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US09497894B1 Low impedance radiofrequency shielded window
A low impedance radiofrequency shielded window and radiofrequency shielded enclosure that includes the low impedance radiofrequency shielded window is disclosed. Radiofrequency shielded window layers make up the overall window where the layers are configured in parallel such that each window layer has a direct path to ground. By configuring the ground path of the window layers in parallel, overall reactance and hence resistance is reduced, thus increasing shielding effectiveness of the window.
US09497893B2 Scalable panel cooling system
Method and system are provided for controlling a scalable panel cooling system having multiple cooling panels for cooling multiple heat-generating components housed in a support structure. The method includes: dividing a support structure into areas, each area capable of housing one or more heat-generating component; providing a cooling panel adjacent an area of the support structure, a cooling panel being operable to cool the one or more heat-generating components housed in the area; determining whether an area of the support structure is housing one or more operational heat-generating components; and activating a cooling panel adjacent an area housing one or more operational heat-generating components; and de-activating a cooling panel adjacent an area housing no operational heat-generating components.
US09497892B2 Chimney shaped data center
Technical infrastructure (1) for data centers, comprising a plurality of computer rooms (2), characterized in that the rooms (2) are arranged in the shape of a chimney, the cavity (5) of which is open upwards.
US09497891B2 Embedded chassis ducting system for parallelizing airflow through components oriented in series
An information handling system (IHS) has a server chassis assembly including a server chassis with a cold air inlet and a hot air exhaust and provisioned with compute components that are series aligned. A ducting structure positioned in the server chassis defines a cold air plenum in fluid communication with the cold air inlet and a hot air plenum in fluid communication with the hot air exhaust. A shroud of the ducting structure separates the cold air plenum and the hot air plenum. Air drops are provided longitudinally along the shroud corresponding respectively to the respective compute components being cooled. The air drops are each in fluid communication between the cold air plenum and the hot air plenum. Hot air from one compute component is routed directly to the hot air plenum away from other compute components.
US09497888B2 Thermal transfer structure(s) and attachment mechanism(s) facilitating cooling of electronics card(s)
Cooling apparatuses and coolant-cooled electronic assemblies are provided which include a thermal transfer structure configured to couple to one or more sides of an electronics card having one or more electronic components to be cooled. The thermal transfer structure includes a thermal spreader and at least one coolant-carrying channel associated with the thermal spreader to facilitate removal of heat from the thermal spreader to coolant flowing through the coolant-carrying channel(s). The cooling apparatus further includes a coolant manifold structure disposed adjacent to a socket of the electronic system within which the electronics card operatively docks, and a fluidic and mechanical attachment mechanism which facilitates selective, fluidic and mechanical coupling or decoupling the thermal transfer structure and coolant manifold structure, the attachment mechanism facilitating the flow of coolant between the coolant manifold structure and the coolant-carrying channel(s) of the thermal transfer structure.
US09497885B2 Passive ventilation for outdoor electrical enclosures
The present invention relates generally to outdoor enclosures. More particularly, the invention encompasses passive ventilation for an outdoor electrical enclosure. The present invention is also directed to a novel passive ventilation apparatus that is secured to an outdoor electrical enclosure. The novel passive ventilation apparatus has at least one vent or opening or gap to allow for the ventilation of air, moisture, humidity, and other fluids from an outdoor electrical enclosure. The outdoor electrical enclosure also has at least one venting means to vent air, moisture, humidity, or other fluids from inside the outdoor electrical enclosure. The outdoor electrical enclosure also has at least one means to prevent any debris from falling inside the outdoor electrical enclosure.
US09497883B2 Noise suppression circuit board design for an inductive heater
A noise suppression circuit board design to provide a power supply to an inductive heating element is disclosed. The noise suppression circuit provides a configuration for a multi-layer circuit board that has radiation noise emissions below the CISPR 11 (limits and methods of measurements of radio disturbance characteristics of industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) radio-frequency equipment) thresholds in the 30 MHz to 1 GHz frequency range.
US09497881B2 Server cabinet structure
The disclosure provides a server including a chassis, a cabinet, and a plurality of superstructures. The chassis has an accommodating space. The cabinet is slidably connected to the chassis so as to slide in or slide out the accommodating space. The cabinet has an opening and a receiving hole communicated to each other, and the receiving hole is configured to accommodate at least one storage device. Each of the superstructures is rotatably connected to the cabinet so as to cover or open a part of the opening.
US09497880B2 Backplane for electrically coupling modular information handling resources to one or more other information handling resources
In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a backplane for electrically coupling modular information handling resources to one or more other information handling resources, may include a printed circuit board, a first plurality of slots, and a second plurality of slots. The printed circuit board may have a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The first plurality of slots may be mounted to the first surface and the second plurality of slots may be mounted to the second surface, such that each of the second plurality of slots are offset from an adjacent slot of the first plurality of slots in a direction parallel to a plane defined by the first surface and each of the second plurality of slots are rotated approximately 180 degrees from an adjacent slot of the first plurality of slots.
US09497879B2 Surrounding-buckle type mobile hard drive rack
A hard drive rack includes a frame. The frame includes a plurality of plates surrounding to form an accommodating space and at least one insertion opening. The plates include a bottom plate, a cover plate, and a supporting plate. The latch arm of the actuator assembly includes a first buckle part and is pivotally connected to the frame. The buckle arm includes a pivotal end and a hooking end, the buckle arm connects to the bottom plate through the pivotal end and is able to pivotally rotate. The hooking end is formed with a second buckle part which is selectively blocked by the first buckle part to encircle the insertion opening.
US09497877B2 Electronic device comprising a capacitor in a holder for a circuit board and method for production thereof
An electronic device includes a housing, a circuit board, a plurality of holders having mechanical connectors to the housing and to the circuit board and mechanically fixing the circuit board within the housing, and at least one capacitor having a first electrode, a second electrode and a dielectric arranged between the first and second electrodes. The first electrode is electrically connected to a contact on the circuit board, and the second electrode is electrically connected to the housing. The at least one capacitor is part of one of the plurality of holders; and the dielectric of the capacitor is part of a thermal insulation between the connectors to the circuit board and to the housing.
US09497875B2 Control device with a getter layer for use in a motor vehicle
A control device for a motor vehicle includes a housing having a housing cover and a housing base, a sealing device between the housing cover and the housing base, at least one circuit carrier having electrically conductive tracks, and at least one electronic component disposed on the circuit carrier. The control device further includes at least one conductor structure extending out of the interior of the housing, and at least one electrically conductive connecting line which connects the electronic component to the conductor structure. A getter layer is thermally sprayed on the inner face of the housing to protect the metal parts, which transmit current or data in the interior of the control device, against corrosive gases. The getter layer has a high specific surface area.
US09497874B2 Electronic device
An electronic device includes: an enclosure that has an opening formed therein; a switch disposed in the enclosure opposite the opening; a key top member disposed inside the opening; and a water sealing member that has a wall part which extends such that a height direction of the wall part coincides with an opening direction of the opening and which seals an inner surface of the opening, an arm part which extends from the wall part to the inner side of the opening and supports the key top member, and a wall part reinforcer provided in the wall part.
US09497873B2 Power module including first and second sealing resins
Sealing force between a metal case and a power semiconductor module is improved. In a power semiconductor module 3, peripheral side surfaces of power semiconductor devices 31U and 31L and conductor plates 33 to 36 are integrated by being covered with a first sealing resin 6. An oxide layer (rough surface layer) 46 is formed on an inner surface of a metal case 40. A fluid resin material is injected into a space S between the oxide layer 46 provided to the metal case 40 and a power semiconductor module 30, and then a second sealing resin 52 is formed. The second sealing resin 52 fills dents of the oxide layer 46, and therefore sealing force improves.
US09497868B2 Electronics enclosure
An electronics housing assembly is provided. The assembly includes an electronics housing defining an internal cavity. The electronics housing defines an outer side, and the electronics housing having portions defining a vent hole therein. The vent hole extends through the outer side. A sealing element is disposed adjacent to the electronics housing and contacting the outer side. The sealing element covers the vent hole. A method for sealing an electronics housing assembly is also provided.
US09497867B2 Thin display device
A thin display device includes a display unit and an outer casing accommodating a device component constituting a display unit together with the display unit. Upper corner regions and lower corner regions of the outer casing are held by upper corner shock-absorbing members and lower corner shock-absorbing members disposed separately at upper corners and lower corners of a packing box when the thin display device is accommodated in the packing box. The device component is accommodated in a peripheral portion in the outer casing. A center of gravity of the device component is positioned within a region of the outer casing where the upper corner shock-absorbing member holds the outer casing and a region of the outer casing where the lower shock-absorbing member holds the outer casing.
US09497866B2 Electronic control device
Provided is an electronic control device which has a circuit board fixing structure with a simple configuration and suppresses a phenomenon of falling off of the circuit board from a case body by mechanical external force. An elastically deformable engaging part and an engaged part for complementarily engaging with this engagement part are provided on a circuit board or a case body. When the circuit board is slid and housed in a guide rail part formed inside the case body, the engaging part is deformed. When the circuit board reaches a predetermined position, the engaging part is engaged with the engaged part formed at the circuit board or the case body. With this configuration, the case body and the circuit board can be reliably fixed with a simple configuration.
US09497865B2 Printed circuit board and fabrication method thereof
A method for forming a printed circuit board includes providing a substrate including a first device region, a second device region and a dicing channel region between the first device region and the second device region. A first circuit is formed on the substrate. An insulating layer is formed on the first circuit and the substrate. At least one build-up circuit is formed on the insulating layer. A photoresist layer is formed on the at least one build-up circuit. An image transferring process is performed to pattern the photoresist layer to form a dam structure in the dicing channel region. A solder mask layer is formed on the at least one build-up circuit. The dam structure is removed to form a trench in the solder mask layer.
US09497858B2 Composite component with electrical lines
A composite component composed of a plastics-fiber composite material, having at least two plies of fiber-reinforced material, and at least one electrical line arranged between the at least two plies of fiber-reinforced material.
US09497857B2 Insulating sheet, circuit board, and process for production of insulating sheet
An object of the present invention is to provide an insulating sheet superior in heat dissipation efficiency, heat resistance, insulation efficiency and moldability. Provided is a sheet-shaped insulating sheet of a resin composition containing an epoxy resin, a curing agent and an inorganic filler, wherein one or both of the epoxy resin and the curing agent have a naphthalene structure, the inorganic filler contains hexagonal boron nitride, and the inorganic filler is contained in an amount of 70 to 85 vol % in the entire resin composition. It is possible to increase the filling efficiency of an inorganic filler in the insulating sheet by using an epoxy resin and/or a curing agent having a naphthalene structure, which are favorably compatible with the hexagonal boron nitride contained in the inorganic filler.
US09497850B2 Controlled power dissipation in a lighting system
In at least one embodiment, a lighting system includes one, some, or all of a switch path, link path, and flyback path power dissipation circuits to actively and selectively control power dissipation of excess energy in a switching power converter of the lighting system. The flyback path power dissipation circuit dissipates power through a flyback path of the switching power converter. In at least one embodiment, the lighting system controls power dissipation through the flyback path by controlling a transformer primary current in the flyback path and, for example, limiting the primary current with a current source and dissipating power in the flyback switch and the current source.
US09497847B2 Port member of superconducting accelerating cavity
Provided is a port member of a superconducting accelerating cavity, the entire size of which is reduced and which has enhanced working efficiency to achieve a lower manufacturing cost. In a pickup port (23) of a superconducting accelerating cavity, one end is joined by welding to a port portion (27) formed on a higher order mode coupler (13) which is provided at an end of a cavity body, while the other end is joined by flange coupling to a pickup antenna (22). A port body (33) and a flange portion (35) are integrally formed of a niobium material having low purity or a niobium alloy containing a component other than niobium at a percentage lower than a prescribed percentage. The flange coupling is achieved with use of a quick coupling (41).
US09497846B2 Plasma generator using spiral conductors
A plasma generator includes a pair of identical spiraled electrical conductors separated by dielectric material. Both spiraled conductors have inductance and capacitance wherein, in the presence of a time-varying electromagnetic field, the spiraled conductors resonate to generate a harmonic electromagnetic field response. The spiraled conductors lie in parallel planes and partially overlap one another in a direction perpendicular to the parallel planes. The geometric centers of the spiraled conductors define endpoints of a line that is non-perpendicular with respect to the parallel planes. A voltage source coupled across the spiraled conductors applies a voltage sufficient to generate a plasma in at least a portion of the dielectric material.
US09497844B2 Plasma flow interaction simulator
A plasma interaction simulator is presented. The simulator magnetically induces multiple distinct flows of plasma within a physical plasma vessel. The plasma flows collide with each other at flow interaction boundaries where discontinuities arising due to differences between the flows give rise to interactions. Sensors can be incorporated into the plasma simulator to observe and collect data about the plasma flow interactions.
US09497843B1 Colliding jets laser guiding structure
A plurality of gas jet nozzles having equal angular separation around a central axis eject gas flows towards the central axis. The gas flows collide and form a gas channel from the neutral gas, the gas channel having a gas density depression at the center of the intersecting gas flow, where the gas density depression is surrounded by a higher density gaseous wall along the central axis. Ionization of the gas in the center produces a plasma channel that can guide a laser pulse fired into the gas along the central axis. The geometric arrangement of the gas jets and/or the backing pressure of the gas flows are configured to produce a gas channel having a predetermined density profile such that the ionized gas forms a plasma channel laser guiding structure configured to guide a laser pulse having predetermined spatial parameters.
US09497842B2 System and method for generating extreme ultraviolet light
A system includes a chamber, a laser beam apparatus configured to generate a laser beam to be introduced into the chamber, a laser controller for the laser beam apparatus to control at least a beam intensity and an output timing of the laser beam, and a target supply unit configured to supply a target material into the chamber, the target material being irradiated with the laser beam for generating extreme ultraviolet light.
US09497840B2 System and method for creating and utilizing dual laser curtains from a single laser in an LPP EUV light source
A method and apparatus for creating and utilizing dual laser curtains from a single laser source in a laser produced plasma (LPP) extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light system is disclosed. A polarizing beam splitter creates two beams of orthogonal polarization from a single laser, and the beams are used to generate two laser curtains. Sensors detect flashes from droplets of target material as they pass through the curtains. One sensor may detect the position of the droplets relative to a desired trajectory to the irradiation site so that the orientation of a droplet generator may be adjusted to direct subsequent droplets to the irradiation site, as in the prior art. A second sensor may detect each droplet as it passes through a curtain to determine when a source laser should generate a pulse so that the pulse will arrive at the irradiation site at the same time as the droplet, so that a signal may be sent to the source laser to fire at the correct time.
US09497839B2 Boosting/blanking the filament current of an X-ray tube
For boosting/blanking the filament current of a cathode of an X-ray tube the temporal variation of the tube current of the X-ray tube is measured and stored in a first memory. Then an iterative boosting/blanking is performed wherein the boosting/blanking current is applied to the filament for a short time interval (Δt), based on the stored temporal variation of the tube current the tube current after the short time interval (ΔT) is determined, and the tube current is stored in a second memory. Based on the stored temporal variation of the tube current it is determined if the tube current (IE) is less than a target value (IE2) thereof, and if so, the boosting/blanking current is applied to the filament for an additional time interval (Δt), else it is determined that the tube current (IE) is equal to the target value (IE2). Therefore, the tube current (IE) after each time interval (Δt) is known (may be determined from the tube current data stored in the second memory)such that the iterative boosting/blanking may be interrupted anytime.
US09497835B2 Method for the relative activation of a luminaire, control unit and lighting system
For the relative activation of a luminaire, actuation of an actuating element, particularly of a pushbutton, is detected. During actuation of the actuating element, the following steps are performed cyclically: ascertainment of a target control point (P_1, P_2) that corresponds to one of a plurality of sampling points (61, 62) encountered sequentially during the actuation; generation of a control command (71, 72) on the basis of the target control point (P_1, P_2); and issuing of the control command (71, 72) in order to reach a sampling point (61, 62) corresponding to the target control point (P_1, P_2) at a predefined change-over time (68). During continued actuation of the actuating element, a predefined period of time (68) is allowed to pass after a control command (71) is issued before a further control command (72) is issued in order to reach another sampling point (62) that corresponds to a further target control point (P_2).
US09497834B2 Microcontroller-based multifunctional electronic switch and lighting apparatus having the same
A microcontroller-based multifunctional electronic switch uses a detection circuit design to convert external motion signals into message carrying sensing signals readable to the microcontroller. Based on the time length of sensing signals and the format of the sensing signals received in a preset instant period of time the microcontroller through the operation of its software program codes written in the OTPROM is able to recognize the working modes chosen by the external signal generating user and thereby selecting the appropriate loops of subroutine for execution. The system and method of the present invention may simultaneously be applicable to detection circuit design using infrared ray sensor, electrostatic induction sensor, conduction based touch sensor or push button sensor for performing multifunction such as controlling the on/off switch, the illumination power and the color temperature within the capacity of a single lighting device or an electrical appliance.
US09497833B2 Adaptive optical distribution system
Embodiments of the invention include a luminaire that includes a plurality of different light engines. Light engines having different light distributions can be included in a single luminaire and a subset of the light engines selectively driven to dynamically change the light distribution of the luminaire. In this way, a single luminaire is capable of illuminating an area with a variety of different light distributions.
US09497832B2 Systems and methods for managing environmental conditions
Disclosed are systems and methods for adjusting environmental conditions within a physical structure comprising a plurality of linked commissioned units. One or more occupancy sensors (140-1, 150-1) produce data indicating that a designated zone has transitioned from an unoccupied state to an occupied state. A first one or more luminaires (140-2, 150-2) associated with a first one of the plurality of linked commissioned units (120D), produces a background level of illumination within a predetermined reaction period following the production of the sensor data. The first one of the plurality of linked commissioned units transmits data indicative of the state change of the designated zone, and at least a second one of the plurality of linked commissioned units receives the data indicative of the state change, and causes at least a second one or more luminaires to alter illumination.
US09497830B1 Network-connected lighting structure with climate sensor, and related components, systems, and methods
A lighting structure having a climate sensor is disclosed. In one example, a lighting structure includes at least one light source and at least one climate sensor. Each climate sensor is configured to determine at least one ambient climate characteristic value that quantifies an ambient climate characteristic at a location distant from the lighting structure. For example, an ambient climate characteristic may be an ambient temperature of a distant object in the same room as the lighting structure. The lighting structure also includes a controller in communication with the at least one climate sensor. The controller is configured to receive the at least one ambient climate characteristic value from the at least one climate sensor. The controller is further configured to transmit information based on the at least one ambient climate characteristic value to a network.
US09497827B2 Light-emitting apparatus and method of manufacturing light-emitting apparatus
Provided is a light-emitting apparatus, wherein a plurality of light-emitting elements that emit the same type of color are arranged in a plurality of row directions and column directions, the plurality of light-emitting elements arranged in the row direction are connected in series in the row direction, and the rows having the plurality of light-emitting elements connected in series are connected in parallel. The plurality of light-emitting elements comprise first light-emitting elements, and second light-emitting elements having smaller outputs than the first light-emitting elements, and the first light-emitting elements and the second light-emitting elements are arranged alternately in each of the row directions.
US09497823B2 Light bulb and florescent tube replacement using FIPEL panels
A lighting device formed of a FIPEL panel driven by electrical connection. For example, a frequency generator can create a frequency that creates a light output having any frequency in the spectrum. The light emitting panel can be flexible, and can be coded along a curved surface, such as the inner surface of a light bulb.
US09497822B2 Semiconductor light source driving apparatus and projection type display apparatus
A semiconductor light source driving apparatus includes a light source unit which has a plurality of series-connected light source modules. Each light source module includes: a switching element which is controlled to turn on/off by a control signal; series-connected light source elements; and an overvoltage detection circuit in which a zener diode and a light emitting element are connected in series and a light detecting element is disposed to face the light emitting element, the switching element, the light source elements, and the overvoltage detection circuit being connected in parallel to each other. The semiconductor light source driving apparatus further includes: a DC (Direct Current) power supply which supplies a DC voltage to the light source unit; a switching element driving unit which drives the switching element of each of the light source modules to turn on/off the switching element; and a controller which controls the switching element driving unit so that the switching element is turned on according to detection of light by the light detecting element.
US09497820B2 Calibration method for LED lighting systems
A method of operating a lighting fixture comprising a plurality of discrete illumination sources of distinguishably different color coordinates comprises determining target color coordinates and luminous flux at which to operate the lighting fixture, determining input electrical power values for each of the plurality of discrete illumination sources that substantially produce the target color coordinates and luminous flux by referencing a calibration data lookup table having calibration data based on measurements of the plurality of discrete illumination sources, determining a color mixing zone defined by three distinguishably different color coordinates of the plurality of discrete illumination sources within which the target color coordinates lie according to the calibration data, determining luminous flux ratios for each of the plurality of discrete illumination sources having one of the three distinguishably different color coordinates defining the color mixing zone that substantially produces the target color coordinates, and determining input electrical power levels for each of the plurality of discrete illumination sources that generate the determined luminous flux ratios.
US09497819B2 Methods and apparatus for controlling lighting based on user manipulation of a mobile computing device
Disclosed are methods and apparatus for lighting control. One or more properties of light output are controlled based on user manipulation of a mobile computing device (110, 510) such as a mobile phone. Data from a mobile computing device may be utilized to implement lighting property adjustments for one or more LEDs (132) based on the data. The data may be user gesture data that is based on physical movement of the mobile computing device in space by the user.
US09497816B2 Method for minimizing LED flicker of an LED driver system
A method for minimizing LED flicker of an LED driver system, the LED driver system comprising a PFC constant average current converter, a capacitor, an LED module, and a current regulator, the method including: a first step: the current regulator generating a control voltage according to an average of a difference between a reference voltage and a voltage at a second end of the LED module; and a second step: the current regulator determining a regulation value for a current flowing through the LED module according to the control voltage.
US09497812B2 Circuits for driving light sources
A light source driving circuit for powering a first light source and a second light source by a DC voltage includes a first current regulator, a second current regulator and a controller. The first current regulator controls a first switch coupled to the first light source based on a first current reference and a first sensing signal. The second current regulator controls a second switch coupled to the second light source based on a second current reference and a second sensing signal. The controller regulates the current through the first light source and the current through the second light source by controlling the first current regulator and the second current regulator. If the DC voltage is within a first range, then the controller turns on the first light source. If the DC voltage is within a second range, then the controller turns on the first light source and the second light source.
US09497810B1 Dimmable switching mode LED driving circuit without phase angle measurement
A dimmable switching mode LED driving circuit without phase angle measurement, including: a dimmer circuit for providing a phase-cut AC voltage; a bridge rectifier providing an input voltage by rectifying the phase-cut AC voltage; an electromagnetic interference filtering and energy storing circuit providing a line voltage according to the input voltage; a switching power converter converting the line voltage to an output current for an LED load under a control of a driving voltage; and a control unit using at least one feedback signal to perform a pulse width modulation operation to determine an on time for the switching voltage; wherein the control unit includes an on-time controller and a timer, the on-time controller determining the on time according to the at least one feedback signal, and the timer setting a maximum limit on the on time.
US09497807B2 Dimmer circuit for electronic loads
In one embodiment, a dimmer circuit is coupled to an electronic load and receives an alternating current (AC) signal. A phase control circuit turns the dimmer circuit on for a first portion of the AC signal to turn on the electronic load. The dimmer circuit turns off during a second portion of the AC signal to turn off the electronic load. A switch is coupled to the phase control circuit. The switch is controlled to couple the phase control circuit to ground when the dimmer circuit is off where the switch is part of a power supply supplying power to the electronic load.
US09497805B2 Organic EL element driving device and organic EL lighting apparatus
An organic EL element driving device that drives an organic EL element with a constant current is provided. The organic EL element driving device includes a power supply connected in series with the organic EL element, and a current control unit connected in series with the organic EL element. The current control unit includes a current detection circuit having a resistor for detecting the value of the current passing through the organic EL element. The current control unit sets a prescribed value for the current to be passed through the organic EL element in accordance with the luminance control, and performs control such that the current passing through the organic EL element has the prescribed value in accordance with an output from the current detection circuit. A value of the resistor in the current detection circuit is varied in accordance with the luminance control.
US09497801B2 Seat heater
The seat heater of the present invention comprises: a warming heater provided in a seat section of a seat; a warming heater provided in a back section; an overheating-prevention unit; and a heating unit that heats the overheating-prevention unit, the overheating-prevention unit being configured by a non-return type temperature switch. This configuration allows activating the non-return type overheating-prevention unit prior to reaching an unsafe event, and turns the warming heaters OFF reliably, whereby a seat heater with an aim of implementing both high output and safety can be provided.
US09497800B2 Multi-service provider wireless access point
Novel tools and techniques that can provide wireless service for multiple service providers from a single, multi-service provider wireless access point. In an aspect, a multi-service provider wireless access point might communicate with a plurality of wireless devices, each associated with a different wireless carrier, and route communications from each device to the appropriate carrier (and/or, similarly, transmit communications from each carrier to the appropriate wireless device). In this way, for example, a single wireless access point could provide service to cellphones of subscribers of a number of different carriers. Such a wireless access point can provide enhanced efficiency and reduced cost, along with the ability to provide higher service for a number of wireless carriers.
US09497799B2 Method for controlling RF signal processing components and communications apparatus utilizing the same
A communications apparatus includes a first radio module including at least a first baseband signal processing device and a first radio transceiver, a second radio module including at least a second baseband signal processing device and a second radio transceiver, and an RF front-end circuit, coupled to the first radio module and the second radio module and including a plurality of RF signal processing components. A portion of the RF signal processing components capable of processing the RF signals of both the first and second radio modules are coupled to both the first and second radio modules for being shared by the first and second radio modules, and the first and second radio modules are capable of establishing a dedicated wireless connection, simultaneously, via the RF front-end circuit.
US09497798B2 Radio node, a user equipment and methods for managing a transmission
A radio network node, a user equipment and methods therein for managing a transmission from the user equipment to the radio network node are disclosed. In one embodiment, the radio network node adapts a transport format relating to the transmission based on information indicating at least one mode switching point of a radio transmitter. The radio transmitter is comprised in the user equipment. In another embodiment, the user equipment adapts the transmission based on the information indicating at least one mode switching point of the radio transmitter comprised in the user equipment.
US09497789B1 Methods, apparatus, and device for wirelessly connecting a plurality of devices for communication in a network
The present disclosure describes methods and apparatus for wirelessly connecting a plurality of devices for communication in a network. A wireless transceiver device can attempt to wirelessly connect to another wireless transceiver device using a first technique or a second technique. At various times while performing the first technique and the second technique, one or both of the wireless transceiver devices can listen for packets for the different techniques concurrently. In response to receiving a particular type of packet used by the second technique, the wireless transceiver device interrupts the first technique to perform the second technique to connect to another wireless transceiver device (from which the particular type of packet was received). The wireless transceiver device can then proceed with again attempting to wirelessly connect to another wireless transceiver device using the first technique.
US09497787B2 Method, apparatus, and computer program product for managing concurrent connections between wireless dockee devices in a wireless docking environment
Method, apparatus, and computer program product embodiments enable a wireless docking center device to manage one or more wireless and/or wired peripheral devices on behalf multiple wireless dockee devices. An example embodiment of the invention includes receiving, by a wireless docking center device, at least two request messages for peripheral functions from at least two wireless dockee devices, including a first request message for a peripheral function from a first wireless dockee device, and a second request message for a peripheral function from a second wireless dockee device; and allocating, by the wireless docking center device, the requested peripheral function to the first wireless dockee device, based on determining at least a characteristic of the first request message indicates that the first wireless dockee device is entitled to the peripheral function.
US09497784B2 Apparatus and method of establishing interface in a local network
Disclosed is an apparatus and a method of establishing an interface between entities in a local network. A stand-alone local H(e)NB network has a structure in which one or more H(e)NBs are separated from one or more L-GWs in order to support mobility of a user equipment. The one or more H(e)NBs or the one or more L-GWs provide an information management device with information necessary for establishing an interface and receive information necessary for establishing the interface with a target entity as a response to the provision of the information. The one or more H(e)NBs or the one or more L-GWs establish the interface with the target entity based on the received information.
US09497779B2 Enhanced polling method for preventing deadlock in a wireless communications system
A method of polling in a wireless communications system includes prohibiting polling within a first predetermined period and triggering a poll function while polling is prohibited. After the first predetermined period has expired the method determines that there are no protocol data units (PDUs) scheduled for transmission or re-transmission and that there is at least a transmitted PDU that is not acknowledged yet, and selects a PDU to schedule for re-transmission to fulfill the poll function.
US09497773B2 Method and apparatus for enhancing resource allocation for uplink MIMO communication
One or more scheduling grants may be received from a Node B related to a plurality of uplink MIMO streams. A determination may be made as to a primary transport power and a primary transport block size for a primary stream. A secondary transmit power and a secondary transport block size for a secondary stream may also be determined. An enhanced relative grant channel from the Node B, as well as another E-RGC from a non-serving Node B may be received for each of the plurality of uplink MIMO streams.
US09497772B2 Method and apparatus for indicating allocation of distributed communication resources
A user equipment (UE) receives downlink data using resource blocks in a wireless mobile communication system. The UE includes data processing circuitry coupled to a receiver that receives downlink control information including resource allocation information for the downlink data from a base station and to receive the downlink data mapped to physical resource blocks (PRBs) based on the downlink control information. The resource allocation information indicates virtual resource block (VRB) allocations for the user equipment. Each resource block corresponds to one time slot. A resource block pair includes a first resource block associated with a first time slot and a second resource block associated with a second time slot adjacent to the first time slot. The first and second resource blocks are allocated to the same frequency indices. A mapping relationship between VRB pairs and PRB pairs exists such that frequency consecutive VRB pairs are mapped to non-frequency consecutive PRB pairs and that each resource block pair is split so there is a frequency gap between the first and second parts of the resource block pair. The resource allocation information indicates the frequency gap size is one of a first value and a second different value.
US09497771B2 Deterministic RRC connections
This disclosure relates to techniques for scheduling radio resource control connections between a wireless device and a network element of a network in advance. According to some embodiments, a wireless device may provide an indication of one or more types of upcoming data traffic to the network element. The network element may schedule one or more radio resource control connections for the wireless device based at least in part on the indication of one or more types of upcoming data traffic. The network element may provide an indication of the scheduled radio resource control connection(s) to the wireless device. The wireless device and the network may establish the scheduled radio resource control connection at the scheduled time.
US09497768B2 System of dynamically adjusting generation frequency of messages in vehicular networks and method thereof
A method of dynamic adjusting a generation frequency of messages in vehicular networks is provided, including: receiving updating requests and emergent degree of the vehicle event, and then determining whether the generation frequency of messages meets the dynamic change of the vehicle, if not satisfied, selecting a different adjustment method according to the event emergent degree. When the event is emergent, its generation frequency can be raised immediately by an interruptive adjustment and to suppress the generation frequency of messages of the others. Conversely, adjusting its generation frequency by a progressive adjustment and reducing the generation frequency of messages of the other lower-priority vehicles. According to the present disclosure, it prevents lower priority messages from occupying the channel overly, and emergency messages with higher priority can be satisfied immediately when it needed.
US09497763B2 Component carrier (de)activation in communication systems using carrier aggregation
This invention relates to the proposal of component carrier (de)activation message that is allowing a activation or deactivation of one or more component carriers in the uplink or downlink. Furthermore, the invention relates to the use of the new component carrier (de)activation message in methods for (de)activation of downlink component carrier(s) configured for a mobile terminal, a base station and a mobile terminal. To enable efficient and robust (de)activation of component carriers, the invention proposes to use component carrier-specific or cell-RNTI(s) for the scrambling of the CRC of the component carrier (de)activation message, and to explicitly indicate the intended recipient of the component carrier (de)activation message in a corresponding field in the message. Furthermore, the invention further proposes different designs of the component carrier (de)activation message and further uses thereof, so as to trigger CQI reporting and/or SRS transmission by a mobile terminal.
US09497762B2 Multicarrier techniques for wireless systems
Multicarrier techniques for wireless communications system are described. An apparatus may comprise a carrier management module to define a primary carrier for use by a multicarrier communications system to communicate control information, and a secondary carrier for use by the multicarrier communications system to communicate media information, with the secondary carrier having a communication parameter and technology that is potentially different from the primary carrier. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
US09497760B2 Allocating baseband resource capacity to cells based on baseband processing deadline margins
Methods by a radio unit and related radio units are disclosed which control capacity of baseband processing resources allocated to a radio communication cell. The method includes determining a deadline margin for a prior transmission time interval (TTI) based on a difference between a time when baseband processing of data for transmission completed and a defined deadline time for completion of the baseband processing. The method further includes determining a desired capacity of baseband processing resources to allocate to the radio communication cell for a present TTI, and controlling capacity of baseband processing resources allocated to the radio communication cell for the present TTI based on the deadline margin and the desired capacity.
US09497752B2 Method for forming resource block for search region in distribution-type downlink control channel in wireless communication system, and apparatus therefor
The present invention relates to a method for a terminal to receive an enhanced physical downlink control channel (EPDCCH) from a based station in a wireless communication system. More particularly, the method includes the steps of: defining a first number of enhanced resource element groups (EREGs) for each resource block for the EPDCCH; monitoring EPDCCH candidates consisting of one or more enhanced control channel elements (ECCEs) in resource blocks so as to receive the EPDCCH, wherein each of the one or more ECCEs consists of a second number of EREGs included in different resource blocks, and the indexes of the resource blocks including the second number of EREGs are determined on the basis of a specific value obtained by dividing the number of resource blocks by the second number.
US09497751B2 Methods to enhance neighbor PDCCH decoding by exploiting correlation of RNTIS
Network identifiers used for control information are typically correlated in time. This correlation in time may be leveraged to reduce the control space searched, and thus the number of blind decodes performed by a UE during blind decoding of neighbor cell control information. An apparatus that exploits this correlation in time decodes a control channel transmitted by a neighbor cell to obtain a current network identifier used to perform an operation on the control channel transmission, compares the current network identifier with a set of network identifiers obtained from previously decoded control channels transmitted from the neighbor cell, and determines if the decoded control channel is valid based at least in part on the comparison. The set of network identifiers may be a list of network identifiers, or a range of network identifiers. The set of network identifiers may further include aggregation level information and frequency of occurrence information.
