Bahman Qawami
Robert C Chang, Bahman Qawami, Farshid Sabet Sharghi: Maintaining erase counts in non-volatile storage systems. SanDisk Corporation, Ritter Lang & Kaplan, December 14, 2004: US06831865 (81 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatus for storing erase counts in a non-volatile memory of a non-volatile memory system are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a data structure in a non-volatile memory includes a first indicator that provides an indication of a number of times a first block ...

David Sherrer
Dan A Steinberg, David W Sherrer, Mindaugas F Dautartas: Fiber array switch having micromachined front face with roller balls. Shipley Company L L C, Niels Haun, Jonathan D Baskin, December 14, 2004: US06832016 (1 worldwide citation)

An optical fiber switch having two coupled fiber arrays which move in a transverse direction to provide switching action. Each array has a front face and the front faces are nearly in contact. Optical fiber ends are located at the front faces. The front faces of the fiber arrays have transverse groo ...

Eugene Fitzgerald
Matthew Currie, Anthony Lochtefeld, Richard Hammond, Eugene Fitzgerald: Semiconductor structures employing strained material layers with defined impurity gradients and methods for fabricating same. AmberWave Systems Corporation, Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault, December 14, 2004: US06831292 (260 worldwide citation)

Semiconductor structures and devices including strained material layers having impurity-free zones, and methods for fabricating same. Certain regions of the strained material layers are kept free of impurities that can interdiffuse from adjacent portions of the semiconductor. When impurities are pre ...

Eugene Fitzgerald
Eugene A Fitzgerald: Relaxed silicon germanium platform for high speed CMOS electronics and high speed analog circuits. AmberWave Systems Corproation, Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault, December 14, 2004: US06830976 (30 worldwide citation)

Structures and methods for fabricating high speed digital, analog, and combined digital/analog systems using planarized relaxed SiGe as the materials platform. The relaxed SiGe allows for a plethora of strained Si layers that possess enhanced electronic properties. By allowing the MOSFET channel to ...


Richard A Hillstead, Bryan D Knodel: Medical instrument. Cerebral Vascular Applications, Cook Alex McFarron Manzo Cummings & Mehler, December 14, 2004: US06830174 (756 worldwide citation)

A hydraulically actuated medical instrument includes an elongated shaft having proximal and distal ends, a hydraulically actuated end effector at the distal end of the shaft and a fluid flow path extending through the shaft to the end effector. The end effector may be directly manually operated by w ...

Michael A Mills, James P Coffin IV: Mold tool for an optoelectronic element. Masimo Corporation, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, December 14, 2004: US06830711 (498 worldwide citation)

An optoelectronic component has a lens that is formed in the surface of an encapsulant surrounding a semiconductor diode element. With respect to emitters, the lens reduces internal reflection and reduces dispersion to increase overall efficiency. With respect to detectors, the lens focuses photons ...


Patrick J O&apos Neill: System and method for updating and distributing information. Bitfone Corporation, McAndrews Held & Malloy, December 14, 2004: US06832373 (376 worldwide citation)

The present invention discloses efficient devices, systems, and methods for updating digital information sequences that are comprised by software (

Jason Artof, Rodolfo C Quijano, Hosheng Tu: Percutaneously deliverable heart valve and methods of implantation. 3F Therapeutics, Jones Day, December 14, 2004: US06830585 (320 worldwide citation)

This invention discloses a percutaneously deliverable heart valve and methods of implantation thereof comprising a valve implantation system to be placed at a body channel of a patient comprising a flexible tissue valve with a plurality of valvular leaflets, each of the leaflets having an in-flow ed ...