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Electricity: measuring and testing August inventions list 08/09

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08/27/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. inventions list

20090212761 - Dc-dc converter and voltage detector using same: A DC-DC converter includes: a transformer including primary and secondary windings; a switching element that drives the primary winding; a comparator that compares a voltage induced in the secondary winding with a predetermined voltage to detect that the voltage is outside a predetermined voltage range; and a controller. The controller... Agent: Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP

20090212760 - Supply current based testing of cmos output stages: A CMOS driver test configuration, which allows both leakage current and load current testing, using a single monitor, or current meter, located in a power lead of a tester connected to a power pad servicing the driver circuits. Both leakage testing and load current testing for CMOS drivers is described.... Agent: Saile Ackerman Llc

20090212759 - Transformer-isolated analog-to-digital converter (adc) feedback apparatus and method: A transformer-isolated analog-to-digital converter (ADC) feedback apparatus and method provides reduction of circuit complexity in high power/high voltage systems having a transformer-isolated sensing circuit. The feedback apparatus is a circuit including an ADC for receiving an analog input signal and a transformer having a first winding that receives a modulated... Agent: Mitch Harris, Llc - Cirrus

20090212762 - Phase detector system: A phase detection system (100) comprises an input terminal (101), first and second peak detectors (103, 113), an averaging unit (107), an offset unit (122), and a comparator (126). Input terminal (101) is coupled to the first and to the second peak detectors (103, 113) and provides an input signal... Agent: Nxp, B.v. Nxp Intellectual Property & Licensing

20090212763 - Optical sensor, optical current sensor and optical voltage sensor: [Solution] An optical sensor, including: a sensor to which light from a light source is lead, and by which light intensity of the light is modulated based on a physical value; light receiving elements 61 and 62 receiving two elements of divided light PA and PB having polarized waves which... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20090212764 - Test pulses for enabling revenue testable panel meters: A panel meter including an energy test pulse device that enables the panel meter to be used for revenue applications and eliminates the need for two separate meters, one for panel indication, and the other for energy and revenue applications. The electrical panel meter including at least one sensor configured... Agent: Electro Industries/ Gaugetech C/o Casella & Hespos, LLP

20090212765 - Magnetic field sensor with automatic sensitivity adjustment: Magnetic field sensors have a magnetic field sensing element and also a feedback circuit to provide a gain-adjustment signal to affect a sensitivity associated with the magnetic field sensing element. In some arrangements, the feedback circuit can include piezoresistors to sense a strain of a substrate over which the magnetic... Agent: Daly, Crowley, Mofford & Durkee, LLP

20090212766 - Joystick and method of manufacturing the same: A joystick having a movable member that includes a shaft portion and a spherical portion wherein the shaft portion has a diameter less than the spherical portion. An actuating member is secured to the shaft portion of the movable member to provide actuation of the movable member. A magnet is... Agent: Zarley Law Firm P.L.C

20090212767 - Remote transmitter for analogue gauges: In a method for converting an analogue measurement indication into electric signals, the angle of rotation of the pointer of an analogue display is contact free detected and converted into a proportional electrical output signal. This is achieved by using an application-specific integrated circuit having a Hall sensor which can... Agent: Baker & Hostetler LLP

20090212768 - Magnetic tagging techniques: This invention relates to microfluidic apparatus for reading, writing and sorting magnetic tags attached to chemical and biological molecules and other entities. We describe apparatus for separating chemical or biological molecules or moieties each individually attached to a MBM tag miniature multi-bit magnetic tag capable of adopting a plurality of... Agent: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino L.l.p.

20090212769 - Method and system for measuring at least one property including a magnetic property of a material using pulsed laser sources: A method of measuring at least one property including a magnetic property of target material is provided. The method includes the step of generating a pump pulse train having one or more pump pulses at a repetition rate along a first propagation path, each pump pulse having a pulse energy... Agent: Brooks Kushman P.c.

20090212770 - Thin film magnetic sensor: wherein the thin film yoke has a high sensitivity portion with a demagnetizing factor of NL in a magnetic sensitive direction, and a low sensitivity portion with a demagnetizing factor of NH(>NL) in the magnetic sensitive direction, the low sensitivity portion being connected electrically in series with the high sensitivity... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20090212771 - Hysteresis offset cancellation for magnetic sensors: Presented is a sensor that includes a magnetoresistive (MR) sensing device to sense a magnetic field and to produce an AC signal voltage proportional to the sensed magnetic field. The sensor also includes circuitry, coupled to the MR sensing device, to remove DC offset from the AC signal voltage. The... Agent: Daly, Crowley, Mofford & Durkee, LLP

20090212774 - Antenna arrangement for a magnetic resonance apparatus: In an antenna arrangement for a magnetic resonance apparatus and a method for acquiring magnetic resonance signals, which has at least four individually operable antenna conductor loops arranged like a matrix in rows and columns, wherein two antenna conductor loops adjacent in a row or in a column are inductively... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090212773 - Arterial spin labeled, segmented, interleaved 3d grase mri: A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method of obtaining MRI images of a patient and storing the images in physical storage media.... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP

20090212772 - 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 echo signals by echo planar imaging which generates the echo signals with correcting and applying plural gradient magnetic fields for phase encode and with continuously inverting a gradient magnetic field... Agent: Nixon & Vanderhye, Pc

20090212775 - Mr compatible rotating anode x-ray tube: An apparatus for use in a magnetic resonance (MR) system, which generates an external MR magnetic field, is provided. A rotor comprises a rotor shaft with an axis along a length of the rotor shaft and a plurality of coils on the rotor shaft. A housing supports and surrounds the... Agent: Beyer Law Group LLP

20090212776 - Nuclear magnetic resonance measurement apparatus and measuring method using the same: An NMR measurement apparatus adopts a circulation flow scheme using a sample solution containing a high molecular compound representing a measuring object and a low molecular compound solution containing a low molecular compound representing a ligand. The measurement apparatus comprises a mixing filter 32 for mixing the sample solution and... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090212777 - Multi-frequency boring tool locating system and method: Arrangements, apparatus and associated methods are described for use in a multi-frequency boring tool locating system. The boring tool includes a transmitter for transmitting a locating signal at two or more selectable frequencies. One set of above ground procedures may be applied to the transmitter in order to change the... Agent: Pritzkau Patent Group, Llc

20090212778 - Large airborne time-domain electromagnetic transmitter coil system and apparatus: An airborne time domain electromagnetic survey system is provided. The system and apparatus of the present invention are able to address the interest in exploring base metals and uranium deposits at depths approaching 1 kilometer. It encompasses a transmitter coil having a large magnetic dipole moment, flight stability, which is... Agent: Novak Druce + Quigg LLP

20090212779 - Battery sensor unit: A battery sensor unit having a fastening device for fastening the battery sensor unit to a contact of a battery, in particular a motor vehicle battery, and having a measuring section for acquiring the state of the battery, the measuring section and the fastening device being combined to form an... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

20090212780 - Dielectric breakdown detector for hev battery application: A circuit that indicates an impedance of a battery dielectric includes a signal generator module that flows a first current from a ground to a first terminal of a battery. A sensor circuit generates a signal based on a second current that flows from a second terminal of the battery... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090212781 - System for automatically gathering battery information: A method that includes affixing a radio frequency identification tag on a storage battery at a battery manufacturing plant. The method also includes storing battery manufacturing information into the radio frequency identification tag at the battery manufacturing plant. The battery manufacturing information includes a battery algorithm suitable for use in... Agent: Westman Champlin & Kelly, P.a.

20090212782 - System for maintaining ph and sanitizing agent levels of water in a water feature: A system automatically maintains at least one of a pH level and a sanitizing agent level of water in a water feature. The system includes a sensor assembly responsive to at least one of a pH level of the water and a sanitizing agent level of the water. The system... Agent: Jerry Turner Sewell

20090212783 - Bga package holder device and method for testing of bga packages: An apparatus for supporting BGA packages for one or more testing processes is disclosed. The apparatus includes a substrate member. The substrate member has a plurality of contact pads, with each of the contact pads being spatially disposed around a peripheral region of the substrate. The apparatus further includes a... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090212784 - Electrical lighting tester for vehicle-towed trailers: A compact, portable electrical tester to test the functionality of the lights of a lighting system of vehicle-towed commercial and utility trailers. By virtue of the presently-disclosed lighting tester, the lights of a trailer can be remotely tested by a single test taker without the presence of a tow vehicle... Agent: Morland C. Fischer

20090212785 - Receptacle tester with text display: A tester is disclosed for testing a wiring state of a live electrical receptacle outlet. The tester comprises a body having a display located thereon and a plug extending from the body. The display is configured to selectively provide a text indicator. When the plug of the tester is received... Agent: Quarles & Brady LLP

20090212786 - Impedance-based arc detector for computed tomography scanner and method of use thereof: The present disclosure relates to an impedance-based arc detector for CT scanners and method of use and diagnosis therewith, and more specifically, to a two- or three-way conductive probe detector system and associated signal processing unit to distinguish the location of arc faults on a CT scanner at either the... Agent: Vedder Price P.c.