US09497745B2 Virtual macro cells
Systems and methods that provide a virtual macro cell in a heterogeneous cellular communications network are disclosed. In general, micro cells served by multiple micro base stations are aggregated to provide a virtual macro cell. Each micro base station provides service to one or more low mobility user equipments (LMUs) located within the micro cell of the micro base station using one or more first resources (e.g., a first carrier) that are allocated to LMUs. In addition, each micro base station cooperates with the other micro base station(s) in the virtual macro cell to provide service to one or more high mobility user equipments (HMUs) located within the virtual macro cell using one or more second resources (e.g., a second carrier) that are allocated to HMUs. By utilizing the virtual macro cell for HMUs, handover and paging overhead are reduced for the heterogeneous cellular communications network.
US09497743B2 Methods and systems for transmission of multiple modulated signals over wireless networks
A method and apparatus for requesting and allocating bandwidth in a broadband wireless communication system. The method and apparatus includes a combination of techniques that allow a plurality of CPEs to communicate their bandwidth request messages to respective base stations. One technique includes a “polling” method whereby a base station polls CPEs individually or in groups and allocates bandwidth specifically for the purpose of allowing the CPEs to respond with bandwidth requests. The polling of the CPEs by the base station may be in response to a CPE setting a “poll-me bit” or, alternatively, it may be periodic. Another technique comprises “piggybacking” bandwidth requests on bandwidth already allocated to a CPE. Currently active CPEs request bandwidth using unused portions of uplink bandwidth that is already allocated to the CPE. The CPE is responsible for distributing the allocated uplink bandwidth in a manner that accommodates the services provided by the CPE.
US09497741B2 Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving uplink control information in radio access system
A method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving uplink control information (UCI) in a radio access system supporting an enhanced physical downlink control channel (e-PDCCH) is disclosed. The method includes transmitting downlink control information (DCI) including offset information for determining resources for transmitting a physical uplink control channel (PUCCH) via the e-PDCCH, and receiving the UCI using uplink resources according to a resource index value for transmitting the PUCCH. The resource index value is calculated using an index value of a control channel element (CCE) comprising the e-PDCCH and the offset information.
US09497739B2 Method and apparatus for mitigating interference in a wireless communication system supporting heterogeneous networks
A method and apparatus for mitigating interference in a wireless communication system supporting heterogeneous networks are disclosed. When the wireless communication system includes a first network and a second network, the method includes generating information indicating whether each of uplink component carriers is used for transmission of control information in the first network, and transmitting the information to a UE. A component carrier used for transmission of control information in the first network is different from a component carrier used for transmission of control information in the second network.
US09497738B2 Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving signals for device-to-device communication in wireless communication system
The present invention relates to a method for transmitting and receiving signals in a wireless communication system, where a second terminal transmits and receives a signal to and from a first terminal for device-to-device communication. The method includes the steps of: receiving a first signal from a first terminal; measuring a channel using the first signal and transmitting channel state information to a third terminal; and receiving control information from the third terminal in response to the transmission of the channel state information, wherein the channel state information pertains to a communication link between the first and second terminals.
US09497735B2 Method of signal multiplexing and transmitter in radio communication system
A transmitter time-division-multiplexes, in time domain, to assign at least a part of a second signal stream of a second channel being relatively high error-resilient compared to a first signal stream of a first channel between a boundary of the blocks and the first signal stream of the first channel of a time-division-multiplexing signal.
US09497734B2 Method and apparatus for transmitting uplink reference signal in wireless communication system
Provided are a method and an apparatus for transmitting an uplink (UL) reference signal (RS) in a wireless communication system. A first user equipment (UE) served through a macro eNodeB (eNB) generates a first UL RS on the basis of a first indicator and transmits the generated first UL RS. A second UE served through a pico eNB having the same cell identifier (ID) as the macro eNB generates a second UL RS on the basis of a second indicator and transmits the generated second UL RS. The bandwidth to which the first UL RS is transmitted is overlapped with the bandwidth to which the second UL RS is transmitted.
US09497723B2 Method and apparatus for adjusting signal transmission starting point of terminal in wireless network
Disclosed is a method for adjusting a transmission time point of at least one second terminal in a wireless network by a first terminal. In the method for adjusting a transmission time point of a terminal, a transmission time point of the second terminal is set, a first frame including information regarding the transmission time point is transmitted to the second terminal, a first response frame transmitted according to the transmission time point from the second terminal is received, and the transmission time point is adjusted according to an arrival time of the first response frame.
US09497721B2 Uplink frequency control method and apparatus using the same
Provided are an uplink frequency control method and a terminal apparatus using the same. The uplink frequency control method includes measuring a frequency offset with respect to a downlink, deriving a frequency offset component with respect to an uplink through the measured frequency offset, and correcting an uplink frequency offset using the derived frequency offset component. Therefore, by controlling an uplink frequency through a simple operation in a terminal, baseband design of a base station can be simplified, and uplink SNR performance can be improved.
US09497717B2 Out-of-band acknowledgement of wireless communication
Power consumption in a receiving device is avoided by receiving packets from a transmitting device in a first band of frequencies (such as around 60 GHz) and providing acknowledgments in a second band of frequencies that is different than the first band of frequencies (such as around 5 GHz). These out-of-band acknowledgments may allow the receiving device to avoid transmissions in the first band of frequencies and the associated power consumption. Moreover, the transmissions by the transmitting device in the first band of frequencies and the second band of frequencies may be synchronized so that packets are transmitted in the first band of frequencies when transmission in the second band of frequencies is enabled. In these ways, this communication technique may improve the performance of the transmitting device and the receiving device.
US09497715B2 Method and apparatus for addressing in a resource-constrained network
An electronic device may receive a protocol data unit (PDU) comprising a plurality of addressing bits. Data-link-layer processing of the PDU may be based on each of the addressing bits. Network layer processing of the PDU may be based on a first subset of the plurality of addressing bits. Transport-layer processing of the PDU may be based on a second subset of plurality of addressing bits. The data-link-layer processing may comprise determining whether the PDU is unicast-addressed or non-unicast-addressed. For a unicast-addressed PDU, the data-link-layer processing may comprise determining whether the PDU is destined for the electronic device based on a comparison of a Target ID field of the PDU and a device ID of the electronic device. For a non-unicast-addressed PDU, the Target ID field may not be present, and whether the PDU is destined for the electronic device may be determined based on other criteria.
US09497712B2 Radio communication system, communication apparatus, radio communication network system and method therefor
A radio communication system provided with a communication device and a radio communication network system is characterized by comprising a transmission delay estimate information transmitting means for transmitting transmission delay estimate information to the radio communication network system when the transmission condition of the transmission delay estimate information is met.
US09497710B2 Multipoint interface shortest pulse width priority resolution
System, methods and apparatus are described that facilitate transmission of data, particularly between two devices within an electronic apparatus. Each device can contend for control of a communications link by driving a data signal to a first voltage level. If the data signal or a clock signal changes before an arbitration time period has elapsed, one or more devices yield control of the communications link to another contender. The arbitration time period for each contender is different and indicates a priority of the message to be transmitted. A shorter arbitration time period indicates higher priority. Arbitration may commence after clock and data signals of the communications link remain in an idle or other predefined state for a minimum idle time. The minimum idle time may be different for different nodes and may be shorter for high priority messages or nodes.
US09497708B2 Power setting
One example method of operation of a basestation in a mobile communications network is disclosed. The basestation may operate on a carrier channel and may be a member of a group of such basestations within the network. The method comprises establishing the presence of an adjacent basestation outside the group, which basestation operates on a carrier channel at least partially overlapping the carrier channel of the basestation and determining a degree of association between the basestation and the adjacent basestation with reference to other group members. The method further comprises setting at least one of a maximum downlink power for transmissions from the basestation and a maximum uplink power for transmissions from user equipment devices attached to the basestation, based on the degree of association between the basestation and the adjacent basestation. Also disclosed is a basestation operating in accordance with such a method.
US09497707B2 Data sending method, device and system
The present invention discloses a data sending method, device and system. After establishing a connection between a wireless terminal and a wireless network side, it is detected whether the wireless terminal has data to be sent to the wireless network side. The data to be sent includes signaling data or user data. If a result of the detecting is that the wireless terminal does not have data to be sent, a power amplifier of the wireless terminal is confirmed to be in a non-working state. If a result of the detecting is that the wireless terminal has data to be sent, a power amplifier of the wireless terminal is confirmed to be in a working state.
US09497704B2 Method for scheduling wake/sleep cycles by a central device in a wireless network
A method for scheduling wake/sleep cycles by a central device in a wireless network is provided. The wireless network comprises at least one mobile device. The method comprises: attributing a wake/sleep cycle length to each mobile device, wherein the wake/sleep cycle length is an integer multiple of a system schedule cycle; assigning a sleep period and a wake period within the wake/sleep cycle of each mobile device; and arranging the wake/sleep cycle of each mobile device to avoid collision of the wake period with those of other mobile devices. The present invention can keep the maximum sleep cycle period of each MS to guarantee the QoS requirement and to efficiently utilize the system bandwidth.
US09497701B2 Method, apparatus and computer program
A method including determining whether a transmitter of an apparatus has information to transmit; and causing a power amplifier of said apparatus to enter a first power state in response to said determining; wherein said determining is carried out within a radio portion of said apparatus.
US09497700B2 Dynamic channel selection algorithms for interference management in Wi-Fi networks
A method of dynamically adjusting Wi-Fi parameters of a plurality of access points (APs) is disclosed. Reports from the plurality of APs are received through an interface. A conflict graph is created by a processor. Creating the conflict graph includes creating a plurality of vertices of the conflict graph, each vertex corresponding to one of the plurality of APs. Creating the conflict graph further includes determining that there is a conflict between at least some of the pairs of APs based at least in part on the received reports. Creating the conflict graph includes connecting an edge between each of the at least some of the pairs of APs. The conflict graph is stored in a memory.
US09497699B2 Dedicated channel for fast initial link setup in a wireless network
An access point may advertise (e.g., broadcast) identifying information (e.g., a neighbor report and access point capability information) on a dedicated channel in a wireless network. The identifying information may include information about neighboring access points in the wireless network. The neighboring access points may operate on the dedicated channel, a different primary operating channel, or a combination thereof. A station entering the wireless network may scan the dedicated channel to detect the identifying information from the access point to aid relatively quick discovery of the neighboring access points without scanning multiple channels.
US09497696B2 Techniques for region-based scanning of different frequency bands for use in a wireless LAN
A communication method implemented in a mobile device is provided. The communication method includes limiting a frequency band on which the mobile device performs a scanning operation to a first frequency band used for a wireless connection of the mobile device; determining whether it is necessary to scan a second frequency band during a subsequent scanning operation of the mobile device; and in response to determining that it is necessary to scan the second frequency band, allowing the subsequent scanning operation to be performed on a plurality of frequency bands including the first and second frequency bands.
US09497695B2 Operation method for searching for cell in wireless communication system and device supporting same
Provided is an operation method for sensing a cell which is performed by a terminal in a wireless communication system. The operation method comprises: obtaining wireless fingerprint information from a network; obtaining an intra-frequency measurement result by performing an intra-frequency measurement; evaluating a correlation on the basis of the wireless fingerprint information and the intra-frequency measurement result; and determining whether or not to search for a cell on the basis of the evaluation result on the correlation.
US09497691B2 Communication method in wireless LAN system
Provided is a communication method by a management station in a wireless communication system. The method includes: receiving, from one or more stations (STAs), at least one advertising message including information on each STA; transmitting an invitation message to a specific STA among one or more STAs; establishing a link with the specific STA; and exchanging a frame with the specific STA. The link establishment includes performing association with the specific STA in order to exchange the frame with the specific STA.
US09497687B2 Method and apparatus for performing access class barring in wireless communication system
A method and apparatus of establishing a connection in a wireless communication system is provided. A user equipment (UE) receives first barring information for member UEs and second barring information for non-member UEs, determines whether the UE is able to access to a cell or not based on one of the first barring information and the second barring information according to whether the UE is either a member UE or a non-member UE, and transmits an access request if it is determined that the UE is able to access to the cell.
US09497683B2 Handover method and apparatus
A UE does not immediately perform handover after receiving a handover command from a serving base station, but instead backups that message and continuously compares the signal strength of a serving base station and the signal strength of a target base station and performs a handover to the target base station at the best timing when handover is required. Once the timing of handover is determined, the UE transmits a handover indication message to the serving base station, and thereafter the UE performs a handover to the target base station.
US09497679B2 Mobile station and mobile communication method
A mobile station and a mobile communication method are provided, which are capable of continuing output of an announcement sound even if a transition is made from LTE to 3G by SRVCC when the announcement sound is being received from a network side in response to a call request to a call-terminating terminal. A UE 100A executes continuation processing (SRVCC) of a 3G voice communication service if the mobile station makes a transition of a connection destination from LTE to 3G. Further, the UE 100A receives the announcement sound via LTE or 3G, and outputs the announcement sound after requesting alerting of the other party and before starting the alerting of the other party. The UE 100A outputs the announcement sound even after making a transition to 3G if the continuation processing of the voice communication service is executed during a period when the announcement sound is being outputted.
US09497678B2 Method and device for handover of packet switched service in wireless communication system
The present invention relates to a wireless communication system and, more specifically, to a method and device for handover of a packet switched (PS) service. A method for supporting handover of a PS service in a network according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises steps of: acquiring information for identifying a PS service handed over from a first access network to a second access network; and transmitting, to a user equipment, information for directing handover to the second access network for the identified PS service, wherein the information for the identified PS service can be maintained in a network node of the network until handover to the second access network has been completed.
US09497671B2 Method and apparatus for performing a handover in an evolved universal terrestrial radio access network
A method and an apparatus for performing a handover in an evolved universal terrestrial radio access network (E-UTRAN) are disclosed. A wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) sends a measurement report to a source evolved Node B (eNB), and receives a handover command from the source eNB. The WTRU initiates reception and processing of a primary broadcast channel (P-BCH) at the target cell after receiving the handover command. The WTRU then sends a random access preamble to the target eNB, receives a random access response from the target eNB, and sends a handover complete message to the target eNB. The reception and processing of the P-BCH may be initiated immediately after receiving the handover command or after sending the handover complete message. The WTRU may apply default configuration or source cell configuration in the target cell until a target cell SFN and/or P-BCH information are acquired.
US09497669B2 Packet data protocol context management for handover from cellular network to a femto cell
Packet data protocol (PDP) contexts are managed upon cellular-to-femto handover, wherein femto network has disparate capabilities to support applications with distinct access point names (APNs) and quality of service (QoS) profiles. Based at least on activity factors of applications associated with PDP contexts, a QoS-based ranking of PDP contexts, and subscriber input, cellular network platform selects active PDP contexts to retain and suspend upon handover. A group of active PDP contexts is handed off in accordance with femto coverage capability, with remaining active PDP contexts suspended during handover. When a suspended PDP context, and application associated therewith, is resumed through femto coverage, a PDP context modification is conducted with a new APN and the application is routed to a corresponding femto gateway node and application server. Additionally, femto network platform performs a radio access bearer reconfiguration to meet QoS requirements of the resumed PDP context.
US09497668B2 PS to CS handover indicator
The present invention relates to a solution for handling handover of connections for a user equipment from a packet switch network to a circuit switched network. This is provided as a method implemented in a node and system. The method is provided in a telecommunications network connecting user equipment, i.e. UE, communicating wirelessly with the network. The method comprising steps of detecting that handover is required from a packet switched, i.e. PS, based network to a circuit switched, i.e. CS, based network, initiating in a source mobility management node a single radio voice call continuity, i.e. SVRCC, initiating a PC to CS handover for non-voice components with information about voice related parameters and a PS to CS handover indicator, executing hand over, sending an update request to a serving gateway, i.e. SGW, from a target mobility management node with non-voice related parameters and the PS to CS handover indicator, forwarding the update request from the SGW to a packet data network gateway, i.e. PGW, receiving the update request in the PGW, detecting the PS to CS handover indicator, and handling in the PGW the PS to CS handover indicator.
US09497667B2 Fast WiFi to LTE handover
A network node, and a method at the network node, for handing over a mobile terminal between a first RAT and a second RAT in a wireless communications network. In some embodiments, the method comprises establishing a PDN connection with the mobile terminal via the first RAT, receiving a request for handover of the mobile terminal from the first RAT to the second RAT, performing the requested handover, maintaining PDN connection context for the PDN connection established via the first RAT for a time period, and releasing the PDN connection context at expiry of the time period.
US09497664B2 Apparatus and method for controlling control overload in WLAN systems
The present disclosure relates to a technology for providing a service of effectively transmitting and receiving data by simultaneously using a 3GPP system and a non-3GPP system in a network in which the 3GPP system and the non-3GPP system coexist. A communication method of a non-3GPP access network entity according to embodiments of the present disclosure includes receiving overload status information from a gateway; receiving a session management request message from a user equipment (UE); and transmitting a session management reject message comprising a back-off timer to the UE. According to the embodiment of the present disclosure, when a specific PDN (or APN) is overloaded, the overload state can be controlled.
US09497663B2 Coordinated priority scheme for small data packet transmission
The invention is directed to transmitting a data packet from a first station to an access point or another station. An exemplary method comprises receiving, at a first station, a beacon from the access point or another station; receiving, at the first station, information associated with an opportunity window from the access point or another station; and transmitting, during the opportunity window, a data packet from the first station to the access point or another station.
US09497662B2 Methods and devices for reducing signaling overhead
A method for reducing signaling overhead in user equipment (UE) connected to a base station is provided. The method includes: when the UE sends Radio Resource Control (RRC) layer messages to the base station, the UE compresses RRC layer messages and sends the compressed RRC layer messages to the base station; and when the UE receives the compressed RRC layer messages from the base station, the UE decompresses the compressed RRC layer messages received from the base station.
US09497661B2 Implementing EPC in a cloud computer with openflow data plane
A method implements a control plane of an evolved packet core (EPC) of a long term evolution (LTE) network in a cloud computing system. A cloud manager monitors resource utilization of each control plane module and the control plane traffic handled by each control plane module. The cloud manager detects a threshold level of resource utilization or traffic load for one of the plurality of control plane modules of the EPC. A new control plane module is initialized as a separate virtual machine by the cloud manager in response to detecting the threshold level. The new control plane module signals the plurality of network elements in the data plane to establish flow rules and actions to establish differential routing of flows in the data plane using the control protocol, wherein flow matches are encoded using an extensible match structure in which the flow match is encoded as a type-length-value (TLV).
US09497658B2 Selective bandwidth modification for transparent capacity management in a carrier network
Some embodiments provide a capacity management agent that modifies bandwidth that is allocated between an end user and a carrier network by caching requested content that is streamed at a first rate and then providing the cached content to the end user through the carrier network at a second rate. The agent performs a process that includes receiving data intended for a service region of the carrier network from an external data network. The process identifies resource availability at the service region. Next, the process passes the data to the service region at the first rate when the resource availability at the service region is not less than a threshold amount and caches the data for passing to the service region at the second rate that consumes fewer carrier network resource than the first rate when the resource availability at the service region is less than the threshold amount.
US09497657B2 Trusted WLAN connectivity to 3GPP evolved packet core
Systems, devices, and configurations to implement trusted connections within wireless networks and associated devices and systems are generally disclosed herein. In some examples, a wireless local area network (WLAN) may be attached to a 3GPP evolved packet core (EPC) as a trusted access network, without use of an evolved packet data gateway (ePDG) and overhead from related tunneling and encryption. Information to create the trusted attachment between a mobile device and a WLAN may be exchanged using Access Network Query Protocol (ANQP) extensions defined by IEEE standard 802.11u-2011, or using other protocols or standards such as DHCP or EAP. A trusted WLAN container with defined data structure fields may be transferred in the ANQP elements to exchange information used in the establishment and operation of the trusted attachment.
US09497652B2 LTE/1x dual-standby with single-chip radio
Electronic devices may be provided that contain wireless communication circuitry. The wireless communication circuitry may include radio-frequency transceiver circuitry coupled to antennas by switching circuitry. Multiple radio access technologies may be supported. A device may include first and second antennas. Control circuitry can configure the transceiver circuitry and switching circuitry to support operation of the device in active and idle modes for each radio access technology. In some configurations, both antennas may be used to support operations associated with one of the radio access technologies. In other configurations, the first antenna may be used to support operations with a first of the radio access technologies while the second antenna is used to support operations with a second of the radio access technologies.
US09497649B2 Method and apparatus for taking measurements on neighboring cells in wireless communication systems
The present invention relates to a method by which a terminal takes measures on a neighboring cell in a wireless communication system, which includes the steps of: receiving a channel state information-reference signal (CSI-RS) transmitted from the neighboring cell by using first time information received from a serving cell; and taking measurements using the CSI-RS, wherein the first time information is generated on the basis of the second time information of a serving cell, which receives an uplink signal from the terminal, and the third time information from a neighboring cell, which receives the uplink signal.
US09497647B2 Methods and devices for reporting in a cellular radio network
Methods and devices are provided for signal interaction with a radio network controller and a radio base station where a report signal comprising information indicating downlink performance associated with a data queue in the radio base station is generated and transmitted to the radio network controller. Hereby scheduling in the radio network controller can take into account the downlink performance associated with a data queue.
US09497641B2 Cyclic shift delay detection using a classifier
Systems, apparatus and methods for determining a cyclic shift delay (CSD) mode from a plurality of CSD modes is disclosed. A received OFDM signal is converted to a channel impulse response (CIR) signal in the time domain and/or a channel frequency response (CFR) signal in the frequency domain. Matched filters and a comparator are used to determine a most likely current CSD mode. Alternatively, a classifier is used with a number of inputs including outputs from two or more matched filters and one or more outputs from a feature extractor. The feature extractor extracts features in the time domain from the CIR signal and/or in the frequency domain from the CFR signal useful in distinguishing various CSD modes.
US09497638B2 Screening information for a coverage model
It is disclosed to determine whether information useable for a generating/updating process that comprises generating and/or updating at least one model for a coverage area of a communication node shall be discarded or made available to said generating/updating process.
US09497635B2 Method and apparatus for accessing initial channel in wireless LAN
A method for accessing an initial channel by a STA can comprise the steps of: the STA receiving, via a first band from a multiband AP, a scanning frame comprising a neighboring AP information element, wherein the neighboring AP information element comprises information for a second band which is an operating band for the neighboring AP; the STA determining whether accessing the neighboring AP is possible on the basis of information comprised in the neighboring AP information element regarding an access network type of the neighboring AP operating in the second band; if access to the neighboring AP is possible, the STA transmitting an association request frame to the neighboring AP via the second band, wherein the access network type can comprise information regarding an access permission type of a neighboring AP.
US09497633B2 Information processing device and wireless terminal device for rewriting contract authorization information for a wireless service provider
An information processing device includes: a selection unit that selects a second wireless provider used when an application service is provided to a wireless terminal device on the basis of a connection request transmitted from the wireless terminal device storing contract authorization information of a first wireless provider constituting a plurality of wireless providers providing a wireless connection service through a wireless line, the connection request being based on a user operation for using the application service, from the plurality of wireless providers on the basis of the content of the application service and a position of the wireless terminal device; and a control unit that controls rewriting instruction information for rewriting contract authorization information stored in the wireless terminal device into contract authorization information of the second wireless provider to be transmitted to the wireless terminal device.
US09497631B1 Authentication commands
This disclosure presents a modem for use at a terminal for accessing first and second communication networks that comprises a device interface for connecting to a subscriber identity device that stores first and second subscriber identity applications, and first and second pieces of user authentication data, separate from one another, for effecting independent first and second user authentication procedures for the first and second applications, respectively. A processing unit executes the first application to provide access to the first network when the first authentication procedure has been completed, and executes the second application to provide access to the second network when the second authentication procedure has been completed. An actuation component responds to an authentication command received via a host interface to identify at least one of the first and second pieces of user authentication data to perform an authentication task in relation to the identified user authentication data.
US09497630B2 Enhanced manageability in wireless data communication systems
A cellular network system comprises a device identifier comparator and a connection enable indicator. A device identifier comparator for comparing a received device identifier with one of a plurality of stored device identifiers, wherein the one of the stored plurality of stored device identifiers is associated with a stored subscriber identifier. A connection enable indicator for indicating whether a connection from a cellular device associated with the received device identifier to a data network associated with the cellular network system should be enabled.
US09497627B2 Method and apparatus for enabling access to applications integrated with a visited network
A method and apparatus for interworking between a mobile network operator and an application provider are disclosed. A network application function (NAF) may be co-located with an OpenID provider such that an application server may communicate with the NAF to access a home subscriber server (HSS) via a bootstrapping server function (BSF). The interfaces between BSF and HSS, and between BSF and NAF may be enhanced to carry information that is available through Sh interface between the application server and the HSS. When the WTRU is roaming in a visited network, the application server may communicate with the visited network for charging and policing for serving the service request from the WTRU. The application server may be co-located with an NAF, and may authenticate the WTRU using Generic Bootstrapping Architecture, and may communicate with a BSF in a home network via an eZn-proxy function to access an HSS.
US09497621B2 Communication system
The base station includes a first assigning unit and a second assigning unit. The first assigning unit, in execution of first communication using a single cell of the base station with the terminal, assigns, to the terminal, a first identification number as an identification number associated uniquely with the single cell from a predetermined number of identification numbers for identifying terminals. The second assigning unit, in execution of second communication simultaneously using a plurality of cells with the terminal, assigns, to the terminal, a second identification number as an identification number associated commonly with the plurality of the cells from the predetermined number of the identification numbers excluding the first identification number. The terminal includes a communication control unit. The communication control unit performs the first communication or the second communication by using the first identification number or the second identification number assigned by the base station.
US09497620B2 Method and system for implementing smart card remote operation based on smart card web server
A method and system for implementing a smart card remote operation based on a smart card web server is provided. As a mobile phone is prompted to activate update by a short message transmitted thereto, the problem of addressing the mobile phone is effectively solved. A remote network is accessed by using a TCP/IP protocol stack to conveniently and reliably update bulk data. The mobile phone is used as a gateway to connect a smart card and a remote management server, thereby realizing security identity authentication, data integrality verification, implementation of data encryption and customizable access policies, and increasing demand of an operator for enhancing value-added services of the smart card.
US09497619B2 Self-configuration of donor/relay node relationship
The present invention relates to a method for transferring RAN configuration data between radio access nodes. In accordance with an embodiment of the invention, the method comprises the steps of, by a mobility management node (MMEA): receiving a first RAN configuration transfer message (1) issued by a source radio access node (eNBA) operating a source cell (A), comprising a target node identifier (RN-IDB) of a target relay node (RNB) operating a target cell (B) and a target tracking area identifier (TAIB) of the target cell, and whereby the source radio access node requests RAN configuration data from the target relay node; decoding the target node identifier and the target tracking area identifier; and in the event of the target tracking area identifier being managed by the mobility management node and the target node identifier being not associated with any registered radio access node, broadcasting said first RAN configuration transfer message towards a plurality of registered radio access nodes (DeNBC, eNBD) associated with the target tracking area identifier. The present invention also relates to a management mobility node.
US09497617B2 Method and system for transmitting contact information during call
A method for transmitting contact information during a call may include, in a call of a mobile terminal, extracting voice data of a subscriber. The method may also include determining if voice data is representative of a voice control command. If the voice data is representative of a voice control command, converting the voice control command to a corresponding Unicode code. The method may further include searching for contact information that the subscriber needs to transmit according to the Unicode code, and transmitting the found contact information to another party. The method may not affect the call of the subscriber during the information transmission process. The method may not require manual operations by the subscriber. As a result, associated operations may be very convenient.
US09497612B2 Low power wireless device discovery
An efficient wireless connection protocol is described.
US09497608B2 Apparatus and method for triggering an emergency call in a motor vehicle
An apparatus and a method for triggering an emergency call in a motor vehicle, wherein the apparatus has at least one module for setting up communication with a device outside the vehicle, wherein at least one evaluation device is assigned to the module, wherein the module automatically transmits an emergency call when at least one predefined state or event is detected, wherein the module is assigned a manual emergency call button which is connected to the module via at least one connecting line, wherein the module checks the at least one connecting line, wherein the module automatically transmits an emergency call when a defect in the at least one connecting line is detected.
US09497605B2 Short message processing method and relevant system
A short message processing method and a relevant system. In one embodiment, a short message service (SMS)-submit message sent by a calling terminal to a mobile switching center (MSC) or service general packet radio service (GPRS) carries an indication that a called terminal does not have an MSISDN, and the SMS-submit message carries a session initiation protocol (SIP) uniform resource identifier (URI) of the called terminal, so that the calling terminal is capable of sending the indication and the SIP URI of the called terminal to an SMS-service center (SMS-SC) via the MSC or SGSN and an SMS-interworking MSC (SMS-IWMSC), and the SMS-SC implements short message communications with the called terminal via an SMS-GMSC and an Internet protocol (IP) short message-gateway (IP-SM-GW).
US09497603B1 System for providing multimedia messages to a mobile device and method thereof
A system for providing multimedia messages to a mobile device and a method thereof that includes a server structured to receive and forward multimedia messages. In the system, the server may include a processor structured to receive a multimedia message. When the multimedia message is received, the processor may determine a multimedia standard operable with the mobile device, and direct the formatting of the multimedia message in accordance with the standard. The formatting may be done by the processor itself or another means for formatting the multimedia message. Further, the system may notify the mobile device that the multimedia message has been received and send the formatted multimedia message to the mobile device based on a response to the notification.
US09497599B2 Recommending information associated with a user equipment or a communication group in a communications system
In an embodiment, a communication device (e.g., a user equipment (UE), a server, etc.) determines one or more current parameters associated with an operating environment of the first UE, and then excludes at least one communication mode from one or more available communication modes to produce a set of communication modes by which a second UE is recommended to contact the first UE. In another embodiment, the communication device selectively recommends communication groups to users of UEs with current operational capabilities similar to characteristics of the recommended communication groups. In another embodiment, a server determines that a threshold number or a threshold percentage of group-members of an existing communication group are friends with a set of users that do not yet belong to the existing communication group, and then recommends that the set of users join the existing communication group.
US09497598B2 Service information pushing and receiving method, and related apparatus and system
Embodiments of the present invention disclose a service information pushing and receiving method, and a related apparatus and system. The service information pushing method includes: obtaining, by a radio access point (AP), service information provided by a service provider, adding the service information to a beacon frame, and broadcasting the beacon frame. A method for receiving pushed service information includes: obtaining, by a terminal, a beacon frame that carries service information, and extracting and outputting the service information in the beacon frame. The technical solution provided by the present invention enables a terminal to receive service information in a Wi-Fi network without accessing the network.
US09497591B1 Management of moving objects
A system comprising a plurality of first subsystems respectively operable to manage a plurality of first regions in a geographic space; and a plurality of second subsystems respectively operable to manage a plurality of second regions in the geographic space, wherein the plurality of first regions and the plurality of second regions are arranged such that at least one of the first regions covers a border of one or more of the second regions and at least of the second regions covers a border of one or more of the first regions.
US09497590B1 Management of moving objects
A system comprising a plurality of first subsystems respectively operable to manage a plurality of first regions in a geographic space; and a plurality of second subsystems respectively operable to manage a plurality of second regions in the geographic space, wherein the plurality of first regions and the plurality of second regions are arranged such that at least one of the first regions covers a border of one or more of the second regions and at least of the second regions covers a border of one or more of the first regions.
US09497583B2 System and method for generating a recommendation on a mobile device
A system and a method generate a recommendation on a mobile device. The system and the method may use a time, a location, a venue and/or an event to generate the recommendation. Further, the system and the method may use an event database to determine current interests of the user. Still further, the system and the method for generating a recommendation on a mobile device may use a transactional history of the user and/or behavior of other users to generate the recommendation. The system and the method may recommend, for example, digital media, news and event information, editorial content and/or physical or digital merchandise. As a result, the system and the method may generate a recommendation that corresponds to the current interests of the user.
US09497581B2 Incident reporting
A system for reporting incidents. A receiver for receiving cellular based communication corresponding to an incident, wherein the cellular based communication comprises an image. An incident location determiner for automatically determining a location of the incident based on the image of the cellular based communication. An incident report generator for generating a report of the incident, the report including the location of the incident.
US09497580B1 Using application context to facilitate pairing with a peripheral device
A method is provided for pairing a computing device with a peripheral device. The method includes identifying an application that is running on a computing device, and accessing a list of applications, wherein the list of applications identifies a context description associated with each application. The method further includes identifying accessible peripheral devices and a peripheral device type of each accessible peripheral device, and accessing a list of peripheral device types, wherein the list of peripheral device types identifies a context description associated with each peripheral device type. Still further, the method includes selecting a first one of the accessible peripheral devices having an identified peripheral device type that is, according to the list of peripheral device types, associated with a context description that is, according to the list of applications, associated with the identified application. The method then automatically pairs the computing device with the first accessible peripheral device.
US09497578B2 Near field communications (NFC) device having adjustable gain
A near field communications (NFC) device is disclosed that is capable of optimizing a gain for received signals. Measurements are made of signals received from an NFC environment and are compared to one or more threshold hold values. Based on the comparison, it is determined whether the measurements indicate underamplification or overamplification. Depending on the results of the analysis, one or more components within the NFC device is adjusted to increase or decrease the gain, respectively. The measurements may be taken during an unloaded baseline state or during loading, and may be compared to previous measurements to estimate their accuracy.
US09497574B2 System and method for transmitting data based on Bluetooth, and apparatus applied to the same
Disclosed are a Bluetooth-based data transmission system and method, and an apparatus applied thereto. That is, when an original data is encoded and transmitted based on Bluetooth between a User Equipment (UE) and a beacon device, the encoded data is divided into partial data in consideration of a transmission data size and thus, various data may be transmitted irrespective of a transmission data size.
US09497572B2 Internet of things platforms, apparatuses, and methods
An Internet of Things system and method are described. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an IoT hub comprising a WAN interface to couple the IoT hub to an IoT service over the WAN, and a local communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to a plurality of different types of IoT devices; and at least one IoT device having a memory for storing program code and a microcontroller for executing the program code, wherein the program code includes library program code comprising basic building blocks usable by a developer to implement any IoT device by creating application program code which utilizes the library program code, wherein at least one of the basic building blocks comprises a communication stack to enable communication with the IoT hub, the library program code provided to the developer in a software development kit (SDK) with the microcontroller.
