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1. AU2013226355 - Electronic device with shared near field communications and sensor structures

Office Australia
Application Number 2013226355
Application Date 25.02.2013
Publication Number 2013226355
Publication Date 28.08.2014
Publication Kind B2
IPC
G06K 9/00
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING OR COUNTING
KRECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS
9Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
H04B 5/00
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
BTRANSMISSION
5Near-field transmission systems, e.g. inductive loop type
CPC
G06F 3/0416
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
3Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
03Arrangements for converting the position or the displacement of a member into a coded form
041Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
0416Control or interface arrangements specially adapted for digitisers
G06K 9/00013
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
KRECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS
9Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
00006Acquiring or recognising fingerprints or palmprints
00013Image acquisition
G06F 3/0446
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
FELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING
3Input arrangements for transferring data to be processed into a form capable of being handled by the computer; Output arrangements for transferring data from processing unit to output unit, e.g. interface arrangements
01Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
03Arrangements for converting the position or the displacement of a member into a coded form
041Digitisers, e.g. for touch screens or touch pads, characterised by the transducing means
044by capacitive means
0446using a grid-like structure of electrodes in at least two directions, e.g. using row and column electrodes
H04B 5/0012
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
BTRANSMISSION
5Near-field transmission systems, e.g. inductive loop type
0012using capacitive coupling
H04B 5/0075
HELECTRICITY
04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
BTRANSMISSION
5Near-field transmission systems, e.g. inductive loop type
0075using inductive coupling
G06K 9/0002
GPHYSICS
06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
KRECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS
9Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
00006Acquiring or recognising fingerprints or palmprints
00013Image acquisition
0002by non-optical methods, e.g. by ultrasonic or capacitive sensing
Applicants Apple Inc.
Inventors



Agents FPA Patent Attorneys Pty Ltd
Priority Data 13409615 01.03.2012 US
Title
(EN) Electronic device with shared near field communications and sensor structures
Abstract
(EN)
An electronic device may have electrical components such as sensors. A sensor may have sensor circuitry that gathers sensor data using a conductive structure. The sensor may be a touch sensor that uses the conductive structure to form a capacitive touch sensor electrode or may be a fingerprint sensor that uses the conductive structure with a fingerprint electrode array to handle fingerprint sensor signals. Near field communications circuitry may be included in an electronic device. When operated in a sensor mode, the sensor circuitry may use the conductive structure to gather a fingerprint or other sensor data. When operated in near field communications mode, the near field communications circuitry can use the conductive structure to transmit and receive capacitively coupled or inductively coupled near field communications signals. A fingerprint sensor may have optical structures that communicate with external equipment.