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US09661794B1 Method of manufacturing package structure
A method of manufacturing a package structure includes at least the following steps. A wafer is provided. A flux layer is applied onto at least part of the wafer. A stencil is provided over the wafer. The stencil includes a plurality of apertures exposing the flux layer. A dispenser is provided over the stencil. A plurality of SMDs are fed over the stencil with the dispenser. The dispenser is moved to drive the SMDs into the apertures of the stencil. The stencil is removed and the flux layer is reflowed.
US09661785B2 Power conversion apparatus
A power conversion apparatus includes an electrical circuit including a heat source, a heat pipe cooler in which a refrigerant is enclosed, the heat pipe cooler configured to cool the heat source, a freeze determiner configured to determine whether the refrigerant is frozen, and an output limiter configured to limit output when the freeze determiner determines that the refrigerant is frozen.
US09661783B2 Magnetic component cooling structure and power converter having the same
Provided is a cool air flow space in which cool air, that is generated by an inner fan disposed inside a housing, flows in the housing. An attachment member mounts a magnetic component on a bottom portion of the housing at a position within the cool air flow space. The attachment member includes a top plate and a pair of legs that extends downward from the top plate and that is fixed to the bottom portion.
US09661782B2 Data center cooling arrangements
A rack system for mounting at least one data processing unit includes a shelf operable for moving from a position internally of the rack system to a position externally of the rack system. The shelf has an aperture and a fluid mover for moving fluid through the aperture in the shelf when the shelf is located in its external position.
US09661778B1 Deployable barrier for data center
Deployable barriers are reversibly deployed in a data center hall to partition the data center. The hall is partitioned into an operational area, where rack computer systems are installed, a non-operational area, and a staging area where support infrastructure is at least partially installed. A barrier can be collapsed to incorporate the staging area into the operational area, thereby expanding the operational area, when rack computer systems are to be installed in the staging area. A barrier deployed in the non-operational area establishes another staging area. A barrier includes a deployment mechanism which extends through a space in the data center to enable a partition to be extended to partition the hall. The barrier can be mounted and deployed on support infrastructure, so that the deployed barrier and a side portion of the support infrastructure collectively partition the hall.
US09661777B2 Systems and methods for coupling AC power to a rack-level power infrastructure
In accordance with the present disclosure, a detachable power cable interface box (PCIB) for coupling AC power to a rack-level power infrastructure is described. The detachable PCIB includes a body section and a terminal disposed within the body section. The terminal may be coupled to an AC power source. A wiring block may also be disposed within the body, and the modular wiring block may be coupled to the terminal. The wiring block may arrange power input from the AC power source into a pre-determined output configuration corresponding to a detachable interface. The system may also include the detachable interface, and the detachable interface may be configured to couple with an integrated connector of the rack-level power infrastructure. The detachable interface may be common to all types of AC power sources.
US09661775B2 Wiring device for wiring an electronic apparatus
A wiring device for wiring an electronic apparatus including an interface, a conductor track and a component fitting island that is connected to the interface via the conductor track that is set up to carry an electronic component and to make electrical contact with the interface via the electrical conductor track, wherein the component fitting island is free of a web element that is set up to hold the component fitting island on a support element during a housing process housing the component fitting island.
US09661773B2 Electrical assembly for a motor vehicle
An electrical assembly for a motor vehicle includes a housing and two groups of electronic components that are installed in the housing and are encased using a thermosetting potting compound. Furthermore, the assembly includes two groups of connecting contacts. One of the connecting contacts is allocated respectively to one of the two groups of the electronic components. The connecting contacts are guided through the housing so as to electrically contact the respective electronic component. At least one of the groups of connecting contacts is surrounded on the inner side of the housing by a sealing collar that protrudes from the housing. The sealing collar is embedded during the process of assembling the assembly entirely or in part in the potting compound prior to the curing of the thermosetting potting compound.
US09661771B2 Electronic device and electronic device included in a cover
An electronic device that can be attached to a cover and an electronic device attached to a cover are provided. The electronic device includes an electronic device body, a recess formed in an outer surface of the electronic device body, a movable member placed in the recess, an elastic member placed in the recess and supporting the movable member, and a retaining member placed in the recess and disposed around the movable member. The elastic member and the movable member are disposed to elastically bias the movable member from an inside of the recess to the outer surface of the electronic device body.
US09661769B2 Lockable pressure casing
A housing for an electric or electronic apparatus includes an access hood, or access lid which can be fixed on the housing for closing the housing or a housing opening by a locking mechanism operable from outside the housing. The locking mechanism includes at least one lock/slide held on the housing or on the access hood/access lid so as to be longitudinally displaceable and is provided with a ramp and an undercut or detent lug spaced therefrom. The access hood/access lid or the housing is provided with at least one protrusion which is formed and/or arranged for defining two engagement means in such a manner that depending on the current sliding position of the lock/slide, it alternately comes into operative engagement with the associated detent lug for pulling the access hood/access lid toward the housing, or with the ramp for pushing it away from the housing.
US09661768B2 Interchangeable electrically powered modules and receptacle therefor
A plurality of interchangeable, electrically powered, modules and receptacles for use therewith are provided. The interchangeable electrically powered modules are configured and capable of providing a variety of electrical and electronic devices. Each receptacle is configured to be secured to and supported by an otherwise conventional electric back box. The receptacles preferably utilize a bayonet mount receptacle which is standardized for the entire system and which accommodates each and every module in a twist-lock mounting system. Each module includes a cooperating bayonet mount attachment for use with the receptacle bayonet mounts. The use of a bayonet mount attachment for the modules to the receptacle provides a standardized power coupling for the module devices which may be connected by a simple insert and partial turn locking action.
US09661765B2 Electronic control device
The invention provides an electronic control device having a high-grade heat sink that: does not require tight control at the time of manufacturing; does not restrict the range of electronic components that can be used; is structurally simple; can be produced at a higher production rate; and is cost-effective. In this device, when a circuit board 14 having an electronic component 13 thereon is placed in a non-metal (resin) housing having: a housing base 11 integrally comprising via a partition wall 11a a connector inserting section 18 used for electrical connection with an external mating connector (not illustrated); and a housing cover 12 attached to the housing base 11, part of the board 14 is inserted into an insertion hole provided in the partition wall 11a so that it is exposed inside the connector inserting section 16. A pair of elastic metal parts 15, a heat sink, is provided in the housing, connected to the circuit board 14 at particular positions on its top and bottom surfaces with the use of a connecting material 17 (solder or adhesive), and has an arch-shaped cross section as viewed from a lateral direction. The heat of the component 13 is transferred to the housing to dissipate it to the outside by the board 14 being supported from the top and bottom sides in the housing.
US09661762B2 Printed wiring board
A printed wiring board includes a core substrate including a resin insulating layer and multiple conductor layers, a first wiring structure formed on a first surface of the core substrate and including a conductor layer and a resin insulating layer, and a second wiring structure formed on a second surface of the core substrate and including a conductor layer and a resin insulating layer. The core substrate is interposed between the first wiring structure and the second wiring structure such that the resin insulating layers and conductor layers in the core substrate, first wiring structure and second wiring structure are alternately laminated, the resin insulating layer in the first wiring structure has a vol % of resin which is larger than a vol % of resin in the resin insulating layer in the second wiring structure such that a difference in the vol % of resin in the first and second wiring structures is in the range of from 0.5% to 5.0%.
US09661760B2 Printed circuit board and manufacturing method thereof
A printed circuit board includes a first substrate, two first circuits formed on a surface of the first substrate, and a thick copper circuit. The thickness of each first circuit is smaller than the thickness of the first substrate, and the first substrate and one of the first circuits cooperatively define a circuit trench. The thick copper circuit is arranged in the circuit trench and is integrally connected to the first circuit, which is corresponding to the groove. The thick copper circuit and the connected first circuit are defined as a thick circuit, and another first circuit is defined as a thin circuit. The length of the thick copper circuit connected to the corresponding first circuit is identical to or greater than 10% of the length of the thick circuit. Additionally, the instant disclosure also provides a method for manufacturing a printed circuit board.
US09661759B2 Printed circuit board and method of manufacturing the same
Provided is a printed circuit board, including: a core substrate including an internal circuit pattern on an upper surface or a lower surface; electronic devices which are formed to pass through the core substrate; an external insulating layer which covers the internal circuit pattern and the electronic devices; and an external circuit pattern which is formed on an upper surface of the external insulating layer, wherein a lower surface of the electronic devices protrudes from the lower surface of the core substrate to a lower part. Accordingly, in the embedded printed circuit board in which the electronic devices are embedded, when the electronic devices are mounted, because the insulating layer is formed regardless of a thickness of the electronic devices, the printed circuit board having a desired thickness regardless of the thickness of the electronic devices can be formed.
