signal.
US09240747B2 Method for determining rotational speed of an electric motor in a power tool
An overspeed protection subsystem is provided for a power tool having an electric motor. The overspeed protection subsystem is comprised of: a motor switch coupled in series with the motor; a motor control module interfaced with the motor switch to control switching operation of the motor switch; and an overspeed detection module that determines rotational speed of the motor and disables the power tool when the rotational speed of the motor exceeds a threshold.
US09240744B2 Methods, systems and apparatus for adjusting current and/or torque commands used to control operation of an asynchronous machine
Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to methods, systems and apparatus for adjusting current and/or torque commands used to control operation of an asynchronous machine based on rotor flux of the asynchronous machine.
US09240743B2 Vehicle power-generation control device and control method thereof
Provided is a power-generation control device capable of appropriately using a drive belt looped around a power generator and an internal-combustion engine mounted on a vehicle. The device monitors a difference between an actual generated current of a rotating electrical machine and an estimated generated current estimated from estimated power-generation torque for controlling power generation of the rotating electrical machine, which corresponds to a power-generation torque command, or the like. When a difference equal to or more than a predetermined value occurs between the actual and the estimated generated currents, the power-generation control device limits the estimated power-generation torque so as to be reduced, and further limits the estimated power-generation torque with use of learning limiting power-generation torque calculated based on the estimated power-generation torque at a time when the difference has occurred between the actual generated current and the estimated generated current.
US09240739B2 Driving system for driving switching element
In a driving system, an applying module applies, in response to an input of an on or off command as a switching command, a switch signal to a target switching element as a high- or low-side switching element to switch the target switching element to be an on or off state. A measuring module measures a delay period defined as a time interval from a first time to a second time. The first time represents a time at which the switching command is switched from one of the on command and the off command to the other. The second time represents a time at which the target switching element is actually switched to be the on or off state. An adjusting module adjusts, based on the delay period, an input timing of a next switch signal applied from the applying module to the target switching element.
US09240738B2 Interlocking device and three-phase interlocking device for DC to AC converter
The disclosure provides an interlocking device and a three-phase interlocking device for a DC to AC converter (DAC). The interlocking device includes a first interlocking circuit and a second interlocking circuit. The first interlocking circuit couples with a first switch and a second switch, controls whether to conduct the first switch according to the logic levels of a first signal, a second signal and a third signal, and controls whether to conduct the second switch according to the logic levels of the first signal and the second signal. The second interlocking circuit couples with a third switch and a fourth switch, controls whether to conduct the third switch according to the logic levels of the first signal, the third signal and a fourth signal, and controls whether to turn on the fourth switch according to the logic levels of the third signal and the fourth signal.
US09240737B2 Control device for switching power supply circuit, and heat pump unit
A mode controller shifts, along with increase in an electric power in first and second of chopper circuits and, operation modes of the first and the second of the chopper circuits from a first mode to a third mode via a second mode. An operation controller causes, in the first mode, the first of chopper circuit to perform an chopping operation, and the second of chopper circuit to suspend the chopping operation, in the second mode, causes the first and the second of chopper circuits to alternatively perform the chopping operations, and in the third mode causes both of the first and the second of chopper circuits to perform the chopping operations.
US09240736B2 Power converting device, motor driving device, and refrigerating and air-conditioning apparatus
A power converting device includes; one or more backflow preventing elements that prevent electric current from flowing backward from a load side toward a power supply; a commutating unit for performing a commutation operation for causing electric current to flow toward a different path that is connected in parallel with the one or more backflow preventing elements; a malfunction detector for detecting a malfunction of the commutating unit; and a controller configured to control the commutating unit to perform commutation operation just before the recovery current flows through the backflow preventing element from the load side to the power supply and to perform operation control related to protection of the commutating unit on a basis of detection by the malfunction detector.
US09240734B2 AC adapter and electronic apparatus unit
An AC adapter includes a conversion part, an output terminal, and a voltage adjusting circuit. The conversion part converts alternating current input to an input terminal into a direct current. The output terminal supplies the direct current to an electronic apparatus outside. The voltage adjusting circuit lowers a voltage of the output terminal by a predetermined voltage from a regular supply voltage in a term after the AC adapter is connected to the electronic apparatus until a predetermined time lapses.
US09240731B2 Power cell bypass method and apparatus for multilevel inverter
Multilevel inverters, power cells and bypass methods are presented in which a power cell switching circuit is selectively disconnected from the power cell output, and a bypass which is closed to connect first and second cell output terminals to selectively bypass a power stage of a multilevel inverter, with an optional AC input switch to selectively disconnect the AC input from the power cell switching circuit during bypass.
US09240727B2 Switching power supply device control circuit having an overcurrent protection control circuit
A switching power supply device control circuit and switching power supply can combat fluctuation due to the input voltage in the peak current of a switching element, even when using an oscillator. A control IC is connected to a switching element and to a current detecting resistor, and controls the switching element, the control IC being configured of an OCP comparator that detects an overcurrent with respect to a load, an overcurrent level setting circuit that corrects a fluctuation occurring in the peak current of the switching element in response to the output voltage from the AC input, an oscillator having a frequency modulating function whereby the switching frequency with respect to the switching element can be modulated, and a slope compensation circuit that generates a slope compensation signal increasing monotonically in proportion to the time from the start of each cycle of an oscillating signal of the oscillator.
US09240726B1 Dimming LED driver circuit with dynamically controlled resonant tank gain
A constant current driver circuit based on a half-bridge resonant topology has a variable capacitance circuit. The driver circuit operates the half-bridge inverter at a fixed frequency. The variable capacitance circuit is configured to vary the effective capacitance of the resonant tank of the driver circuit. The driver circuit can be configured to maintain soft-switching over a wide output current range (e.g., dimming range) by selecting a resonant capacitor value effective to maintain soft switching given the fixed frequency of the half-bridge inverter.
US09240718B2 Accurate current sensing in H-bridge applications without amplifier having high common mode rejection ratio
A current sensing circuit may include a shunt resistance through which current to be sensed travels. A first and a second differential amplifier may each provide an amplified output of the voltage across the shunt resistance. A switching system may deliver a current sensing signal output based on the amplified output of the first differential amplifier when the common mode voltage across the shunt resistance is low and based on the amplified output of the second differential amplifier when the common mode voltage across the shunt resistance is high. The first differential amplifier may provide its lowest output DC offset voltage when the common mode voltage is low, while the second differential amplifier may provide its lowest output DC offset voltage when the common mode voltage is high. The first and second differential amplifiers may both have a low common mode voltage rejection ratio, such as a ratio of less than 40 db at the switching frequency of switches that control the current that is sensed.
US09240713B2 Switching power supply device
The invention provides a switching power supply device such that the occurrence of noise is reduced by jitter control of a switching frequency. The switching power supply device includes a switching power supply device main body wherein a predetermined output direct current voltage is obtained by switching an input alternating current voltage using a switching element, a switching control unit that controls the switching frequency in accordance with a feedback voltage that indicates the difference between an output set voltage and the output direct current voltage, a jitter control unit that applies jitter to the switching frequency, and a jitter amplitude control unit that changes jitter amplitude caused by the jitter control unit in accordance with the feedback voltage.
US09240708B2 Rotating electrical machine for vehicle
To provide a rotating electrical machine for a vehicle having efficiently increased protection strength, a protective member mounted on a facing surface facing a side member of a rotating electrical machine disposed on the inner side along the width direction of the vehicle than the side member, has a protective portion apart from the outer surface of a cover forming a facing surface of the rotating electrical machine in an area of the rotating electrical machine facing the side member, and has a space ensured between the outer surface of the cover forming the facing surface of the rotating electrical machine and the protective portion.
US09240705B2 Control apparatus and control method
The present invention relates to a control apparatus and a control method which is capable of reliably preventing electric power not required to be returned to an electric power system from flowing out to the electric power system. A bidirectional DCAC converting unit converts DC power stored in a storage battery to AC power, and outputs the converted power to each load. Further, a current detecting unit is arranged on a wire from the electric power system which is connected to a wire between the bidirectional DCAC converting unit and each load, and the current detecting unit detects a current flowing between the connection point and the electric power system. A control unit increases/reduces an amount of AC power output of the bidirectional DCAC converting unit based on an amount of current detected by the current detecting unit, thereby to control a supply of electric power to each load.
US09240703B2 Power supply system for electric vehicle and control method thereof
A power supply system for EV and a control method thereof are provided, the system including a high voltage battery formed with a plurality of battery cells and generating a power driving source to a motor of the EV, and a low voltage battery generating a power driving source for electrical load, and an OBC (On-Board-Charger) selectively charging a high voltage battery or a low voltage battery using an externally-supplied AC power source based on an output voltage level of the low voltage battery.
US09240700B2 Cascading power for accessories
Methods, systems, and apparatuses for charging a host device from a charging source through an accessory are described. Upon detecting an input power signal from the charging source, an accessory may send an identification request to the host device and authenticate the host device based on the identification information received from the host device. Upon authenticating the host device, the accessory may enable a power path between the charging source and the host device to supply a charging current to charge the host device.
US09240692B2 Power storage system and method of driving the same
A power storage system and a method of driving the power storage system and preventing damages due to possible erroneous operations are disclosed. One inventive aspect includes a power converter that converts power, a power storage device that stores power and a main switch that is configured to switch between a charge path and a discharge path. The power storage system controls the main switch by sensing a connection between the power converter and the power storage device.
US09240691B2 System, method, and computer program product for remedying a charging error
A system, method, and computer program product are provided for remedying a charging error. In use, a battery and a battery charger are identified. Additionally, an error associated with the charging of the battery by the battery charger is detected. Further, the error is remedied.
US09240682B2 Mitigation of arc flash hazard in photovoltaic power plants
Arc flash mitigation devices are employed to protect personnel during maintenance of photovoltaic inverters. During normal operation, an alternating current (AC) output of a photovoltaic inverter is coupled to a low voltage winding of a step up transformer through a bus-bar (e.g., an electrically conductive interconnect), which has higher current rating than a fuse. During maintenance, the bus-bar is replaced with the fuse. The fuse may be employed in conjunction with a switch. The switch may be a disconnect switch that places the bus-bar in parallel with the fuse during normal operation, and decouples the bus-bar from the fuse during maintenance. The switch may also be a transfer switch that places either the bus-bar or the fuse in series with the AC output of the photovoltaic inverter and the low voltage winding of the step up transformer.
US09240681B2 Superconducting coil system and methods of assembling the same
A superconducting magnet apparatus is provided. The superconducting magnet apparatus includes a power source configured to generate a current; a first switch coupled in parallel to the power source; a second switch coupled in series to the power source; a coil coupled in parallel to the first switch and the second switch; and a passive quench protection device coupled to the coil and configured to by-pass the current around the coil and to decouple the coil from the power source when the coil experiences a quench.
US09240675B2 Quantum cascade laser
A quantum cascade laser includes a semiconductor substrate including a principal surface; a mesa waveguide disposed on the principal surface of the semiconductor substrate, the mesa waveguide including a light emitting region and an upper cladding layer disposed on the light emitting region, the mesa waveguide extending in a direction orthogonal to a reference direction; and a current blocking layer formed on a side surface of the mesa waveguide. The light emitting region includes a plurality of core regions and a plurality of buried regions. The core regions and the buried regions are alternately arranged in the reference direction. The core region at a central portion of the mesa waveguide has a width larger than a width of the core region at a peripheral portion of the mesa waveguide in the reference direction.
US09240672B1 Wavelength tunable laser
A wavelength tunable laser includes a gain section, a grating section, and an isolation section. The gain section generates and modulates an optical signal. The grating section is positioned adjacent to the gain section, and the isolation section is disposed between the gain section and the grating section. The isolation section impedes conduction of an electrical current between the gain section and the grating section.
US09240667B2 Optical pumping apparatus for few-mode fiber amplification
An optical pumping apparatus for few-mode fiber amplification is provided. The optical pumping apparatus includes an optical pump source configured to generate an optical pump; an optical power divider configured to divide an optical power of the optical pump from the optical pump source so as to output several optical pumps with uniformly distributed optical power; and a modal multiplexer configured to receive the optical pumps from the optical power divider through a plurality of single-mode fibers, multiplex the received optical pumps, apply a multiplexed optical pump to each mode of a few-mode fiber (FMF) amplifier, and adjust a gain difference among modes, wherein the FMF amplifier obtains a gain by amplifying an optical signal with the optical pump.
US09240663B2 Tunable femtosecond laser-pulse source including a super-continuum generator
A mode-locked fiber MOPA delivers pulses of laser-radiation. A super-continuum generator including a bulk spectral-broadening element and a negative group-delay dispersion (NGDD) device is arranged to receive a pulse from the MOPA and cause the pulse to make a predetermined number of sequential interactions with the broadening element and the NGDD device. After making the predetermined interactions, the pulse is delivered from the super-continuum generator with a very broad spectral-bandwidth and a very short duration.
US09240661B2 Apparatus for feeding crimp terminals on a carrier strip into a crimping press
An apparatus comprising a feeding mechanism for displacing the carrier strip along a feed path; an image capture means adapted to capture an image of a portion of the feed path; and, an image processing means connected to the image capture means and being adapted to (a) determine the position of at least one terminal on the feed path from the image; (b) determine the pitch of the strip either from the image or from a pre-stored value; and, (c) calculate an alignment displacement of the strip along the feed path from the position and pitch such that a further terminal on the strip lies within a crimping zone on the feed path; the image processing means being connected to the feeding mechanism and adapted to provide a control signal thereto such that the feeding mechanism displaces the carrier strip along the feed path by the alignment displacement.
US09240644B2 High-frequency electrical connector
An electrical connector with improved high frequency performance. The connector has conductive elements, forming both signal and ground conductors, that have multiple points of contact distributed along an elongated dimension. The ground conductors may be formed with multiple beams of different length. The signal conductors may be formed with multiple contact regions on a single beam, with different characteristics. Signal conductors may have beams that are jogged to provide both a desired impedance and mating contact pitch. Additionally, electromagnetic radiation, inside and/or outside the connector may be shaped with an insert electrically connecting multiple ground structures and/or a contact feature coupling ground conductors to a stiffener. The conductive elements in different columns may be shaped differently to reduce crosstalk.
US09240642B2 Connector
A connector is disclosed having a flat cable connecting portion connected to a flat cable and a flat mating portion mated with another connector. The connector comprises a plurality of terminals arranged on the mating portion for establishing contact with terminals on the other connector, a conductive connecting portion exposed on the cable connecting portion and connected to conductive trace connecting portions on the flat cable, and a plurality of wiring lines extending from the mating portion to the cable connecting portion, each one electrically connecting a terminal to the corresponding conductive trace connecting portion. The conductive connecting portion has a protrusion formed on the wiring lines. The upper surface of the protrusion is substantially the same height as one outer surface of the cable connecting portion.
US09240640B2 Card edge connector with improved retainer and retainer thereof
A card edge connector includes a longitudinal housing with a pair of sidewalls and an inserting slot therebetween, a plurality of contacts and three metallic retainers, each of the retainers has a base portion retained in the insulative housing and a pair of board locks defining a central line L in a vertical direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. The retainer includes a first retaining portion and a second retaining portion disposed at both sides of the central lines L and different from each other.
US09240637B2 High density terminal block
A module of a terminal block (100) comprises a body (104) having an input configured to be coupled to an input wire and an output configured to be coupled to a plurality of output wires, a conductive element disposed within the input, and a plurality of terminals, each terminal having a first portion and a second portion configured to be coupled to an output wire, wherein the first portions of the plurality of terminals are nested together to achieve a single conductive structure, and wherein the conductive element is configured to engage and compress the input wire against the single conductive structure.
US09240635B2 Crimp terminal, connection structural body, connector and pressure-bonding method of crimp terminal
In a female crimp terminal having a pressure-bonding section which allows pressure-bonding and connection of a conductor tip in an insulated wire obtained by coating a conductor with an insulating cover and having the conductor tip in which the conductor is exposed by peeling off the insulating cover in a tip side, the pressure-bonding section is constructed by arranging a conductor pressure-bonding section and a cover pressure-bonding section from a tip side to a base end side in a long length direction in this order, the conductor pressure-bonding section pressure-bonding the conductor tip, and the cover pressure-bonding section pressure-bonding a conductor tip portion in the tip side of the insulating cover, the cover pressure-bonding section is formed into a hollow shape which can surround the conductor tip portion, and the conductor pressure-bonding section is formed to have a smaller diameter than the cover pressure-bonding section, and is formed into a hollow shape which can surround the conductor tip.
US09240632B2 Multilevel antennae
A multi-band antenna includes at least one structure useable at multiple frequency ranges. The structure includes at least two levels of detail, with one level of detail making up another level of detail. The levels of detail are composed of closed plane figures bounded by the same number of sides. An interconnection circuit links the multi-band antenna to an input/output connector and incorporates adaptation networks, filters or diplexers. Each of the closed plane figures is linked to at least one other closed plane figure to exchange electromagnetic power. For at least 75% of the closed plane figures, the region or area of contact, intersection, or interconnection between the closed plane figures is less than 50% of their perimeter or area. Not all of the closed plane figures have the same size, and the perimeter of the structure has a different number of sides than its constituent closed plane figures.
US09240631B2 Reduced ground plane shorted-patch hemispherical omni antenna
A reduced ground plane shorted microstrip antenna comprising: a metal ground plane having a radius of about 0.24λ; a substrate comprising a material having a dielectric constant of at least 4 disposed on top of said ground plane; a metal top layer including a radiating patch disposed on top of said substrate; a shorting wall disposed between said ground plane and said patch; and a power feedline connected to the metal top layer such that the top layer impedance and the feedline impedance match.
US09240629B2 Antenna for vehicle
An antenna for a vehicle is provided which includes a first printed circuit board coupled to an upper part of the base, in which at least one ground feeding point is formed and a second printed circuit board coupled to the first printed circuit board in a vertical direction on the upper part of the first printed circuit board. A monopole antenna is coupled to a first side of the second printed circuit board and a first pattern radiates a coupled signal by being coupled to the ground feeding point electrically on the first side of the second printed circuit board.