US09497571B2 Communication apparatus, communication system, portable terminal, computer-readable recording medium, and server
A proximity wireless power supply unit (123) is activated by radio waves of proximity wireless communication transmitted from a portable terminal (200). A proximity wireless memory (121) is driven by power supplied from the proximity wireless power supply unit (123), and stores an operation command of a communication apparatus (100). A control unit (111) is driven by power supplied from a main power supply unit (112), and reads out the operation command from the proximity wireless memory (121) to execute the operation command. The main power supply unit (112) is activated on the basis of a signal received by a proximity wireless communication unit (122), and supplies power to the control unit (111). The proximity wireless communication unit (122) receives the operation command transmitted from the portable terminal (200), and writes the operation command in the proximity wireless memory (121).
US09497561B1 Wave field synthesis by synthesizing spatial transfer function over listening region
Broadly speaking, the technology relates to using wave field synthesis theory to simulate one or more idealized virtual point sources in a multi-speaker system. The speaker transfer function of each speaker is modeled, and the values and directional gradient of the combined speaker transfer function at test points in a convexly-bounded listening region are compared to the desired values and directional gradient for the idealized transfer function of the idealized virtual point source(s) at the test points to determine filter coefficient sets for each filter. The determined filter coefficients are those which minimize the total difference between the values and directional gradient of the combined speaker transfer function and the values and directional gradient of the idealized transfer function of the idealized virtual point source across all the test points for a plurality of frequency bins.
US09497560B2 Audio reproducing apparatus and method
An audio reproducing apparatus includes: an obtainment unit configured to obtain a stereo audio signal including an L channel signal and an R channel signal; and a control unit configured to (i) generate a first audio signal for a speaker disposed at an upper position in a listening space and a second audio signal for a speaker disposed at a lower position in the listening space, using the L channel signal and the R channel signal and (ii) determine a gain coefficient corresponding to a degree of correlation between the L channel signal and the R channel signal and multiply by the determined gain coefficient at least one of the first audio signal and the second audio signal, to approximate a ratio between energy of sound reproduced from the first audio signal and energy of sound reproduced from the second audio signal to a predetermined value.
US09497556B2 Sound transducer for insertion in an ear
The invention relates to a sound transducer for producing sound vibrations, which can be inserted in an ear and can be used in particular for an implantable hearing aid. The sound transducer has at least one carrier layer and at least one piezoelectric layer, as a result of which a deflection via a bimorph principle is achieved, or a deflection can be detected by picking up a voltage.
US09497553B2 Hearing aid using wireless test modes as diagnostic tool
Various system embodiments comprise a plurality of devices configured to wirelessly communicate with each other. The plurality of devices includes a battery-operated hearing aid configured to communicate with another device using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless communication technology. A BLE tester is configured to test the hearing aid for the performance of BLE wireless communication via a wireless link. One embodiment uses a wireless test mode as a diagnostic tool for analyzing the wireless communication environment, such as when the communication with the hearing aid is interfered in a noisy environment.
US09497551B2 Electroacoustic transducer
An electroacoustic transducer has a piezoelectric layer, which is structured in such a way that, in the case of an alternating electric field applied in one spatial direction, an oscillation mode with oscillations in three spatial directions is excited.
US09497547B2 Speaker structure
A speaker structure includes a main body, a circuit board and a magnetic component. The main body has a receiving section and a recess formed on an outer circumference of the receiving section. A center of the main body is formed with a hole in communication with the receiving section. The circuit board has a board body and an outer frame body inlaid in the recess of the main body. The magnetic component is received in the hole. A voice coil collar is disposed around the magnetic component. Multiple windings are wound around a surface of the voice coil collar. Two ends of the windings are attached to the circuit board. According to the above arrangement, the volume of the speaker structure is greatly reduced and the manufacturing cost of the speaker structure is lowered.
US09497533B2 Fine tuning structure for headphones and headphone
The present invention relates to the field of headphone technology and provides a fine tuning structure for headphones, configured for tuning an angle between a head band and an audible unit of the headphone, the fine tuning structure includes an upper assembly connected to an end of the head band and a lower assembly connected to the audible unit, the upper assembly and the lower assembly are hinged together, the upper assembly is provided with a limiting step, the lower assembly is movably connected to a limiting part, an end face of the limiting part is provided with a limiting curved surface abutted against the limiting step and configured for limiting an angle of the lower assembly relative to the upper assembly. In the fine tuning structure according to the present invention, the angle between the upper assembly and the lower assembly can be tuned via selecting a different place of the limiting curved surface to abut against the limiting step, so that the angle of the audible unit relative to the head band can be tuned, and the wearing comfort of the headphone can be improved.
US09497531B2 Apparatus and method for outputting audio signal in portable terminal
An apparatus and a method for outputting an audio signal in a portable terminal are provided. The portable terminal for outputting an audio signal includes an ear jack, a modem, and an amplifier. The ear jack connects the portable terminal with one of an earphone and an external apparatus. The modem detects whether one of the earphone and the external apparatus is connected to the ear jack. When connection of the external apparatus is detected, the amplifier high power-amplifies the audio signal and outputs the same to the external apparatus according to a control of the modem.
US09497528B2 Cotalker nulling based on multi super directional beamformer
Speech from a driver and speech from a passenger in a vehicle is selected directionally using a plurality of directional microphones. Sounds detected as coming from a passenger from a plurality of directional microphones are suppressed from sounds detected as coming from a driver by a second plurality of directional microphones.
US09497526B2 Speaker apparatus and methods useful in conjunction therewith
An actuation system for generating a physical effect, the system comprising at least one array of translating elements each constrained to travel alternately back and forth along a respective axis, toward first and second extreme positions respectively, in response to activation of first and second forces respectively; and a controller operative to use the first and second forces to selectably latch at least one subset of said translating elements into the first and second extreme positions respectively.
US09497525B2 Optical engines and optical cable assemblies having electrical signal conditioning
Optical engines and optical cable assemblies incorporating optical engines providing duty cycle correction on multiplexed low-speed signals are disclosed. In one embodiment, an optical engine includes a low-speed Tx line, a low-speed Rx line, an optical transceiver device, and a control circuit. A low-speed Tx signal is transmitted on the low-speed Tx line and a low-speed Rx signal is received on the low-speed Rx line. The optical transceiver device further includes a laser control pin operable to control a laser configured to provide light on an optical Tx lane, and an optical detect pin operable to provide an indication as to light detected at an optical Rx lane. A Tx signal conditioning circuit configured to condition the low-speed Tx signal is coupled to the laser control pin, and/or a Rx signal conditioning circuit configured to condition the low-speed Rx signal is coupled to the optical detect pin.
US09497522B2 Flexible smart sleeve systems and methods for pluggable transceivers
A flexible smart sleeve system for a pluggable transceiver includes a pluggable sleeve configured to selectively engage a pluggable transceiver; a smart enclosure configured to selectively engage a host device, wherein the host device is configured for the pluggable transceiver; and a flexible cable connecting the pluggable sleeve to the smart enclosure. A network with a flexible smart sleeve system for a pluggable transceiver includes a network switch; a customer premises switch comprising a host cage configured for the pluggable transceiver; and a flexible smart sleeve system configured to engage the host cage and to engage the pluggable transceiver, wherein the flexible smart sleeve system is configured to provide Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) to the network switch.
US09497518B2 System, apparatus and method for supporting multiple-interfaces for optical fiber communication
A multiple-interface apparatus, and networking device including: a plurality of system side lanes configured to connect to an electrical signal source; and a plurality of line side lanes, wherein the number of the plurality of line side lanes matches the number of the plurality of system side lanes, including: a first set of line side lanes configured to connect to a first optical transceiver module; and a second set of line side lanes configured to connect to a second optical transceiver module; a mode selector module configured to transmit the electrical signal to the first optical transceiver module on the first set of line side lanes or the second optical transceiver module on the second set of line side lanes; and an adaptation module to adapt the electrical signal for at least one of the first or second set of line side lanes.
US09497516B2 Remote control via local area network
A method and system for remote control of multimedia content using a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) is configured to establish a connection between a customer premises equipment (CPE) gateway and a local area network (LAN) device that is a personal user device. A user of the LAN device may be authenticated. Responsive to user input, the LAN device may send remote control messages corresponding to remote control functions for an MCDN terminal device. The CPE gateway may determine a network address for the MCDN terminal device, and forward the remote control messages to the addressed MCDN terminal device. The LAN device may so remotely control the addressed MCDN terminal device.
US09497514B2 DTCP converter for HLS
A method for DTCP to HLS conversion is provided that starts with a standard DTCP Protected Content Packet (PCP) structure. The PCP payload data is chunked at defined chunk boundaries. Each chunk is then appended with a pad to be compatible with HLS. An HLS playlist is then provided using the PCP header with identification of the chunks and a keytag. The chunk is encrypted with a DTCP key calculated by the DTCP standard using: (a) copy control bits; (b) a nonce, and (c) an exchange key ID. Relevant PCP header fields are provided in the keytag for the HLS playlist, including the value of the copy control bits, the nonce and the exchange key ID, supporting the transaction that enables calculation of the DTCP content key to enable later decryption of the chunks.
US09497513B2 Apparatus and method for use in providing dynamic bit rate encoding
An apparatus, system and method for use in for use in dynamically adjusting an encoder bit rate according to a determined available bandwidth for wirelessly communicating source data. A method detects a first available bandwidth, determines a first encoder bit rate according to the available bandwidth, encodes a signal at the first encoder bit rate, detects a change in the available bandwidth such that there is a second available bandwidth, determines a second encoder bit rate according to the second available bandwidth, and encodes the signal at the second encoder bit rate. Encoding the signal at the second encoder bit rate can include encoding a subsequent frame of the signal. The method can further wirelessly communicate the signal encoded at the first encoder bit rate in real-time and wirelessly communicate the signal encoded at the second encoder bit rate in real-time.
US09497510B2 Method and system for acquiring electronic programming guide signals
A system and method for use in a cable network to acquire electronic programming guide (EPG) content signals from one or more EPG vendors. The system includes a set-top box (STB) for receiving cable signals and EPG signals from a headend controller so that the STB can output the signals to a media output device for display. A conversion table is provided to each STB for use by the STB in determining source IDs associated with a given channel for each EPG vendor, the source IDs for use in acquiring the EPG content signals.
US09497509B2 Navigation techniques for electronic programming guides and video
A system for remote user navigation of content displayed with a display device, including a screen display, is provided. A user input device may be configured to detect a user movement, including a direction and a speed. The user input device may be configured to communicate information based at least in part on the direction and the speed. The system may include a media device configured to receive communications from the user input device. The media device may be configured to process the information from the user input device and to output content to the display device in accordance with a navigation operation. The navigation operation may include moving displayed content based at least in part on the direction and the speed.
US09497508B2 User controlled multi-device media-on-demand system
A method for providing configurable access to media in a media-on-demand system also can include delivering the media to a first client device in a format compatible with the first client device; interrupting the delivery of the media; recording a bookmark specifying a position in the media where the interruption occurred; and resuming delivery of the media to a second client device, the resumed delivery beginning at a position in the media specified by the recorded bookmark. The method further can include identifying device properties for each of the first and second client devices; delivering the media to the first client device in a format compatible with the identified device properties for the first client device; and, delivering the media to the second client device in a format compatible with the identified device properties for the second client device.
US09497505B2 Systems and methods to verify and/or correct media lineup information
Systems and methods to verify and/or correct media lineup information are disclosed. An example method includes comparing signature data representative of media to recurring segment reference signatures in a signature database. The recurring segment reference signatures are representative of segments of media recurring in multiple different episodes of a same media series. The example method further includes, when the signature data matches one of the recurring segment reference signatures, generating identifying information for the media indicating the media as corresponding to an episode of the media series.
US09497500B1 System and method for controlling external displays using a handheld device
An control interface and system is provided that allows users to use a handheld device to communicates with an electronic billboard through a host server. The interface allows users to display information, as well as interact with information that is displayed on the electronic billboard. In order to establish this communication, a user, through their handheld device, communicates with a host server, which provides them with one or more available services that they can invoke in order to communicate with the display.
US09497499B2 Display apparatus and method for remotely outputting audio
A method for remotely outputting audio in a display apparatus includes outputting Audio/Visual (AV) data, if a command to remotely output audio is input while the AV data is being output, stopping outputting audio of the AV data while outputting video of the AV data, and transmitting at least one of compressed audio data separated from the AV data and information regarding a time when transmission of the compressed audio data starts to an external apparatus.
US09497498B2 System and method for live streaming of content
Embodiments of the present invention are generally directed towards systems and methods for generating and streaming live content. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for recording and encoding content on a single system prior to transmitting the encoded content to a content delivery network (CDN) via a network for consumption by remote end users. Further embodiments of the present invention are configured to allow for the provision of multiple encoded content streams, wherein the content streams are provided to users based on subscription type, with certain subscription types receiving varying content types (e.g., advertisements, premium content) based on the subscription type.
US09497496B1 Personalized content insertion into media assets at the network edge
Techniques for inserting advertising content and other personalized information into media assets are described. The techniques involve inserting personalized ads and other content into media assets as a server at the content delivery network (CDN) point-of-presence (POP) is performing the individualized encoding of the file on-the-fly. The ads and other content can be personalized based on the user's purchasing habits, user's location (geographic, GPS, IP location, etc.), the content in the media file and the like. In addition, the ads can be inserted into specific parts of the video (i.e. key frames, key slices, etc.) because the CDN node is actually transcoding the content and thus can insert the ads into the content in its own native format. For example, ads can appear as part of the video itself, different language subtitles can be integrated into the video based on the location of the user, and the like.
US09497495B2 Apparatus and methods of providing and receiving venue level transmissions and services
A venue-cast system and method for providing and receiving venue level transmissions and services, including discovery of a venue specific transmission by receiving an overhead signal from a non-venue network, extracting information for receiving the venue specific transmission from the overhead signal, and tuning to receive the venue specific transmission based on the extracted information. The venue level transmission may be provided and received in a manner that does not prevent an access terminal from receiving a local area or wide area transmission.
US09497492B2 Distribution control system, distribution system, distribution control method, and computer-readable storage medium
A distribution control system includes a generating unit configured to generate image data from content data; a converting unit configured to convert the image data into transmission data; a transmitting unit configured to transmit the transmission data to a plurality of communication terminals; and a creating/selecting unit configured to newly create the converting unit to be assigned to each of the communication terminals or select the converting unit out of converting units already created.
US09497487B1 Techniques for video data encoding
The techniques for encoding video content are disclosed. In an online game environment, the techniques include obtaining information for a first and second successive frames of video content and information for a position of a virtual camera associated with each frame, determining virtual camera translation information based on the positions of the virtual camera, determining a projected movement between the frames of an object included in each frame, determining the portion of the first frame to be excluded from the second frame and a new portion of the second frame, and providing the determined encoded information for a reconstruction of the second frame based on the provided information.
US09497484B2 Base color merging for multi-stage base color and index map (MBCIM) for RExt
An enhancement for removing signaling redundancy of base color within multi-stage base color and index map (MBCIM) processing of HEVC for computer generated screen content is presented. Redundancy is removed in response to determining and setting merge flags when neighboring pixels are coded and available. During coding of pixels in the current CU, then color are copied from the neighboring blocks when a merge flag is set, or the pixel is coded as it was previously.
US09497481B2 Motion vector predictive encoding method, motion vector predictive decoding method, moving picture encoding apparatus, moving picture decoding apparatus, and programs thereof
In motion vector prediction encoding, the efficiency of motion vector prediction is improved and the efficiency of moving picture encoding is improved. A motion search is performed for a block to be encoded in a picture to be encoded using an encoded reference picture to calculate a motion vector. A plurality of blocks which include at least one of encoded blocks in the picture to be encoded and encoded blocks in an encoded picture and in predetermined positions relative to the position of the block to be encoded in the picture to be encoded are set as primary candidate blocks, and N primary candidate reference motion vectors are determined from motion vectors used in encoding the primary candidate blocks. The degrees of reliability of the primary candidate reference motion vectors which quantitatively represent effectiveness in motion vector prediction of the block to be encoded is calculated using encoded picture information for each of the primary candidate reference motion vectors. Top M primary candidate reference motion vectors with higher degrees of reliability are selected from the primary candidate reference motion vectors as secondary candidate reference motion vectors. A predictive motion vector of the block to be encoded is calculated using the secondary candidate reference motion vectors, and a residual between the motion vector obtained through the motion search of the block to be encoded and the predictive motion vector is encoded as encoded information of the motion vector.
US09497478B2 Predictive value data set compression
A data set may be compressed by predicting a value for the values of the data set. A comparative value may then be determined between a predicted value and an actual value for the particular points of the data set. The comparators for the particular points of the data set may then be encoded.
US09497476B2 Image decoding apparatus
An image decoding apparatus includes a unit configured to set an unreferenced region depending on whether information concerning a horizontal direction is defined, out of information indicating the unreferenced region. The image decoding apparatus further includes a unit configured to decode a flag that is to be set depending on whether a loop filter is related as information indicating the unreferenced region.
US09497467B2 Variable length coding method and variable length decoding method
A variable length coding method is comprised of: a coefficient value scanning step in which an RL sequence generation unit, a reordering unit, and a binarization unit scan coefficient values within a block in a predetermined scanning order starting at a higher-frequency component toward a lower-frequency component; and an arithmetic coding step in which an arithmetic coding unit and a table storage unit perform arithmetic coding on the absolute values of the coefficient values according to the scanning order used in the coefficient value scanning step, by switching between probability tables for use, wherein, in the arithmetic coding step, a probability table to be used is switched to another probability table in one direction, when the arithmetic-coded absolute values of the coefficient values include an absolute value exceeding a predetermined threshold value.
US09497465B2 Method and device for encoding/decoding images
A method and a device for encoding/decoding images are disclosed. The method for encoding images comprises the steps of: deriving a scan type of a residual signal for a current block according to whether or not the current block is a transform skip block; and applying the scan type to the residual signal for the current block, wherein the transform skip block is a block to which transform for the current block is not applied and is specified on the basis of information indicating whether or not transform for the current block is to be applied.
US09497464B2 GOP-independent dynamic bit-rate controller
A GOP-independent dynamic bit-rate controller system includes a user interface to receive one or more input parameters, a bit-rate controller and an encoder. The bit-rate controller regulates a bit-rate of an output bit-stream. The bit-rate controller includes multiple bit-rate modules to determine a bit-estimate and a quantization parameter, and a control module to calculate a convergence period based on the received input parameters and a frame rate. The control module selects a bit rate module based on the convergence period and the encoder generates the output bit-stream using the quantization parameter determined by the bit rate module.
US09497460B2 Image coding method and image decoding method
An image coding method for improving coding efficiency by using more appropriate probability information is provided. The image coding method includes: a first coding step of coding a first set of blocks included in a first region sequentially based on first probability information; and a second coding step of coding a second set of blocks included in a second region sequentially based on second probability information. In the first coding step, the first probability information is updated depending on data of a target block to be coded, after coding the target block and before coding a next target block. In the second coding step, the second probability information is updated depending on the first probability information updated in the first coding step, before coding the first target block.
US09497459B2 Method and apparatus for detecting frame types
Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method and an apparatus for detecting frame types. The method includes: detecting play time of each frame; and if the play time of a current frame is less than the maximum play time of received frames, determining the current frame as a bi-directional predicted frame, B-frame. In the technical solutions provided by the embodiments of the present invention, the frame types are determined according to a coding sequence of various frames and comparison between data amounts of various frames received earlier and later, without decoding a payload. Therefore the impact of a reduction factor is eliminated and the frame types can be detected more accurately.
US09497454B2 Method and device for encoding/decoding image using feature vectors of surrounding blocks
A video encoding apparatus, a decoding apparatus and method thereof by using feature vectors of at least one neighboring block are provided. In the video encoding apparatus, the decoding apparatus and the method, the feature vector is extracted from pixels of at least one neighboring block, and an optimal prediction mode represented by the feature vector is extracted with reference to a preset feature vector distribution of image blocks. The extracted optimal prediction mode is decided as a most probable mode (MPM) or an intra mode of a current block, and the current block is intra-predicted and encoded or decoded by using pixels of the at least one neighboring block adjacent to the current block.
US09497449B2 Monitor and a method for representing autostereoscopically perceivable pictures
A monitor for representing autostereoscopically, three-dimensionally perceivable pictures includes a matrix screen with a multitude of subpixels which are arranged in lines and columns and which may be changed in their illumination intensity and may be put together into a multitude of picture points, a control device for activating the subpixels in dependence on picture information of at least two stereoscopic fields, in a manner such that the picture points are divided in at least two subgroups for reproducing in each case one of the fields, and a barrier raster, with which light coming from the picture points of each of the subgroups may be led into in each case one of several observation zones which lie in a laterally displaced manner, said one of several observation zones being assigned to this subgroup by way of this.
US09497441B2 Image processing device and method, and program
There is provided an image processing device including capturing portions that respectively capture a first image and a second image that form an image for a right eye and an image for a left eye which can be stereoscopically viewed in three dimensions, a comparison portion that compares the first image and the second image captured by the capturing portions, a determination portion that determines, based on a comparison result of the comparison portion, which of the first image and the second image is the image for the right eye and which is the image for the left eye, and an output portion that outputs each of the first image and the second image, as the image for the right eye and the image for the left eye, based on a determination result of the determination portion.
US09497432B2 Multi-projector system, projector device, adjustment device, adjustment method, and computer-readable recording medium
A multi-projector system includes two or more projection devices including a first projection device and a second projection device, an image output device configured to output an image to each of the two or more projection devices, and an adjustment device configured to adjust projection positions of projection images on a medium to be projected, the projection images being projected by the two or more projection devices, and a first projection image emitted by the first projection device, and a second projection image emitted by the second projection device being projected on the medium to be projected to have an overlapped region.
US09497430B2 Optical wheel device and projection system
There is provided an optical wheel device including a motor, a wheel holding member which is fixed to a motor shaft of the motor and which has a recess portion on a surface which is normal to the motor shaft, an optical wheel which is fixed to a surface of the wheel holding member which is opposite to a surface facing the motor, and a collective lens which is disposed in the proximity to the optical wheel on a side of the optical wheel which is opposite to a side facing the motor, wherein a distal end face of a projecting portion on the wheel holding member which projects towards a side of the collective lens is positioned closer to a side of the motor than a plane of a surface of the collective lens which faces the motor.
US09497429B2 Extended color processing on pelican array cameras
Systems and methods for extended color processing on Pelican array cameras in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of generating a high resolution image includes obtaining input images, where a first set of images includes information in a first band of visible wavelengths and a second set of images includes information in a second band of visible wavelengths and non-visible wavelengths, determining an initial estimate by combining the first set of images into a first fused image, combining the second set of images into a second fused image, spatially registering the fused images, denoising the fused images using bilateral filters, normalizing the second fused image in the photometric reference space of the first fused image, combining the fused images, determining a high resolution image that when mapped through a forward imaging transformation matches the input images within at least one predetermined criterion.
US09497425B2 Motion detection method and device using the same
A motion detection method is provided. The method includes steps of: recording an input video, extracting a reference frame from the input video in every reference updating cycle, extracting a target frame from the input video and determining whether an event occurs by comparing the target frame with the reference frame in every checking cycle, and comparing the number of events accumulated in every observation cycle with a threshold to determine whether the input video contains a motion during the observation cycle.
US09497424B2 System and method for processing streaming media of an event captured by nearby mobile phones
Systems, processes and computer-readable media that incorporate the subject disclosure may include, for example, the establishment of wireless communications with a wireless communications device positioned for monitoring an event. A media stream including event media is received from the wireless communications device. The event media is generated by the wireless communications device obtained from the observation position. The media stream is forwarded to a media production processor. Upon selection, the media production processor uses the media stream to prepare media program coverage of the event. Other embodiments are disclosed.
US09497422B2 Perimeter monitoring device for work vehicle
A perimeter monitoring device for a work vehicle is configured to monitor a surrounding of the work vehicle and display a monitored result on a display device. The perimeter monitoring device includes cameras, a bird's-eye image display unit, obstacle detecting sensors, a camera image specifying unit, and a camera image displaying unit. The camera image specifying unit is configured to specify one or more camera images in which one or more of obstacles are captured when the one or more of obstacles are detected by the obstacle detecting sensors. The camera image displaying unit is configured to display a relevant camera image in alignment with the bird's-eye image on the display device when a plurality of camera images are specified by the camera image specifying unit, the relevant camera image being ranked in a high priority ranking based on a priority order set in accordance with travelling states.
US09497421B2 Camera light
A camera light assembly (100) includes a camera assembly (102) and a marker light assembly (111). The camera assembly (102) includes a body (104) and a lens (108) positioned at a forward portion of the body (104). The marker light assembly (111) includes a light housing (112) having an aperture (118) extending therethrough. The body (104) of the camera assembly (102) is elongated and is received within the aperture (118) of the light housing (112) of the marker light assembly (111). Camera lock rings (126, 128) are utilized to releasably secure the camera assembly (102) to the marker light assembly (111).
US09497413B2 Filtering video for video telephony and video conferencing
In an approach to video filtering, a computer receives a first video frame of a presenter from a video feed that includes an audio feed. The computer receives a second video frame. The computer determines whether a difference between the first video frame and the second video frame exceeds a pre-defined threshold. In response to determining the difference between the first video frame and the second video frame exceeds the pre-defined threshold, the computer determines whether the difference between the first video frame and the second video frame is expected. In response to determining the difference between the first video frame and the second video frame is expected, the computer discards video data associated with the difference between the first video frame and the second video frame. The computer creates a third video frame, based, at least in part, on non-discarded video data.
US09497409B2 Analog signal recording system
One embodiment of the present invention provides a signal-recording system. During operation, the system receives a wideband multi-channel radio frequency (RF) signal, which includes a plurality of single-channel RF signals modulated at different carrier frequencies. The system down-converts the received wideband multi-channel RF signal to baseband, and records the down-converted signal.
US09497408B2 Method and apparatus for cooperative recording
A method, system, and article of manufacture that allows amateur camera operators to share video and audio with other amateur camera operators at the same event over a cooperative, ad hoc network. One embodiment of the present invention comprises forming an ad hoc network comprising a plurality of recording devices, and communicating audiovisual signals between the plurality of recording devices in the ad hoc network. In some embodiments, this method may further comprise transmitting a replay request to the plurality of recording devices and receiving an audiovisual signal corresponding to the replay request, transmitting a push request to the plurality of recording devices, and/or transmitting a message to at least one of the plurality of recording devices.
US09497407B2 Automatic selection of video from active cameras
A method according to one embodiment includes: receiving, by a processing system, sensor data from a sensor device carried by a user or attached to the user's sports equipment during a sporting activity; identifying, by the processing system and based on the sensor data, an event engaged in by the user during a time period; determining, based on the sensor data, a position of the user during the event; identifying a camera that is operational and has the user in view during at least a portion of the time period; and selecting video footage of the event from the identified camera.
US09497404B2 Information processing apparatus, method, and program
The invention relates to an auto zapping function corresponding to user' taste. A block receives a particular channel and disassembles the received channel into intervals (chapters) of predetermined length. The block calculates scores of chapters, based on a result of comparison of EPG information of a program from an EPG acquiring part, symbol information from a symbol information managing part, viewing history from a viewing history managing part, and news information from WWW news site and the like in an RSS acquiring part, etc. with meta information obtained from the chapters, viewer responsiveness obtained from the chapters, etc., and provides a result of calculation and starting time and ending time of the chapters to a chapter selecting part. The chapter selecting part selects chapters to be most highly recommended to a user, based on scores, which are provided from the block, for chapters of a program being broadcasted in each channel. The selected chapters are sequentially reproduced. The present invention is applied to a television receiver.
US09497402B2 Image lag mitigation for buffered direct injection readout with current mirror
A circuit having a buffered direct injection (BDI) module is provided for image lag mitigation. The BDI module includes an optical detector coupled to a buffer. The buffer has a pixel amplifier which includes no more than two transistors. The BDI module includes a first current mirror coupled to the BDI module. The first current mirror generates a modulating current based on the output of the optical detector. The BDI module further includes a second current mirror coupled to the first current mirror. The second current mirror is configured to generate either an amplified or attenuated photocurrent operable to optimize an imaging time and scene brightness of the optical detector. The BDI module further includes a reset circuit, coupled to the second current mirror, and being configured to reset an integration capacitor which integrates an image signal based on the output of the optical detector.
US09497397B1 Image sensor with auto-focus and color ratio cross-talk comparison
An electronic device includes an image sensor, a memory, and a processor operably connected to the image sensor and the memory. A pixel array in the image sensor includes at least one pixel that is configured as an auto-focus pixel that is at least partially shielded from light by a shielding element. The memory stores computer-readable instructions, and the processor is adapted to produce a digital image by executing the computer-readable instructions for obtaining a plurality of coefficients representing a relationship between a ratio of two affected pixels and a ratio of two non-affected pixels in the pixel array, constructing a predictive function based on the plurality of coefficients, and computing a compensated pixel value for at least one pixel of the image sensor using the predictive function. A digital image can be created based in part on the compensated pixel value.
US09497394B2 Thermal imaging device, thermal imaging method and thermal imaging control system
A thermal imaging device includes an optical module gathering infrared radiation of a circuit board and correspondingly providing infrared light, a photo sensor converting the infrared light into a first electrical signal, a processor, and a thermal imaging control system having one or more programs stored in a storage and executed by the processor. The system includes an image processing unit converting the first electrical signal into a thermal image signal, a comparing unit comparing the thermal image signal with circuit diagram of the circuit board to determine at least one abnormal temperature element, and a display control unit controlling a screen to display a thermal image of the circuit board together with a label comprising at least one name of the at least one abnormal temperature element on the screen.
US09497386B1 Multi-imager video camera with automatic exposure control
One embodiment relates to a multi-imager video camera that includes a plurality of imagers, a plurality of image flow processors, a multi-imager video processor, a plurality of exposure control circuits, and a statistics circuit. Each imager includes a sensor array that is configured to capture image frames, and each image flow processor is configured to receive and process the image frames captured from at least one of said imagers. The multi-imager video processor is configured to receive the processed image frames from the plurality of image flow processors. The statistics circuit is configured to determine an auto exposure level based on the captured image frames from a single imager. The multi-image video processor is further configured to receive said auto exposure level and transmit said auto exposure level to all other imagers of the plurality of imagers. Other embodiments and features are also disclosed.
US09497383B2 Surveying device and method for filtered display of object information
A geodetic surveying device has a sighting unit pivotable about two axes. The sighting unit defines a target direction in a coordinate system and has a camera for capturing a camera image substantially in the target direction. The device can display object data that is stored in a database with a respective position reference indicating a position in the coordinate system. The device includes a graphical output unit that displays the camera image and the object data. The device has a filter functionality for the object data, with dynamic filtering based on the current range of view and static filtering based on a user selectable or specifiable selection criterion. The filtered object data is displayed on the output unit with markings representing the object data conjointly with the camera image. The markings are displayed at a respective point in the camera image referenced by the position reference.
US09497378B1 Electronic device and mehod for controlling operation of cooking equipment
In a method for controlling the operation of cooking equipment, executed by at least one processor of an electronic device, the electronic device communicate with cooking equipment and a camera device that creates height value. The method including setting the camera device to detect an area of a container positioned on the cooking equipment, a liquid concentration of liquid in the container is set, height values between the camera device and a surface of the liquid, in a Z axis direction corresponding to a direction that is parallel to a direction between the camera device and the surface, from the camera device is acquired, a height difference between a maximum height value and a minimum height value is calculated, and when the height value difference is more than a preset standard value, a heat reduction unit of the cooking equipment is controlled to change a working state.
US09497372B2 Imaging device, imaging system, communication device, imaging method, and computer readable recording medium
An imaging device includes an imaging unit configured to generate plural pieces of image data, a storing unit, a first communication control unit configured to sequentially transmit a newest one of the plural pieces of image data and identification information for identifying the newest one of the plural pieces of image data to plural communication devices and receive the identification information received by an operated communication device and elapsed time information from the operated communication device, and an image selection unit configured to select reproduction priority candidate image data, which is obtainable and reproducible by the operated communication device, from among the plural pieces of image data stored in the storing unit based on the elapsed time information and the identification information received.
US09497371B2 Automatic image-capturing apparatus, automatic image-capturing control method, image display system, image display method, display control apparatus, and display control method
An automatic image-capturing apparatus including an image-capturing unit configured to capture an image of a subject so as to obtain captured image data; an automatic captured-image obtaining unit configured to automatically obtain the captured image data obtained by the image-capturing unit without being based on an operation of a user; an inclination detection unit configured to detect an inclination in at least one of a pan direction and a tilt direction; and a control unit configured to control the obtaining operation performed by the automatic captured-image obtaining unit on the basis of information on the inclination in the pan direction or in the tilt direction, the inclination being detected by the inclination detection unit.
US09497370B2 Array camera architecture implementing quantum dot color filters
Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention utilize array cameras incorporating quantum dot color filters. One embodiment includes: lens elements formed on substrates separated by spacers, where the lens elements, substrates and spacers form a plurality of optical channels; at least one aperture located within each optical channel; at least one spectral filter located within each optical channel, where each spectral filter is configured to pass a specific spectral band of light; and at least one quantum dot color filter located within each optical channel to receive the specific spectral band of light passed by the at least one spectral filter located within the optical channel, where the at least one quantum dot color filter is configured to emit a spectral band of light having a bandwidth that is narrower than the specific spectral band of light passed by the at least one spectral filter.
US09497367B1 Maximizing effective surface area of a rectangular image sensor concurrently capturing image data from two lenses
A rectangular image sensor can be present within an optical capture device. Two lenses can capture and direct light from the real world environment upon the image sensor. The light from each of the two lenses can be concurrently directed to the same rectangular image sensor. Each of the two lenses can produce a corresponding image circle simultaneously on the rectangular image sensor. An area of the image circles from the two lenses can be non-overlapping. The image sensor can be a device which converts light within the real world environment into electronic signals.
US09497365B2 Imaging lens, and electronic apparatus including the same
An imaging lens includes first to sixth lens elements arranged from an object side to an image side in the given order. Through designs of surfaces of the lens elements and relevant optical parameters, a short system length of the imaging lens may be achieved while maintaining good optical performance.
US09497358B2 Video latency reduction
Aspects of the present disclosure relate to video capture. In particular, aspects of the present related to systems and methods for reducing latency in the capture of video frames. Various implementations of the present disclosure may add extra pixels to a video frame so that visible pixels within each frame may be transferred faster through a video interface. In particular, adding extra pixels to a frame may cause an increase in a pixel clock that is generated based on the total number of pixels within each frame. As a result of the corresponding decrease in the time needed to transfer visible pixels in each frame, latency due to delay in a video capture process may be reduced.