US09661758B2 Methods of segmented through hole formation using dual diameter through hole edge trimming
Cost effective and efficient methods to maximize printed circuit board (PCB) utilization with minimized signal degradation are provided. The methods include electrically isolating a segmented via structure by controlling the formation of a conductive material within a plated via structure by utilizing different diameter drills within a via structure for trimming the conductive material at the via shoulder (i.e., the rim of a drilled two diameter hole boundary). The trimmed portion may be voided in the via structure for allowing electrically isolated plated through-hole (PTH) segments. One or more areas of trimmed rims within the via structure are used to form multiple stair like diameter holes to create one or more voids in the via structure. As a result, the formation of conductive material within the via structure may be limited to those areas necessary for the transmission of electrical signals.
US09661757B2 Connecting power leads to circuit board
An assembler receives a circuit board. The circuit board includes at least a first node and a second node that are adjacent but electrically isolated from each other. There is a gap between the first node and the second node. The first node is electrically isolated from other components on the circuit board. The second node is electrically coupled to circuitry residing on the circuit board. The assembler initiates positioning of a conductive lead of a battery in a vicinity of the first node. The gap between the first node and second node initially prevents the live conductive lead from being in electrical contact with the second node. Eventually, the assembler bridges the gap to provide an electrical connection between at least the conductive lead and the second node to electrically couple the conductive lead to the second node and thus the circuitry residing on the circuit board.
US09661755B2 System and a method for solder mask inspection
A system and a method for inspection aided printing, the method may include printing, by a printing unit of a system, a pattern on an area of a substrate, during a printing process; inspecting, by an inspection unit of the system, the area to provide inspection results; searching, by a processor of the system, for a defect, based upon the inspection results; and wherein if a defect is found—determining whether to (a) repair the substrate, (b) perform a corrective measure for improving the printing process, or (c) perform no corrective measure in response to the defect.
US09661753B1 Coaxial to planar strain relief appliance and method
Microclip appliance formed from a single conductive planar metal sheet includes portions defined along an elongated length including a pin receiver, a solder paddle and a bridge. The pin receiver includes first and second planar rings, and a spring bar extending from a periphery of the first ring to a periphery of the second ring. The solder paddle is comprised of a portion of the conductive metal sheet distal from the pin receiver and the bridge extends from a peripheral portion of the solder paddle to the second ring. Lateral bends are disposed along a length of the conductive planar metal sheet to facilitate the various portions of the microclip.
US09661751B2 Power semiconductor module arrangement
A power semiconductor module arrangement includes a semiconductor module having a controllable power semiconductor component, a first printed circuit board (PCB) arranged outside the semiconductor module, and a control unit arranged outside the semiconductor module and having a second PCB. The control unit is configured to control the controllable power semiconductor component. The controllable power semiconductor component has a first load terminal and a second load terminal between which a load path of the power semiconductor component is formed, and also a control terminal for controlling the load path. The first PCB has a conductor track connected in series with the load path. The first and second PCBs are spaced apart from one another and electrically connected to one another by a pin.
US09661749B2 Metal-clad laminate and printed wiring board
A metal-clad laminate according to the present embodiment includes an insulating layer, and a metal layer present on at least one surface side of the insulating layer. The insulating layer is a laminate of at least three layers of a center layer, a first resin layer present on one surface side of the center layer, and a second resin layer present on the other surface side of the center layer. The center layer, the first resin layer and the second resin layer each contain a cured product of a resin composition. Coefficients of thermal expansion of the cured products of the resin compositions contained in the first resin layer and the second resin layer are smaller than a coefficient of thermal expansion of the cured product of the resin composition contained in the center layer.
US09661748B2 Printed circuit board and method of manufacturing the same
A printed circuit board includes, an insulating substrate, a metal conductor which is formed on the insulating substrate, a solder resist coating a part of the metal conductor, a scooped-out portion of the metal conductor formed in the vicinity of an end of the solder resist, and a metal layer coating the scooped-out portion.
US09661747B1 Tamper-respondent assemblies with enclosure-to-board protection
Tamper-respondent assemblies and fabrication methods are provided which incorporate enclosure to circuit board protection. The tamper-respondent assemblies include a circuit board, and an electronic enclosure mounted to the circuit board and facilitating enclosing at least one electronic component within a secure volume. A tamper-respondent electronic circuit structure facilitates defining the secure volume, and the tamper-respondent electronic circuit structure includes a tamper-respondent circuit. An adhesive is provided to secure, in part, the electronic enclosure to the circuit board. The adhesive contacts, at least in part, the tamper-respondent circuit so that an attempted separation of the electronic enclosure from the circuit board causes the adhesive to break the tamper-respondent circuit, facilitating detection of the separation by a monitor circuit of the tamper-respondent electronic circuit structure.
US09661745B1 Vacuum lamination of depth-sensing camera module PCB to stiffener using built-in vacuum channels
In accordance with disclosed embodiments, there are provided methods, systems, and apparatuses for vacuum lamination of a depth-sensing camera module PCB to a stiffener using built-in vacuum channels. For instance, there is disclosed in accordance with one embodiment means for assembling an electronics module, in which such means include at least affixing a plurality of top-side components to a top side of a printed circuit board; affixing a plurality of bottom-side components to the bottom side of the printed circuit board; sealing a stiffener plate to the bottom side of the printed circuit board, in which the stiffener plate includes a plurality of cavities to accommodate the plurality of bottom-side components affixed to the bottom side of the printed circuit board, and further in which the plurality of cavities are interconnected via one or more channels; applying a vacuum to the stiffener plate via a vacuum port of the stiffener plate to pull the printed circuit board onto the stiffener plate; and bonding the stiffener plate to the bottom side of the printed circuit board while the printed circuit board is held to the stiffener plate via the vacuum. Other related embodiments are disclosed.
US09661744B2 Touch panel having a sensing electrode and a printing electrode
Provided is a touch panel including a cover substrate including an active area and an unactive area, and a printing layer on the unactive area. The printing layer has surface roughness in a range of 0.4 μm to 0.6 μm. The printing layer has straightness in a range of ±0.1 μm to ±10 μm.
US09661737B2 Non-scaling fixed field alternating gradient permanent magnet cancer therapy accelerator
A non-scaling fixed field alternating gradient accelerator includes a racetrack shape including a first straight section connected to a first arc section, the first arc section connected to a second straight section, the second straight section connected to a second arc section, and the second arc section connected to the first straight section; an matching cells configured to match particle orbits between the first straight section, the first arc section, the second straight section, and the second arc section. The accelerator includes the matching cells and an associated matching procedure enabling the particle orbits at varying energies between an arc section and a straight section in the racetrack shape.
US09661736B2 Scanning system for a particle therapy system
An example particle therapy system includes: a particle accelerator to output a beam of charged particles; and a scanning system to scan the beam across at least part of an irradiation target. An example scanning system includes: a scanning magnet to move the beam during scanning; and a control system (i) to control the scanning magnet to produce uninterrupted movement of the beam over at least part of a depth-wise layer of the irradiation target so as to deliver doses of charged particles to the irradiation target; and (ii) to determine, in synchronism with delivery of a dose, information identifying the dose actually delivered at different positions along the depth-wise layer.
US09661735B2 Synchrotron injector system, and synchrotron system operation method
A synchrotron injector system comprising a first ion source which generates a first ion, a second ion source which generates a second ion having a smaller charge-to-mass ratio than a charge-to-mass ratio of the first ion, a pre-accelerator having the capability to enable to accelerate both the first ion and the second ion, a low-energy beam transport line which is constituted in such a way to inject either the first ion or the second ion into the pre-accelerator, and a self-focusing type post-accelerator which accelerates only the first ion after acceleration which is emitted from the pre-accelerator.
US09661729B2 Radiation imaging system, method for controlling the system, and computer-readable medium storing program therefor
A radiation imaging system for applying radiation photography to a patient based on contents of an examination request includes: an image capturing method storage unit configured to prestore at least one image capturing method; a patient information input unit configured to input patient information of the patient subjected to an examination based on the examination request; an extraction unit configured to extract an applicable image capturing method from the image capturing method storage unit based on information accompanying the patient information and examination information; a list display unit configured to display an image capturing method extracted by the extraction unit in list form; and a registration unit configured to, by specifying an image capturing method displayed in the list display unit, register the specified image capturing method as imaging information.
