Patent Number: 6,166,362

Title: Automatic cooking control method for a microwave oven

Abstract: An automatic cooking control method for a microwave oven using data pattern of food, including the steps of: (a) collecting data outputted from a data detecting section for a predetermined time; (b) comparing the collected data with at least one prestored data pattern; and (c) selecting the data pattern among the prestored data pattern that is most similar with the collected data, and performing a cooking operation corresponding to the selected data pattern. When the data collected for the predetermined time corresponds to a no-load pattern, the microwave oven stops the cooking operation. Without separate external data input about weight or physical status of the food in the cooking chamber, the microwave oven automatically selects the most proper cooking process for the food in the cooking chamber by comparing the data about the food in the cooking chamber with the data patterns of the various foods prestored in the microwave oven. Accordingly, the microwave oven becomes easy to operate, and the cooking quality of the microwave oven is improved. Further, by regularly repeating the data collecting, data pattern comparing, and data pattern selecting processes, the microcomputer can perform the proper cooking operation while adjusting the cooking operation in accordance with the respectively selected cooking operations. Thanks to the regular repetition of the above processes, the microwave oven can perform the most proper cooking operation in accordance with the present status of the food in the cooking chamber.

Inventors: Shon; Jong-chull (Suwon, KR), Lee; Won-woo (Ansan, KR), Park; Tae-soo (Suwon, KR), Jeong; Joon-young (Seoul, KR), Jang; Bo-in (Suwon, KR), Lim; Dong-bin (Suwon, KR)

Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.

International Classification: F24C 7/02 (20060101); F24C 7/08 (20060101); H05B 6/68 (20060101); H05B 006/68 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017