US09240624B2 Process for fabricating an integrated circuit comprising at least one coplanar waveguide
An integrated circuit includes a silicon-on-insulator wafer and interconnect layer providing a support for a coplanar waveguide formed above a top side of the support. A through-silicon via is formed from a back side of the support and passing through the silicon-on-insulator wafer to reach the interconnect layer. A trench is formed from the back side of the support underneath the coplanar waveguide. The trench extends over at least an entire length of the coplanar waveguide. The trench passes through the silicon-on-insulator wafer to reach the interconnect layer and may have a substantially same depth as the through-silicon via.
US09240622B2 Circuit arrangement including hybrids and duplexers between antenna, transmission and reception ports
A circuit arrangement includes an antenna port, a transmission port, and a reception port, each of which is connected to one respective 90° hybrid that splits an input signal into two output signals that are in quadrature. The circuit arrangement also includes two duplexers which are connected in such a way that the two output signals emitted by the 90° hybrid that is connected to the transmission port constructively interfere on the antenna port, while spurious signals caused by the two output signals destructively interfere on the reception port.
US09240617B2 Secondary battery
An electrode assembly for a secondary battery comprising an adiabatic plate attached to the negative electrode plate is disclosed. The electrode assembly comprises a positive electrode plate having a positive electrode collector, a positive electrode coating, and a non-coated area on the positive electrode collector. The negative electrode plate has a negative electrode collector, a negative electrode coating, and a non-coated area on the negative electrode collector. A separator insulates the positive and negative electrode plates. Positive and negative electrode tabs are attached to the non-coated areas of the positive and negative electrode collectors. The negative electrode plate has an adiabatic plate attached to the surface of a non-coated area of the negative electrode collector that is opposite the surface to which the negative electrode tab is attached. This construction improves battery stability and prevents short circuits caused either by heat generated during overcharging or by an internal short circuit.
US09240615B2 Nonaqueous electrolyte and nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery
There is provided a nonaqueous electrolyte that can suppress swelling of a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery. A nonaqueous electrolyte for a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery 1 contains a lithium salt, vinylene carbonate, and a compound represented by general formula (1) below. In the general formula (1), X is an alkylene group with 2 to 4 carbon atoms that may have a substituent. Rf is a fluorine-containing linear or branched alkyl group with 1 to 6 carbon atoms. R is a linear, branched, or cyclic alkyl group with 1 to 6 carbon atoms that may have a substituent.
US09240610B2 Rechargeable battery with reduced magnetic leak
In use in a battery, a first spiral-wound battery element and associated wiring generates a first magnetic field and a second spiral-wound battery element and associated wiring generates a second magnetic field. The first element, the second element and the wiring may be arranged within a casing so that the first magnetic field is proximate to the second magnetic field and oriented in an opposite polarity. Conveniently, it may be shown that the total magnetic field generated by the battery has significantly lower magnitude than the total magnetic field generated by a conventional battery for the same current drain and same wiring structure.
US09240608B2 Fuel cell assembly
A polyelectrolyte membrane fuel cell apparatus, includes a backing plate, a top clamping plate, at least one in-plane planar fuel cell assembly interposed between the top plate and the backing plate, and a current collector foil interposed between the planar fuel cell(s) and the top clamping plate, the current collector foil including an electrically non-conductive foil having a pattern of electrically conductive material provided thereon on the side facing the planar fuel cell. The fuel cell apparatus is held together by spot welds between the top clamping plate and the backing plate.
US09240607B2 Polymer electrolyte and preparation method thereof
Provided are a polymer electrolyte membrane used in fuel cells, and a method for producing the same, the method including a step of filling a crosslinkable ion conductor in the pores of a porous nanoweb support; and a step of crosslinking the ion conductor filled in the pores of the porous nanoweb support. The method for producing a polymer electrolyte membrane uses a relatively smaller amount of an organic solvent, can ameliorate defects of the support caused by solvent evaporation, and can enhance the impregnability of the ion conductor to the support and the convenience of the process.
US09240606B2 High temperature membrane electrode assembly with high power density and corresponding method of making
A membrane electrode assembly (MEA) with enhanced current density or power density is fabricated using high temperature (HT) proton exchange membrane (PEM). The MEA can be utilized in high temperature PEM fuel cell applications. More specifically, the MEA is modified with the addition of one or more of selected materials to its catalyst layer to enhance the rates of the fuel cell reactions and thus attain dramatic increases of the power output of the MEA in the fuel cell. The MEA has application to other electro-chemical devices, including an electrolyzer, a compressor, or a generator, purifier, and concentrator of hydrogen and oxygen using HT PEM MEAs.
US09240605B2 Plasma-catalyzed, thermally-integrated reformer for fuel cell systems
A reformer is disclosed in one embodiment of the invention as including a channel to convey a preheated plurality of reactants containing both a feedstock fuel and an oxidant. A plasma generator is provided to apply an electrical potential to the reactants sufficient to ionize one or more of the reactants. These ionized reactants are then conveyed to a reaction zone where they are chemically transformed into synthesis gas containing a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. A heat transfer mechanism is used to transfer heat from an external heat source to the reformer to provide the heat of reformation.
US09240604B2 Hydrogen generation apparatus and fuel cell power generation system
A hydrogen generation apparatus 200 includes: an evaporating part 7; a reforming reaction part 9A connected to the downstream side of the evaporating part; a carbon monoxide reducing part 20 provided downstream from the reforming reaction part; and a gas guiding part 21 disposed between the reforming reaction part and the carbon monoxide reducing part and configured to guide a gas that has passed through the reforming reaction part to the carbon monoxide reducing part. The evaporating part and the carbon monoxide reducing part are arranged to be adjacent to each other such that, at least, a part of the evaporating part and a part of the carbon monoxide reducing part are heat exchangeable with each other. The evaporating part is configured such that a heat exchange amount at a portion of the evaporating part, the portion corresponding to the carbon monoxide reducing part, is less than a heat exchange amount at a portion of the evaporating part, the portion not corresponding to the carbon monoxide reducing part.
US09240595B2 Spinel type lithium-manganese-nickel-containing composite oxide
Provided is a new 5 V class spinel exhibiting an operating potential of 4.5 V or higher (5 V class) with respect to the Li metal reference potential, having an excellent discharge capacity retention ratio at high temperatures, for example 45° C. Suggested is a spinel type lithium-manganese-nickel-containing composite oxide containing a crystalline phase in which a portion of Mn sites in LiMn2O4-δ are substituted with Li; another metal element M1, wherein M1 represents a metal element including at least one of Ni, Co and Fe and another metal element M2, wherein M2 represents a metal element including at least one of Mg, Ti, Al, Ba, Cr and Nb, and the spinel type lithium-manganese-nickel-containing composite oxide comprising a composite oxide phase containing Ni, Mn and B.
US09240592B2 Positive-electrode active material for elevation of output and lithium secondary battery including the same
A lithium secondary battery having improved output characteristics is provided. A high voltage mixed positive electrode active material has an even profile without causing a rapid voltage drop over the entire SOC area by improving a rapid voltage drop phenomenon occurring due to the difference between the operation voltages of mixed lithium transition metal oxides, and improves output characteristics at a low voltage. The lithium secondary battery includes the mixed positive electrode active material. In particular, the lithium secondary battery can sufficiently satisfy the required conditions such as output characteristics, capacity, stability, and the like, when it is used as a power source of a midsize or large device such as an electric vehicle.
US09240586B2 Compositions, layerings, electrodes and methods for making
There is a composition comprising 1 to 17.5 wt. % ionomer composition comprising hydrocarbon ionomer and 50 to 99 wt. % carbon-sulfur composite made from carbon powder having a surface area of about 50 to 4,000 square meters per gram and a pore volume of about 0.5 to 6 cubic centimeters per gram. The composite has 5 to 95 wt. % sulfur compound. There is also a layering comprising a plurality of coatings. Respective coatings in the plurality of coatings comprise respective compositions. The respective coatings comprise at least one ionomer composition comprising hydrocarbon ionomer and at least one carbon-sulfur composite of carbon powder and sulfur compound. There are also electrodes comprising the composition or layering and methods of using such in cells.
US09240583B2 Carboxymethylcellulose or salt thereof for electrodes of nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery and aqueous solution thereof
The present invention provides carboxymethylcellulose or a salt thereof that can prevent defects such as streaks and pinholes from occurring in the obtained electrode when it is used as a binder for an electrode of a nonaqueous electrolyte secondary battery. The present invention provides carboxymethylcellulose or a salt thereof of which ratio of a dry mass A to a dry mass B is less than 50 ppm when 2 liters of a 0.3 mass % aqueous solution of the dry mass B of the carboxymethylcellulose or a salt thereof is prepared, the entire amount of the aqueous solution is filtrated through a 250-mesh filter under a reduced pressure of −200 mmHg, and the dry mass A of a residue on the filter is measured after filtration. The applications of the carboxymethylcellulose or a salt thereof are also provided.
US09240582B2 Battery pack
A battery pack includes an electrode assembly, a protective circuit module and a battery case. The electrode assembly is composed of first and second electrode plates, a separator interposed between the first and second electrode plates, and first and second electrode tabs respectively connected to the first and second electrode plates. The protective circuit module is connected to the first and second electrode tabs. The battery case accommodates the electrode assembly and has a sealing portion provided at an edge thereof. In the battery pack, the first and second electrode tabs are extracted to the outside of the battery case through the sealing portion and then bent at an end of the sealing portion so as to face the battery case, and a protective circuit module is provided between the battery case and the first and second electrode tabs.
US09240580B2 Battery module
A battery module including a plurality of battery cells; a housing fixing a position of the plurality of battery cells; and a barrier between adjacent ones of the plurality of battery cells, the barrier including a base facing a wide surface of the battery cells, and at least one flange on a periphery of the base, wherein the at least one flange includes at least one flange battery spacer on an inner side thereof and at least one housing spacer on an outer side thereof.
US09240578B2 Secondary battery
A secondary battery comprises an electrode assembly comprising a first electrode plate, a second electrode plate and a separator interposed between the first and second electrode plates; and a battery case accommodating the electrode assembly, the battery case comprising a first portion, a second portion, and an adhesive layer that contacts a surface of the first portion and a surface of the second portion, wherein the adhesive layer is continuous between the first and second portions.
US09240575B2 Power supply apparatus
A power supply apparatus includes a formed article having two or more separate accommodating cavities and an electrode group that comprises a rolled up laminate and is accommodated in each of the accommodating cavities, the laminate composed of a cathode and an anode, each having a current collector and mixture layers disposed on the current collector, and a separator sandwiched between the cathode and the anode. An electrolytic solution is accommodated in each of the accommodating cavities, the electrolytic solution, and the anode or the cathode contact the formed article.
US09240572B2 Vapor deposition device, vapor deposition method, and organic EL display device
A vapor deposition device includes a vapor deposition source (60) having a plurality of vapor deposition source openings (61) that discharge vapor deposition particles (91), a limiting unit (80) having a plurality of limiting openings (82), and a vapor deposition mask (70) in which a plurality of mask openings (71) are formed only in a plurality of vapor deposition regions (72) where the vapor deposition particles that have passed through a plurality of limiting openings reach. The plurality of vapor deposition regions are arranged along a second direction that is orthogonal to the normal line direction of the substrate (10) and the movement direction of the substrate, with non-vapor deposition regions (73) where the vapor deposition particles do not reach being sandwiched therebetween. Mask openings through which the vapor deposition particles pass are formed at different positions in the movement direction of the substrate from the positions of the non-vapor deposition regions located on a straight line parallel to the second direction, as viewed along the normal line direction of the substrate. Accordingly, it is possible to stably form a vapor deposition coating film in which edge blurring is suppressed at a desired position on a substrate.
US09240571B2 Organic light emitting diode display device and method of manufacturing the same
Disclosed is an OLED display device. The OLED display device includes a substrate in which a plurality of pixels are defined, a thin film transistor formed in each of the pixels defined in the substrate, a passivation layer formed on the thin film transistor, a planarizing layer formed on the passivation layer and including a groove formed in an upper end portion of each pixel, a reflective electrode formed in the groove of the planarizing layer, an anode electrode formed on the reflective electrode, an organic emitting layer formed on the anode electrode, and a cathode electrode formed on the organic emitting layer.
US09240569B2 Display and electronic system
A display includes: a light emitting layer; a reflective section reflecting light, that enters through the light emitting layer, to a display surface; an absorption-type polarizing plate provided on the display surface; a retardation film provided between the light emitting layer and the absorption-type polarizing plate; a reflection-type polarizing plate provided between the retardation film and the absorption-type polarizing plate, and reflecting, among light transmitted by the retardation film, light in a predetermined light-axis direction; and an outside-light reflection suppression layer provided between the light emitting layer and the reflection-type polarizing plate, and absorbing part of outside light.
US09240568B2 Opal glasses for light extraction
Opal glass compositions and devices incorporating opal glass compositions are described herein. The compositions solve problems associated with the use of opal glasses as light-scattering layers in electroluminescent devices, such as organic light-emitting diodes. In particular, embodiments solve the problem of high light absorption within the opal glass layer as well as the problem of an insufficiently high refractive index that results in poor light collection by the layer. Particular devices comprise light-emitting diodes incorporating light scattering layers formed of high-index opal glasses of high light scattering power that exhibit minimal light attenuation through light absorption within the matrix phases of the glasses.
US09240567B2 Organic light emitting display apparatus and method of manufacturing the same
Provided are an organic light emitting display apparatus and a method of manufacturing the same. The organic light emitting display apparatus includes: a thin film transistor (TFT) substrate including a plurality of thin film transistors, an organic light-emissive device on the TFT substrate, and an encapsulation layer on the TFT substrate and the organic light-emissive device, the encapsulation layer being configured to cover the organic light-emissive device, the encapsulation layer including a hybrid material including: a block copolymer, and functionalized graphene.
US09240566B2 Method for curing UV-curable resin and method for packaging OLED
The present invention provides a method for curing a UV-curable resin and a method for packaging an OLED. The method for curing a UV-curable resin includes (1) providing a UV light source and activating the UV light source to carry out a first irradiation operation on UV-curable resin; (2) de-activating the UV light source and, after a time interval of 10-300 seconds, activating the UV light source to carry out a second irradiation operation on the UV-curable resin; and (3) repeating step (2), until the UV-curable resin is completely cured. Interval-separated irradiation operations are applied so as to effectively lower down the temperature of a glass substrate and effectively avoid deterioration of an organic function layer caused by an excessively high temperature, thereby improving the lifespan and quality of an OLED device.
US09240563B2 Multi-device OLED
The invention describes a multi-device OLED (1) comprising a device layer stack (100) comprising a bottom electrode (11), a top electrode (14), at least one inter electrode (13) and plurality of active layers (120, 121), wherein the bottom electrode (11) is applied to a substrate (10), and each active layer (120, 121) is enclosed between two electrodes (11, 13, 14); a current distribution means (500) comprising a current distribution layer (51, 53, 54) for each electrode (11, 13, 14) of the device layer stack (100); a plurality of openings (110, 130) extending from the top electrode (14) into the device layer stack (100), wherein each opening (110, 130) exposes a contact region (111, 131) of an electrode (11, 13); and a plurality of electrical connectors (41, 42), wherein an electrical connector (41, 42) extends into an opening (110, 130) to electrically connect the electrode (11, 13) exposed by that opening (110, 130) to the current distribution layer (53, 54) for that electrode (11, 13). The invention also describes a method of manufacturing such a multi-device OLED. The invention further describes a method of driving such a multi-device OLED, which method comprises applying a voltage across at least one pair (51, 53, 53, 54) of current distribution layers (51, 53, 54) of the current distribution means (500) to stimulate the corresponding active layer (120, 121) of a device of the multi-device OLED (1).
US09240560B2 Array of several organic semiconductor components and method for the production thereof
The invention relates to an array of several semiconductor components (20, 30), comprising a layer array (40) having a first and a second semiconductor component (20, 30), each being formed in an electrode layer (34) having a drain and a source electrode (22, 23, 32, 33), a gate electrode (21, 31) in a further electrode layer, and a layer stack between the electrode layer (34) and the further electrode layer (21, 31). The invention further relates to a method for producing an array having a first and a second semiconductor component (20, 30) in a layer array (40) and to the application thereof.
US09240557B2 Amine derivative, organic electroluminescence material, and organic electroluminescence device including the same
An amine derivative having a phenanthroimidazole group, an organic electroluminescence material, and an electroluminescence device, the amine derivative being represented by Formula 1, below:
US09240555B2 Organic luminescent material and organic electroluminescent apparatus
An organic luminescent material includes a host luminescent material and a guest luminescent material. The host luminescent material includes a compound represented by formula (1), where n is 0˜8; R2 and R3 respectively represent H, CF3, CN, CH3 or C5H11; R1 is CH3 or one of substituents shown as follows:
US09240553B2 Indeno[1,2-b]phenanthrene compound and organic light emitting element including the same
The present invention provides an indeno[1,2-b]phenanthrene compound having suppressed hole transport ability. The indeno[1,2-b]phenanthrene compound represented by the general formula [1] described in claim 1 is provided. In the formula [1], R1 and R2 each represent a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group. X1 and X2 each represent a substituent selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group, a methoxy group, and a cyano group. A1 represents a monovalent or a divalent aromatic hydrocarbon group. A2 represents a monovalent or a divalent aromatic hydrocarbon group or a monovalent or a divalent heteroaromatic group. n represents an integer of 0 to 4. When n is 2 or more, a plurality of A2 may be identical to or different from each other.
US09240552B2 Carbon nanotube semiconductor devices and deterministic nanofabrication methods
Embodiments of the invention provide transistor structures and interconnect structures that employ carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Further embodiments of the invention provide methods of fabricating transistor structures and interconnect structures that employ carbon nanotubes. Deterministic nanofabrication techniques according to embodiments of the invention can provide efficient routes for the large-scale manufacture of transistor and interconnect structures for use, for example, in random logic and memory circuit applications.
US09240549B2 Memory component, memory device, and method of operating memory device
A memory component including first and second electrodes with a memory layer therebetween, the memory layer having first and second memory layers, the first memory layer containing aluminum and a chalcogen element of tellurium, the second memory layer between the first memory layer and the first electrode and containing an aluminum oxide and at least one of a transition metal oxide and a transition metal oxynitride having a lower resistance than the aluminum oxide.