20090212787 - Malfunction detecting circuit and malfunction detecting method for detecting malfunction of current-sensing resistor, and power converting system applying the malfunction detecting circuit: A malfunction detecting circuit for detecting malfunction of a current sensing resistor includes a reference-voltage generating circuit and a comparing circuit, wherein the reference-voltage generating circuit is utilized to generate a reference voltage signal varying with the on time period of a power switch of a power converting system. The... Agent: North America Intellectual Property Corporation

20090212788 - Conductivity counter: A conductivity counter and method of determining conductivity of a fluid sample are disclosed. The counter is suitable for high-speed, accurate counting of discrete events or items, such as cancer cells, passing through a fluid sample cell. A variable frequency current source is used to supply an excitation current to... Agent: Roy, Kiesel, Keegan & Denicola

20090212790 - Method of estimating channel bandwidth from a time domain reflectometer (tdr) measurement: Bandwidth of a test channel is determined from a single port Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR) measurement with the channel terminated in a short or an open circuit. Bandwidth is estimated by: (1) making a TDR measurement of a channel terminated in a short or open circuit; (2) determining a maximum... Agent: N. Kenneth Burraston Kirton & Mcconkie

20090212789 - Modified tdr method and apparatus for suspended solid concentration measurement: This invention utilizes the principle of time domain reflectometry (TDR) to develop an improved apparatus and method for suspended solid concentration (SSC) measurement. The apparatus comprises a TDR sensing waveguide for stably determining an electromagnetic-wave (EM-wave) travel time and a temperature sensor. The TDR sensing waveguide and the temperature sensor... Agent: Sinorica, Llc

20090212791 - Method for determining the electrical resistance of an electrical supply lead to sensor elements and a sensor arrangement: The invention relates to a method for determining the electrical resistance of an electrical supply lead to sensor elements and concerns a sensor arrangement. The sensor elements are interconnected to form a sensor arrangement, and the electrical total resistance of the supply lead to the sensor elements is determined by... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20090212792 - Inspection method and inspection apparatus: There is established an easier inspection method with which it is not required to set up probes on wires. Also, there is provided an inspection apparatus using this inspection method. With the inspection apparatus or inspection method, primary coils of an inspection substrate and secondary coils of a device substrate... Agent: Cook Alex Ltd

20090212793 - Structures for testing and locating defects in integrated circuits: A method for detecting defects during semiconductor device processing can include providing a substrate having a semiconductor comprising layer with electrically isolated application and test circuits are formed thereon, directing an electron current inducing beam to the test circuit; measuring a current between the first and the second contact pads... Agent: Texas Instruments Incorporated

20090212794 - Test key for semiconductor structure: A test key for a semiconductor structure is provided for in-line defecting defects of the contact. The test key is disposed on a scribe line of a wafer substrate, and includes conductive structures and contacts under test. The conductive structures are electrically connected with the substrate and the contacts under... Agent: Jianq Chyun Intellectual Property Office

20090212796 - Device, system and method for testing and analyzing integrated circuits: This invention relates to a semiconductor device for testing and analyzing integrated circuits (1) on a first side and a second side. The semiconductor device (1) having a first surface (A1) and a second surface (A2) both sides having a set of contacts (P3a, P3b, P3a′, P3b′). The sets of... Agent: Nxp, B.v. Nxp Intellectual Property & Licensing

20090212800 - Electrical connecting apparatus: The object of the present invention is to prevent an operator from touching electronic elements arranged on an upper surface of a probe assembly of an electrical connecting apparatus at the time of carrying the electrical connecting apparatus and to restrict bowing of the probe assembly caused by the temperature... Agent: Ingrassia Fisher & Lorenz, P.c.

20090212801 - Method of making high-frequency probe, probe card using the high-frequency probe: A high frequency probe preparation method for making a high frequency probe for high frequency testing to assure signal integrity by means of making a sleeve assembly subject to the size of a predetermined bare needle and then sleeving bare needle by the sleeve assembly to form a high-frequency probe... Agent: Browdy And Neimark, P.l.l.c. 624 Ninth Street, Nw

20090212799 - Methods and apparatus that selectively use or bypass a remote pin electronics block to test at least one device under test: In one embodiment, apparatus for testing at least one device under test (DUT) includes a tester input/output (I/O) node, a DUT I/O node, a remote pin electronics block, a bypass circuit, and a control system. The remote pin electronics block provides a test function and is coupled between the tester... Agent: Gregory W. Osterloth Holland & Hart, LLP

20090212797 - Probe card: The present invention provides a probe card that is easily assembled and maintained and configured to prevent the controlled level of a space transformer from changing due to various causes such as a thermal deformation during a test process. The probe card includes an installation member where probe tips are... Agent: Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt Jeffrey L Wilson

20090212795 - Probe card with segmented substrate: A probe card for testing of semiconductor dice is provided. The probe card includes a mounting plate and a plurality of substrate segments supported by the mounting plate.... Agent: Hickman Palermo Truong & Becker

20090212798 - Probe card, manufacturing method of probe card, semiconductor inspection apparatus and manufacturing method of semiconductor device: A silicon substrate is used as a mold, and thin films such as metal films and polyimide films are sequentially stacked on the silicon substrate by using photolithography techniques, thereby forming a probe sheet having contact terminals having a pyramidal shape or a truncated pyramidal shape disposed at distal ends... Agent: Mattingly & Malur, P.c.

20090212802 - Test system with high frequency interposer: An interposer with a conductive housing is disclosed. Conductive members pass through insulators positioned in openings in the conductive housing. The conductive housing may be grounded, providing a closely spaced ground structure for signal conductors passing through the conductive housing and therefore providing a desirable impedance to signals carried by... Agent: Teradyne, Inc. C/o Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.c.

20090212804 - Needle trace transfer member and probe apparatus: A needle trace transfer member to which needle traces of probes are transferred is installed at a movable mounting table to align the probes before electrical characteristics of a target object on the mounting table are inspected by bringing the probes into electrical contact with the target object. The needle... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.c.

20090212803 - Probe apparatus, probing method, and storage medium: A probe apparatus is capable of being scaled-down and reducing a manufacturing cost thereof in a probe apparatus having a plurality of probe apparatus main bodies. A loader unit for transferring a wafer between carriers accommodating therein wafers and the probe apparatus main bodies includes: an upper camera for imaging... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.c.

20090212805 - Probe of vertical probe card: A probe of a vertical probe card is disclosed. The probe has a probe tip and a surface region extended from the probe tip about 1-10 mil. The surface region is coated with a nano-film of high electro-conductive nano-material, and the thickness of the nano-film is about 1-20 nm. The... Agent: Kirton And Mcconkie

20090212806 - System for making contact between a transmit/receive module and a testing device: A system for making electrical contact between a transmit/receive module and a testing device for the transmission of high-frequency signals includes a mechanically guided, frame-shaped contacting unit having a plurality of contact elements for contacting the TR module. The contacting unit surrounds the T/R module and is positioned relative to... Agent: Crowell & Moring LLP Intellectual Property Group

20090212807 - Probe of cantilever probe card: A probe of a cantilever probe card (Epoxy probe card) is disclosed. The probe has a tip and a surface region extended from the tip of the probe about 5-10 mil is coated with a nano-film of high electro-conductive nanomaterial. The thickness of the nano-film is about 1-20 nm. Through... Agent: Kirton And Mcconkie

20090212809 - Device test and debug using power and ground terminals: The present disclosure describes a novel method and apparatus for using a device's power and ground terminals as a test and/or debug interface for the device. According to the present disclosure, messages are modulated over DC voltages applied to the power terminals of a device to input test/debug messages to... Agent: Texas Instruments Incorporated

20090212808 - Electro-optical device and electronic apparatus: An electro-optical device includes a test circuit for testing drive of a plurality of pixel units and a plurality of test terminals that output inputted signals to the test circuit or that output signals inputted from the test circuit. The test terminals including a first test terminal input with a... Agent: Workman Nydegger 1000 Eagle Gate Tower

20090212810 - Isolation circuit: The present disclosure includes various method, device, and system embodiments for isolation circuits. One such isolation circuit embodiment includes: a first transistor configured for connection to a supply voltage via a first terminal; a register connected to the first transistor; a second transistor in parallel with a resistor, wherein the... Agent: Brooks, Cameron & Huebsch , Pllc

20090212812 - Multi-chip package semiconductor device and method of detecting a failure thereof: A semiconductor chip may include at least one power supply pad for receiving an external power voltage, at least one input/output pad, an internal function block that may be configured to operate based on a power voltage to at least one of receive and transmit a signal through the input/output... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090212811 - Semiconductor device and method for testing the same: A method for testing a semiconductor device having plural transmitting (TX) circuits and plural receiving (RX) circuits at a low cost and in a short time. The semiconductor device includes two or more pairs of transmitting and receiving circuits. Each of the transmitting circuits converts parallel data to serial data... Agent: Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group, Pllc

  
08/20/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. inventions list

20090206820 - Real-time monitoring of particles in semiconductor vacuum environment: An apparatus includes semiconductor processing equipment. A particle detecting integrated circuit is positioned in a vacuum environment, the particle detecting integrated circuit containing a device having a pair of conductive lines exposed to the vacuum environment. The pair of conductive lines is spaced at a critical pitch corresponding to diameters... Agent: Westman Champlin & Kelly, P.A.