US09497357B2 Image compressing/decompressing apparatus and image forming apparatus
A subsampling unit (2) converts pixel values of plural pixels in a pixel block in the chroma plane to one pixel value associated with the pixel block on the basis of values in the pixel block in an attribute plane that indicates existency of an edge at the predetermined resolution. A compression processing unit (3) performs a compression process for a luma plane and the chroma planes for which the subsampling has been performed by the subsampling unit (2).
US09497356B1 Color reproduction, pattern hiding and image alternations with halftone prints on metal
We propose new methods for creating color or achromatic images that are printed with classical cyan, magenta, yellow and a white diffusing ink on a metallic substrate. We optimize the surface coverages of the cyan, magenta, yellow and white inks in order to create color prints on a metallic surface that look bright and colorful under specular reflection and also look good under non-specular observation conditions. We also provide new means for the prevention of counterfeits. A first effect enables viewing on the same metallic print one achromatic image in specular viewing mode and a second independent achromatic image in non-specular viewing mode. The second effect enables hiding a pattern such as text, graphics or a grayscale image within the printed color image in one viewing mode, specular or non-specular and showing that pattern in the second viewing mode, non-specular or specular, respectively.
US09497351B1 Image forming system and monitoring method in which an image forming apparatus is monitored via a server
A server, image forming apparatus, image forming system, or monitoring method allows an administrator an intuitive, visual grasp of the status of an image forming apparatus and helps reduce the load on network communication. The server has a template code/character data acquirer that acquires, from an image forming apparatus having a display displaying a panel image, a template code corresponding to a template image included in the panel image and character data included in the panel image; and a panel image generator that reads, from a storage storing a template image, the template image corresponding to the template code and that generates the panel image by combining together the template image read and the character data acquired from the image forming apparatus.
US09497344B2 Image forming apparatus which detects a blank page from an image of a document, method for controlling the same, and storage medium
In a case where a conveyed document is a first page, printing is started before a result of determination as to whether the document is a blank page is output, whereby a time until a first sheet is output can be shortened.
US09497340B2 Print control apparatus, print control method, storage medium for storing program, and printing system
Degrees of wear of each of common components in respective printing apparatuses is acquired, the common components being used in a plurality of printing apparatuses. Print processing that the respective printing apparatuses are caused to execute is determined, based on the acquired degree of wear of a component for which a maintenance time is long among the common components, in the respective printing apparatuses. A printing apparatus is caused to execute print processing, based on this determination.
US09497336B2 Display program and display apparatus
A wireless communication device may have a processing unit for executing a first program and a communication interface configured to communicate with an external apparatus such as an image forming apparatus by way of a short-range communication protocol. The wireless communication device may determine whether a prescribed condition is satisfied under a condition that a specific display screen has been displayed on the wireless communication device by a second program different from the first program. The specific display screen may be displayed based on the wireless communication device being in communication with the external apparatus using a short-range communication protocol. The wireless communication device may display a message regarding communication between the wireless communication device and the external apparatus using the short-range communication protocol in response to determining that the prescribed condition is satisfied.
US09497335B2 Non-transitory storage medium storing instructions executable by information processing apparatus, and the information processing apparatus
A non-transitory storage medium stores control programs. The programs cause an information processing apparatus to: acquire an instruction for the information processing apparatus, based on a reception of the operation by the receiver; determine, based on the acquired instruction, whether a content to be transmitted to a web server is determined to be one of a first content which is created by an external reading apparatus and which is not stored at the acquisition of the instruction and a second content which is stored at the acquisition of the instruction; when the content to be transmitted to the web server is determined to be the first content, output a request for the first content and acquire the first content; and output first content location information indicating a location of the acquired first content.
US09497333B2 System and method for providing customized product configuration and service plan options for a camera device
A system and method for obtaining photographic products and/or services comprises bundling image capture and printing technologies into products and/or services that are paid for by a consumer with monthly or yearly subscription fees. The system and method involves selecting a camera and selecting a photographic products/service plan which designates photographic products and/or services which are to be associated with the selected camera. The system and method gives the consumer the option of selecting a specific camera from a menu of cameras, and a specific photographic product/service plan which is to be associated with the selected camera from a product/service menu. As a further option, the consumer can customize his/her product/service plan in accordance with his/her preference. The plan can provide for products and/or services for images captured and/or film exposed by the camera for a predetermined amount of time at a predetermined fee. At the end of the plan, the consumer could have the option of returning the camera, exchanging the camera for a different camera, or keeping the camera at no cost or for a reduced price. The photographic products and/or services provided by the plan could be products and/or services such as film developing, printing, image products, scanning, photo CDs, image storage, etc.
US09497332B2 Electronic device and ringtone control method of the electronic device
In a ringtone control method executed in an electronic device receiving a call, an image capturing device captures images of surroundings of the electronic device in the event of receiving a call. The absence or presence of a person in the surroundings of the electronic device is detected and, if a person is found, whether the person is moving towards or away from the electronic device is detected according to the images. If the person is moving towards the electronic device, a ringtone volume of the call is decreased. If the person is moving away from the electronic device, the ringtone volume of the call is increased.
US09497328B2 Conference call alerts
Conference call alerting is provided. A first device of a plurality of telecommunications devices initiates a telecommunications link between the first device and a second device of the plurality of telecommunications devices. The first device receives an interaction that includes a communications address of a third device of the plurality of telecommunications devices. The telecommunications link is modified to include the third device. In response to the third device joining the telecommunications link, the first device issues an alert to the second device and the third device, wherein the alert indicates that the third device has joined the telecommunications link.
US09497327B2 Voicemail preview and editing system
A voicemail computer system transcribes a voicemail message into text that is presented to a calling party for approval. A calling party is able to approve, disapprove or edit a voicemail message prior to delivery to one or more called parties. The voicemail computer system may analyze a voicemail message to detect errors, omissions, or potentially offensive words. The voicemail computer may analyze a voicemail message to make suggestions as to tone, content or information contained within the voicemail message. The calling party can edit the voicemail message or approve it prior to providing a notification to one or more called parties that they have received the voicemail message.
US09497326B1 System and method for voicemail acceleration
A system and method are presented for voicemail acceleration. A voicemail acceleration system, which functions to accelerate the experience of a user, is associated with at least one user device. A user may initiate an interaction with another user, wherein the device associated with the voicemail acceleration system detects that the interaction is being sent to voicemail through contact analysis. A pre-established message and/or a number of options may be presented to the user initiating the interaction, wherein the user may choose an option or elect to automatically leave a message and end the interaction on their end. The voicemail acceleration system provides the retrieved message to the other user and finishes the interaction.
US09497324B2 Device of a vehicle for restoring one or more functions or available choices for a mobile communication device
This provides for controlling mobile device functions and features. For example, it limits or disables the use of some of mobile device features which could cause distraction to the user, when the user is engaged in another activity. In an example, it enables other mobile device features based on occurrence of events related to the user or environment. Another example addresses controlling the mobile device features, such as SMS, while the user is in a vehicle or driving. Another example restricts the ability of the driver of a vehicle to text, while the vehicle is in motion, by automatically disabling the texting ability of mobile device within and around the perimeter of the driver's seat. Other variations, examples, improvements, detection mechanisms, models, techniques, calculations, verification mechanisms, and features are also described in details.
US09497322B2 Remote control of a web browser
A system for remotely and interactively controlling visual and multimedia content displayed on and rendered by a web browser using a telephony device. In particular, the system relates to receiving a voice input (e.g., dual tone multi-frequency DTMF input, spoken input, etc.) from a telephony device (e.g., a landline, a cellular telephone, or other system with telephone functionality, etc.) via a wide-area network to an intermediary computer that is configured to control the rendering of one or more web pages (or other web data) by a standard web browser.
US09497319B2 System and method of communicating presence information
A method of communicating presence information is provided. The method includes receiving (210) at a controller node a location identification indication from a mobile device. The location identification is based on a location identifier received at the mobile device from a broadcast node. A conference status of the mobile device is determined (220) at the controller node based on the location identification indication and a device identifier of the mobile device. The mobile device is instructed to update (230) a presence indication when the mobile device meets a conference status criteria.
US09497318B2 Method and apparatus for line selection in a communication device
The present disclosure provide embodiments of an apparatus and method for selecting a line from two or more lines on a communication device. In accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure, there is provided a method, comprising: detecting initiation of an outgoing call from a communication device to a target party, the communication device having at least two lines; identifying the target party in contact information; determining which of the at least two lines is associated with the target party; in response to the detecting the initiation of the outgoing call, operating the communication device to make the outgoing call to the target party using the associated line.
US09497316B2 Data communication
A method and corresponding device for determining a data connection profile for a data connection (15) between one of a plurality of end-user devices (14, 16, 18) and an aggregation transceiver device (24, 34), the data connection belonging to one of a plurality of predetermined categories, each category being associated with one of a plurality of service providing entities (62, 64, 66), the method comprising receiving performance data indicative of the performance of a data connection; receiving an entity identifier indicative of one of said plurality of service providing entities, and determining in dependence thereon the category to which the data connection belongs; and determining a data connection profile for the data connection in dependence on the performance data and on the category so-determined, the data connection profile specifying a set of values for one or more parameters associated with the data connection.
US09497315B1 Transcribing audio communication sessions
A computer-implemented method to provide transcriptions of an audio communication session is disclosed. The method may include receiving audio data at a first device from a second device over a first wireless network connection of a first wireless network type and providing the audio data to a speaker of the first device for output of the audio data. The method may further include encoding the audio data at the first device based on a second wireless network type and transmitting the encoded audio data from the first device over a second wireless network of the second wireless network type.
US09497311B2 System and method for multimodal short-cuts to digital services
A method and system for facilitating user access to services through a wireless device of a user, involves recommending to a user a subset of services from a plurality of services available to the user in which each recommended service of the subset has at least one voice short-cut associated therewith, and selecting a service to be accessed through the user's wireless device from the subset of services according to a voice command by the user corresponding to the voice short-cut of the service.
US09497310B2 Method for controlling mobile phone to be mute through flip and mobile phone
A method for controlling a mobile phone to be mute through flip, and a mobile phone are provided. The method comprises, when a mobile phone receives a call, detecting a situational pattern of the mobile phone. If the situational pattern is a ringing pattern, the method includes controlling a front-facing camera to acquire image data every preset time and if the current image data is representative of an all-black image and image data acquired in the previous time is not representative of an all-black image, switching the situational pattern of the mobile phone into a mute pattern and controlling the front-facing camera to stop acquiring image data. By means of the present invention, a user can conveniently and quickly switch a situational pattern of a mobile phone into a mute pattern by simply flipping over the user's mobile phone.
US09497309B2 Wireless devices and methods of operating wireless devices based on the presence of another person
A method of operating a device for a user is provided. The method includes operating the device in a first mode; receiving an indication of a first person in the presence of the user; retrieving a first profile associated with the first person; and operating the device in a second mode based, at least in part, on the first profile.
US09497307B2 Smart watch
Provided is smart watch with a telephone function module and dial keys. Each dial key corresponds to an unchanged telephone number. After a Bluetooth connection between the smart watch and a primary mobile phone is established, both the smart watch and the primary mobile phone give a buzzing warning when the smart watch and the primary mobile phone detect that the Bluetooth connection is interrupted or a Bluetooth signal value is smaller than a set value. The smart watch is further provided with a temperature sensor, an acceleration sensor and a GPS module, and both the smart watch and the primary mobile phone give a buzzing warning if the sensors detect when change values of temperature and acceleration exceed preset values or if the geographical location of the smart watch is not within a set range.
US09497306B2 Providing audio announcement to called parties
The present disclosure describes a system, method, and computer-readable medium for providing audio announcement of communications to a called party in a communication network. The method includes receiving communication from a calling party and performing a lookup of information relating to the calling party in a database via an Internet Protocol connection based on an identifier of at least one of the calling party and the called party. The information comprises one or more audio files. The method then provides the audio announcement to a called party based on the audio files.
US09497301B2 Alarm circuit and electronic device utilizing the same
An alarm circuit applied in an electronic device includes an audio interface, an audio processor, a speaker, and a control unit. A first terminal of the control unit is coupled to the audio interface, to receive a first control signal or a second control signal. A second terminal of the control unit receives an alarm on/off signal. A third terminal of the control unit is coupled to the audio processor. When the second terminal of the control unit receives the alarm on signal, and the first terminal of control unit receives the first control signal meanwhile, the alarm on signal is transmitted to the alarm processor through the third terminal of the control unit, and the audio processor outputs the alarm signal through the speaker unit, to warn the user the mobile phone is being stolen immediately.
US09497293B2 Mechanism for pairing user's secondary client device with a data center interacting with the users primary client device using QR codes
A method for authenticating a user's secondary client device with a data center interacting with the user's primary client device includes capturing a quick response (QR) code displayed at the primary client device using the secondary client device, wherein the QR code is generated by the data center for the primary client device, analyzing the QR code at the secondary client device to extract information for initializing communication with the data center, providing information contained in the QR code to the data center by the secondary client device, wherein the information contained in the QR code is utilized by the data center to authenticate the secondary client device, and initializing interaction between the secondary client device and the data center when the data center authenticates the secondary client device.
US09497292B2 Facilitating the operation of a client/server application while a client is offline or online
One embodiment of the present invention provides a system that facilitates the operation of a client/server application while a client is online or offline. The system operates by receiving a request from an application at a client to synchronize data with a server. In response to the request, the system places the data in a resource, wherein the resource can be a file. Next, the system sends an acknowledgement to the application. The system then determines a protocol for synchronizing the resource with the server. Finally, the system queues the resource for synchronization with the server, or optionally synchronizes the resource with the server immediately.
US09497288B2 Subscriber based priority of messages in a publisher-subscriber domain
Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method, computer program product, and computer system for prioritizing messages based on subscriber preferences. In an embodiment of the invention, an application server computer determines that a subscriber is subscribed to at least one topic space. The application server computer receives one or more topic priority preferences from the subscriber, and a plurality of messages from the at least one topic space. The application server computer prioritizes the plurality of messages based on the received topic priority preference, and sends the prioritized plurality of messages to the subscriber.
US09497284B2 Apparatus and method for caching of compressed content in a content delivery network
A content delivery network (CDN) edge server is provisioned to provide last mile acceleration of content to requesting end users. The CDN edge server fetches, compresses and caches content obtained from a content provider origin server, and serves that content in compressed form in response to receipt of an end user request for that content. It also provides “on-the-fly” compression of otherwise uncompressed content as such content is retrieved from cache and is delivered in response to receipt of an end user request for such content. A preferred compression routine is gzip, as most end user browsers support the capability to decompress files that are received in this format. The compression functionality preferably is enabled on the edge server using customer-specific metadata tags.
US09497281B2 Systems and methods to cache packet steering decisions for a cluster of load balancers
The present disclosure is directed towards methods and systems for caching packet steering sessions for steering data packets between intermediary devices of a cluster of intermediary devices intermediary to a client and a plurality of servers. A first intermediary device receives a first data packet and determines, from a hash of a tuple of the first packet, a second intermediary device to which to steer the first packet. The first device stores, to a session for storing packet steering information, the identity of the second device and the tuple. The first device receives a second packet having a corresponding tuple that matches the tuple of the first packet and determines, based on a lookup for the session using the tuple of the second packet, that the second device is the intermediary device to which to steer the second packet. The first device steers the second packet to the second device.
US09497277B2 Interest graph-powered search
A method, which identifies information of interest within an organization, determines use data that characterizes relationships among information items within the organization, where the information items include user data and collections of information items. The method generates interest data indicating affinities among the information items based on the determined use data. After receiving a query for data regarding the information items, the method responds to the query by providing one or more results based on the generated interest data. More details are provided herein.
US09497274B2 Extending functionality of web-based applications
A centralized location for discovery and data exchange for web applications. Embodiments of the invention are directed to providing a centralized interface location to send data to and receive data from one or more web applications hosted on application servers different from a server hosting the centralized interface. An application developer for a subscriber having an account with the web application may therefore easily extend the functionality of one or more web applications by communicating with a single interface provided, rather than with separate interfaces for each application. The centralized interface may provide information such as a list of all web applications or functionality to which a particular subscriber has access, and may support any desired extension (e.g., addition of users).
US09497273B2 Method and device for pairing a terminal and a user account
A pairing must be performed between a terminal, referred to as terminal to be paired, and a user account for a service implemented by at least one device connected to a first communication network. The terminal to be paired is connected via a second communication network to a gateway which interconnects the first and second communication networks by performing an address translation by means of a public address routable on the first communication network. A pairing device performs steps: of obtaining (3.2) said public address; of detecting (3.4) an access to said user account, said access being performed from another terminal (1.2), distinct from the terminal to be paired; of obtaining (3.5) the address of said other terminal; of pairing (3.6) the terminal to be paired and said user account if the address of said other terminal coincides with said public address.
US09497269B2 Service system and method of providing service in digital receiver thereof
Disclosed are a service system and a method of providing a service in a digital receiver. The service providing method includes selecting content including an identifier with respect to an SNS or a data exchange space that is opened in linkage with content from a service guide, and outputting the selected content and the SNS or the data exchange space linked to the content in respective areas of a screen. The SNS linked to the content includes a data exchange space configured to allow one or more SNS users to simultaneously access the data exchange space using an open API from the server, and also includes a SNS identifier having a format as access information for the corresponding data exchange space.
US09497268B2 Method and device for data transmissions using RDMA
Method and device for data transmissions using RDMA. The present invention is implemented between a first entity using a first data structure type and a second entity using a second data structure type over a third entity. The third entity is coupled to a table caching fingerprints of first data structures of the first data structure type and second data structures of the second data structure type associated therewith. A certain first data structure and the second data structure associated therewith represent a certain, identical RDMA function call. A first data structure representing a certain RDMA function call is sent from the first entity to the third entity; the fingerprint for the sent first data structure is determined; a second data structure associated with the determined fingerprint is looked up in the table; and the looked up second data structure is sent to the second entity.
US09497265B2 Apparatus and method for inviting users to online sessions
An invitation service performs a series of transactions to enable P2P communication between two or more mobile data processing devices. Prior to attempting to establish a P2P network communication channel, the invitation service may first collect network information for each of the mobile devices and use the network information to determine if a direct P2P network communication channel is feasible. If a direct connection is feasible, then the invitation service provides for direct P2P communication, pushing the necessary network information to each of the mobile devices. If a direct connection is infeasible, or an attempted direct connection fails, then the invitation service may identify network information associated with a relay service. The network information may then be used by any pair of mobile devices to establish a connection through the relay service. The invitation service can perform its functions without maintaining per-connection state information for the mobile devices.
US09497262B2 Systems and methods for sampling management across multiple cores for HTML injection
A method for sampling management includes establishing, for a multi-core intermediary comprising a plurality of packet evaluation components executing on a corresponding plurality of cores, a frequency at which the multi-core intermediary intercepts a response transmitted from a server to a client and injects data into the intercepted response. For each of the plurality of packet evaluation components, an offset and a frequency based on a number of packet evaluation components in the plurality of packet evaluation components is established, a combination of the established frequencies substantially similar to the frequency established for the multi-core intermediary. One of the plurality of cores intercepts a response from the server to the client, at a time specified by the frequency and the offset. The packet evaluation component executing on the one of the plurality of cores injects data into the intercepted response.
US09497258B2 Declarative and adaptive content management
A computer-implemented method for content management across multiple server computers includes receiving a request to transfer a file between a central server computer and a client device. A list of two or more local server computers is received, wherein the two or more local server computers transfer the file between the central server computer and the client device. Operational information is received that is associated with each of the two or more local server computers and a duration of connectivity between each of the two or more local server computers and the client device. A strategy is determined for the file across the two or more local server computers based, at least in part, on the operational information associated with each of the two or more local server computers.
US09497256B1 Static tracker
The present invention relates to systems, apparatus, and methods of scanning a response to a first HTTP request for a web page in order to identify a web object for prefetching, and using a static tracker to identify and improve results. In one potential alternative embodiment, after a response is scanned a web object may be prefetched to a proxy server prior to a browser requesting the web object. The proxy server may observe one or more HTTP requests that are associated with the response to the first HTTP request for the web page and measure the success of the prefetching. After success is measured for the specific instance of the web object and the web page, a success rate for prefetching or not prefetching the web object as associated with the web page may be updated.
US09497253B2 Authorization review system
A computer system can provide user interfaces and back-end operations to facilitate review of the web requests. The system can detect whether an operation of an application called by a web request includes a review tag or a call to a review method. If a review tag or a call to a review method is detected, the middleware can initiate a review process that can include receiving input from a client device associated with a human reviewer. Upon receiving approval by the reviewer, the web request can be generated using a saved version of the original web request and executed. Thus, this review process can run without requiring that code for reviewing the web request be contained within the web request or the application called by the web request.
US09497245B2 Apparatus and method for live streaming between mobile communication terminals
An apparatus and method support live streaming between mobile communication terminals. A server Mobile Station (MS) Transport Stream (TS)-multiplexes audio/video data, generates TS data, and transmits the generated TS data in a live streaming scheme to a client MS through an accessed IP based packet service network. A client MS receives the TS data generated by the server MS in the live streaming scheme through the accessed IP based packet service network, TS-demultiplexes the received TS data, and restores the original audio/video data.
US09497243B1 Content delivery
A technology for content delivery is provided. In one example, performance of a caching network, performance of a delivery network, and customer demand are modeled. Instructions are provided for a client device on how to request content based on the modeled performance of the caching network, the modeled performance of the delivery network and the modeled customer demand.
US09497242B2 Adaptation, shunt transmission and stream switching method and system for coordinated service
The present disclosure provides an adaptation, shunt transmission and stream switching method and system for a coordinated service, and the method includes: a request message for service transmission is received from a terminal group; user context information, terminal context information and service context information are acquired according to the request message, and a service adaptation strategy and a service shunt strategy are established; the service adaptation strategy and the service shunt strategy are implemented, adaptation of the coordinated service is completed, and a shunt transmission of the coordinated service is performed; and during the shunt transmission, when a stream switching triggering condition is determined according to acquired network context information and terminal context information, the service shunt strategy and/or the service adaption strategy are updated according to a corresponding stream switching type, and a transmission path of a service stream is redirected. The present disclosure supports the implementation of stream switching, and provides a high-efficient service transmission and presentation service for individualized user service needs.
US09497240B2 Reassigning streaming content to distribution servers
Example systems and methods of distributing content in computer networks are provided. Content received at a first distribution server is transmitted to a plurality of destination devices via the communication network. When a traffic condition regarding the transmitting of the received content stream is detecting, an indication of the traffic condition to a traffic management device. Then, an instruction is received from the traffic management device to assign at least one other distribution server to additional destination devices in response to the indication of the traffic condition, and the received content stream is transmitted from the distribution server to the at least one other distribution server for distribution to the additional destination devices in response to the instruction.
US09497233B2 Application of a non-secure warning tone to a packetised voice signal
A method is disclosed of applying a non-secure warning tone to a packetized voice signal which includes receiving a voice signal containing a sequence of voice samples; providing a non-secure warning tone signal containing a plurality of tone samples; and modifying the voice signal by selectively including tone samples in the sequence of voice samples.
US09497232B2 Method for establishing an IP-based communications connection between an electric vehicle and a charging control unit
A method establishes an IP-based communications connection between an electric vehicle and a charge control unit associated with a charging station assigned an IP address. The electric vehicle is connected to the charging station via a charging cable and/or an inductive charge coupling for charging and/or discharging. A first communication connection that can be used exclusively by the electric vehicle and the charging station is provided via the charging cable and/or the inductive charging coupling. The electric vehicle having the charging control unit and the charging infrastructure can communicate via a second communications connection that can be used in parallel by other electric vehicles and charge control units. An identification is provided to the electric vehicle and the charging control unit. An IP-based communication is established between the electric vehicle and the charging control unit, using the IP address.
US09497231B2 Real-time placeshifting of media content to paired devices
Methods, devices, and systems are provided for placeshifting a media program. An exemplary method involves a media device storing identification information for a client device coupled to a network and receiving a request to transfer a media program available for presentation on a primary display device in a first format via the media device. In response to the request, a peer-to-peer communication session with the client device over the network is established using the identification information and an encoded content stream corresponding to the media program is transferred to the client device via the peer-to-peer communication session.
US09497227B2 Method of conveying a location information representing a physical location of a first communication device, a computer program product for executing the method, and the first communication device for conveying the location information
A method of conveying a location information (2) representing a physical location of a first communication device (D) from the first communication device (D) to a server (S) comprises sending a first invite message (12) of the server (S), the server (S) being triggered by a third communication device (C), to the first communication device (D) to invite the first communication device (D) to initiate a communication connection (26) to a second communication device (T), and sending an answer message (13) of the first communication device (D) in response to the first invite message (12) to the server (S), wherein the location information (2) is inserted in the answer message (13) for insertion in a second invite message (14) of the server (S) to the second communication device (T) to invite the second communication device (T) to accept the communication connection (26).
US09497226B2 Tracking the progression of a communication session
A global identifier is generated based on the initiation of a communication session in a network. The global identifier is sent during the initiation of the communication session. For example, in a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) INVITE, the global identifier is passed as the communication session progresses across the network. The communication session is logged based on the global identifier in a communication log. A map of the communication session is built from the session log based on the global identifier. The map includes all the elements that were involved with the communication session.In another embodiment, the global identifier is used to for a communication session that is sent across multiple disparate networks. The global identifier is passed in-band during the establishment of the communication session across the disparate networks.
US09497225B2 Service based consolidation of applications across networks
Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for consolidating applications or services across networks to allow the applications or services to be available on networks of different types. According to one embodiment, a method for consolidating applications across a plurality of networks of different types can comprise receiving at a service layer component a communication in a communication session from a first communication network of the plurality of networks. The communication can be in a first protocol. The communication can be translated from the first protocol to a second protocol with the service layer component of based on a state of the communication session. The first protocol can be different from the second protocol. The translated communication can be provided to a component of a second network of the plurality of networks.
US09497223B2 System and method for configuring a computer system according to security policies
Method and system for configuration of a computer system according to security policies. The configuration of an employee's personal computer system according to the security policies of the corporate network provides for security of access to the corporate network. Configuration change instructions are generated according to the security policy and applied to the configuration of the computer system. The configuration system includes at least one computer system used to access a corporate network, a policy application module configured to determine configuration parameters of the computer system and to pass the configuration data to an instruction forming module. The computer system is configured according to the selected security policy by execution of at least one configuration change instruction. The configuration system also includes a database of security policies.
US09497220B2 Dynamically generating perimeters
Systems and techniques relating to securely managing electronic resources are described. A described technique includes receiving a request to add to a mobile device an account setting for a server resource account. Detecting a trigger event for a new perimeter based on the account setting. In response to a parameter or a pattern associated with the account setting, retrieving a security policy from a resource server for the server resource account, and generating, by the mobile device, a new perimeter including the server resource account based on the security policy. The new perimeter is configured to prevent transferring data associated with the server resource account being transferred to mobile-device resources external to the new perimeter.
US09497215B2 Stealth mitigation for simulating the success of an attack
In one embodiment, attack traffic corresponding to a detected DoS attack from one or more attacker nodes is received at a denial of service (DoS) attack management node in a network. The DoS attack management node determines attack information relating to the attack traffic, including a type of the DoS attack and an intended target of the DoS attack. Then, the DoS attack management node triggers an attack mimicking action based on the attack information, where the attack mimicking action mimics a behavior of the intended target of the DoS attack that would be expected by the one or more attacker nodes if the DoS attack were successful.
US09497214B1 System and method for uploading and verifying a document
A computer implemented method may allow for the upload and verification of a document. In one aspect, the method may receive a file associated with an insurance company event, determine if the file contains a computer security threat and transmit the file to a temporary data server. The method may also determine if the file is supported and convert the file wherein the converted file is supported. The method may further flag the converted file for association with an insurance company event and transmit the converted file to a permanent storage server.
US09497209B2 Image vulnerability repair in a networked computing environment
Embodiments of the present invention provide an approach to repair vulnerabilities (e.g., security vulnerabilities) in images (e.g., application images) in a networked computing environment (e.g., a cloud computing environment). Specifically, an image is checked for vulnerabilities using a database of known images and/or vulnerabilities. If a vulnerability is found, a flexible/elastic firewall is established around the image so as to isolate the vulnerability. Once the firewall has been put in place, the vulnerability can be repaired by a variety of means such as upgrading the image, quarantining the image, discarding the image, and/or generating a new image. Once the image has been repaired, the firewall can be removed.
US09497203B2 System and methods for adaptive model generation for detecting intrusion in computer systems
A system and methods for detecting intrusions in the operation of a computer system comprises a sensor configured to gather information regarding the operation of the computer system, to format the information in a data record having a predetermined format, and to transmit the data in the predetermined data format. A data warehouse is configured to receive the data record from the sensor in the predetermined data format and to store the data in a SQL database. A detection model generator is configured to request data records from the data warehouse in the predetermined data format, to generate an intrusion detection model based on said data records, and to transmit the intrusion detection model to the data warehouse according to the predetermined data format. A detector is configured to receive a data record in the predetermined data format from the sensor and to classify the data record in real-time as one of normal operation and an attack based on said intrusion detection model. A data analysis engine is configured to request data records from the data warehouse according to the predetermined data format and to perform a data processing function on the data records.
US09497200B2 Managing limited network access configuration
A system, a method, and a computer program product for managing network configuration by a controller. A request to connect a device to a network is received. The network is accessed by the device by a port. The controller determines the device to be authorized to connect to the network. The controller configures the port in response to determining the device as an authorized device to connect to the network. The controller configures the port according to a first set of parameters. The first set of parameters regulate communication of the device on the network. After configuring the port, the controller monitors a set of communications. The controller monitors the set of communications for an error. By monitoring the set of communications, the controller determines whether the port meets network specifications.
US09497198B2 Systems and methods for application based interception of SSL/VPN traffic
A method for allowing or denying, by an appliance, access to a resource by an application on a client via a virtual private network connection includes basing the decision to allow or deny access on identification of the application. The appliance intercepts a request from an application on a client on a first network to access via a virtual private network connection a resource on a second network. The appliance identifies the application and associates with the intercepted request an authorization policy based on the identity of the application. The appliance determines, using the authorization policy and the identity of the application, to either allow or deny access by the application to the resource.
US09497196B2 IOT device environment detection, identification and caching
A method and apparatus for controlling latency within a wireless system, and more specifically sharing, updating and storing status information between devices in a wireless network, is disclosed. An example method includes receiving, at a computing device, a communication including an indication that a mobile device is associated with a device on a network; transmitting stored status data, wherein the stored status data includes a status corresponding to the device, and wherein when the stored status data is received, the stored status data is used to display the status corresponding to the device; detecting updated status data corresponding to the device; updating the stored status data corresponding to the device using the updated status data corresponding to the device; and transmitting the updated status data, wherein the updated status data includes the updated status corresponding to the device, and wherein when the updated status data is received, the updated status data is used to display the updated status corresponding to the device.
US09497195B2 System, method of disclosing information, and apparatus
A system includes a first device configured to provide a first service usable by a first user, a second device configured to provide a second service usable by a second user, and a third device configured to include a memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured to receive a first instruction from the first user, the first instruction for disclosing information about the first service to the second user, transmit authentication information to the second user based on the reception of the first instruction, and disclose information collected from the first service to the second user when receiving an access using the authentication information from the second user.
US09497193B2 Remote operation system, relay device, communication device, and remote operation method
There is provided a remote operation system, a relay device, a communication device, and a remote operation method which are capable of executing collective remote operations. The remote operation system includes communication devices, an external device that specifies at least one communication device as a target of a remote operation among the communication devices, and accepts an input of a remote operation content to be executed for the specified communication device, and a relay unit for relaying communication between the specified communication devices and the external device. The relay unit includes a storage unit for storing the remote operation content accepted by the external device, and a notification unit for notifying the specified communication device of the remote operation content.
US09497185B2 Systems, methods, and computer program products for providing application validation
Systems, methods, and computer program products are provided for application validation. A first request is transmitted to a ticket generation application. A first ticket is received, including a first unencrypted portion and a first encrypted portion. A second request is transmitted to the ticket generation application. A second ticket is received, including a second unencrypted portion and a second encrypted portion. The first and second unencrypted portions are concatenated to form an unencrypted shared encryption key. The first and second encrypted portions are concatenated to form an encrypted shared encryption key. The unencrypted shared encryption key is stored in a memory, and the encrypted shared encryption key is transmitted to a server.
US09497184B2 User impersonation/delegation in a token-based authentication system
A “trusted service” establishes a trust relationship with an identity provider and interacts with the identity provider over a trusted connection. The trusted service acquires a token from the identity provider for a given user (or set of users) without having to present the user's credentials. The trusted service then uses this token (e.g., directly, by invoking an API, by acquiring another token, or the like) to access and obtain a cloud service on a user's behalf even in the user's absence. This approach enables background services to perform operations within a hosted session (e.g., via OAuth-based APIs) without presenting user credentials or even having the user present.
US09497182B2 Cloud queue access control
An example implementation may involve a media playback system obtaining an authorization token corresponding to a particular queue of media items at a remote server. The media playback system may send to the remote server, (i) the obtained authorization token, and (ii) a request for access to one or more media items of the particular queue. The media playback system may receive, from the remote server, an indication that the media playback system may access the one or more media items.
US09497179B2 Provisioning layer three access for agentless devices
A method may include obtaining a layer two identification of an endpoint that is seeking access to a network, the endpoint omitting an agent to communicate a layer three address of the endpoint to a policy node, applying one or more authentication rules based on the layer two identification of the endpoint, assigning the layer three address to the endpoint, learning, by the policy node, the layer three address of the endpoint, and provisioning layer three access for the endpoint to the network based on the learned layer three address.
US09497174B2 Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for secure digital communications and networks
Provided are system, methods, and computer-readable media for systems, methods, and computer-readable media for secure digital communications and networks. The system provides for secure communication between nodes through the use of a subscription between two nodes based on unique identifiers that are unique to each node, and communication between nodes without a subscription may be blocked. Additionally, secure communications between a node and a remote node are dynamically encrypted using asymmetric and symmetric encryption. The encryption algorithms and key lengths may be changed at each subsequent negotiation between a node and a remote node.