US09240542B2 Piezoelectric ceramic, piezoelectric element, ultrasonic motor, and dust removing device
There is provided a piezoelectric ceramic having a high and stable piezoelectric constant and a high and stable mechanical quality factor in a wide operating temperature range, and a piezoelectric element according to the present invention includes a main component containing a perovskite type metal oxide having the following general formula (1) or (2); and Mn as a first auxiliary component, (Ba1-xCax)a(Ti1-y-zSnyZrz)O3  (1) (0.08≦x≦0.20, 0.01≦y≦0.04, 0
US09240540B2 Piezoelectric device
In a piezoelectric device and a method of manufacturing thereof, after an ion implanted portion is formed in a piezoelectric single crystal substrate by implantation of hydrogen ions, an interlayer of a metal is formed on a rear surface of the piezoelectric single crystal substrate. In addition, a support member is bonded to the piezoelectric single crystal substrate with the interlayer interposed therebetween. A composite piezoelectric body in which the ion implanted portion is formed is heated at about 450° C. to about 700° C. to oxidize the metal of the interlayer so as to decrease the conductivity thereof. Accordingly, the conductivity of the interlayer is decreased, so that a piezoelectric device having excellent resonance characteristics is provided.
US09240539B2 Efficient polarization independent single photon detector
A superconducting nanowire single photon detector (SN-SPD) microelectronic circuit is described which has higher quantum efficiency and signal-to-noise than any SN-SPD's known in the art. The material and configuration of the microelectronic circuit eliminates the polarization dependence and shows improved signal-to-noise over SN-SPD microelectronic circuits known in the art. The higher efficiency, polarization independence, and high signal-to-noise is achieved by vertically stacking two tungsten-silicide (TS) SN-SPDs and electrically connecting them in parallel. This structure forms a multilayer superconducting nanowire avalanche photo-detector (SNAP). A single photon detection device employing the multilayer (SNAP) microelectronic circuit demonstrates a peak system detection efficiency of 87.7% and a polarization dependence of less than 2%. This represents nearly an order of magnitude improvement in both system detection efficiency and reduction of polarization dependence compared to conventional SNSPDs.
US09240533B2 Ultraviolet light emitting device
Disclosed is a light emitting device including an active layer emitting light with a wavelength band of 200 nm to 405 nm, and a light-transmitting layer disposed on the active layer, the light-transmitting layer having a lower part facing the active layer, wherein at least one of side and upper parts of the light-transmitting layer has a surface-processed pattern portion.
US09240529B2 Textured phosphor conversion layer light emitting diode
This invention is related to LED Light Extraction for optoelectronic applications. More particularly the invention relates to (Al, Ga, In)N combined with optimized optics and phosphor layer for highly efficient (Al, Ga, In)N based light emitting diodes applications, and its fabrication method. A further extension is the general combination of a shaped high refractive index light extraction material combined with a shaped optical element.
US09240525B2 Light-emitting device, lighting device, and electronic device
It is an object to provide a flexible light-emitting device with high reliability in a simple way. Further, it is an object to provide an electronic device or a lighting device each mounted with the light-emitting device. A light-emitting device with high reliability can be obtained with the use of a light-emitting device having the following structure: an element portion including a light-emitting element is interposed between a substrate having flexibility and a light-transmitting property with respect to visible light and a metal substrate; and insulating layers provided over and under the element portion are in contact with each other in the outer periphery of the element portion to seal the element portion. Further, by mounting an electronic device or a lighting device with a light-emitting device having such a structure, an electronic device or a lighting device with high reliability can be obtained.
US09240524B2 Light-emitting device and method of manufacturing the same
Disclosed are a light-emitting device and a manufacturing method thereof. A light-emitting device according to a preferred embodiment of the disclosure comprises: a frame portion having a bottom and a sidewall; a light-emitting portion which is disposed on the frame portion and emits light; and a window portion disposed over the frame portion so as to cover the light-emitting portion.
US09240523B2 Method for producing an optoelectronic component, optoelectronic component, and component arrangement having a plurality of optoelectronic components
A method for producing optoelectronic components including A) providing a growth substrate with a semiconductor layer arranged thereon that produces a zone which is active during operation, B) applying separating structures on the semiconductor layer, C) applying a multiplicity of copper layers on the semiconductor layer in regions delimited by the separating structures, D) removing the separating structures, E) applying, a protective layer at least on lateral areas of copper layers, F) applying an auxiliary substrate on the copper layers, G) removing the growth substrate, H) singulating a composite assembly comprising the semiconductor layer, the copper layers and the auxiliary substrate to form components which are separated from one another.
US09240522B2 Semiconductor light emitting device providing graded brightness
A semiconductor light emitting device includes a semiconductor lamination including a p-type semiconductor layer, an active semiconductor layer, and an n-type semiconductor layer; opposing electrode structure including a first electrode structure formed above the p-type semiconductor layer, and a second electrode structure formed above the n-type semiconductor layer; and brightness grade producing structure including a surface layer of at least one of the p-type semiconductor layer and the n-type semiconductor layer and producing brightness grade gradually changing from one edge to opposite edge of light output plane.
US09240520B2 Semiconductor light-emitting device and method for manufacturing same
A semiconductor light-emitting device of the invention includes: a semiconductor layer including a light-emitting layer and having a first major surface and a second major surface opposite to the first major surface; a phosphor layer facing to the first major surface; an interconnect layer provided on the second major surface side and including a conductor and an insulator; and a light-blocking member provided on a side surface of the semiconductor layer and being opaque to light emitted from the light-emitting layer.
US09240518B2 Light emitting diode device having super lattice structure and a nano-structure layer
A light emitting diode device is provided, which comprises a silicon-based substrate, a buffer layer, a super lattice structure layer, a nano-structure layer, a first semiconductor layer, a light emitting layer, and a second semiconductor layer. The buffer layer is formed on the silicon-based substrate, the super lattice structure layer is formed on the buffer layer, the nano-structure layer is formed on the super lattice structure layer, a first semiconductor layer is formed on the nano-structure layer, and the light emitting layer is formed between the first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer. The super lattice layer and the nano-structure can release the stress within the light emitting diode device, and reduce the epitaxy defect, so that the internal quantum effect and the external quantum effect can be increased.
US09240515B2 Method of manufacturing a solar cell
A method of manufacturing a solar cell comprising steps of: (a) preparing a substrate comprising a semiconductor layer and a passivation layer formed at least on the back side of the semiconductor layer, wherein the passivation layer on the back side comprises one or more openings; (b) forming an aluminum (Al) conductor pattern at least in the openings of the passivation layer on the back side by applying an Al paste, wherein the Al paste comprises: (i) an Al powder, (ii) a glass frit, (iii) a zirconium carbide (ZrC) powder, and (iv) an organic medium; and (c) firing the Al conductor pattern.
US09240512B2 Image sensors having transfer gate electrodes in trench
Provided is an image sensor including a semiconductor substrate having a trench and having a first conductivity type, a photoelectric conversion layer formed in the semiconductor substrate below the trench to have a second conductivity type, first and second transfer gate electrodes provided in the trench covered with a gate insulating layer, a first charge-detection layer formed in the semiconductor substrate adjacent to the first transfer gate electrode, and a second charge-detection layer formed in the semiconductor substrate adjacent to the second transfer gate electrode.
US09240510B2 Concentrated photovoltaic and thermal solar energy collector
This invention relates to a solar energy collector that converts solar radiation into both electrical and thermal energy. More specifically this invention relates to a concentrating solar energy collector with an integrated construction that minimizes cost, bulk, and weight, and maximizes overall efficiency. Typical non-concentrating solar collectors use photovoltaic cells over the entirety of their surface. These solar cells are the most expensive part of the collector. This invention discloses using a reflector to concentrate the incident radiation on photovoltaic cells with one-twentieth the area of the reflector, and transferring the co-generated thermal energy into a working fluid pumped through the cell support structure.
US09240509B2 Solar cell including microlens and method of fabricating the same
Disclosed is a method of fabricating a microlens. The method includes forming a self assembly monolayer having a strong hydrophobicity on a substrate; forming a plurality of ink droplets on the self assembly monolayer by jetting a transparent ink using an inkjet apparatus, the transparent ink including a first solvent having a first boiling point, a second solvent having a second boiling point lower than the first boiling point and a silicon oxide (SiOx) solid material dispersed in the first and second solvents; and drying the plurality of ink droplets.
US09240507B2 Intermediate band solar cell using type I and type II quantum dot superlattices
A light receiving element includes a p-type semiconductor layer, an n-type semiconductor layer, and a first and a second superlattice semiconductor layers, and the first and the second superlattice semiconductor layers each have a superlattice structure in which a barrier layer and a quantum dot layer are alternately and repeatedly stacked. A band structure of the superlattice structure of the first superlattice semiconductor layer is a type I structure, and that of the second superlattice semiconductor layer is a type II structure. The superlattice structures of the first and the second superlattice semiconductor layers each form a superlattice miniband, and a conduction band first superlattice miniband of the superlattice structure of the second superlattice semiconductor layer is lower in lower and energy than a conduction band first superlattice miniband of the superlattice structure of the first superlattice semiconductor layer.
US09240505B2 Method of etching backside Si substrate of SOI substrate to expose SiO2 layer using fluonitric acid
A method of etching capable of rapidly and flatly performing wet etching on a Si substrate using fluonitric acid represented by HF(a)HNO3(b)H2O(c) (where the unit of a, b and c is wt % and a+b+c=100). The etching rate of an SiO2 layer with the highly concentrated fluonitric acid is significantly lowered by the appropriate selection of its composition as compared with the etching rate of the Si substrate, and etch the Si substrate until the SiO2 layer is exposed. In this way, it is possible to rapidly etch the Si substrate and significantly enhance the flatness of the etched surface.
US09240503B2 Methods of manufacturing and using a photodiode with concave reflector
A photodiode structure includes a photodiode and a concave reflector disposed below the photodiode. The concave reflector is arranged to reflect incident light from above back toward the photodiode.
US09240501B2 Compound-based thin film solar cell
A compound-based thin film solar cell which has a high photovoltaic conversion efficiency is obtained. The compound-based thin film solar cell is provided with substrate (1), back surface electrode layer (2) formed on substrate (1), p-type light absorption layer (3) formed on back surface electrode layer (2), n-type high resistance buffer layer (4) formed on p-type light absorption layer (3), and ZnO film (5) formed on n-type high resistance buffer layer (4), where n-type high resistance buffer layer (4) includes a first buffer layer (4A) formed on the p-type light absorption layer (3) and a second buffer layer (4B) formed on the first buffer layer (4A) and where the second buffer layer (4B) is formed by a material which has a lattice constant closer to the lattice constant of the ZnO film (5) than the first buffer layer (4A).
US09240492B2 Semiconductor device and method for fabricating the same
To provide a highly reliable semiconductor device exhibiting stable electrical characteristics. To fabricate a highly reliable semiconductor device. Included are an oxide semiconductor stack in which a first oxide semiconductor layer, a second oxide semiconductor layer, and a third oxide semiconductor layer are stacked, a source and a drain electrode layers contacting the oxide semiconductor stack, a gate electrode layer overlapping with the oxide semiconductor layer with a gate insulating layer provided therebetween, and a first and a second oxide insulating layers between which the oxide semiconductor stack is sandwiched. The first to the third oxide semiconductor layers each contain indium, gallium, and zinc. The proportion of indium in the second oxide semiconductor layer is higher than that in each of the first and the third oxide semiconductor layers. The first oxide semiconductor layer is amorphous. The second and the third oxide semiconductor layers each have a crystalline structure.
US09240491B2 Semiconductor device and method for manufacturing same
A semiconductor device (100A) has an oxide semiconductor layer (11). The oxide semiconductor layer (11) has a channel region (11c), and a source region (11s) and drain region (11d) positioned on respective sides of the channel region (11c). The source region (11s) has a low-resistance source region (11sx) that has a lower resistance than the channel region (11c), and the drain region (11d) has a low-resistance drain region (11dx) that has a lower resistance than the channel region (11c). The carrier concentrations of the low-resistance source region (11sx) and the low-resistance drain region (11dx) become progressively lower from a connecting portion between a source electrode (17) and the low-resistance source region (11sx) and a connecting portion between a drain electrode (18) and the low-resistance drain region (11dx) towards the channel region (11c).
US09240485B2 Thin film transistor and method for manufacturing the same, array substrate and display device
A thin film transistor comprises a substrate; a gate electrode, a source electrode, a drain electrode and a semiconductor layer formed on the substrate; a gate insulating layer between the gate electrode and the semiconductor layer or between the gate electrode and the source and drain electrodes; an etching stop layer between the semiconductor layer and the source and drain electrodes having a source contact hole and a drain contact hole therein; and a source buffer layer between the source electrode and the semiconductor layer and a drain buffer layer between the drain electrode and the semiconductor layer. The source and drain electrodes are metal Cu electrodes, and the source and drain buffer layers are Cu alloy layer.
US09240483B2 Fin-type field effect transistors including aluminum doped metal-containing layer
A semiconductor device includes a fin-type active region; a gate dielectric layer covering an upper surface and opposite lateral surfaces of the fin-type active region; and a gate line extending on the gate dielectric layer to cover the upper surface and opposite lateral surfaces of the fin-type active region and to cross the fin-type active region. The gate line includes an aluminum (Al) doped metal-containing layer extending to cover the upper surface and opposite lateral surfaces of the fin-type active region to a uniform thickness, and a gap-fill metal layer extending on the Al doped metal-containing layer over the fin-type active region. Related fabrication methods are also described.
US09240482B2 Asymmetric stressor DRAM
A stressor structure is formed within a drain region of an access transistor in a dynamic random access memory (DRAM) cell in a semiconductor-on-insulator (SOI) substrate without forming any stressor structure in a source region of the DRAM cell. The stressor structure induces a stress gradient within the body region of the access transistor, which induces a greater leakage current at the body-drain junction than at the body-source junction. The body potential of the access transistor has a stronger coupling to the drain voltage than to the source voltage. An asymmetric etch of a gate dielectric cap, application of a planarization material layer, and a non-selective etch of the planarization material layer and the gate dielectric cap can be employed to form the DRAM cell.
US09240478B2 3D UTB transistor using 2D material channels
A semiconductor device and a method of manufacture are provided. A substrate has a dielectric layer formed thereon. A three-dimensional feature, such as a trench or a fin, is formed in the dielectric layer. A two-dimensional layer, such as a layer (or multilayer) of graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), or boron nitride (BN), is formed over sidewalls of the feature. The two-dimensional layer may also extend along horizontal surfaces, such as along a bottom of the trench or along horizontal surfaces of the dielectric layer extending away from the three-dimensional feature. A gate dielectric layer is formed over the two-dimensional layer and a gate electrode is formed over the gate dielectric layer. Source/drain contacts are electrically coupled to the two-dimensional layer on opposing sides of the gate electrode.
US09240475B2 Semiconductor device
A semiconductor device is provided that includes a substrate including a device region and a peripheral region surrounding the device region, a first interconnection including one or more first conductive lines extending in a first direction, a second interconnection including one or more second conductive lines extending in the first direction, the second interconnection spaced apart from the first interconnection, a first conductive plate and a second conductive plate spaced apart from each other, the first conductive plate corresponding to the first interconnection and the second conductive plate corresponding to the second interconnection, one or more first vias connecting the first conductive lines to the first conductive plate and overlapping the device region and one or more second vias connecting the second conductive lines to the second conductive plate, the second vias overlapping the device region and arranged in a staggered, alternating configuration with the one or more first vias.
US09240474B2 Enhanced GaN transistor and the forming method thereof
An enhanced GaN transistor is provided. The structure comprises a substrate, a heterostructure, a p-element epitaxy growth layer, a drain ohmic contact and a source ohmic contact disposed on the heterostructure and on two sides of the p-element epitaxy growth layer, a gate structure disposed on the p-element epitaxy growth layer, and is separated from the drain ohmic contact and the source ohmic contact, a surface passivation layer covered the drain ohmic contact, source ohmic contact, and p-element epitaxy growth layer, and covered portion of the gate structure.
US09240473B2 High temperature performance capable gallium nitride transistor
A transistor device capable of high performance at high temperatures. The transistor comprises a gate having a contact layer that contacts the active region. The gate contact layer is made of a material that has a high Schottky barrier when used in conjunction with a particular semiconductor system (e.g., Group-III nitrides) and exhibits decreased degradation when operating at high temperatures. The device may also incorporate a field plate to further increase the operating lifetime of the device.
US09240472B2 Semiconductor device, PFC circuit, power supply device, and amplifier
A semiconductor device, that has a transistor region and a surge-protector region, includes: a substrate; a first semiconductor layer formed on the substrate; a second semiconductor layer formed on the first semiconductor layer; a gate electrode, a source electrode, and a drain electrode formed on the second semiconductor layer in the transistor region; and a surge-protector first electrode, a surge-protector second electrode, and a surge-protector third electrode formed on the second semiconductor layer in the surge-protector region, wherein the source electrode and the surge-protector second electrode are connected to each other, wherein the drain electrode and the surge-protector third electrode are connected to each other, wherein the surge-protector first electrode is formed between the surge-protector second electrode and the surge-protector third electrode, and wherein a distance between the surge-protector first electrode and the surge-protector third electrode is smaller than a distance between the gate electrode and the drain electrode.
US09240466B2 Method of introducing local stress in a semiconductor layer
The disclosure concerns a method of stressing a semiconductor layer comprising: forming, over a silicon on insulator structure having a semiconductor layer in contact with an insulating layer, one or more stressor blocks aligned with first regions of said semiconductor layer in which transistor channels are to be formed, wherein said stressor blocks are stressed such that they locally stress said semiconductor layer; and deforming second regions of said insulating layer adjacent to said first regions by temporally decreasing, by annealing, the viscosity of said insulator layer.
US09240463B2 High voltage laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor
High-voltage LDMOS devices with voltage linearizing field plates and methods of manufacture are disclosed. The method includes forming an array of poly islands and a control gate structure by patterning a poly layer formed over a deep well region and a body of a substrate. The method further includes forming a metal shield in contact with the control gate structure and over the array of poly islands.
US09240460B2 Methods of forming semiconductor devices including an embedded stressor, and related apparatuses
Methods of forming semiconductor devices are provided. A method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming preliminary trenches adjacent opposing sides of an active region. The method includes forming etching selection regions in portions of the active region that are exposed after forming the preliminary trenches. The method includes forming trenches by removing the etching selection regions. Moreover, the method includes forming a stressor in the trenches. Related apparatuses are also provided.