20090206821 - Process variation on-chip sensor: Improved process variation sensors and techniques are disclosed, wherein both global and local variations associated with transistors on an integrated circuit can be monitored. For example, respective circuits for sensing a global process variation, a local process variation between neighboring negative-channel type transistors, and a local process variation between neighboring... Agent: Ryan, Mason & Lewis, LLP

20090206822 - Application of wideband sampling for arc detection with a probabilistic model for quantitatively measuring arc events: An arc detection system for a plasma generation system includes a radio frequency (RF) sensor that generates first and second signals based on a respective electrical properties of (RF) power that is in communication with a plasma chamber. A correlation module generates an arc detect signal based on the first... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090206823 - Multi-meter test lead probe for hands-free voltage measurement of control panel industrial terminal blocks: An electrical test lead probe for use with a multi-meter provides for releasable retention in and electrical contact with a terminal of an industrial terminal block. The test lead probe includes a shortened body having an electrically conducting tip that is configured for releasable receipt into a terminal block socket... Agent: Bowman & Associates

20090206824 - Measurement amplification device and method: Measurement amplification methods and devices for detecting a monopolar input signal (UE) by integrating A/D conversion. Before being digitized, the input signal (UE) is inverted according to the so-called Chopper principle and converted into a bipolar intermediate signal (UZ). A reference voltage (Uref) used in A/D conversion undergoes polarity changes... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090206825 - Excitation and measurement method for a magnetic biosensor: The present invention relates to an excitation and measurement method for a magnetic biosensor. Using at least a digital magnetic sensor element (100) a magnetic bead (110) is magnetized such that a magnetic stray field of the magnetic bead (110) prevents switching of a magnetic element (108) of the at... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090206826 - Strut position sensor: A power actuator system for a movable vehicle panel such as a lift gate assembly includes a position sensor that detects the pivotal movement of a strut mechanism of the power lift gate assembly relative to the host vehicle. A rotary sensor is coupled directly to an end component of... Agent: Delphi Technologies, Inc.

20090206828 - Failure detection apparatus for resolver: A failure detection apparatus for a resolver outputting a sine signal indicative of sin θ and a cosine signal indicative of cos θ according to a rotational angle θ of a rotator, includes an inspection value calculating section configured to calculate an inspection value based on at least one of... Agent: Foley And Lardner LLP Suite 500

20090206827 - Rotation-angle-detecting apparatus, rotating machine, and rotation-angle-detecting method: A rotation-angle-detecting apparatus comprising a magnet rotor having 4 or more magnetic poles on the surface, and sensor device for detecting magnetic flux from the magnet rotor, and an electronic circuit for outputting a signal representing the rotation angle of the magnet rotor using pluralities of signals obtained from the... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090206829 - Signal processing device for sensing device: A signal processing device includes an upper amplitude value estimating portion estimating an upper amplitude value based on a peak value of the detection signal and a predetermined median value of a preset range, a lower amplitude value estimating portion estimating a lower amplitude value based on the median value... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090206830 - Sensor for detecting surface defects of metal tube using eddy current method: For this purpose, the present provides a sensor for detecting surface defects of a metal tube, the sensor including a plurality of coils wound at a predetermined inclined angle, wherein the plurality of coils is inserted into the inside of a metal tube and an alternating current is applied to... Agent: Whitham, Curtis & Christofferson & Cook, P.C.

20090206831 - Method and device for non destructive evaluation of defects in a metallic object: A device for non destructive evaluation of defects in a metallic object (2) by eddy currents, comprises a field emitter (3) for emitting an alternating electromagnetic field at a first frequency fi in the neighbourhood of the metallic object (2), and a magnetoresistive sensor (1) for detecting a response signal... Agent: Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Lebovici LLP

20090206833 - Magnetic sensor and magnetic field strength measurement method: The magnetic sensor according to the present invention includes: a magneto-resistive effect element which has a stacked body in which a magnetization-free layer, a nonmagnetic layer, and a magnetization fixed layer are stacked in this order, and the longitudinal direction of which is a direction perpendicular to the stacking direction;... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC

20090206832 - Magnetic sensor device: The present invention provides a magnetic sensor device comprising means (11, 14) for increasing a binding possibility of magnetic or magnetizable objects (15) e.g. magnetic particles, onto the binding sites by applying a moving magnetic field. The present invention furthermore provides a biochip (40) comprising at least one such magnetic... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090206834 - Method for estimating formation hydrocarbon saturation using nuclear magnetic resonance measurements: A method for estimating fluid saturation in a formation penetrated by a wellbore from nuclear magnetic resonance measurements made at a plurality of lateral depths into the formation from the wellbore includes estimating a bound water volume, a total porosity and a free water volume at each of the lateral... Agent: Schlumberger Oilfield Services

20090206836 - Detection unit including an rf transceiver system and a pet detector: A detection unit is disclosed for arrangement in the main magnet of an MR device, which has both an RF transceiver system and a PET detector. In at least one embodiment the RF transceiver system is divided into two parts and the two parts are arranged upstream and downstream of... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090206835 - Magnetic resonance imaging apparatus and method: The magnetic resonance imaging apparatus further comprises means for estimating the sensitivity distribution information of a background region by using the sensitivity distribution information of an object region, and means for updating the background region by mutually using the sensitivity distribution information of the respective high-frequency receptions coils thereby to... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP

20090206837 - Interventional mri magnetic field generator based on permanent magnets: A magnet assembly primarily for use in MRI Interventional applications having an array of four mam permanent magnets that are spaced-apart and arranged into a ring-like geometry with six easy-access openings The magnetization direction in each permanent magnet is anti-parallel to any other adjacent permanent magnet in the πng assembly... Agent: Cambridge Lawyers Group, LLC

20090206838 - Systems and methods for correction of inhomogeneities in magnetic resonance images: Intensity inhomogeneities can obscure areas of interest and are problematic for MR image segmentation algorithms. An efficient approach to estimating these inhomogeneities by computing a calibration factor that is a function of an estimated bias field from a series of calibration scans is disclosed. This enables correction of T1W and... Agent: Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, LLP

20090206839 - System, method and apparatus for compensating for drift in a main magnetic field in an mri system: A method for compensating for drift in a main magnetic field of a superconducting magnet in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system includes measuring a pressure in a cryostat of the superconducting magnet. Based on the pressure, a parameter of an element of the MRI system is adjusted to correct... Agent: Peter Vogel Ge Healthcare

20090206840 - Magnetic resonance receive coil array integrated into wall of scanner bore: In a magnetic resonance scanner, a radio frequency transmit coil (30, 30′) includes a plurality of parallel rods rungs (32, 32′, 32″) at least partially surrounding an examination region. The radio frequency transmit coil is configured to transmit radio frequency energy into the examination region at or near a magnetic... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090206841 - Intelligent fault-tolerant battery management system: A battery pack monitoring system for monitoring a plurality of battery modules within a battery pack. Primary monitoring circuits are coupled to monitor respective battery modules and have circuitry to output measurement values that correspond to the respective battery modules. At least one standby monitoring circuit is coupled to monitor... Agent: Shemwell Mahamedi LLP

20090206842 - Method and apparatus for determining whether a cooling device in a computer system is responsive to control signals: Some embodiments of the present invention provide a system that determines whether a cooling device in a computer system is responsive to control signals. During operation of the computer system, a control signal is sent to the cooling device. Next, a response of the computer system to the control signal... Agent: Pvf -- Sun Microsystems Inc. C/o Park, Vaughan & Fleming LLP

20090206843 - Test apparatus having bidirectional differential interface: First and second resistors are provided between a first input/output terminal and a power supply terminal, and between a second input/output terminal and the power supply terminal, respectively. Third and fourth resistors are connected to the second and first input/output terminals, respectively. First and second current-switching switches couple either the... Agent: Martine Penilla & Gencarella, LLP

20090206844 - Acoustic wave device physical parameter sensor: An acoustic wave sensor employs an electromagnetic device (EMD) to transduce and amplify the response of an impedance element to a physical measurand. One embodiment uses a magnetic field sensor employing a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) capacitor to affect a change in the response of a SAW filter.... Agent: Vern Maine & Associates

20090206845 - Capacitive sensing apparatus designs: A capacitive sensing apparatus includes a plurality of electrically conductive sensing elements that have widths that vary and lengths that traverse a sensing region. The sensing elements include a first sensing element including a first variable-width portion and a second variable-width portion that in combination produce a combined first sensor... Agent: Synaptics C/o Wagner Blecher LLP

20090206846 - Capacitor-based position sensor for vehicle: A position sensor has an external moving element couplable to a moving part whose angular or linear position is sought to be sensed. A sealed enclosure is engaged with the moving element such that the moving element moves relative to the enclosure, and capacitive elements are in the enclosure. An... Agent: Delphi Technologies, Inc.

