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05/28/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category

20090134863 - Electricity meter: An electricity meter capable of minimizing a risk of data destruction in case of lightning or surge that involves improperly high voltage is provided. The electricity meter includes a measurement part, an operation part, and an insulation part. The measurement part includes a detection unit to detect electricity consumption of... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090134864 - Inductive sensor: The invention relates to an inductive sensor with an electrical coil assembly (1, 2,3) which has a coil body (2) and a wire wound coil (1), wherein at least one wire end (6, 7) is guided out of the wire wound coil (1) to electrical connection elements (17, 18) which... Agent: Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Intellectual Property Department

20090134865 - Position sensor and method for operating a position sensor: The invention relates to a position sensor and to a method for operating a position sensor. In a position sensor, in particular, a selection area sensor in an automatic gearbox of a motor vehicle, wherein a displaceable slot is in magnetic contact in a contactless manner with a line of... Agent: Cohen, Pontani, Lieberman & Pavane LLP

20090134866 - Rotation detecting device and method for manufacturing the same: A rotation detecting device includes a rotation detecting element detecting rotation speed of a rotating object and including lead terminals, a holder integrally molded with an electrode terminal to which the lead terminals are connected, including an opposing surface in opposition to the rotating object and a contact surface on... Agent: Reed Smith LLP

20090134867 - Corrosion evaluation device and corrosion evaluation method: A corrosion evaluation device for performing a quantitative evaluation of corrosion by measuring a quantity of decrease in the thickness of a magnetic material which is covered by a non magnetic material or a magnetic material which is not covered by a non magnetic material which includes: a magnetic field... Agent: Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen

20090134868 - Magnet assembly: A magnet assembly for use in carrying out nuclear magnetic resonance experiments on a body or sample. The assembly comprises a set of superconducting coils (12) within a cryostat, located about a bore, and arranged to generate a substantially uniform magnetic field in a primary working volume (101) within the... Agent: Blank Rome LLP

20090134871 - Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and magnetic resonance imaging method: A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus includes a data acquisition unit and an image generating unit. The data acquisition unit acquires MR data according to an imaging condition for obtaining a SSFP in flowing matter by applying excitation pulses having a same flip angle with a constant TR and gradient magnetic... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20090134872 - Method and apparatus of multi-coil mr imaging with hybrid space calibration: The present invention provides a system and method for parallel imaging that performs auto-calibrating reconstructions with a 2D (for 2D imaging) or 3D kernel (for 3D imaging) that exploits the computational efficiencies available when operating in certain data “domains” or “spaces”. The reconstruction process of multi-coil data is separated into... Agent: Ziolkowski Patent Solutions Group, Sc (gems)

20090134870 - Method and device for magnetic resonance imaging on the basis of a partially parallel acquisition (ppa): In a method, apparatus and computer-readable medium for magnetic resonance imaging of a contiguous region of a human body on the basis of partially parallel acquisition (PPA) by excitation of nuclear spins and measurement of radio-frequency signals representing the excited spins, are implemented. A k-space single channel reference image [R_kal]... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090134869 - Nmr device for detection of analytes: This invention relates generally to detection devices having one or more small wells each surrounded by, or in close proximity to, an NMR micro coil, each well containing a liquid sample with magnetic nanoparticles that self-assemble or disperse in the presence of a target analyte, thereby altering the measured NMR... Agent: Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, P.C.

20090134874 - Magnetic resonance apparatus: A magnetic resonance apparatus includes a static field magnet, a gradient field coil, a cover which forms, inside the static field magnet and the gradient field coil, an internal space in which a bed top and a subject placed on the bed top are to be inserted, a radio frequency... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20090134875 - Magnetic resonance imaging system and rf coil: When an RF coil in a magnetic resonance imaging system includes a plurality of conductive members and circuit elements connected to the conductive members, at least part of each of the conductive members is formed to a thickness so as to dissipate heat generated from the circuit elements. Moreover, the... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20090134876 - Multi-frequency excitation coils for mri: Devices, systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes an RF coil for use in multi-nuclear excitation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The RF coil includes a set of two or more L-C coils. Members of the set of... Agent: Kraguljac & Kalnay

20090134873 - Rf coil assembly for magnetic resonance imaging system: There is provided an RF (radio frequency) coil assembly of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, which comprises a birdcage transmit-only coil using inhomogeneous modes. Further, a multi-channel receive-only phased array coil is provided. In one embodiment, the multi-channel receive-only phased array coil may include a plurality of ring-shaped receive-only... Agent: Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A.

20090134877 - Optimum signal for sea bed logging: Multifrequency electromagnetic signals which may be used in the field of sea bed logging, the signal being optimised for use at a particular site, in order to greatly improve data inversion, and a method for producing the optimum multifrequency signal.... Agent: Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, P.A.

20090134878 - Method and system for operating a discharge lamp such as to detect defective operation of the lamp: A method is described for detecting defective operation of a discharge lamp (7). The method comprises the steps of determining the lamp impedance and establishing that the lamp is operating in an incandescent mode if it is found that the lamp has a positive impedance. The lamp current is varied... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090134879 - Method of measuring concentration of fuel: A method of measuring concentration of a fuel is provided. First, a fuel cell unit having at least an anode, a cathode, and a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) is provided. Next, a fuel is supplied to the anode, while a reactive gas is supplied to the cathode. Then, the amount... Agent: Jianq Chyun Intellectual Property Office

20090134880 - Test circuits and current pulse generator for simulating an electostatic discharge: This invention is an electrostatic discharge testing circuit that can deliver current pulses to a component under test (CUT) with a custom amplitude versus time profile shape. Pulse generation with customized shapes is accomplished by discharging an energy storage network comprised of capacitor(s), transmission line(s) and other passive components. Current... Agent: Evan Grund

20090134881 - Insulation resistance detection system, insulation resistance detection apparatus and insulation resistance detection method: An insulation resistance determining system (50) comprises an insulation resistance determining portion configured by connecting a coupling capacitor (52), a detection resistor (54), and a pulse oscillating circuit (56) in series with a common mode potential measuring point (30), and an insulation resistance determining portion having a filter (58) which... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC

20090134882 - Disposable, pre-calibrated, pre-validated sensors for use in bio-processing applications: Disposable, pre-sterilized, and pre-calibrated, pre-validated conductivity sensors are provided. These sensors are designed to store sensor-specific information, such as calibration and production information, in a non-volatile memory chip on the sensor. The sensors are calibrated using 0.100 molar potassium chloride (KCl) solutions at 25 degrees Celsius. These sensors may be... Agent: Cook Alex Ltd

20090134883 - Device and method for testing a noise immunity characteristic of analog circuits: A method for testing a noise immunity characteristic of an analog circuit of an integrated circuit. The device includes: an analog circuit, an internal stable reference signal source, an internal power supply module connected to the analog circuit and adapted to receive, via first input, a high level voltage supply,... Agent: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Law Department

20090134884 - Method for determining the layer thickness of a tbc coating of at least one blade of a non-positive-displacement machine, a corresponding tbc layer thickness measuring device for carrying out the method and use of the method and the tbc layer thickness m: A method determines the layer thickness of a TBC coating of at least one blade of a non-positive-displacement machine. To this end, at least one electromagnetic wave is emitted to the surface of the at least one blade, the at least one electromagnetic wave is then at least partially reflected... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20090134885 - Transmission line for dielectric measurement and dielectric measuring device having the transmission line: A transmission line substrate includes at least an insulating layer of a predetermined thickness, a pair of conductor layers arranged in a state of being opposed to each other such that the insulating layer is interposed between the conductor layers, the pair of conductor layers functioning as a high-frequency transmission... Agent: Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

20090134886 - Angle-measuring device with an absolute-type disk capacitive sensor: An absolute position measuring device suitable for wide-angle range measurement and providing the advantages of high precision, high resolution, and easy data processing. The measuring device comprises a disk capacitive sensor, a measurement signal processing unit, a data processing unit, and a display unit. The disk capacitive sensor comprises a... Agent: Matthias Scholl