US09240459B2 Semiconductor process
A semiconductor process includes the following step. A stacked structure is formed on a substrate. A contact etch stop layer is formed to cover the stacked structure and the substrate. A material layer is formed on the substrate and exposes a top part of the contact etch stop layer covering the stacked structure. The top part is redressed.
US09240458B2 Methods of fabricating nonvolatile memory devices and related devices
Provided is a fabricating method of a nonvolatile memory. The fabricating method includes forming a plurality of gates extending in a first direction on a substrate to be adjacent to each other, forming a gap-fill layer filling at least a portion of a space between the plurality of gates, forming a supporter pattern supporting the plurality of gates on the plurality of gates and the gap-fill layer, and forming an air gap in the space between the plurality of gates by removing the gap-fill layer.
US09240453B2 Dual work function buried gate type transistor and method for fabricating the same
A transistor includes a substrate having an active region defined by an isolation layer; a first trench defined in the active region and a second trench defined in the isolation layer; a fin region formed under the first trench; and a buried gate electrode covering sidewalls of the fin region and filling the first and second trenches. The buried gate electrode includes a first work function layer formed on the sidewalls of the fin region; a second work function layer formed on sidewalls of the first trench and the second trench; a third work function layer positioned over the fin region and contacting the second work function layer; and a low resistance layer contacting the third work function layer and partially filling the first and second trenches.
US09240452B2 Array and moat isolation structures and method of manufacture
An array or moat isolation structure for eDRAM with heterogeneous deep trench fill and methods of manufacture is provided. The method includes forming a deep trench for a memory array and an isolation region. The method further includes forming a node dielectric on exposed surfaces of the deep trench for the memory array and the isolation region. The method further includes filling remaining portions of the deep trench for the memory array with a metal, and lining the deep trench of the isolation region with the metal. The method further includes filling remaining portions of the deep trench for the isolation region with a material, on the metal within the deep trench for the memory array. The method further includes recessing the metal within the deep trench for the memory array and the isolation region. The metal in the deep trench of the memory array is recessed to a greater depth than the metal in the isolation region.
US09240449B2 Zero-dimensional electron devices and methods of fabricating the same
A semiconductor device comprises a substrate and quantum dots, wherein a peak emission of the quantum dots has a FWHM of less than 20 meV when the semiconductor is measured at a temperature of 4 Kelvin.
US09240448B2 Bipolar junction transistors with reduced base-collector junction capacitance
Device structures for a bipolar junction transistor. The device structure includes a collector region, an intrinsic base formed on the collector region, an emitter coupled with the intrinsic base and separated from the collector by the intrinsic base, and an isolation region extending through the intrinsic base to the collector region. The isolation region is formed with a first section having first sidewalls that extend through the intrinsic base and a second section with second sidewalls that extend into the collector region. The second sidewalls are inclined relative to the first sidewalls. The isolation region is positioned in a trench that is formed with first and second etching process in which the latter etches different crystallographic directions of a single-crystal semiconductor material at different etch rates.
US09240447B1 finFETs containing improved strain benefit and self aligned trench isolation structures
A first array of semiconductor fins and a second array of semiconductor fins are provided on a bulk semiconductor portion of a bulk semiconductor substrate. Each semiconductor fin of the first and second arrays is spaced apart by a first gap, and the outermost semiconductor fins of the first and second arrays of semiconductor fins are spaced apart by a second gap that is wider than the first gap. A sacrificial material is formed which completely fills the first gap, but not the second gap. An etch is employed to provide trenches into the bulk semiconductor portion which have sidewall surfaces self aligned to sidewall surfaces of sacrificial spacer structures that are formed during this etch. A trench isolation structure is formed into each trench and thereafter a functional gate structure is formed surrounding each semiconductor fin.
US09240444B2 High-voltage semiconductor device with a termination structure
A semiconductor device is disclosed. A substrate of a first conductivity type is provided. The substrate has a first area and a second area. An epitaxial layer of a second conductivity type is disposed on the front side of the substrate. A first doped region of the first conductivity type is disposed in the epitaxial layer in the first area, wherein a doping depth of the first doped region is gradually decreased away from the second area. At least one second doped region of the second conductivity type is disposed in the first doped region, wherein a doping depth of the at least one second doped region is gradually increased away from the second area. A dielectric layer is disposed on the epitaxial layer. A first conductive layer is disposed on the dielectric layer.
US09240437B2 Flexible TFT backpanel by glass substrate removal
A process of fabricating a flexible TFT back-panel on a glass support includes a step of providing a flat glass support member sufficiently thick to prevent bending during the processing. A layer of etch stop material is positioned on the upper surface of the glass support member and an insulating buffer layer is positioned on the layer of etch stop material. A TFT back-panel is positioned on the insulating buffer layer and a flexible plastic carrier is affixed to the TFT back-panel. The glass support member is etched away, whereby a flexible TFT back-panel is provided. The TFT back-panel can include a matrix of either OLED cells or LCD cells.
US09240431B1 Conductive trench isolation
An image sensor including a plurality of photodiodes disposed in a semiconductor layer and a plurality of deep trench isolation regions disposed in the semiconductor layer. The plurality of deep trench isolation regions include: (1) an oxide layer disposed on an inner surface of the plurality of deep trench isolation regions and (2) a conductive fill disposed in the plurality of deep trench isolation regions where the oxide layer is disposed between the semiconductor layer and the conductive fill. A plurality of pinning wells is also disposed in the semiconductor layer, and the plurality of pinning wells in combination with the plurality of deep trench isolation regions separate individual photodiodes in the plurality of photodiodes. A fixed charge layer is disposed on the semiconductor layer, and the plurality of deep trench isolation regions are disposed between the plurality of pinning wells and the fixed charge layer.
US09240430B2 Semiconductor image pickup device
According to one embodiment, a semiconductor image pickup device includes a pixel area and a non-pixel area. The device includes a first photoelectric conversion element formed in the pixel area, a first transistor formed in the pixel area and connected to the first photoelectric conversion element, a second photoelectric conversion element formed in the non-pixel area, a second transistor formed in the non-pixel area and connected to the second photoelectric conversion element, a metal wire formed at least in the non-pixel area, a first cap layer formed on the metal wire to prevent diffusion of metal contained in the metal wire, and a dummy via wire formed in the non-pixel area and penetrating the first cap layer.
US09240425B2 Method for manufacturing light-emitting display device
It is an object of one embodiment of the present invention to manufacture a light-emitting display device by simplifying a manufacturing process of a transistor, without an increase in the number of steps as well as the number of photomasks as compared to those in the conventional case. A step for processing a semiconductor layer into an island shape is omitted by using a high-resistance oxide semiconductor which is intrinsic or substantially intrinsic for the semiconductor layer, used to form transistors. Formation of an opening in the semiconductor layer or an insulating layer formed over the semiconductor layer and etching of an unnecessary portion of the semiconductor layer are performed at the same time; thus, the number of photolithography steps is reduced.
US09240423B2 Display device and method of manufacturing the same
A display device includes: an insulating substrate comprising a first region and a second region; a thin-film transistor (TFT) formed on the first region comprising a gate electrode, a source electrode, and a drain electrode; and a storage capacitor formed on the second region, wherein the storage capacitor comprises a first electrode, a second electrode and a first interlayer insulating film, where the first and second electrodes face each other and are made of a transparent conductive material, wherein the interlayer insulating film is interposed between the first electrode and the second electrode, and wherein the first electrode is formed on the entire surface of the first substrate as one body and receives a common voltage, and the second electrode is electrically connected to the drain electrode.
US09240422B2 TFT array subsrate, fabrication method, and display device thereof
A TFT array substrate, a fabrication method thereof and a display device. The TFT array substrate, comprising: gate lines (19), data lines (20) and a plurality of pixel units, each pixel unit comprises: a common electrode line (11), a gate insulating layer (16), a passivation layer (17) and a pixel electrode (12) in this order, wherein a backup common electrode line (41) is disposed at a position between the gate insulating layer (16) and the passivation layer (17) and opposite to the common electrode line (11), the backup common electrode line (41) is electrically insulated from the data line (20). The TFT array substrate with this structure can avoid the short circuit between the pixel electrode (12) and the common electrode line (11).
US09240421B2 Display panel, method for fabricating the same and display device
A display panel is discloses. A gate line and a gate connection line of an array substrate are disposed perpendicular to each other. A passivation layer is formed on a side of a source electrode or a drain electrode of the array substrate which is close to the color filter substrate. A first via hole is disposed in the passivation layer. A color filter substrate includes a first substrate, and a data line parallel to the gate connection line is formed on a side of the first substrate which is close to the array substrate. A protection layer, a black matrix and a common electrode are sequentially formed on a side of the data line which is close to the array substrate. A second via hole is disposed in a region of the protection layer, the black matrix and the common electrode which corresponds to the data line. A first end of a conductive spacer is connected to the source electrode or the drain electrode by way of the first via hole, a second end of the conductive spacer is connected to the data line by way of the second via hole. A method for fabricating a display panel and a display device are further disclosed.
US09240417B1 Nonvolatile semiconductor memory device and method of manufacturing the same
According to an embodiment, a nonvolatile semiconductor memory device comprises a memory area, a capacitor area, and a transistor area, on a semiconductor substrate. The nonvolatile semiconductor memory device comprises a memory cell and a select gate transistor, in the memory area. The nonvolatile semiconductor memory device includes a capacitor comprising a first electrode layer and a second electrode layer stacked on the first electrode layer via an insulating layer. An upper surface of the capacitor is covered by a first insulating layer, and the insulating layer has an upper level portion and a lower level portion. A part of an outline of the upper level portion is along a part of an outline of the second electrode layer.
US09240415B2 Semiconductor device and method of forming the same
A semiconductor device is provided. A cell region is disposed in a substrate. The cell region includes a memory cell. A peripheral region is disposed in the substrate. The peripheral region is adjacent to the cell region. The peripheral region has a trench isolation, a first active region and a second active region. The trench isolation is interposed between the first active region and the second active region. A common gate pattern is disposed on the peripheral region. The common gate pattern extends in a first direction and partially overlaps the first active region, the second active region and the trench isolation. A buried conductive pattern is enclosed by the trench isolation. The buried conductive pattern extends in a second direction crossing the first direction. A top surface of the buried conductive pattern is lower than a bottom surface of the common gate pattern.
US09240411B1 Semiconductor device and method for fabricating the same
A semiconductor device includes a substrate including a first active region, a second active region and a field region between the first and second active regions, and a gate structure formed on the substrate to cross the first active region, the second active region and the field region. The gate structure includes a p type metal gate electrode and an n-type metal gate electrode directly contacting each other, the p-type metal gate electrode extends from the first active region less than half way toward the second active region.
US09240404B2 Embedded polysilicon resistor in integrated circuits formed by a replacement gate process
An embedded resistor structure in an integrated circuit that can be formed in a replacement gate high-k metal gate metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) technology process flow. The structure is formed by etching a trench into the substrate, either by removing a shallow trench isolation structure or by silicon etch at the desired location. Deposition of the dummy gate polysilicon layer fills the trench with polysilicon; the resistor polysilicon portion is protected from dummy gate polysilicon removal by a hard mask layer. The resistor polysilicon can be doped during source/drain implant, and can have its contact locations silicide-clad without degrading the metal gate electrode.
US09240401B2 Semiconductor device and method of manufacturing a semiconductor device
Semiconductor devices and methods of manufacture thereof are disclosed. In some embodiments, a semiconductor device includes: a substrate; a first region over the substrate; a second region laterally adjacent to the first region; a third region disposed laterally adjacent to the second region on a side of the second region opposite the first region; a fourth region disposed within a portion of the first region proximate the second region; a fifth region disposed within a portion of the second region proximate the first region, wherein the fourth region and the fifth region are separated by a first isolation area; a sixth region disposed within a portion of the third region proximate the second region; and a seventh region disposed within the second region and below the fifth region.
US09240400B2 Scheme to reduce stress of input/ output (IO) driver
An input/output (IO) circuit is provided that reduces stress on a driver without using an additional reference voltage. The IO circuit receives an overshoot voltage and an undershoot voltage in a receive mode. The IO circuit includes a driver circuit. The driver circuit includes an NMOS transistor coupled to a PMOS transistor. A pad is coupled to the driver circuit. A PMOS protect circuit is coupled to the driver circuit and the pad. An NMOS protect circuit is coupled to the driver circuit and the pad. The NMOS protect circuit is configured to be activated only for a duration of the overshoot voltage received at the pad during the receive mode and the PMOS protect circuit is configured to be activated only for a duration of the undershoot voltage received at the pad during the receive mode.
US09240399B2 Active device array substrate and repairing method thereof
An active device array substrate includes a substrate, a first gate driving circuit, a second gate driving circuit, active devices, scan line structures and data lines. The substrate has an active region, a first peripheral region and a second peripheral region. The first and the second gate driving circuits are respectively located at the first and the second peripheral regions. Active device are arranged in an array at the active region. Each scan line structure includes a first scan line, a second scan line and an auxiliary pattern. The first scan line having a first terminal end and the second scan line having a second end are connected to a same row of the active devices respectively. A gap is between the first terminal end and the second terminal end. The auxiliary pattern is disposed on the gap and overlaps the first terminal end and the second terminal end.
US09240396B2 Pixel structure of light emitting diode
This disclosure provides a pixel structure of inorganic light emitting diode. A first power line is disposed between two adjacent first sub-pixel and second sub-pixel, and the first sub-pixel and second sub-pixel are electrically connected to the same first power line. Also, a first reference line is disposed on an opposite side of the first sub-pixel away from the second sub-pixel, and a second reference line is disposed on an opposite side of the second sub-pixel away from the first sub-pixel. The first sub-pixel and the second sub-pixel have substantially the same length.
US09240393B2 High yield semiconductor device
A semiconductor device including two or more die stacks mounted to a substrate. The first die stack is mounted, at least partially encapsulated, and then tested. If the first die stack functions within predefined parameters, a second die stack is mounted on the first die stack, and then the device may undergo a second encapsulation process. Testing the first die stack before mounting the second improves yield by identifying faulty semiconductor die before all die are mounted within the semiconductor device.
US09240392B2 Method for fabricating embedded chips
A method of fabricating embedded die packages including the following steps: obtaining a honeycomb array of chip sockets such that each chip socket is surrounded by a framework having a polymer matrix of a first polymer and at least one via post through the framework around each socket; placing the honeycomb array on a transparent tape so that an underside of the honey comb array contacts the transparent tape; positioning a chip terminal the down (flip chip) in each chip socket so that undersides of the dies contact the transparent tape; using optical imaging through the tape to align the chips with the via posts; applying a packing material over and around the chips in the honeycomb array, and curing the filler to embed the chips on five sides; thinning and planarizing the packing material to expose upper ends of the vias on upper side of the array; removing the transparent tape; applying a feature layer of conductors on the underside of the honeycomb array and the undersides of the chips, to couple at least one terminal of each die to at least one through via; applying a feature layer of conductors on over side of the honeycomb array such that at least one conductor extends from a through via at least partway over each chip; dicing the array to create separate dies comprising at least one embedded chip having a contract pad coupled to a through via adjacent the chip.
US09240389B2 Method for producing at least one pad assembly on a support for the self-assembly of an integrated circuit chip on the support by the formation of a fluorinated material surrounding the pad and exposure of the pad and the fluorinated material to an ultraviolet treatment in the presence of ozone
A method for producing at least one pad assembly (32, 50) on a support (19, 43) for use in a method for self-assembling at least one element (10) on the support (19, 43), comprises fanning, on the support (19, 43), a layer (28, 48) of at least one fluorinated material around the location (30, 44) of the pad assembly (32, 50), the layer (28, 48) having a thickness greater than 10 nm. The layer (28, 48) and the location (30, 44) are exposed to an ultraviolet treatment in the presence of ozone to form the pad assembly (32, 50) at said location (30, 44), wherein a drop of liquid (16) having a static contact angle on the pad assembly (32, 50) less than or equal to 15°, after the exposure to the ultraviolet treatment, has a static contact angle on the layer (28, 48) greater than or equal to 100°.
US09240387B2 Wafer-level chip scale package with re-workable underfill
A package includes a printed circuit board (PCB), and a die bonded to the PCB through solder balls. A re-workable underfill is dispensed in a region between the PCB and the die.
US09240385B2 Packaged microelectronic devices and methods for manufacturing packaged microelectronic devices
Microelectronic devices and method of forming a plurality of microelectronic devices on a semiconductor workpiece are disclosed herein. One such method includes placing a plurality of first interconnect elements on a side of a semiconductor workpiece, forming a layer on the side of the workpiece, reshaping the first interconnect elements by heating the first interconnect elements, and coupling a first portion of a plurality of individual second interconnect elements to corresponding first interconnect elements with a second portion of the individual second interconnect elements exposed.
US09240383B2 High frequency switch module
A high frequency switch module includes a multilayer substrate and a switch IC. The switch IC is mounted on a top plane of the multilayer substrate. A drive power signal input port and control signal input ports are connected to direct current external input ports through direct current voltage conductors, respectively. In-layer conductors of the direct current voltage conductors are arranged so that the in-layer conductors overlap each other at least partially in a state in which the multilayer substrate is viewed along a stacking direction.
US09240380B2 Semiconductor device and method of forming interposer frame over semiconductor die to provide vertical interconnect
A semiconductor device has a first semiconductor die mounted over a carrier. An interposer frame has an opening in the interposer frame and a plurality of conductive pillars formed over the interposer frame. The interposer is mounted over the carrier and first die with the conductive pillars disposed around the die. A cavity can be formed in the interposer frame to contain a portion of the first die. An encapsulant is deposited through the opening in the interposer frame over the carrier and first die. Alternatively, the encapsulant is deposited over the carrier and first die and the interposer frame is pressed against the encapsulant. Excess encapsulant exits through the opening in the interposer frame. The carrier is removed. An interconnect structure is formed over the encapsulant and first die. A second semiconductor die can be mounted over the first die or over the interposer frame.
US09240375B2 Modular fuses and antifuses for integrated circuits
Nanoscale efuses, antifuses, and planar coil inductors are disclosed. A copper damascene process can be used to make all of these circuit elements. A low-temperature copper etch process can be used to make the efuses and efuse-like inductors. The circuit elements can be designed and constructed in a modular fashion by linking a matrix of metal columns in different configurations and sizes. The number of metal columns, or the size of a dielectric mesh included in the circuit element, determines its electrical characteristics. Alternatively, the efuses and inductors can be formed from interstitial metal that is either deposited into a matrix of dielectric columns, or left behind after etching columnar openings in a block of metal. Arrays of metal columns also serve a second function as features that can improve polish uniformity in place of conventional dummy structures. Use of such modular arrays provides flexibility to integrated circuit designers.