20090206847 - Electronic biosensor arrangement: An electronic biosensor arrangement (1), comprising a receiving region (2) for biological material, a sensor-electrode arrangement (3) with sensor electrodes (3a, 3b) which intermesh in a comb-like manner being associated therewith, with which sensor electrodes (3a, 3b) a measuring circuit (5) is connectable for measuring an electrical measurement parameter on... Agent: Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

20090206848 - Capacitive fingerprint sensor and the panel thereof: A capacitive fingerprint sensor comprises a fingerprint capacitor, a reference capacitor, a first transistor and a second transistor. The fingerprint capacitor CF has a capacitance that is either a valley capacitance CFV or a ridge capacitance CFR. The reference capacitor CS has a capacitance CS, and CFV<CS<CFR. The first transistor... Agent: Wpat, PC Intellectual Property Attorneys

20090206849 - Capacitive fingerprint sensor and the panel thereof: A capacitive fingerprint sensor comprises a first transistor, a second transistor, a fingerprint capacitor and a third transistor. The fingerprint capacitor has a capacitance that is either a valley capacitance CFV or a ridge capacitance CFR, wherein CFV is smaller than CFR. The first transistor is configured to precharge the... Agent: Wpat, PC Intellectual Property Attorneys

20090206850 - Capacitive fingerprint sensor and the panel thereof: A capacitive fingerprint sensor comprises a fingerprint capacitor, a reference capacitor, a first transistor, a second transistor, a comparator and a multiplexer. The fingerprint capacitor has a capacitance that is either a valley capacitance CFV or a ridge capacitance CFR, wherein CFV is smaller than CFR. One end of the... Agent: Wpat, PC Intellectual Property Attorneys

20090206851 - Capacitive fingerprint sensor and the panel thereof: A capacitive fingerprint sensor comprises a fingerprint capacitor, an integrator, a first transistor, a second transistor and a third transistor. The fingerprint capacitor has a capacitance that is either a valley capacitance CFV or a ridge capacitance CFR, wherein CFV is smaller than CFR. The integrator has a reference capacitor... Agent: Wpat, PC Intellectual Property Attorneys

20090206852 - Methods and systems for guarding a charge transfer capacitance sensor for proximity detection: Methods, systems and devices are described for determining a measurable capacitance for proximity detection in a sensor having a plurality of sensing electrodes and at least one guarding electrode. A charge transfer process is executed for at least two executions. The charge transfer process includes applying a pre-determined voltage to... Agent: Ingrassia Fisher & Lorenz, P.C. (syna)

20090206853 - Sensor for sensing moisture in soils: A sensor for sensing the moisture level in soil and changes in the moisture content. An improved liner improves the response of the sensor.... Agent: Ladas & Parry

20090206854 - Circuit and method for capacitor effective series resistance measurement: A circuit and method for capacitor effective series resistance measurement. One embodiment provides a method for measuring the effective series resistance of a capacitor having a capacitor voltage. The method includes amplifying the capacitor voltage with an AC coupled amplifier yielding a first amplified signal. The capacitor is discharged with... Agent: Dicke, Billig & Czaja

20090206855 - Conductivity measuring apparatus and conductivity measuring method: The present invention is a conductivity measuring device comprising that two terminals tweezer having two probes of a observing probe and a grasping probe arranged contiguously along the face which is parallel to a sample support face. Two terminals of a tweezer are pressed while adjusts pressing force to a... Agent: Bruce L. Adams, Esq Adams & Wilks

20090206856 - Wafer burn-in system with probe cooling: The present disclosure relates to a wafer burn-in system having a device cooling a probe card and thereby restraining heat accumulation in the probe card. The disclosed wafer burn-in system includes a probe station and a tester. The probe station includes a burn-in chamber, a probe head, and a wafer... Agent: Marger Johnson & Mccollom, P.C.

20090206858 - Diagnosis board electrically connected with a test apparatus for testing a device under test: There is provided a test apparatus having a test head containing test modules for sending/receiving signals to/from a device-under-test, a device mounting section having a socket for mounting the device-under-test and a performance board placed on the test head to connect each terminal of the test module with each terminal... Agent: Osha Liang L.L.P.

20090206857 - Singulated bare die testing fixture: A flexible redistribution membrane and a piece of silicon rubber is used in a testing fixture for testing a singulated bare die. The silicon rubber is used as a cushion under the flexible redistribution membrane against the downward pressure from the bare die during testing so that the top pads... Agent: Lowe Hauptman Ham & Berner, LLP

20090206859 - Probe device having a light source thereon: A probe device is provided that has light source thereon that can be activated and deactivated. In accordance with an embodiment, the light source operates as a visual indicator to provide a visual indication of whether a good connection exists between the tips of the probe device and the intended... Agent: Agilent Technologies Inc.

20090206862 - Adjustable electrical probes for circuit breaker tester: An electrical probe assembly includes a first probe housing pivotally connected to a base structure and receiving a first probe therein. The first probe is configured to interface with a first contact of an electrical component. A second probe housing is pivotally connected to the base structure and receives a... Agent: Siemens Corporation Intellectual Property Department

20090206860 - Apparatus and method for adjusting thermally induced movement of electro-mechanical assemblies: A thermal adjustment apparatus for adjusting one or more thermally induced movements of an electro-mechanical assembly includes: a compensating element expanding at a first rate different from a second rate at which the electro-mechanical assembly expands for generating a counteracting force in response to changes in temperature; and a coupling... Agent: N. Kenneth Burraston Kirton & Mcconkie

20090206861 - Semiconductor inspecting device: In a semiconductor inspecting device having a contact to be electrically connected to an electrode pad formed in a semiconductor device which is an object to be measured, and a substrate provided with the contact, the contact is provided obliquely to a main surface of the substrate.... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath (dc)

20090206866 - Device and method for testing a device: A device that includes a core and a wrapper. The wrapper includes at least one shared wrapper cell that is shared by a group of core pins that belong to a single clock domain. A method for designing a wrapper. The method includes receiving design information representative of a design... Agent: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Law Department

20090206865 - Electrical test structure and method for characterization of deep trench sidewall reliability: A test structure and testing method are provided for characterizing the time-dependent drift in the parasitic PFET leakage current that flows along the sidewall of a deep trench isolation structure from the P-type active area to the P-type substrate in a semiconductor integrated circuit structure. The capacitive coupling characteristics of... Agent: Dergosits & Noah LLP (nsc) Counsel For National Semiconductor Corporation

20090206864 - On-chip servo loop integrated circuit system test circuitry and method: Internal servo loop circuitry is included on the same chip (10C) with an ADC (10B). Automatic test equipment (12) operates with the internal servo loop circuitry and external servo loop circuitry (1B) to test the ADC. The internal servo loop circuitry includes a target register (14), a digital comparator (18),... Agent: Texas Instruments Incorporated

20090206867 - Self-test method for interface circuit: An integrated circuit is described. The integrated circuit includes an interface circuit that includes a transmitter and a receiver. A generator in the integrated circuit is selectively coupled to the transmitter. The generator is to provide a test sequence that is output by the transmitter during a test mode of... Agent: Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP/rambus Inc.