US09497169B2 Method and system for selective protection of data exchanged between user equipment and network
A method and system for providing selective protection of data exchanged between user equipment (UE) and network is disclosed. The selective protection is applied to a packet, a bearer or an access point name for secure exchange of data between the UE and the network. The network decides to apply selective protection based on configuration of network, configuration of UE, load in the network, battery power availability of UE, type of application running on UE. Further, the UE can request for selective protection based on the type of application running on UE and the battery level availability of the UE. The selective protection is either enabled or disabled dynamically by the network. Further, various mechanisms for applying selective protection for each bearer, each packet and each Access Point Name (APN) are disclosed. Additionally, the method for identifying a secured and a non secured bearer has also been disclosed.
US09497168B2 Method and apparatus for supporting communications between a computing device within a network and an external computing device
A network communication bridge establishes communication between a computing system within a protected network and an external computing system. A registrar is positioned outside the protected network and registers authorized users. The registrar determines if the computing device associated with the user is publicly addressable, and for those computing devices that are not publicly addressable, the computing device maintains a persistent communication session with a bridge proxy server. The bridge proxy server employs a reversal or relaying technique to enable communication between two systems that cannot ordinarily establish communication with each other, based on characteristics of the two systems. If at least one party to a communication is publicly addressable, then a reversal technique is employed. If neither party to the communication is publicly addressable, then both parties have a persistent session with their respective bridge proxy server, and the bridge proxy server acts as a “relay service” for communications between the initiator and the recipient. The invention can be implemented as a separate application or as an enhancement to the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).
US09497164B2 System and method of redirecting internet protocol traffic for network based parental controls
A method of redirecting traffic on a network includes receiving a subscriber request to use a parental control service, assigning to the subscriber's access device an Internet protocol (IP) address from a block of addresses reserved for the service, receiving a transaction, determining that the transaction is from an address in the block, and redirecting the transaction to a parental control device on the network. A network-based parental control system includes an access device for an account that uses a parental control service, a dynamic host configuration protocol server that assigns to the access device an IP address from a block of addresses reserved for the parental control service, a parental control policy device, and a router that receives a transaction from the access device, determines that the transaction is from an address in the block, and redirects the transaction to the parental control policy device.
US09497161B2 Bi-directional data security for supervisor control and data acquisition networks
A cyber-security device provides secure communications bi-directionally between an external network and an internal network including a supervisor control and data acquisition (SCADA) device. The device includes a processor in data communication with the external and internal networks, the processor being programmed with a rule-set establishing validation criteria configured to validate data received from the external and internal networks. The processor is operable in an operational mode to pass between the external and internal networks only data that are compliant with the validation criteria. The processor is re-programmable with a new rule-set only in a programming mode. The device includes a switch that is manually operable to switch the processor from the operational mode to the programming mode.
US09497160B1 Symmetric NAT traversal for direct communication in P2P networks when some of the routing NATs are symmetric
Systems, apparatuses and methods are described for facilitating connection between two or more clients across a network that includes network address translators (NATs). In a particular implementation, the techniques include peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic processing and network address translator (NAT) traversal. Low cost data traffic processing techniques with minimal server intervention are disclosed. The techniques can establish direct connections between clients located in private networks behind NATs. In the case where the clients are each behind a symmetric NAT, the connection can be established indirectly via a non-symmetric NAT (used as a relay) which establishes connection with both symmetric NATs using the disclosed direct connection techniques.
US09497158B2 Secure electronic mail system
An e-mail system is disclosed that overcomes many deficiencies of, but is backward compatible with, existing e-mail systems. Embodiments of the system may include various features, including but not limited to: (1) secure transfer of e-mail messages, without the need for users to replace existing e-mail clients or to change e-mail addresses; (2) tracking of all actions performed in connection with an e-mail transmission; (3) the ability for a recipient to view information about an e-mail message, optionally including information about how other addressees have responded to it, before deciding whether to retrieve the e-mail message; (4) the aggregation of entire e-mail conversations into a single threaded view; (5) the ability to include both private and public messages in a single e-mail communication; (6) sender control over downstream actions performed in connection with an e-mail message; (7) flexible control over cryptographic methods used to encrypt emails messages for storage.
US09497156B2 Suggested out of network communication recipients
Disclosed in some examples are methods, systems and machine readable medium for recommending an out-of-network communication by determining a set of potential recommended members of a social networking service based upon one or more recommendation criteria. In some examples the recommendation criteria may include: a profile similarity to a previous target of an out-of-network communication, a degree of correspondence between an interest and intent of the sending member, and a likelihood of response.
US09497151B2 Optimization framework for in-memory storage of policy session data
The present disclosure provides for an optimization framework that optimizes the amount of information persisted in a policy session using rule introspection. In one embodiment, the optimization framework receives a message, where the message includes an attribute, and the attribute includes an attribute name and an attribute value. The optimization framework consults a mapping table to determine persistence behavior associated with the attribute name. The optimization framework persists the attribute in a rule field cache, according to the persistence behavior. In one embodiment, the persistence behavior includes a persistence type, a persistence mode, and/or custom persistence logic, which specify how the attribute should be persisted. In one embodiment, the optimization framework also provides for performing rule introspection and rule evaluation of decision rules.
US09497150B2 System and method for managing electronic conversations
A system provides a conversation construct for the routing of external communications to a party within an entity. Internal interactions of individuals in the entity may be associated by a server system with the conversation construct. Messages may be associated with interactions that may have as participants less than all participants of a conversation construct. An interaction may be a backchannel interaction and exclude one or more participants of a parent interaction. Interactions may be grouped into sequences that likewise may have a limited set of participants. A sequence may have a state associated therewith used by the entity to track progress in achieving an objective. A conversation construct and the sequences and interactions thereof may be presented in an interface to a user that includes those portions of the conversation construct for which the user is a participant.
US09497146B2 Message transfer system including display device, mobile device and message transfer method thereof
A display device is provided, which includes a memory which stores a plurality of templates which are differently set according to kinds of messages, a detector which detects different pieces of status information, a display which displays a message transfer screen, a controller which automatically generates a message through combination of at least one of the plurality of templates and at least one of the different pieces of status information, which respectively correspond to a selected kind of message, when the kind of message to be transferred is selected on the message transfer screen, and a communicator which transfers the message to an external device. Accordingly, the display device can conveniently transfer the generated message.
US09497144B2 Context-based storage of a conversation of one or more instant messages as a record
A computer-implemented method for storing a conversation as a record in a records management server is provided. The computer-implemented method comprises, capturing one or more instant messages exchanged among a plurality of participants as a conversation. The computer-implemented method further comprises, storing the conversation as a record in a records management system, in response to a determination that the conversation meets a predetermined criteria.
US09497142B2 Triggering actions on a computing device
In some implementations, a computing device may download a campaign from a server. The campaign may include a trigger and one or more actions associated with the trigger. In response to detecting that the trigger occurred, the computing device may perform the one or more actions associated with the trigger. The trigger may comprise an event that occurs at the computing device or a short message service (SMS) message that originates from the server.
US09497139B2 Client-allocatable bandwidth pools
Methods and apparatus for client-allocatable bandwidth pools are disclosed. A system includes a plurality of resources of a provider network and a resource manager. In response to a determination to accept a bandwidth pool creation request from a client for a resource group, where the resource group comprises a plurality of resources allocated to the client, the resource manager stores an indication of a total network traffic rate limit of the resource group. In response to a bandwidth allocation request from the client to allocate a specified portion of the total network traffic rate limit to a particular resource of the resource group, the resource manager initiates one or more configuration changes to allow network transmissions within one or more network links of the provider network accessible from the particular resource at a rate up to the specified portion.
US09497136B1 Method and system for providing usage metrics to manage utilzation of cloud computing resources
A management console application provides a dashboard which centralizes data from and access to one or more other applications. In a specific implementation, the dashboard displays resource utilization and tracking data generated by a first application, an application execution map generated by a second application that identifies the resources on which a third application is executing, or both.
US09497132B2 Method and system of implementing conversation-sensitive collection for a link aggregation group
A method is executed by a network device for implementing conversation-sensitive collection for frames received on a port of a link of a link aggregation group. The network device executes an aggregator to collect the frames for aggregator clients, where each frame is associated with a service identifier and a conversation identifier. The service identifier identifies a data flow at a link level for a service. The conversation identifier identifies the data flow at a link aggregation group level, where each conversation data flow consists of an ordered sequence of frames, and where the conversation-sensitive collection maintains the ordered sequence by discarding frames of conversations not allocated to the port.
US09497118B2 Communication system, communication device, controller, and method and program for controlling forwarding path of packet flow
A communication system includes a network device to be used for packet handling; and a controller capable of sending, to the network device, a packet handling rule according to a first protocol. The network device classifies, based on a condition, indicative of a scope under which the controller is capable of controlling the network device, whether to handle the packet according to the packet handling rule sent from the controller or to handle the packet according to a table entry that the network device autonomously sets based on a second protocol.
US09497117B2 Lookup front end packet output processor
A packet processor provides for rule matching of packets in a network architecture. The packet processor includes a lookup cluster complex having a number of lookup engines and respective on-chip memory units. The on-chip memory stores rules for matching against packet data. A lookup front-end receives lookup requests from a host, and processes these lookup requests to generate key requests for forwarding to the lookup engines. As a result of the rule matching, the lookup engine returns a response message indicating whether a match is found. The lookup front-end further processes the response message and provides a corresponding response to the host.
US09497112B2 Virtual data center allocation with bandwidth guarantees
A virtual data center allocation architecture with bandwidth guarantees that provides for the creation of multiple virtual data centers from a single physical infrastructure. The virtual data center allocation is accomplished in three steps. First, clusters are created from the servers in the physical infrastructure. Second, a bipartite graph is built to map the virtual machines to the servers located in a particular cluster and finally a path is calculated between two virtual machines. The virtual data centers may be dynamically expanded or contracted based on changing bandwidth guarantees.
US09497111B2 Communications method and system for communications of network accessing equipment
A method for communication link for an access network device. The access network device comprises: a node server, an access switch, and a terminal. The method comprises: the node server requesting for a protocol packet on the basis of a service initiated by the source terminal; acquiring a piece of communication link information of the current service, and the communication link information comprises a piece of communication port information for the node server and the access switch involved in the current service; on the basis of the communication port information for the node server, the node server setting up within an internal data packet address table the port directed by the data packet of the current service; on the basis of the communication port information for the access switch, transmitting to the corresponding accessing switch a port configuration command; on the basis of the port configuration command, the accessing switch setting up the port directed by the data packet of the current service within an internal data packet address table. By means of the present invention, the stability of a transmission channel is ensured, thereby avoiding delays for multimedia services.
US09497106B2 Systems and methods for synchronizing MSS and PMTU in Ncore and cluster systems
Systems and methods of propagating maximum segment size and path maximum transmission unit of network paths between an intermediary device of a cluster with a plurality of destinations are described. A first core of a node including multiple cores and intermediary to a client and a plurality of servers may receive a response to a packet transmitted to a destination indicating that the packet has a size greater than a MTU of a network path between the node and a destination. The first core identifies the MTU of the network path and determines that the identified MTU is different than an MTU used by the first core. The first core replaces the MTU stored in an entry corresponding to the destination in a PMTU table maintained with the identified MTU. The first core transmits, to other cores of the node, the identified MTU to update each core's PMTU table.
US09497105B2 Node, mesh communication network and routing reconfiguration method
The invention relates to a module equipping a node of a mesh communication network, identified on the network by a logic number and including an input and/or output port, which is characterized by configuration data for the network, including data corresponding to an adjacency matrix of the network and data corresponding to the logic numbers of the neighboring network nodes of the considered node; and a computation device capable of computing a routing vector from the configuration data, the routing vector being intended to be used by the input and/or output port for message routing.
US09497103B2 Isochronous local media network for performing discovery
In certain aspects, the present disclosure is related to devices, methods, systems and/or computer-readable media for use in an isochronous media network in which media devices connected to a network employ one or more synchronization signal to regulate or facilitate the transmission of media signals through the network. In certain aspects, the present disclosure is also related to devices, methods, systems and/or computer-readable media for use in a larger unified, or substantially unified, isochronous network created from aggregating local isochronous media networks in which media devices connected to a network employ a one or more synchronization signal distributed from a local master clock to regulate or facilitate the transmission of media signals.
US09497101B2 System and method for capturing and enabling analysis of test data packets from a radio frequency data packet signal transceiver
System and method for capturing and enabling analysis of one or more test data packets from a radio frequency (RF) data packet signal transmitter device under test (DUT). Recently captured data packets from a received RF data packet signal are retained for analysis following confirmation that they contain potentially valid test data packets. Such confirmation is achieved by confirming that a data pattern defined by currently captured data packets differs from a data pattern defined by subsequently received data packets. Following such confirmation, a trigger signal initiates access and/or analysis of the captured data packets.
US09497099B2 Voting architecture for safety and mission critical systems
A fault-tolerant failsafe computer voting system includes a switch module that generates a first copy of a first data packet and a second copy of the first data packet and that communicates the first copy and the second copy. The system also includes a first voting module that generates a first packet signature based on the first copy and communicates the first packet signature. The system further includes a second voting module that generates a second packet signature based on the second copy and communicates the second packet signature.
US09497089B2 Method and device for spreading deep packet inspection result
The present invention discloses a method for spreading a deep packet inspection result. The method includes: receiving, by an identification function network element, a data packet in IP network traffic; identifying the data packet; if the identification succeeds, save a first identification result obtained through identification in a local flow table of the identification function network element, and insert the first identification result in an extension field of the header of the data packet; if the identification fails, insert a second identification result in the header extension field of the data packet; send the data packet carrying the first identification result or the second identification result to a first downstream device. By means of the present invention, DPI service identification does not need to be performed on all network elements, thereby reducing a delay in executing a DPI service in an entire network and lowering a maintenance cost.
US09497084B2 Display filtering in device management system
Apparatuses, systems and methods are provided for monitoring a plurality of information technology devices. A filter control window displays user-selectable filter criteria items. The filter is applied to display a device list that includes only devices that match the selected ones of the filter criteria items.
US09497083B1 Discovering network nodes
Discovering nodes of a network is disclosed. A multicast group of the network is sent an Internet Protocol version 6 multicast packet that requires a receiver of the packet to provide a response packet. One or more Internet Control Message Protocol version 6 replies from one or more nodes that belong to the multicast group are received. A listing of nodes of the network is determined using the one or more received replies.
US09497079B2 Method and system for establishing, by an upgrading acceleration node, a bypass link to another acceleration node
Performing operations on nodes of distributed computer networks. A request to upgrade a first acceleration node in a computer network is identified. A second acceleration node that is linked to the first acceleration node is identified. A bypass link to the second acceleration node from the first acceleration node is established. The bypass link is configured to transmit new connections received for handling by the first acceleration node to the second acceleration node for handling by the second acceleration node during upgrading of the first acceleration node. Upon establishing the bypass link, the first acceleration node is upgraded in response to identifying the request.
US09497076B2 Dual-stack support for demarc auto configuration (DAC) mechanism in DOCSIS provisioning of EPON (DPOE) network
Systems, devices and techniques for operating a server in an Ethernet passive optical network (EPON) include receiving a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) control message from a demarcation device, processing the DHCP control message depending on a target mode of operation, such that when the DHCP control message is inconsistent with the target mode of operation, the DHCP control message is dropped and when the DHCP control message is consistent with the target mode of operation, the DHCP control message is forwarded to the EPON and indicating, to the demarcation device, the target mode of operation by including a Mode Select Option field in a DHCP response message to the demarcation device.
US09497072B2 Identifying alarms for a root cause of a problem in a data processing system
Methods for monitoring a networked computing environment and for consolidating multiple alarms under a single root cause are described. In some embodiments, in response to detecting an alert corresponding with a performance issue in a networked computing environment, a root cause identification tool may aggregate a plurality of alarms from a plurality of performance management tools monitoring the networked computing environment. The root cause identification tool may then generate a failure graph associated with the performance issue based on the plurality of alarms, determine a first set of leaf nodes of the failure graph, determine a first chain of failures based on the first set of leaf nodes, suppress (or hide) alarms that are not associated with the first chain of failures, and output a consolidated alarm associated with the first chain of failures.
US09497071B2 Multi-hop root cause analysis
Methods for monitoring a networked computing environment and for identifying root causes of performance and availability issues that occur throughout multiple layers of the networked computing environment are described. In some embodiments, a software service provided by a networked computing environment may experience a service-related performance or availability issue. In response to detecting the service-related issue affecting the service, a root cause identification tool may aggregate data from a plurality of information technology management software tools monitoring the networked computing environment, identify causal relationships between a plurality of failures associated with the service-related issue based on the aggregated data, determine a chain of failures of the plurality of failures based on the causal relationships, identify a root cause of the service-related issue based on the chain of failures, and transmit an alarm corresponding with the root cause.
US09497070B2 Machine to machine architecture
A machine-to-machine communication platform provides a flexible system for device control and solution hosting. In particular, the communication platform hosts and manages third party vertical solutions that interact with external devices. A third party gateway provides the third parties with access to the communication platform so that the third parties may define, configure, and monitor custom vertical solutions that are locally hosted in the communication platform. The communication platform provides a communication manager that implements a device independent communication facility for communicating with the external devices. As a result, the communication platform connects to, communicates with, and controls virtually any external device.
US09497066B2 Information processing apparatus, method for controlling the same, and storage medium
A communication apparatus receives a network ID from an access point, connects to a network formed by the access point, establishes communication with an external device via the connected network, allows data communication, receives a device ID from the external device, compares the network ID of the connected network with the received device ID, and determines whether the external device is operating as the access point based on a result of the comparison.
US09497055B2 Method and apparatus for polar receiver with digital demodulation
Circuitry and methods are described for digital signal demodulation. In a polar receiver, a modulated radio-frequency input signal is provided to frequency division circuitry, which may include a harmonic injection-locked oscillator (ILO). The phase of the frequency-divided output is measured using a self-triggered time-to-digital converter (TDC), which may be a Vernier TDC. A subtractor subtracts a period offset from the output of the TDC to generate an offset digital time output, and a digital integrator integrates the offset digital time output. The integrated time signal represents the phase of the radio-frequency input signal and can be used to determine a symbol, such as a phase-shift keying (PSK) or quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) symbol, conveyed by the modulated radio-frequency input signal.
US09497053B2 Upstream pilot structure in point to multipoint orthogonal frequency division multiplexing communication system
A central access network unit comprising a processor configured to assign a plurality of upstream training blocks from an upstream OFDM symbol to a plurality of downstream network units, wherein the OFDM symbol comprises a plurality of pilot subcarriers equally spaced across an upstream RF spectrum in a pre-determined time interval, and wherein each upstream training block comprises a different subset of the pilot subcarriers that are non-consecutive and situated across the upstream RF spectrum, and generate one or more messages comprising assignments of the upstream training blocks, and a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to transmit the messages to the plurality of downstream network units via a network, wherein the messages instruct at least one of the plurality of downstream network units to transmit a modulated pre-determined sequence at the pilot subcarriers corresponding to the upstream training block assigned to the downstream network unit.
US09497052B2 Technique for crosstalk reduction
A technique for cancelling or reducing crosstalk signals between controlled oscillators in an integrated circuit is provided. The technique involves an arrangement adapted to reduce a crosstalk signal generated by a first controlled oscillator to a second oscillator both comprised in the integrated circuit, wherein both controlled oscillators are configured to output a respective clock signal. The arrangement comprises a detector adapted to detect the crosstalk signal generated by the first controlled oscillator to the second controlled oscillator, a crosstalk cancellation circuit adapted to generate a cancellation signal having an amplitude substantially the same as that of the crosstalk signal and a phase substantially opposite to that of the crosstalk signal, and a cancellation signal injector adapted to introduce the cancellation signal into the second controlled oscillator.
US09497050B2 Clock domain boundary crossing using an asynchronous buffer
An apparatus includes a plurality of channels, where each of the channels includes an asynchronous buffer, a latency determination block, a tap selection circuit, and a variable delay. A latency locator is configured to identify a longest latency from among the channels and is coupled to provide the longest latency to the tap selection circuit of each of the channels. For each of the channels: the latency determination block is coupled to the asynchronous buffer to determine a latency value for the asynchronous buffer; the tap selection circuit is coupled to receive the latency value and the longest latency; the tap selection circuit is coupled to the variable delay; and the tap selection circuit is configured to select a tap of taps of the variable delay responsive to the latency value and the longest latency.
US09497045B2 Communication system and mobile communication device for providing position information, map information and evacuation route in case of emergency
According to an aspect, a communication system includes a mobile communication device and a communication device. The mobile communication device includes: a position information acquiring unit configured to acquire its own position information; and a communication unit configured to transmit the position information and an emergency signal. The communication device is configured to display, when detecting that the emergency signal and the position information of the mobile communication device are transmitted from the mobile communication device, the position information of the mobile communication device and its own position information on a display unit.
US09497043B2 Home base station system and data access processing method thereof
A home base station system and method for managing data caching. The home base station system includes: a plurality of home base stations used to provide wireless communication to at least one mobile terminal, wherein the plurality of home base stations are connected to a wide area network via a local area network, and wherein the plurality of home base stations are interconnected via a local area network; and a server, wherein the server is connected to the plurality of home base stations via the local area network, and wherein the server is used to manage caching of data in a home base station system.
US09497040B1 Using virtual networking devices and routing information to initiate external actions
Techniques are described for providing managed virtual computer networks that have a configured logical network topology with virtual networking devices, such as by a network-accessible configurable network service, with corresponding networking functionality provided for communications between multiple computing nodes of the virtual computer network by emulating functionality that would be provided by the virtual networking devices if they were physically present. In some situations, the networking functionality provided for a managed computer network of a client includes receiving routing communications directed to the virtual networking devices, and using included routing information to identify and initiate external actions whose effects are not related to how network communications between computing nodes of the managed computer network are configured to be routed or otherwise forwarded through the managed computer network, such as external actions that affect devices that are not part of the managed computer network, or other types of external actions.
US09497039B2 Agile data center network architecture
This patent application relates to an agile network architecture that can be employed in data centers, among others. One implementation provides a virtual layer-2 network connecting machines of a layer-3 infrastructure.
US09497037B2 Apparatus, method and system for providing event information
An apparatus, method and system for providing event information are provided. The apparatus includes an event sensing module receiving first event information on an event generated in an event generator in a multicast mode, a control module receiving second event information including detailed information on the generated event using the first event information, and a user interface module providing the second event information to a user.
US09497034B2 Method for pruning a multicast branch, protocol independent multicast router, and layer-2 exchange
According to an example, a multicast source may be connected to a first hop Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) router via one or multiple layer-2 switches that has PIM functions. A first hop PIM router may receive a multicast flow initiated by the multicast source, send a PIM prune message via a port from which the multicast flow is received in response to a determination that the multicast flow is not to be received, or the first hop PIM router may receive a PIM prune message for a multicast flow from a downstream PIM router or a multicast group leave message for a multicast flow from a client connected to the first hop PIM router and delete a port via which the PIM prune message.
US09497030B2 Remotely controllable electronic device and system including the same
An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a controller configured to transition the electronic device into a sleep mode, and a communication interface configured to establish a network session with the external computing device when the electronic device into the sleep mode, wherein the communication interface is configured to maintain the network session with the external computing device when the electronic device is in the sleep mode, and to transition the electronic device into a non-sleep mode in response to a signal, for requesting that the electronic device gets out the sleep mode, being received through the maintained network session.
US09497028B1 System and method for remote storage auditing
The present invention relates to remote storage auditing. In another embodiment, a remote storage auditing system may include a first remote storage manager configured to be a data owner, a second remote storage manager configured to be a storage donor, and a remote storage auditor. The first remote storage manager sends a data block and a signed fingerprint for the data block to the second remote storage manager. The second remote storage manager verifies that the signed fingerprint is associated with the data block and stores the data block and signed fingerprint. The second remote storage manager calculates a fingerprint for a sub-block of the data block, and sends the fingerprint for the sub-block and signed fingerprint to the remote storage auditor. The remote storage auditor audits a sub-block of the data block and verifies the fingerprint for the sub-block and signed fingerprint.
US09497026B2 Authorizing removable medium access
For authorizing removable medium access, a reassembly module retrieves a medium portion of an encryption key from a removable medium. The encryption key encrypts encrypted data stored on the removable medium and includes a plurality of portions. The reassembly module further retrieves the user portion of the encryption key assigned to a user requesting the removable medium. The reassembly module reassembles the encryption key using at least the medium portion and the user portion of the plurality of portions. The decryption module decrypts the encrypted data with the reassembled encryption key.
US09497023B1 Multiply-encrypted message for filtering
A multiple encryption mechanism is described. In an embodiment, an encrypted electronic message and a first decryption key of a public-private key group is received. The first decryption key is operable to decrypt a set of properties for the encrypted electronic message without decrypting the encrypted electronic message. The encrypted electronic message and the set of message properties are encrypted using one or more encryption keys of the public-private key group. The set of properties for the encrypted electronic message is decrypted using the first decryption key. Using the decrypted set of properties, it is determined whether the encrypted electronic message should be flagged as a specified type of electronic message.
US09497022B2 Method and system for improved fault tolerance in distributed customization controls using non-volatile memory
Certain aspects of a method and system for improved fault tolerance in distributed customization controls using non-volatile memory are disclosed. Aspects of one method may include mapping an input control signal to a plurality of input logic circuits within a security processor. A plurality of independent processing paths may be defined between each of the plurality of input logic circuits and an output logic circuit. Each of the plurality of independent processing paths may comprise one or more logic circuits. The input control signal may be routed via at least a portion of the plurality of independent processing paths. The portion of the plurality of independent processing paths may be combined in the output logic circuit to generate the input control signal.
US09497014B2 Method of transmitting and receiving control information in a wireless communication system
A method of transmitting and receiving control information in a wireless communication system is disclosed. The method of receiving control information related to a specific point-to-multipoint service in a user equipment of a wireless communication system comprises receiving a notification message including indication information and an identifier identifying the point-to-multipoint service from a network, the indication information indicating at least one downlink channel related to the specific point-to-multipoint service among a plurality of downlink channels established for transmission of control information for at least one or more point-to-multipoint service, and receiving at least one downlink channel indicated by the indication information.
US09497011B2 Carrier aggregation feedback method, device and system for different TDD uplink/downlink configurations
Disclosed are a carrier aggregation feedback method, device and system, relating to communication technologies. The number M of subframes requiring ACK/NACK feedback in a current uplink subframe is determined according to a TDD uplink/downlink configuration that corresponds to each carrier and is used for determining a timing relationship based on which a UE reports ACK/NACK feedback information of the carrier, and then ACK/NACK feedback information transmitted by a terminal device in the current uplink subframe and a candidate channel resource used for channel selection are determined according to the value of M, so as to transmit the ACK/NACK feedback information in the candidate channel resource by using PUCCH format 1b in combination with channel selection.
US09497009B2 Control and data multiplexing in communication systems
Methods and apparatuses are provided for wireless communication. First offset information and second offset information are received. A scheduling assignment for transmitting uplink data is received. The uplink data is transmitted with at least one of acknowledgement/non-acknowledgment (ACK/NAK) information and channel quality information (CQI) on a physical uplink shared channel (PUSCH). A number of symbols for the ACK/NACK information is determined based on the first offset information. A number of symbols for the CQI information is determined based on the second offset information.
US09497007B2 Methods of sending feedback signaling under carrier specific measurement gaps in multi-carrier
A UE (30) configured in multi-carrier with at least one secondary cell (SCell) may send feedback signaling to the network when measurement gaps are active, which prevent the UE (30) from communicating on the primary cell (PCell). Criteria, signaling means, and pre-defined rules are described for selecting feedback signaling and for selecting the alternative cell (e.g., suitable SCell) for transmitting the selected feedback signaling to the network node during the measurement gaps. Similarly, a SCell may be used to receive scheduling information during measurement gaps.
US09497006B2 Method and apparatus for transmitting uplink signals in wireless communication system for supporting multiple antenna transmission
The present invention relates to a wireless communication system, and more particularly to a method and an apparatus for transmitting uplink signals in a wireless communication system for supporting multiple antenna transmissions. The method for transmitting the uplink signals in the wireless communication system for supporting the multiple antenna transmissions according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises the steps of: receiving a PDCCH (Physical Downlink Control Channel) including uplink grant information for indicating a first rank value; precoding uplink data on the basis of the first rank value; precoding uplink control information on the basis of a second rank value; multiplexing the precoded uplink data and the uplink control information on a PUSCH (Physical Uplink Shared Channel) resource; and transmitting the multiplexed uplink data and the uplink control information. The uplink control information can include channel state information and the second rank value can be less than or equal to the first rank value.
US09497005B2 Method for communicating in a mobile network
The present invention relates to a method or communicating between a primary station and a plurality of secondary stations, comprising the primary station providing a plurality of resource sets, the primary station configuring a secondary station to search for a control channel on at least one of a plurality of search spaces each corresponding to a resource set, wherein at least part of one of the search spaces is used to transmit a control message to a secondary station, the control message being indicative of a resource allocated to the secondary station for transmitting to the primary station or receiving from the primary station data, and wherein the secondary station deduces from the part of the search space used for transmitting the control message an indication of the resource set from the plurality of resource sets within which the allocated resource is located.
US09497004B2 PUCCH resource allocation for carrier aggregation in LTE-advanced
The invention is a method and apparatus for signaling uplink control information in a mobile communication network using carrier aggregation. The signaling mechanism allows the transmission, on a single uplink component carrier, of control information associated with a downlink transmission on multiple aggregated downlink component carriers. Semi-statically reserved resources for the transmission of control information on the uplink component carrier may be dynamically shared by user terminals that are assigned multiple downlink component carriers for downlink transmissions. Implicit or explicit resource indication can be used in combination with dynamic resource indication.
US09497002B2 3D MIMO CSI feedback based on virtual elevation ports
Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques for a user equipment (UE) to efficiently provide feedback regarding preferred beams to a base station (BS) that transmits with different beams from different elevations. The techniques generally involve the BS transmitting first reference signals transmitted, using a plurality of elevation beams. The UE selects at least one preferred elevation beam based on the first reference signals and feeds this back to the BS. The BS transmits second reference signals using the preferred elevation beam and a plurality of azimuthal ports. The UE provides a second stage channel feedback to the base station, based on the second reference signals.
US09496999B2 Method and apparatus for resource allocation in multi-carrier wireless system
A method and apparatus for resource allocation in a multi-carrier wireless communication system enables transmission using smaller resource units and achieves efficient transmission of data channels with very low data rates, scheduling a greater number of user equipments without additional control channel overhead while maintaining compatibility with the resource allocation scheme of legacy user equipments. Thus, one cell controls a larger number of user equipments. In addition, as multiple user equipments are scheduled using a single control channel, resource efficiency is increased.
US09496998B2 Method, apparatus and system for uplink data transmission
The embodiments of the present invention provide a method, apparatus, and system. The method comprises: sending, by a centralized processing node, control information containing address information of a service ERRU and the transmission mode of ERRUs to the ERRUs in a COMP set; receiving the compressed uplink COMP frequency domain data sent by the service ERRU according to the transmission mode, wherein the compressed uplink COMP frequency domain data are data obtained by the service ERRU by compressing the original uplink COMP frequency domain data sent by the non-service ERRUs and the original uplink COMP frequency domain data of the service ERRU, and receiving the original uplink COMP frequency domain data sent by at least one ERRU according to the transmission mode. In the present invention, the data are compressed to reduce the uplink transmission flow between the ERRUs in the COMP set and the centralized processing node.
US09496997B2 Method and apparatus for measuring channel in wireless communication system
A method and apparatus for performing channel measurement in a wireless communication system are disclosed. A method for performing channel measurement by a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system supporting carrier aggregation (CA) and coordinated Multi-point transmission and reception (CoMP) includes: receiving information on a channel state information—reference signal (CSI-RS) resource set (hereinafter referred to as CRMS (CoMP resource management set)) for measuring CSI-RS—based received power from serving evolved NodeB (eNB); measuring a received power for the CSI-RS resources contained in the CRMS; and transmitting the measured received power to the serving eNB, wherein the CRMS is independently configured for each of the plurality of component carriers (CCs) capable of being aggregated in the carrier aggregation (CA).
US09496996B2 Communications system and bit-loading method used in a communications system
A communications system comprises a transmitter, receiver and channel. The transmitter transmits multiple copies of each data bit in a multi-dimension modulation scheme matrix, the dimensions being selected from frequency, time and code. Each dimension is divided into sub-groups. A bit-loading method is used such that copies of each data bit (b11, b12, b13) are allocated within the matrix according to a predetermined arrangement so that within each dimension copies of the same data bit reside within different sub-groups.
US09496995B2 Method and apparatus for reporting channel state in multi-carrier system
A method and an apparatus for reporting a channel state in a multi-carrier system are provided. User equipment receives an uplink grant including an uplink resource allocation and a channel quality indicator (CQI) request via one downlink carrier from among a plurality of downlink carriers. The user equipment reports CQIs for the plurality of downlink carriers via a plurality of subframes in accordance with the CQI request.
US09496993B1 Noise analysis to reveal jitter and crosstalk's effect on signal integrity
A method and apparatus for generating a probability density function eye are provided. The method preferably includes the steps of acquiring an input waveform, performing a clock data recovery in accordance with the input waveform to determine one or more expected transition times and defining a plurality of unit intervals of the input waveform in accordance with the one or more expected transition times. One or more values of one or more data points may then be determined in accordance with the input waveform in accordance with the one or more expected transition times, and a category for each unit interval in accordance with its state and its position within the input waveform may also be determined. One or more histograms may then be generated for the determined one or more values for each category of unit intervals.
US09496992B2 Apparatus and method for transmitting/receiving the hybrid-ARQ ACK/NACK signal in mobile communication system
An apparatus and method are provided for a mobile communication system. The method includes generating a symbol group to which an orthogonal sequence is applied; determining one of a first orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) symbol and a second OFDM symbol for mapping the generated symbol group based on a symbol group index and a physical hybrid automatic repeat request indicator channel (PHICH) group index; mapping the generated symbol group to the determined symbol; and transmitting the mapped symbol group.
US09496990B2 Method of remapping hybrid automatic repeat request timeline in time division duplex uplink-downlink reconfiguration
A method of remapping Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request (HARQ) timeline in Time Division Duplex (TDD) uplink-downlink (UL-DL) reconfiguration, for a communication device in a wireless communication system is disclosed. The method includes being reconfigured from a first TDD UL-DL configuration in a first radio frame to a second TDD UL-DL configuration in a second radio frame, determining a TDD UL-DL reference configuration according to UL subframe allocations of the first and second TDD UL-DL configurations in the first radio frame, and performing HARQ processes of the first TDD UL-DL configuration according to a HARQ timeline of the TDD UL-DL reference configuration during the first and second radio frames.
