Total 7062 patents for "2008-10-23"

Storage controller and storage control method

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080263289

Provided are a storage controller and a storage control method capable of improving the transaction performance. This storage controller includes a disk controller for receiving a read command and a write command from a host computer, and an external disk controller and an internal disk device for sending and receiving data to and from the disk controller. A storage device of the external disk controller or the internal disk controller processes the access from the disk controller in physical sub-block units. When the disk controller is to access the storage device of the external disk controller or the internal disk device in logical sub-block units in which an additional code containing a guarantee code is added to user data, it makes such access in minimum common multiple units of logical sub-blocks and physical sub-blocks, and changes the guarantee code length.

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080259682

A semiconductor device includes a circuit forming area and a memory area including memory cells, first and second wells, a first conductor film formed over both wells and a second conductor film formed over the first well. First semiconductor regions are formed in the first region and a second semiconductor region is formed in the second region. The memory cells each include a capacitance element, including the first conductor film and second region, an element for reading data, including the first conductor film and first regions, and a selection field effect transistor, including the second conductor film and first regions. A length of the first conductor film of the capacitance element is larger than a length of the first conductor film of the element for reading data. A word line of the memory cell is connected to the second semiconductor region. During a reading data operation, a first bit line of the memory cell is connected to the first semiconductor region of the element for reading data via the selection field effect transistor.

METHODS FOR FABRICATING A STRESS ENHANCED SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE HAVING NARROW PITCH AND WIDE PITCH TRANSISTORS

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080261408

A method is provided for fabricating a semiconductor device on a semiconductor substrate. A plurality of narrow gate pitch transistors (NPTs) and wide gate pitch transistors (WPTs) are formed on and in the semiconductor substrate. The NPTs are spaced apart by a first distance, and the WPTs are spaced apart by a second distance greater than the first distance. A first stress liner layer is deposited overlying the NPTs, the WPTs and the semiconductor layer, an etch stop layer is deposited overlying the first stress liner layer, and a second stress liner layer is deposited overlying the etch stop layer. A portion of the second stress liner layer which overlies the WPTs is covered, and an exposed portion of the second stress liner layer which overlies the NPTs is removed to expose an exposed portion of the etch stop layer. The exposed portion of the etch stop layer which overlies the NPTs is removed.

ADVANCED HOUSEHOLD WATER PURIFICATION MEANS

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080257802

An apparatus for purifying and dispensing water of a quality suitable for human consumption comprises a first reservoir for holding unfiltered water. The water moves by the force of gravity downward through a water filtering and purifying cartridge into a second lower reservoir. An electrically powered hydraulic pump and associated electrical controls and plumbing enable the pump to periodically lift water from the second reservoir to the first reservoir to permit its return through the filter thereby enhancing the purity of the water before it is dispensed. The apparatus may include first, second and third reservoirs wherein the first reservoir is nominally at the same level as the second reservoir with the unfiltered or filtered water being pumped from the first reservoir and passed through the filter into the second reservoir. The associated electrical controls and plumbing enable the pump to periodically move water from the second reservoir to the third reservoir from which the water drains by gravity through the filter into the second reservoir thereby enhancing the purity of the water before it is dispensed.

Use of the Pro-Peptide Domain of Lysyl Oxidase as a Therapeutic Agent

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080261870

A therapeutic composition that includes an active portion of the lysyl oxidase pro-peptide in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier substance and methods of using such a therapeutic composition are disclosed. The active agent does not have lysyl oxidase enzymatic activity. Preferably, the active polypeptide is active in inhibiting cell growth in soft agar and active in inhibiting tumor formation. In addition, the active polypeptide preferably comprises an active portion of the amino acid sequence given in SEQ ID NO.: 1 or SEQ ID NO.: 2, or conservative substitions thereof. Alternatively, the active polypeptide comprises a polypeptide comprising an active portion of an amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NOs.: 3-8, or conservative substitions thereof.