US09240372B1 Semiconductor die having lead wires formed over a circuit in a shielded area
A semiconductor die including first, second, and third bond pads. The first and second bond pads are arranged in an outer periphery of the semiconductor die. The first bond pad receives a reference voltage potential through a first lead wire. A first via arranged in a substrate of the semiconductor die is connected between the first bond pad and an interconnecting layer. A second via arranged in the substrate is connected between the interconnecting layer and the second bond pad to provide the reference voltage potential to the second bond pad. The third bond pad is arranged in an interior portion of the semiconductor die and is connected to the second bond pad using a second lead wire to receive the reference voltage potential. A circuit is arranged in the interior portion between the second bond pad and the third bond pad below the second lead wire.
US09240370B1 Power module
A power module includes a first substrate, at least two power elements, at least one conductive structure and at least one leadframe. The first substrate includes a first dielectric layer and two first metal layers. The first dielectric layer has at least two concavities and two opposite surfaces, the two first metal layers are respectively disposed on the two surfaces, and the two concavities are respectively formed on the two surfaces. The two power elements are respectively embedded in the two concavities of the first dielectric layer. The two power elements are electrically connected to each other through the conductive structure. The leadframe disposed at the first substrate is electrically connected to the two power elements, and is partially extended outside the first substrate.
US09240368B2 Semiconductor device and method of manufacturing the same
A semiconductor device includes a die pad having an upper surface and a lower surface opposite to the upper surface, a semiconductor chip having a main surface and a back surface opposite to the main surface so that a plurality of electrode pads are formed on the main surface and being mounted on the die pad so that the back surface is opposite to the upper surface of the die pad, a plurality of leads arranged to be aligned on a side of the die pad, a first wire electrically connecting between a first electrode pad among the plurality of electrode pads of the semiconductor chip and a first lead among the plurality of leads, and a second wire having a diameter thicker than a diameter of the first wire and electrically connecting between a second electrode pad among the plurality of electrode pads of the semiconductor chip.
US09240366B2 Semiconductor device, semiconductor package, and electronic system
Provided are a semiconductor device, a semiconductor package, and an electronic system. The device includes a substrate having a front side and a back side disposed opposite the front side. An internal circuit is disposed on or near to the front side of the substrate. Signal I/O through-via structures are disposed in the substrate. Back side conductive patterns are disposed on the back side of the substrate and electrically connected to the signal I/O through-via structures. A back side conductive structure is disposed on the back side of the substrate and spaced apart from the signal I/O through-via structures. The back side conductive structure includes parallel supporter portions.
US09240362B2 Layer arrangement and a wafer level package comprising the layer arrangement
The invention relates to a layer arrangement and a wafer level package comprising the layer arrangement, and in particular, the layer arrangement comprises a getter layer and further comprises a sacrificial layer. The wafer level package may be used in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) packaging at a vacuum level of about 10 mTorr or less such as close to 1 mTorr (i.e. MEMS vacuum packaging).
US09240361B2 Array substrate, method for fabricating and testing array substrate, and display device
The present invention provides an array substrate, which includes a plurality of pixel units, each pixel unit includes a thin film transistor, a pixel electrode, a common electrode and a passivation layer, the thin film transistor includes an active layer, a gate electrode, a source electrode and a drain electrode, the drain electrode and the pixel electrode are connected, the passivation layer is disposed on the active layer, the source electrode, the drain electrode and the pixel electrode, the common electrode is disposed above the pixel electrode with the passivation layer therebetween, a test electrode is disposed on the active layer and under the passivation layer, the test electrode is electrically insulated from the gate electrode, the source electrode and the drain electrode. Correspondingly, a method for fabricating and a method for testing the array substrate, and a display device including the array substrate are provided.
US09240358B2 Semiconductor device provided with temperature sensing diode and manufacturing method thereof
A semiconductor device includes: a semiconductor substrate; a first insulating film on a surface of the semiconductor substrate; a temperature sensing diode on the first insulating film; a trench extending inward from the surface of the semiconductor substrate; and a trench electrode embedded in the trench via a second insulating film and connected to the temperature sensing diode.
US09240349B2 Interconnect structures for substrate
A device for use with integrated circuits is provided. The device includes a substrate having a through-substrate via formed therethrough. Dielectric layers are formed over at least one side of the substrate and metallization layers are formed within the dielectric layers. A first metallization layer closest to the through-substrate via is larger than one or more overlying metallization layers. In an embodiment, a top metallization layer is larger than one or more underlying metallization layers. Integrated circuit dies may be attached to the substrate on either or both sides of the substrate, and either side of the substrate may be attached to another substrate, such as a printed circuit board, a high-density interconnect, a packaging substrate, an organic substrate, a laminate substrate, or the like.
US09240342B2 Methods of forming replacement fins for a FinFET semiconductor device by performing a replacement growth process
Various methods are disclosed herein for forming alternative fin materials that are in a stable or metastable condition. In one case, a stable replacement fin is grown to a height that is greater than an unconfined stable critical thickness of the replacement fin material and it has a defect density of 104 defects/cm2 or less throughout its entire height. In another case, a metastable replacement fin is grown to a height that is greater than an unconfined metastable critical thickness of the replacement fin material and it has a defect density of 105 defects/cm2 or less throughout at least 90% of its entire height.
US09240339B2 Substrate holder, substrate holder unit, substrate transport apparatus, and substrate bonding apparatus
A substrate holder is reliably transported in a state of holding a substrate. There is provided a substrate holder for holding a substrate by means of electrostatic force generated by power supplied from an external source. The substrate holder is to be transported in a state of holding the substrate. The substrate holder includes a holder body that is to have the substrate placed thereon, and a connector terminal that is externally exposed through the holder body, where the connector terminal is attachable to and detachable from an external power supply terminal. There is also provided a substrate transport apparatus for transporting a substrate holder holding a substrate by means of electrostatic force generated by power supplied from an external source. The substrate transport apparatus includes a placement section that has a placement surface on which the substrate holder is placed, where the placement section holds the substrate holder, and a power supply terminal that supplies power to the substrate holder placed on the placement surface.
US09240338B2 Workpiece alignment device
An alignment device has a carriage, two rails on the carriage that are configured for a workpiece to pass therebetween, and a finger that protrudes a distance from the carriage. The finger is configured to be disposed on a carrier for the workpieces. The workpieces may be solar cells and may pass through the rails on a conveyor belt. The alignment device may move in order to align the workpieces as the workpieces are loaded into a carrier.
US09240335B2 Wafer cleaning apparatus and wafer cleaning method using the same
The object of the present invention is to provide a wafer cleaning apparatus that reduces the amount of dissolved oxygen, without using hydrogen peroxide, to be able to reduce the deformation, etc. of a wafer and to reduce silicon consumption and a wafer cleaning method using the same.The present invention provides a wafer cleaning apparatus comprising: a first thin film contactor that receives drug solution for removing an oxide film or ultra pure water to separate and discharge gas dissolved in the drug solution for removing the oxide film or the ultra pure water; a second thin film contactor that receives the drug solution for removing the oxide film or the ultra pure water discharged from the first thin film contactor; a vacuum pump that discharges gas separated in the first and second thin film contactors to the outside; and a process vessel that stores the drug solution for removing the oxide film or the ultra pure water discharged from the second thin film contactor, and a wafer cleaning method using the same.
US09240334B2 Method for detaching a semiconductor chip from a foil
The invention relates to the prepeeling phase of methods for detaching a semiconductor chip from a foil. According to a first aspect, the invention relates to the determination of time periods, which each defines a duration of a prepeeling step. In a setup phase, the following steps are carried out for each prepeeling step: Initiating the method step; Repeating the two steps Recording of an image of the semiconductor chip and assignment of a time period to the image which has passed since the initiation of the prepeeling step, and Checking whether in the image a peripheral region of the semiconductor chip is darker than a predetermined brightness value; until the check leads to the result that no peripheral region of the semiconductor chip is darker than the predetermined brightness value. According to a second aspect, the detachment of the semiconductor chip from the foil is monitored in realtime.
US09240329B2 Method for multiplying pattern density by crossing multiple patterned layers
Techniques disclosed herein include increasing pattern density for creating high-resolution contact openings, slots, trenches, and other features. A first line-generation sequence creates a first layer of parallel lines of alternating and differing material by using double-stacked mandrels, sidewall image transfer, and novel planarization schemes. This line-generation sequence is repeated on top of the first layer of parallel lines, but with the second layer of parallel lines of alternating and differing material being oriented to elevationally cross lines of the first layer. Etching selective to one of the materials within the double stack of parallel lines results in defining a pattern of openings, slots, etc., which can be transferred into underlying layers. Such patterning techniques herein can quadruple a density of features in a given pattern, which can be described as created a pitch quad.
US09240327B2 Resist underlayer film-forming composition for EUV lithography containing condensation polymer
There is provided a resist underlayer film composition for EUV lithography that is used in a device production process using EUV lithography, reduces adverse effects of EUV, and is effective for obtaining a good resist pattern, and to a method for forming a resist pattern that uses the resist underlayer film composition for EUV lithography. A resist underlayer film-forming composition for EUV lithography, including: a polymer having a repeating unit structure of formula (1): [where each of A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, and A6 is a hydrogen atom, a methyl group, or an ethyl group; X1 is formula (2), formula (3), formula (4), or formula (0): Q is formula (5) or formula (6): and a solvent. A resist underlayer film-forming composition for EUV lithography, comprising: the polymer having the repeating unit structure of formula (1); a crosslinkable compound; and a solvent.
US09240322B2 Method for forming superactive deactivation-resistant junction with laser anneal and multiple implants
A pulsed-laser anneal technique includes performing an implant of a selected region of a semiconductor wafer. A co-constituent implant of the selected region is performed, and the pulsed-laser anneal of the selected region performed. A pre-amorphizing implant of the selected region can also be performed. In one embodiment, the implant of the selected region is performed as an insitu implant. In another embodiment, the co-constituent implant is performed as an insitu non-donor implant. In yet another embodiment, the implant and the co-constituent implant of the selected region are performed as an insitu donor and co-constituent implant.
US09240319B2 Chalcogenide-containing precursors, methods of making, and methods of using the same for thin film deposition
Disclosed are chalcogenide-containing precursors for use in the manufacture of semiconductor, photovoltaic, LCD-TFT1 or flat panel type devices. Also disclosed are methods of synthesizing the chalcogenide-containing precursors and vapor deposition methods, preferably thermal ALD, using the chalcogenide-containing precursors to form chalcogenide-containing films.
US09240316B2 Method for producing an epitaxially coated semiconductor wafer
Epitaxially coated semiconductor wafers are prepared by a process in which a semiconductor wafer polished at least on its front side is placed on a susceptor in a single-wafer epitaxy reactor and epitaxially coated on its polished front side at temperatures of 1000-1200° C., wherein, after coating, the semiconductor wafer is cooled in the temperature range from 1200° C. to 900° C. at a rate of less than 5° C. per second. In a second method for producing an epitaxially coated wafer, the wafer is placed on a susceptor in the epitaxy reactor and epitaxially coated on its polished front side at a deposition temperature of 1000-1200° C., and after coating, and while still at the deposition temperature, the wafer is raised for 1-60 seconds to break connections between susceptor and wafer produced by deposited semiconductor material before the wafer is cooled.
US09240315B1 CVD oxide surface pre-conditioning by inductively coupled O2 plasma
A method and apparatus for conditioning an oxide surface during a semiconductor device formation process is provided herein. One or more plasma processing operations are performed on a substrate having a fin structure and shallow trench isolation structure (STI) formed thereon. An oxygen containing plasma process may modify surfaces of the STI structure in preparation for an argon containing plasma process. The argon containing plasma process may form a first layer on the fin structure and STI structure and an ammonia fluoride containing plasma process may form a second layer on the first layer. The first and second layers may be removed from the substrate during a subsequent heating process to provide a cleaned fin structure suitable for subsequent processing operations.
US09240314B2 Substrate treatment device and substrate treatment method
[Problem] To provide a substrate treatment device which can more efficiently heat and more efficiently use a treatment solution to treat the surface of a plate-shaped substrate.[Solution] A substrate treatment device which is provided with a treatment solution feed mechanism 50 and feeds a treatment solution S to the surface of a plate-shaped substrate that is held on the substrate holding part 10 and which uses the treatment solution S to treat the surface of the plate-shaped substrate 100, which substrate treatment device has a treatment solution holding plate 15 which is arranged facing the surface of the plate-shaped substrate 100 that is held at the substrate holding part 10, across a predetermined distance, and which holds the treatment solution with the surface of the plate-shaped substrate 100 and a heating part 30 which contacts a predetermined region of the treatment solution holding plate 15, including a position corresponding to the axis of rotation of the substrate holding part 10, to heat the predetermined region and which treatment solution feed mechanism feeds the treatment solution S to the clearance between the surface of the plate-shaped substrate 100 which rotates together with the substrate holding part 10 and the treatment solution holding plate 15 which is heated by the heating part 20.
US09240313B2 Target for ultraviolet light generation, electron beam-excited ultraviolet light source, and production method for target for ultraviolet light generation
A target for ultraviolet light generation comprises a substrate adapted to transmit ultraviolet light therethrough and a light-emitting layer disposed on the substrate and generating ultraviolet light in response to an electron beam. The light-emitting layer includes a polycrystalline film constituted by an oxide polycrystal containing Lu and Si doped with an activator or a polycrystalline film constituted by a rare-earth-containing aluminum garnet polycrystal doped with an activator.
US09240311B2 Apparatus for analysis of sample chemical species featuring multiple sample placement locations
A Direct Sample Analysis (DSA) ion source system operating at essentially atmospheric pressure is configured to facilitate the ionization, or desorption and ionization, of sample species from a wide variety of gaseous, liquid, and/or solid samples, for chemical analysis by mass spectrometry or other gas phase ion detectors. The DSA system includes one or more means of ionizing samples and includes a sealed enclosure which provides protection from high voltages and hazardous vapors, and in which the local background gas environment may be monitored and well-controlled. The DSA system is configured to accommodate single or multiple samples at any one time, and provide external control of individual sample positioning, sample conditioning, sample heating, positional sensing, and temperature measurement.
US09240309B2 Systems and methods for acquiring data for mass spectrometry images
Systems and methods are provided for maximizing the data acquired from a sample in a mass spectrometry imaging experiment. An ion source device is instructed to produce and transmit to a tandem mass spectrometer a plurality of ions for each location of two or more locations of a sample. A mass range is divided into two or more mass window widths. For each location of the two or more locations, the tandem mass spectrometer is instructed to fragment the plurality of ions received for each location using each mass window width of the two or more mass window widths and to analyze resulting product ions. A product ion spectrum is produced for each mass window width, and a plurality of product ion spectra are produced for each location of the two or more locations.
US09240308B2 Hall effect enhanced capacitively coupled plasma source, an abatement system, and vacuum processing system
Embodiments disclosed herein include an abatement system for abating compounds produced in semiconductor processes. The abatement system includes a plasma source that has a first plate and a second plate parallel to the first plate. An electrode is disposed between the first and second plates and an outer wall is disposed between the first and second plates surrounding the electrode. The plasma source has a first plurality of magnets disposed on the first plate and a second plurality of magnets disposed on the second plate. The magnetic field created by the first and second plurality of magnets is substantially perpendicular to the electric field created between the electrode and the outer wall. In this configuration, a dense plasma is created.
US09240306B2 Device for spot size measurement at wafer level using a knife edge and a method for manufacturing such a device
The invention relates to a device for spot size measurement at wafer level in a multi charged particle beam lithography system. The device comprises a knife edge structure on top of a scintillating material, such a YAG material. The knife edge structure is arranged in a Si wafer which has a top plane at a sharp angle to a (1 1 0) plane of the Si. In an embodiment the angle is in the range from 2 to 4 degrees, preferably in the range from 2.9-3.1 degrees. The invention relates in addition to a method for manufacturing a device for spot size measurement at wafer level in a multi charged particle beam lithography system.
US09240303B2 Dual tube support for electron emitter
An x-ray tube including dual, electrically-conductive emitter tubes to support and provide electrical power to an electron emitter. A method of evacuating and sealing the x-ray tube by drawing a vacuum on the x-ray tube through an inner tube of dual emitter tubes, then pinching the inner tube to seal off the enclosure and to maintain a vacuum therein.
US09240302B2 Lamp
To the common point (C) of two transistors of a magnetron, switched converter power circuit is connected a coupling capacitor which provides input to a starter circuit. A transistor switch id in series with a capacitor and a diode. When the switch is off no current flows in (D11). When the switch is made, (D11) conducts during alternate halves of cycles present a (C). A second diode also conducts and allows current to pass through discharge capacitor. This progressively charges until the voltage across it reaches the breakdown voltage of a gas discharge tube (GTD). Whereupon the capacitor discharges through the primary winding of transformer (TR2). The second winding has many more turns and a started voltage is induced in the starter electrode. This is isolated from the Faraday cage and terminates adjacent to the crucible, close to the void.
US09240299B2 Pivotable key structure
A pivotable key structure includes a housing body, a pivotable unit, a switch module, and a carrier. The pivotable unit has a touchpad module and a pivotable member. The pivotable member is engaged to the touchpad module thereunder. The pivotable member is disposed on the carrier through two pivot axle as a pivot point to relatively pivot on the carrier. The carrier has a switch module corresponding to two pivot axles. The pivotable member has two operating portions which are protrusions, each respectively correspond to the switch module. The housing body has an opening so that the pivotable member can pivot horizontally and be exposed through the opening. Thereby, through the pivoting movements of the pivotable unit toward the switch module, the operating protrusions can contact the switch module and generate a corresponding control signal.
US09240297B2 Touch screen panel
A touch screen panel includes a substrate having a touch area and a routing wiring area, a plurality of first electrode serials formed in a first direction in the touch area, a plurality of second electrode serials which are arranged in a second direction crossing the first direction in the touch area so that the first and second electrode serials do not contact, a plurality of first routing wires which are formed in the routing wiring area and are respectively connected to one ends of the first electrode serials, and a plurality of second routing wires which are formed in the routing wiring area and are respectively connected to one ends of the second electrode serials. Odd-numbered first routing wires and even-numbered first routing wires of the first routing wires are formed on different layers.