US09496989B2 Cross-layer and cross-application acknowledgment for data transmission
Systems and methods may integrate acknowledgments, such as application-level acknowledgments and medium access control layer acknowledgments. In an embodiment of a cross-layer acknowledgment method, a medium access control layer acknowledgment and application-layer acknowledgment may be integrated as a single medium access control layer acknowledgment. In an embodiment of a cross-application acknowledgment method, an application-layer acknowledgment for a first application and application-layer acknowledgment for a second application may be integrated into a single medium access control layer frame.
US09496987B2 Method for redelivering a subset of messages in a packet to a receiver application
A process, a computer program product, and a computer system for redelivering a subset of messages in a packet to a receiver application are provided. The present invention enables the partially received packet to be delivered to the application layer (LLM) and allow LLM to decide whether it has to request for full packet retransmission or partial retransmission of the packet. The present invention allows the LLM of the receiver to generate a PNACK (partial negative-acknowledgement) based on the subset of the messages consumed from within the partial packet. The present invention allows the LLM of the transmitter to process the PNACK, to regenerate a new packet from the original packet to contain only a subset of the messages, and to send this new packet to the receiver who has generated the PNACK.
US09496986B2 Layer mapping method and data transmission method for MIMO system
A method for indicating a combination between a codeword and a layer in a MIMO communication, system, a layer mapping method, and a data transmission method using the same are disclosed. A minimum number of codeword-layer mapping combinations from among all available combinations based on the’ numbers of all codewords and all layers are pre-defined in consideration of a ratio of a codeword to a layer, a reception performance of a receiver, and reduction of combinations, so that a data transmission method using the predefined combinations is implemented. If a.specific one codeword is mapped to at least two layers, a diversity gain can be acquired.
US09496976B2 Cell search method, forward link frame transmission method, apparatus using the same and forward link frame structure
A method of and an apparatus therefor searching a cell in a mobile station of a communication system in which a plurality of cells are grouped into a plurality of cell groups, and each cell group includes at least two cells. The method includes detecting a primary synchronization signal and a secondary synchronization signal from a received signal, and identifying a cell based on a combination of the primary synchronization signal and the secondary synchronization signal. The secondary synchronization signal is related to the cell group to which the mobile station belongs and the primary synchronization signal is related to the cell to which the mobile station belongs within the cell group.
US09496975B2 Dynamic directional synchronization signals in wireless communications
Methods, systems, and devices are described for dynamic directional synchronization signal signals in a millimeter wave communication system. A base station may determine a narrowband signal component and a wideband signal component of a synchronization signal for millimeter wave communications. The base station may identify network characteristic(s) of the millimeter wave communication network and adjust parameter(s) of the narrowband signal and/or the wideband signal components of the synchronization signal. The parameters may include a transmission power split or ratio, a bandwidth, a tone selection, or any combination of these parameters.
US09496974B2 Physical layer signaling to user equipment in a wireless communication system
A method of wireless communication includes receiving physical layer signaling from a serving eNodeB in a wireless network. Interference estimation, interference cancellation and/or spatial equalization of user equipment is controlled in accordance with the received signaling.
US09496972B2 Communication devices and methods thereof
Communication devices and methods thereof. The communication device comprises a communication module and a control module. The communication module is configured to receive point-to-multipoint data and point-to-point data on a first carrier, and receives a configuration of a second carrier after configuring the first carrier. The control module, coupled to the communication module, configures the second carrier according to the received configuration.
US09496967B1 Cycle slip compensation in coherent receiver
A receiver architecture and method recovers data received over an optical fiber channel in the presence of cycle slips. In a first cycle slip recovery architecture, a receiver detects and corrects cycle slips based on pilot symbols inserted in the transmitted data. In a second cycle slip recovery architecture, a coarse cycle slip detection is performed based on pilot symbols and a cycle slip position estimation is then performed based on carrier phase noise. The receiver compensates for cycle slips based on the position estimation.
US09496965B2 Chromatic dispersion compensator with integrated anti-aliasing filter and resampler
A chromatic dispersion compensator to receive a first set of digital signal values produced by sampling an analog signal at a first sampling rate and generate a second set of digital signal values by sampling the first set of digital signal values at a second sampling rate. The chromatic dispersion compensator applies a chromatic dispersion filter and an anti-aliasing filter to the first set of digital signal values.
US09496961B2 External cavity laser based wavelength division multiplexing superchannel transceivers
A technique relates to a superchannel. Laser cavities include a first laser cavity, a next laser cavity, through a last laser cavity. Modulators include a first modulator, a next modulator, through a last modulator, each having a direct input, an add port, and an output. A concatenated arrangement of the laser cavities is configured to form the superchannel, which includes the last laser cavity coupled to the direct input of the last modulator, and the output of the last modulator coupled to the add port of the next modulator. The arrangement includes the next laser cavity coupled to direct input of the next modulator, and the output of the next modulator coupled to add port of first modulator, along with the first laser cavity coupled to direct input of the first modulator, and the output of first modulator coupled to input of a multiplexer, thus forming the superchannel into multiplexer.
US09496958B1 Method and apparatus for traffic engineering on an optical transport network
A method for traffic engineering on an optical transport network, OTN, comprising network elements implementing asymmetric OTN switches, said method comprising discovering by each network element of said network ODUk containers available on each of locally terminated traffic engineering, TE, links and identifying the switching limitations of the discovered ODUk containers with respect to how said ODUk containers are switchable onto the ODUk containers available on other locally terminated TE links; identifying by said network element groups of ODUk containers available on a given TE link exhibiting identical switching limitations; negotiating by said network element with its neighboring network elements properties of to be advertised child TE links each associated with a separate ODUk group; and advertising by said network element for each identified group of ODUk containers a separate child TE link parallel to the original parent TE link, wherein each advertised child TE link indicates the total number of available ODUk containers within the respective ODUk group along with the identified switching limitations exhibited by the ODUk containers of said ODUk group and wherein the re-advertised parent TE link indicates the number of available ODUk containers reduced to account for the ODUk containers associated with the separately advertised child TE links.
US09496957B2 Method and apparatus for allocating optical spectrum bandwidth resources
Embodiments of the present invention provide a method and an apparatus for allocating optical spectrum bandwidth resources. The method includes: first determine bandwidth of an OTUbase according to optical-layer frequency grid bandwidth and carrier spectrum efficiency; then construct an HO OTUflex according to bandwidth of customer service data and the bandwidth of the OTUbase, bandwidth of the HO OTUflex is a first integer multiple of the bandwidth of the OTUbase; map the customer service data into a payload area of the HO OTUflex and encapsulate overhead information; at last, modulate the HO OTUflex that carries the customer service data to a second integer number of optical channel carriers. The embodiments of the present invention apply to a scenario where customer service data is transported.
US09496956B2 System and method for providing active RF shielding
A system and method for removing radio frequency emissions from an electronic device. The system comprises collectors for collection of the radio frequency signals, combiners for combining the signals to produce a combined signal, fiber optic transmitter for up-converting the combined radio frequency signals to an optical wave length signal, optical fiber for directing the optical signal, and a termination device for terminating the optical signal.
US09496953B2 Device and method for monitoring optical signal quality, and optical transmission device
A device for monitoring optical signal includes: an optical filter configured to allow part of a spectrum of an optical signal on which a frequency or phase modulated signal is superimposed to pass; and a detection unit configured to detect signal quality of the optical signal, based on a power ratio of a signal component to a noise component of the modulated signal, the power ratio being obtained based on a power change in accordance with the modulated signal of light that has been caused to pass through the optical filter.
US09496948B2 Single transmission line for connecting radio frequency modules in an electronic device
A millimeter-wave radio frequency (RF) system, and method thereof for transferring multiple signals over a single transmission line connected between modules of a millimeter-wave RF system. The system comprises a single transmission line for connecting a first part of the RF system and a second part of the RF system, the single transmission line transfers a multiplexed signal between the first part and second part, wherein the multiplexed signal includes intermediate frequency (IF) signal, a local oscillator (LO) signal, a control signal, and a power signal; the first part includes a baseband module and a chip-to-line interface module for interfacing between the baseband module and the single transmission line; and the second part includes a RF module and a line-to-chip interface module for interfacing between the RF module and the single transmission line, wherein the first part and the second part are located away from each other.
US09496936B2 Secure contactless data communication
In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, at a first device, a first signal transmitted from a first antenna and receiving a second signal after receiving the first signal. The second signal is transmitted from a second antenna after the first signal was transmitted from the first antenna. The method includes determining expected characteristics of an expected signal based on combining the first signal and the second signal. The method includes receiving, at the first device, a third signal comprising signals transmitted from the first antenna and the second antenna substantially simultaneously. The method includes determining whether the third signal comprises at least one characteristic that matches the expected characteristics. In response to determining that the third signal matches the expected signal, the method includes engaging, by the first device, in a communication session with a second device, the second device comprising the first antenna and the second antenna.
US09496935B1 Apparatus and method of blind detection of precoding matrix index of interference in wireless communication system
An apparatus and method are provided. The apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive a signal; a serving signal cancellation function block connected to the receiver and configured to remove a serving signal from the received signal to provide a residual signal; a blind detection of interference rank function block connected to the serving signal cancellation function block and configured to determine a rank of the residual signal, wherein the rank is one of a first rank and a second rank; and a precoding matrix index determination function block connected to the blind detection of interference rank function block and configured to determine a precoding matrix index based on the rank.
US09496934B2 Method and device for transmitting and receiving signals by using codebook in wireless communication system
The present invention relates to a wireless communication system. A method by which a base station transmits a downlink signal in a wireless communication system, according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: receiving first and second precoding matrix indicators (PMIs) from a terminal; determining a first matrix (W1) from a first codebook on the basis of the first PMI, determining a second matrix (W2) from a second codebook on the basis of the second PMI, and determining a precoding matrix (W) on the basis of the first matrix (W1) and the second matrix (W2); performing precoding by using the determined precoding matrix (W) at two or more layers to which a downlink signal is mapped; and transmitting a precoded signal to the terminal, wherein all precoding vectors included in the precoding matrix (W) have linear phase increment properties and can be orthonormal to one another.
US09496924B2 Mobile wireless power system
A mobile wireless power system capable of transmitting power through the skin to energize an implanted medical device without percutaneous wires and without precise positioning includes an external mobile wireless power source and an implantable receiving assembly. The mobile wireless power source is wearable by the patient and includes an excitation coil and transmitting resonant coil which are inductively coupled to each other and are housed in a durable housing. The implantable receiving assembly includes a receiving resonant coil and a power pick-up coil which are also inductively coupled to each other. The transmitting and receiving resonant coils are constructed as to have closely matched or identical resonant frequencies so that the magnetic field produced by the transmitting resonant coil is able to cause the receiving resonant coil to resonate strongly.
US09496922B2 Presentation of content on companion display device based on content presented on primary display device
In one aspect, a first device includes a display, at least one computer readable storage medium bearing instructions executable by a processor, and at least one processor configured for accessing the computer readable storage medium to execute the instructions. The instructions configure the processor to acquire data pertaining to first content presented on a second device, determine information pertaining to the first content based on the data, identify second content related to but different from the first content at least in part based on the information, and present a user interface (UI) on the display manipulable to issue a command to at least one of the first and second devices to present the second content responsive to the identification of the second content.
US09496918B2 Multicarrier communication system employing explicit frequency hopping
Variable bandwidth assignment and frequency hopping are employed to make efficient use of radio resources. Variable bandwidth assignment is achieved by dynamically allocating different numbers of subcarriers to different mobile terminals depending on their instantaneous channel conditions. The frequency hopping patterns are determined “on-the-fly” based on the current bandwidth assignments. The bandwidth assignments and frequency hopping patterns are signaled to the mobile terminals in a scheduling grant.
US09496917B2 Accumulating data values
An accumulation apparatus, which adds a number of data values, has an adder and an asynchronous ripple counter. The adder adds each current data value to an adder sum of the preceding data values. The asynchronous ripple counter, which is coupled to the adder, generates a ripple count by counting occurrences of overflow of the adder. The accumulation apparatus outputs an accumulated data value having the adder sum as least significant part and the ripple count as most significant part.
US09496916B2 Semiconductor device, receiver, transmitter, transceiver and communication system
A semiconductor device, includes a clock and data recovery unit to which a receive signal is inputted and which extracts, based on an operation clock signal, a clock signal and a data signal from the receive signal, a frequency error adjusting unit which generates a frequency error signal indicating a frequency error between the clock signal extracted from the receive signal and the operation clock signal, an operation clock generation unit which controls, based on the frequency error signal, a frequency of the operation clock signal, and a Spread Spectrum Clock Generator (SSCG) unit which varies the frequency of the operation clock signal by the SSCG unit based on the frequency error signal.
US09496908B1 Superheterodyne receiver with improved immunity to spurious noise interference
A super-heterodyne receiver includes a plurality of input filters configured to receive an input signal and divide up a tuning range of the input signal into a plurality of respective bands, wherein the input filters are divided into a plurality of filter sets, each having a respective filter set output, and each of the input filters has a center frequency and a bandwidth. The receiver further includes a first amplifier having an input coupled to a first filter set output and an output coupled to a first mixer; a second amplifier having an input coupled to a second filter set output and an output coupled to a second mixer. The first filter set comprises a first plurality of input filters having respective center frequencies ranging from approximately 1250 MHz to 6250 MHz, a second plurality of input filters having respective center frequencies ranging from approximately 8250 MHz to 18500 MHz, and a third plurality of center frequencies ranging from approximately 24000 MHz to 38000 MHz. The first filter has a center frequency of approximately 8000 MHz, the second filter has a center frequency of approximately 3500 MHz, and the first oscillator is adjustable between approximately 8250 MHz and 23000 MHz.
US09496907B2 Circuit arrangement for processing a radio-frequency signal
Described herein is a circuit arrangement for processing a radio-frequency signal.
US09496906B2 Receiver with wide gain range
A receiver comprises a passive gain stage having an input to receive an in-going radio frequency (RF) signal and a gain control signal to produce an adjusted in-going RF signal, a sliced LNA stage comprising a plurality of LNAs coupled to receive the in-going RF signal. Each LNA includes an adjustable source degeneration circuit for receiving a plurality of gain selection and control signals and an output port to produce an amplified in-going RF signal. A mixer is coupled to receive at least one of the amplified in-going RF signals produced by the sliced LNA stage and is configured to produce a converted signal at another frequency. A PGA is coupled to receive the down-converted signal and produces an amplified in-going signal.
US09496895B2 Compression method and decompression method
A method includes: first setting a first and a second storage regions; first comparing a compression target data in a file with data in the first storage region; first creating a first compression code of the compression target data based on the data in the first storage region when a predetermined first consistency between the compression target data and the data in the first storage region is detected; second comparing the compression target data with data in the second storage region when the predetermined first consistency between the compression target data and the data in the first storage region is not detected, the compression target data being moved to the second storage region after the second comparing; and first storing the compression target data into the first storage region when a predetermined second consistency between the compression target data and the data in the second storage region is detected.
US09496891B2 Compression device, compression method, decompression device, decompression method, and computer-readable recording medium
A non-transitory computer-readable recording medium has stored therein a compression program that causes a computer to execute a process. The process includes: extracting a numeric character string from input data, the numeric character string indicating a numerical value and including therein at least one numeral; and converting the numeric character string to a compressed code utilizing a dictionary that associates numeric character strings and compressed codes.
US09496887B1 Analog to digital converter with internal timer
An analog-to-digital converter includes circuitry for receiving an analog input and converting the input to a digital signal; and non-transitory control circuitry configured for: receiving a sampling time; receiving a conversion time; determining a power up time from at least one sleep mode; and causing the digital-to-analog converter to enter into the at least one sleep mode if the sum of the power up time and conversion time is less than the sampling time.
US09496883B1 Chip and calibration method thereof
A calibration method includes generating, by a digital-to-analog converter of a chip, a first predetermined voltage and a second predetermined voltage and outputting the same to an analog-to-digital-converter of the chip to generate a first digital code difference; determining a variation parameter according to the first digital code difference and one of a plurality of second digital code differences stored in a look up table of a memory unit of the chip; driving, by an external testing system, the digital-to-analog converter to generate the first predetermined voltage and the second predetermined voltage and output the same to the analog-to-digital-converter to generate a target code difference; and multiplying the second digital code differences with the variation parameter to calibrate a gain of the analog-to-digital converter according to the target code difference.
US09496882B2 Digitally controlled oscillator
In some embodiments, a digitally controlled oscillator includes a first oscillator a second oscillator and a switch. The second oscillator is selectively enabled in response to a controlled signal. The switch is coupled between the first oscillator and the second oscillator and is selectively conducted in response to the controlled signal, so that an oscillator signal is provided by the first oscillator when the switch is not conducted, and provided by the first oscillator and the second oscillator when the switch is conducted.
US09496880B1 Fully differential charge pump with switched-capacitor common-mode feedback
Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide methods and apparatus for implementing a fully differential charge pump circuit that eliminates a source of noise and power consumption by using a low-noise switched-capacitor common-mode feedback (CMFB) circuit, rather than a continuous-time amplifier-based CMFB circuit. The fully differential charge pump circuit presented in this disclosure includes the switched-capacitor CMFB (SC-CMFB) unit connected to differential output nodes of the charge pump and provides a feedback signal to the charge pump to control a common-mode voltage of the differential signals based on a reference common-mode voltage. In certain aspects, a replica phase-frequency detector (PFD), a frequency divider, and a non-overlapping clock generator provides control signals for the SC-CMFB circuit.
US09496876B2 Clock distribution architecture for logic tiles of an integrated circuit and method of operation thereof
An integrated circuit includes a plurality of logic tiles, wherein each logic tile is configurable to connect with at least one adjacent logic tile; a first logic tile includes: (i) an input clock path which is associated with an edge and to receive a tile input clock signal, (ii) a plurality of output clock paths, each output clock path is associated with an edge of the tile and includes at least one u-turn circuit to: (a) receive a tile clock signal having a predetermined skew relative to the tile input clock signal and (b) output a tile clock signal having a predetermined skew relative to a tile output clock signal, (iii) a tile clock generation path which includes a plurality of the u-turn circuits to generate a tile clock based on the tile clock signals, and (iv) programmable logic circuitry to perform operations using the tile clock.
US09496874B2 Receiver circuit and signal receiving method thereof
Provided is a receiver circuit which receives an input signal. A first restriction circuit provides a first reference voltage or an input signal higher than the first reference voltage to a first node. A second restriction circuit provides a second reference voltage or the input signal lower than the second reference voltage to a second node. A first PMOS transistor pulls up an output node based on a voltage of the first node, and a first NMOS transistor pulls down the output node based on a voltage of the second node. A second PMOS transistor is connected between the output node and the first PMOS transistor, and a second NMOS transistor is connected between the output node and the first NMOS transistor. At least one compensation resistor is connected between a power supply voltage and the first PMOS transistor or between the first NMOS transistor and a ground.
US09496872B1 Method for manufacturing a digital circuit and digital circuit
A method for manufacturing a digital circuit is described including forming a plurality of field effect transistor pairs, connecting the field effect transistors of the field effect transistor pairs such that in response to a first transition from a first state of two nodes of the digital circuit and in response to a second transition from a second state of the nodes of the digital circuit the nodes each have an undefined logic state when, for each field effect transistor pair, the threshold voltages of the field effect transistors of the field effect transistor pair are equal and setting the threshold voltages of the field effect transistors of the field effect transistor pairs such that the nodes each have a predetermined defined logic state in response to the first transition and in response to the second transition.
US09496869B2 Slave station
An object of the present invention is to provide a slave station that may not deteriorate even when a switch is placed in a vertical direction and that may replace only the worn switch with new one in low costs thereby having user-friendliness. The slave station according to the present invention comprises the switch. The switch comprising a flexible cylindrical member bendable in any directions and the flexible cylindrical member being detachably attached to a housing composed of a body, a rigid rod member attached to a free end of the flexible cylindrical member, a flexible rod member extending from a base end of the rigid rod member toward the base end of the flexible cylindrical member through the inside of the flexible cylindrical member, and a guiding member comprising a insertion opening for inserting and holding the flexible rod member, the guiding member allowing movement in a direction to the shaft line of the flexible cylindrical member. A detecting portion element is formed at the end of the flexible rod member protruded from the opening of the guiding member. The detecting portion element comprises an electrostatic substance and a magnetic metal substance. The detecting portion element comprises a reflective surface on the end surface or a side surface of the flexible rod member.
US09496868B2 Pivoting capacitive touch sense assembly
Apparatuses, methods and storage medium associated with providing use input are disclosed herein. In embodiments, an apparatus may include a capacitive touch sense module having a center region and a plurality of arms extending away from the center region in a plurality of directions. The arms may include a first arm extending away from the center region in a first direction, and a second arm extending away from the center region in a second direction opposite to the first direction. The apparatus may further include one or more pairs of springs, including a first pair of springs disposed at respective edges of an undersurface of the first and second arms to allow the capacitive touch sense module to pivot between the first and second directions. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
US09496865B1 Active isolation switch
An active isolation switch according to this invention includes a field effect transistor (FET), a first bi-polar transistor and a second bi-polar transistor, and an emitter bias resistor. The FET is formed with a source, a gate, and a drain. The first bi-polar transistor is formed with a first emitter, a first base, and a first collector; the first emitter is connected to the source and the first collector is connected to the gate. The second bi-polar transistor is formed with a second emitter, a second base, and a second collector, the second base is connected to the first base, and the second collector is connected to the drain. The emitter bias resistor is formed with a first terminal and a second terminal; the first terminal is connected to the emitter of the second bi-polar transistor and the second terminal is connected to the emitter of the first bi-polar transistor.The first resistor is connected between a bias voltage and the first collector; the second resistor is connected between the bias voltage and the base of the second bi-polar transistor.
US09496864B2 Gate drive circuit and method of operating same
A gate drive circuit for applying a voltage to a gate of a semiconductor switching device is disclosed. The gate drive circuit includes a gate drive controller that provides voltage commands for operating the semiconductor switching device, a plurality of primary gate resistors coupled between the gate drive controller and the semiconductor switching device, one or more secondary gate resistors connected in parallel with the primary gate resistors, a primary transistor connected in series with each of the primary gate resistors, and a secondary transistor connected in series with each of the secondary gate resistors. Further, one of the primary or secondary transistors receives the one or more voltage commands from the gate drive controller and provides one or more corresponding voltage levels to the semiconductor switching device via one of the primary or secondary gate resistors so as to control the on-off behavior of the semiconductor switching device.
US09496856B2 Apparatus and method for generating ramp signal
Provided is a ramp signal generating apparatus. The ramp signal generating apparatus includes N (N is a natural number) ramp signal generating cells that are connected in series to each other. Each of the ramp signal generating cells includes a power voltage unit for supplying current source, a latch unit for latching an output voltage of the power voltage unit, and a switch unit for outputting the voltage latched by the latch unit as an output voltage in response to an input signal.
US09496854B2 High-speed latch circuits by selective use of large gate pitch
An apparatus includes a latch circuit comprising a first set of transistors that propagate an input signal of the latch circuit to an output signal of the latch circuit and a second set of transistors that do not propagate the input signal of the latch circuit to the output signal of the latch circuit wherein a gate pitch for the first set of transistors is substantially greater than a gate pitch for the second set of transistors. Also disclosed herein, a method for improving circuit performance includes receiving an electronic representation of a plurality of latching circuits associated with a design file and increasing transistor gate pitch for selected transistors of the plurality of latching circuits, wherein the selected transistors comprise transistors that propagate an input signal of a latch to an output signal of a latch. The method also includes fabricating a chip comprising the plurality of latching circuits.
US09496852B2 Digital current sensing in power controller
Some embodiments include apparatus and methods having a node to provide a signal, and a control unit arranged to control a value of an output voltage at an output node on an output path based on a duty cycle of the signal and a value of an input voltage. The control unit can also be arranged to cause a change in a resistance on the output path in order to determine a value of a current on the output path based at least on the change in the resistance.
US09496847B2 Electro-acoustic transducer with periodic ferroelectric polarization produced on a micromachined vertical structure
A piezoelectric and ferroelectric bulk wave transducer operating at a predetermined frequency includes a block of substrate, having a first thickness and in a first material, and a piezoelectric and ferroelectric transduction plate, having a length, a width and a second thickness, and in a second piezoelectric material, first and second metal electrodes covering the plate in the direction of the length thereof. The plate has first and second ferroelectric domains with alternating polarizations, distributed along the length of the plate according to a periodic pattern of pitch. The plate is attached perpendicularly to the block so that the width of the plate and the first thickness of the block are the same direction. The first and second material, the first thickness of the block, the length, the width, the second thickness, the pitch of the plate are configured for generating and trapping bulk waves at the operating frequency of the transducer, guided between both electrodes.
US09496846B2 Acoustic wave device and electronic apparatus including same
An acoustic wave device includes a piezoelectric substrate, an IDT electrode including plural electrode fingers disposed above an upper surface of the piezoelectric substrate, a first dielectric film made of oxide disposed above the upper surface of the substrate for covering the electrode fingers, and a second dielectric film made of non-oxide disposed on upper surfaces of the electrode fingers and between the first dielectric film and each of the electrode fingers. The first dielectric film contacts the upper surface of the piezoelectric substrate at a position between electrode fingers out of the plural electrode fingers adjacent to each other. The acoustic wave device prevents the electrode fingers of the IDT electrode from corrosion.
US09496845B2 Common mode filter and method for manufacturing the same
The present invention discloses a common mode filter and a method for manufacturing the common mode filter. The common mode filter in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: a magnetic substrate; a first coil electrode formed on the magnetic substrate; a first lead electrode formed on the magnetic substrate; a first dielectric layer formed on the magnetic substrate; a height compensation electrode formed on the upper surface of the first lead electrode; a second coil electrode formed on the first dielectric layer; a second lead electrode formed on the first dielectric layer; a second dielectric layer formed on the first dielectric layer; and an external electrode formed on the second dielectric layer.
US09496840B2 Radio receiver
A baseband signal-conditioning architecture applicable to radio receivers uses switched-capacitor techniques to provide high-performance signal conditioning in low-voltage, deep-submicron processes (e.g., 65 nm and below). In the architecture, a first mixer is coupled to an antenna receiving the signal, and outputs a first mixer output signal based on the signal received by the antenna. A buffer coupled to an output of the first mixer outputs a buffer signal based on the first mixer output signal. A first charge pump is coupled to an output of the buffer, and produces a first charge pump output signal based on the buffer signal. In some examples, a second charge pump is coupled to the output of the first mixer and produces a second charge pump output signal based on the first mixer output signal, and the buffer input is coupled to an output of the second charge pump.
US09496838B2 Envelope tracking amplifier for a transmitter having a voltage mapping linearly related to the square of the amplitude of the baseband signal
An envelope tracking amplifier for a transmitter has a voltage mapping linearly related to the square of the amplitude of the baseband signal.
US09496837B2 Doherty amplifier
A Doherty amplifier has at least one peaking amplifier which has first and second drain connections, wherein the first drain connection is connected to the output network, and the other second drain connection is connection to the load. By providing two drain connections, separate package leads to the peaking amplifier can be taken into account when designing the impedance inverter and an output impedance. In this way, the circuit operation can be optimized both for the impedance inversion function and for driving the output load.
US09496836B2 Doherty amplifier
A Doherty amplifier has different drain voltages applied to the power transistors of the main and peaking stages. The impedance inverter comprises at least one first series phase shifting element between the output of the main amplifier and the Doherty amplifier output and at least one second series phase shifting element between the output of the peaking amplifier and the Doherty amplifier output. This provides a wideband combiner. The combination of this wideband combiner and different drain drive levels provides an improved combination of efficiency and bandwidth.
US09496835B2 Current sense amplifer with extended common mode input voltage range
Current sense amplifiers with extended input common mode (CM) voltage range, including an extended CM input voltage amplifier that includes a low voltage (LV) p-type metal oxide semiconductor (PMOS) input module coupled to a positive supply rail, wherein said supply rail provides a voltage that is the maximum between a positive input signal (IN+) applied to the amplifier and an internal power supply voltage. The amplifier further includes a voltage regulator coupled to the supply rail that generates a decreased voltage level relative to the supply rail voltage that is provided to the LV PMOS input module via a high voltage ground (HV_GND) line. At least part of the LV PMOS input module is powered by a voltage difference between the positive supply rail and the HV_GND line. The voltage regulator maintains said voltage difference within an operating range of LV devices within the LV PMOS input module.
US09496834B2 Operational amplifying circuit and liquid crystal panel drive device using the same
An operational amplifier circuit includes: a first differential amplifier section containing a P-type differential pair of P-type transistors; a second differential amplifier section containing an N-type differential pair of N-type transistors; an intermediate stage connected with outputs of the first and second differential amplifier sections and containing a first current mirror circuit of P-type transistors, and a second current mirror circuit of N-type transistors; and an output stage configured to amplify an output of the intermediate stage in power. The first differential amplifier section includes a first current source and a first capacitance between sources of the P-type transistors of the P-type differential pair and a positive side power supply voltage. The second differential amplifier section includes a second current source and a second capacitance between sources of the N-type transistors of the N-type differential pair and a negative side power supply voltage.
US09496832B2 Performance of off-chip connection for power amplifier
There is provided an amplifier arrangement comprising: a main amplifier connected to receive an input signal and generate an amplified version of the input signal; an additional amplifier, having a smaller geometry than the main amplifier, connected to receive the input signal and generate an amplified version thereof; and wherein the outputs of the main amplifier and the additional amplifier are combined to provide an amplified output.
US09496827B2 Radio frequency signal power amplification circuit
An RF amplifier includes a branch with an inductor series-connected with a capacitor between first and second power supply nodes, a junction point between the inductor and capacitor forming an output node. A further branch includes a MOS transistor series-connected with a switch between the output node and the second power supply node. The switch has a control node coupled to receive a first input signal. The MOS transistor has a gate coupled to receive a second input signal. A control circuit applies the power supply voltage as the second input signal when a frequency/phase-modulated signal is applied as the first input signal. The control circuit further applies a variable signal as the second input signal when a radio frequency signal of constant frequency, phase, and amplitude is applied as the first input signal, and in this mode the MOS transistor is constrained to operate as a current source.
US09496826B2 Transimpedance amplifier
A TIA converts an input current into a output voltage. The TIA includes a feedback circuit that controls a bypass current to be extracted from the input current. The feedback circuit includes: a filter that passes low frequency components of the output voltage; a voltage shifter which includes a current source and converts an output signal of the filter into a first shift signal with a time constant; a voltage shifter which includes a current source, and converts a first threshold reference into a second shift signal with another time constant; a comparator which generates a control signal to control the bypass circuit by comparing the first shift signal with the second shift signal; and a comparator which controls the time constant by comparing the control signal with a second threshold reference.
US09496823B2 Fault diagnosis system, fault diagnosis device, fault diagnosis method, program, computer-readable medium, and device under test
A fault diagnosis method utilizing a fault diagnosis system for diagnosing a photovoltaic module by estimating a fault location, the fault diagnosis system including a signal generator for generating and inputting an input signal into a positive terminal or a negative terminal of the photovoltaic module, a waveform observer for observing a reflected output signal from an open end or the fault location, a diagnosis unit for estimating the fault location based on the output signal, a conductive body, and an alignment unit for controlling the positions of the conductive body and/or the photovoltaic module. The diagnosis method includes controlling the positions of the conductive body and/or the photovoltaic module, observing the output signal of the input signal, and estimating the fault location based on two reflected output signals of input signals inputted into the positive terminal and the negative terminal of the photovoltaic module.
US09496815B2 Method for operating a linear motor assembly and linear motor assembly
A method for operating a linear motor assembly includes: open-loop controlled introduction of electric energy to a first stator segment provided with solenoids for an open-loop controlled provision of a magnetic field for a permanent magnet arrangement of a conveying means for a generation of drive forces, and closed-loop controlled introduction of electric energy to a second stator segment provided with a measuring device for a detection of a position of a conveying means and with solenoids for a closed-loop controlled provision of a magnetic field acting on the conveying means, wherein a controlling device effects a temporary switch-over of the second stator segment from a closed-loop controlled state to an open-loop controlled state at a transition of the conveying means from the first stator segment to the second stator segment, and/or at a transition of the conveying means from the second stator segment to the first stator segment.
US09496814B2 Motor drive control device and operation method thereof
When a motor drive control device is integrated in a semiconductor integrated circuit having a small chip area, calibration for improving the accuracy of detection of a counter electromotive voltage, which is for detecting the speed of a motor, is enabled. A first multiplier performs multiplication between a drive current detection signal and first gain information in a first register. A subtractor performs subtraction between a drive voltage command signal and a first multiplication result in the first multiplier. A second multiplier performs multiplication between a subtraction result in the subtractor and second gain information in a second register to generate counter electromotive voltage information as information on a second multiplication result. The drive voltage command signal in a control unit is set to a predetermined value to generate a condition which maintains the speed of the motor and a counter electromotive voltage at substantially zero.
US09496811B2 Driving device and driving method for motor, cooling device and electronic machine
The present disclosure provides a device and a method for driving a motor that demonstrates low noise and/or low vibration. A pulse-modulated control pulse signal S2 is generated by a driving signal generation portion 310 at each phase. A driving voltage VU˜VW, with duty cycle corresponding to the control pulse signal S2 and being inserted with specific idle time is applied to coils LU˜LW at each phase. A current phase detection signal S3 indicating a phase of the current IL flowing through the coil LU is generated by the current phase detection portion 330 at a specific phase (the phase U) corresponding to the control pulse signal S2 according to a pulse width of a terminal voltage VU at one end of the coil LU of the phase U.
US09496798B2 Variable speed drive for subsea applications
A Variable Speed Drive (1) for subsea installations (20), subsea vessels or subsea vehicles, as well as to a corresponding subsea installation (20), subsea vessel or subsea vehicle, has an alternating current/alternating current converter (2) having a current-controlled capacitor-less direct current link (7).
US09496794B2 Regulation of powertrain converter circuit
Regulation of powertrain converter circuits is provided. The power conversion may include converting between direct current and alternating current and the regulation may include reduction of distortion on switching start up and zero-crossings. Solid-state implementations, code implementations, and mixed implementations are provided.