20090134887 - Contact sensor: A contact sensor is disclosed. The contact sensor includes a main body and at least one conductor. At least one end of the conductor is disposed on the main body and a contact surface is on one side of the conductor for contact the body surface. The surface of the... Agent: Sinorica, LLC

20090134888 - Conductivity test jig, conductivity test apparatus having conductivity test jig, and a method of testing conductivity: The conductivity test jig includes: a jig main body; a holding member; a conductivity test unit; a conductivity member; an air cylinder; a jig main body; and a second air cylinder. The jig main body has a hole for receiving the connector. The holding member holds the connector in the... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20090134889 - Moisture sensor apparatus and method: A sensor to detect water moisture in soil or other water permeable materials having a capacitive probe or a transmission line acting as a probe, and electronic circuit. The sensor circuit includes a periodic signal generator to produce a carrier wave, which stimulates the transmission line, through a resistive or... Agent: Metin Ata Gunsay

20090134890 - Method and structure for implementing a resistor ladder: An switching interface is provided for use on a vehicle. In an exemplary embodiment the switching interface comprises a receiver and a switch assembly. The receiver may include an input node; a regulated power supply electrically couple to the input node; and an analog-to-digital (A/D) converter configured to measure a... Agent: Ingrassia Fisher & Lorenz, P.C. (gm)

20090134891 - Ic tester: An object of the invention is to implement an IC tester wherein an analog test module can be provided at a test head while maintaining flexibility of the test head. The IC tester comprises an analog test module for testing an analog signal against the device under test. The analog... Agent: Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP

20090134892 - Semiconductor integrated circuit: A semiconductor integrated circuit includes power supply pads of two or more kinds, switches each of which is connected between adjacent two of the power supply pads to allow short-circuiting them, and at least one control line connected to control terminals of the switches according to the kinds of the... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090134893 - Test instrument probe with mems attenuator circuit: One or more micromachined (MEMS) switches switch attenuators, such as resistors, into or out of a signal path, such as of a test instrument. The MEMS switches can be fabricated on the same substrate as the attenuators, or the switches or attenuators can be mounted on the same substrate as... Agent: Bromberg & Sunstein LLP

20090134894 - Inspection apparatus: An inspection apparatus includes a movable mounting table for mounting thereon a target object, a probe card disposed above the mounting table and a control unit for controlling the mounting table. The target object is inspected by bringing a plurality of electrode pads of the target object mounted on the... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090134897 - Apparatus and method for limiting over travel in a probe card assembly: Methods and apparatuses for testing semiconductor devices are disclosed. Over travel stops limit over travel of a device to be tested with respect to probes of a probe card assembly. Feedback control techniques are employed to control relative movement of the device and the probe card assembly. A probe card... Agent: N. Kenneth Burraston Kirton & Mcconkie

20090134895 - High performance probe system: A probe system for providing signal paths between an integrated circuit (IC) tester and input/output, power and ground pads on the surfaces of ICs to be tested includes a probe board assembly, a flex cable and a set of probes arranged to contact the IC's I/O pads. The probe board... Agent: N. Kenneth Burraston Kirton & Mcconkie

20090134896 - Interface for testing semiconductors: A system that includes an imaging device for effectively positioning a probe for testing a semiconductor wafer.... Agent: Chernoff, Vilhauer, Mcclung & Stenzel

20090134898 - Coaxial spring probe grounding method: The present invention provides a spring probe array for use in a semiconductor test fixture wherein the spring probes provide electrical continuity between a device under test and a test system. The array includes a spring probe retaining device with sockets for supporting spring probes. Fixed within the retaining device... Agent: Carstens & Cahoon, LLP

20090134899 - Probe assembly with multi-directional freedom of motion and mounting assembly therefor: An improved test probe assembly has an improved mounting assembly which provides the test probe multi-directional freedom of movement with respect to a base in order to resist damage frequently caused to the test probe. The improved mounting assembly may, for example, include at least a first resilient mount disposed... Agent: Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

20090134900 - Test apparatus, pin electronics card, electrical device and switch: Provided is a test apparatus for testing a device under test, the test apparatus including: a pattern generating section that inputs a test pattern to the device under test; a judging section that receives an output signal of the device under test, and makes judgment concerning pass/fail of the device... Agent: Jianq Chyun Intellectual Property Office

20090134904 - Analog ic having test arrangement and test method for such an ic: An integrated circuit (IC) comprises a plurality of analog stages (10a-c), each of the analog stages being conductively coupled to a power supply (20; 20a-c), and being conductively coupled to each other by a signal path (12); and a test arrangement for testing the plurality of analog stages, the test... Agent: Nxp, B.v. Nxp Intellectual Property Department

20090134901 - Integrated circuit die structure simplifying ic testing and testing method thereof: By adding multiplexing units to selectively transmit signals associated with a functional circuitry of an IC die to test pads, a probe card with less pin counts than the pad number of the IC die can be utilized for testing the functional circuitry. Therefore, the pad number/pad pitch of the... Agent: North America Intellectual Property Corporation

20090134902 - Integrated circuit package having reversible esd protection: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are provided for integrated circuit packages and for enabling electrostatic discharge (ESD) testing of the same. A package includes an integrated circuit chip, a substrate, a first electrically conductive trace, and a second electrically conductive trace. The substrate includes a first electrically conductive region and a... Agent: Fiala & Weaver, P.l.l.c. C/o Cpa Global

20090134903 - Loop-back testing method and apparatus for ic: A test system for testing operability of integrated circuits includes: a first IC, for modulating a first signal to generate a first modulated signal and transmitting the first modulated signal, and for receiving a second modulated signal and demodulating the second modulated signal to generate a second signal; a first... Agent: North America Intellectual Property Corporation

20090134905 - System for measuring signal path resistance for an integrated circuit tester interconnect structure: Resistances of signal paths within a interconnect structure for linking input/output (I/O) ports of an integrated circuit (IC) tester to test points of an IC are measured by the IC tester itself. To do so the interconnect structure is used to link the tester's I/O ports to a similar arrangement... Agent: N. Kenneth Burraston Kirton & Mcconkie

05/21/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category

20090128123 - Vector/signal analyzer equalization apparatus and method: Disclosed is a method of equalization of a vector/signal analyzer including: providing a structured test signal within a selected frequency range, the structured test signal comprising a plurality of frequency components each having a respective amplitude and phase; inputting the test signal to the analyzer; the analyzer operating to condition... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP

20090128122 - Apparatus for measuring the electrical energy delivered to a rail traction unit by a high voltage line: Apparatus for measuring the electrical energy supplied to a rail traction unit by a high voltage line (1), the apparatus comprising measurement means (5, 26) for measuring the current drawn, and measurement means (12, 27) for measuring the voltage of the power supply, said measurement means themselves possessing a low... Agent: Davidson, Davidson & Kappel, LLC

20090128127 - Auto-numbering of measurements in digital multimeter: A digital multimeter stores multiple sequential measurements of physical or electrical parameters. Each of the sequential measurements has a name including an automatically generated descriptor. The descriptor for each sequential measurement may indicate a relative position of the measurement within the sequence. For instance, the descriptor may indicate whether the... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea

20090128128 - Automatic capture and storage of measurements in digital multimeter: A digital multimeter includes an auto-save component configured to automatically capture and save a sequence of measurements. The auto-save component detects when a measurement becomes stable and upon determining that the measurement has become stable, captures and saves the measurement in a memory of the digital multimeter. The multimeter may... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea

20090128124 - Information display for digital multimeter: A digital multimeter provides information regarding measurements shown on a display of the multimeter, and available functions of the multimeter. The information typically relates to a current context of the multimeter. The context may include a current mode or other setting of the multimeter.... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea

20090128125 - Mini-measurement display for digital multimeter: A digital multimeter displays a miniature version of a live actual reading of the multimeter. The miniature version typically appears after a larger version of the live actual reading is displaced by other display elements. The miniature version of the live actual reading may be accompanied by a warning icon... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea

20090128126 - Rotary switch memory for digital multimeter: A digital multimeter comprises a rotary switch and a rotary switch memory. The rotary switch can be moved between a plurality of positions to change the function performed by the digital multimeter. When the rotary switch is in a particular position, a user can change the function currently associated with... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea

20090128129 - Current sensor having magnetic gap: In a current sensor having a magnetic gap, a main body is divided into a first case segment having a terminal and a second case segment. An opening is formed in the main body. A magnetic sensor element is mounted on an element mounting portion arranged on a surface of... Agent: Posz Law Group, PLC

20090128130 - Integrated sensor: An electronic circuit includes a substrate having a surface and a device supported by the surface of the substrate. The electronic circuit also includes a magnetic field transducer disposed over the surface of the substrate and an insulating layer disposed between the substrate and the magnetic field transducer. The electronic... Agent: Daly, Crowley, Mofford & Durkee, LLP

20090128131 - Detector: A detector wherein a measuring range can be easily switched without increasing mounting area and manufacturing cost. The detector is provided with an EEPROM (4) wherein a plurality of digital value groups are stored by having digital values indicating gain and offset respectively as one group; an instruction means which... Agent: Dennis G. Lapointe Lapointe Law Group, Pl

20090128132 - Current measurement: A method is provided that comprises determining an amount of a first current from an amount of a charge stored in a first capacitor. Also, an apparatus is provided that comprises a reference timer circuit configured to generate a first signal indicating an expiration of a time period, and a... Agent: Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. Attorneys For Client 007052

20090128133 - Duty cycle measurement method and apparatus for various signals throughout an integrated circuit device: A method and apparatus for measuring the absolute duty cycle of a signal anywhere on an integrated circuit device are provided. The mechanism employs a circuit having a plurality of substantially identical pulse shaper elements, each of which expand the pulse of an input signal whose duty cycle is to... Agent: Ibm Corp. (wip) C/o Walder Intellectual Property Law, P.C.

20090128134 - Semiconductor integrated circuit apparatus, measurement result management system, and management server: A semiconductor integrated circuit apparatus, and more particularly a technology for measuring and managing a physical amount of factors that exert an influence upon an operation of a semiconductor integrated circuit is provided; more particularly, a semiconductor integrated circuit that is an object of measurement, and a measurement circuit which... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090128135 - Magnet scanner: A magnet scanning device uses a helical scanning technique to scan a cylindrical magnet along a helical path on a cylindrical surface that corresponds to the cylindrical magnet. Based on the magnetic field profile, the device may detect any unacceptable irregularities in the magnetic field and identify a location of... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC.

20090128137 - Method and arrangement for mounting a sensor designed for measuring the distance between stator and rotor: The invention relates to a sensor (6) for measuring the distance between a stator and a rotor, which sensor is of the magnetic type and has a sensor body (8) to which is attached a sensor tip (10), The tip of the sensor (10) is connected to the sensor body... Agent: Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A.

20090128136 - Device and process for non-contacting determination of a state variable, in particular the position, of at least one pipeline pig: A device and a process are described for non-contacting determination of a state variable, in particular the position, of at least one pipeline pig which is displaceable in a supply path. The pipeline pig includes a magnetic-field source. The device exhibits at least one sensor responding to the presence of... Agent: Factor & Lake, Ltd

20090128138 - Method for correcting magnetic based orientation measurements for local biasing fields: A method of determining an orientation of a data acquisition system deployed on a seafloor includes measuring horizontal magnetic fields using detectors on the data acquisition system while the data acquisition rotates and descends to the seafloor or rises from the seafloor. Resting horizontal magnetic fields are measured after the... Agent: Westerngeco L.L.C. Jeffrey E. Griffin

20090128139 - Magnet position locator: In one illustrative embodiment, the present subject matter is directed to a device adapted to determine the position of a target magnet, wherein the device includes a pair of orthogonal magnetic field sensors laterally disposed along an axis that is substantially transverse to an axis defined by one that is... Agent: Williams, Morgan & Amerson

20090128140 - Vehicle switch: A holder is disposed in the case. The holder is mounted with an actuator that moves in the predetermined direction and a wiring board having a detector. A positioning mechanism between relevant components for detecting the positions of components is provided such as a wiring board and a holder, the... Agent: Ratnerprestia

20090128141 - Position sensor for a downhole completion device: The position of a movable downhole component such as a sleeve in a choke valve is monitored and determined using an array of sensors, preferably Hall Effect sensors that measure the strength of a magnetic field from a magnet that travels with the sleeve. The sensors measure the field strength... Agent: Duane Morris LLP - Houston

20090128142 - Media defect removal in disk drive head testing: A method for testing a hard disk drive is described. The method includes determining a number of defects associated with a portion of recordable media associated with a hard disk drive. The method further includes comparing the number of determined defects to a threshold number of defects and provided the... Agent: Hitachi C/o Wagner Blecher LLP

20090128143 - Systems and methods for rf magnetic-field vector detection based on spin rectification effects: Systems and methods for RF magnetic-field vector detection based on spin rectification effects are described. In one embodiment, a method comprises sweeping a quasi-static external applied magnetic field at a h-vector detector, measuring voltages across terminals of the h-vector detector when the detector receives a microwave, varying the angle between... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

20090128144 - High pressure/high temperature magnetic resonance tool: The present invention pertains to an apparatus and method for conducting magnetic resonance measurements on fluids at high pressures and/or high temperatures. The apparatus can be used in conjunction with or as part of a downhole fluid sampling tool to perform NMR measurements on fluids withdrawn from petroleum reservoirs, or... Agent: Schlumberger Oilfield Services

20090128145 - Apparatus and method for obtaining magnetic resonance imaging or spectroscopy data from live tissue samples: Disclosed herein is a system useful for obtaining magnetic resonance imaging data of longterm tissue slice cultures that typically survive well beyond 12 hours after tissue procurement. The system comprises a first support member comprising a perimeter defining a first interior space and a second support member. The first and... Agent: Beusse Wolter Sanks Mora & Maire

20090128146 - Directed-energy imaging system: An imaging system that uses a directed-energy device can include a directed-energy device configured to generate an excitation signal to impinge a region of interest of a target and excite elements therein and receive resonance signals emitted from the region of interest of the target after the excitation signal is... Agent: Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

20090128148 - Nmr tomography method based on nbsem with 2d spatial encoding by two mutually rotated multipole gradient fields:

20090128147 - Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy with multiple-coil probes: An NMR inspection apparatus comprises a system for providing a dissolved, hyperpolarized sample and an NMR analysis system connected to the hyperpolarizing system are disclosed. The NMR analysis system includes a magnet for generating a substantially homogeneous magnetic field in a working volume suitable for carrying out NMR and a... Agent: Blank Rome LLP

20090128149 - Local coil arrangement with magnetic field sensor and magnetic resonance system with such a local coil arrangement: A local coil arrangement for a magnetic resonance apparatus has a support structure with an antenna arrangement and a sensor arrangement embedded in the support structure. The antenna arrangement has a number of magnetic resonance antennas. A magnetic resonance excitation signal can respectively be emitted by means of each magnetic... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090128150 - Silent and thin rf body coil: An imaging subject (16) is disposed in an examination region (12) for examination. A cover (18) is disposed around the examination region (12). Magnetic field gradient coils (30) impose selected magnetic field gradients on a main magnetic field (B0) within the examination region (12). A radio frequency (RF) coil (36)... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090128151 - Closure and system for nmr sample containers: A selectively removable closure for closing the open end of an NMR sample tube having an open end and a closed end of the invention includes a cylindrical proximal first and a distal second portion, both portions substantially congruent to a central axis. The second portion has a hollow bore... Agent: Diehl Servilla LLC

