Total 6485 patents for "2011-10-27"

MINIATURE FORWARD-LOOKING ULTRASOUND IMAGING MECHANISM ENABLED BY LOCAL SHAPE MEMORY ALLOY ACTUATOR

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110263986

The present invention relates to a new forward-looking ultrasound device including a local actuator embedded inside an elongate member such as a guide wire or catheter. The present invention includes an ultrasound transducer element configured to engage with the local actuator and rotate about an axis of rotation at least when the ultrasound transducer element and the local actuator are engaged. Also disclosed are methods of using the same.

System and Method of Controlling Interactive Communication Services by Responding to User Query with Relevant Information from Content Specific Database

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110264657

An electronic communication system is controlled by a content service provider to return relevant information from a content specific database in response to a user query. The content service provider compiles a plurality of content specific databases, each dedicated to a category of information of interest to the user. The user registers a user profile with the content service provider. A query, including the selected content specific database, is transmitted from the user to the content service provider. The selected content specific database is searched for the first level query within context of the user profile. A menu of matches is generated from the content specific database for the first level query. The menu is organized by relevance scores assigned to the matches based on correspondence to the first level query. The menu is transmitted from the content service provider through the electronic communication network to the user.

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SILICON WAFER

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110263126

Method for manufacturing a silicon wafer free of point defect agglomerates by processes including adding pure carbon to raw material of polycrystalline silicon, melting to become a molten silicon liquid, pulling a single silicon crystal ingot comprising a perfect domain [P] from the molten silicon liquid by controlling a ratio of V/G (mm 2 /minute C.), lapping a silicon wafer cut out from the ingot, beveling the silicon wafer, chemical etching the beveled wafer so as to be removed damages of a surface of the wafer, and mirror-polishing the etched wafer, and the pure carbon is added to the raw material of polycrystalline silicon so that a density of carbon in the ingot becomes 110 15 to 510 15 atoms/cm 3 .

CUTTER FOR A PRINTER AND METHODS OF CUTTING PAPER MEDIA IN A PRINTER

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110259163

A cutter for a printer is provided, together with corresponding methods. The cutter comprises a fixed blade and a movable blade. The fixed blade is arranged on a cover bracket. The cover bracket is movable between an open and a closed position. The movable blade is arranged on a printer frame. Means are also provided for moving the movable blade from a home position into engagement with the fixed blade for cutting paper media during a cutting action. In the open position of the cover bracket the fixed blade and movable blade are separated, enabling paper jams to be cleared and paper to be loaded.

PROCESS FOR SELECTIVE OXIDATIVE DEHYDROGENATION OF A HYDROGEN-CONTAINING CO MIXED GAS

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110263726

A process for selective oxidative dehydrogenation of a hydrogen-containing CO mixed gas, comprising contacting a hydrogen-containing CO mixed gas raw material with at least one catalyst entity having an increased activity gradient disposed in a reactor under at least one reaction condition chosen from a reaction temperature ranging from 100 to 300 C., a volume space velocity ranging from 100 to 10000 h 1 , and a reaction pressure ranging from 0.08 to 5.0 MPa, wherein the molar ratio of oxygen to hydrogen in the raw material ranges from 0.5:1 to 5:1.

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AHVING VERTICAL PILLAR TRANSISTORS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110263090

A semiconductor device includes vertical pillar transistors formed in respective silicon pillars of a silicon substrate. The gates of the vertical pillar transistor are selectively formed on a single surface of lower portions of the silicon pillars, and drain areas of the vertical pillar transistors are connected with one another.

Artificial Human Limbs and Joints Employing Actuators, Springs, and Variable-Damper Elements

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110264230

Biomimetic Hybrid Actuators employed in biologically-inspired musculoskeletal architectures employ an electric motor for supplying positive energy to and storing negative energy from an artificial joint or limb, as well as elastic elements such as springs, and controllable variable damper components, for passively storing and releasing energy and providing adaptive stiffness to accommodate level ground walking as well as movement on stairs and surfaces having different slopes.

DISC BRAKE PAD

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110259686

To provide a disc brake pad for a disc brake equipped with a metal disc rotor, having a friction material that includes a fiber base material, a binder, an abrasive material, and a frictional wear modifier, which effectively minimizes a sticking problem of the friction material and the disc rotor and simultaneously provides effective fading resistance, wear resistance, and formability. The friction material includes the fiber base material, binder, abrasive material, and frictional wear modifier, and friction material has the binder of 4.5-7.0 weight % relative to the gross friction material amount, aralkyl modified phenolic resin of at least 50 weight % relative to the binder amount, inorganic particles of 1-3 weight % as the abrasive material with 6-8 of Moh's hardness and average particle diameter of 10-200 m. Furthermore, the friction material includes alkali metal titanate and/or alkali earth metal titanate of 20-30 weight %.