Apparatus and methods for hand motion detection and handwriting recognition generally

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080260250

Apparatus and method for handwriting recognition including a hand-held device including at least one accelerometer providing an acceleration indicating output, computation circuitry receiving the acceleration indicating output and providing a velocity indicating output and a handwritten multiple character recognizer receiving the velocity indicating output and providing a multiple character recognition output indication.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL METHOD, TEMPERATURE CONTROL APPARATUS AND HIGH/LOW TEMPERATURE PROCESSING SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080257537

A temperature control apparatus that controls a temperature of a target object by a heat exchange between a temperature control liquid and the target object. The apparatus includes a pressurizing unit that pressurizes the temperature control liquid to increase a boiling point thereof; a heating unit that increases a temperature of the temperature control liquid to become higher than or equal to a boiling point of the temperature control liquid observed at a normal pressure; and a heat exchanging unit that exchanges heat between the target object and the temperature control liquid whose temperature has been increased to become higher than or equal to the boiling point of the temperature control liquid observed at the normal pressure.

Method and apparatus for placing an inflatable curtain in a stored condition

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080258442

An apparatus (10) helps to protect an occupant (28) of a vehicle (12) that has a side structure (16) and a roof (18). The apparatus (10) includes an inflatable vehicle occupant protection device (14) that has a stored condition for being positioned along the vehicle roof (18). The protection device (14) is inflatable away from the vehicle roof (18) to a deployed condition positioned between the side structure (16) and a vehicle occupant (28). The protection device (14) further comprises a portion (38) for receiving an elongated member (94) for helping to place the protection device in the stored condition.

RECORDING MEDIUM, TEST APPARATUS AND PROGRAM

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080262778

A recording medium recording thereon a program for a test apparatus including test modules that test devices under test is provided. The program includes: a common function provision program which is executed on a controller for controlling the test apparatus and provides a function common to each type of the test modules; and a plug-in processing program which is executed on the controller and plugs-in an individual function provision program for providing a function appropriate for the type of each of the test modules.

Swivel jaw face for tensile and similar testing

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080257120

A wedge action grip for tensile or similar testing is provided with a pair of jaws wherein at least one jaw includes a swiveling element with a gripping surface. The jaw and associated swiveling element may have cylindrical swiveling surfaces whereby the swiveling element swivels with a single degree of freedom about a vertical or horizontal axis or may have spherical swiveling surfaces whereby the swiveling element swivels with two degrees of freedom about a point. The two jaws may have different swivel characteristics, and one of the jaws may have a non-swiveling fixed gripping surface.

Holographic Recording Media

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080259417

This invention relates to improved holographic recording media and to related methods and apparatus for fabricating and reading holograms.

HIGH THERMAL CONDUCTING CIRCUIT SUBSTRATE AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS THEREOF

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080257590

A manufacturing process of a high thermal conducting circuit substrate is provided. First, a metal core substrate is provided and then the metal core substrate is etched at different etching speeds. Afterwards, two insulating layers are formed respectively on two sides of the etched metal core substrate. In addition, as an option, two conducting layers are formed respectively on two sides of the metal core substrate and are on top of the insulting layers. The conducting layers are patterned according to designs appropriate for the products. Because the high thermal conducting circuit substrate fabricated as the aforementioned manufacturing process mainly comprises the metal core substrate, it helps to elevate the thermal conduction of the circuit substrate itself.

VESSEL IMPLANT FOR THE TREATMENT OF AN ANEURYSM

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080262604

The invention relates to a vessel implant for the treatment of an aneurysm, i.e. a dilatation of the cross-sectional area of a blood vessel, comprising an elongate body which has an inlet opening, an outlet opening and a passage connecting the inlet opening to the outlet opening for blood flowing through the blood vessel, with the passage being bounded in the peripheral direction by a blood-impermeable wall, and with the inlet opening having a larger cross-sectional area than the outlet opening.

MicroRNA-based methods and compositions for the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of breast cancer

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080261908

The present invention provides novel methods and compositions for the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of breast cancer. The invention also provides methods of identifying anti-breast cancer agents.

Portable Electronic Entity Capable of Receiving Broadcast Multimedia Data Flow

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080263680

A portable electronic entity includes a communication interface (110) with a host terminal (TH), a conversion system (170) for a signal received in a secure multimedia data flow and an element to transmit to the host terminal a flow of multimedia data obtained from the secure multimedia data flow. It also includes systems (160) capable of allowing host terminal restitution of the multimedia data flow that was transmitted.

