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Madhav Datta, Terrence R O Toole: Electrochemical metal removal technique for planarization of surfaces. IBM Corporation, Ratner & Prestia, October 22, 1996: US05567300 (200 worldwide citation)

A high speed electrochemical metal removal technique provides for planarization of multilayer copper interconnection in thin film modules. The process uses a neutral salt solution, is compatible with the plating process and has minimum safety and waste disposal problems. The process offers tremendou ...


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George Lownes, Perry Dunn, David Goodwin, Michael Kahn, Matthew Curreri, Sergei Danilchuk: Digital television status display. Matshushita Electric Industrial, Ratner & Prestia, October 24, 2000: US06137539 (196 worldwide citation)

A television receiver which receives an ATSC multi-program stream for a single major channel and generates a status display which displays the major channel identifier and a plurality of indicators, each corresponding to a respective one of the minor channels associated with the major channel. The i ...


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Ryoichi Imanaka: Server apparatus, subscriber apparatus and information on demand system. Matsushita Electric Industrial, Ratner & Prestia, August 4, 1998: US05790172 (194 worldwide citation)

An information on demand system provides a user of a terminal (subscriber) information through a network such as CATV such that the user pays an adequate charge to a server (information provider). According to the information on demand system, the received information can be recorded in a recording ...


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Ronald B Richard, Kazue Hata, Stephen Johnson, Steve D Pearson, Judson Hofmann, Brian A Hanson: Electronic news reception apparatus that selectively retains sections and searches by keyword or index for text to speech conversion. Matsushita Electric Industrial, Ratner & Prestia, July 13, 1999: US05924068 (192 worldwide citation)

An electronic news receiving device receives text data for an electronic edition of a newspaper in the evening and audibly reads the newspaper to the user the next day. The newsreader includes a receiver which receives an electronic edition of a newspaper transmitted by a transmitter at an electroni ...


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Saiprasad V Naimpally: Method and apparatus for providing electronic program guide information from a single electronic program guide server. Matsushita Electric Industrial, Ratner & Prestia, February 1, 2000: US06020880 (189 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus for requesting, receiving, processing, and providing information from a single source to a television viewer. An information provider is accessed via a communications link and specific data, which is separate and distinct from video signals received by the television receiver, ...


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Saiprasad V Naimpally: MPEG transport encoding/decoding system for recording transport streams. Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, Ratner & Prestia, April 8, 1997: US05619337 (189 worldwide citation)

A system records a single program from a multi-program transport stream that is encoded according to the MPEG-2 standard. The system demultiplexes transport packets from the multi-program transport stream and records the demultiplexed packets on a digital video cassette recorder (DVCR). The system i ...


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Haruo Yamashita, Hideshi Ishihara, Yasuki Matsumoto: Gradation correction method and device. Matsushita Electrial Industrial, Ratner & Prestia, August 8, 2000: US06101271 (188 worldwide citation)

The gradation correction device includes a luminance signal convertor to generate a luminance signal from the input R, G, B signals, a correction coefficient calculator which calculates the ratio to the luminance signal of the luminance signal after gamma correction to the predetermined gradation ch ...


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Kazuo Katsuki, Donald J Sauer, Danny Chin: Bus structure for multiprocessor system having separated processor section and control/memory section. Nippon Sheet Glass, Ratner & Prestia, December 3, 1996: US05581767 (187 worldwide citation)

The processor section comprises a matrix-line layout of processor units; each processor unit combined with adjacent processor units in row and column direction by means of IPC buses, which are two-way buses. The control/memory section comprises arrays of control/memory units corresponding one-to-one ...


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Hiroki Monta, Hidemi Henmi, Masayoshi Hirashima: Program table displaying apparatus. Matsushita Electric Industrial, Ratner & Prestia, May 14, 1996: US05517254 (186 worldwide citation)

A program table displaying apparatus includes a display controlling apparatus for displaying a program table for a plurality of programs in a table on a display. The table has a horizontal row with a channel number identifying a channel corresponding to one of the programs and a vertical row with a ...