US09661728B2 Radiographic image photographing system
The radiographic image photographing system includes an information acquisition member which acquires information on the radiographic image photographing device from an information presentation member of the radiographic image photographing device in a non-contact manner. When the information acquisition member makes the notification of the acquired information on the radiographic image photographing device, the management apparatus notifies the wireless communication member of the radiographic image photographing device of an identifier dedicated to an access point correlated with the information acquisition member. The wireless communication member of the radiographic image photographing device conducts wireless communication with the access point using a general-purpose identifier in a default state, and using the identifier dedicated to the access point after receiving the notification of the identifier dedicated to the access point from the management apparatus.
US09661727B2 Wire electrode cleaning in ionizing blowers
Methods and apparatus for cleaning contaminant byproducts off of ionizing wire electrodes in ionizing blowers are disclosed. Disclosed apparatus include a housing with a gas-flow channel, an stationary ionizing wire, and a rotatable frame with supports for resiliently supporting the stationary ionizing wire within the channel. The ionizing wire produces charge carriers and has a surface that develops a layer of contaminant byproducts when an ionizing signal is applied thereto. The frame is rotatably mounted such that the supports clean the layer of contaminant byproducts off of the surface of the ionizing wire when the frame is rotated. Disclosed methods include providing an ionizing signal to the ionizing wire to thereby produce charge carriers and rotating the frame relative to the housing to thereby clean contaminant byproducts off of the ionizing wire.
US09661724B2 Light-emitting device, method of controlling light-emitting device, and program
There is provided a light-emitting device including a wireless communication unit that performs wireless communication with another device, a light-emitting unit that emits light, and a control unit that performs control by switching between a mode in which the light emission of the light-emitting unit is controlled in accordance with a timing at which a signal is received by the wireless communication unit and a mode in which the light emission of the light-emitting unit is controlled in accordance with an internal timer based on a light emission timing included in a signal received from the other device by the wireless communication unit.
US09661723B2 Method for controlling lighting element and associated system
A method for controlling at least one lighting element includes: setting a dimming speed; determining a dimming level according to the dimming speed; and using the dimming level to perform a stepped dimming operation to brighten or dim the lighting element.
US09661722B2 System and method for managing lighting systems
This invention discloses a method and system for managing artificial lighting sources to provide acceptable quality of lighting while reducing cost of operation of the artificial lighting sources. In one aspect of the invention, at least one color characteristic of the artificial light source is adjusted based on an illuminance of a natural light source and the at least one color characteristic of the artificial light source.
US09661721B2 Light source apparatus, method for controlling light source apparatus, and display apparatus
A light source apparatus according to the present invention, includes: a light source substrate on which one or more emission units are located; an optical sheet configured to reflect light from the emission unit; and a detection unit configured to detect reflected light reflected by the optical sheet, wherein the detection unit is located in a position where an amount of change in a detected value due to deflection of the optical sheet when one emission unit is turned ON is a predetermined value or less.
US09661717B2 Multi-colored display illumination control for e-reading
A computing device that includes a programmatically controlled front light. The front light cast light onto a display surface and/or other region of the computing device, for purpose of providing illumination and/or lighting effect.
US09661713B2 Intelligent LED bulb and vent method, apparatus and system
Apparatuses, methods and storage medium associated with an intelligent LED light apparatus are disclosed herein. In embodiments, an intelligent LED light apparatus may include a communication interface, a processor, a body that encases at least the communication interface and the processor, and a plurality of sensors of a plurality of sensor types disposed on the body. The processor may be configured to receive sensor data from the sensors, and transmit the sensor data or results from processing the sensor data to an external recipient. Further, for some embodiments, the intelligent LED bulb apparatus may further comprise LED lights, and the body further encases the LED lights. In other embodiments, the body may include a male connector to mate with a bulb receptor, and a female connector to mate with a LED bulb. Other embodiments may be disclosed or claimed.
US09661711B2 Multi-function pin for light emitting diode (LED) driver
Techniques are described for a multi-function pin of a light emitting diode (LED) driver. The techniques utilize this multi-function pin for switching current that flows through one or more LEDs, as well as for charging the power supply of the LED driver. The techniques further utilize this multi-function pin to determine whether the voltage at an external transistor is beginning to oscillate, and utilize this multi-function pin to determine whether the current through the one or more LEDs has fully dissipated to an amplitude of zero.
US09661707B2 Method for manufacturing a semiconductor device using tilted ion implantation processes, semiconductor device and integrated circuit
A semiconductor device includes first and second field effect transistors (FETs) formed in a semiconductor substrate having a first main surface. The first FET includes first source and drain contact grooves, each running in a first direction parallel to the first main surface, each formed in the first main surface. First source regions are electrically connected to a conductive material in the first source contact groove. First drain regions are electrically connected to a conductive material in the first drain contact groove. The second FET includes second source and drain contact grooves, each running in a second direction parallel to the first main surface, each formed in the first main surface. Second source regions are electrically connected to a conductive material in the second source contact groove, and second drain regions are electrically connected to a conductive material in the second drain contact groove.
US09661704B2 Semiconductor light source drive device
A semiconductor light source drive device includes a semiconductor light source; a switching element that controls a current flowing through the semiconductor light source by being on/off-controlled by a PWM signal provided to the control end; a current detection element that detects a current flowing through the semiconductor light source; a switching power source that supplies power supply voltage to a series connection of the semiconductor light source, the switching element, and the current detection element; a PWM supply circuit supplies the PWM signal and its on-time ratio information; a target value setting part converts the on-time ratio information to a target average current value and outputs the target average current value; and a comparator compares the target average current value with an average current value detected by the current detection element and outputs comparison output to the switching power source as a signal for control.
US09661700B2 Primary control LED driver with additional power output and control method thereof
A primary control LED driver includes: a switching converter having a main switch and a first winding, and configured to provide an LED driving current; a second winding magnetically coupled to the first winding and configured to provide a power supply voltage at a first terminal; a first sensing resistor with a first terminal coupled to the main switch; a second sensing resistor with a first terminal coupled to the second terminals of the first sensing resistor and the second winding; an output current calculator calculating an equivalent value of the LED driving current based on the voltage at the first terminal of the first sensing resistor; an error amplifier configured to generate a compensation signal based on the equivalent value and a reference voltage; and a control circuit generating a control signal to control the main switch based on the compensation signal.
US09661696B1 AC LED lighting systems and control methods efficiently providing operating voltage
A LED lighting system efficiently provides an operating voltage powering integrated circuits. A LED string has LEDs segregated into LED groups connected in series. A LED controller has channel nodes connected to the cathodes of the LED groups respectively, and an output node connected to a capacitor providing the operating voltage. The LED controller drains a channel current from a selected channel node among the channel node. The LED controller regulates the channel current to a channel target value corresponding to the selected channel node, and provides a portion of the channel current as a charging current to power and regulate the operating voltage.
US09661694B2 Organic EL device having a convex portion, method of manufacturing organic EL device having a convex portion, and electronic apparatus having an organic EL device having a convex portion
The organic EL device includes a base material as a substrate, a plurality of organic EL elements disposed on the based materials, a seal layer covering the plurality of organic EL elements to seal, color layers of at least red, green, and blue corresponding to a plurality of organic EL elements and formed on the seal layer, and a convex portion which is formed by dividing each of colored layers with different colors on the seal layer, and whose height is lower than the height of a colored layer of at least red, green, blue on the seal layer. The convex portion has a property of optical transparency, and is formed using a photosensitive resin material which is a main material of the colored layers, for example.
US09661693B2 Organic EL device having a convex portion, method of manufacturing organic EL device having a convex portion, and electronic apparatus having an organic EL device having a convex portion
The organic EL device includes a base material as a substrate, a plurality of organic EL elements disposed on the based materials, a seal layer covering the plurality of organic EL elements to seal, color layers of at least red, green, and blue corresponding to a plurality of organic EL elements and formed on the seal layer, and a convex portion which is formed by dividing each of colored layers with different colors on the seal layer, and whose height is lower than the height of a colored layer of at least red, green, blue on the seal layer. The convex portion has a property of optical transparency, and is formed using a photosensitive resin material which is a main material of the colored layers, for example.
US09661691B2 System and method for induction heating a helical rotor using a coil
Embodiments of the invention provide a system and method for induction heating a helical rotor of a progressing cavity pump in order to reduce the surface roughness of the rotor. In order to heat the rotor most evenly, it is desired to space the coil as closely around the rotor as possible. The invention provides a mechanism for threading the helical rotor through an induction coil having an interior diameter which is less than the major diameter of the rotor. The induction coil may include one loop and overlapping ends. The rotor to be heated is rotated about its longitudinal axis and advanced axially through the coil as it rotates. The axial speed and rotational speed are synchronized so that the rotor moves one pitch through the coil for each complete rotation.