20090128152 - Simultaneous mri imaging of multiple subjects: A magnetic resonance scanner includes a main magnet (20) that generates a static magnetic field at least in a scanning region (14), and a gradient system (26, 28) that selectively imposes selected magnetic field gradients on the static magnetic field at least in the scanning region. A structure (40) is... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090128153 - Method and circuit arrangement for operating multi-channel transmit/receive antenna devices: Methods and circuit arrangements for operating a multi-channel transmit/receive antenna device or arrangement, especially for use in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, are disclosed by which RF amplifiers can be used to their full peak power capability without running the risk that the RF amplifier is damaged due to... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090128155 - Rf coil and mri apparatus: An RF coil having at least three different resonance frequencies, wherein one of the resonance frequencies is adjusted to be a frequency fA of a magnetic resonance signal generated by a test subject, and the coil is adjusted so that ratio of difference between the frequency fA and a first... Agent: Smith LLP

20090128154 - Ultra low output impedance rf power amplifier for parallel excitation: An ultra low output impedance RF power amplifier for driving a multiple transmit coil Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system is described, comprising an output matching network with high power MOSFET operatively coupled to at least one transmit coil in the MRI system for a desired output power and impedance. This... Agent: General Electric Company Global Research

20090128156 - Enhanced precise location: A method for determining the location of underground cables and pipes is disclosed. In some embodiments, the method includes measuring a set of electromagnetic field magnitudes and phases at a plurality of positions while traversing a target line parallelly using 3D electromagnetic coil sensors, the 3D electromagnetic coil sensors being... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090128157 - Abnormality determination device of power supply and abnormality determination method thereof: A power supply having a battery (2) that supplies electric power to an electric load (6), a current sensor (4) that detects the current of the battery (2), and a voltage sensor (5) that detects the voltage of the battery (2) includes abnormality determination means for determining that an open... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090128159 - Battery pack anomaly detecting method and battery pack: An anomaly detecting method for a battery pack including a secondary battery made up of at least one cell and a voltage detecting circuit for measuring cell voltage of the secondary battery comprises the steps of measuring the cell voltage, judging by using the measured cell voltage whether predefined anomaly... Agent: Mcdermott Will & Emery LLP

20090128158 - Voltage detection device and electric vehicle including voltage detection device: A voltage detection device for accurately correcting detection errors with voltage greater than an internal reference voltage. The device includes a first switch group of switches for obtaining the voltage across a battery block in a battery pack. A charge-discharge unit has two or more capacitors connected in series or... Agent: Workman Nydegger 1000 Eagle Gate Tower

20090128160 - Dual sensor system having fault detection capability: A sensor system (20) includes transducers (32, 34) each yielding an analog signal (37, 39) representing a parameter independently sensed by each of the transducers (32, 34). The signals (37, 39) are summed and the resulting transducer signal (46) is converted to a digital transducer signal (26) by a high... Agent: Meschkow & Gresham, P.L.C

20090128161 - Structure for robust cable connectivity test receiver for high-speed data receiver: A design structure embodied in a machine-readable medium used in a design process may include a system for detecting a fault in a signal transmission path. Such system may include, for example, a hysteresis comparator including a latch having n-type field effect transistor (“NFET”) storage elements. The hysteresis comparator may... Agent: International Business Machines Corporation Dept. 18g

20090128162 - Calibrating automatic test equipment: A method for use with automatic test equipment (ATE) includes programming the ATE to generate bursts, each of which corresponds to a signal characteristic produced by the ATE, obtaining power levels for the bursts, and determining if the power levels for the bursts correspond to expected power levels for signal... Agent: Fish & Richardson P.C.

20090128163 - Simulated battery logic testing device: A simulated battery test device and method that is capable of testing a battery charging circuit and logic circuit to determine proper operation. An operational amplifier is used that can both source and sink current to simulate the operation of the battery. A battery low signal can be generated using... Agent: Cochran Freund & Young LLC Lsi Corporation

20090128164 - Phase frequency distortion measurement system: Disclosed is a method of measuring frequency distortions characteristics of a device under test, said device configured convert an input signal in an input frequency range to an output signal in a different output frequency range. The method includes, for each test frequency fi, where i=1, . . . ,N... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP

20090128165 - Capacitance measuring apparatus for capacitor: A measuring apparatus for measuring capacitance of a capacitor includes a microprocessor, a control circuit coupled to the capacitor, and an Analog-to-Digital (A/D) converting circuit. The control circuit receives a control signal from the microprocessor, and outputs an analog voltage signal of the capacitor, and the control circuit charges/discharges the... Agent: PCe Industry, Inc. Att. Steven Reiss

20090128166 - Apparatus to measure the clearance between a first component and a second component: An apparatus for determining a clearance between rotor blade tips of rotor blades mounted on a rotor and a stator lining mounted on a stator casing. The stator lining is movable radially relative to the stator casing. The stator lining comprises an abradable material. At least one probe is arranged... Agent: Mccormick, Paulding & Huber LLP

20090128167 - Method for measuring area resistance of magneto-resistance effect element: A method for measuring an area resistance of a magneto-resistance effect element which includes an upper-barrier layer having a first sheet resistivity Rt, a barrier layer, and a lower-barrier layer having a second sheet resistivity Rb, includes a resistance measurement step, a sheet resistivity measurement step and a establishing step.... Agent: Greer, Burns & Crain

20090128168 - Multifunctional conducting polymer structures: The present invention includes the use of conducting polymers as sensors in distributed sensing systems, as sensors and operating elements in multifunctional devices, and for conducting-polymer based multifunctional sensing fabrics suitable for monitoring humidity, breath, heart rate, blood (location of wounds), blood pressure, skin temperature, weight and movement, in a... Agent: Cochran Freund & Young LLC

20090128169 - Corrosion detecting structural health sensor: A sensor device for monitoring and testing for potential corrosion of structural elements is disclosed. A membrane including a thin conductor sense loop within it may be disposed near a structural element to be monitored. Measured changes in the electrical properties of the conductor sense loop reveal corrosion of the... Agent: Canady & Lortz LLP - Boeing

20090128170 - Print media detecting module: A print medium detecting module includes a first conductive unit, a second conductive unit and a detector. The first conductive unit is coupled to a first reference voltage level. The detector has a detecting port, which is coupled to the second conductive unit and a second reference voltage level, for... Agent: North America Intellectual Property Corporation

20090128172 - Calibration board for electronic device test apparatus: A calibration board mounted on a socket when calibrating an electronic device test apparatus for testing an IC by bringing ball contacts of the IC into electrical contact with contact terminals of the socket includes calibration terminals for electrically contacting the contact terminals; and a board comprising an insulating member... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20090128176 - High density integrated circuit apparatus, test probe and methods of use thereof: The present invention is directed to a high density test probe which provides a means for testing a high density and high performance integrated circuits in wafer form or as discrete chips. The test probe is formed from a dense array of elongated electrical conductors which are embedded in an... Agent: Ibm Corporation, T.j. Watson Research Center

20090128171 - Microstructure probe card, and microstructure inspecting device, method, and computer program: When inspection on a microstructure is performed, first a pair of probes (2) are caused to contact respective electrode pads (PD), and the pair of probes (2) and a fritting power source (50) are connected together through relays (30). Next a voltage is applied from the fritting power source (50)... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090128174 - Probe card using thermoplastic resin: Disclosed is a probe card using thermoplastic resin. The probe card includes: a printed circuit board; a probe head that includes a plurality of terminals disposed on one surface thereof, the terminals being electrically connected to the printed circuit board; and a plurality of probe tips electrically connected to a... Agent: Staas & Halsey LLP

20090128175 - Probe unit substrate: A ceramic substrate has, on its surface, a multilayer wiring division, on which micro cantilever type probes are fixed. The multilayer wiring division has the first conductor layer, which includes through-hole junction pads, flatness improvement rings surrounding the through-hole junction pads and a grounding region further surrounding the flatness improvement... Agent: Frishauf, Holtz, Goodman & Chick, PC

20090128173 - Testing system and method: An exemplary testing system for measuring an electronic device includes a main controller for generating a control signal, a signal generator for outputting a predetermined test input signal according to the control signals, an instrument unit comprising a plurality of instruments, and a testing port comprising a plurality of probes.... Agent: PCe Industry, Inc. Att. Steven Reiss

