InvenSense Patent Applications

Distributed Automatic Level Control for a Microphone Array

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170006378
A distributed automatic level control function is provided, in which information relating to a common automatic level control parameter is transmitted to each of a plurality of microphone devices, wherein the information transmitted to at least one microphone device is derived from an audio sample of at least one different microphone device. Each microphone device produces the common automatic level control parameter based on the information received by the microphone device and applies…

GYROSCOPE AND IMAGE SENSOR SYNCHRONIZATION

Granted: November 24, 2016
Application Number: 20160341579
In a method of gyroscope operation, at an input of a gyroscope, a synchronization signal provided by an image sensor is received. The synchronization signal is associated with the capture of a portion of an image frame by the image sensor. Responsive to receipt of the synchronization signal by the gyroscope, the gyroscope generates gyroscope data that is substantially synchronized in time with the synchronization signal. The gyroscope outputs the gyroscope data for use in stabilization…

ESTIMATING HEADING MISALIGNMENT BETWEEN A DEVICE AND A PERSON USING OPTICAL SENSOR

Granted: August 4, 2016
Application Number: 20160224855
This disclosure is about a method and apparatus for estimating heading misalignment between a device and a person, where the device/apparatus comprises an optical sensor, the optical sensor capable of capturing an image of the person. At least one physical feature of the person is extracted from the image. A misalignment angle is estimated using the at least one physical feature of the person extracted from the image.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SENSOR CALIBRATION

Granted: June 23, 2016
Application Number: 20160178657
Systems and methods are disclosed for calibrating a sensor. A recursive least squares estimation may be performed to update a mean and a covariance matrix for samples of data from a motion sensor and a bias estimate for the motion sensor may be derived from the mean and covariance matrix. The motion sensor may be an gyroscope, an accelerometer or a magnetometer.

PACKAGING CONCEPT TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE OF A MICRO-ELECTRO MECHANICAL (MEMS) MICROPHONE

Granted: January 14, 2016
Application Number: 20160014530
A size of a port hole in a package for a micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) microphone can be modified to improve performance of the MEMS microphone while protecting the MEMS microphone from environmental interference. As an example, the port hole diameter is increased along a thickness of a substrate coupled to the MEMS microphone to reduce air mass loading and air flow resistance and thus, increase the resonant frequency, resonant peak, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and/or a range for flat…

ANTI-SCRATCHING PROTECTION FOR ACOUSTIC SENSORS

Granted: December 17, 2015
Application Number: 20150362589
An acoustic sensing element of an acoustic sensor and/or transducer can be covered with a composite material comprising a cover material and an anti-scratch material. In one aspect, an acoustic impedance of the cover material is lower than an acoustic impedance of the anti-scratch material. During acoustical sensing, the acoustic sensing element transmits an ultrasonic signal through the cover material and the anti-scratch material, which interferes with an object on (or near) the…

SMART SENSOR FOR ALWAYS-ON OPERATION

Granted: December 3, 2015
Application Number: 20150350770
Smart sensors comprising one or more microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors and a digital signal processor (DSP) in a sensor package are described. An exemplary smart sensor can comprise a MEMS acoustic sensor or microphone and a DSP housed in a package or enclosure comprising a substrate and a lid and a package substrate that defines a back cavity for the MEMS acoustic sensor or microphone. Provided implementations can also comprise a MEMS motion sensor housed in the package or…

TOP PORT MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS MICROPHONE

Granted: December 3, 2015
Application Number: 20150350793
A top port microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) microphone is presented herein. A device can include a substrate and a MEMS acoustic sensor mechanically attached to the substrate utilizing anchors. Spaces between the anchors can connect a first back volume corresponding to a bottom portion of the MEMS acoustic sensor with a second back volume to form a combined back volume. An acoustic seal can be placed on the MEMS acoustic sensor, and an enclosure placed on the acoustic seal and…

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING POSITION USING A GEOFEATURE

Granted: November 26, 2015
Application Number: 20150341756
Systems and methods are disclosed for refining a coarse location determination by detecting patterns of motion sensor data that may be associated with predetermined locations. One or more geofeatures may be identified that cause a mobile device associated with a user to detect a distinguishable pattern of sensor data when the user interacts with the object. Accordingly, a coarse location may be refined using information associated with the geofeature, such as the location of the…

INTEGRATED PACKAGE CONTAINING MEMS ACOUSTIC SENSOR AND ENVIRONMENTAL SENSOR AND METHODOLOGY FOR FABRICATING SAME

Granted: November 12, 2015
Application Number: 20150321906
An integrated package of at least one environmental sensor and at least one MEMS acoustic sensor is disclosed. The package contains a shared port that exposes both sensors to the environment, wherein the environmental sensor measures characteristics of the environment and the acoustic sensor measures sound waves. The port exposes the environmental sensor to an air flow and the acoustic sensor to sound waves. An example of the acoustic sensor is a microphone and an example of the…