US09661688B2 Cooling and retaining body for heating elements, heating appliance and method for producing a cooling and retaining body
A cooling and retaining body for holding heating elements, in particular PTC heating elements, having a heating-element holder, in which the heating elements are mounted. The heating element holder has a plurality of circumferentially distributed accommodating regions, in each of which at least one heating element is arranged, wherein the accommodating regions are formed between an outer part and an inner part, which is arranged in the outer part, and at least the outer part has a polygonal profile with a number of corners connected by sides, wherein the accommodating regions are arranged in the corners of the polygonal profile, and the sides of the polygonal profile are deformed elastically in order to generate a clamping force which acts on the respective heating elements.
US09661679B2 Display apparatus and control method of the same
Disclosed is a communication apparatus including: a first communicator configured to connect with an external device by a first communication mode; a second communicator configured to connect with the external device by a second communication mode different from the first communication mode; and a controller configured to control the first communicator to connect with the external device by the first communication mode, control the first communicator to obtain connection information of the second communication mode from the external device, control the second communicator to be connected to the external device by the second communication mode based on the connection information, and control at least one of the first communicator and the second communicator to transmit data to the external device.
US09661678B2 Method of enhanced connection recovery and cell selection
An enhanced connection recovery upon lost RRC connection due to radio link failure (RLF) or handover failure (HOF) is proposed. A UE first establishes an RRC connection in a source cell in a mobile communication network. Later on, the UE detects a failure event and starts an RRC reestablishment procedure in a target cell to restore the RRC connection. In a first novel aspect, a fast RLF process is applied to reduce the outage time in the serving cell. In a second novel aspect, an enhanced cell selection mechanism based on cell prioritization information is applied to reduce the outage time in the target cell. In one embodiment, multi-RAT registration is used to steer cell selection.
US09661677B2 Wireless communication apparatus, wireless communication method, and computer-readable storage medium
A wireless communication apparatus is for communicating with an access point through a first communication and communicating with another communication apparatus through a second communication via a network including an access point. The wireless communication apparatus includes a detection unit configured to detect a status of the first communication; and a reconnection unit configured to reconnect the first communication and then reconnect the second communication by using connection information of a corresponding network layer of the wireless communication apparatus acquired through the first communication when disconnection of the first communication is detected by the detection unit.
US09661676B2 Method and apparatus for restricting UE session management procedure retry after network rejection
A method of operating a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communications network includes sending, from the UE to a first network element, a first packet service session management request message indicating a request of a first session management service type for at least one of establishing a new packet data session or modifying an existing packet data session, the first packet service session management request message being sent towards a first access point name (APN); receiving, at the UE, a rejection message, the rejection message indicating the request of the first session management service type has been rejected; and performing a retry operation after receiving the rejection message, the retry operation including sending, from the UE, a second packet service session management request message of the first session management service type towards the first APN, the retry operation being prevented by the UE such that the retry operation is not performed by the UE until after at least one of, an expiration of a retry timer of the UE, or detection, at the UE, of a retry trigger event.
US09661675B2 Method and device for reinitiating session management process of EPS system
The present invention discloses a method and device for re-initiating EPS session management procedure. The application of technical solution proposed through embodiment of this invention can enable PGW to determine whether handover operation on MME side is completed through timing by timer and/or instruction message on MME side; if it is completed, re-initiate session management process of corresponding EPS system, thus enabling PGW to timely re-initiate EPS session management procedure, reducing the time for unnecessary waiting, and avoiding resource waste caused by repeated rejection of EPS session management procedure re-initiated when handover procedure is not completed, so as to improve reconnection efficiency of session management process of EPS system and reduce waste of communication resource.
US09661673B2 Device to-device D2D communication method and D2D communication device
The present invention provides a D2D communication method and a D2D communication device. The method includes: determining a second time slot for transmitting D2D data according to a first time slot for transmitting D2D signaling to a D2D receiver and a synchronous transmission relationship between the D2D signaling and the D2D data, the second time slot being after the first time slot; determining a third time slot for transmitting uplink control information in cellular communication according to the second time slot, the uplink control information being used for indicating an uplink radio resource in the second time slot, and the third time slot being before the second time slot; demodulating the uplink control information in the third time slot to acquire the uplink radio resource in the second time slot; multiplexing the uplink radio resource in the second time slot to perform D2D communication with the D2D receiver.
US09661671B2 Transmission devices, receiving devices and methods of sharing data
A transmission device, a receiving device and a method of sharing data are provided. The transmission device includes a touch-display module which includes one or a plurality of display areas, wherein each of the display areas displays a respective display result corresponding to the same or different applications; a link module which is configured to establish a touch link with one or a plurality of receiving devices through the touch-display module; a judgment module which is configured to determine the display area which the receiving device is in physical proximity to, to generate the judgment information; a management module which is configured to generate application information according to the judgment information; and a sending module, configured to transmit the application information to the receiving device through the touch-display module.
US09661669B2 Mobile communication system, base station, processor, and user terminal
A mobile communication system comprises: a base station, a first user terminal that establishes a connection with the base station, and a second user terminal that performs communication with the first user terminal via the base station, the mobile communication system supporting D2D communication that is direct device to device communication, wherein when it is determined that the D2D communication by the first user terminal and the second user terminal is possible, the base station transmits, to the first user terminal, an instruction for having a signal for discovery transmitted, the signal for discovery being used in discovery of a communication partner terminal in the D2D communication.
US09661668B2 Method of device to device communication and apparatus thereof
A method of device-to-device (D2D) communication and apparatus thereof are provided. A communication method performed in a second device according to an embodiment of the present invention comprising: receiving first configuration information for receiving reference signal and second configuration information for transmitting channel state information from a base station; receiving the reference signal based on the first configuration information from the first device; generating the channel state information on a communication link between the first device and the second device based on the reference signal; and transmitting the channel state information based on the second configuration information to the base station. Accordingly, the D2D communication may be performed effectively.
US09661665B2 Network connectivity protocol for real-time applications
Apparatus and methods to evaluate connectivity between a primary device and a secondary device to support a connection for a real-time application to a remote device are disclosed. The primary device receives a connection request from the remote device and sends invitations to one or more secondary devices to connect with the remote device, the invitations sent through a first communication path. A secondary device that receives the invitation sends a connectivity evaluation packet to the primary device through a second communication path. When a connectivity response is received from the primary device through the second communication path and a user accepts the invitation, the secondary device sends an invitation response to the primary device and subsequently establishes a connection to the primary device through the second communication path. In some embodiments, the first communication path includes a cloud-based server that provides a guaranteed delivery message service.
US09661662B2 Method for performing random access procedure in wireless communication system
There is provided a method for enabling a user equipment to perform a random access procedure in a wireless communication system. The method includes transmitting a random access preamble and receiving a random access response as a response to the random access preamble. The random access response is addressed by a random access identifier. The random access identifier is mapped to radio resources used for transmitting the random access preamble. The user equipment can immediately confirm its random access response and perform further efficient random access procedure.
US09661653B2 Device to-device (D2D) communications
Technology for performing device-to-device (D2D) communications is disclosed. A user equipment (UE) can identify D2D data to be transmitted from the UE. The D2D data can be identified when the UE is in a radio resource control (RRC) idle. The UE can be limited to using a defined resource allocation mode to transmit the D2D data from the UE. A service request procedure can be initiated at the UE. The service request procedure can trigger the UE to perform an RRC connection establishment procedure with an evolved node B (eNB) to switch the UE from the RRC idle mode to an RRC connected mode. The UE can receive an uplink (UL) grant from the eNB for communicating the D2D data from the UE. The UE can send the D2D data using the UL grant provided by the eNB.
US09661651B2 Forwarding a buffer status report for dual connectivity
The present invention relates to method for forwarding a buffer status report (BSR) for dual connectivity and devices therefor. In these schemes, the UE is simultaneously connected to a first eNB and a second eNB. The UE may transmit information on the amount of data to be transmitted to the first eNB to a second eNB. The second eNB may figured out that the received information is for the first eNB and/or second eNB.
US09661644B2 Wireless communication system
There is provided a wireless communication system that is capable of preventing interference with a primary use system caused by a CPE emitting radio waves at a frequency which is not a transmittable frequency before acquiring a list of transmittable frequencies based on its position information. In a wireless communication system that uses white space, a BS 10 and a CPE 22 store a specific frequency which is guaranteed to not interfere with a primary user. The BS 10 regularly switches between a first period when communication is performed at an operating frequency that uses white space and a second period when communication is performed at the specific frequency. In a case where whether the operating frequency is a transmittable frequency of the CPE 22 is not known, the CPE 22 performs communication with the base station at the specific frequency in the second period, and in a case where the operating frequency is recognized as the transmittable frequency, the CPE 22 performs communication at the operating frequency in the first period, and performs communication at the specific frequency in the second period.