20090128177 - Attachment for socket and semiconductor device-testing unit having the same: To provide an attachment for a socket which can cope with automatic testing of the IC devices, and which can enhance the radiation of heat from the IC devices despite of its reduced size, as well as to provide a semiconductor device-testing unit having the same. An attachment 15 for... Agent: 3m Innovative Properties Company

20090128178 - Wafer inspecting apparatus, wafer inspecting method and computer program: There is provided a wafer inspecting apparatus which reduces a preheating time of a probe, and prevents the probe and a wafer from being damaged. The apparatus has a stage (10) which allows a semiconductor wafer (W) to be mounted on a top face thereof and heats or cools it,... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090128179 - Wiring pattern characteristic evaluation mounting board: Wiring pattern characteristic evaluation mounting boards in which characteristics of wiring patterns formed on the mounting boards are previously evaluated when the mounting boards are manufactured in mass-production, and more particularly relates to such wiring pattern characteristic evaluation mounting boards in which characteristics of wiring patterns to a high frequency... Agent: Rader Fishman & Grauer PLLC

20090128180 - Cantilever-type probe and method of fabricating the same: Disclosed is a cantilever-type probe and methods of fabricating the same. The probe is comprised of a cantilever being longer lengthwise relative to the directions of width and height, and a tip extending from the bottom of the cantilever and formed at an end of the cantilever. A section of... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090128183 - Device for measuring thickness and square resistivity of interconnecting lines: s

20090128181 - Driver circuit and test apparatus: Provided is a driver circuit that includes a first operational mode and a second operational mode and outputs an output signal according to an input signal, including a first driver section that, in the first operational mode, generates and outputs the output signal according to the input signal and, in... Agent: Jianq Chyun Intellectual Property Office

20090128182 - Driver circuit and test apparatus: Provided is a driver circuit that has a first operational mode and a second operational mode and outputs an output signal according to an input signal. The driver circuit includes a first driver section that, in the first operational mode, generates and outputs the output signal according to the input... Agent: Jianq Chyun Intellectual Property Office

20090128184 - Testing high frequency signals on a trace: A system, apparatus and method for testing and measuring high frequency signals on a trace is described. In one embodiment of the invention, a footprint is manufactured on a trace to allow the testing of a signal while reducing the amount of distortion caused by prior art structures and methods.... Agent: North Weber & Baugh LLP

05/14/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category

20090121703 - Load current sensing technique: Methods and apparatus regulate the output of a switching device to a voltage near that of saturation. In the preferred embodiment, this is accomplished for a small period of time during activation before and/or after device saturation. The switching device drive requirement is then measured to attain the regulated voltage.... Agent: Dorsey & Whitney LLP Intellectual Property Department

20090121704 - Current measuring apparatus: The present invention provides a current measuring apparatus having an improved structure to inhibit the possible adverse effect of a current in a different phase and the possible generation of an induced electromotive force caused by a measurement target current, enabling the measurement target current to be accurately detected even... Agent: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

20090121705 - Poly phase solid state watt hour meters: An electronic energy meter includes a first sigma delta modulator having an electrically isolated digital data output. A power supply stage coupled to a first electrical line provides a supply voltage to the first sigma delta modulator. A shunt device is also coupled to the first electrical line. The first... Agent: Texas Instruments Incorporated

20090121706 - Active sensor element and method of determining the temperature of an active sensor element: The invention relates to an active sensor element for recording the speed of an exhaust gas turbocharger, comprising a suppressor circuit which has at least one diode. In order to specify a device for temperature measurement at the turbocharger and in particular at the turbocharger in the region of the... Agent: Cohen, Pontani, Lieberman & Pavane LLP

20090121709 - Peptide nanostructures encapsulating a foreign material and method of manufacturing same: A composition comprising a material at least partially enclosed by a tubular, spherical or planar nanostructure composed of a plurality of peptides, wherein each of the plurality of peptides includes no more than 4 amino acids and whereas at least one of the 4 amino acids is an aromatic amino... Agent: Martin D. Moynihan D/b/a Prtsi, Inc.

20090121707 - Magnetic field orientation sensor: A magnetic angle sensor 100 comprises a bulk substrate; a circular well 101 provided upon the bulk substrate; an even numbered plurality of electrodes 102a-102x spaced at regular intervals in a ring formation over the circular well; and means for selectively applying a progressive succession of differently directed bias currents... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090121708 - Sensor assembly for detecting positioning of a moveable component: A method of designing a sensor assembly having a housing, a first magnet and a second magnet includes forming each of the first magnet and the second magnet into a wedge shape. The method further includes tilting each of the first magnet and the second magnet at an angle within... Agent: Carlson, Gaskey & Olds, P.C.

20090121710 - Novel free layer design for tmr/cpp device: A TMR sensor and a CPP GMR sensor all include a free layer that is of the form CoFexBy/non-magnetic layer/NiFez or of the form CoFe/CoFeB/non-magnetic layer/NiFe, where, in one embodiment, the thickness of the non-magnetic layer is less than approximately 15 angstroms and the atom percentage x, z of Fe... Agent: Saile Ackerman LLC

20090121711 - Thermally stabilized magnets for use downhole: A logging instrument for estimating a property of a formation penetrated by a borehole, the instrument having a magnet disposed at least one of at and in the instrument wherein the magnet exhibits a magnetic field of “substantially” constant magnitude over a range of temperatures in the borehole.... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP

20090121712 - Dynamic nuclear polarization enhanced nuclear magnetic resonance of water under ambient conditions: A method and apparatus are provided for treating hydrated material in a fluid that contains water in which a stable nitroxide is attached to the hydrated material. A dynamic nuclear polarization process (DNP) is conducted on the hydrated material whereby to hyperpolarize the water. A polarization cell contains the hydrated... Agent: Berliner & Associates

20090121713 - Antenna for picking up magnetic resonance signals and provided with its own communication unit: An RF receiver antenna (1), notably for use in an magnetic resonance imaging system for picking up magnetic resonance signals comprises a resonant pick-up circuit and communication unit (2) to transmit and/or receive data and including a transmit/receive antenna integrated in the resonant pick-up circuit.... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090121714 - Method and magnetic resonance system for determining the flip angle distribution in a volume of an examination subject: In a method for determination of flip angle distributions for various antenna transmission configurations in a magnetic resonance system, magnetic resonance measurements are implemented with the various transmission configurations, with the reception configuration being identical for all implemented magnetic resonance measurements, and all magnetic resonance measurements for the various transmission... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090121716 - Nmr resonator configured as an insulated foil, conductively coated on both sides: A nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) resonator (1; 31) comprising an inductive section (6) and a capacitive section (6a), wherein the inductive section (6) is band-shaped and surrounds a substantially cylindrical volume under investigation (5), wherein the capacitive section (6a) is formed from one or more discrete capacitor(s) (13; 13a, 13b,... Agent: Kohler Schmid Moebus

20090121715 - Vertical field mri shoulder coil: The present invention relates to a design of a radiofrequency (RF) receive coil (also commonly referred to as an imaging coil) for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a vertical field MRI system of a patient's shoulder region. The design described herein generally includes a solenoid element that wraps around the... Agent: Ulmer & Berne, LLP Attn: Diane Bell

20090121718 - Probe for nmr measurement: A probe for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurement provided with a multiple resonant circuit for detecting signals of two or more nuclides with high detection efficiency for nuclide at low resonant frequency comprises a multiple resonance radio frequency (RF) coil circuit that, with multiple lead lines connected to the RF... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090121717 - Rf antenna with integrated electronics: A radio frequency antenna comprising a resonant pickup circuit (102) arranged to pick up a magnetic resonance signal, an analog-to-digital converter (105) arranged to convert the magnetic resonance signal to digital data, and a frequency converter arranged to convert a primary band of frequencies of the digital data. By upshifting... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090121719 - \"method of marine electromagnetic survey using focusing electric current (variants)\": Two embodiments of marine geo-electric probe methods for hydrocarbon deposits survey comprise—excitation of electromagnetic field in a surveyed medium by transmitting two rectangular current pulses therethrough, the first—during forward traveling of a probe device along a profile and the second—during backward traveling thereof, —measuring instant values of the first and... Agent: Aleksandr Smushkovich