US09496791B2 Multiphase buck converter with dynamic phase firing
Methods, devices, and circuits are disclosed for a multiphase buck converter with dynamic phase firing that moderates phase output current. In one example, a method includes evaluating a current of a first phase output of the multiphase buck converter. The method further includes, in response to the current of the first phase output not being higher than a current threshold, applying one or more pulses from a first duty cycle signal to the first phase output. The method further includes, in response to the current of the first phase output being higher than the current threshold, applying one or more pulses from the first duty cycle signal to a second phase output.
US09496782B2 Digitally-controlled power factor correction circuits, methods and articles of manufacture
A disclosed power supply includes a power factor correction circuit including a switch, an inductor having a first terminal connected to an input voltage, and a second terminal connected to the switch, a storage capacitor and a load, a value of the inductor selected to operate the power factor correction circuit in discontinuous conduction mode, and a controller programmed to operate the switch to increase a power factor of the power supply. The switching frequency of the switch is periodically adjusted to reduce electromagnetic interference.
US09496781B2 Soft start circuit for switching converter and associated soft start method
A soft start circuit for a switching converter, the soft start circuit has an internal soft start voltage generating circuit, an amplifier circuit and a buffer circuit, the internal soft start voltage generating circuit provides an internal soft start voltage, the amplifier circuit has a first input terminal receiving the internal soft start voltage, a second input terminal receiving a soft start reference signal and an output terminal, the buffer circuit has an input terminal coupled to the output terminal of the amplifier circuit and an output terminal providing the soft start reference signal. An external soft start capacitor coupled to the output terminal of the amplifier circuit is charged to provide an external soft start voltage, and the soft start reference signal is provided based on the internal soft start voltage and the external soft start voltage.
US09496780B2 Power overload protection using hiccup mode
A DC-to-DC converter includes a transformer including a primary transformer coil connected to a power input terminal; a secondary transformer coil connected to a power output terminal; a switching circuit including a first sense circuit that detects a voltage condition of the transformer, the voltage received at the first sense circuit being used to regulate the duty cycle of the switch and to initiate a hiccup mode that dissipates power in the primary and/or secondary windings when the voltage condition detected at the first sense circuit indicates an overload of the transformer; a second sense circuit that detects an over-current condition at the switch and/or primary winding; and a further feedback path connected between the second sense circuit and the first sense circuit that provides a second signal to the first sense circuit to boost the first signal when an overload is detected, and to initiate the hiccup mode.
US09496775B2 Controlling end ring balance in pre-balancing spinning process
A rotor includes: a shaft; a core around the shaft; at least one end ring connected to rotor bars that are at least partially enclosed in the core; and means for balancing the end ring around the shaft in a pre-balancing spinning process. A method includes: assembling rotor bars so that they are at least partially enclosed in a core of a rotor; connecting an end ring to ends of the rotor bars; inserting a shaft into the core; step for balancing the end ring around the shaft in a pre-balancing spinning process that involves spinning the rotor; and spinning the rotor in the pre-balancing spinning process.
US09496773B2 Rotating electrical machine and method for manufacturing rotating electrical machine
A rotating electrical machine includes a stator and a rotor. The stator winding includes a plurality of conductor segments inserted through the slots from one end surface of the stator core with end portions of the conductor segments projecting out beyond another end surface of the stator core. The conductor segments include an undeformed portion, a plastically deformed portion formed at the end portions thereof and a tapered portion. The plastically deformed portion has a dimension of the plastically deformed portion along a circumferential direction that is greater than a dimension of the undeformed portion along the circumferential direction and so that a dimension of the plastically deformed portion along a radial direction is smaller than a dimension of the undeformed portion along the radial direction. The conductor segments are welded together at tops of the plastically deformed portions thereof.
US09496772B2 Manufacturing method of laminated iron core
There is provided a manufacturing method of a laminated iron core which is formed of a strip-shaped iron core piece. The strip-shaped iron core piece includes segment iron core pieces connected through a joint positioned in a radial outside, and each of the segment iron core pieces has an artuate shape. The joint by which adjacent segment iron core pieces are connected is folded and lateral ends of the adjacent segment iron core pieces are aligned. The strip-shaped iron core piece is spirally wound while circumferentially shifting mutual joints formed on vertical adjacent layers. Crush processing is performed for flattening a bulged portion in a thickness direction of the segment iron core pieces formed at a time of folding the joint, and the crush processing is performed simultaneously with a time when or after mutual segment iron core pieces arranged vertically are crimped and laminated.
US09496771B2 Electric motor
An electric motor includes a yoke having a plurality of magnetic poles, a rotary shaft, an armature core (8) attached to the rotary shaft, the armature core (8) having a plurality of teeth (12) and slots (13), an armature coil (9) wound on the teeth (12) through an intensive winding method, a commutator having a plurality of segments (15) installed at the rotary shaft and disposed in a circumferential direction, a low speed brush (21a) and a high speed brush (21b) configured to supply power to the armature coil (9) via the segments (15), and a common brush (21c) commonly used in these brushes, wherein, when n is a natural number of 3 or more, a ratio of the numbers of magnetic poles, slots (13), and segments (15) is set to 2:3:3n.
US09496770B2 Dynamoelectric machine comprising a self-supporting housing
A dynamo-electric machine includes a self-supporting housing that has a laminated core section and at least one connecting section in the axial extension of the laminated core section. The laminated core section accommodates and secures, and at least sectionally surrounds all sides of, a laminated core of a stator. The individual sheets of the laminated core have a basic outer shape with an especially octagonal cross-section, a stator bore surrounded by radially arranged grooves which are evenly distributed along the circumference of the stator bore, a yoke back that radially adjoins the grooves and extends equidistantly from the stator bore, and axial cavities in the sheet, in regions between the yoke, back and the basic outer shape of the sheets.
US09496769B2 Battery apparatus for supplying power to oppositely-mounted bicycle crank arms
A battery apparatus comprises a bicycle crank axle having a first end, a second end, and a hollow portion. The first end of the bicycle crank axle is configured to attach to a first bicycle crank arm, the second end of the bicycle crank axle is configured to attach to a second bicycle crank arm, and a power source is disposed within the hollow portion. The power source is configured to provide operating power to an electrical component disposed in the first bicycle crank arm, and the power source is configured to provide operating power to an electrical component disposed in the second bicycle crank arm. The hollow portion opens through the first end of the bicycle crank axle so that the power source is detachable through the first end of the crank axle.
US09496768B2 Electrical machines
Embodiments provide an electrical machine, comprising: first and second moveable elements arranged to interact in a magnetically geared manner via a magnetic field created, at least in part, by a first electrical winding arrangement associated with the first moveable element; and a second electrical winding arrangement which is arranged to interact magnetically with a fundamental harmonic of a magnetic field created by the first electric winding arrangement associated with the first moveable element.
US09496762B2 Motor
A motor includes a casing which is a resin molded article produced by using a core-back, a plurality of teeth, an insulator, a coil, a metal terminal, and a protection member as inserts. The protection member includes a cover section through which the metal terminal penetrates in the axial direction. The protection member or the insulator includes a post section arranged to axially extend in a portion of a surrounding of the metal terminal. A connection space within which a connection point of the metal terminal and the lead wire is disposed is provided between the cover section and the insulator and at the side of the metal terminal from the post section. The lead wire is arranged to reach the connection space through an opening arranged in the post section.
US09496761B2 Inner rotor magnet holder
A motor may include a stationary section and a rotating section. The stationary section may include a stator core having a plurality of teeth and a coil including a conducting wire wound around each tooth. The rotating section may include a plurality of magnets arranged radially inside the coil, a rotor core, and a magnet holder holding the magnets. Each magnet may have a circumferential end face at each of both end portions in the circumferential direction. The magnet holder may include a columnar portion axially extending between adjacent magnets, and a wall surface spreading in the circumferential direction from the columnar portion. The wall surface may come into contact with a surface arranged radially outside the circumferential end face of the magnet. The circumferential end face on at least one side of the magnet may face the columnar portion with a gap interposed therebetween in the circumferential direction.
US09496758B2 Rotor for rotating electric machine
A rotor for a rotating electric machine includes a rotor core, a plurality of permanent magnets, and a rotating shaft. The rotor core includes a through-hole, an inner circumference-side rotor core, an outer circumference-side rotor core, and a plurality of ribs. Each of the plurality of ribs includes a first curved rib and a second curved rib. The first curved rib extends to one side in a circumferential direction from an inner circumference side toward an outer circumference side. The first curved rib has a curved shape that bulges toward the outer circumference side and toward another side in the circumferential direction beyond a straight line that connects a first connecting portion between the first curved rib and the inner circumference-side rotor core and a second connecting portion between the first curved rib and the outer circumference-side rotor core.
US09496754B2 Method and system for power management
A method and a system for power management for a plant electrical network are provided. The power management system over a plant-wide communication network includes both concepts of hierarchical level and distributed level power management using multiple controllers. At least one controller in the power management system is configured for power management in a first local process area within the plant electrical network and is capable to communicate with at least a second controller configured for power management in a second local process area within the plant electrical network over the communication network.
US09496744B2 Wireless charging optimization utilizing an NFC module that detects induced current and provides an indication of induced current
Described herein are techniques related to near field coupling and wireless charging or wireless power transfer (WPT). More particularly, an induced current at a receiving coil antenna is measured and utilized as a basis for re-alignment with a transmitting coil antenna is described.
US09496741B2 Wireless power transmitter and method of controlling the same
A method and apparatus for controlling wireless transmission to a wireless power receiver in a wireless power transmitter is provided. The method includes transmitting charging power to the wireless power receiver; detecting whether a predetermined power tracking triggering event for adjusting an applied transmission power according to power information of the wireless power receiver occurs; and adjusting, upon determining that the predetermined triggering event has occurred, the applied transmission power.
US09496740B2 Techniques for optimizing power supply output
New power output control systems are provided that maintain optimal voltage, current, and other electrical characteristics. In some aspects of the invention, a lagging or deteriorated power supply aspect is at least partially replaced to avoid limitations while the output of a specialized, stronger aspect is altered and addressed to supply the resulting power, voltage, current charge or other gap.
US09496739B2 Balancing discharge in parallel battery configurations
An apparatus balances a discharge in parallel battery configuration by having a battery pack (a) with a first battery system and a second battery system in parallel configuration, and a pulse width modulation device and (b) being interconnectable to a load. Each of the first and second battery systems has, in series and in order, a first voltage sensor, a resistor, a second voltage sensor, a string of battery cells, and a switching device. The first and second voltage sensor, in each battery system, measures an electrical current, used to calculate the voltage drop across each resistor. The voltage drop values for each battery system determine whether the pulse width modulation device alters or maintains the pulse width modulation applied to each battery system's switching device. By maintaining or altering the pulse width modulation applied to each switching device, the apparatus effectively balances the electrical current discharge from each battery system.
US09496736B1 Portable device charging system
An accessory device or rechargeable energy pack includes a rechargeable battery or other energy storage that is rechargeable by way of an external source. Energy stored within the accessory device may be used recharge one or more other load devices, such as portable computers, smart phones, or other apparatus. The accessory device may be configured to estimate operating times for such various load devices based on their own respective, stored energy levels, and to communicate those estimates to the load devices or other entities. The accessory device may control an amount of energy delivered to a load device based on estimated energy consumption for a future period of time. Operating times for respective load devices may be increased or managed by way of operations and resources of the accessory device.
US09496732B2 Systems and methods for wireless power transfer
Systems and methods for enabling efficient wireless power transfer, and charging of devices and batteries, in a manner that allows freedom of placement of the devices or batteries in one or multiple (e.g., one, two or three) dimensions. In accordance with various embodiments, applications include inductive or magnetic charging and power, and wireless powering or charging of, e.g., mobile, electronic, electric, lighting, batteries, power tools, kitchen, military, medical or dental, industrial applications, vehicles, trains, or other devices or products. In accordance with various embodiments, the systems and methods can also be generally applied, e.g., to power supplies or other power sources or charging systems, such as systems for transfer of wireless power to a mobile, electronic or electric device, vehicle, or other product.
US09496730B2 Systems and methods for battery management
A battery management system includes several subsystem blocks, an Energy Storage Master unit, and several battery pack systems. The Energy Storage Master may interface with the Vehicle Master Controller by way of CAN or other communication method to an External Charger. Each battery module within a battery pack may include a Local Module Unit which may communicate with a Pack Master. The Pack Master may communicate with and may be controlled by the Energy Storage Master. Thus, there is a processor to monitor groups of battery cells, a second processor to collect further information about the cell groups, and a third module that takes high-level information from each cell group processor to process and pass on to other vehicle controllers or charger controllers. An integrated BMS may enable cell monitoring, temperature monitoring, cell balancing, string current monitoring, and charger control integration.
US09496729B2 Battery with internal current limiter that is selectively actuated as a function of the device to which the battery is connected
A battery including a housing that contains at least one cell, a current limiter and a control circuit. When a device is first connected to the battery, the control circuit actuates the current limiter so that only a current limited voltage is sourced to the device. This current limited signal only supplies sufficient current for energizing a circuit internal to the device. This current limited signal is not able to power the device. The control circuit waits to receive if the powered on device transmits a recognition code. If the recognition code is received, the control circuit sources current to from the cell to the device along a path that bypasses the current limiter. This current, not being current limited is able to power the components internal to the connected device.
US09496728B2 Portable backup charger
A portable backup charger includes a set of batteries; a charging circuit; a charge-discharge protection circuit; multiple DC-DC voltage adjusting circuits including a DC-DC 19 V-output boost circuit, a 12 V output circuit, and a DC-DC 5 V-output buck circuit; a MCU circuit; a 12 V output circuit outputting a current in the range of 100 A to 400 A; and a 150 A-250 A fuse. The set of batteries is composed of lithium iron phosphate batteries and lithium cobalt oxide batteries. The 12 V output circuit outputting a current in the range of 100 A to 400 A is directly connected to the set of batteries without interference with the charge-discharge protection circuit. The charger is convenient for carrying, and is capable of providing power for different electrical instruments including for an automobile.
US09496724B2 Active battery balancing circuit and method of balancing an electric charge in a plurality of cells of a battery
A method and an active battery balancing circuit for balancing an electric charge in a plurality of cells of a battery that are electrically connected in series is disclosed. A first subset of the cells of the battery is electrically connected to an inductance for providing a current flow from the first subset through the inductance. The first subset of the cells is disconnected from the inductance, and a current is allowed to flow from the inductance into a second subset of the cells of the battery. At least one of the first and the second subset of the cells of the battery comprises two or more cells.
US09496721B2 Power storage apparatus
A storage apparatus comprises a plurality of storage cells connected in series. Each storage cell comprises a storage element that stores a charge, a container that houses the storage element, a reception antenna capable of receiving power transmitted from a transmission antenna of a feeding facility provided in a wireless power transfer system, and a charging control circuit that charges the storage element using the power received by the reception antenna. The plurality of storage cells are charged concurrently and wirelessly, and therefore charging can be performed on all of the storage cells without overcharging or undercharging.
US09496720B2 System for automatically gathering battery information
A method and apparatus is provided in which a radio frequency identification (RIFD) tag is associated with the storage battery and is used in conjunction with a battery test, battery charger, or other battery maintenance. A cable configured to be affixed to the storage battery. The cable is configured to store information and wirelessly communicate the information to a battery tester. A battery maintenance device configured to couple to the battery and to perform battery maintenance on the battery through the cable. The battery maintenance device includes wireless communication circuitry configured to communicate with a memory of the cable.
US09496719B2 Wireless energy transfer for implantable devices
Wireless energy transfer methods and designs for implantable electronics and devices include, in at least one aspect, a device resonator configured to be included in an implantable medical device and supply power for a load of the implantable medical device by receiving wirelessly transferred power from a source resonator coupled with a power source; temperature sensors positioned to measure temperatures of the device resonator at different locations; a tunable component coupled to the device resonator; and control circuitry configured and arranged to adjust the tunable component to detune the device resonator in response to a measurement from at least one of the temperature sensors.
US09496718B2 Wireless power transmission system, and method of controlling resonance impedance and resonance frequency of wireless power transmission system
A wireless power transmission system, and a method for controlling a resonance impedance and a resonance frequency of the wireless power transmission system are provided. According to one aspect, a wireless power transmitter may include: a power generator configured to generate tracking power using a resonance frequency, the tracking power being used for a resonance frequency tracking; a source resonator configured to transmit the tracking power to a target resonator; a mismatching detector configured to detect a mismatching between the target resonator and the source resonator; and a controller configured to adjust the resonance frequency, or an impedance of a repeater resonator when the mismatching is detected, the repeater resonator being used to perform an impedance matching between the target resonator and the source resonator.
US09496717B2 System and method for connecting a converter to a utility grid
The present invention relates to a system and a method for connecting and/or interfacing a converter, such as a switched mode converter, to an electrical power grid. The invention furthermore relates to control of the converter. The present invention facilitates that the point of common coupling (PCC) between a utility grid and a converter is provided at the converter output. This facilitates that a converter, and thereby an electrical power source, may be connected to an electrical power grid without use of an inductor, such as a reactor.
US09496716B2 Islanding detection apparatus for parallel distributed generation system
An islanding detection apparatus minimizes a reduction in power quality and detects islanding when distributed generations are operated in parallel. Also, another islanding detection apparatus for parallel distributed generations synchronizes parallel distributed generations by periodically applying a reactive current at a half cycle. Further, another islanding detection apparatus for parallel distributed generations easily synchronizes parallel distributed generations even when inverters installed in the respective distributed generations are fabricated through different makers.
US09496714B2 Hierarchic macroscopic incentivization for electric utility load balancing
A method of balancing a demand for electricity is disclosed. Consumers of the electricity are organized into a hierarchical set of nodes. A demand for a node at a first level of the hierarchy is defined. A rate structure is defined at nodes of a second level of the hierarchy so that a sum of the electricity demands at the second level obtained in response to the defined rate structure is substantially the same as the defined demand at the first level.
US09496713B1 Architecture and control method for dynamically conditioning multiple DC sources to drive an AC load
A power electronics and control architecture for powering an AC load from a multi-source power system through a single conversion stage is disclosed. A controllable DC-to-AC inverter accepts a DC output voltage range from a DC power source at a DC input, and outputs an adjustable AC at an AC output. A sensor measures an output power of the DC power source to obtain a measured output power, and a processor sets a power level at the DC input based on the measured output power. The processor sets the power level to control the output power of the DC power source, and synchronizes the adjustable AC to a common AC output of the multi-source power system.
US09496710B2 Rapid shutdown solid state circuit for photovoltaic energy generation systems
A solid state circuit for performing rapid shutdown of a photovoltaic power generation system includes a pair of high voltage power transistors connected between a photovoltaic array and a pair of high voltage lines that function to supply power generated by the photovoltaic array to a DC to AC inverter. The solid state circuit further includes a control circuit configured so that when the photovoltaic power generation system operates under normal conditions, the control circuit maintains the pair of high voltage power transistors in the on state so that power produced by the photovoltaic array can be transmitted to the DC to AC inverter through the pair of high voltage lines. The control circuit is further configured so that upon receiving a rapid shutdown command, the control circuit turns off the pair of high voltage power transistors to thereby electrically disconnect the photovoltaic array from the pair of power lines.
US09496702B2 Method and system for control and protection of direct current subsea power systems
A method and a high-voltage DC (HVDC) power system are provided. The system includes a plurality of sending-end (SE) modules coupled in electrical series and divided into at least two groups that each operate independently with respect to an electrical ground and a plurality of receiving-end (RE) power converter modules electrically coupled to the plurality of SE modules, the plurality of RE power converter modules including a fast ground-fault detection and control device, the plurality of RE power converter modules including a receiving-end front-end DC-DC converter controller, and an output current damping control.
US09496701B2 Power supply fuse alarm circuit and alarm apparatus
The present invention provides a power supply fuse alarm circuit and an alarm apparatus, where the alarm circuit is connected to a power access module of multiple combined paths and includes multiple groups of alarm units, and each of the alarm units includes: a voltage step-down module, which performs step-down processing on a voltage provided by the power access module, to output a working voltage applicable to the alarm circuit; a control module, which outputs a pulse control signal with a certain duty cycle in a case of normal power supply; a power consumption module, which generates an alarm blowing current according to the pulse control signal, so that the alarm blowing current serves as a virtual load to blow an alarm fuse by using the alarm blowing current after a main fuse is blown; and a protection module, which disconnects the power consumption module after a control circuit fails.
US09496700B2 Side-loading quadrant deadend clamp assembly
A clamp assembly includes a body member and a keeper. A cable groove is formed in the body member to receive a cable. The keeper has a lower surface to engage the cable received in the cable groove. A threaded fastener connects the keeper to the body member. A recess is formed in the body member to receive a washer on the fastener. The recess is defined by first and second walls in which the first wall has a larger height than the second wall. A biasing member is disposed on the threaded fastener between the keeper and the body member.
US09496699B2 Recess can adapter bracket
An adapter for a recess can. The adapter includes a hangar bar having a first section slidably connected to a second section. The hangar bar has a first end mount on a first end and a second end mount on a second opposite end of the hangar bar. The adapter also includes a clamping mechanism sized and shaped to fit within a slot of the hangar bar. The clamping mechanism holds the first section stationary in relationship to the second section. The adapter also includes an adapter bracket attachable to the hangar bar. The end mounts are attached to a wall of the recess can and a fixture bracket is attached to the adapter bracket for supporting a fixture.
US09496694B1 Easy insertion electrical connector
An electrical connector for easy insertion of one or more electrical cables through a hole or knock-out of an electrical box. The electrical connector includes a substantially tubular connector body including sidewalls, a leading end, and a trailing end. A recess in at least one of the sidewalls facilitates orientation of the connector to avoid burrs in the knockout aperture of the electrical box. The connector body includes base flange at the trailing end, an inner bore, and a dividing wall. Two flexible gripper arms are formed at notched areas of the base flange on opposing sides of the sidewalls. An inner tooth and an outer tooth are included on each gripper arm. Each gripper arm includes a top wall and an outward extending wing. The connector enables connection of two cables to a single knockout with the dividing wall preventing contact between the cables.
US09496692B2 Frame for cable feedthrough systems and frame parts therefor
The invention relates to a frame (1) for cable feedthrough systems. The frame (1) has a first frame part (10, 30) and a second frame part (10′, 30′), wherein each frame part (10, 10′, 30, 30′) has a recess (19, 19′, 39, 39′) and a projection (18, 18′, 38, 38′). The projection (18; 38) of the first frame part (10, 30) is suitably embodied for being inserted into the recess (19′, 39′) of the second frame part (10′; 30′), and the projection (18′, 38′) of the second frame part (10′, 30′) is suitably embodied for being inserted into the recess (19, 39) of the first frame part (10, 30). The first frame part (10, 30) further has a locking member (11, 31), and the second frame part (10′, 30′) further has a locking member (11′, 31′), wherein the locking members (11, 11′, 31, 31′) in the assembled state may detachably connect the first frame part (10, 30) with the second frame part (10′, 30′), wherein the locking members (31, 31′) have latch fasteners, or wherein the locking members (11, 11′) have sliding members. Furthermore, the invention also provides frame parts (10, 10′; 30, 30′).
US09496688B2 Precombustion ionization
Technologies are provided for employing an ion flow to control a combustion reaction. A combustion reaction is supported at a burner or fuel source. One or more electrical signals are applied to an ionizer to generate an ion flow having a first polarity. The ion flow is introduced to the combustion reaction or a reactant at a first location, imparting a corresponding charge to the combustion reaction. The first location is at least intermittently upstream with respect to a reaction front of the combustion reaction. One or more of the electrical signals are applied to a first electrode at a second location downstream of the first location, which provokes a response by the combustion reaction according to the applied charge. The combustion reaction is controlled by selection of the one or more electrical signals.
US09496676B2 Optical amplifier and control method thereof
[Problem] In an optical amplifier, the excitation light level of an excited laser diode decreases, or, when the output of an excitation light is stopped, a backup excited laser diode is operated, and therefore the current consumption increases. [Solution] This optical amplifier is provided with multiple excitation laser diodes, a first current control element, a second current control element, and control means. The excitation laser diodes oscillate excitation light, the excitation light being inputted to an optical fiber amplifier. The first current control element controls a current flowing in the excitation laser diodes. The second current control element controls a current flowing in at least one of the excitation laser diodes. The control means controls the first current control element and the second current control element.
US09496675B1 Method and reflective apparatus for combining high-power laser beams
Systems and methods that accept the emitted radiant power from such a combined diode laser structure (laser bar stack) and efficiently direct essentially all of it into the pump cladding of a double-clad fiber amplifier, such that the radiant power will then be absorbed by a rare-earth doped core in the active fiber.
US09496674B2 Rapidly tunable laser assembly
A laser assembly for generating an output beam includes a first module assembly, a second module assembly, and a module fastener assembly. The second module assembly is selectively movable relative to the first module assembly to selectively adjust a cavity length, and a pivot axis of a grating in the laser. Further, an arm assembly that retains the grating can be adjusted to adjust the cavity length, and to adjust the plane of the grating face. Moreover, the grating is movable relative to the arm assembly to align the grating.
US09496673B2 Enclosure and method for handling electron gun or ion gun
The present invention is a charged-particle gun (EG) in which a negative electrode (1) and a positive electrode (9) are integrated and assembled in advance, and which can be stored and transported in a state in which the negative electrode and the positive electrode are integrated, wherein the negative electrode and the positive electrode are connected by a conductor (11) during storage and transportation of the charged-particle gun. It is thereby possible to prevent an electrode tip of the charged-particle gun from being damaged by electrical discharge caused by static electricity during storage and transportation.
US09496669B2 Sliding contact arrangement for an erosion arrangement and method for producing a sliding contact arrangement
A sliding contact arrangement (13) is used in an erosion arrangement (10) or an erosion machine. The sliding contact arrangement (13) establishes an electrical connection with a slip ring (14), whereby said slip ring can be driven about a rotational axis (D), and with a current source or voltage source (11). The sliding contact arrangement (13) has an electrical connecting line (12) that can be electrically connected to the current source or voltage source (11). The connecting line (12) is mechanically and electrically connected to an electrically conductive body (20). On an underside (21) associated with the slip ring (14), the body (20) includes a plurality of projecting contact wires (35) bundled into several strands. In not loaded, not bent state, the strands (37) extend parallel to each other away from the underside (21) toward their free ends (39), which contact a common generated surface of a cylinder.
US09496668B1 Connection structures for electrical components in an electronic device
An electronic device may have a rigid support structure to which electrical components are mounted. The rigid support structure may be an electronic device housing structure such as a housing wall having openings that receive the electrical components. The electrical components may have electrical component connectors. A printed circuit board may be used to convey signals for the electrical components. Connectors may be mounted to the printed circuit board. Lateral shift accommodation structures may be formed between the electrical component connectors and the electrical components or in the vicinity of the connectors on the printed circuit to allow the connectors on the printed circuit to mate with the electrical component connectors of the rigidly mounted electrical components.
US09496667B2 Electrical harness connector system with differential pair connection link
An electrical connector system includes a plug connector and a receptacle connector, each of which include a plurality of terminal receiving cavities for receiving a plurality of terminal lead wires. The electrical connector system further includes a connector link comprising a twisted pair differential cable for providing a data rate high data rate signal transmission transfer with the connector system, in addition to standard power and signal transmission, wherein the connector link is modularly connected within the electrical connector system.
US09496665B2 Connector receptacle with side ground contacts
Connector receptacles having a contoured form factor that allows their use in stylized enclosures. These receptacles may also be contoured to avoid circuitry internal to the device enclosure. The contoured form factor may also simplify the assembly of the connector receptacle.
US09496663B2 Transmission module assembly
A transmission module assembly comprises a cover and an electrical connector received in the cover. The cover includes a body defining a receiving cavity and a mating section extending forwardly from the body. The connector includes an insulating elongated housing and a number of terminals retained in the housing. Each terminal includes an engaging portion extending forwardly beyond the body into the mating section, a tail portion extending upwardly beyond the housing and a connecting portion retained in the housing. There is a gap between the body and the housing for pouring sealant thereinto. A tuber is defined between the housing and the body, and a pair of stoppers positioned at the body abut forwardly against two lateral sides of the housing in an elongated direction, which can prevent the housing from deforming when temperature changes.
US09496661B2 Coaxial cable connector having electrical continuity member
A coaxial cable connector comprising a connector body; a post engageable with the connector body, wherein the post includes a flange; a nut, axially rotatable with respect to the post and the connector body, the nut having a first end and an opposing second end, wherein the nut includes an internal lip, and wherein a second end portion of the nut corresponds to the portion of the nut extending from the second end of the nut to the side of the lip of the nut facing the first end of the nut at a point nearest the second end of the nut, and a first end portion of the nut corresponds to the portion of the nut extending from the first end of the nut to the same point nearest the second end of the nut of the same side of the lip facing the first end of the nut; and a continuity member disposed within the second end portion of the nut and contacting the post and the nut, so that the continuity member extends electrical grounding continuity through the post and the nut is provided.
US09496656B2 Conductive attachment for shielding radiation
An apparatus is described. The apparatus includes an add-on conductive attachment that includes a single piece of material. The add-on conductive attachment is to suppress radiation from a connector. The apparatus includes a plurality of ground pads, where at least one end-portion of the add-on conductive attachment is to couple with a ground pad of a printed circuit board (PCB) via at least one of the ground pads.
US09496653B2 Flippable electrical connector
A receptacle connector includes an insulative housing with a mating tongue, a plurality of contacts having front contacting sections exposed upon two opposite surfaces of the mating tongue and rear tail sections extending downwardly outside of the housing for mounting to a printed circuit board. A metallic shield encloses said housing and forms a capsular mating cavity with said mating tongue extending forwardly therein. A metallic shielding plate includes a front horizontal section embedded with the mating tongue to isolate the contacting sections of the contacts which are located on two different opposite surfaces, and a rear vertical section extending downwardly from a rear edge of the front horizontal section to isolate the tail sections of the contacts which are arranged in two rows with said rear vertical section therebewteen.
US09496650B1 Connector module
A connector module adapted to be connected to a connection interface is provided. The connector module includes a main body, a connection component and at least one protrusion component. The connection component is disposed at the main body. The protrusion component is disposed at the main body. The protrusion component is adapted to receive an external force to move along a first direction, so as to change relative positions of the connection component and the protrusion component such that the connection component is adapted to be plugged into the connection interface along a second direction. The first direction is opposite to the second direction.
US09496648B1 Locking electrical socket
A locking electrical socket includes a housing and at least one terminal disposed within the housing and electrically connected to a corresponding conductor of an electrical cord. A locking slide is disposed within the housing and movable relative to the at least one terminal between unlocked and locked configurations. The locking slide being biased in the locked configuration and comprising a locking arm that engages with the at least one terminal in the locked configuration. A slide positioned exterior of the housing is operable for moving the locking slide from the locked configuration to the unlocked configuration. The at least one terminal of the locking electrical socket receives a corresponding prong of a conventional electrical plug in the locked configuration to prevent the electrical connection between the locking electrical socket and the electrical plug from being inadvertently or accidently disconnected.
US09496642B1 Charging connector having a body with a magnetic member
A charging connector includes: a main body defining a contact surface; at least one magnetic unit disposed inside the main body; a circuit board disposed in the main body, wherein the magnetic unit is located adjacent to the contact surface of the main body; and two metal coupling members disposed within the main body for electrically coupled with the circuit board in such a manner that a specific section of the metal coupling members is exposed to an exterior of the contact surface of the main body.
US09496634B2 Interposer, printed board unit, and information processing apparatus
An interposer includes a first contact terminal pressed against a first fixed terminal for signal transmission; a pair of second contact terminals pressed against second fixed terminals for any one of power supply and grounding, the pair of second contact terminals being disposed with a gap in a pressing direction in which the pair of second contact terminals are pressed against the second fixed terminals, each of the pair of second contact terminals having a larger sectional area than the first contact terminal in a crossing direction that crosses the pressing direction; and a plurality of spring members arranged between the pair of second contact terminals, the plurality of spring members being electro-conductive, having a lower elasticity than the first contact terminal, and pressing the pair of second contact terminals against the second fixed terminals.
US09496631B2 Cable connector having a slider for compression
A coaxial cable connector includes a connector body extending along an axis and having a forward end and a rearward end. The rearward end is configured to receive a coaxial cable. A rearward end diameter is greater than a forward end diameter. A post is received by the connector body, and a coupler is rotatably coupled to the post. A slider receives the connector body and is positioned rearward of the coupler and between the forward and rearward ends of the connector body. The slider has an inner diameter that is less than the rearward end diameter and is configured to be slid along the axis from a first position to a second position. A portion of the coaxial cable is compressed between the connector body and the post as a result of the slider being slid from the first position to the second position.
US09496628B2 Bundled wire separator having separating fins
A separating and contact assembly into which a sheathed or bundled wire cable may be inserted having separating fins to separate the component wires of the bundle guided through separate channels to terminal contact areas conductively coupled to relay contact areas.
US09496627B2 Grounding connector
Embodiments of the present disclosure include a connector. The connector may include a connection body and an engagement structure. The connection body may include a first support member, a second support member, a base from which the first support member and the second support member extend, wherein the base includes a beveled portion for connecting the connection body to the structure, and a slot defined between the first support member and the second support member and configured to receive a ground line. The engagement structure may be configured to engage the first support member and the second support member and move relative to the base along the first support member and the second support member.
US09496622B2 Photonic-crystal slab absorber and high-frequency circuit and electronic components, and transmitter, receiver and proximity wireless communication system
The photonic-crystal (PC) slab absorber includes: a two-dimensional (2D)-PC slab composed of semiconducting materials; and a lattice point periodically arranged in the 2D-PC slab, the lattice point for forming resonant-state which can capture an electromagnetic waves incident from an outside by resonating an electromagnetic wave in a band edge of a photonic band structure of the 2D-PC slab in the plane of the 2D-PC slab. The 2D-PC slab is doped with impurities and can absorb the captured electromagnetic wave in the band edge resonant frequency of the 2D-PC slab.
US09496611B2 System and method for coherent processing of signals of a plurality of phased arrays
Systems and methods for utilizing two or more phased arrays to coherently receive and/or transmit waveforms to one or more directions. The method includes applying a first and a second coherent processing to two or more sets of signal portions received or transmitted by corresponding two or more phased arrays. In reception mode, the first coherent processing includes converting the sets of signal portions received into corresponding sets of directional signals, by applying coherent integrations to each set signals portions such that each of the resulting directional signals being indicative of the angular frequencies, amplitudes and phases of the received waveforms. In reception mode, the second coherent processing includes adjusting phases of respectively the sets of the directional signals according to spatial dispositions between their respective phased arrays and the angular frequencies of the directional signals, thereby generating a coherent set of directional signals.
