Blemel Technologies's Patent

Blemel Technologies’ Patent:

U.S. Patent No. 6,938,177 “Multi-Chip Module Smart Controller,” has a filing date of December 19, 2001 and was published August 30, 2005. The patent covers an instrument controller having various interface and operational capabilities. The controller incorporates a microprocessor and both volatile and non-volatile memories. The controller includes variable analog-to-digital conversion bit depths, with higher bit depths for some applications. Additionally, the controller includes a separately controllable field programmable gate array that acts as a parallel processor with internal or separate external clock. The FPGA preferably includes more than thirty thousand gates (30,000) and adds a freely re-configurable and separately programmable multi-purpose digital system that can run independent of the microprocessor. View a .pdf of the Patent.

The Inventor

Ken BlemelBlemel Technologies was established by the inventor of the ‘177 patent, Kenneth Blemel, holds a BS in Applied Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MS, also in Applied Engineering, from the University of Rochester. Mr. Blemel is widely known for his work in developing miniaturized instrumentation modules for automated monitoring and control of complex systems.

In 1976, Mr. Blemel and his wife, Marlene, founded Management Sciences, Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to develop and commercialize products to enhance reliability, maintainability, and safety of aircraft and other complex equipment. In 1997, Management Sciences and Federal Cities Corporation founded Sentient Sensors, LLC for the purpose of working collaboratively with the U.S. Air Force to improve embedded instrumentation modules developed by a scientist at the Air Force Space Systems Division (AFSD) with the objective to control laser beam reflectors. Mr. Blemel enhanced and improved the design with use of field programmable gate arrays (FPGA).

Ken Blemel envisioned the growth of FPGA as a new generation of instrumentation controllers for hundreds of commercial applications. In 2005, he was awarded U.S. Patent No. 6,938,177, and he subsequently partnered with General Patent Corporation to form Blemel Technologies LLC to expand the uses and applications of his patented technology, and to ultimately commercialize the intellectual property via licensing.