20090121720 - Method for controlled source electromagnetic reconnaissance surveying: Method for conducting an efficient and interpretable controlled-source electromagnetic reconnaissance survey for buried hydrocarbons. While a part of the survey area is being set up for measurement and data are being acquired, data from a nearby part of the survey area, surveyed just previously, are being rapidly processed and analyzed... Agent: J Paul Plummer Exxonmobil Upstream Reasarch Company

20090121721 - Device for monitoring cell voltage: A device for monitoring a rechargeable battery having a number of electrically connected cells includes at least one current interruption switch for interrupting current flowing through at least one associated cell and a plurality of monitoring units for detecting cell voltage. Each monitoring unit is associated with a single cell... Agent: Foley & Lardner LLP

20090121723 - Electrostatic discharge device testing system and method: There is disclosed an electrostatic discharge (ESD) device tester and a method of operating the tester. In an embodiment, the method comprises operating the tester by uniquely identifying an ESD device to be tested using identification means provided on the tester; taking at least one test measurement of the uniquely... Agent: Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP

20090121722 - Method for assessing the suitability of metered dose inhaler actuators: A method of assessing the suitability of a metered dose inhaler actuator A test canister equipped with a valve and containing a pressurized propellant is provided. One or more actuators manufactured for use in a metered dose inhaler is provided and tested, wherein each actuator is tested by coupling the... Agent: 3m Innovative Properties Company

20090121724 - Detection of faults in an injector arrangement: A fault detection method is provided for detecting faults in an injector arrangement. The injector arrangement comprises one or more piezoelectric fuel injectors connected in an injector drive circuit, and the injector drive circuit is arranged to control operation of the one or more piezoelectric fuel injectors. The fault detection... Agent: Delphi Technologies, Inc.

20090121725 - Test apparatus and measurement apparatus: There is provided a test apparatus for testing a device under test, which includes a voltage supplying section which supplies a voltage to the device under test through a wire, a first capacitor which is arranged between the wire and a common potential in series, a current detecting section which... Agent: Jianq Chyun Intellectual Property Office

20090121726 - Test apparatus and measurement apparatus: There is provided a test apparatus for testing a device under test, which includes a voltage supplying section that supplies a voltage to the device under test through a wire, a first capacitor that is arranged between the wire and a common potential in series, a current detecting section that... Agent: Jianq Chyun Intellectual Property Office

20090121727 - Electrical impedance tomography of nanoengineered thin films: The present teachings relate to the application of electrical impedance tomography (EIT) to demonstrate the multifunctionality of carbon nanocomposite thin films under various types of environmental stimuli. Carbon nanotube (CNT) thin films are fabricated by a layer-by-layer (LbL) technique or other techniques and mounted with electrodes along their boundaries. The... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090121728 - Resin impregnated amount measuring method and resin impregnated amount measuring device in filament winding molding: A resin impregnated amount measuring method and device for accurately and successively measuring an amount of resin impregnated in a fiber in a filament winding molding. An electrostatic capacitance of a fiber impregnated with resin is measured, and an amount of resin impregnated in the fiber is measured based on... Agent: Hogan & Hartson L.L.P.

20090121729 - System and method for current measurement: Load current of a circuit is determined across a component of the circuit by calibrating the resistance of the component with a reference current having a distinguishable characteristic. For example, a reference current with swept frequency modulation is applied to the component so that the resistance of the component is... Agent: Hamilton & Terrile, LLP

20090121730 - Connector for measuring electrical resistance, and apparatus and method for measuring electrical resistance of circuit board: Disclosed are a connector for measurement of electric resistance, by which necessary electrical connection is surely achieved even when a circuit board to be inspected is large in area and has a great number of small-sized electrodes to be inspected, and measurement is surely performed with high precision, and which... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090121731 - Diagnostic jumper: A jumper including a control module and a plurality of conduits connected to the control module is provided. A connector is connected to each of the conduits. The control module controls the flow of a communications medium through the conduits and the control module.... Agent: Macmillan Sobanski & Todd, LLC

20090121732 - Temporary planar electrical contact device and method using vertically-compressible nanotube contact structures: A wafer-scale probe card for temporary electrical contact to a sample wafer or other device, for burn-in and test. The card includes a plurality of directly metallized single-walled or multi-walled nanotubes contacting a pre-arranged electrical contact pattern on the probe card substrate. The nanotubes are arranged into bundles for forming... Agent: Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti PC

20090121733 - Test circuit for use in a semiconductor apparatus: A test circuit that senses a misaligned probe during a test includes a first power control section that senses voltage levels of a plurality of sensing lines and controls power supplied to a lower circuit section provided below a part of a pad group, and a second power control section... Agent: Baker & Mckenzie LLP Patent Department

20090121734 - Integrated compound nano probe card and method of making same: An integrated compound nano probe card is disclosed to include a substrate layer having a front side and a back side, and compound probe pins arranged in the substrate layer. Each compound probe pin has a bundle of aligned parallel nanotubes/nanorods and a bonding material bonded to the bundle of... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20090121735 - Method and system for testing a semiconductor package: A method and system for testing a semiconductor package. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods comprising testing a semiconductor package unit (150, 420) by electrically coupling a top printed circuit board (208, 420) to a top-side of a semiconductor package unit (150, 420), the coupling using electrically... Agent: Texas Instruments Incorporated

20090121737 - Characterizing circuit performance by separating device and interconnect impact on signal delay: An integrated circuit (IC) includes multiple embedded test circuits that all include a ring oscillator coupled to a test load. The test load either is a direct short in the ring oscillator or else is a interconnect load that is representative of one of the interconnect layers in the IC.... Agent: Xilinx, Inc Attn: Legal Department

20090121736 - Disposable built-in self-test devices, systems and methods for testing three dimensional integrated circuits: A device and method for self-testing an integrated circuit layer for a three-dimensional integrated circuit includes integrally forming a disposable self-test circuit on a common substrate with a first circuit to be tested. The first circuit forms a layer in a three-dimensional integrated circuit structure. The first circuit is tested... Agent: Keusey, Tutunjian & Bitetto, P.C.

20090121738 - Semiconductor test device: A semiconductor test device of the present invention for conducting a test on a device under test, includes: a plurality of comparison units which compare a signal obtained from the device under test with a predetermined reference voltage and output a comparison result; a plurality of measuring units which are... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090121739 - Ac detecting apparatus for detecting operating states of ac power supply: An exemplary AC detecting apparatus for detecting operating states of an AC power supply includes a detecting circuit connected to an AC power supply, the detecting circuit comprising a photocoupler having a luminous element with the anode connected to a live line of the AC power supply and the cathode... Agent: PCe Industry, Inc. Att. Steven Reiss

05/07/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. archived by USPTO category

20090115396 - Communicating with an implanted wireless sensor: The present invention determines the resonant frequency of a sensor by adjusting the phase and frequency of an energizing signal until the frequency of the energizing signal matches the resonant frequency of the sensor. The system energizes the sensor with a low duty cycle, gated burst of RF energy having... Agent: John S. Pratt, Esq Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP

20090115397 - Preventing false locks in a system that communicates with an implanted wireless sensor: The present invention determines the resonant frequency of a wireless sensor by adjusting the phase and frequency of an energizing signal until the frequency of the energizing signal matches the resonant frequency of the sensor. The system energizes the sensor with a low duty cycle, gated burst of RF energy... Agent: John S. Pratt, Esq Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP

20090115398 - Device and method for measuring a first voltage and a second voltage by means of a differential voltmeter: The invention relates to a method and a device for measuring a first voltage and a second voltage by means of a differential voltmeter. The differential voltmeter comprises a first inlet and a second inlet and a known voltage potential is applied to the second inlet. The voltage measurement comprises... Agent: Ware Fressola Van Der Sluys & Adolphson, LLP