US09240289B2 Contact switching device
An object of the present invention is to provide a contact switching device in which a short circuit contingent to flow-out of scattered objects caused by arc is eliminated, so that life durability is increased. For this, there is provided a contact switching device in which a movable iron core provided at one end portion of a movable shaft is attracted to a fixed iron core, based on excitation and degauss of an electromagnet portion, by which the movable shaft reciprocates in a shaft center direction, and movable contacts of a movable contact piece arranged at another end portion of the movable shaft contact and depart from fixed contacts. Particularly, contact surfaces between the fixed contacts and the movable contacts are arranged inside a box-shaped insulating member, and an opening portion of the insulating member is closed by a lid body having at least one extending portion in a direction of an arc generated between the fixed contacts and the movable contacts.
US09240287B2 Immobilized heteropoly acids and the use of the same electrode stabilization and enhancement
The use of fuel cells to produce electricity are known as an environmentally clean and reliable source of energy, and show promise as an automotive power source if the polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell can be made less expensive, more durable, reduce or eliminate humidification of the reactive gases, and operate at temperatures encountered during automotive operating conditions. The use of an electro-catalyst formed from heteropoly acids immobilized by a conductive material, such as carbon or platinum black, and stabilizing a metallic black with the immobilized conductive material addressed these automotive fuel cell needs. Coating the fuel cell electrode, polymer electrolyte assembly with a nano-particle catalyst derived from a heteropoly acid provided anodic carbon monoxide tolerance at anodic overpotentials and an active cathodic oxygen reduction. The heteropoly acids can also function as supercapacitor electrode films.
US09240283B2 Single crystal high dielectric constant material and method for making same
The invention provides a stable oxide material system for a capacitor, electronic device or a memory device having an effective high-k value with an effective zero alpha while exhibiting low leakage current density. The stable oxide material comprises Mx-Si1-xO2, wherein the elements M & Si are mixed such that the insulator layer comprises staggered edge-linked SiO2-MO2 bonding chains to provide a stable 3-dimensional single crystal system.
US09240282B2 Variable capacitor
A variable capacitor includes a plurality of variable capacitor elements connected in parallel with one another, the variable capacitor elements each including a fixed electrode and a movable electrode facing each other, a beam supporting the movable electrode displaceably, and a drive electrode supplied with a drive voltage to change spacing between the fixed electrode and the movable electrode. The variable capacitor further includes a drive control unit configured to sequentially apply an AC drive voltage to the drive electrodes of the variable capacitor elements with a predetermined phase difference for each element. The sum of capacitances of the variable capacitor elements is an output capacitance.
US09240279B2 Metallized film capacitor and case mold type capacitor including same
A metallized film capacitor includes first and second metal electrodes, a dielectric film disposed between the first and second metal electrodes, and first and second external electrodes which are connected to the first and second metal electrodes, respectively. At least one of the first metal electrode and the second metal electrode comprises magnesium. The magnesium is distributed unevenly in the at least one of the first metal electrode and the second metal electrode.
US09240277B2 Apparatus and method for manufacturing non-circular coil
An apparatus for manufacturing a non-circular coil, includes a pair of swinging pieces, an operation piece to be inserted and removed from between the distal ends of the pair of swinging pieces to increase or reduce the distance between the distal ends of the pair of swinging pieces, and a winding mechanism for winding a wire around an outer circumference of a distal end of the pair of swinging pieces so as to form a non-circular coil, wherein side surfaces of the operation piece, which avoid contact with the pair of swinging pieces, bulge outward to be curved and are formed so as to be continuous with outer circumferential surfaces of the pair of swinging pieces, around which the wire is wound, in a state in which the operation piece is inserted between the distal ends of the pair of swinging pieces.
US09240273B2 Electronic component and method for producing same
An electronic component having a laminate formed by laminating a plurality of insulator layers and a helical coil provided in the laminate, the coil including first and second coil conductors, and via-hole conductors provided so as to pierce through the insulator layers. The first and second coil conductors are opposed to each other via the insulator layers in a direction of lamination. The first coil conductor has a first side opposed to the second coil conductor and having a convex portion in a cross section normal to a direction in which the first coil conductor extends. The second coil conductor has a second side opposed to the first coil conductor and has a concave portion in a cross section normal to a direction in which the second coil conductor extends. The concave portion overlaps the convex portion in the direction of lamination.
US09240272B2 Winding and method for preparing a winding applied to an inductive device
The present invention relates to a winding and a method for preparing a winding of inductive devices. The winding includes at least a plurality of layers, where each layer includes at least one conductive loop; the conductive loops are electrically connected to form a winding; and the conductive loop or the portion of the conductive loop of at least one layer is not spatially aligned with the conductive loop or the portion of the conductive loop of at least one another layer. The winding may be prepared by adopting a PCB process or semiconductor process, which can effectively consume less of surface area on the integration substrate, have a symmetric trace and reduce the parasitic coupling capacitance while acquiring a high Q-factor value. The windings of the present invention may be used for making an inductor or a transformer.
US09240268B2 Magnetically movable objects over a display of an electronic device
In one implementation, the present disclosure provides a method for imparting motion to a magnetically movable object. The method includes disposing the magnetically movable object over a display of an electronic device. The method further includes imparting motion to the magnetically movable object by adjusting a magnetic field that is produced by a magnetic field source, the magnetic field being applied to the magnetically movable object through the display of the electronic device. The adjusting the magnetic field can be based on a location of the magnetically movable object over the display. Furthermore, the display can be a touch sensitive display and the adjusting the magnetic field can be based on touch input of the touch sensitive display. The imparting motion can include moving the magnetically movable object around the display.
US09240259B2 Liquid compositions used as insulating and heat transfer means, electrical devices containing said compositions and preparation method for such compositions
The invention relates to a liquid composition that is a mixture of at least one natural triglyceride and at least one fatty acid ester different from triglycerides, wherein the fatty acids are derived from at least one vegetable oil or another equivalent natural resource.
US09240258B2 Dispersion comprising metallic, metal oxide or metal precursor nanoparticles, a polymeric dispersant and a thermally cleavable agent
A dispersion includes metallic, metal oxide, or metal precursor nanoparticles; a thermally cleavable polymeric dispersant; an optional dispersion medium; and a thermally cleavable agent. Pastes, coated layers, and patterns may contain the dispersion. A method for producing the specific thermally cleavable dispersant and for producing the metallic nanoparticle dispersions. The dispersions allow the reduction or avoidance of organic residue in coated layers and patterns on substrates, the use substrates of low thermal resistance, and faster processing times.
US09240257B2 Solid, lithium-salt-doped, thermoset polyimide polymer electrolyte and electrochemical cell employing same
An electrolyte medium suitable for use as a separator for an electrochemical cell comprises a substantially solid, thermoset polyimide polymer matrix doped with a lithium salt. The lithium salt comprises lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LITFSI).
US09240256B2 Bonding material and bonding method using the same
A method of forming a bonded product using metal nanoparticles is provided. More specifically, provided is a paste containing a flux component that can form a metal phase even in an inert atmosphere. The use of this paste allows a bonding material that can give a practically acceptable bonding strength to be provided in an inert atmosphere such as a nitrogen atmosphere at low temperatures without performing conventionally used pressurization. The paste is a bonding material configured to include: silver nanoparticles having an average primary particle diameter of 1 to 200 nm and coated with an organic material having 8 or less carbon atoms; a flux component having at least two carboxyl groups; and a dispersion medium. The use of this bonding material allows materials to be bonded even at a temperature of 300° C. or lower.
US09240255B2 Device and method for creating Gaussian aberration-corrected electron beams
Electron beam phase gratings have phase profiles that produce a diffracted beam having a Gaussian or other selected intensity profile. Phase profiles can also be selected to correct or compensate electron lens aberrations. Typically, a low diffraction order produces a suitable phase profile, and other orders are discarded.
US09240253B2 Column geometry to maximize elution efficiencies for molybdenum-99
At least one system for eluting a radioactive material and a method of eluting a radioactive material is provided. The system for eluting a radioactive material may include an elution column configured to enclose an radioactive material, a first sealing member sealing a first end of the elution column, a second sealing member sealing a second end of the elution column, an elution supply source connected to the first end of the elution column via a first needle, a collection system connected to the second end of the elution column via a second needle, and a filter in the elution column, the filter being configured to support the radioactive material and prevent the radioactive material from contacting the second needle.
US09240252B2 Assembly and method for injecting water containing a neurton-absorbing element to cool a nuclear reactor core in a crisis situation
An assembly is provided including a mobile structure including a main pipe equipped with a first end intended to be connected to a water supply and a second end intended to be connected to a circuit connected to the primary circuit of the reactor, and including between these two ends in the direction of circulation of the water, a pump, a water heating device, an injector for continuously injecting the powdered neutron-absorbing element into the water of the main pipe, a first mixer for mixing and dissolving powder with water and a controller driving and controlling the flow rate of the water and the flow rate of the powder injected.
US09240249B1 AC stress methods to screen out bit line defects
A number of techniques for determining bit line related defects in non-volatile memory arrays are presented, which are particularly applicable to 3D NAND memory, such as that of the BiCS type. Defects related to bit line to NAND string contacts are determined by application of an AC stress mode along bit lines, followed by a defect detection operation. If the AC stress is applied to be out of phase on adjacent bit lines, this can also be used to accelerate bit line to bit line defects. The subsequent defect determination phase can include an erase operation followed a read to determine whether the NAND strings of the erased block read as erased, a process that can also be followed by a program and subsequent read to further check for defects.
US09240248B2 Method of using non-volatile memories for on-DIMM memory address list storage
An integrated circuit device. The device includes an address input(s) configured to receive address information from an address stream from an address command bus coupled to a host controller and an address output(s) configured to drive address information, and is coupled to a plurality of memory (DRAM) devices provided on a DIMM. The device has an address match table comprising a non-volatile memory device configured to store at least a revised address corresponding to a spare memory location and a bad address of at least one of the plurality of memory (DRAM) devices. The device has a control module configured to process and determine whether each address matches with a stored address in the address match table to identify the bad address and configured to replace the bad address with the revised address of the spare memory location.
US09240240B2 Apparatus having indications of memory cell density and methods of their determination and use
Methods and apparatus utilizing indications of memory cell density facilitate management of memory density of a memory device. By permitting each of a plurality of portions of a memory array of the memory device to be assigned a corresponding memory cell density determined through an evaluation of those portions of the memory array, better performing portions of the memory array may not be hindered by lesser performing portions of the memory array.
US09240239B2 Nonvolatile memory devices and driving methods thereof
Nonvolatile memory devices including memory cell arrays with a plurality of cell strings connected between a substrate and a plurality of bit lines and selected by selection lines, and a gating circuit configured to drive the selection lines in at least two directions.
US09240238B2 Back gate operation with elevated threshold voltage
In a three dimensional NAND memory, increased threshold voltages in back gate transistors may cause program failures, particularly along word lines near back gates. When back gate transistor threshold voltages cannot be returned to a desired threshold voltage range then modified program conditions, including increased back gate voltage, may be used to allow programming.
US09240229B1 Systems and methods involving control-I/O buffer enable circuits and/or features of saving power in standby mode
Implementations herein involve control I/O buffer enable circuitry and/or features of saving power in standby mode. In illustrative embodiments, aspects of the present innovations may be directed to providing low standby power consumption, such as providing low standby power consumption in high-speed synchronous SRAM and RLDRAM devices.
US09240226B2 Semiconductor storage device
A memory includes a first and second cell storing first data and second or reference-data. A first and second bit-lines connected to the first and second cells respectively correspond to a first and second sense-nodes. A first transfer-gate is inserted/connected between the first bit-line and the first sense-node. A second transfer-gate is inserted/connected between the second bit-line and the second sense-node. A sense-amplifier is inserted or connected between the first and second sense-nodes. A preamplifier includes a first and second common-transistors. The first common-transistor applies a first power-supply voltage to either the first or the second sense-node according to the first and second data or according to the first and reference-data during a data-read-operation. The second common-transistor applies a second power-supply voltage to the other sense-node out of the first and second sense-nodes according to the first and second data or according to the first and reference data.
US09240224B2 Non-volatile memory (NVM) with variable verify operations
A method of soft programming a non-volatile memory (NVM) array includes determining a first number based on a temperature of the NVM array and applying the first number of soft program pulses to a section of the NVM array. A first soft program verify of the section of the NVM array is then performed for a first time after completing the applying the first number of soft program pulses.
US09240222B2 Non-volatile semiconductor storage device
A non-volatile semiconductor storage device according to each of the embodiments includes a cell array that includes a plurality of first wires extending in a first direction, a plurality of second wires extending in a second direction crossing the first direction, and a plurality of memory cells each provided at an intersection between each of the first wires and each of the second wires. Each memory cell includes a variable resistance film of which resistance varies depending on a state of a filament in a medium. Each cell array has a first portion at which a distance between the first wire and the second wire is minimized and a second portion at which a distance between the first wire and the second wire is larger than the first portion at the intersection between each of the first wires and each of the second wires.
US09240221B2 Semiconductor memory device with a selection transistor having same shape and size as a memory cell transistor
A circuit on an end column of a divided memory array is formed by a block selection transistor having the same shape as that of a memory cell transistor. As the pattern of the connecting section between the main bit line and the sub-bit line is made in the same shape as that of the memory cell, it is possible to realize a pattern uniformity and to eliminate the need for using memory array dummy patterns.
US09240219B2 Hard disk support and electronic device using the hard disk support
A hard disk support for holding a hard disk drive can include a frame, a bracket, and a plurality of arched ribs. The bracket is located in the frame. The plurality of arched ribs extends from the frame toward to the bracket, and the arched ribs couple the bracket to the frame. When the hard disk support is shaken at a first orientation, the arched ribs are deformed to reduce the shock to the bracket to relieve the shock to the hard disk drive. As a result, the hard disk drive can be secured on the hard disk support without shock absorbers to absorb shock.
US09240217B2 Storing same channel overlapping recordings
First media segments for a first media program are recorded. The first media program is scheduled to start at a first start time and end at a first end time, whereas a second media program is scheduled to start at a second start time and end at a second end time, the first end time being after the second start time. It is determined whether the first media program and the second media program are on a same channel. If so, one or more shared media segments, one of which is before all other shared media segments in the shared media segments and begins no later than the first time, are recorded. A first media program object is generated to represent a first recording of the first media program, and includes references to the first media segments and the shared media segments.
US09240216B2 Display device for having a function of searching a divided screen, and the method for controlling the same
Disclosed herein are a video apparatus including a screen-division searching function and a method of controlling the same, which are capable of solving problems caused in a process of reproducing and checking a recorded broadcasting program at a high speed. The method of controlling the video apparatus includes selecting specific video data stored in a memory, and dividing a full screen into a plurality of partial screens, dividing the selected specific video data into a plurality of portions, and respectively displaying the portions of the selected specific video data on the plurality of partial screens. Accordingly, it is possible to—accurately check the whole contents of a specific broadcasting program or a material recorded by a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera at a high speed.
US09240215B2 Editing operations facilitated by metadata
Some embodiments provide a media editing application that uses metadata or metadata tags associated with media content to facilitate editing operations. In some embodiments, the editing operations are performed on the media content at various different stages of the editing process in order to create a composite presentation. In creating the composite presentation, one or more effects are associated with a metadata tag. Once the effects are associated, the media editing application applies the effects to different pieces of media content tagged with the metadata tag in order to create the composite presentation.
US09240213B2 Method and assembly for improved audio signal presentation of sounds during a video recording
In order to achieve an improved audio presentation of sounds, in particular sports specific sounds, at reduced technical effort during any video recording, it is suggested to capture sensor-based and analyze image contents of video images. From the information obtained hereby, fitting sound events (audio samples) are selected according to predefined criteria from an audio database. The selected sound events are automatically added to the components of a video accompanying sound.
US09240209B1 Pass-through tape access in a disk storage environment
A command to write data to a virtual location is received at a disk storage system. The virtual location is mapped to a tape storage system. A record is generated including the data, the virtual location, and a sequence value. The sequence value indicates relative sequence when compared to other sequence values. The record is written to a record location on a tape cartridge loaded in a tape drive. Record metadata on the disk storage system is modified to indicate that the first record location contains the first record. The data on the record can be read from the tape cartridge.
US09240206B2 Electronic device and audio adjustment method
An electronic device with a touch sensitive display comprises an identifying module, a detecting module, an adjusting module, and an outputting module. The identifying module identifies the touch operation on the touch sensitive display and generates corresponding touch information. The detecting module detects the status of the electronic device and generates a status signal. The adjusting module adjusts the parameter of the audio signal according to the status signal and the touch information. The outputting module outputs the adjusted audio signal.
US09240203B2 Co-located gimbal-based dual stage actuation disk drive suspensions with dampers
Various embodiments concern a gimbaled flexure having a dual stage actuation structure comprising flexure which comprises a gimbal. The gimbal comprises at least one spring arm and a tongue connected to the at least one spring arm. The dual stage actuation structure further comprises a motor mounted on the gimbal, the motor comprising a top side and a bottom side opposite the top side, the bottom side of the motor facing the flexure. The dual stage actuation structure further comprises a damper located between the motor and the flexure, the damper contacting the tongue and the bottom side of the motor. The damper comprises one or both of elastic and viscoelastic material. Various other features of a dual stage actuation structure are provided.
US09240194B2 Voice quality conversion system, voice quality conversion device, voice quality conversion method, vocal tract information generation device, and vocal tract information generation method
A voice quality conversion system includes: an analysis unit which analyzes sounds of plural vowels of different types to generate first vocal tract shape information for each type of the vowels; a combination unit which combines, for each type of the vowels, the first vocal tract shape information on that type of vowel and the first vocal tract shape information on a different type of vowel to generate second vocal tract shape information on that type of vowel; and a synthesis unit which (i) combines vocal tract shape information on a vowel included in input speech and the second vocal tract shape information on the same type of vowel to convert vocal tract shape information on the input speech, and (ii) generates a synthetic sound using the converted vocal tract shape information and voicing source information on the input speech to convert the voice quality of the input speech.
