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US20030233160A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233160A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/463,583
Filing date: 2003-06-18
Abstract: A product data processing method, and device, for outputting indexes useful to select parts having actual results, so as to be associated with a part list in a design stage is provided. Past product data and its product attribute data are input, developed into attribute data with a part as the unit, and stored in a part attribute data storage region. New product data is input, and the part attribute data storage region is searched for attribute data of a part unit in part attribute data. Attribute data is associated with each of pertinent parts. Product data with attribute including the number of manufactured, sold, or recovered articles is thus created and stored. When used in the development stage of a new product, reliability and productivity improvement and cost reduction for a designed product is attained from the situation of manufactured, sold and recovered (recycled) parts. A product data processing method, and device, for outputting indexes useful to select parts having actual results, so as to be associated with a part list in a design stage is provided. Past product data and its product attribute data are input, developed into attribute data ...more ...less
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US20030233161A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233161A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/172,089
Filing date: 2002-06-14
Abstract: A semiconductor fabrication enterprise includes fabrication equipment, transportable containers for work-in-process and an enterprise information system. The transportable containers have associated radio frequency tags having identification codes uniquely identifying the carriers in the fabrication process. The enterprise information system contains data corresponding to each such identification code. The identification codes are read by a radio frequency interrogation device, and the radio frequency interrogation device carries out transactions with the enterprise data system to transfer the data corresponding to the identification codes to the radio frequency interrogation device. The radio frequency tags may be adapted for read/write functionality allowing for writing data to the radio frequency tags and synchronization of radio frequency tag data and enterprise information system data. A semiconductor fabrication enterprise includes fabrication equipment, transportable containers for work-in-process and an enterprise information system. The transportable containers have associated radio frequency tags having identification codes uniquely identifying the ...more ...less
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US20030233168A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233168A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/408,420
Filing date: 2003-04-07
Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing items from a pack of items wherein the pack of items has parameters associated therewith such as pack size, an item dimension and an item price. The apparatus includes an item dispenser, a cash acceptor, input and output devices, and a controller. The controller has an item load table for storing data corresponding to the parameters associated with the pack of items. Thus, the parameters in the item load table can be displayed by the output device in lieu of the parameters being manually entered. An apparatus for dispensing items from a pack of items wherein the pack of items has parameters associated therewith such as pack size, an item dimension and an item price. The apparatus includes an item dispenser, a cash acceptor, input and output devices, and a controller. The ...more ...less
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US20030233172A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233172A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/377,724
Filing date: 2003-03-04
Abstract: The invention relates to a climate control system comprising at least one radiation reducer and a climate control unit for controlling the radiation reducer. Which system further comprises a usage detection system coupled to the climate control unit. It also relates to a method of climate control in a room, using a climate control system comprising at least one radiation reducer, which method comprises the steps of detecting if the room is in use or not, if in use, setting the radiation reducer in a mode of high transmittance, if not in use, setting the radiation reducer in a mode of low transmittance. The invention relates to a climate control system comprising at least one radiation reducer and a climate control unit for controlling the radiation reducer. Which system further comprises a usage detection system coupled to the climate control unit. It also relates to a method ...more ...less
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US20030233180A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233180A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/463,732
Filing date: 2003-06-17
Abstract: An active noise control system for use onboard a vehicle normally provides noise cancellation of engine sounds. The speaker of the active noise control system also emits a horn sound responsive to appropriate commands from a controller that receives a horn switch signal from a horn switch supported on a steering wheel assembly. The active noise control system controller enters a power saving mode when the vehicle ignition is turned off and the vehicle is not running. A horn switch activation during the power saving mode wakes up the controller so that the controller unmutes an amplifier and drives the speaker to emit the desired horn sound. An active noise control system for use onboard a vehicle normally provides noise cancellation of engine sounds. The speaker of the active noise control system also emits a horn sound responsive to appropriate commands from a controller that receives a horn switch signal from a ...more ...less
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US20030233181A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233181A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/232,015
Filing date: 2002-08-28
Inventor: Colosky, Mark P.
Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of generating a fault tolerant sensor signal for a motor control system in a vehicle steering system. The method includes receiving at least three sensor signals indicative of a sensed parameter and generating a plurality of parameter pair signals responsive to the least one sensor signal of the at least three sensor signals. Additionally, the method includes selecting one parameter pair signal of the plurality of parameter pair signals and generating a measured parameter signal responsive to the selecting. Disclosed herein is a method of generating a fault tolerant sensor signal for a motor control system in a vehicle steering system. The method includes receiving at least three sensor signals indicative of a sensed parameter and generating a plurality of parameter pair signals ...more ...less
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US20030233186A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233186A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/209,444
Filing date: 2002-07-30
Abstract: A transmission system includes a Central Processing Unit (CPU) that controls truck braking energy by sharing energy dissipation between clutch packs. The CPU reduces engine speed and then slips the two clutch packs at the same time to maintain a reduced turbine speed for a torque converter. In another aspect of the transmission system, energy loss is reduced during high draw bar pull conditions. The engine speed is modulated to trim energy peaks at low pushing or pulling speeds. An additional transmission gear reduction restores the lost pushing or pulling forces while generating less heat in the torque converter. A transmission system includes a Central Processing Unit (CPU) that controls truck braking energy by sharing energy dissipation between clutch packs. The CPU reduces engine speed and then slips the two clutch packs at the same time to maintain a reduced turbine speed for a ...more ...less
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US20030233192A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233192A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/167,905
Filing date: 2002-06-12
Abstract: An airborne collision avoidance system includes a receiver stage constructed and arranged to detect (a) at a first radio frequency, first interrogation signals, and first collision resolution advisory (RA) signals transmitted from other nearby aircraft, and (b) at a second radio frequency, first acquisition signals including position information with respect to the nearby aircraft, and first reply signals from the nearby aircraft. A transmitter stage is constructed to produce (a) at the first radio frequency, second interrogation signals and second collision RA signals, and (b) at the second radio frequency, second acquisition signals including position information with respect to the given aircraft, and second reply signals from the given aircraft in response to the first interrogation signals. Tracking and collision avoidance information derived by a system processor from the detected first acquisition and first RA signals is shown on a cockpit display. The receiver and the transmitter stages are coupled to a single pair of upper and lower fuselage antennas through a T/R switch module. An airborne collision avoidance system includes a receiver stage constructed and arranged to detect (a) at a first radio frequency, first interrogation signals, and first collision resolution advisory (RA) signals transmitted from other nearby aircraft, and (b) at a second radio ...more ...less
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US20030233194A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233194A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/173,379
Filing date: 2002-06-17
Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for interactively displaying estimated stability of rock surrounding a wellbore. The display shows a three-dimensional representation of the orientation of a portion of the wellbore and the associated estimation of stability of the rock surrounding the wellbore. The user can alter the orientation of the portion of the wellbore, after which in real time the stability estimation is recalculated and redisplayed. The method and system can be used for planning or modifying a well plan, either before or during the drilling process. The method and system can also be used for diagnosis of stability problems. The method and system can also be used for displaying and analyzing the estimated stability of perforations surrounding a wellbore and for planning and arranging such perforations. A method and system is disclosed for interactively displaying estimated stability of rock surrounding a wellbore. The display shows a three-dimensional representation of the orientation of a portion of the wellbore and the associated estimation of stability of the rock ...more ...less
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US20030233195A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233195A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/395,926
Filing date: 2003-03-24
Abstract: A sample of normal tissue specimens obtained from a subset of a population of subjects with shared characteristics is profiled in order to generate a plurality of structural indices that correspond to statistically significant representations of characteristics of tissue associated with the population. The structural indices include cell density, matrix density, blood vessel density and layer thickness. Alternatively, the sample of normal tissue specimens obtained from the subset of the population of subjects with shared characteristics can also be profiled in order to generate a plurality of cell function and/or mechanical indices that correspond to statistically significant representations of characteristics of tissue associated with the population. Structural, mechanical and/or cell function indices for a plurality of tissue populations are determined and then stored in a database, and subscribers/users are granted access to all or part of the database based on a subscription fee. In addition to using the information in the database for general research purposes, subscribers may use the database information to classify tissue specimens (e.g., human tissue specimens, animal tissue specimens, plant tissue specimens, food tissue specimens, or manufactured tissue specimens) provided by the subscriber. In particular, a subscriber can measure parameters (e.g., structural, mechanical and/or cell function indices) associated with the subscriber's tissue specimens and then compare this information to corresponding parameters for normal tissue in the database in order to classify the subscriber's tissue specimens as either normal or abnormal. A sample of normal tissue specimens obtained from a subset of a population of subjects with shared characteristics is profiled in order to generate a plurality of structural indices that correspond to statistically significant representations of characteristics of tissue ...more ...less
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US20030233200A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233200A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/394,504
Filing date: 2003-03-20
