Apple Granted 32 Patents Today Covering Liquid Metal, AMOLED Displays for MacBooks and iPhone and more
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover patents relating to AMOLED displays for MacBooks and the iPhone and more. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Granted Patent: Device and Method for Top Emitting AMOLED
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to displays and, more particularly, a top emission active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) having a top electrode with reduced resistance, such that brightness and uniformity of the display is improved.
Electronic displays, such as AMOLED displays are commonly used in electronic devices such as televisions, computers, phones, tablets, and the like. A common form an AMOLED display is a top-emission AMOLED display, in which light emitted from organic electroluminescent material is transmitted directly through the top of the display via a transparent top electrode.
Top emission AMOLED displays have certain advantages, such as having high pixel aperture ratios and high brightness levels. However, in certain large sized top emission AMOLED displays, the internal resistance level of the top electrode may be higher than desired. This may negatively impact display quality such as brightness and display uniformity.
Apple's granted patent relates to devices and methods for reducing the resistance level of top electrodes in top emission AMOLED displays. By way of example, one embodiment includes disposing a metal frame between the top electrode and an insulating layer. The metal frame may be conductively coupled to the top electrode. The increased conductive area may help decrease the internal resistance of the top electrode. The present disclosure also relates to methods for making such a display in a reduced number of process steps, including certain techniques for combining certain steps into one process step.
The example AMOLED displays for this invention related to both the MacBook and iPhone. In February 2013 Apple hired a high powered leader in AMOLEDs from LG.
Apple credits senior panel engineer Cheng Yu Chen and Director of Computer Hardware Shih Chang as the inventors of granted patent 9,059,427 which was originally filed in Q3 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Granted Patent: Electronic Device with Compact Camera Module
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to electronic devices, and more particularly, electronic devices having camera modules with image sensors. The compact camera modules further related to Apple's iPhone and iPad mobile computers.
According to Apple's granted patent, the camera module substrate may be a ceramic substrate such as a high temperature co-fired ceramic substrate. The image sensor may be mounted to the rear surface of the camera module substrate (e.g., the image sensor may be a flip-chip integrated circuit or a packaged integrated circuit that is attached to the rear surface of the camera module substrate). As an example, the image sensor may be mounted within a recess of the camera module substrate. The camera module substrate may include an opening through which light received from the transparent window is passed to the image sensor. The camera module may include optical focusing structures mounted on the camera module substrate between the opening in the camera module substrate and the transparent window. The optical focusing structures may include one or more lenses that focus received light onto the image sensor.
Apple's patent FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional side view of an illustrative electronic device containing a camera module having a digital image sensor; FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional side view of an illustrative camera module having an image sensor and a flex circuit mounted to a substrate.
Apple credits Ashutosh Shukla, Kenta Williams and Steven Webster as the inventors of granted patent 9,060,111 which was originally filed in Q3 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 22 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent.
A second camera related patent was granted to Apple today under number 9,060,418 titled "Systems and methods for improved window mounting on an electronic device." You could check out that patent here.
Liquid Metal Related Patents
While the technology relates to creating parts of Apple's products, the patents rarely ever reveal the exact parts and simply provide an umbrella of possible products it's associated with, such as: "Sports equipment; medical devices; electronic components and equipment and thin films. Liquid metal may also relate to an iPhone, an electronic email sending/receiving device. It can be a part of a display, such as a digital display, a TV monitor, an electronic-book reader, a portable web-browser (e.g., iPad), and a computer monitor. It can also be an entertainment device, including a portable DVD player, conventional DVD player, Blue-Ray disk player, video game console, music player, such as a portable music player (e.g., iPod), etc. It can also be a part of a device that provides control, such as controlling the streaming of images, videos, sounds (e.g., Apple TV), or it can be a remote control for an electronic device. It can be a part of a computer or its accessories, such as the hard drive tower housing or casing, laptop housing, laptop keyboard, laptop track pad, desktop keyboard, mouse, and speaker. The article can also be applied to a device such as a watch or a clock."
The Remaining Patents granted to Apple Today
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