US09240188B2 System and method for expressive language, developmental disorder, and emotion assessment
In one embodiment, the system and method for expressive language development; a method for detecting autism in a natural language environment using a microphone, sound recorder, and a computer programmed with software for the specialized purpose of processing recordings captured by the microphone and sound recorder combination; and the computer programmed to execute a method that includes segmenting an audio signal captured by the microphone and sound recorder combination using the computer programmed for the specialized purpose into a plurality recording segments. The method further includes determining which of the plurality of recording segments correspond to a key child. The method also includes extracting acoustic parameters of the key child recordings and comparing the acoustic parameters of the key child recordings to known acoustic parameters for children. The method returns a determination of a likelihood of autism.
US09240187B2 Identification of utterance subjects
Features are disclosed for generating markers for elements or other portions of an audio presentation so that a speech processing system may determine which portion of the audio presentation a user utterance refers to. For example, an utterance may include a pronoun with no explicit antecedent. The marker may be used to associate the utterance with the corresponding content portion for processing. The markers can be provided to a client device with a text-to-speech (“TTS”) presentation. The markers may then be provided to a speech processing system along with a user utterance captured by the client device. The speech processing system, which may include automatic speech recognition (“ASR”) modules and/or natural language understanding (“NLU”) modules, can generate hints based on the marker. The hints can be provided to the ASR and/or NLU modules in order to aid in processing the meaning or intent of a user utterance.
US09240186B2 Systems and methods for providing an electronic dictation interface
Some embodiments disclosed herein store a target application and a dictation application. The target application may be configured to receive input from a user. The dictation application interface may include a full overlay mode option, where in response to selection of the full overlay mode option, the dictation application interface is automatically sized and positioned over the target application interface to fully cover a text area of the target application interface to appear as if the dictation application interface is part of the target application interface. The dictation application may be further configured to receive an audio dictation from the user, convert the audio dictation into text, provide the text in the dictation application interface and in response to receiving a first user command to complete the dictation, automatically copy the text from the dictation application interface and inserting the text into the target application interface.
US09240185B2 Apparatus and method for queuing jobs in a distributed dictation/transcription system
A distributed dictation/transcription system is provided. The system provides a client station, dictation manager, and dictation server connected such that the dictation manager can select a dictation server to transcribe audio from the client station. The dictation manager has a data port to at least receive and transmit audio, and receive and transmit data or text. A job queue at the dictation manager holds the audio to be provided to the dictation servers. When the dictation manager identifies an available dictation server, the dictation manager reviews all jobs in the queue. If a job in the queue has a user profile that has been previously uploaded to the available dictation server, the dictation manager transmits the audio to the dictation server.
US09240182B2 Method and apparatus for adjusting detection threshold for activating voice assistant function
A method for activating a voice assistant function in a mobile device is disclosed. The method includes receiving an input sound stream by a sound sensor and determining a context of the mobile device. The method may determine the context based on the input sound stream. For determining the context, the method may also obtain data indicative of the context of the mobile device from at least one of an acceleration sensor, a location sensor, an illumination sensor, a proximity sensor, a clock unit, and a calendar unit in the mobile device. In this method, a threshold for activating the voice assistant function is adjusted based on the context. The method detects a target keyword from the input sound stream based on the adjusted threshold. If the target keyword is detected, the method activates the voice assistant function.
US09240181B2 Automatic collection of speaker name pronunciations
An audio stream is segmented into a plurality of time segments using speaker segmentation and recognition (SSR), with each time segment corresponding to the speaker's name, producing an SSR transcript. The audio stream is transcribed into a plurality of word regions using automatic speech recognition (ASR), with each of the word regions having a measure of the confidence in the accuracy of the translation, producing an ASR transcript. Word regions with a relatively low confidence in the accuracy of the translation are identified. The low confidence regions are filtered using named entity recognition (NER) rules to identify low confidence regions that a likely names. The NER rules associate a region that is identified as a likely name with the name of the speaker corresponding to the current, the previous, or the next time segment. All of the likely name regions associated with that speaker's name are selected.
US09240180B2 System and method for low-latency web-based text-to-speech without plugins
Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for reducing latency in web-browsing TTS systems without the use of a plug-in or Flash® module. A system configured according to the disclosed methods allows the browser to send prosodically meaningful sections of text to a web server. A TTS server then converts intonational phrases of the text into audio and responds to the browser with the audio file. The system saves the audio file in a cache, with the file indexed by a unique identifier. As the system continues converting text into speech, when identical text appears the system uses the cached audio corresponding to the identical text without the need for re-synthesis via the TTS server.
US09240178B1 Text-to-speech processing using pre-stored results
A text-to-speech (TTS) system is configured with multiple voice corpuses used to synthesize speech. An incoming TTS request may be processed by a first, smaller, voice corpus to quickly return results to the user. The text of the request may be stored by the TTS system and then processed in the background using a second, larger, voice corpus. The second corpus takes longer to process but returns higher quality results. Future incoming TTS requests may be compared against the text of the first TTS request. If the text, or portions thereof match, the system may return stored results from the processing by the second corpus, thus returning high quality speech results in a shorter time.
US09240177B2 System and method for generating customized text-to-speech voices
A system and method are disclosed for generating customized text-to-speech voices for a particular application. The method comprises generating a custom text-to-speech voice by selecting a voice for generating a custom text-to-speech voice associated with a domain, collecting text data associated with the domain from a pre-existing text data source and using the collected text data, generating an in-domain inventory of synthesis speech units by selecting speech units appropriate to the domain via a search of a pre-existing inventory of synthesis speech units, or by recording the minimal inventory for a selected level of synthesis quality. The text-to-speech custom voice for the domain is generated utilizing the in-domain inventory of synthesis speech units. Active learning techniques may also be employed to identify problem phrases wherein only a few minutes of recorded data is necessary to deliver a high quality TTS custom voice.
US09240175B1 Bell with lockable knocker
A device and method is disclosed that provides an alerting bell that can be quickly and easily disabled when desired. The bell includes a knocker portion inside a cylindrical body that is spring loaded so that it can be pulled below the bottom rim of the cylindrical body of the bell. The knocker portion and the bottom rim of the bell are modified so that the bottom portion of the knocker portion can be securely affixed to the rim of the cylindrical main body as needed to turn off the alerting function of the bell as desired.
US09240174B2 Electric stringed musical instrument and method of designing the same
An electric stringed musical instrument includes: a string which vibrates by a performance operation; a body which supports the string via a bridge; a pickup sensor mounted on a portion which vibrates by a vibration of the string, the pickup sensor being configured to detect a vibration having propagated from the string and output an electric signal; a supporter having a spring structure which supports the bridge with respect to the body; and a damper mounted on a portion which vibrates by a vibration of the string, the damper being configured to damp a vibration of the bridge.
US09240170B2 Vibration-sensing stringed instrument mountable device
A stringed instrument mountable device. The stringed instrument mountable device includes a vibration sensing device configured to detect a note being played on a stringed instrument. The stringed instrument mountable device also includes an attachment configured to attach the vibration sensing device to the stringed instrument.
US09240165B2 Display driver integrated circuit including first-in-first-out (FIFO) memories configured to receive display data from a distributor and output the display data to graphics memories a display system having the same, and a display data processing method thereof
A display driver integrated circuit which includes a distributor configured to output display data; a plurality of first-in first-out (FIFO) memories configured to receive the display data from the distributor according to an external clock and output the display data in response to an internal clock; and a plurality of graphics memories configured to receive the display data from the FIFO memories.
US09240164B2 Apparatus and method for providing a pan and zoom display for a representation of a process system
A method includes displaying regions in a graphical display. At least two regions correspond to different portions of a representation of an industrial process system. A thumbnail region corresponds to an entirety of the representation of the process system. A viewport region corresponds to a portion of the representation of the process system less than the entirety of the representation of the process system. The viewport region is disposed and movable within the thumbnail region. A current view region corresponds to a current view of the representation of the process system. The current view is associated with the viewport region. The method also includes, responsive to user activation, moving the viewport region within the thumbnail region and updating the current view region. The thumbnail region is configured to identify at least one fault condition indicator outside the viewport region.
US09240159B2 Timing controller and display apparatus having the same
A timing controller includes: a top voltage generator configured to output first to third top voltages; a bottom voltage generator configured to output first to third bottom voltages; a first transmitting part configured to output a first data signal for a first data driving chip, based on the first top and bottom voltages; a second transmitting part configured to output a second data signal for a second data driving chip based on the second top and bottom voltages; and a third transmitting part configured to output a third data signal for a third data driving chip based on the third top and bottom voltages, where one of the first to third top voltages is different from another of the first to third top voltages, and one of the first to third bottom voltages is different from another of the first to third bottom voltages.
US09240157B2 Timing controller, source driving device, panel driving device, display device and driving method for reducing power consumption through reducing standby durations
A source driving device, capable of reducing stand-by period and saving power consumption, includes a plurality of source drivers connected in series, which include one or more cascade source drivers. The one or more cascade source drivers include one or more first-type cascade source drivers, each of which, at different times to other first-type cascade source drivers, is respectively activated by a pulse signal generated by a previous source driver, and after the activation, is triggered by a frame signal to receive corresponding frame data in the frame signal. Each of the source drivers generates a pulse signal after receiving the corresponding frame data to activate the next source driver.
US09240154B2 Liquid crystal display
A liquid crystal display comprises: a first data drive circuit that supplies a data voltage to data lines present in a first portion and a third portion on the screen of a liquid crystal display panel in response to a first source output enable signal; and a second data drive circuit that supplies the data voltage to data lines present in a second portion and a fourth portion on the screen of the liquid crystal display panel in response to a second source output enable signal. The first source output enable signal controls the data voltage output timing and charge sharing timing of the first data drive circuit. The second source output signal controls the data output timing and charge sharing timing of the second data drive circuit in a different way from the first data drive circuit.
US09240150B2 Display module, display device, electronic equipment, and method for driving display module
A display module of the present invention includes first through third source drivers (6-1 through 6-3) (i) which are provided for respective regions into which a display region is divided and (ii) each of which includes an analysis circuit and receives a video signal for a corresponding one of the regions but receives no video signal for the regions other than the corresponding one of the regions. The third source driver (6-3) supplies, to the first and second source drivers (6-1 and 6-2), gamma (γ) setting information (19) for generating a source signal to be outputted from each of the first and second source drivers (6-1 and 6-2). The first and second source drivers (6-1 and 6-2) output respective analysis results (5a and 5b) from the respective analysis circuits. The third source driver (6-3) outputs a PWM signal (14) for controlling the light irradiation section.
US09240148B2 Image processing device, display device, and image processing method
An image processing device is capable of inhibiting the moire and the false color from occurring in the case of performing color display using four colors of sub-pixels. The image processing device has filter processing sections. The filter processing sections limit frequency bands of signals R, G, B, and W in an X direction and a Y direction in accordance with a positional relationship between the sub-pixels corresponding to each of the colors and the other sub-pixels. Further, the filter processing sections control a frequency response of image signals of the respective colors in accordance with an amplitude of a high frequency component of the image signal corresponding to each of the other colors.
US09240137B2 Method and apparatus for content-based reduction of display power
Methods and devices for displaying content in a power efficient manner are disclosed. In accordance with many embodiments, content is received that includes a plurality of subcomponents, and a subcomponent with a larger surface is darkened so as to generate at least one darkened subcomponent. In addition, a contrast of selected ones of the subcomponents is adjusted so as to enable the selected ones of the subcomponents to be viewed against the darkened subcomponent while others of the plurality of subcomponents are left in their source format. The at least one darkened subcomponent, selected ones of the subcomponents, and the subcomponents that are in their source format are composited into a composite view; and displayed.
US09240132B2 Nanophosphor sheet and backlight device
A nanophosphor sheet is presented. The nanophosphor sheet may include a base layer, a plurality of core-shell phosphors dispersed in the base layer, and a coating layer surrounding at least one core-shell phosphor among the plurality of core-shell phosphors. Also presented is a backlight device that includes a light source emitting light, a light guide plate receiving the light, and a plurality of core-shell phosphors positioned to receive the light and convert the light to white light. The core-shell phosphors may be incorporated into the light guide plate or be positioned on the light guide plate as a separate layer.
US09240131B2 Adhesive articles having repositionability or slidability characteristics
An adhesive article exhibiting air release or egress, repositionability, and/or slidability characteristics. An adhesive article comprises an adhesive layer comprising an adhesive surface comprising discrete forms of non-adhesive material randomly distributed on the patterned surface and at least partially embedded in the adhesive layer. The discrete forms of non-adhesive material provide areas of no or minimal adhesion and provide the article with some level of repositionability or slidability. The adhesive surface comprising the non-adhesive forms may be patterned to provide an adhesive surface with a contact surface and recessed area or channels that provide the article with a route for air to flow out from under the construction. An article may be formed by providing a release liner, applying discrete forms of non-adhesive material to a surface of the release liner, at least partially embedding the non-adhesive forms, and embossing the release liner.
US09240127B2 Method and system for classroom active learning
A method and system for conducting interactive classroom learning that can utilize a plurality of electronic audio and video equipment, mobile computing devices, and processing servers, interconnected via a first network infrastructure in a classroom or presentation hall to deliver seamlessly interactive multimedia contents to each of one or more participants in classroom or presentation hall; wherein the participants comprises one or more lecturers or presenters, and one or more students or audiences. The method and system allow the control and coordination of the electronic audio and video equipment, mobile computing devices, and the processing servers to deliver the interactive multimedia contents to the participants in the classroom or presentation hall simultaneously and to facilitate the information input-output interactions to and from the participants; wherein the interactive multimedia contents can be divided into multiple parts or streams, and each being personalized for each or each subset of the participants.
US09240123B2 Systems and methods for detecting road congestion and incidents in real time
Apparatuses and methods are provided for determining real time traffic conditions. A candidate road is divided into road segments by perpendicular bisectors. A spatial sliding window is positioned over at least a portion of a road segment, wherein the spatial sliding window corresponds to a front end of the road segment in a direction of travel of the road segment. Real time probe data is received from mobile devices in probe vehicles or on travelers of the at least portion of the road segment within the spatial sliding window. The real time probe data is analyzed, and a computer program assists in determining the real time traffic conditions of the at least portion of the road segment within the spatial sliding window. Based on the analysis, the real time traffic conditions are reported.
US09240117B2 Medical lead insertion detection by monitoring for electrical continuity between adjacent electrical contacts of a medical device
Medical devices and systems provide for detection of proper lead insertion by monitoring for electrical continuity between adjacent electrical contacts. The electrical contacts are spaced so that an electrical connector of a medical lead being inserted will span the distance between the electrical contacts and thereby maintain a physical connection with both electrical contacts at one time. Upon the medical device detecting that continuity is achieved between the adjacent electrical contacts, the medical device may provide an indication such as a visual and/or audible cue to a clinician who is inserting the lead and/or by providing a telemetry signal to an external device such as a programmer so that the programmer may then provide a visual and/or audible cue to a technician operating the programmer.
US09240108B2 Banking apparatus with deposit accepting device
An automated banking machine that includes a check acceptor that is operative to receive checks from authorized machine users. The check acceptor is operable to continuously move a received check along its transport path while simultaneously rotationally orienting the check into alignment with the transport path. A check determined not to have at least one property of an acceptable check is returned to the machine user. Acceptable checks are processed and stored in the machine.
US09240102B2 Method, apparatus, and program product for conducting a game using both unisymbol and multisymbol reel effects
A novel game is provided that transforms at least a part of the graphic symbol matrix shown on a video-based reel-type gaming machine to change the game operation from multi-symbol reels to single-symbol reels. Methods, apparatus and program products for implementing the game are provided. A preferred game operates in a first display matrix state displaying a symbol matrix. The symbol matrix provides a game play result by displaying two or more reel representations that combine to form the symbol matrix. In response to a trigger event in game play, the game switches to a second display matrix state where it is modified to show single-symbol reel representations with separating elements between at least one pair of adjacent symbols of a respective reel representation. Multiple sets of data structures are provided for operation in each display state.
US09240101B2 Peer-to-peer wagering platform
Data characterizing historical skills-based gaming metrics for a first user and historical skills-based gaming metrics for at least one second user is accessed. Using the accessed data and a set of rules, a targeted advertisement to present to the first user is determined. The targeted advertisement specifies at least one skills-based game and a characterization of the at least one second user's historical skills-based gaming metrics. The targeted advertisement is generated. Data characterizing the targeted advertisement is provided. Related apparatus, systems, techniques, and articles are also described.
US09240091B2 Modular vending with centralized robotic gantry
A vending arrangement for computerized vending machines, retail displays, automated retail stores, utilizes a centralized, robotic gantry associated with companion modules for vending a plurality of selectable products. The modularized design enables deployment of half-sized or larger, full sized machines. The robotic gantry is deployed in a centralized module disposed adjacent display and inventory modules. Inventory modules can be fitted to both gantry sides, and doors can be fitted to the gantry front or rear. The gantry comprises an internal, vertically displaceable elevator utilizing a central conveyor for laterally, horizontally moving selected items from associated display and inventory positions to a vending position. Computerized software enables the display and vending functions, and controls elevator movement to dispense products from twin sides of the gantry by appropriately controlling the conveyor.
US09240088B1 Negotiable instrument with dual-sided variable printing
An article for use as a negotiable instrument includes a substrate having a front side and reverse side; first machine-printed information on the substrate's front side including an account number associated with the negotiable instrument, and a unique identifier associated with the negotiable instrument, the first machine-printed information uniquely identifying the negotiable instrument; and second machine-printed information on the substrate's reverse side that corresponds to the first machine-printed information such that comparison of respective images of the substrate's front and reverse sides indicates that the images correspond to the same negotiable instrument.
US09240087B2 Receipting and dispensing banknote module for equipments of automatic deposit and withdrawl of banknotes
Receipting and dispensing module (32-1) for equipments of automatic deposit and withdrawal of banknotes including a banknote seat (234) for storing banknotes (32) with arrangement in superimposition and subdivision in two banknote stacks (238f and 238r) and a couple of insertion and extraction devices (241f and 241r) for the insertion and the extraction of the banknotes. The banknote seat (234) is usable by each banknote stack and the insertion and extraction devices are arranged at the ends of the banknote seat. The module (32-i) comprises an input-output passage (82) and a diverting member (246) controllable for causing the banknotes to transit between the input-output passage (82) and one or the other insertion and extraction device. Guiding and moving elements (247) are provided for guiding and moving the banknotes between the diverting member (246) and one (241r) of the insertion and extraction devices (241f and 241r).