US09661643B2 Cognitive interference management in wireless networks with relays, macro cells, micro cells, pico cells and femto cells
Cognitive interference management in Cellular wireless network with relays and micro/pico/femto cells operated in distributed scheduling mode. A cellular system may use RS to improve capacity or for coverage extension. ARS relays the signals between BS 104 and MS by using wireless links between BS-RS and RS-MS during both downlink and uplink transmissions. Embodiments herein disclose a mechanism to explicitly indicate to the MS whether the MAC management messages sent by the BS to the MS are to inform it to perform scanning for interference measurement. Also, disclosed herein is a mechanism to explicitly indicate to the BS whether the message sent by the MS is related to interference measurement.
US09661642B2 Method and appratus for avoiding inteference in terminal with plural heterogeneous communication modules in wireless communication system
A method for avoiding mutual interference when heterogeneous communication modules such as LTE, wireless LAN, Bluetooth, and GPS coexist in a terminal in a wireless communication system is provided. The terminal may reduce mutual interference when a plurality of communication modules simultaneously operate to efficiently communicate therewith.
US09661637B2 Radio communication system, high-power base station, low-power base station, and communication control method
A radio communication system (1) includes a pico-cell base station (PeNB) which is located in the communication area of a macro-cell base station (MeNB) and the transmission power of which is lower than that of the macro-cell base station (MeNB). For radio resources that can be used as PDSCH, a resource division ratio that is a ratio between unusable PDSCH resources, which cannot be used by the macro-cell base station (MeNB), and usable PDSCH resources, which can be used by the macro-cell base station (MeNB), is decided, and a radio resource is allocated, out of the usable PDSCH resources defined in accordance with the decided resource division ratio, to a radio terminal that is to connect to the macro-cell base station (MeNB). The resource division ratio is decided based on the traffic load of each base station.
US09661632B2 Wireless transmission device, power control method and program
A transmission power adjustment value acquisition unit references a transmission power/adjustment value table to output a transmission power adjustment value for transmission power. A transmission frequency correction value acquisition unit references a transmission frequency/correction value table to output a transmission power correction value, from a center frequency of the position of an RB that is sent from a used transmission frequency calculation unit and that will actually be used. An adjustment value addition unit adds the adjustment value for the obtained transmission power and the transmission power correction value for the center value of the position of the RB that will actually be used, and calculates the transmission power setting. Since the transmission power correction value is obtained from the center frequency of the position of the RB actually transmitted, misalignment between the transmission power setting and the actual transmission power is reduced.
US09661630B2 Resource allocation
A method of signalling resource allocation data in a communication system which uses a plurality of sub-carriers arranged in a sequence of chunks. An allocation of the sub-carriers for each of a plurality of user devices is received. The received allocations are processed to determine, for each user device, data identifying a start chunk and an end chunk within the sequence of chunks, which depend upon the sub-carriers allocated to the user device. Different resource allocation data is generated for each of the user devices using a predetermined mapping which relates the data identifying the corresponding start chunk and end chunk determined by the processing step to resource allocation data comprising a unique value. The respective resource allocation data is signaled to each of the plurality of user devices.
US09661628B2 Method and apparatus for receiving timing information from a cell or network in a less active mode
A method including receiving timing information associated with a transmission of reference information from a first cell or first network node when in a less active mode; and using the timing information to control when transmissions from the first cell or first network node are monitored for the reference information.
US09661625B2 Method and apparatus for transreceiving downlink signal by considering antenna port relationship in wireless communication system
The present invention relates to a wireless communication system, and more specifically, disclosed are a method and an apparatus for transmitting or receiving a downlink signal by considering an antenna port relationship. A method for user equipment receiving a physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) signal in the wireless communication system, according to one embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: determining a start symbol index of the PDSCH from the downlink subframe; and receiving the PDSCH signal based on the start symbol index. When the DCI is comprised according to DCI format 1A, and the downlink subframe is a multicast broadcast single frequency network (MBSFN) subframe, the start symbol index can be determined depending on a PDSCH start symbol value which is included in a PDSCH resource element mapping and Quasi co-location indicator (PQI) that is established by an upper layer.
US09661622B2 Method and device for E-PDCCH transmission and blind detection
The present invention relates to the field of communications, and provides a method and a device for enhanced-physical downlink control channel (E-PDCCH) transmission and blind detection. The method is: a network side carrying out corresponding E-PDCCH transmission resource configuration for allocation of each sub-frame; and a terminal respectively adopting different modes to perform E-PDCCH blind detection in each frame, so that better link adaptation of the E-PDCCH transmission can be implemented. Therefore, the balance of E-PDCCH transmission in the sub-frames is ensured, the effect of E-PDCCH blind detection of the terminal is further improved, and the E-PDCCH demodulation performance is further promoted.
US09661621B2 Method and device for obtaining control information in a wireless communication system
An embodiment of the present invention relates to a method for obtaining control information on terminals in a wireless communication system. The method includes performing blind decoding on at least one of a first and a second area of a sub-frame. The first area includes a plurality of sets of one or more resource blocks that are not adjacent to the sub-frame and are continuous. The second area includes one or more continuous resource blocks on the sub-frame.
US09661620B2 Mobile terminal and method using short identifier for resource scheduling
A mobile terminal for use in a mobile communications network includes a wireless access interface that provides a shared communications channel for communicating data to/from the mobile communications network, the shared channel divided in time into units of communications resource. The mobile terminal is configured to receive control information with a short identification number in association with an identification number allocated to the mobile terminal by the mobile communications network, the short identification number allocated to the mobile terminal by the mobile communications network for one super-frame including plural of the units of communications resource of the shared channel, the short identification number allocated to the mobile terminal as one member of a group of mobile terminals, and to receive a resource allocation message including the short identification number to identify the mobile terminal and to allocate units of the communications resource to the mobile terminal in one super-frame.
US09661612B2 Methods and apparatus for uplink control channel multiplexing in beamformed cellular systems
Methods and apparatus of a base station (BS) or a user equipment (UE) that communicate with each other via one or more directional beams. The BS sends and the UE receives a timing advance (TA). The BS receives information sent by the UE via a receive beam of the one or more directional beams of the BS and via an uplink (UL) control region of an UL control channel. The UL control region of the UL control channel identified via the TA and the receive beam.
US09661610B2 Communication method based on automatic serving cell management in wireless communication system, and device for supporting same
Disclosed is a communication method performed by a terminal in a wireless communication system. The method comprises: determining whether a serving cell management condition is satisfied; and managing a cell set including at least one serving cell for the terminal according to the satisfied serving cell management condition.
US09661607B2 Paging area control apparatus, paging area control method, transfer apparatus, mobile communication system, mobile station, and computer readable medium
A transfer node (310) receives downlink data addressed to a mobile station (100). A paging area control apparatus (300) determines a paging area of the mobile station (100) based on an attribute of the downlink data. A paging apparatus (200) sends a paging signal into the paging area determined by the paging area control apparatus (300), in order to page the mobile station (100). As a result, a technology for contributing to determining a proper paging area corresponding to downlink traffic is provided.
US09661606B2 Service implementation method, apparatus, and system
A service implementation method, apparatus, and system are disclosed. The service implementation method includes: receiving, by a serving gateway, a data packet of a terminal device sent by a packet data network gateway; if the data packet is a data packet with a serving priority and the serving gateway has sent a paging trigger message with a serving priority to a mobility management element, skipping, by the serving gateway, sending a paging trigger message to the mobility management element; or if the data packet is a data packet with a serving priority and the serving gateway has sent no paging trigger message with a serving priority to a mobility management element, sending, by the serving gateway, a paging trigger message to the mobility management element; wherein the paging trigger message is used to enable the mobility management element to page the terminal device.
US09661605B2 Posting-status notification system, information communication terminal, posting-status notification method, and program
A posting-status notification system includes: a determination unit that determines whether or not a posting status of posting information being associated with a content satisfies a predetermined notification condition, the posting information being posting information posted on a network; and an instruction unit that instructs an output unit to output the posting status in a case where the determination unit determines that the posting status satisfies the notification condition.
US09661604B1 Determining emitter locations
First information corresponding to a radio signal received at a first sensing device from a candidate location is obtained. Second information corresponding to a radio signal received at a second sensing device from the candidate location is obtained. A first relationship between the first sensing device and the candidate location and a second relationship between the second sensing device and the candidate location are determined. A first inverse and a second inverse of respectively the first and second relationships are obtained. A first estimate of the radio signal at the first sensing device is determined from the first information and the first inverse. A second estimate of the radio signal at the second sensing device is determined from the second information and the second inverse. Energy emitted from the candidate location is measured based on the first estimate and the second estimate.