Optical disc with protection code, method for optaining the protection code and respective apparatus for reading of data

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110261665

The optical disc comprises a substrate layer, a read-only data layer having a pit/land data structure including user data and control data arranged in tracks on the substrate layer, and a nonlinear layer with a super-resolution structure disposed on the data layer, wherein the control data are correctly readable only by including a reverse rotation of the disc. The control data include in particular a protection code for the disc, for example a copy protection code, so that the user data of the disc are only readable after reading of the control data.

ROUTING AND QUEUING INFORMATION FOR VIDEO CONFERENCING IN BANKING CENTERS

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110261144

Embodiments of the present invention provide apparatuses and methods for providing improved customer service and sales experiences through collaborative face-to-face interaction between a customer and an expert in another location. Some embodiments of the invention comprise apparatuses and methods for video collaboration between an associate of the business located on-site at the point of inquiry, the customer who requires customer service, and an expert located off-site, typically at a call center. Other embodiments of the invention comprise apparatuses and methods for queuing video collaboration and non-video collaboration calls within a call center. The embodiments of the invention relate to apparatuses and methods that can be used for any business that has on-site point of inquiry centers, but the apparatuses and methods are particularly useful for banking customers who enter banking centers to interact on a face-to-face basis with an expert in the area of the customer's needs.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTI-ANALYTE DETECTION

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110262896

The present invention provides a system and method for the simultaneous detection of multiple analytes in a sample. The detection system includes a housing that holds a reagent carousel rotatably coupled thereto. Further included in the housing is an incubator carousel rotatably coupled thereto. The housing also includes magnetic material that is associated with the incubation carousel for assisting in separation beads from reagent and wash solution. A robot, associated with the housing is configured to manipulate at least either the reagent carousel or the incubator carousel and transfer materials therebetween. Reaction vessels hold samples and reaction vessels handlers move the reaction vessels. Sample analysis is determined by at least one laser based detector.

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR GENERATION OF PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110263015

The present invention describes the use of pre-trans-splicing molecules (PTMs) to reprogram human normal and diseased somatic cells into pluripotent stem cells using spliceosome-mediated RNA trans-splicing. More specifically, the present invention describes the use of the SMaRT technology to repair or reprogram the newly induced diseased pluripotent stem cells.

ANTIMONY AND GERMANIUM COMPLEXES USEFUL FOR CVD/ALD OF METAL THIN FILMS

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110263100

Antimony, germanium and tellurium precursors useful for CVD/ALD of corresponding metal-containing thin films are described, along with compositions including such precursors, methods of making such precursors, and films and microelectronic device products manufactured using such precursors, as well as corresponding manufacturing methods. The precursors of the invention are useful for forming germanium-antimony-tellurium (GST) films and microelectronic device products, such as phase change memory devices, including such films.

"Semiconductor on semiconductor substrate multi-chip-scale package"

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110260322

Some exemplary embodiments of a multi-chip semiconductor package utilizing a semiconductor substrate and related method for making such a semiconductor package have been disclosed. One exemplary embodiment comprises a first semiconductor device including, on a surface thereof, a first patterned dielectric layer, a conductive redistribution layer, a second patterned dielectric layer, and a second semiconductor device. The conductive redistribution layer connects to a first and a second patterned conductive attach material for connecting the first and second semiconductor devices to provide coplanar electrical connections for mounting on a printed circuit board. In one embodiment, the first semiconductor device is a diode having anode and cathode contacts on an upper surface thereof, and the second semiconductor device is an IGBT.

ULTRASOUND BASED METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STONE DETECTION AND TO FACILITATE CLEARANCE THEREOF

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110263967

Described herein are methods and apparatus for detecting stones by ultrasound, in which the ultrasound reflections from a stone are preferentially selected and accentuated relative to the ultrasound reflections from blood or tissue. Also described herein are methods and apparatus for applying pushing ultrasound to in vivo stones or other objects, to facilitate the removal of such in vivo objects.