US09240085B2 Ballot processing system for printing identifiers on paper ballots
A ballot processing system for processing paper ballots having one or more voting selections marked thereon. The system includes an input area configured to receive a stack of ballots to be processed, a processor operable to determine the voting selections marked on the ballots, and an output area configured to store the processed ballots. In an exemplary embodiment, a printing device is operable to print a unique identifier on each of the ballots during each pass through the system. A detector is operable to detect the printed identifier so as to verify that each of the ballots was processed during a previous count of the ballots and/or to prevent double-processing of the ballots. The system also includes a printer operable to print a report that identifies ballot information in relation to the unique identifier for at least a portion of the processed ballots.
US09240083B2 Rotor system health monitoring using shaft load measurements and virtual monitoring of loads
A method of real-time rotor fault detection includes measuring a set of loads to obtain measured signals and virtually monitoring the set of loads to obtain estimated signals. The estimated signals are subtracted from the measured signals to obtain residuals and the residuals are compared to a categorical model. A categorical output representative of a rotor fault is identified within the categorical model.
US09240079B2 Triggering a specialized data collection mode
A system for triggering a specialized data collection mode of a vehicle event recorder comprises an input interface, a processor, and an output interface. The input interface is configured to receive a trigger indication from an external trigger source. The processor is configured to determine whether the trigger indication comprises an indication to enter into a specialized data collection mode and, in the event that the trigger indication comprises the indication to enter into the specialized data collection mode, to determine a vehicle event recorder associated with the trigger indication. The output interface is configured to provide a specialized data collection mode indication to enter the specialized data collection mode to the vehicle event recorder in the event that the trigger indication comprises the indication to enter into the specialized data collection mode.
US09240076B2 Information processing apparatus, server apparatus, information processing method
Disclosed is an information processing apparatus including virtual object management section (104) that manages virtual object management information of the information processing apparatus thereof on a virtual object disposed in an augmented real space shared by a group to which this information processing apparatus belongs. Communication section (107) receives virtual object management information of another information processing apparatus from this other information processing apparatus belonging to another group, the information regarding a virtual object disposed in an augmented real space shared in the other group. Reference point setting section (103) sets a common reference point based on the virtual object management information of the information processing apparatus and the virtual object management information of the other information processing apparatus, the common reference point being commonly used by the other group and the group to which the information processing apparatus belongs.
US09240074B2 Network-based real time registered augmented reality for mobile devices
A method of operating a mobile device with a camera, a display and a position sensor to provide a display of supplementary information aligned with a view of a scene. One or more image obtained from the camera is uploaded to a remote server together with corresponding data from the position sensor. Image processing is then performed to track image motion between that image and subsequent images obtained from the camera, determining a mapping between the uploaded image and a current image. Data is then received via the network indicative of a pixel location for display of supplementary information within the reference image. The mapping is used to determine a corresponding pixel location for display of the supplementary information within the current image, and the supplementary information is displayed on the display correctly aligned with the view of the scene.
US09240072B2 Three-dimensional image processing apparatus, three-dimensional image-pickup apparatus, three-dimensional image-pickup method, and program
A sense of three-dimensionality and thickness is restored to a subject and a high-quality three-dimensional image with a low sense of a cardboard cutout effect is obtained, regardless of the cause of the cardboard cutout effect. In a three-dimensional image capturing apparatus (three-dimensional image processing apparatus) (1000), a depth generation unit (103) obtains L depth information and R depth information from a three-dimensional image, and an image correction unit (104) executes a shadow enhancement process that is stronger on the inside of an object than on the outside of the object, based on the L depth information and the R depth information. Through this, the occurrence of the cardboard cutout effect can be suppressed, and a high-quality three-dimensional image with a reduced cardboard cutout effect can be obtained.
US09240071B2 Three-dimensional X-ray imaging
A 3D result image of an object is reconstructed from a set of X-ray two-dimensional projections of the object. A 3D reference image of the object is reconstructed by employing a compressed sensing technique based on at least some of the 2D projections at a reference motion state of the object. By employing an algebraic and/or analytic reconstruction technique, 3D intermediate images are reconstructed for various motion states of the object. The 3D intermediate images are registered with the 3D reference image to obtain spatial transformations for the various motion states of the object. Based on the spatial transformations, the 3D intermediate images are transformed to a joint phase and combined to obtain the 3D result image.
US09240070B2 Methods and systems for viewing dynamic high-resolution 3D imagery over a network
An example method may involve a computing device receiving low-resolution images of an object and high-resolution images of the object. The method may also involve causing a 3D image viewer to display a first high-resolution image of the object. The method may further involve receiving an input associated with adjusting a view of the object in the 3D image viewer. The method may still further involve, based on the input, causing the 3D image viewer to sequentially display at least a portion of the low-resolution images so as to adjust the view of the object in the 3D image viewer. The method may yet still further involve, in response to a completion of the sequential display, causing the 3D image viewer to display a second high-resolution image of the object that corresponds to a respective low-resolution image of the object displayed at the completion of the sequential display.
US09240069B1 Low-latency virtual reality display system
A low-latency virtual reality display system that provides rapid updates to virtual reality displays in response to a user's movements. Display images generated by rendering a 3D virtual world are modified using an image warping approximation, which allows updates to be calculated and displayed quickly. Image warping is performed using various rerendering approximations that use simplified 3D models and simplified 3D to 2D projections. An example of such a rerendering approximation is a shifting of all pixels in the display by a pixel translation vector that is calculated based on the user's movements; pixel translation may be done very quickly, possibly using hardware acceleration, and may be sufficiently realistic particularly for small changes in a user's position and orientation. Additional features include techniques to fill holes in displays generated by image warping, synchronizing full rendering with approximate rerendering, and using prediction of a user's future movements to reduce apparent latency.
US09240067B2 Animation of photo-images via fitting of combined models
An image animation method implementable in software includes: fitting a fitting model to at least an object in the image, and animating the object in accordance with a corresponding animation model, where the fitting model is at least as rigid as the animation model, and the animation model is no more rigid than the fitting model.
US09240061B2 Pattern representation images for business intelligence dashboard objects
Techniques are described for generating pattern representation images of business intelligence (BI) dashboard objects in a business intelligence (BI) dashboard. In one example, a method includes generating an image that represents a dashboard object in the business intelligence dashboard. The image may be based at least in part on one or more rules defined for metadata associated with the dashboard object. The method may include collecting the data from the dashboard object prior to generating the image. The metadata may include an indication of a type of display comprised in the dashboard object, and the method may further include generating the image with a theme associated with the type of the display. The theme may include one or more styles and one or more color schemes applied to the image.
US09240050B2 Method and apparatus for processing image data corresponding to temporally successive motions of object
A method for processing image data corresponding to temporally successive motions of an object, the method including adjusting a range of a first occlusion region which is estimated according to whether position changes occur in sub-blocks forming temporally successive first and second frames among image frames which display the motions of the object, by using Motion Vectors (MVs) mapped to the sub-blocks and detecting a second occlusion region of a third frame which displays the object that moves between the first frame and the second frame, by using the adjusted range of the first occlusion region.
US09240048B2 Depth estimation using three-dimensional epipolar data structures
Systems and methods are provided for depth map estimation using three-dimensional epipolar data structures. The image manipulation application receives image data depicting an image space from a multiple perspectives. The image manipulation application generates at least one three-dimensional epipolar data structure from the image data. The at least one three-dimensional epipolar data structure includes data describing the difference in position of at least one object between the perspectives. The at least one three-dimensional epipolar data structure corresponds to at least one region of the image space. The image manipulation application generates a depth map based on the at least one three-dimensional epipolar data structure.
US09240043B2 Reproducible quantification of biomarker expression
A method is described for the reproducible quantification of biomarker expression, including biomarker expression in a tissue sample. Methods and systems are described whereby reproducible scores for biomarker expression are obtained independent of instrument, its location, or operator.
US09240041B2 Defect inspection device, defect inspection method, and defect inspection program
A defect inspection device according to one aspect of the present invention includes a light source, a detector that receives light from an illuminated region of a sample, a stage that changes a relative position between light from the light source and the sample in order to sequentially inspect a plurality of unit inspection regions, a comparator that compares a detection signal output from the detector with a threshold according to scanning in the stage, a mask position setting unit that sets a common position of the plurality of unit inspection regions as a mask position in order to mask the common position when the plurality of unit inspection regions are sequentially inspected, and a defect detection unit that detects a defect based on a comparison result in the comparison unit in another region than the mask position.
US09240040B2 Method and system for predicting errors on components of rotating machines by thermography
Computer-based detection of damage on machine components, such as misalignments and mechanical damage on bearings and clutches, is achieved using mathematical linkage of the temperatures of selected regions of thermography pictures. Photographs from the visible spectral range can be consulted in the computed-based detection.
US09240038B2 Method and apparatus for acquiring weight coefficient of digital filter
Embodiments of the present invention provide a method and an apparatus for acquiring a weight coefficient of a digital filter so as to enhance a processing effect of images or videos and reduce the complexity of operations. The method includes: extracting global block features and local block features of image blocks, where the image blocks include a first image block and a second image block; acquiring an image block distance fs between the first image block and the second image block according to a global block feature and local block features of the first image block as well as a global block feature and local block features of the second image block; and evaluating a value of e fs/θ2.
US09240036B2 Projector and control method for projector
In one embodiment, a control method for a projector comprises picking up an image of an area including a screen and an image light and generating a picked-up image; calculating each side of an outer peripheral line of the image light, based on the picked-up image; calculating each side of an outer peripheral line of the screen, based on the picked-up image; and calculating a correction image light modulation area that is an area in a part of a light modulation area so as to fit inside a second imaginary screen outer peripheral line.
US09240035B2 Methods for reducing row and column patterns in a digital image
A method for performing column/row pattern suppression in a digital input image includes creating a smoothed version of the input image by averaging a set of columns/rows neighboring around the column/row being corrected. A difference image is constructed by subtracting the smoothed image from the input image. New column/row intensities are computed from the difference image. An output image is constructed with suppressed column/row patterns by subtracting the new column/row intensities from the input image.
US09240033B2 Image super-resolution reconstruction system and method
The present disclosure discloses an image super-resolution reconstruction method, comprising the steps of: performing an edge detection on low-resolution images to be processed to obtain edge pixel frames, amplifying the edge pixel frames so that each amplified image is the double of the original edge pixel frame in size in both horizontal direction and vertical direction, without changing the detected edge pixel information, and compensating for the interpolated interpolation pixels according to different pixel edges to obtain a high-resolution image. The method can ensure the definition and integrity of the edges, and enhance the contrast without degrading image quality. At last, the previous interpolation pixels are compensated according to optimized rules, during which influences of edge pixels and surrounding pixels are comprehensively considered, so as to eliminate the sawtooth phenomenon of the output image.
US09240031B1 Panel self refreshing with changing dynamic refresh rate
Provided are methods and systems for video data processing. In an exemplary system, there is a video source and a display unit. The display unit may receive video data from the video source and display it at a first refresh rate. The video source may cause the display unit to enter a power economy mode, in which the displayed video is static. In this mode, the video source stops sending new video data, while the display unit selectively stores one or more of the previously received video frames and further displays it repeatedly at a second refresh rate, which may be lower than the first refresh rate (e.g., it may be decreased from 60 Hz to 40 Hz). In the power economy mode, the power consumed is decreased, in some embodiments, by about 10-20% for both the video source and the display unit.
US09240021B2 Smartphone-based methods and systems
Technologies involving portable devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, are disclosed. One arrangement enables a creator of content to select software with which that creator's content should be rendered—assuring Continuity between artistic intention and delivery. Another uses the camera of a smartphone to identify nearby subjects, and take actions based thereon. Others rely on near field chip (RFID) identification of objects, or on identification of audio streams (e.g., music, voice). Some technologies concern improvements to the user interfaces associated with such devices. Others involve use of these devices in shopping, text entry, sign language interpretation, and vision-based discovery. Still other improvements are architectural in nature, e.g., relating to evidence-based state machines, and blackboard systems. Yet other technologies concern use of linked data in portable devices—some of which exploit GPU capabilities. Still other technologies concern computational photography. A great variety of other features and arrangements are also detailed.
US09240016B2 Systems, methods, and apparatuses for implementing predictive query interface as a cloud service
Disclosed herein are systems and methods for implementing predictive query interface as a cloud service including means for exposing an interface to client devices operating remotely from a host organization, wherein the interface is accessible by the client devices via a public Internet; executing a predictive database at the host organization as an on-demand cloud based service for one or more subscribers; authenticating one of the client devices by verifying the client device is associated with one of the subscribers and based further on authentication credentials for the respective subscriber; receiving a request from the authenticated subscriber via the interface; executing a predictive query or a latent structure query against indices of the predictive database generated from a dataset of columns and rows on behalf of the authenticated subscriber, the indices representing probabilistic relationships between the rows and the columns of the dataset; and returning a predictive record set to the authenticated subscriber responsive to the request. Other related embodiments are further disclosed.
US09240012B1 Systems and methods for multifactor authentication
The invention provides a method for performing an authentication (and a system for performing the method), in conjunction with a transaction, utilizing a primary channel and a secondary channel. The method may include an authenticating entity, such as a bank, (1) receiving from a customer primary authentication information via a primary channel; (2) the authenticating entity processing the primary authentication information, and retrieving customer information based on the primary authentication information; (3) the authenticating entity transmitting secondary authentication information to the customer via a secondary channel, the secondary channel being different than the primary channel; (4) the authenticating entity receiving from the customer at least a portion of the secondary authentication information; and (5) the authenticating entity performing authentication processing on the secondary authentication information received from the customer. Based on the successful authentication of the primary authentication information and the secondary authentication information received from the customer, the authenticating entity approves the customer for the transaction.
US09240010B2 Systems and methods for generating and using a digital pass
A system, method, and article of manufacture for generating a digital pass is disclosed. The method may comprise retrieving a plurality of identity attributes, and grouping a subset of identity attributes in the plurality of identity attributes to generate at least one digital pass. The method may further comprise grouping a subset of static identity attributes and a subset of dynamic identity attributes to generate a digital pass.
US09240004B2 System and method for issuing prepaid negotiable instruments
Pre-paid negotiable instruments are issued in response to a request at a host system from the holder of a stored-value account. The request is made through an IVR system or a web interface, and the host allocates funds from the account and provides a balance remaining after the negotiable instrument is issued. The instrument is printed with a transaction number or other identifier at an issuing system, and is then sent to the account holder. The account holder activates the instrument after receipt. The payee receives the instrument and authorizes the instrument by providing the transaction number or identifier to the host. When authorized, payment is guaranteed to the payee from the issuer.
US09240000B2 Social network for enabling the physical sharing of documents
The application discloses systems and methods for physically sharing a hard copy of a document. The systems and methods include presenting to a user a graphical user interface having printing options for printing the document, where the graphical user interface has an input for receiving an indication by the user that the user is willing to share the hard copy of the document; presenting to the user options for defining characteristics of the hard copy of the document in response to receiving the indication; and publishing at least one of the defined characteristics within a profile page of the user.
US09239997B2 Remote environmental and condition monitoring system
The present disclosure relates to systems and processes for environmental and condition monitoring of containerized assets. One illustrative system includes containers that are configured to enclose assets that are potentially hazardous and/or potentially sensitive to electromagnetic (EM)/radio frequency (RF) radiation or emissions. The assets may also be sensitive to various environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, shock and vibration. An exemplary system uses sensors to measure and track these environmental conditions inside a container for up to multiple years. An illustrative system may also use sensors to measure attributes of the asset. An illustrative system is configured to archive and report on the collected data. An illustrative system includes the ability to issue a warning when an asset may have been compromised. Additionally, the collected data may be used in predictive life analyses. More particularly, the collected data may be analyzed and compared to thresholds for container assets to reach deductive or inductive conclusions about the probability of damage, maintenance needs, or replacement needs.
US09239994B2 Data centers task mapping
A data center management system may include a processor coupled to a network. The network may be further coupled to a primary data center and a secondary data center located at a physical location remote from the primary data center. The processor may be adapted to execute computer implemented instructions to determine a first transition point for the primary data center with respect to a secondary data center on the basis of one or more financial indicators, transfer one or more data center tasks from the primary data center to the secondary data center at substantially the first transition point, and execute the one or more transferred data center tasks at the secondary data center.
US09239993B2 Method and system for distributing electronic tickets with visual display
This invention discloses a novel system and method for distributing electronic ticketing such that the ticket is verified at the entrance to venues by means of an animation or other human perceptible verifying visual object that is selected by the venue for the specific event. This removes the need to use a bar-code scanner on an LCD display of a cell phone or other device and speeds up the rate at which human ticket takers can verify ticket holders. The system also can permit ticket purchase verification in the absence of a network connection during verfication.
US09239988B2 Network event management
An apparatus for predicting a network event flood comprises an event rate detector for detecting rates of event emissions from one or more devices; an aggregator for producing an aggregate rate and an aggregate rate trend of the rates of event emissions from a plurality of the devices; a level generator for generating a plurality of levels comprising maximum acceptable event rate values of a plurality of the aggregate rate trends over plural time periods; a storage component for storing the plurality of levels; a comparator for comparing a current aggregate rate trend with at least a selected one of the levels; and a signaller for signalling a predicted event flood responsive to the comparator detecting that the current aggregate rate trend will exceed the at least a selected one of the levels at a first point in time.
US09239984B2 Time-division multiplexed neurosynaptic module with implicit memory addressing for implementing a neural network
Embodiments of the invention relate to a time-division multiplexed neurosynaptic module with implicit memory addressing for implementing a neural network. One embodiment comprises maintaining neuron attributes for multiple neurons and maintaining incoming firing events for different time steps. For each time step, incoming firing events for said time step are integrated in a time-division multiplexing manner. Incoming firing events are integrated based on the neuron attributes maintained. For each time step, the neuron attributes maintained are updated in parallel based on the integrated incoming firing events for said time step.
US09239983B1 Quantifying a condition with a neural network
Quantification of a condition of a selected item using a neural network is disclosed. A device defines a good hypertube in a neural state space based on good item state points obtained from one or more items that exhibit desired operating characteristics, and a bad hypertube in the neural state space based on bad item state points obtained from one or more items that exhibit undesirable operating characteristics. A current item state hyperpoint is determined in the neural state space based on a current item state point of the selected item. A condition of the selected item is quantified as a function of a location of the current item state hyperpoint with respect to at least a portion of the good hypertube and with respect to at least a portion of the bad hypertube.