20090206863 - System and method for testing a plurality of circuits: A system for, and method of, testing a plurality of circuits, which may be unsingulated die on a wafer. In one embodiment, the system includes: (1) a test data interconnect that connects a test data output of a first circuit directly to a test data input of a second circuit... Agent: Texas Instruments Incorporated

20090206869 - Electromigration tester for high capacity and high current: An electronic device under test (DUT) may be incorporated into a circuit having a voltage limiter connected in parallel with the DUT. The circuit includes a controlled current source having an output current connected in series with the DUT. The voltage limiter is characterized in that, when the output current... Agent: Beyer Law Group LLP

20090206870 - Method for analyzing ic devices and wafers: A method for analyzing Integrated circuit (IC) devices is provided. The method comprises the following steps: dividing an IC device into n working units, wherein each working unit causes a corresponding current dissipation; selecting n operation parameters, wherein each of the operation parameters variably corresponds to the current dissipation of... Agent: Holland & Knight LLP

20090206868 - Methodologies and tool set for iddq verification, debugging and failure diagnosis: Quiescent supply current (IDDQ) verification, prediction, and debugging of low power semiconductor devices are enhanced by IDDQ defect diagnosis. If all IDDQ patterns fail verification, per module analysis is performed to sort out potential module design issues or cell constraint issues. For issues of missing constraints, and cell design or... Agent: Qualcomm Incorporated

  
08/13/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. inventions list

20090201007 - Method for determining an anode conversion degree in a fuel cell system: In accordance with the invention it is provided for that diagnosing the anode conversion degree is performed by measuring at least one current of the fuel cell or of the fuel cell stack (20), an air volume flow fed to an afterburner (24), receiving no fuel supply at the time... Agent: Dickinson Wright PLLC

20090201008 - Methods for measurement and characterization of interferometric modulators: Various methods are described to characterize interferometric modulators or similar devices. Measured voltages across interferometric modulators may be used to characterize transition voltages of the interferometric modulators. Measured currents may be analyzed by integration of measured current to provide an indication of a dynamic response of the interferometric modulator. Frequency... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

20090201009 - Methods for measurement and characterization of interferometric modulators: Various methods are described to characterize interferometric modulators or similar devices. Measured voltages across interferometric modulators may be used to characterize transition voltages of the interferometric modulators. Measured currents may be analyzed by integration of measured current to provide an indication of a dynamic response of the interferometric modulator. Frequency... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

20090201010 - Pumping voltage detector: A pumping voltage detector includes a first division voltage generating unit for dividing a pumping voltage at a first division ratio to generate a first divided voltage, a second division voltage generating unit for dividing the pumping voltage at a second division ratio different from the first division ratio to... Agent: Baker & Mckenzie LLP Patent Department

20090201011 - Apparatus, circuit and method of monitoring circuit characteristic: An apparatus includes a current source, a current monitor circuit which monitors a current amount of the current source, and outputs a current amount signal corresponding to the current amount being monitored, a counter circuit which counts a count value based on the current amount signal, the count value corresponding... Agent: Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC

20090201012 - Device for locating a vehicle tied to a roadway: A cost-effective system provides reliable location information for locating a vehicle tied to a guideway. Reference markers are mounted to the guideway and scanning devices are disposed in the vehicle and generate at least one output signal when they pass a reference marker. The scanning devices are formed from several... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20090201013 - Position sensor arrangement and method: A position sensor arrangement and method for determining the position of a movable device, such as an electronic gear shifter for vehicle. According to one embodiment, the position sensor arrangement is arranged in a skewed or offset fashion, with respect to the shifting pattern of the electronic gear shifter, such... Agent: General Motors Corporation C/o Reising, Ethington, Barnes, Kisselle, P.C.

20090201014 - Twist-grip control device, in particular for motor vehicles: The device (1) comprises: a stator portion (2) which is stationary in operation, a rotor portion (3) which may be gripped and which is mounted such that it can be manually rotated about an axis (A-A) with respect to the stator portion (2), against the action of an opposing spring... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090201015 - Method and device for detecting ferroelectric polarization: An information storage device comprises a ferroelectric media and a cantilever including a tip extending from the cantilever toward the ferroelectric media, and a capacitive sensor formed over the cantilever. The tip applies a probe voltage to the ferroelectric media and the capacitive sensor vibrates according to a response of... Agent: Fliesler Meyer LLP

20090201016 - Apparatus and method for determining magnetic properties of materials: Apparatus for determining magnetic properties of materials comprises a portable probe (1), an equipment trolley (2) holding cryogenics and electronics and connecting cables (3). The probe (1) comprises a drive coil (4) and a correction coil (5), the drive coil (4) being disposed symmetrically with respect to an inner second-order... Agent: Carl M. Napolitano, Ph.d. Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A.

20090201017 - Hall sensor array: A Hall sensor array has two Hall sensors arranged in opposed quadrants of a two by two array. Each Hall sensor has four contacts, arranged as two pairs of opposite contacts, the axes of each pair being substantially perpendicular.... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090201018 - Mtj sensor based method to measure an electric current: By subdividing the free layer of a GMR/TMR device into multiple sub-elements that share common top and bottom electrodes, a magnetic detector is produced that is domain stable in the presence of large stray fields, thereby eliminating the need for longitudinal bias magnets. Said detector may be used to measure... Agent: Saile Ackerman LLC

20090201020 - Magnetic resonance apparatus utilizing time-varying rate of magnetic resonant frequency: The present invention provides a magnetic resonance imaging system capable of performing spectrum measurement even when a magnetic resonant frequency changes during MRS measurement. A time-varying rate of a water magnetic resonant frequency is measured in advance before the MRS measurement. The amount of change in water magnetic resonant frequency... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090201019 - Mr involving high speed coil mode switching between i-channel linear, q-channel linear, quadrature and anti-quadrature modes: Hybrid circuitry (40, 40′, 40″) for operatively coupling a radio frequency drive signal (70) with a quadrature coil (30) is configurable in one of at least two coil modes of a group consisting of: (i) a linear I channel mode in which an I channel input port (42) is driven... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090201021 - Phase correction method: A method corrects for a phase error in an MR image, in which MR signals of an examination subject are acquired, complex images of the examination subject are generated, phase differences of the phase values for various image points of the complex images are established with an averaged phase value... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090201022 - Control apparatus for a magnetic resonance imaging antenna arrangement: An apparatus to control an antenna arrangement in a magnetic resonance apparatus has an amplifier with an input connected to a radio-frequency transmission signal to be amplified. The antenna arrangement has at least one antenna element for emission of the amplified transmission signal. The antenna element has an infeed point... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090201023 - Pre-amplifier and mixer circuitry for a locator antenna: A pre-amplifier circuit for connection to an antenna of a human-portable locator includes a differential amplifier/mixer pair and means for allowing a common-mode “phantom” signal to modulate a transfer function of the differential amplifier/mixer pair. The common-mode phantom signal modulates the transfer function of the differential pre-amplifier “onboard” the antenna... Agent: Michael H Jester

20090201024 - Ground conductivity meter with automatic calibration: A ground conductivity meter that includes a transmitter coil and a receiver coil that are horizontally spaced apart from each other, and a conductivity meter controller connected to the transmitter and receiver coils and including an electronic storage element and at least one processor, the conductivity meter controller being operative... Agent: Fay Sharpe LLP

20090201025 - Magnetization of target well casing string tubulars for enhanced passive ranging: A method for magnetizing a wellbore tubular is disclosed. The method includes magnetizing a wellbore tubular at three or more discrete locations on the tubular. In exemplary embodiments the magnetized wellbore tubular includes at least one pair of opposing magnetic poles located between longitudinally opposed ends of the tubular. Wellbore... Agent: Smith International, Inc. Patent Services

20090201026 - Method of magnetizing casing string tubulars for enhanced passive ranging: A method for magnetizing a wellbore tubular includes magnetizing the tubular at three or more discrete locations on the tubular. In exemplary embodiments the magnetized wellbore tubular includes at least one pair of opposing magnetic poles located between longitudinally opposed ends of the tubular. Wellbore tubulars magnetized in accordance with... Agent: Smith International, Inc. Patent Services

20090201027 - Electrical safety devices and systems for use with electrical wiring, and methods for using same: Disclosed are systems and methods for monitoring an electrical wire. An appropriate safety device is utilized to monitor the electrical wire. The safety device includes a line side input configured to connect a line side power source and receive an electrical power signal from the line side power source. Additionally,... Agent: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

20090201028 - Evaluation method of insulating film and measurement circuit thereof: Provided is a method of evaluating dielectric breakdown by applying a current to an insulating film, in which measurement for a forward direction current and measurement for a backward direction current are performed in a short period of time. For this purpose two MOS diodes in which an electrode of... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/seiko Instruments Inc.