MEMS DEVICE WITH A STRESS-ISOLATION STRUCTURE

Granted: October 8, 2015
Application Number: 20150284239
A method and system for a MEMS device is disclosed. The MEMS device includes a free layer, with a first portion and a second portion. The MEMS device also includes a underlying substrate, the free layer movably positioned relative to the underlying substrate. The first portion and second portion of the free layer are coupled through at least one stem. A sense material is disposed over portions of the second portion of the free layer. Stress in the sense material and second portion of the…

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SENSOR CALIBRATION

Granted: October 8, 2015
Application Number: 20150285835
Systems and methods are disclosed for calibrating a sensor. A recursive least squares estimation may be performed to update a mean and a covariance matrix for samples of data from a motion sensor and a bias estimate for the motion sensor may be derived from the mean and covariance matrix. The motion sensor may be an gyroscope, an accelerometer or a magnetometer.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GUIDING A USER DURING CALIBRATION OF A SENSOR

Granted: October 8, 2015
Application Number: 20150286279
This disclosure provides techniques for guiding a user through a calibration operation of a mobile device having a motion sensor. The user may receive one or more visual cues to aid the user in positioning the device in one or more desired orientations or patterns of motion. The visual cues may be with respect to a virtual three dimensional environment that is responsive to a determined orientation of the device.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SENSOR BASED AUTHENTICATION IN WEARABLE DEVICES

Granted: October 8, 2015
Application Number: 20150288687
Systems and methods are disclosed for providing sensor based authentication of a user's identification and may be used to control access. In this manner, a user's identity may be used to control access to any suitable location, space or resource, either locally or remotely. A combination of functions involved in authenticating a user's identification may be performed by one or more discrete devices and include obtaining sensor data from at least one sensor that is physically associated…

MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS (MEMS) MICROPHONE HAVING TWO BACK CAVITIES SEPARATED BY A TUNING PORT

Granted: October 8, 2015
Application Number: 20150289045
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) microphones associated with a tunable back cavity are described. Provided implementations can comprise a MEMS acoustic sensor element associated with a first back cavity, which first back cavity can be separated and/or acoustically coupled by a tuning port to a second back cavity. In addition, various physical and acoustic filtering configurations of MEMS microphones and tunable back cavities are described.

ELECTRICAL TESTING AND FEEDTHROUGH CANCELLATION FOR AN ACOUSTIC SENSOR

Granted: October 8, 2015
Application Number: 20150289073
A method and circuit for testing an acoustic sensor are disclosed. In a first aspect, the method comprises using electro-mechanical features of the acoustic sensor to measure characteristic of the acoustic sensor. In a second aspect, the method comprises utilizing an actuation signal to evaluate mechanical characteristics of the acoustic sensor. In a third aspect, the method comprises using a feedthrough cancellation system to measure a capacitance of the acoustic sensor. In the fourth…

DIFFERENTIAL SENSING ACOUSTIC SENSOR

Granted: September 24, 2015
Application Number: 20150266723
A MEMS device includes a first plate coupled to a second plate and a fixed third plate formed on a first substrate. The first and second plates are displaced in the presence of an acoustic pressure differential across the surfaces of the first plate. The MEMS device also includes a first electrode formed on the third plate and a second electrode formed on the second substrate. The first, second plate, and third plates are contained in an enclosure formed by a first and second substrates.…

IMAGE STABILIZATION USING LIGHT SENSORS

Granted: September 17, 2015
Application Number: 20150264263
A method and system for image stabilization is disclosed. The image stabilization system includes a first pair of light sensors placed along an axis relative to a first axis, each light sensor is configured to provide a signal indicative of intensity of light received by the light sensor. The image stabilization system further includes a first directional light filter configured to selectively permit passage of incident light to the first pair of light sensors based on an angle of the…

MEMS DEVICE WITH SPLIT PAD PACKAGE

Granted: August 6, 2015
Application Number: 20150217991
A device and a microphone are disclosed. The device comprises a circuit board and a plurality of pads on the circuit board, wherein at least one of the plurality of pads is split into at least two portions that are electrically isolated from each other. The microphone comprises a circuit board, a seal structure on the circuit board, and a plurality of pads on the circuit board, wherein at least one of the plurality of pads is split into at least two portions that are electrically…

ACOUSTIC SENSOR RESONANT PEAK REDUCTION

Granted: July 30, 2015
Application Number: 20150214912
A MEMS acoustic sensor includes a transducer with a frequency response with a gain peak, and a peak reduction circuit with a frequency response and coupled to the transducer. The frequency response of the peak reduction circuit causes attenuation of the gain peak.