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Larry J Hornbeck: Active yoke hidden hinge digital micromirror device. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert C Klinger, James C Kesterson, Richard L Donaldson, July 9, 1996: US05535047 (447 worldwide citation)

A spatial light modulator (10) of the DMD type having increased performance parameters. A pixel mirror (30) is supported by a yoke (32), whereby electrostatic attraction forces (70, 76, 80, 82) are generated between several structures. First, between the elevated mirror (30) and an elevated address ...


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Brad Kanack: Microminiature, monolithic, variable electrical signal processor and apparatus including same. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert C Klinger, James C Kesterson, Richard L Donaldson, June 11, 1996: US05526172 (429 worldwide citation)

A microminiature, variable electrical device, such as a capacitor (40a), comprises an elemental DMD SLM (40'), which includes a substrate (43) and a member (145) spaced therefrom and mounted for movement by appropriate facilities (42, 44). A control signal (102) is applied to the movable member (145 ...


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Robert Steven Reis, Vikram Verma, Domingo Antonio Mihovilovic, Peter Scott Bertrand, Richard Kenneth Stevens: Communication system for communicating with tags. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert C Klinger, James C Kesterson, Richard L Donaldson, November 11, 1997: US05686902 (407 worldwide citation)

A communication system for identifying, locating, tracking and communicating for other purposes with large numbers of tags in a time and energy efficient manner. The tags are associated with items located in a communication region that is interrogated by an interrogator on a one-to-many basis using ...


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Robert M Wallace, Douglas A Webb: Micro-mechanical device with non-evaporable getter. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert C Klinger, James C Kesterson, Richard L Donaldson, March 11, 1997: US05610438 (284 worldwide citation)

The present invention relates to micro-mechanical devices including actuators, motors and sensors with improved operating characteristics. A micro-mechanical device (10) comprising a DMD-type spatial light modulator with a getter (100) located within the package (52). The getter (100) is preferably ...


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James C Baker, Henry Trombley, Scott H Prengle: Method for creating a digital micromirror device using an aluminum hard mask. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert C Klinger, James C Kesterson, Richard L Donaldson, October 22, 1996: US05567334 (253 worldwide citation)

A method for fabricating a DMD spatial light modulator (10, 66) using an aluminum hard mask (40,50,80,90). The DMD superstructure (14,16) is comprised entirely of titanium tungsten (TiW), whereby the hinge (14) and beam (16) are patterned by a respective thin aluminum hard mask. A very rigid superst ...


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John H Tregilgas: Micromechanical device having an improved beam. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert C Klinger, James C Kesterson, Richard L Donaldson, September 3, 1996: US05552924 (244 worldwide citation)

An electrically addressable, integrated, monolithic, micromirror device (10) is formed by the utilization of sputtering techniques, including various metal and oxide layers, photoresists, liquid and plasma etching, plasma stripping and related techniques and materials. The device (10) includes a sel ...


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James M Florence, R Mark Boysel: Multiple phase light modulation using binary addressing. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert C Klinger, James C Kesterson, Richard L Donaldson, February 25, 1997: US05606441 (236 worldwide citation)

A method for multiple phase light modulation, said method comprising providing a pixel (20) having at least two modulating elements (22), (24). The method further comprising addressing said at least two modulating elements (22), (24) whereby light incident on said addressed element undergoes discret ...


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Rohit L Bhuva, James L Conner, Michael J Overlauer, William R Townson: Data loading circuit for digital micro-mirror device. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert C Klinger, James C Kesterson, Richard L Donaldson, October 14, 1997: US05677703 (235 worldwide citation)

A digital micro-mirror device (20) for imaging applications, having an array (21) of mirror elements for forming the image, and having data loading circuitry (22, 23) for loading data for addressing the mirror elements. The data loading circuitry (22, 23) has a row of shift registers (23), which rec ...


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Robert Steven Reis, Vikram Verma, Domingo Antonio Mihovilovic, Peter Scott Bertrand, Richard Kenneth Stevens: Communication system for communicating with tags. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert C Klinger, James C Kesterson, Richard L Donaldson, June 17, 1997: US05640151 (233 worldwide citation)

A communication system for identifying, locating, tracking and communicating for other purposes with large numbers of tags in a time and energy efficient manner. The tags are associated with items located in a communication region that is interrogated by an interrogator on a one-to-many basis using ...


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Richard Ovid Gale Jr, Brian C McCormack: Method of repairing defective pixels. Texas Instruments Incorporated, Robert C Klinger, James C Kesterson, Richard L Donaldson, August 19, 1997: US05659374 (215 worldwide citation)

Methods are disclosed by which the effects of a defective electromechanical pixel 20 having a beam 30 and a hinge 32,34 are mitigated. These methods may damage the hinge 32,34 or the beam 30 and comprise the step of applying a voltage sufficient to damage the hinge 32,34 or beam 30 of said electrome ...