US09661603B2 Passive positioning utilizing beacon neighbor reports
Techniques for providing neighbor reports for use in passive positioning of a client station are disclosed. An example method for broadcasting network neighbor reports according to the disclosure includes generating a beacon transmission, determining a neighbor report count value, if the neighbor report count value is greater than zero, then broadcasting the beacon transmission including at least a beacon frame and the neighbor report count value, and decrementing the neighbor report count value; if the neighbor report count value is equal to zero, then broadcasting the beacon transmission including at least a beacon frame and a neighbor report, and resetting the neighbor count value.
US09661602B2 System and method for determining device location in an IP-based wireless telecommunications network
A system and method determines a geographic position of a mobile device in communication with an IP-based wireless telecommunications network. A wireless connection between the mobile device and the IP-based wireless telecommunications network is established when the mobile device registers with a network controller (NC) through an access point (AP). When a geographical position is needed for the mobile device (e.g., a 911 call), messages are exchanged between the NC and the SMLC where the SMLC retrieves information from a database that is used to identify the geographic position of the mobile device. The database can store a variety of information related to mobile devices such as: last known position, IP address, MAC address, device or subscriber identifier, last CGI, etc. The geographical position is communicated back to the NC, which can then forward the position information to a switch for processing such as for 911 calls.
US09661601B2 Crowdsourcing information in a communication network using small cells
Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for using a small cell as a reliable crowd-sourcing agent are presented. In some embodiments, a small cell installed at a known location may observe one or more wireless signals at the known location, wherein the small cell comprises a built-in network listen receiver for observing cellular downlink signals. Subsequently, the small cell may provide, to at least one crowdsourcing server, information that identifies the location and describes one or more detected properties of the one or more observed wireless signals. In at least one arrangement, the information provided to at least one crowdsourcing server is a Positioning Reference Signal (PRS) configuration based on an observed LTE downlink signals. In at least one arrangement, the information provided to at least one crowdsourcing server is configured to be used by the at least one crowdsourcing server in providing position assistance information.
US09661599B2 Digitally signing access point measurements for robust location determination
In an example embodiment, a wireless client sends a probe request frame and waits for responses to the probe frame. The responses to the probe request from comprise encrypted data representative of the signal strength of the client as measured by the respondent that are digitally signed by the respondent's certificate. The client aggregates the responses and forwards them to a location based server.
US09661596B2 Oversampling digital receiver for radio-frequency signals
A system and method for receiving a radio frequency signal, comprising a device for digitizing, without prior alteration of frequency, an analog radio frequency representation of each of a plurality of radio frequency signals to produce a respective plurality of digital radio frequency signals having a respective associated radio frequency digital clock, the plurality of digital radio frequency signals having a sufficiently high respective associated clock rate to preserve an information content of an information communication present in the analog radio frequency representation; a switch matrix adapted to concurrently switch the plurality of digital radio frequency signals and associated digital radio frequency clock to ones of a plurality of digital signal processors; and a control adapted to selectively automatically control the concurrent switching of a plurality of digital signals and associated digital clock to the respective plurality of digital signal processors; wherein the digital signal processors produce processed representations of information contained in respective analog radio frequency representations.
US09661594B2 Method and apparatus for transmitting data between wireless devices in wireless communication system
A method for transmitting data between wireless devices in a wireless communication system is provided. A first wireless device acquires downlink reception timing with a base station. The first wireless device determines transmission timing for direct communication with a second wireless device based on the downlink reception timing with the base station. The first wireless device transmits data for the direct communication to the second wireless device at the transmission timing for the direct communication.
US09661593B2 Power control for communications systems utilizing high speed shared channels
A method and apparatus are described for controlling transmitter power in a wireless communication system in which both dedicated and shared channels are utilized. A wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) may receive a first channel (e.g., downlink shared channel), power commands for a second channel (e.g., dedicated channel) and power commands for a third channel (e.g., uplink shared channel). The WTRU may transmit in a transmission time interval at least one of the second channel and the third channel. Acknowledgments and negative acknowledgements to signals received over the first channel may be sent on the third channel. The WTRU may determine a transmission power level of the second channel in response to the second channel power commands and not the third channel power commands. The WTRU may determine a transmission power level of the third channel in response to the third channel power commands and not the second channel power commands.
US09661592B2 Uplink power control method and apparatus in a beam-forming based wireless communication system
A method for operating a Mobile Station (MS) for uplink (UL) power control in a wireless communication system. The method includes: determining an UL Transmit (Tx) power value compensated for a gain difference value between a downlink (DL) Tx beam and an UL Receive (Rx) beam of a Base Station (BS); and transmitting an UL signal based on the determined UL Tx power value.
US09661580B2 Method and apparatus for power control and parameter configuration
Embodiments of the present invention provide a method and an apparatus for power control. In one embodiment, a current serving node is a first base station. A first switching time at which the second base station switches from transmission of a non-ABS subframe to transmission of an ABS subframe is determined according to an ABS pattern parameter of a second base station. At the first switching time, a target SINR value is adjusted before current switching to obtain a target SINR value of the first switching time.
US09661575B2 Methods and apparatuses for discovering central nodes in wireless communication system
A method and apparatus for reducing power consumption in a mobile device of a wireless communication system when discovering a central node is provided. The method for operating of a terminal for discovering at least one central node in a wireless communication system includes: generating a probe request signal and transmitting the probe request signal to at least one central node; after transmitting the probe request signal, switching from a normal mode to a low power mode and driving the terminal in the low power mode; in response to a mode switch instruction signal being received from the central node, switching the terminal from the low power mode to the normal mode; and receiving a probe response signal to the probe request signal from the central node in the normal mode.
US09661574B2 Method and system for providing sleep state of network-accessible terminal
Provided are a method and system for providing a sleep state in a device accessible to a wired or wireless network. Provided are a method and a system, which dynamically determine the optimal parameter in a sleep state depending on a network characteristic in providing the sleep state to a network-accessible terminal, and thus reduce the period of an active state of the network-accessible terminal, thereby considerably decreasing power consumption. Provided are a method and a system, which do not unnecessarily use a clock in an active state by selecting the optimal clock according to a purpose of transiting from the sleep state to the active state, and thus reduce the period of the active state of the network-accessible terminal, thereby considerably decreasing power consumption.
US09661572B2 Methods and apparatuses for efficient battery utilization during content delivery in telecommunication networks
Apparatuses and methods for controlling a manner of delivering content to a content user in a mobile telecommunication network are provided. The content is sent to the content user using first a first transmission rate when the content user is in a first radio state and uses a first battery power, and then using a second transmission rate that is lower than the first transmission rate, when the content user is in a second radio state and uses a second battery power that is smaller than the first battery power. The sending is performed such as, (A) while delivering the content, an amount of the content already received by the content user to exceed an amount of the content used by the content user, and (B) to minimize an energy used by the content user during delivery.
US09661562B2 Access method and apparatus in heterogeneous network
Embodiments of the present invention provide an access method and apparatus in a heterogeneous network. The access method in a heterogeneous network include broadcasting a system message to a user equipment. The system message includes configuration information of a cell access port and configuration information of at least one group of hot spot access port, so that the user equipment accesses the cell access port or a hot spot access port according to the system information. The heterogeneous network includes at least one hot spot access port, the at least one hot spot access port is grouped into at least one group, and each group of hot spot access port includes at least one hot spot access port.
US09661561B2 Wireless network discovery method and apparatus
In a wireless network discovery operation, before a WiFi station sends a network probe request in a WiFi network to request for network information it needs to connect to an access point, it first listens to communications on a current channel of the WiFi network for a preset period of time. When the WiFi station receives on the current channel a network probe request message sent by another WiFi station, it further delays sending the first network probe request by a second time period, in anticipation of some signals from the access point. If during the second time period a network discovery message from the access point, such as a probe response or a beacon message, is detected and that message contains the network information needed, the WiFi station cancels the sending of its probe request. Otherwise, the WiFi station sends its probe request after the second time period expires.
US09661560B2 Scanning method and apparatus in wireless LAN
A scanning method and apparatus in wireless LAN is disclosed. The method comprises determining, by an access point (AP), whether to accommodate a station (STA) conducting an initial link setup and transmitting, by the AP, a frame to the STA, the frame including scanning redirection information for the STA to switch other channel, other band, or a neighbor AP when the AP determines not to accommodate the STA. The scanning redirection information includes a band field and a channel field. The band field indicating a band in which the STA conducts the initial link setup when the STA conducts the initial link setup from current band to the other band. The channel field indicating a channel in which the STA conducts the initial link setup when the STA conducts the initial link setup from current channel to the other channel.