METHOD FOR MAKING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INCLUDING SHALLOW TRENCH ISOLATION (STI) REGIONS WITH MASKLESS SUPERLATTICE DEPOSITION FOLLOWING STI FORMATION AND RELATED STRUCTURES

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080258134

A semiconductor device may include a semiconductor substrate having a surface, a shallow trench isolation (STI) region in the semiconductor substrate and extending above the surface thereof, and a superlattice layer adjacent the surface of the semiconductor substrate and comprising a plurality of stacked groups of layers. More particularly, each group of layers of the superlattice layer may include a plurality of stacked base semiconductor monolayers defining a base semiconductor portion, and at least one non-semiconductor monolayer constrained within a crystal lattice of adjacent base semiconductor portions. Moreover, at least some atoms from opposing base semiconductor portions may be chemically bound together with the chemical bonds traversing the at least one intervening non-semiconductor monolayer. The semiconductor device may further include a lateral spacer between the superlattice layer and the STI region and which may include a lower non-monocrystalline semiconductor superlattice portion and an upper dielectric portion.

Organic Compounds

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080262030

The present invention relates to compounds of formula (I)

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR POWER MANAGEMENT IN INTEGRATED CIRCUITS

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080263481

A programmable logic device (PLD) includes a non-volatile memory, a configuration memory, and a control circuitry. The control circuitry couples to the non-volatile memory and to the configuration memory. A set of voltages are derived from the outputs of the control circuitry, and are applied to circuitry within the PLD.

Selective Catalytic Reduction Filter and Method of Using Same

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080256936

A Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) filter is provided for use in emission control systems, for example, on the exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine. The SCR filter has a substrate constructed using bonded fiber structures, which cooperate to form a highly uniform open cell network, as well as to provide a uniform arrangement of pores. The substrate typically is provided as a wall-flow honeycomb structure, and in one example, is manufactured using an extrusion process. In this way, the substrate has many channel walls, each having an inlet surface and an outlet surface. The inlet surface has a uniform arrangement of pores that form a soot capture zone, where soot and other particulate matter is captured from an exhaust gas. A NOx conversion catalyst is disposed inside the channel wall, where NOx and ammonia in the exhaust gas are reacted to less harmful substances. Because of the uniform pore structure and open cell arrangement inside the channel wall, the filter is capable of being heavily loaded with catalyst, while avoiding undue increase in backpressure to the internal combustion engine.

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH IMPROVED PADS

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080258262

A semiconductor device has: a circuit portion having semiconductor elements formed on a semiconductor substrate; insulating lamination formed above the semiconductor substrate and covering the circuit portion; a multilevel wiring structure formed in the insulating lamination and including wiring patterns and via conductors; and a pad electrode structure formed above the semiconductor substrate and connected to the multilevel wiring structure. The pad electrode structure includes pad wiring patterns and pad via conductors interconnecting the pad wiring patterns, the uppermost pad wiring pattern includes a pad pattern and a sealing pattern surrounding the pad pattern in a loop shape. Another pad wiring pattern has continuous extended pad pattern of a size overlapping the sealing pattern. The pad via conductors include a plurality of columnar via conductors disposed in register with the pad pattern and a loop-shaped wall portion disposed in register with the sealing pattern.

Method and Apparatus For Dynamic Scoliosis Orthosis

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080262402

The invention is a three-contact-point dynamic scoliosis orthosis (DSO) brace to aid physicians treating scoliosis. A pelvic mold and two pads, one positioned above the apex of the spine curvature, the other positioned orthogonal to the apex of the spine curvature provide the anchor points on opposite sides of the curve. The pad orthogonal to the curve's apex is adjustable.

Homogeneous method to prepare sperm DNA from sexual assault cases

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080261293

The present invention provides a method for the isolation of sperm DNA from swabs taken from rape victims without having to perform a change in buffers. Non-sperm cells from the victim are digested with an enzyme and solubilized, and then in the same buffer an enzyme capable of digesting soluble DNA is added and the victim's DNA is degraded, leaving only the rapist's DNA intact. Since no change of buffer is needed, no centrifugation or filtration steps are needed. The inventive method has utility particularly in the forensic science field.