20090115399 - Shielded current sensor: A planar magnetic current sensor is described, incorporating a number of features designed to improve the efficiency and reliability of the basic sensor. The improvements comprise providing inner and outer conductive shields, an increased number of sensor elements for a given circuit board area, and distributing the resistance of the... Agent: Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP Attn: Gregory M Stone

20090115400 - Status indicator: The sensitivity and accuracy of a status indicator for sensing a current in an electrical circuit is improved by shifting the reference level of the transformer output to maximize the input signal to a precision voltage detector and by reducing the hysteresis of the status indicator by balancing the burden... Agent: Chernoff, Vilhauer, Mcclung & Stenzel

20090115401 - System comprising an automotive fuse and an a/d converter: The invention relates to a system which comprises an automotive fuse and an A/D converter. Conventional systems comprising an automotive fuse and an A/D converter are designed such that a measured value is generated at the automotive fuse, which value is then amplified and passed on to the A/D converter... Agent: Novak Druce & Quigg LLP

20090115402 - Voltage detecting circuit and semiconductor device including the same: A voltage detecting circuit detects a voltage between first and second wirings, and comprises at least first and second transistors connected in series between the first and second wirings, wherein a first reference voltage is supplied to a gate of the first transistor, a gate and a drain of the... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090115403 - Split core status indicator: The size of a status indicator for monitoring a current in a power cable is reduced by integrating a bobbin for the secondary winding with a current transformer core and integrating a circuit board including output terminals with a current transformer assembly.... Agent: Chernoff, Vilhauer, Mcclung & Stenzel

20090115405 - Magnetic field angular sensor with a full angle detection: An integrated angular magnetic sensor apparatus for determining a magnetic field angle within two axes of a plane is formed on a substrate onto which two anisotropic magneto-resistive sensing elements and at least one magneto-resistive sensing element are fabricated. The two anisotropic magneto-resistive sensing elements are oriented such that the... Agent: Saile Ackerman LLC

20090115406 - System and method for minimizing mutual inductance coupling between coils in an electromagnetic tracking system: A system and method of minimizing the mutual inductance coupling between two or more coils of a coil array of an electromagnetic tracking system. The system involves a geometric arrangement of two or more coils, which significantly reduces any mutual inductance coupling between the two or more coils. The method... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare

20090115404 - Hall effect methods and systems: A hall effect system in accordance with one embodiment is described herein. The hall effect system comprises a housing, an input element coupled to the housing, a magnetic element coupled to the input element and configured to have a detectable magnetic flux, a sensing element adjacent to the magnetic element,... Agent: Perkins Coie LLP Patent-sea

20090115407 - Movable body position detecting device: A movable body position detecting device includes: a movable body (shift lever) that has a cylindrical magnet fixed thereto and is provided so as to be tiltable; first and second GMR sensors that are provided so as to face a circumferential surface of the magnet and detects the inclination of... Agent: Beyer Law Group LLP

20090115409 - Magnetic encoder: A high-precision magnet encoder in which high-order harmonic components can be suppressed without increasing the number of lead wires connecting magnetic field detecting elements to a signal processing circuit. Hall sensors of phase A1, phase B1, phase A2 and phase B2 are arranged sequentially around a permanent magnet 2 at... Agent: Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP

20090115408 - Method and apparatus to monitor position of a rotatable shaft: A rotatable shaft is equipped with a measurement device that generates output signals corresponding to discrete angular positions of the shaft. Rotational angles of the shaft are measured for a complete rotational period. A true angular velocity of the shaft is determined. Angular velocity is calculated between contiguous pairs of... Agent: Cichosz & Cichosz, PLLC

20090115410 - Eddy current probe and methods of assembling the same: A method of assembling an eddy current array probe to facilitate nondestructive testing of a sample is provided. The method includes positioning a plurality of differential side mount coils at least partially within a flexible material. The method also includes coupling the flexible material within a tip portion of the... Agent: John S. Beulick (12729) C/o Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20090115411 - Flexible eddy current array probe and methods of assembling the same: A method of assembling an eddy current probe for use in nondestructive testing of a sample is described. The method includes positioning at least one substantially planar spiral drive coil within the eddy current probe, such that the drive coil is at least one of adjacent to and at least... Agent: John S. Beulick (12729) C/o Armstrong Teasdale LLP

20090115412 - Magnetic sensing device and electronic compass using the same: [Solving Means] A current c supplied to a coil 112 and its current deviation x are set. The current c, current c+x, and current c−x are supplied to the coil 112 to generate AC magnetic fields, which are then applied to MR elements 111, and voltages V0 to V2 are... Agent: Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP

20090115413 - Device and method for parallel magnetic resonance imaging: The invention relates to a device (1) for magnetic resonance imaging of a body (7) placed in a stationary and substantially homogeneous main magnetic field. In order to provide an MR device (1) which is able to reconstruct a final complex image of high quality, the invention proposes that the... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090115414 - Phase-sensitively detected reduced dimensionality nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for rapid chemical shift assignment and secondary structure determination of proteins: The present invention discloses eleven reduced dimensionality (RD) triple resonance nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments for measuring chemical shift values of certain nuclei in a protein molecule, where the chemical shift values encoded in a peak pair of an NMR spectrum are detected in a phase sensitive manner. The RD... Agent: Nixon Peabody LLP - Patent Group

20090115415 - System and method for use of nanoparticles in imaging and temperature measurement: This invention provides a system and method that improves the sensitivity and localization capabilities of Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) by using combinations of time-varying and static magnetic fields. Combinations of magnetic fields can be used to distribute the signals coming from the magnetic particles among the harmonics and other frequencies... Agent: Loginov & Associates, PLLC

20090115416 - Method of and apparatus for in-situ measurement of degradation of automotive fluids and the like by micro-electron spin resonance (esr) spectrometry: A method of and miniaturized apparatus adapted for in-situ measurement of degradation of automotive fluids and the like by micro-electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrometry, wherein the use of a modulated constant magnetic field in an RF resonating variable frequency microwave cavity resonator through which a fluid sample is passed, enables... Agent: Tope-mckay & Associates

20090115418 - Magnetic resonance coil composed of relatively movable constituent elements: A magnetic resonance coil has an antenna portion for accommodating a body part to be examined, the antenna portion is formed by a number of constituent units connected in series, the positions between various constituent units are relatively movable. By moving the positions between the constituent units, a portion of... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090115417 - Three dimensional rf coil structures for field profiling: In one illustrative embodiment, a radio frequency (RF) coil is disclosed. The RF coil may include a plurality of transmission line elements, wherein at least one of the plurality of transmission line elements may have at least one dimension different than a dimension of another one of the plurality of... Agent: Crompton, Seager & Tufte, LLC

20090115419 - Apparatus for estimating charged state of on-vehicle battery: An apparatus is provided to estimate a charged state of a vehicle provided with an internal combustion engine having a crankshaft, a starter that initially rotates the crankshaft when the engine is started, and a battery that powers the starter. The apparatus comprises a detection device and an acquisition device.... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, PC

20090115420 - Method and system for determining a state of charge of a battery: Methods and systems are provided for determining a state of charge of a battery. A magnetic force between the battery and a magnet is detected. The state of charge of the battery is determined based on the detected magnetic force.... Agent: Ingrassia Fisher & Lorenz, P.C. (gm)

20090115421 - Battery gauge for trolling motor: Battery Gauge for Trolling Motor is a gauge for measuring the amount of voltage remaining in a boat battery. The preferred embodiment of the invention utilizes a gauge having a scale, a battery level indicator, cables and cable terminals to connect to battery terminals. To use the preferred embodiment of... Agent: Galasso & Associates, Lp

20090115422 - Jig for detecting position: A transfer point of a transfer arm is detected accurately and stably by using a position detecting wafer having an electrostatic capacitance sensor. A position detecting wafer S is formed in a wafer shape transferable by a transfer arm 20 and includes an electrostatic capacitance sensor 50 for detecting a... Agent: Pearne & Gordon LLP

20090115423 - Electrode contact pellet and associated photoionisation detector assembly: A demountable pellet is disclosed for use as an electrode contact assembly. The pellet comprises a base 1 upon which is mounted a plurality of electrodes 18, 19, 20 arranged in respective spaced parallel planes and having respective contacts 23, 24, 25 protruding from them. A closure 2 for the... Agent: Smith-hill And Bedell, P.C.