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110260170

A pixel includes a load, a transistor which controls a current supplied to the load, a storage capacitor, and first to fourth switches. By inputting a potential in accordance with a video signal into the pixel after the threshold voltage of the transistor is held in the storage capacitor, and holding a voltage of the sum of the threshold voltage and the potential, variations of a current value caused by variations of threshold voltage of a transistor can be suppressed. Consequently, a predetermined current can be supplied to the load such as a light-emitting element. Further, by changing the potential of a power supply line, a display device with a high duty ratio can be provided.

IMPROVED PRODUCTION OF PROTEINS WITH DOWNSTREAM BOX FUSIONS IN PLASTIDS AND IN BACTERIA

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110265226

The present invention is directed to the use of certain selected downstream box (DB) regions and codon-optimized DB regions to achieve high-level protein expression in transformed organisms or organelles. In particular, high level protein expression in plastids and bacteria can be achieved by fusion of the TetC or NPTII DB region to a gene of interest. Protein expression in a transformed organism or organelle can also be enhanced by optimization of codon usage within the DB region based on codons preferentially found in the DB regions of highly expressed native genes in the organism or organelle. Methods for enhanced protein expression, and related nucleic acid molecules, expression vectors, transformed cells, and transgenic organisms, are provided. The present invention is particularly useful for expressing cellulolytic enzymes, including a suite of several cellulolytic enzymes, in plastids, bacteria and algae.

TRANSMISSION LINE IMPEDANCE TRANSFORMER AND RELATED METHODS

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110260823

A transmission line impedance transformer may include a printed circuit board (PCB) having a dielectric layer and an electrically conductive layer thereon defining a medial interconnection portion, and first and second lateral loop portions extending laterally outwardly from opposing first and second sides of the medial interconnection portion. The PCB also may have first ferrite body receiving openings therein adjacent the first lateral loop portion and second ferrite body receiving openings therein adjacent the second lateral loop portion. The transmission line impedance transformer may also include a first ferromagnetic body extending through the first ferrite body receiving openings to surround the first lateral loop portion, and a second ferromagnetic body extending through the second ferrite body receiving openings to surround the second lateral loop portion.

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, IMAGE INPUT/OUTPUT APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110261389

A wireless communication system capable of selecting a wireless communication means most suitable for the user's usage environment among multiple wireless communication means, thereby improving user convenience. A wireless communication is established between a cellular phone 300 and a MFP 200 with a proximity wireless communication means among the multiple wireless communication means, and an identification information table is generated and stored that includes identification information of a common wireless communication means capable of data communication among the multiple wireless communication means provided by the MFP 200. A job executed in cooperation with the cellular phone 300 is started upon the establishment of the wireless communication. Apparatus information of the cellular phone 300 is obtained at the time of starting the job. The obtained apparatus information and the identification information table are compared, and the wireless communication means for performing the data communication is selected according to the comparison result.

TRANSACTIONAL APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110264502

A transactional apparatus for providing user identification such as a purchaser of goods or services at a Point of Sale (POS) with a reward, or providing an identity transaction of a user in say a Post Office or retailer of postal services. The apparatus comprises a device (1) remote from the POS adapted to capture and derive transactional information data relating to the user whereby to provide user identification based on the transactional information data.

FISHING REEL WITH FREE SPOOL CONTROLLER

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110259988

A drag/free spool controller incorporated into a fishing reel that has a signal generator mechanically attached to the reel. When the spool spins the signal generator produces a voltage signal, and after a pre-determined number of rotations, the generated signal is compared to a pre-determined value to determine if the spooling corresponds to a fish strike. When the generated voltage signal exceeds the pre-determined value, indicating a fish strike, a solenoid attached to the reel is actuated to disengage the drag mechanism, placing the reel into a free spool position. This action allows the fish to run with the bait while the angler repositions himself to manually engage the drag to set the hook. If after a pre-determined interval the angler fails to manually engage the drag, the solenoid will do so automatically.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING A SELF DEFLATING CUSHION

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110258782

Systems and methods for providing a self deflating cushion whereby a volume of air within the cushion is controllably released to a surface of the cushion thereby providing a cooling effect to the seated anatomy of a user. The cushion further provides a variety of internal, open cell cushioning materials that store and release air during use of the cushion.

VARIABLE GAIN AND TIMING REFERENCE METHODS OF SEPARATING AND MIXING AUDIO TRACKS FROM ORIGINAL, MUSICAL WORKS

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110259177

The teachings described herein are generally directed to a system, method, and apparatus for separating and mixing tracks within music. The system can comprise components including a processor, an input device, a database, a transformation module, an emulation recording module, an integration engine, an output module, and an output device, wherein each component is operable in itself to perform it's function in the system and operable with other system components to provide a system to a listener of music.