Method and Devices for Screening Cervical Cancer

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080262384

The present invention provides multi-parameter analysis methods for determining the presence or absence of pre-cancerous or cancerous cells in a cervical sample and for screening cervical abnormality in a cervical sample. The invention also provides an apparatus and automated methods for screening cervical abnormality in a sample. The invention further provides a sampling device and a sample collection assembly for collecting cell samples, including cervical samples.

CASINO TABLE GAME

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080258391

The game is a table based card game that is generally played with a dealer, who deals the cards, and with players whom make the wagers. The game consists of multiple rounds and a player can wager and win on individual rounds or multiple rounds to make a poker hand. Additionally, there may be a progressive jackpot offered on the poker hands for players to wager upon.

EXTENSIBLE INFOTAINMENT/TELEMATICS SYSTEM HAVING FIXED BASE UNIT CONTROL OF A PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080261644

An infotainment/telematics system includes a fixed base unit adapted to execute a set of stand-alone infotainment and/or telematics functions, and a portable communication device adapted to execute a stand-alone infotainment and/or telematics function. The fixed base unit and the portable communication device may be connected for intelligent communication with one another to allow the fixed base unit to control and access the stand-alone infotainment and/or telematics function of the portable communication device.

SUBSTITUTED PIPERAZINES

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080261987

Compounds are provided that act as potent antagonists of the CCR1 receptor, and which have been further confirmed in animal testing for inflammation, one of the hallmark disease states for CCR1. The compounds are generally aryl piperazine derivatives and are useful in pharmaceutical compositions, methods for the treatment of CCR1-mediated diseases, and as controls in assays for the identification of competitive CCR1 antagonists.

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A METALLIC ARTICLE HAVING A GRADED COMPOSITION, WITHOUT MELTING

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080260566

A method for preparing a metallic article made of metallic constituent elements includes furnishing a chemically reduced initial metallic material formed from chemically reducing a mixture of nonmetallic precursor compounds of the metallic constituent elements, without melting the initial metallic material, and consolidating the initial metallic material to produce a consolidated metallic article, without melting the initial metallic material and without melting the consolidated metallic article. A net macroscopic composition of the consolidated metallic article varies spatially according to a pre-selected pattern

VEHICLE VIDEO RECORDING DEVICE

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080259160

A vehicle video recording device includes surveillance cameras, an electronic memory for temporarily storing the videos shot by the cameras, a hard disk drive (HDD) for receiving and storing the video data from the electronic memory, a running environmental data memory for storing the running environmental data along a route, on which the vehicle runs, which data affects the recording performance of the HDD, and a recording controller for controlling transmission and recording of the video from the electronic memory to the HDD during a route section, where the recording performance of the HDD does not lower, based on the running environmental data. This structure allows saving the recording device from having sensors, and yet, the video recording device can positively records the video shot by the cameras even if vibration or impact happens.

Qt-Interval Measurement in the Electrocardiogram

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080262366

A method and apparatus for measuring the QT interval of an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal is provided wherein the end of the T wave is identified from ECG data. The end of the T wave is defined as the first time of intersection at which an upright T wave of a first set of derived ECG signal data intersects an inverted T wave of a second set of derived ECG signal data. The intersection of the two sets of ECG data is along an isoelectric line within the trough after the positive T wave peak when the superimposed isoelectric baselines from the upright and inverted ECG signals demonstrate the best least squares fit.

Soybean cultivar 6929431

Pub Date: 2008-10-23

Pub Number: US20080263701

A soybean cultivar designated 6929431 is disclosed. The invention relates to the seeds of soybean cultivar 6929431, to the plants of soybean 6929431, to plant parts of soybean cultivar 6929431 and to methods for producing a soybean plant produced by crossing soybean cultivar 6929431 with itself or with another soybean variety. The invention also relates to methods for producing a soybean plant containing in its genetic material one or more transgenes and to the transgenic soybean plants and plant parts produced by those methods. This invention also relates to soybean cultivars or breeding cultivars and plant parts derived from soybean variety 6929431, to methods for producing other soybean cultivars, lines or plant parts derived from soybean cultivar 6929431 and to the soybean plants, varieties, and their parts derived from use of those methods. The invention further relates to hybrid soybean seeds, plants and plant parts produced by crossing the cultivar 6929431 with another soybean cultivar.