US09661558B2 Service constraint advertisement and discovery
Various embodiments for service constraint advertisement and discovery are provided. Each wireless device in a group of wireless devices can multicast a service advertisement frame to advertise a service provided, a discovery request frame to request for a service, a discovery response frame in response of a discovery request frame if the wireless device can provide the requested service, or a discovery proxy response frame in response of a discovery request frame if another wireless device can provide the requested service. The frames include information related to one or more services and capabilities, availability schedule, frequency band in use, and other information. This allows a new device joining the group to accomplish device discovery and service discovery at the same time. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
US09661556B2 Communication apparatus, method for controlling communication apparatus, and storage medium
A communication apparatus includes a recognition unit configured to recognize a transmission interval of a predetermined beacon transmitted by a base station configured to transmit data addressed to a plurality of apparatuses when the predetermined beacon is transmitted, and a control unit configured to perform control to change the transmission interval based on the recognized transmission interval.
US09661552B2 Association in line-of-sight communication networks
Various of the disclosed embodiments relate to line-of-sight (LOS), e.g., optical, based networks. Systems and methods are provided for connecting nodes based on their topological position in a line-of-sight communication network. Some embodiments may represent each node by a “backbone” and a “subnetwork” rank. The determination of a node's rank can prevent the formation of isolated “islands” of nodes, cut off from the backbone. The ranking can also provide a total ordering of nodes relative to the “fiberpop” node which can be used for healing and routing behaviors.
US09661550B2 Communication apparatus, communication method, and communication system
Disclosed is a communication apparatus capable of performing communications with another communication apparatus. The communication apparatus includes a plurality of communication interfaces using different communication paths, an information acquisition part configured to acquire information associated with the communication paths available to the communication apparatus and the other communication apparatus, a controller configured to select one of the communication interfaces for use in the communications with the other communication apparatus based on the information associated with the communication paths acquired from the information acquisition part, and a switcher configured to switch the communication interface used by the communication apparatus to the communication interface selected by the controller.
US09661549B2 Node of an improved multihop ad-hoc radio network and associated method
This node, applying an information broadcasting service of the flooding type, includes a controller for accessing the radio resource able to perform dynamic containment for accessing the radio resource. It is characterized in that it includes a network coder allowing generation of the data packets so that each packet includes, in the payload portion, a message (M) resulting from the combination of a plurality of pieces of information (Info_idi) to be broadcast, and in the header portion, a list (L) of the identifiers (Idk) of the pieces of information combined in the message.
US09661547B1 Method and system for handover with pre-configuration of timing advance
A method and system for pre-configuring a UE with timing advance for use in communication with a handover target. When a UE is being served by a handover source, the handover source transmits to a handover target a measurement request that specifies an uplink reference signal that the UE will provide, and the handover target evaluates that uplink reference signal to determine a timing advance for the UE and reports the timing advance in a response to the handover source. As the handover source then directs the UE to hand over to the handover target, the handover source provides the UE with an indication of the timing advance provided by the handover target. The UE may then transition to be served by the handover target and to make use of the indicated timing advance.
US09661546B2 Dynamic offload selection in mobile communication systems
A method of offload selection for a UE to select between 3GPP RAT and WLAN cell is provided. The UE receives configuration information that applies to selecting WLAN or 3GPP radio access technology (RAT). The UE determines if the UE may perform WLAN offload by evaluating 3GPP radio access network (RAN) conditions where at least one RAN condition is related to a radio signal strength or a radio signal quality in 3GPP RAT. The UE then determines if there is at least one suitable WLAN cell by evaluating WLAN conditions. The UE also determines if there is candidate traffic for WLAN offload. Finally, the UE steers the determined traffic to WLAN if the UE may perform WLAN offload and if there is at least one suitable WLAN cell. Otherwise, the UE steers the determined traffic to 3GPP RAT.
US09661545B2 Method and apparatus for handover of device to mitigate uplink interference in femtocell deployments
Methods and apparatuses are provided for determining whether to handover a device to mitigate uplink interference while achieving acceptable uplink service quality in a wireless network. One or more parameters related to a device can be evaluated to determine whether to handover the device, such as a number of transmission power reports received from the device over a period of time, a frame error rate, setpoint, or power control commands related to the uplink of the device, a received pilot signal strength at the device, an uplink throughput or buffer size at the device, etc., from which transmit power information of the device can be inferred for determining whether the device potentially interferes with access points or devices. Based on the one or more parameters, an access point can determine whether handing over the device may mitigate such uplink interference while ensuring uplink service quality, and accordingly handover the device.
US09661544B2 Method and system for offloading handover of wireless connections from a LTE network to a Wi-Fi network
The various embodiments herein provide a method and system for providing network offloading in a wireless communication. The method comprising includes obtaining an Access Technology Selection Policy (ATSP) from at least one of Access Network Discovery and Selection Function (ANDSF), pre-configuration and Mobile Management Entity (MME), wherein the ATSP comprises of a plurality of radio access network selection criteria assistance default threshold values; modifying the ANDSF ATSP threshold values based on at least one of the radio characteristics and load conditions of the Radio Access Network (RAN) node by the RAN node; sending the modified ATSP threshold values to the UE; updating the ANDSF policy with the modified ATSP threshold values by the UE and determining offloading of the UE from a first radio access network to a second radio access network by the UE.
US09661541B2 Networking switching method, system, and network side device
Embodiments of the present invention apply to the technical field of communications, and disclosed are a network switching method, system, and network side device. In the embodiment of the invention, within coverage of network side devices on one signaling plane, when a current network side device bearing data plane information of a terminal device determines that handover from the current network side device to a target network side device is required, the current network side device performs handover confirmation with the target network side device, so that the target network side device enables a data plane information communication function with the terminal device and completes switching the bearer of the data plane information.
US09661540B2 Media gateway selection at inter-MSC handover
The invention relates to a method for handing over a mobile entity related call from a first call control node to a second call control node, wherein identification information of a switching point seized by the first call control node is contained in a handover request message, the second call control node selecting a switching point for the call to be handed over based on the identification information contained in the handover request message.
US09661539B2 Method, apparatus and system for key derivation
A method, an apparatus and a system for key derivation are disclosed. The method includes the following steps: a target base station) receives multiple keys derived by a source base station, where the keys correspond to cells of the target base station; the target base station selects a key corresponding to the target cell after knowing a target cell that a user equipment (UE) wants to access. An apparatus for key derivation and a communications system are also provided.
US09661538B2 Method and apparatus for determining handover of user equipments attached to mobile relay node in wireless communication system
A method for determining handover of user equipments (UEs) attached to the mobile relay node, which performs a handover procedure from a source donor eNodeB (DeNB) to a target DeNB, in a wireless communication system is provided. A mobile relay node (RN) receives an indication including information on assignable resources for the RN, and determines whether to accept or reject the handover of each UE using the received indication and contexts of the UEs stored in the mobile relay node.
US09661534B2 Operation of a serving node in a network
The invention provides a system and method for repairing corrupt security information. At a serving node in a telecommunications network, security capabilities of a terminal are received when the terminal registers with the serving node. The received security capabilities are stored. A path switch request message is received from a target base station following an X2 handover request sent from a source base station to the target base station for handover of the terminal, the path switch request including the security capabilities of the terminal. The serving node determines whether the security capabilities of the terminal stored in the storage medium should be sent to the target base station. If so, the serving node sends the stored security capabilities of the terminal to the target base station for use in reselecting security algorithms to be used in communications between the target base station and terminal following the handover.
US09661524B2 Method for QoS guarantees in a multilayer structure
A method in which a user equipment processes data in a wireless mobile communication system is provided. The method includes the steps of receiving a first data block from an upper layer, transferring a second data block including the first data block to a lower layer at a particular protocol layer, discarding the first and second data blocks present in the particular protocol layer if a certain period of time has passed, and transferring information associated with the discard of the second data block to the lower layer.
US09661522B2 System and method associated with a service flow router
A method is provided in one example embodiment and includes configuring a network element for subscriber-specific service chaining and traffic steering, where the configuring includes programming a selected service flow router user plane element with a subscriber context corresponding to a subscriber's session at a subscriber termination function. The subscriber context comprises instructions to steer subscriber traffic through a plurality of services in a network environment.
US09661515B2 Cloud-based management platform for heterogeneous wireless devices
A method of managing heterogeneous wireless devices in three or more different types of networks is disclosed. Each type of network uses a different type of radio access technology. The method includes receiving measurement data from a plurality of heterogeneous wireless devices via a control interface, wherein a heterogeneous wireless device provides connections to client devices via one or more of the three or more radio access technologies. The method includes searching, using a processor, for optimized adjustments to one or more parameters associated with one or more of the plurality of heterogeneous wireless devices based at least in part on a set of network optimization goals and the measurement data received from the plurality of heterogeneous wireless devices. The method includes transmitting at least some of the optimized adjustments of the one or more parameters to the one or more of the plurality of heterogeneous wireless devices.