Prosthetic Heart Valve Delivery System with Spacing

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110264200

A device for percutaneously deploying a stented prosthetic heart valve includes a distal portion, a spacing collar, and an outer collar. The distal portion provides a coupling structure configured to selectively engage the stented prosthetic heart valve. The spacing collar is located proximal to the distal portion. The spacing collar is transitionable from a loaded state to an activated state. The spacing collar in the loaded state has a radial dimension less than the spacing collar in the activated state. The outer collar is configured to be movable relative to the distal portion and the spacing collar. The outer collar is slidably disposed over the spacing collar to provide the loaded state and is slidably retracted from the spacing collar when in the activated state.

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AVOIDING INTERFERENCE NOISE IN FHSS SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110261861

Disclosed are an apparatus and a method for reducing the effect of an interference signal present in the same channel in a frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) system. The apparatus of the present invention comprises: a group classification part for classifying the entire channels of the FHSS system into a certain number of groups according to the channel bandwidth unit of an FS interference signal; an FS interference elimination part for eliminating a group in which an FS interference exists from said certain number of groups based on the packet error rate (PER) of said certain number of groups that have been classified; and an FD interference avoidance part for avoiding interference by transmitting a packet only if an interference signal does not exist by estimating the existence of said FD interference signal based on a time sequence with respect to the channel to be used for the next frequency hopping (FH), when transmitting a signal by utilizing FH using channels wherein said FS interference signal does not exist. Thus, the present invention enables further shortening of the time taken for FS interference avoidance, and efficient avoidance of FD interference, thereby being capable of obtaining enhanced transmission performance.

Method for fabricating hard particle-dispersed composite materials

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110262295

A method of making a hard particle-dispersed metal matrix-bonded composite, includes the steps of mixing hard particles and ductile metal particles to yield a mixture, and sintering the mixture under a pressure of less than 2.0 GPa and at a temperature of less than 1200 C. for a sufficient time to yield the composite. A composite material made by the above method is disclosed.

Search Engine Data Structure

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110264646

A search engine database may a segmented structure that preserves individual document references and allows updating as well as scalability. A set of segment managers may receive new, updated, or deleted documents and update a set of term matrices from which a published search matrix may be generated. The database may have a very large term dictionary and may use a hash function to create term identifiers without having to look up terms in the dictionary. The database may be maintained by many systems operating in parallel for high scalability.

STAGE DRIVE DEVICE

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110260558

A stage comprises a linear guide rail (2) for guiding a movable table (4), a driven bar (12), a linear drive actuator in contact with the driven bar (12) to transmit driving force to the driven bar (12), and parallel plate springs (30) for holding opposite ends of the driven bar (12). A drive transmitting surface of the linear drive actuator is provided so as to be separated from the movable table (4), and this prevents the accuracy of positioning from being reduced. Also, the parallel springs (30) reduce deforming forces applied to sections supporting the driven bar (12), and this prevents the driven bar from being damaged. The configuration makes the stage highly accurate and highly reliable.

INFORMATION PROCESSING TERMINAL AND POWER STATE MANAGEMENT APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110261405

The distance between an information processing terminal and each image forming apparatus is detected based on the position information of the information processing terminal and each image forming apparatus, and the difference in elevation and layout drawing are checked to determine whether or not the image forming apparatus is located in the same floor or room with the information processing terminal, whereby the image forming apparatus is selected, and a request to shift the power state to the power-on side is sent to the selected image forming apparatus. Further, the server device provides such power control as to acquire the information on the position and number of terminal devices in the started-up state and the information of the position of each image forming apparatus, and to select the image forming apparatus to be set to the power-on state out of plural image forming apparatuses, based on this information.

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

Pub Date: 2011-10-27

Pub Number: US20110261732

A communication apparatus to be used for a newer system employing an FDD scheme in an area where an older system and the newer system coexist. The communication apparatus includes a first communication unit communicating at least a downlink data channel of the newer system using a frequency band belonging to a first frequency range (3.4-3.8 GHz); and a second communication unit communicating at least an uplink control channel of the newer system using a frequency band belonging to a second frequency range (2 GHz band) lower than the first frequency range. The second frequency range is used for uplink and downlink communications in the older system.