US09496606B2 Transmission line and antenna device
A transmission line has a triplate line including a first outer conductor and a second outer conductor disposed in parallel with each other at a predetermined interval, and a central conductor disposed in a space between the first outer conductor and the second outer conductor; and a dielectric spacer interposed between the first and second outer conductors and the central conductor and configured to support the central conductor. The central conductor has a supported portion supported by the dielectric spacer, and first and second high-impedance portions having characteristic impedances higher than a characteristic impedance in the supported portion. The first and second high-impedance portions are disposed on input and output sides, respectively, of the supported portion.
US09496595B2 Antenna lifting apparatus and related techniques
A method of raising an antenna includes decoupling an antenna pedestal from an antenna pedestal mounting structure. The method additionally includes separating the antenna pedestal from the antenna pedestal mounting structure. The method further includes inserting one or more antenna lifting fixtures between a first surface of the antenna pedestal and a first surface of the antenna pedestal mounting structure. The method also includes operating the one or more antenna lifting fixtures to move the first surface of the antenna pedestal away from the first surface of the antenna pedestal mounting structure. A corresponding system and antenna lifting fixture are also provided.
US09496593B2 Enhancing operation of laminate waveguide structures using an electrically conductive fence
Various embodiments of a millimeter-wave system operative to enhance propagation of millimeter-waves inside a laminate waveguide structure, in which electrical energy has leaked outside the laminated waveguide structure. The system comprises a laminate waveguide structure inside a printed circuit board, and an electrically conductive fence also inside the printed circuit board but outside the laminate waveguide structure. In various embodiments, the electrical energy of millimeter-waves leaks outside the laminate waveguide structure and is reflected by the electrically conducive fence back into the laminate waveguide structure.
US09496581B2 Button cells and method of producing same
A button cell includes a housing cup and a housing top separated from one another by an insulating seal and which form a housing with a flat bottom and a flat top parallel to it, and an electrode-separator assembly within the housing including flat layer positive and negative electrodes and connected to one another by a flat separator, wherein the layers are aligned essentially at right angles to the flat bottom and the flat top and the electrode-separator assembly is a spiral winding having end faces defining side surfaces of the spiral winding facing in an axial direction relative to the flat bottom and the flat top, and one of the electrodes connects to the flat bottom or the flat top via an output conductor including a thin film resting flat between an end face of the spiral winding and the flat top or the flat bottom.
US09496578B2 Gas diffusion layer with integrated seal for use in a fuel cell
A membrane electrode assembly is provided for use in a fuel cell and utilizes an external manifold and seal structure which are molded directly to the gas diffusion layers. The integrated manifold and gas diffusion layers are formed as duplicate components which can be oriented 180 degrees offset to one another to create the MEA assembly with a catalyst coated membrane disposed therebetween. The integrated manifold and seal structures can be held together by heat pressing or other known connection techniques.
US09496573B2 Intact method of evaluating unit cells in a fuel cell stack and a device using the same
Disclosed are a method and an apparatus for an intact evaluation of the unit cells in a fuel cell stack. Since the degradation of the unit cells can be detected intactly, i.e. without disassembly of the stack, the time required for the detection and analysis thereof can be greatly reduced.
US09496570B2 Apparatus for controlling fuel cell heating value
Disclosed herein is an apparatus for controlling a fuel cell heating value. The apparatus includes stack condition sensors which senses conditions of respective fuel cell stacks, and a control unit. Based on conditions of the fuel cell stacks sensed by the stack condition sensors, when at least one conditioning target stack having a heating value that is out of a preset heating value threshold range is sensed, the control unit forms a conditioning target stack group including the sensed at least one conditioning target stack or at least two conditioning target stack groups including the sensed at least one conditioning target stack and connects each of the conditioning target stack groups to at least one of at least two heating value conditioning units.
US09496568B2 Fuel cell
Provided is a fuel cell including: a membrane electrode assembly (30) formed by joining an anode (32) to one surface of an electrolyte membrane (31) and joining a cathode (33) to another surface of the electrolyte membrane (31); a frame body (20) formed integrally with the membrane electrode assembly (30); and a pair of separators (40, 41) holding the membrane electrode assembly (30) and the frame body (20) therebetween. At least one pair of holding pieces (42, 43) holding the membrane electrode assembly (30) therebetween is formed in the pair of separators (40, 41). Positions of holding end portions (42a, 43a) of the pair of holding pieces (42, 43) are shifted from each other in a stacking direction of the fuel cell.
US09496567B2 Method and arrangement for utilizing recirculation for high temperature fuel cell system
An arrangement utilizing recirculation for high temperature fuel cell system, each fuel cell including an anode side, a cathode side, and an electrolyte between the anode side and the cathode side, wherein the fuel cell system can perform anode side recirculation flow of reactants. The arrangement can accomplish a recycle ratio of 70% or more for the recirculation flow, feed to the recirculation a feed-in flow, which can include substantially high oxygen content, the feed-in flow being 30% or less of entire flow, perform heat exchanging to provide substantially reduced low temperature conditions in the recirculation flow, perform catalytic partial oxidation in the recirculation flow to produce a substantially high amount of hydrogen for the recirculation flow in fuel cell system start-up or shutdown situations, and exhaust 30% or less of the entire flow from the anode side recirculation.
US09496565B2 Architectures for electrochemical systems
The present invention generally relates to electrochemical systems for producing hydrogen and/or power. Various aspects of the invention are directed to reactor designs for producing hydrogen and/or power from a fuel and water, conducting ceramics and other materials for such systems, including mixed ionically and electrically conducting ceramics which can be used for hydrogen gas generation, control systems for such systems, and methods of operating such systems.
US09496564B2 Method for fabricating metal electrode from seawater and generating electric power with metal electrode
A method for fabricating a metal electrode from seawater and generating electric power with the metal electrode comprises steps: using a seawater treatment apparatus to heat seawater to a first temperature of 100-120° C. to obtain concentrated seawater; guiding the concentrated seawater to a precipitation apparatus, and adding a precipitation agent to the concentrated seawater to obtain a first crystalline material comprising magnesium hydroxide; heating the first crystalline material to a second temperature of 600-1100° C. to obtain a second crystalline material comprising magnesium oxide; transporting the second crystalline material to a separation apparatus, adding a reducing agent to the second crystalline material, heating the second crystalline material to a third temperature of 1200-2400° C. to obtain magnesium metal; and using the metal magnesium as a first electrode, and letting an electrolyte react with the first electrode and a second electrode to form electrochemical reactions and output electric power.
US09496551B2 Lithium manganate particles for non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery, process for producing the same, and non-aqueous electrolyte secondary battery
The present invention relates to lithium manganate particles having a primary particle diameter of not less than 1 μm and an average particle diameter (D50) of not less than 2 μm and not more than 10 μm as measured by a particle size distribution meter, and forming particles having substantially a single phase, which have a composition represented by the following chemical formula: Li1+xMn2−x−yY1yO4+Y2 where Y1 is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Ni, Co, Mg, Fe, Al, Cr and Ti; Y2 is at least one element constituting a sintering aid having a melting point of not higher than 800° C., x and y satisfy 0.03≦x≦0.15 and 0.05≦y≦0.20, respectively, and Y2 is present in an amount of 0.1 to 2.5 mol % based on Mn; the Y1 element being dispersed within the respective particles, and an X-ray diffraction intensity ratio of I(400)/I(111) of the particles being not less than 38% and an X-ray diffraction intensity ratio of I(440)/I(111) thereof being not less than 18%.
US09496550B2 Hydrogen storage alloy, hydrogen storage alloy electrode, secondary battery, and method for producing hydrogen storage alloy
Provided is a hydrogen storage alloy which is characterized in that two or more crystal phases having different crystal structures are layered in a c-axis direction of the crystal structures. The hydrogen storage alloy is further characterized in that a difference between a maximum value and a minimum value of a lattice constant a in the crystal structures of the laminated two or more crystal phases is 0.03 Å or less.
US09496545B2 Li2S@C-coated lithium metal product, method for the production thereof, and use
A particulate lithium metal/lithium sulfide composite material, to a method for producing a Li2S@C-coated lithium metal product, and to the use of said lithium metal product. The particulate lithium metal/lithium sulfide composite material has a core-shell morphology, the shell of which is made of a lithium sulfide containing C and the core of which is made of metal lithium. According to the method, the particulate lithium metal/lithium sulfide composite material is produced by reacting melted, drop-shaped lithium metal in a hydrocarbon solvent with a sulfur source selected from the group CS2, S8, H2S, COS, SO, SO2 or mixtures thereof. The method products according to the invention are used to produce lithium battery electrodes.
US09496544B2 Battery modules having interconnect members with vibration dampening portions
Battery modules having interconnect members are provided. An interconnect member includes a first plate portion having a first thickness. The interconnect member further includes a second plate portion having a second thickness equal to the first thickness. The second plate portion extends generally parallel to the first plate portion. The interconnect member further includes a first vibration dampening portion coupled to the first and second plate portions. The first vibration dampening portion has a third thickness greater than the first thickness, such that vibrations induced on the first plate portion are attenuated when a portion of the vibrations pass through the first vibration dampening portion to the second plate portion.
US09496540B2 Secondary battery having electrode with self cutting part to be destructed on application of over-current
Disclosed herein is a plate-shaped secondary battery used as a unit cell for middle- or large-sized battery pack, the secondary battery having an electrode assembly, which can be charged and discharged, mounted in a sheet-shaped battery case including a metal layer and a resin layer in a sealed state, the electrode assembly having electrode terminals protruding outside a sealing part of the battery case, wherein at least one of the electrode terminals is provided at a position spaced a predetermined distance from the sealing part with a self cutting part having a vertical sectional area less than that of the remaining part of the at least one electrode terminal such that the self cutting part can break first when overcurrent flows in the secondary battery.
US09496538B2 Battery, production method for battery, and mask member for production of battery
A battery includes: an electricity-generating element; an exterior; an external terminal member; a current-collecting terminal member having a first end which is connected to the electricity-generating element and a second end, which extends outward of the exterior; and a platy connection member that, outside the exterior, interconnects the current-collecting terminal member and external terminal member. In the welding between the connection member and an outer peripheral side end portion of a swaged portion in which the second end of the current-collecting terminal member has been swaged toward an insertion hole of the connection member, an acute angle between a connecting line connecting the weld portion to a center of the second end and a longitudinally extending center line of the lid member is greater than or equal to 45 degrees. A production method for the battery and a battery production-purposed mask are also provided.
US09496531B2 Battery devices
A battery carrier configured to be mounted to a tool body of an electric tool for supplying electric power to the tool body may include a plurality of battery mount sections arranged in a juxtaposed relationship, each battery mount section may be configured to hold a battery that has a length along a longitudinal direction, the length of each mounted battery may be substantially the same, and the battery mount sections may be arranged and configured so that when batteries are mounted on the battery mount sections, longitudinal axes of the respective batteries mounted to the battery mount sections may extend at least partially parallel to each other.
US09496529B2 Secondary battery
A secondary battery of the present invention includes an electrode assembly composed by a first plate and second pole plate, a separator interposed between the first pole plate and the second pole plate, and first and second electrode tabs connected to the first pole plate and the second pole plate, respectively; a battery case, in which a sealing portion is provided in an edge thereof, accommodating the electrode assembly; and an insulation member covering at least some of the sealing portion, wherein the electrode assembly is accommodated into the battery case so that the first and second electrode tabs are drawn out through the sealing portion, and the insulation member is provided to cover at least some of the portion in which the first or second electrode tabs are drawn.
US09496526B2 Apparatus and method for taking flexible display panel off, and method for manufacturing the same
An apparatus for taking a flexible display panel off includes a roller, a linear motion member, a fastening apparatus and a first driving apparatus. The roller has a circumferential surface which allows a first portion of the flexible display panel to be wound thereon. The linear motion member has a carrying surface. A second portion of the flexible display panel is in contact with the carrying surface. The fastening apparatus is used to fasten the flexible display panel onto the carrying surface of the linear motion member. The first driving apparatus is used to drive the linear motion member to move linearly relative to the circumferential surface, so that the first portion departs from the circumferential surface and moves onto the carrying surface along with the second portion.
US09496525B2 Aligning method of mask assembly using deposition apparatus
A method of aligning a mask assembly includes: providing a mask assembly including a mask and a mask frame; and adjusting the mask frame by independently moving at least a position of a lower portion of the mask frame and an upper portion of the mask frame.
US09496524B2 Organic layer deposition apparatus, method of manufacturing organic light-emitting display apparatus using the same, and organic light-emitting display apparatus manufactured using the method
An organic layer deposition apparatus, a method of manufacturing an organic light-emitting display apparatus by using the same, and an organic light-emitting display apparatus manufactured using the method. The organic layer deposition apparatus includes a conveyer unit including first and second conveyer units, loading and unloading units, and a deposition unit. A transfer unit moves between the first and second conveyer units, and the substrate attached to the transfer unit is spaced from a plurality of organic layer deposition assemblies of the deposition unit while being transferred by the first conveyer unit. The organic layer deposition assemblies include common layer deposition assemblies and pattern layer deposition assemblies.
US09496521B2 Opal glasses for light extraction
Opal glass compositions and devices incorporating opal glass compositions are described herein. The compositions solve problems associated with the use of opal glasses as light-scattering layers in electroluminescent devices, such as organic light-emitting diodes. In particular, embodiments solve the problem of high light absorption within the opal glass layer as well as the problem of an insufficiently high refractive index that results in poor light collection by the layer. Particular devices comprise light-emitting diodes incorporating light scattering layers formed of high-index opal glasses of high light scattering power that exhibit minimal light attenuation through light absorption within the matrix phases of the glasses.
US09496519B2 Encapsulation of components of electronic device using halftoning to control thickness
An ink jet process is used to deposit a material layer to a desired thickness. Layout data is converted to per-cell grayscale values, each representing ink volume to be locally delivered. The grayscale values are used to generate a halftone pattern to deliver variable ink volume (and thickness) to the substrate. The halftoning provides for a relatively continuous layer (e.g., without unintended gaps or holes) while providing for variable volume and, thus, contributes to variable ink/material buildup to achieve desired thickness. The ink is jetted as liquid or aerosol that suspends material used to form the material layer, for example, an organic material used to form an encapsulation layer for a flat panel device. The deposited layer is then cured or otherwise finished to complete the process.
US09496513B2 Organic thin film photovoltaic device, fabrication method thereof, and electronic apparatus
An organic thin film photovoltaic device (1) includes: a substrate (10); a first electrode layer (11) disposed on the substrate; a hole transport layer (12) disposed on the first electrode layer; a bulk heterojunction organic active layer (14) disposed on the hole transport layer; a second electrode layer (16) disposed on the bulk heterojunction organic active layer; a sealing glass (40) configured to be opposed to the substrate 10, and configured to seal a laminated structure composed of the first electrode layer, the hole transport layer, the bulk heterojunction organic active layer, and the second electrode layer; and a glass frit (36) disposed between the sealing glass and the substrate and configured to seal the laminated structure. There is provided: an inexpensive organic thin film photovoltaic device of which durability is improved, allowing further weight saving and thin-layering; and a fabrication method of such an organic thin film photovoltaic device.
US09496511B2 Organic semiconductor thin film transistor and method of fabricating the same
A substrate having a thin film transistor includes a buffer layer on a substrate, source and drain electrodes on the buffer layer, a portion of the buffer layer exposed between the source and drain electrodes, a small organic semiconductor layer on the source electrode and the drain electrode, the organic semiconductor layer contacting the exposed portion of the buffer layer, a gate insulating layer on the organic semiconductor layer, the gate insulating layer having substantially the same size as the organic semiconductor layer, a gate electrode on the gate insulating layer, a passivation layer over the surface of the substrate including the gate electrode; and a pixel electrode on the passivation layer, the pixel electrode electrically connected to the drain electrode.
US09496510B2 Flexible substrate, method of manufacturing the same, and organic light emitting diode display
A flexible substrate, a method of manufacturing the same, and an organic light emitting diode display, the flexible substrate including a first flexible layer; a polysilicon layer on the first flexible layer, the polysilicon layer having a plurality of protrusions on a surface thereof; and a second flexible layer on the polysilicon layer.
US09496506B2 Deuterated compounds for electronic applications
This invention relates to deuterated indolocarbazole compounds that are useful in electronic applications. It also relates to electronic devices in which the active layer includes such a deuterated compound.
US09496505B2 Composite material, light-emitting element, light-emitting device, electronic device, and lighting device
A composite material including an organic compound and an inorganic compound and having a high carrier-transport property is provided. A composite material having a high carrier-injection property to an organic compound is provided. A composite material in which light absorption due to charge transfer interaction is unlikely to occur is provided. A light-emitting element having high emission efficiency is provided by including the composite material. A light-emitting element having a low drive voltage is provided. A light-emitting element having a long lifetime is provided. A composite material including a heterocyclic compound having a dibenzothiophene skeleton or a dibenzofuran skeleton and an inorganic compound exhibiting an electron-accepting property with respect to the heterocyclic compound is provided.
US09496500B2 Organic compound and organic electroluminescent device employing the same
Organic compounds and organic electroluminescence devices employing the same are provided. The organic compound has a chemical structure as represented as follows: wherein, R1 is independently the same or different C1-6 alkyl, and R2 is independently the same or different hydrogen, halogen, cyano, hydroxy, C1-8 alkyl group, C1-8 alkoxy group, C5-10 aryl, or C2-8 heteroaryl group.
US09496491B2 Methods of forming a metal chalcogenide material and related methods of forming a memory cell
A method of forming a metal chalcogenide material. The method comprises introducing a metal precursor and a chalcogenide precursor into a chamber, and reacting the metal precursor and the chalcogenide precursor to form a metal chalcogenide material on a substrate. The metal precursor is a carboxylate of an alkali metal, an alkaline earth metal, a transition metal, a post-transition metal, or a metalloid. The chalcogenide precursor is a hydride, alkyl, or aryl precursor of sulfur, selenium, or tellurium or a silylhydride, silylalkyl, or silylaryl precursor of sulfur, selenium, or tellurium. Methods of forming a memory cell including the metal chalcogenide material are also disclosed, as are memory cells including the metal chalcogenide material.
US09496489B2 Magnetic random access memory with multilayered seed structure
The present invention is directed to a magnetic random access memory element that includes a multilayered seed structure formed by interleaving a first type sublayer and a second type sublayer to form one or more repeats of a unit bilayer structure and a first magnetic layer formed on top of the multilayered seed structure. The unit bilayer structure is made of the first and second type sublayers with at least one of the first and second type sublayers including therein one or more ferromagnetic elements. The multilayered seed structure may be amorphous or non-magnetic or both. The unit bilayer structure may be made of CoFeB and Ta sublayers.
US09496487B2 Vertical hall device
A vertical Hall device has a deep N-well, two inner contacts, two outer contacts and, optionally, a central contact disposed at a surface of the deep N-well and arranged along a straight symmetry line. The vertical Hall device is designed according to the invention to have an effective width of the outer contacts that is bigger than an effective width of the inner contacts. A shallow highly doped P+ stripe may be disposed between the inner contacts or between each of the inner contacts and the central contact. These measures help to balance the resistances of the Wheatstone bridge which describes the electrical characteristics of the vertical Hall device.
US09496483B2 Vibration module based on piezoelectric device
A vibration module based on a piezoelectric device includes: a piezoelectric device; a vibration plate connected to one side of the piezoelectric device by a medium of an adhesive and an intermediate material; the intermediate material interposed between the piezoelectric device and the vibration plate; and a molding part formed on the side of the piezoelectric device where the intermediate material is not formed.
US09496481B2 Controlling device for vibration type actuator
A controlling device for a vibration type actuator includes an AC voltage generating unit in which at least one of parameters, namely a frequency, an amplitude, and a phase of an AC voltage for use in applying an excitation force to a vibrating member, is settable; a measuring unit which measures some physical quantities caused by a vibration of the vibrating member; a variation imparting unit which imparts a predetermined variation to at least one of the parameters of the AC voltage; a frequency-response characteristic measuring unit which finds a frequency-response characteristic of at least one predetermined frequency between a first signal according to the variation and a second signal according to the measured physical quantity; and a frequency controlling unit which controls the frequency of the AC voltage according to the frequency-response characteristic.
US09496479B2 Vibrator
There is provided a vibrator including: a housing having an internal space; an elastic member including a housing fixed part fixed to the housing, a piezoelectric element mounted part disposed so as to face the housing fixed part, and a weight body installed part disposed adjacent to the housing fixed part; a piezoelectric element fixed to the piezoelectric element mounted part; and a weight body fixed to the weight body installed part, wherein the elastic member has a closed curve shape.
US09496477B2 Method for producing substrates for superconducting layers
There is provided a method for producing a substrate (600) suitable for supporting an elongated superconducting element, wherein, e.g., a deformation process is utilized in order to form disruptive strips in a layered solid element, and where etching is used to form undercut volumes (330, 332) between an upper layer (316) and a lower layer (303) of the layered solid element. Such relatively simple steps enable providing a substrate which may be turned into a superconducting structure, such as a superconducting tape, having reduced AC losses, since the undercut volumes (330, 332) may be useful for separating layers of material. In a further embodiment, there is placed a superconducting layer on top of the upper layer (316) and/or lower layer (303), so as to provide a superconducting structure with reduced AC losses.
US09496476B2 Thermoelectric conversion module
A thermoelectric conversion module includes p-type and n-type thermoelectric conversion elements arranged between two stacked substrates. The p-type and n-type thermoelectric conversion elements include columnar p-type and n-type thermoelectric conversion portions, insulators provided in side surfaces of the p-type and n-type thermoelectric conversion portions, and diffusion preventing films provided on top surface, the top surface different from the side surface of the p-type and n-type thermoelectric conversion portions. Each stacked substrate includes an interconnecting layer that electrically connects the p-type and n-type thermoelectric conversion portions through the diffusion preventing films, and a jointing material that joins the diffusion preventing films and the interconnecting layer. Top surfaces of the diffusion preventing films are projected from upper and lower top surfaces of each insulator in a direction connecting the upper and lower top surfaces of the p-type and n-type thermoelectric conversion portions, and gap is provided on each insulator in the direction.
US09496474B2 Thermoelectric conversion apparatus
A thermoelectric conversion apparatus has a substrate and a power generation part. The power generation part has a magnetic layer with magnetization and an electrode layer made of a material exhibiting a spin-orbit interaction and formed on the magnetic layer. The substrate and the power generation part have flexibility. This thermoelectric conversion apparatus further has a cover layer having flexibility and formed on the substrate so as to cover at least the power generation part.
US09496471B2 Semiconductor light emitting device
A semiconductor light emitting device includes a semiconductor layer, a first electrode, a second electrode, a first interconnection section, a second interconnection section, and a varistor film. The semiconductor layer includes a light emitting layer. The first electrode is provided in a emitting region on the second surface. The second electrode is provided in a non-emitting region on the second surface. The first interconnection section is provided on the first electrode and electrically connected to the first electrode. The second interconnection section is provided on the second electrode and on the first electrode and electrically connected to the second electrode. The varistor film is provided in contact with the first electrode and the second interconnection section between the first electrode and the second interconnection section.
US09496469B2 Method of fabricating an optical device package with an adhesive having a reflective material
Provided are an optical device package and a method of manufacturing the same. The method of manufacturing the optical device package according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention comprises: forming an adhesive layer showing predetermined reflectance or more on an insulating layer; forming a metal layer on the adhesive layer; forming a circuit pattern layer by etching the metal layer; and mounting an optical device on the circuit pattern layer. According to the present invention, the adhesive layer showing the predetermined reflectance or more rather than a transparent adhesive layer is formed, whereby thanks to the adhesive layer exposed by the etched part of the circuit pattern layer, the light can be prevented from being trapped. Thus, it is advantageous that luminous intensity of the optical device package increases.
US09496468B2 Curable resin composition, curable resin composition tablet, molded body, semiconductor package, semiconductor component and light emitting diode
The present invention aims to provide a curable resin composition which gives a cured product having a low linear expansion coefficient. The curable resin composition of the present invention contains, as essential components, (A) an organic compound having at least two carbon-carbon double bonds reactive with SiH groups per molecule, (B) a compound containing at least two SiH groups per molecule, (C) a hydrosilylation catalyst, (D) a silicone compound having at least one carbon-carbon double bond reactive with a SiH group per molecule, and (E) an inorganic filler.
US09496465B2 Light emitting device
A light emitting device includes a light emitting element whose upper surface is a light extraction surface, and a light-transmissive member that has an upper surface and a lower surface, and covers the light extraction surface of the light emitting element. The light-transmissive member contains a phosphor. The upper surface and the lower surface of the light-transmissive member are both flat surfaces and parallel to each other. A side surface of the light-transmissive member has a protruding portion that protrudes to the side and has contact with the lower surface.
US09496461B2 Light emitting diode package structure
A LED package structure including a carrier substrate, a flip-chip LED and a molding compound is provided. The carrier substrate includes a main body and a patterned conductive layer embedded in the main body. The main body is composed of polymer material. The main body has a cavity, and a bottom surface of the cavity is aligned with an upper surface of the patterned conductive layer. A difference in coefficient of thermal expansion between the main body in a rubbery state and the patterned conductive layer is smaller than 30 ppm/° C. The flip-chip LED is disposed inside the cavity and electrically connected to the patterned conductive layer. The molding compound is disposed inside the cavity and encapsulates the flip-chip LED. A vertical distance between a top surface of the molding compound and the bottom surface of the cavity is smaller than or equal to a depth of the cavity.
US09496457B2 Light emitting device and light emitting device package
Disclosed are a light emitting device, a method of manufacturing the same, a light emitting device package, and a lighting system. The light emitting device includes a substrate; a plurality of conductive dielectric nano rods spaced apart from each other on the substrate; light emitting structures on the conductive dielectric nano rods, respectively; and a carbon nano electrode layer on the light emitting structures.
US09496456B2 Semiconductor light emitting element
A semiconductor light emitting element includes: a pit formation layer formed on the first semiconductor layer and having a pyramidal pit; and an active layer formed on the pit formation layer and having a flat portion and an embedded portion which is formed so as to embed the pit. The active layer has a multi-quantum well structure having a well layer and a barrier layer laminated alternately in which each well layer and each barrier layer lie one upon another. The flat portion has a flat well portion corresponding to the well layer. The embedded portion has an embedded well portion corresponding to the well layer. The embedded well portion has a ring portion which is formed in an interface with the flat well portion so as to surround the threading dislocation. The ring portion has a band gap smaller than that of the flat well portion.
US09496455B2 UV light emitting diode and method of fabricating the same
Exemplary embodiments provide a UV light emitting diode and a method of fabricating the same. The method of fabricating a UV light emitting diode includes growing a first n-type semiconductor layer including AlGaN, wherein growth of the first n-type semiconductor layer includes changing a growth pressure within a growth chamber and changing a flow rate of an n-type dopant source introduced into the growth chamber. A pressure change during growth of the first n-type semiconductor layer includes at least one cycle of a pressure increasing period and a pressure decreasing period over time, and change in flow rate of the n-type dopant source includes increasing the flow rate of the n-type dopant source in the form of at least one pulse. The UV light emitting diode fabricated by the method has excellent crystallinity.
US09496452B2 Method of absorber surface repairing by solution process
Methods and systems for repairing oxidation of CIGS surfaces during manufacture of a CIGS solar cell are generally disclosed. Oxidation of an absorber reduces the photoluminescence intensity of the CIGS surface. The absorber is immersed in a reduction tank having a reducing reagent therein. The reducing reagent reverses the oxidation of the CIGS absorber, increasing the interface quality and corresponding photoluminescence intensity. After reversing the oxidation, a buffer layer is deposited on the CIGS absorber to prevent further surface oxidation.
US09496450B2 Method for manufacturing photoelectric conversion device
A method for manufacturing a photoelectric conversion device, comprising: a first step of forming a buffer layer on a light absorption layer containing a group I-III-VI compound or a group I-II-IV-VI compound; and a second step of bringing a surface of the buffer layer into contact with a first solution containing sulfide ions or hydrogen sulfide ions.
US09496442B2 Solar modules including spectral concentrators and related manufacturing methods
Described herein are solar modules including spectral concentrators and related manufacturing methods.
US09496441B2 Solar cell module support assembly
Disclosed herein is a solar cell module support assembly including a solar cell module and a frame supporting the solar cell module, a drive motor and a power transmission unit transmitting power of the drive motor so as to support frame and change disposition angle and disposition direction of the frame, a motion conversion unit to convert rotating motion of the power transmission unit into rotating motion and vertical motion of the frame, first connection support units connecting upper and lower portions of the rear surface of the frame, and second connection support units connecting the first connection support units to the motion conversion unit.
US09496440B2 Solar cell module
A solar cell module includes a plurality of solar cells each comprising a substrate, an emitter region placed at the substrate, an anti-reflection region placed on the emitter region, first electrodes placed on the substrate, first bus bars placed on the substrate and connected to the first electrodes, second electrodes placed on the substrate, and second bus bars placed on the substrate and connected to the second electrodes. The anti-reflection region includes a first opening region through which part of the emitter region is exposed and one or more second opening regions through which part of the emitter region is exposed. The first electrode is connected to the exposed emitter region of the first opening region through the anti-reflection region by metal plating and the first bus bar is connected to the exposed emitter region of one or more second opening regions through the anti-reflection region by metal plating. An interconnector electrically connects the first bus bar and the first bus bar or the second bus bar of an adjacent solar cell of the plurality of solar cells.
US09496438B2 Sheet for a photovoltaic cell
A sheet for a photovoltaic cell is provided. The sheet for a photovoltaic cell has excellent heat resistance, lightfastness, weather resistance, moisture resistance and insulating properties, and may improve light condensing efficiency when applied to a photovoltaic module.
US09496435B2 Microstructure enhanced absorption photosensitive devices
Techniques for enhancing the absorption of photons in semiconductors with the use of microstructures arc described. The microstructures, such as pillars and/or holes, effectively increase the effective absorption length resulting in a greater absorption of the photons. Using microstructures for absorption enhancement for silicon photodiodes and silicon avalanche photodiodes can result in bandwidths in excess of 10 Gb/s at photons with wavelengths of 850 nm, and with quantum efficiencies of approximately 90% or more.
US09496434B2 Solar cell and method for producing solar cell
A solar cell that includes a negative electrode made of Al—Nd or the like formed on a substrate, an electron transport layer made of n-type Si or the like, a quantum dot arrangement layer made of graphene or the like, a quantum dot layer, a positive hole transport layer made of p-type Si or the like, and a positive electrode made of ITO or the like are sequentially formed on a surface of the negative electrode. Output electrodes are formed on the positive electrode so that at least a part of the surface of the positive electrode is exposed. The quantum dot layer is constructed such that quantum dots of Si cluster particles are three-dimensionally periodically arranged. The Si cluster particles have an average particle size of 3 nm or less, and the interparticle distance between the Si cluster particles is 1 nm or less.
US09496433B2 Photoelectric conversion device and method for manufacturing photoelectric conversion device
The inventive photoelectric conversion device includes a substrate, a lower electrode layer provided on the substrate, a CIGS compound semiconductor layer provided on the lower electrode layer as covering the lower electrode layer, and a transparent electrode layer provided on the compound semiconductor layer, wherein the compound semiconductor layer has a maximum Ga content variation of not less than 5% as measured in a layer thickness direction, and a maximum In content variation of not less than 6% as measured in the layer thickness direction.
US09496432B2 Method for forming metal silicide layers
The present invention is related to a method for forming a metal silicide layer on a textured silicon substrate surface. The method includes providing a metal layer on a textured silicon substrate and performing a pulsed laser annealing step providing at least one UV laser pulse with a laser fluence in the range between 0.1 J/cm2 and 1.5 J/cm2 and with a laser pulse duration in the range between 1 ns and 10 ms. Then, the method includes converting at least part of the metal layer into a metal silicide layer. In addition, the present invention is related to the use of such a method in a process for fabricating a photovoltaic cell, wherein the dielectric layer is a surface passivation layer, or wherein the dielectric layer is an antireflection coating.
US09496429B1 System and method for tin plating metal electrodes
Systems and methods for fabricating a photovoltaic structure are provided. During fabrication, a patterned mask is formed on a first surface of a multilayer body of the photovoltaic structure, with openings of the mask corresponding to grid line locations of a first grid. Subsequently, a core layer of the first grid is deposited in the openings of the patterned mask, and a protective layer is deposited on an exposed surface of the core layer. The patterned mask is then removed to expose the sidewalls of the core layer. Heat is applied to the protective layer such that the protective layer reflows to cover both the exposed surface and sidewalls of the core layer.
US09496428B2 Photoelectric conversion device and manufacturing method thereof
A stack including a first electrode, a first impurity semiconductor layer having one conductivity type, an intrinsic semiconductor layer, a second impurity semiconductor layer having an opposite conductivity type to the one conductivity type, and a light-transmitting second electrode is formed over an insulator. The light-transmitting second electrode and the second impurity semiconductor layer have one or more openings. The shortest distance between one portion of the wall of one opening and an opposite portion of the wall of the same opening at the level of the interface between the second impurity semiconductor layer and the intrinsic semiconductor layer is made smaller than the diffusion length of holes in the intrinsic semiconductor layer. Thus, recombination is suppressed, so that more photocarriers are generated due to the openings and taken out as current, whereby conversion efficiency is increased.
US09496427B2 Module fabrication of solar cells with low resistivity electrodes
One embodiment of the present invention provides a solar module. The solar module includes a front-side cover, a back-side cover, and a plurality of solar cells situated between the front- and back-side covers. A respective solar cell includes a multi-layer semiconductor structure, a front-side electrode situated above the multi-layer semiconductor structure, and a back-side electrode situated below the multi-layer semiconductor structure. Each of the front-side and the back-side electrodes comprises a metal grid. A respective metal grid comprises a plurality of finger lines and a single busbar coupled to the finger lines. The single busbar is configured to collect current from the finger lines.
US09496425B2 Back-illuminated sensor with boron layer
An image sensor for short-wavelength light and charged particles includes a semiconductor membrane, circuit elements formed on one surface of the semiconductor membrane, and a pure boron layer on the other surface of the semiconductor membrane. This image sensor has high efficiency and good stability even under continuous use at high flux for multiple years. The image sensor may be fabricated using CCD (charge coupled device) or CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) technology. The image sensor may be a two-dimensional area sensor, or a one-dimensional array sensor. The image sensor can be included in an electron-bombarded image sensor and/or in an inspection system.