20090201029 - Electronic component device testing apparatus: An electronic component device testing apparatus includes first contacts arrayed so that first ends of the first contacts positionally correspond to electrode pads arrayed on a surface of an electronic component device; base electrodes in contact with second ends of the first contacts; and one or more second contacts each... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP

20090201030 - Method and apparatus for inspecting an object using terahertz electromagnetic wave: An inspection apparatus including a transmission line for propagating an electromagnetic wave; an electromagnetic wave supply unit for supplying a terahertz wave to the transmission line; an electromagnetic wave detection unit for detecting the terahertz wave from the transmission line; a conductive region; an inspection object supply unit; and a... Agent: Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto

20090201031 - Capacitance type sensor: A capacitance type sensor good in operability and less in erroneous operation is provided. Switches SW1 to SW4 are formed between a displacement electrode 40 and switch electrodes E11 to E14 kept at a predetermined potential and grounded switch electrodes E15 to E18. Switches SW 11 to SW 14 and... Agent: Osha Liang L.L.P.

20090201032 - Sensor circuits: A circuit for operating an amperometric sensor having a reference electrode, a counter electrode and a work electrode. The circuit comprises an amplifier having a positive input and a negative input and an output. The positive input is coupled to a reference voltage source, and the negative input and the... Agent: Patterson & Sheridan, L.L.P.

20090201033 - Methods for measurement and characterization of interferometric modulators: Various methods are described to characterize interferometric modulators or similar devices. Measured voltages across interferometric modulators may be used to characterize transition voltages of the interferometric modulators. Measured currents may be analyzed by integration of measured current to provide an indication of a dynamic response of the interferometric modulator. Frequency... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

20090201034 - Methods for measurement and characterization of interferometric modulators: Various methods are described to characterize interferometric modulators or similar devices. Measured voltages across interferometric modulators may be used to characterize transition voltages of the interferometric modulators. Measured currents may be analyzed by integration of measured current to provide an indication of a dynamic response of the interferometric modulator. Frequency... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

20090201035 - Contactless detection cell with reduced detection channel cross-section: A contactless detection cell (1) for detecting an electrical property of one or more sample compounds in a flow path is described. The contactless detection cell (1) comprises a transmitter electrode (3) adapted for capacitively coupling an AC current into a detection channel (4) of the flow path, and a... Agent: Agilent Technologies Inc.

20090201036 - Oil monitoring system: An embodiment of the present invention provides for a sensing element comprising a non-conductive housing with three chambers for detecting oil conductivity, additive depletion and oxidation, and water contamination, respectively. Through the monitoring of an array of oil sensors, an early warning of oil degradation due to oxidation is provided.... Agent: Carr & Ferrell LLP

20090201037 - System and method for automatically discovering total transistor resistance in a hybrid power over ethernet architecture: A system and method for automatically discovering total transistor resistance in a hybrid power over Ethernet (PoE) architecture. A critical factor for a PoE system is the total resistance of the power FET. Typical PoE systems consist of a single power FET that may be integrated with the controller or... Agent: Law Office Of Duane S. Kobayashi

20090201039 - Probing system for integrated circuit device: A probing system for integrated circuit device, which transmits testing data/signal between an automatic test equipment (ATE) and an integrated circuit device, is disclosed. The probing system comprising a test head having a first transceiving module; a test station having a test unit couple to the test head to perform... Agent: Wpat, PC Intellectual Property Attorneys

20090201038 - Test head for functional wafer level testing, system and method therefor: A test head, system and method allowing functional wafer level testing of a test wafer, a die under test or a wafer under test, including at least one chip. The test head includes a semiconductor wafer and a series of protrusions in the semiconductor wafer. Each protrusion of the series... Agent: Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC

20090201040 - Component test apparatus: A component test apparatus performing a test on an electronic component is disclosed. The component test apparatus includes a component loading device, a transport hand, and a component unloading device. The transport hand includes a plurality of index units each one of which is capable of holding the electronic component... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090201041 - Vertical probe array arranged to provide space transformation: Improved probing of closely spaced contact pads is provided by an array of vertical probes having all of the probe tips aligned along a single contact line, while the probe bases are arranged in an array having two or more rows parallel to the contact line. With this arrangement of... Agent: Peacock Myers, P.C.

20090201042 - Thin film transistor array having test circuitry: A thin film transistor (TFT) array having test circuitry includes a thin film transistor array body having a plurality of pixels. Test circuitry is integrally formed with the body. The test circuitry includes a power supply for supplying power via the test circuitry to the body; and a plurality of... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC

20090201043 - Crack sensors for semiconductor devices: Crack sensors for semiconductor devices, semiconductor devices, methods of manufacturing semiconductor devices, and methods of testing semiconductor devices are disclosed. In one embodiment, a crack sensor includes a conductive structure disposed proximate a perimeter of an integrated circuit. The conductive structure is formed in at least one conductive material layer... Agent: Slater & Matsil LLP

  
08/13/2009 > patent applications in patent subcategories. inventions list

20090201007 - Method for determining an anode conversion degree in a fuel cell system: In accordance with the invention it is provided for that diagnosing the anode conversion degree is performed by measuring at least one current of the fuel cell or of the fuel cell stack (20), an air volume flow fed to an afterburner (24), receiving no fuel supply at the time... Agent: Dickinson Wright PLLC

20090201008 - Methods for measurement and characterization of interferometric modulators: Various methods are described to characterize interferometric modulators or similar devices. Measured voltages across interferometric modulators may be used to characterize transition voltages of the interferometric modulators. Measured currents may be analyzed by integration of measured current to provide an indication of a dynamic response of the interferometric modulator. Frequency... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

20090201009 - Methods for measurement and characterization of interferometric modulators: Various methods are described to characterize interferometric modulators or similar devices. Measured voltages across interferometric modulators may be used to characterize transition voltages of the interferometric modulators. Measured currents may be analyzed by integration of measured current to provide an indication of a dynamic response of the interferometric modulator. Frequency... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

20090201010 - Pumping voltage detector: A pumping voltage detector includes a first division voltage generating unit for dividing a pumping voltage at a first division ratio to generate a first divided voltage, a second division voltage generating unit for dividing the pumping voltage at a second division ratio different from the first division ratio to... Agent: Baker & Mckenzie LLP Patent Department

20090201011 - Apparatus, circuit and method of monitoring circuit characteristic: An apparatus includes a current source, a current monitor circuit which monitors a current amount of the current source, and outputs a current amount signal corresponding to the current amount being monitored, a counter circuit which counts a count value based on the current amount signal, the count value corresponding... Agent: Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC

20090201012 - Device for locating a vehicle tied to a roadway: A cost-effective system provides reliable location information for locating a vehicle tied to a guideway. Reference markers are mounted to the guideway and scanning devices are disposed in the vehicle and generate at least one output signal when they pass a reference marker. The scanning devices are formed from several... Agent: Lerner Greenberg Stemer LLP

20090201013 - Position sensor arrangement and method: A position sensor arrangement and method for determining the position of a movable device, such as an electronic gear shifter for vehicle. According to one embodiment, the position sensor arrangement is arranged in a skewed or offset fashion, with respect to the shifting pattern of the electronic gear shifter, such... Agent: General Motors Corporation C/o Reising, Ethington, Barnes, Kisselle, P.C.

20090201014 - Twist-grip control device, in particular for motor vehicles: The device (1) comprises: a stator portion (2) which is stationary in operation, a rotor portion (3) which may be gripped and which is mounted such that it can be manually rotated about an axis (A-A) with respect to the stator portion (2), against the action of an opposing spring... Agent: Sughrue Mion, PLLC

20090201015 - Method and device for detecting ferroelectric polarization: An information storage device comprises a ferroelectric media and a cantilever including a tip extending from the cantilever toward the ferroelectric media, and a capacitive sensor formed over the cantilever. The tip applies a probe voltage to the ferroelectric media and the capacitive sensor vibrates according to a response of... Agent: Fliesler Meyer LLP

20090201016 - Apparatus and method for determining magnetic properties of materials: Apparatus for determining magnetic properties of materials comprises a portable probe (1), an equipment trolley (2) holding cryogenics and electronics and connecting cables (3). The probe (1) comprises a drive coil (4) and a correction coil (5), the drive coil (4) being disposed symmetrically with respect to an inner second-order... Agent: Carl M. Napolitano, Ph.d. Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A.