20090115425 - Drive system and method for final testing of an electronic domestic appliance and electronic domestic appliance having the drive system: A drive system is provided for an electronic domestic appliance, for example a washing machine, a dryer or a dishwasher, having an electric motor and a motor controller for controlling operation of the electric motor. The motor controller is provided with a testing device which contains at least one apparatus... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20090115424 - Pressure tank fault detector and method: A pressure tank fault detector and method provides a system for detecting a fault in a pressure tank, such as a well water tank. The system includes a current transformer positioned adjacent a pump power wire. A circuit includes a timer, a data recorder, and a system status indicator. When... Agent: Van Dyke, Gardner, Linn & Burkhart, LLP

20090115426 - Faulted circuit indicator apparatus with transmission line state display and method of use thereof: The invention provides a faulted circuit indicator apparatus with transmission line state display, as well as methods for using the apparatus. The faulted circuit indicator has a sensor that can be electrically coupled to an electrical conductor for collecting data relating to a state of the electrical conductor. The faulted... Agent: King & Spalding

20090115427 - System and method for determining the impedance of a medium voltage power line: A system and method of detecting changes in the impedance of a segment of medium voltage power line is provided. In one embodiment, the method comprises receiving voltage data comprising data of the voltage of the power lines at locations at a plurality of different points in time, receiving current... Agent: Capital Legal Group, LLC

20090115428 - Single pin multi-state identifier using rc timing element: In a circuit identifier, an electrical circuit includes an output node to output an electrical signal. A resistor device and a capacitor device, electrically in series with the resistor device, receive at least a portion of the electrical signal. A counter device determines a time for the capacitor device to... Agent: Haynes And Boone, LLPIPSection

20090115429 - Simultaneous detection of in-plane and out-of-plane position displacement with capacitive sensors: An apparatus includes a first capacitive sensor connected to a first supply voltage, a second capacitive sensor connected to a second supply voltage, a sensing circuit for producing a sense voltage in response to current flowing in the first and second capacitive sensors, a first mixer for combining the sense... Agent: Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP

20090115431 - Capacitive position sensor: A capacitive touch sensor is provided having sensing path for setting a color parameter to a desired value within a range, the color parameter being color hue, color saturation or color temperature. The sensor has a first mode of operation in which a parameter can be set approximately to a... Agent: David Kiewit

20090115430 - Sensor: A sensor including a carrier having two channels, a capacitive sensing element disposed on the carrier, and a cover is provided. The capacitive sensing element has a membrane, and a first chamber is formed between the membrane and the carrier. The cover is disposed on the carrier for covering the... Agent: Jianq Chyun Intellectual Property Office

20090115432 - Elastic body, electrostatic capacitance force sensor and electrostatic capacitance acceleration sensor: s

20090115433 - Method for locating leaks in pipes: Method for establishing and possibly locating leaks in pipelines (1) for transporting liquid or gaseous media using at least one electrical conductor (2) running along the longitudinal extension of the pipeline (1) from a starting point to an end point. According to the present invention, a defined test voltage (UM,... Agent: Collard & Roe, P.C.

20090115434 - Sample cell for hand-held impedance spectroscopy device: Disclosed herein is a sample cell for use in conjunction with an impedance spectroscopy analysis device having two electrodes extending therefrom. The sample cell is attachable to and detachable from the analysis device and includes a housing having an input port for receiving a fluid sample to be tested. The... Agent: Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.c. Intellectual Property Department

20090115436 - Methods for determining fluid properties: Disclosed herein is a method for determining two or more properties of a blended biofuel fluid sample, the method comprising measuring a complex impedance of the sample at each of a plurality of frequencies to produce a sample data set, determining a biofuel blend percentage of the sample using the... Agent: Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.c. Intellectual Property Department

20090115435 - Processing system and method for hand-held impedance spectroscopy analysis device for determining biofuel properties: Disclosed herein is a hand-held impedance spectroscopy analysis device for analyzing fluids wherein the impedance spectroscopy device is in communication with a sample cell including a reservoir containing a fluid sample, the sample cell including a sample cell circuit and two metal plates in contact with the fluid sample and... Agent: Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.c. Intellectual Property Department

20090115437 - High temperature range electrical circuit testing: An electrical circuit testing assembly that includes a mechanical reference that is relatively stationary as compared to a circuit under test. A probe support assembly is coupled to the mechanical reference and includes probes for contacting interconnect pads on the circuit under test. Optionally, the probe support structure is attached... Agent: Workman Nydegger 1000 Eagle Gate Tower

20090115439 - Methods for making contact device for making connection to an electronic circuit device and methods of using the same: Improved contact devices and methods for producing contact devices and using such contact devices to produce electronic devices are disclosed. A contact device having a plurality of nominally coplanar first contact elements makes electrical contact with corresponding nominally coplanar second contact elements of an electronic device such an integrated circuit... Agent: Alan Loudermilk Loudermilk & Associates

20090115438 - Remanufacture of electronic assemblies: A method for remanufacturing an electronic assembly allows the assembly to be disassembled, tested and reassembled despite certain components being permanently affixed to a housing of the assembly. The electronic assembly includes a circuit assembly within the housing. During remanufacture, a first portion of the housing is removed to expose... Agent: Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd

20090115440 - Testing integrated circuits: A testing apparatus for a radiation sensing integrated circuit comprises a load board (101), a test socket (102), suitable for the device under test DUT (103), and a plunger (104). A radiation source (107) is provided on the load board (101) adjacent to the test socket (102). The radiation source... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090115441 - Probe card and temperature stabilizer for testing semiconductor devices: One aspect of the invention provides an apparatus that includes a probe card [105] having probe needles [120] associated therewith. A temperature stabilizer element [135] is couplable to the probe card [105]. The temperature stabilizer [135] is configured to either raise or lower a temperature of the probe needles [120]... Agent: Texas Instruments Incorporated

20090115442 - Semiconductor integrated circuit and electronic device: A dummy wiring 25 is provided for simulating an actual wiring 26 connecting semiconductor integrated circuits 2 and 6 on a circuit board. The semiconductor integrated circuit comprises a data output circuit 28 capable of variably setting the slew rate and a circuit 29 for measuring signal delay time between... Agent: Stanley P. Fisher Reed Smith Hazel & Thomas LLP

20090115444 - Anisotropic conductive sheet, its production method, connection method and inspection method: Provided is an anisotropic conductive sheet (8) having heat resistance and cold resistance and suitable for connection of electrodes. The anisotropic conductive sheet of the present invention has conductivity in the thickness direction, wherein the base film (1), which is a film made of synthetic resin having an electrical insulation... Agent: Osha Liang L.L.P.

20090115445 - Methods and systems for semiconductor testing using reference dice: Methods and systems of semiconductor testing where reference dice and non-reference dice in a wafer and/or lot are tested differently. In one embodiment of the invention, geography, lithography exposure, other characteristics, performance and/or behavior are taken into account when selecting reference dice, thereby improving the likelihood that the response of... Agent: Occhiuti Rohlicek & Tsao, LLP

20090115443 - System and method for testing integrated circuit modules comprising a plurality of integrated circuit devices: Embodiments of a system and method for testing an integrated circuit module comprising multiple integrated circuit devices, such as a memory module comprising multiple memory devices for example, is disclosed. Embodiments of the method may be employed to test an integrated circuit device of the integrated circuit module that provides... Agent: Bereskin And Parr

20090115446 - Measurement method of the current-voltage characteristics of photovoltaic device, a solar simulator for the measurement, and a module for setting irradiance and a part for adjusting irradiance used for the solar simulator: [Solving Means] when an object is the photovoltaic devices Ms, and the current-voltage characteristics are measured by a solar simulator Ss equipped with a light source composed of a lamp and a reflector, and a part for setting the object to be measured, in which it is possible to dispose... Agent: Joseph P. Farrar

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