Abstract: A method and system for the sensorless estimation of the states of the mechanical subsystem of a motor are disclosed. In particular, the method and system split the estimation problem into two sub-problems: the estimation of motor parameters as a function of position, and the determination of the states of the mechanical subsystem of the motor using the estimated parameters via a state observer. Motor current and PWM voltage in a polyphase system is measured or otherwise determined and converted into current and voltage in &agr;-&bgr; coordinates. A least square estimator is constructed that uses the voltage and current in &agr;-&bgr; coordinates and provides an estimate of the motor parameters, and in particular, the inductances of the motor, which are a function of the rotor position. These estimated inductances are used to drive a state observer whose dynamics have been selected to provide as an output the state of the mechanical subsystem of the motor, and in particular, the position, velocity, and acceleration of this subsystem. A method and system for the sensorless estimation of the states of the mechanical subsystem of a motor are disclosed. In particular, the method and system split the estimation problem into two sub-problems: the estimation of motor parameters as a function of position, and the ...more ...less
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US20030233201A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233201A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/460,885
Filing date: 2003-06-13
Abstract: A system that facilitates and implements energy savings decisions by a home owner. The system will increase the energy and cost efficiency of an energy supply network by providing a mechanism to reduce the peak level of energy demand. A controller in logical communication with energy consuming appliances responds to request for energy from energy consuming appliances and devices by permitting or curtailing energy supply to the appliances or devices based on evaluation of a plurality of logical considerations. The controller may be operated to provide energy to fewer than all of the energy requesting appliances to reduce the energy demand on an energy supply source, including the instantaneous peak demand. A system that facilitates and implements energy savings decisions by a home owner. The system will increase the energy and cost efficiency of an energy supply network by providing a mechanism to reduce the peak level of energy demand. A controller in logical communication with ...more ...less
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US20030233202A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233202A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/459,602
Filing date: 2003-06-12
Abstract: An avalanche photodiode having an operating voltage greater than a DC power supply rail is connected to the rail via a controlled DC-DC converter having an output voltage that drives the photodiode and meets the photodiode voltage supply needs. A measure of the current flowing from the rail to the converter determines the value of a control signal for the converter output voltage. The photodiode current is computed from the current measure and the control signal value. An avalanche photodiode having an operating voltage greater than a DC power supply rail is connected to the rail via a controlled DC-DC converter having an output voltage that drives the photodiode and meets the photodiode voltage supply needs. A measure of the current flowing ...more ...less
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US20030233204A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233204A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/167,448
Filing date: 2002-06-13
Abstract: An uncalibrated sensor located at a first location relative to a physical phenomenon is calibrated using a calibrated sensor spaced away from the uncalibrated sensor at a second location relative to the physical phenomenon and a frequency-domain transfer function that relates the physical phenomenon at the second location to the output of the uncalibrated sensor. An uncalibrated sensor located at a first location relative to a physical phenomenon is calibrated using a calibrated sensor spaced away from the uncalibrated sensor at a second location relative to the physical phenomenon and a frequency-domain transfer function that relates ...more ...less
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US20030233207A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233207A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/359,729
Filing date: 2003-02-06
Inventor: Yun, Young-sik
Abstract: An apparatus and method for testing a computer system by utilizing a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and programmable memory modules is provided. The apparatus includes a controller, a plurality of programmable memory modules, and an FPGA. Each programmable memory module stores configuration data of peripheral devices of the computer system in corresponding versions, respectively, which are differentiated according to functions of the computer system. Each memory module stores configuration data about a PCI host controller, a memory controller, a PLL, an interrupt controller, an arbiter, a UART, or a timer. The FPGA is programmed according to data stored in one memory module selected from among the programmable memory modules. Therefore, in the apparatus, the FPGA does not contain a bus bridge circuit, so that the FPGA has an increased programmable area and can be easily connected even with peripheral devices requiring many input and output ports. An apparatus and method for testing a computer system by utilizing a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and programmable memory modules is provided. The apparatus includes a controller, a plurality of programmable memory modules, and an FPGA. Each programmable memory module ...more ...less
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US20030233208A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233208A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/367,771
Filing date: 2003-02-19
Abstract: A test system for circuits which is capable of selecting any one of a plurality of circuits to be tested and testing a selected circuit to be tested, includes a tested circuit data producing unit which produces tested circuit data concerning any one of several circuits to be tested; and a control unit which controls a plurality of programmable gate arrays (PGAs) on the basis of an output of the tested circuit data producing unit. Furthermore, the test system for circuits includes a plurality of PGAs each of which is connected to the control unit and generates a test pattern in response to control data sent from the control unit according to a program; and interface units which are associated with the plurality of PGAS, respectively, and are connected to the circuits to be tested. A test system for circuits which is capable of selecting any one of a plurality of circuits to be tested and testing a selected circuit to be tested, includes a tested circuit data producing unit which produces tested circuit data concerning any one of several circuits to be ...more ...less
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US20030233210A1
Publication/Patent Number: US20030233210A1
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Application number: 10/170,049
Filing date: 2002-06-12
Abstract: In a geo-location system, the location of an object in space is determined by transmitting polarized signals towards the object. To prevent erroneous determinations due to signals which reach the object after reflection the transmitted signals are polarized. The receiver at the object includes a cross-polarization discriminator and accepts only directly transmitted signals and not reflected signals which have been cross-polarized by the reflection. The transmitted signals may be ultra-wide band signals which can penetrate into buildings. An object whose location can thus be determined can also transmit polarized signals to another object which can not be reached by signals from the original transmitter. Further the ultra-wide band signals may utilize transmission in discontinuous frequency bands to avoid interference with existing systems. In a geo-location system, the location of an object in space is determined by transmitting polarized signals towards the object. To prevent erroneous determinations due to signals which reach the object after reflection the transmitted signals are polarized. The receiver at the ...more ...less