20090201017 - Hall sensor array: A Hall sensor array has two Hall sensors arranged in opposed quadrants of a two by two array. Each Hall sensor has four contacts, arranged as two pairs of opposite contacts, the axes of each pair being substantially perpendicular.... Agent: Townsend And Townsend And Crew, LLP

20090201018 - Mtj sensor based method to measure an electric current: By subdividing the free layer of a GMR/TMR device into multiple sub-elements that share common top and bottom electrodes, a magnetic detector is produced that is domain stable in the presence of large stray fields, thereby eliminating the need for longitudinal bias magnets. Said detector may be used to measure... Agent: Saile Ackerman LLC

20090201020 - Magnetic resonance apparatus utilizing time-varying rate of magnetic resonant frequency: The present invention provides a magnetic resonance imaging system capable of performing spectrum measurement even when a magnetic resonant frequency changes during MRS measurement. A time-varying rate of a water magnetic resonant frequency is measured in advance before the MRS measurement. The amount of change in water magnetic resonant frequency... Agent: Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP

20090201019 - Mr involving high speed coil mode switching between i-channel linear, q-channel linear, quadrature and anti-quadrature modes: Hybrid circuitry (40, 40′, 40″) for operatively coupling a radio frequency drive signal (70) with a quadrature coil (30) is configurable in one of at least two coil modes of a group consisting of: (i) a linear I channel mode in which an I channel input port (42) is driven... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090201021 - Phase correction method: A method corrects for a phase error in an MR image, in which MR signals of an examination subject are acquired, complex images of the examination subject are generated, phase differences of the phase values for various image points of the complex images are established with an averaged phase value... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090201022 - Control apparatus for a magnetic resonance imaging antenna arrangement: An apparatus to control an antenna arrangement in a magnetic resonance apparatus has an amplifier with an input connected to a radio-frequency transmission signal to be amplified. The antenna arrangement has at least one antenna element for emission of the amplified transmission signal. The antenna element has an infeed point... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090201023 - Pre-amplifier and mixer circuitry for a locator antenna: A pre-amplifier circuit for connection to an antenna of a human-portable locator includes a differential amplifier/mixer pair and means for allowing a common-mode “phantom” signal to modulate a transfer function of the differential amplifier/mixer pair. The common-mode phantom signal modulates the transfer function of the differential pre-amplifier “onboard” the antenna... Agent: Michael H Jester

20090201024 - Ground conductivity meter with automatic calibration: A ground conductivity meter that includes a transmitter coil and a receiver coil that are horizontally spaced apart from each other, and a conductivity meter controller connected to the transmitter and receiver coils and including an electronic storage element and at least one processor, the conductivity meter controller being operative... Agent: Fay Sharpe LLP

20090201025 - Magnetization of target well casing string tubulars for enhanced passive ranging: A method for magnetizing a wellbore tubular is disclosed. The method includes magnetizing a wellbore tubular at three or more discrete locations on the tubular. In exemplary embodiments the magnetized wellbore tubular includes at least one pair of opposing magnetic poles located between longitudinally opposed ends of the tubular. Wellbore... Agent: Smith International, Inc. Patent Services

20090201026 - Method of magnetizing casing string tubulars for enhanced passive ranging: A method for magnetizing a wellbore tubular includes magnetizing the tubular at three or more discrete locations on the tubular. In exemplary embodiments the magnetized wellbore tubular includes at least one pair of opposing magnetic poles located between longitudinally opposed ends of the tubular. Wellbore tubulars magnetized in accordance with... Agent: Smith International, Inc. Patent Services

20090201027 - Electrical safety devices and systems for use with electrical wiring, and methods for using same: Disclosed are systems and methods for monitoring an electrical wire. An appropriate safety device is utilized to monitor the electrical wire. The safety device includes a line side input configured to connect a line side power source and receive an electrical power signal from the line side power source. Additionally,... Agent: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

20090201028 - Evaluation method of insulating film and measurement circuit thereof: Provided is a method of evaluating dielectric breakdown by applying a current to an insulating film, in which measurement for a forward direction current and measurement for a backward direction current are performed in a short period of time. For this purpose two MOS diodes in which an electrode of... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione/seiko Instruments Inc.

20090201029 - Electronic component device testing apparatus: An electronic component device testing apparatus includes first contacts arrayed so that first ends of the first contacts positionally correspond to electrode pads arrayed on a surface of an electronic component device; base electrodes in contact with second ends of the first contacts; and one or more second contacts each... Agent: Cooper & Dunham, LLP

20090201030 - Method and apparatus for inspecting an object using terahertz electromagnetic wave: An inspection apparatus including a transmission line for propagating an electromagnetic wave; an electromagnetic wave supply unit for supplying a terahertz wave to the transmission line; an electromagnetic wave detection unit for detecting the terahertz wave from the transmission line; a conductive region; an inspection object supply unit; and a... Agent: Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto

20090201031 - Capacitance type sensor: A capacitance type sensor good in operability and less in erroneous operation is provided. Switches SW1 to SW4 are formed between a displacement electrode 40 and switch electrodes E11 to E14 kept at a predetermined potential and grounded switch electrodes E15 to E18. Switches SW 11 to SW 14 and... Agent: Osha Liang L.L.P.

20090201032 - Sensor circuits: A circuit for operating an amperometric sensor having a reference electrode, a counter electrode and a work electrode. The circuit comprises an amplifier having a positive input and a negative input and an output. The positive input is coupled to a reference voltage source, and the negative input and the... Agent: Patterson & Sheridan, L.L.P.

20090201033 - Methods for measurement and characterization of interferometric modulators: Various methods are described to characterize interferometric modulators or similar devices. Measured voltages across interferometric modulators may be used to characterize transition voltages of the interferometric modulators. Measured currents may be analyzed by integration of measured current to provide an indication of a dynamic response of the interferometric modulator. Frequency... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

20090201034 - Methods for measurement and characterization of interferometric modulators: Various methods are described to characterize interferometric modulators or similar devices. Measured voltages across interferometric modulators may be used to characterize transition voltages of the interferometric modulators. Measured currents may be analyzed by integration of measured current to provide an indication of a dynamic response of the interferometric modulator. Frequency... Agent: Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

20090201035 - Contactless detection cell with reduced detection channel cross-section: A contactless detection cell (1) for detecting an electrical property of one or more sample compounds in a flow path is described. The contactless detection cell (1) comprises a transmitter electrode (3) adapted for capacitively coupling an AC current into a detection channel (4) of the flow path, and a... Agent: Agilent Technologies Inc.

20090201036 - Oil monitoring system: An embodiment of the present invention provides for a sensing element comprising a non-conductive housing with three chambers for detecting oil conductivity, additive depletion and oxidation, and water contamination, respectively. Through the monitoring of an array of oil sensors, an early warning of oil degradation due to oxidation is provided.... Agent: Carr & Ferrell LLP

20090201037 - System and method for automatically discovering total transistor resistance in a hybrid power over ethernet architecture: A system and method for automatically discovering total transistor resistance in a hybrid power over Ethernet (PoE) architecture. A critical factor for a PoE system is the total resistance of the power FET. Typical PoE systems consist of a single power FET that may be integrated with the controller or... Agent: Law Office Of Duane S. Kobayashi

20090201039 - Probing system for integrated circuit device: A probing system for integrated circuit device, which transmits testing data/signal between an automatic test equipment (ATE) and an integrated circuit device, is disclosed. The probing system comprising a test head having a first transceiving module; a test station having a test unit couple to the test head to perform... Agent: Wpat, PC Intellectual Property Attorneys

20090201038 - Test head for functional wafer level testing, system and method therefor: A test head, system and method allowing functional wafer level testing of a test wafer, a die under test or a wafer under test, including at least one chip. The test head includes a semiconductor wafer and a series of protrusions in the semiconductor wafer. Each protrusion of the series... Agent: Mcginn Intellectual Property Law Group, PLLC

20090201040 - Component test apparatus: A component test apparatus performing a test on an electronic component is disclosed. The component test apparatus includes a component loading device, a transport hand, and a component unloading device. The transport hand includes a plurality of index units each one of which is capable of holding the electronic component... Agent: Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C

20090201041 - Vertical probe array arranged to provide space transformation: Improved probing of closely spaced contact pads is provided by an array of vertical probes having all of the probe tips aligned along a single contact line, while the probe bases are arranged in an array having two or more rows parallel to the contact line. With this arrangement of... Agent: Peacock Myers, P.C.

