(12) United States Patent (i0) Patent No.: Us 7,089,099 B2
Shostak et al. (45) Date of Patent: Aug. 8,2006
(54) SENSOR ASSEMBLIES
(75) Inventors: Oleksandr T. Shostak, Kyiv (UA);
Anatoliy V. Kolomeyko, Kyiv (UA);
David S. Breed, Boonton Township,
Morris County, NJ (US); Wilbur E.
DuVall, Kimberling City, MO (US);
Wendell C. Johnson, Kaneohe, HI
(73) Assignee: Automotive Technologies
International, Inc., Denville, NJ (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 11/208,869
(22) Filed: Aug. 22, 2005
(65) Prior Publication Data
US 2006/0025897 Al Feb. 2, 2006
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation-in-part of application No. 11/120,065, filed on May 2, 2005.
(60) Provisional application No. 60/592,838, filed on Jul. 30, 2004.
(51) Int. CI.
G06F 7/00 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 701/32; 701/33; 701/36
(58) Field of Classification Search 701/32,
701/33, 36; 340/10.1, 825.69, 10.52 See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
Sensor assembly capable of obtaining and providing a measurement of a physical quantity, e.g., measurement of temperature and/or pressure of a vehicular tire, includes an antenna capable of receiving a radio frequency signal, a radio frequency identification (RFID) device coupled to the antenna, a sensor coupled to the RFID device arranged to generate a measurement of the physical quantity or quantities, and a switch coupled to the RFID device and arranged to connect or disconnect the sensor from a circuit with the antenna dependent on whether the antenna receives a particular signal associated with the RFID device. When the antenna receives the particular signal associated with the RFID device, the RFID device causes the switch to close and connect the sensor in the circuit with the antenna to enable the measurement generated by the sensor to be directed to and transmitted by the antenna.
20 Claims, 44 Drawing Sheets