20090201042 - Thin film transistor array having test circuitry: A thin film transistor (TFT) array having test circuitry includes a thin film transistor array body having a plurality of pixels. Test circuitry is integrally formed with the body. The test circuitry includes a power supply for supplying power via the test circuitry to the body; and a plurality of... Agent: Christensen, O'connor, Johnson, Kindness, PLLC

20090201043 - Crack sensors for semiconductor devices: Crack sensors for semiconductor devices, semiconductor devices, methods of manufacturing semiconductor devices, and methods of testing semiconductor devices are disclosed. In one embodiment, a crack sensor includes a conductive structure disposed proximate a perimeter of an integrated circuit. The conductive structure is formed in at least one conductive material layer... Agent: Slater & Matsil LLP

  
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20090195239 - Frequency characteristic measuring apparatus: A frequency characteristic measuring apparatus capable of measuring a frequency characteristic of a device under test in which the frequency of an input signal and the frequency of an output signal differ from each other, capable of simplifying the configuration of a tracking generator and peripheral circuits associated with the... Agent: Patenttm.us

20090195240 - Pickup coil having adjustable characteristic frequency: A pickup coil includes a sensing unit having an iron core, a permanent magnet magnetically coupled to a rear end position of the iron core, and a coil for sensing a change of magnetic flux occurring in the iron core; and a supporting frame member. The sensing unit is molded... Agent: Carrier Blackman And Associates

20090195241 - Electromagnetic induction type encoder: The invention provides a highly accurate and inexpensive electromagnetic induction type encoder capable of acquiring strong signal intensity with the offset reduced by a short scale coil, and is durable against fluctuations in the yaw direction, which includes a number of scale coils 14 arrayed on a scale 10 along... Agent: Oliff & Berridge, PLC

20090195242 - Swing type switching device including magnet and magnetoresistive element: A swing type switching device includes: an operation body that can swing and automatically returns to a neutral posture during a non-operation; a permanent magnet that moves along a predetermined plane by being interlocked with the operation body and is positioned at a neutral position during the non-operation of the... Agent: Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

20090195243 - Tilt angle sensor and detection-target device comprising the same: To provide a tilt angle sensor that is capable of detecting acceleration, a tilt angle, and the like of a device to which the tilt sensor angle is mounted, and also capable of reducing the size and the cost with a simple structure. The tilt angle sensor comprises: a spring... Agent: Greenblum & Bernstein, P.L.C

20090195244 - Electromagnetic imaging method and device:

20090195245 - Coupled fluxgate magnetometers for dc and time-varying target magnetic field detection: An apparatus for sensing and processing a magnetic flux signal comprising: an odd number of at least three fluxgate modules, a summer, and a processor. Each fluxgate module is configured to generate a module response signal upon receiving the magnetic flux signal. The fluxgate modules are circularly coupled to each... Agent: Office Of Patent Counsel

20090195246 - Method for estimating insitu fluid velocity from nmr measurements: A method for estimating a viscosity of a fluid in a rock formation, the method including: performing a first nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurement with zero magnetic field gradient on at least a portion of a sample of the rock formation to obtain a first distribution of transverse relaxation time... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP

20090195247 - Method and apparatus for dynamic distortion correction in epi measurements in medical magnetic resonance imaging: In a magnetic resonance tomography method and apparatus (MRT), as employed in medicine for examination of patients, for dynamic distortion correction in EPI measurements, image acquisitions are acquired that are adjacent in a periodic/alternating manner differ with regard to phase information, phase coding direction or with regard to the echo... Agent: Schiff Hardin, LLP Patent Department

20090195249 - Magnetic shielding for a pet detector system: A positron emission tomography (PET) detector ring comprising: a radiation detector ring comprising scintillators (74) viewed by photomultiplier tubes (72); and a magnetic field shielding enclosure (83, 84) surrounding sides and a back side of the annular radiation detector ring so as to shield the photomultiplier tubes of the radiation... Agent: Philips Intellectual Property & Standards

20090195248 - Table-top magnetic resonance imaging apparatus with permanent magnet: A table-top MRI system with substantially reduced capital requirements enables various applications to be used on education and research institution and various laboratory use for MRI applications. A magnetic structure is disclosed with two rectangular permanent magnets, four right triangular permanent magnets, and four right trapezoidal permanent magnets. The MRI... Agent: Patentry

20090195250 - Measurement while drilling tool with interconnect assembly: An embodiment of the apparatus includes a first drill collar section having an outer surface, an MWD tool for interaction with an earth formation coupled to the first drill collar section, the MWD tool including a first fluid line and a first electrical conduit, a second drill collar section, and... Agent: Conley Rose, P.C. David A. Rose

20090195251 - Apparatus, system and method for receiving a vertical component of a signal and for determining a resistivity of a region below a geologic surface for hydrocarbon exploration: A system for determining resistivity of a region below a geologic surface by transmitting a signal from a marine location above the sea floor to a receiver comprises a vertical dipole, vertical coil, or other antenna. The receiver may have a vertical dipole, including a first conductor structure and a... Agent: Shell Oil Company

20090195252 - Battery sensor unit and method for manufacturing the battery sensor unit: A method is described for manufacturing a battery sensor unit, in particular a battery sensor unit for a motor vehicle battery, comprising a cable holder for a cable end of a cable. The method includes sliding a sleeve composed of a resistor material onto the cable end, at least one... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

20090195253 - Method for assessment of electrostatic properties of fibers or substrates: Method for assessment of electrostatic properties of fibers or substrates, this method being particularly useful for demonstrating the efficacy of a composition for minimizing the accumulation of particles onto fiber or substrate, and for supporting advertising claims about this efficacy.... Agent: The Procter & Gamble Company Global Legal Department - Ip

20090195254 - Method for assessment of electrostatic properties of fibers or substrates: Method for assessment of electrostatic properties of fibers or substrates, this method being particularly useful for demonstrating the efficacy of a composition for minimizing the accumulation of particles onto fiber or substrate.... Agent: The Procter & Gamble Company Global Legal Department - Ip

20090195255 - Apparatus and method for monitoring and controlling detection of stray voltage anomalies: Apparatus and methods for detecting stray voltage anomalies in electric fields are provided herein. In some embodiments, an apparatus for detecting an electrical field may comprise: at least one sensor probe for generating data corresponding to an electrical field detected by the at least one sensor probe, wherein the at... Agent: Raymond R. Moser Jr., Esq. MoserIPLaw Group

20090195256 - Input channel diagnostics: This invention relates to input channel diagnostics for an industrial process control system. The invention provides improved apparatus and methods relating to fault containment, overload protection and input channel diagnostics.... Agent: Rockwell Automation, Inc./bf

20090195257 - Method and device for monitoring a first voltage value: A method for monitoring a first voltage value of a signal voltage that resides within a signal voltage range, is outputtable by an electronic component, and is recordable by a measuring device having an input voltage range that is smaller than the signal voltage range, a voltage divider transforming the... Agent: Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

20090195258 - Controlling an analog signal in an integrated circuit: A method of controlling an analog signal in an integrated circuit includes generating a first control signal having a first predetermined duration within the integrated circuit. The first control signal is configured to cause the analog signal to have a first signal level. The first signal level is compared to... Agent: Dicke, Billig & Czaja

20090195259 - Microwave probe device: A probe for obtaining a measure of one or more properties in a sample wherein the probe comprises a support member (2), a transmit antenna (4), a receive antenna (5) and a signal barrier (6). The signal barrier (6) is located between the transmit antenna (4) and the receive antenna... Agent: Hunton & Williams LLP Intellectual Property Department

20090195260 - Low-profile electrical resistance corrosion sensor: A thin and narrow electrical resistance corrosion sensor defines measurement, reference and check resistors as abutting serially disposed portions of a thin strip-like metal resistance element, such as a carbon steel or ductile iron element, having metallurgical properties which match those of a corrodible structure of interest such as a... Agent: Christie, Parker & Hale, LLP

20090195261 - Impedance measuring instrument: A measurement instrument for measuring the impedance of a device under test (DUT) includes a first source of either a voltage or a current and a second source of either a voltage or a current, wherein the first source is connectable in a first feedback relationship with the DUT and... Agent: Pearne & Gordon LLP

20090195262 - In-line electron beam test system: A method and apparatus for testing a plurality of electronic devices formed on a large area substrate is described. In one embodiment, the apparatus performs a test on the substrate in one linear axis in at least one chamber that is slightly wider than a dimension of the substrate to... Agent: Patterson & Sheridan, LLP - - Appm/tx

20090195263 - Probe apparatus, probing method and storage medium: A probe apparatus includes a first stage, a second stage, a third stage and an image pickup. A Z position measuring unit measures a Z direction position of the mounting table and has a Z scale extending in the Z direction and a reading unit for reading the Z scale.... Agent: Oblon, Spivak, Mcclelland Maier & Neustadt, P.C.

20090195264 - High temperature test system: A high temperature test system is adapted for testing a device under test (DUT) under a high temperature environment. The high temperature test system includes a preheating unit, a first moving unit, a testing unit, and a second moving unit. The preheating unit is adapted for preheating the DUT. The... Agent: Paul D. Greeley, Esq. Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle, L.L.P.

20090195265 - Device and method for testing integrated circuits: A method and device for testing an integrated circuit. The method includes selecting between a shadow latch data retention mode and a shadow latch test mode; performing first test of an integrated circuit; storing, at the shadow latch if the shadow latch test mode is selected, information representative of a... Agent: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. Law Department

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