US09661499B2 Access control authentication based on impedance measurements
A computing device may be configured to authenticate a user for access control, and may include at least one ground electrode configured for contact with a user, an impedance sensor coupled to the least one ground electrode, where the impedance sensor may be configured to perform a measurement based on a touch input from the user, a memory which stores instructions, and a processor, coupled the impedance sensor and the memory, where the processor may be configured to execute the instructions. The instructions may cause the processor to: receive the touch input from the user, receive an impedance value based on the touch input measured by the impedance sensor, and determine whether the received impedance value corresponds to at least one stored impedance value associated with a user profile.
US09661497B2 Control and enhancement of direct wireless service communications
An access point is configured to control peer-to-peer wireless transmission in an area around the access point. The access point receives a message from a service providing device advertising a service. The access point receives another message from a service using device requesting the service. The access point determines whether the service using device or the service is prohibited in the area controlled by the access point. Responsive to a determination that the service using device is prohibited, the access point blocks the service using device from receiving the service. Responsive to a determination that the service is prohibited, the access point blocks the service providing device from providing the service.
US09661496B2 ID management device, program, user terminal, and ID management system
The present invention enables a user terminal to perform communication while maintaining anonymity of a user. An ID management device of the present invention includes a storage unit configured to store use status of identification information for communication of an application service provided within a predetermined area, an issuing unit configured to issue unused identification information to a user terminal provided with the application service, and an updating unit configured to, when unused identification information is issued, update the use status to indicate that the unused identification information is in use, and, when a use end condition for issued identification information is satisfied, update the use status to indicate that the issued identification information is unused.
US09661495B2 Device activation method and system
A method of activating a first device is disclosed. The method includes: the first device pairing with a second device; receiving a connection request from a second device; connecting to the second device; opening a communication channel to the second device; transmitting an activation package to the second device; receiving an activation payload from the second device; and performing an activation using information from the activation payload.
US09661494B2 Control apparatus, control method, communication system and program
A control apparatus includes: a determination unit that determines whether identification information for identifying a mobile communication terminal in a second mobile communication network can be changed from first identification information assigned in the first mobile communication network to a second identification information assigned in the second mobile communication network, when the mobile communication terminal in which the first identification information is stored is situated in a region in which the second mobile communication network can be used and the mobile communication terminal uses the first mobile communication network via a second mobile communication network; and a notification unit that transmits a notification of a change of the identification information to a request apparatus that is connected to the second mobile communication network and is configured to request the mobile communication terminal to change the identification information, if it is determined that the identification information can be changed.
US09661489B2 Method and apparatus for controlling issuance of packet data protocol context
A method and an apparatus for controlling issuance of a PDP context. The method includes: receiving a GPRS location updating request of a user sent by an SGSN; acquiring, according to the GPRS location updating request, an issuance control condition of a PDP context to which the user has subscribed; and determining, according to the issuance control condition, whether to send the PDP context to the SGSN. According to the method and the apparatus for controlling issuance of a PDP context in the embodiments of the present disclosure, issuance of a PDP context is controlled based on an issuance control condition of the PDP context, which can avoid generation of unnecessary traffic, improve service experience of a user, and reduce the customer service workload of an operator, thereby lowering the operating cost of the operator.
US09661487B2 Method of generating discovery code for network entity and network entity using the same
A method of generating discovery code for a network entity and a network entity using the same method are provided. In one of the exemplary embodiments, this disclosure is directed to a generating method that is applicable to a network entity and includes at least but not limited to selecting a first substring in a ProSe application code of an announcing UE and a second substring in a ProSe application code of a monitoring UE for a D2D discovery, generating a matching string and a non-matching string according to the first substring and the second substring, and generating a ProSe application mask according to the matching string and the non-matching string.
US09661486B2 Method for avoiding collisions between open discovery and cellular resource
A device is configured to perform a method of wireless communication in a wireless communication network. The method includes receiving, from a communications controller, a device-to-device (D2D) subframe configuration to communicate with one or more second wireless devices, the subframe configuration indicating one or more subframes in which to transmit a D2D signal or receive one or more D2D signals. The method also includes receiving, from the communications controller, scheduling information to transmit a first signal to the communications controller on a subframe indicated by the D2D subframe configuration. The method further includes prioritizing the transmission of the first signal over a transmission of the D2D signal or a reception of the one or more D2D signals, and transmitting the first signal.
US09661484B2 Method of conveying a location information representing a physical location of a communication device, a computer program product for executing the method, and the communication device for conveying the location information
A method of conveying a location information representing a physical location of a communication device to another communication device comprises acquiring by the communication device a first location information and a second location information, the second location information being acquired subsequently to the acquiring of the first location information and detecting by the communication device a deviation of the second location information from the first location information representing a change of the physical location of the communication device. The method further comprises, triggered by the detected change of the physical location of the communication device, conveying the most recently acquired physical location of the communication device to the other communication device by sending a signaling message by the communication device to the other communication device, the signaling message comprising either the second location information or the deviation of the second location information on the first location information.
US09661480B2 Triggering application action using non-standard controls
A lock button of a mobile device with an iOS operating system, to be used by a user to effect an action when the mobile device is in the locked state, is enabled for other functions by executing an application on the mobile device. When the mobile device is in a locked state, the application is in a dormant mode. The OS of the mobile device monitors for a change of location of the device and/or for the receipt of a short range wireless data signal. Upon detecting either, the operating system communicates this to the application which in response enters a background mode and monitors the on/off state of a screen of the mobile device. If the screen state changes at least twice within a predetermined period of time, the application effects an action, such as sending a panic signal.
US09661477B1 Collaborative robotic device work group
A method for enabling communication and collaboration between robotic device. Robotic devices exchange wireless signals to connect to one another and enter an authentication phase. After authenticating, robotic devices add new devices to a network containing all authenticated robotic devices. Robotic devices within a network may send or receive information or instructions to and from other robotic devices in the network. Robotic devices that are out of direct signal range of other robotic devices may communicate them via other robotic devices within the network that form a bridge to forward the signals to the intended target.
US09661475B2 Distributed access point for IP based communications
An apparatus for Internet-Protocol based communications in a wireless network includes a network interface, a controller, and memory. The interface receives a series of multicast data packets. The controller identifies one or more receiving nodes in the wireless network requesting data corresponding to the series of multicast data packets and determines that the effective unicast rate for one or more unicast data packets exceeds a minimum data rate of the series of multicast data packets using an 802.x protocol. The memory stores instructions that may be executable by a processor. Upon execution of the instructions by a processor, the received series of multicast data packets is converted into one or more unicast packets, the execution and conversion occurring in response to instructions received from the controller. A system for Internet-Protocol based communications in a wireless network implements such an apparatus in the context of an access point.
US09661472B2 Methods and systems for scheduling the transmission of localization signals and operating self-localizing apparatus
Localization systems and methods for transmitting timestampable localization signals from anchors according to one or more transmission schedules. The transmission schedules may be generated and updated to achieve desired positioning performance. For example, one or more anchors may transmit localization signals at a different rate than other anchors, the anchor transmission order can be changed, and the signals can partially overlap. In addition, different transmission parameters may be used to transmit two localization signals at the same time without interference. A self-localizing apparatus is able to receive the localization signals and determine its position. The self-localizing apparatus may have a configurable receiver that can select to receive one of multiple available localization signals. The self-localizing apparatuses may have a pair of receivers able to receive two localization signals at the same time. A bridge anchor may be provided to enable a self-localizing apparatus to seamlessly transition between two localization systems.
US09661469B2 Safety of a mobile communications device
Systems and methods for improving safety of a multi-function portable personal communications device can include determining a first position of the personal communications device, after a predetermined time interval, determining a second position of the personal communications device, determining the distance between the first position and the second position, determining the time interval in which the personal communications device moved from the first position and the second position, calculating an average velocity of the personal communications device based on the first position, the second position and the time interval and, if the average velocity of the personal communication device exceeds a predetermined value, sending an alert or inhibiting a function of the personal communications device. Other systems and methods that improve safety are also disclosed.
US09661464B2 Matching multiple devices to identify joint movement of the mobile devices
Location data and/or acceleration data of a mobile device may be received. The data may include timestamps. The timestamped data of the mobile device may be compared to timestamped data of another mobile device. Upon determining the timestamped data of the mobile device matches the timestamped data of the other mobile device, joint movement of the mobile devices may be signaled.
US09661462B2 Location-based digital media platform
A digital media platform that enables content to be mapped to the context of location. The platform can allow users to create, view and share packages of multimedia content (drops) that are posted to points on a digital map. It enables the aggregation and re-publishing of open source content to fixed points on the map, for easier discovery and sharing. The platform can also provide a relevance engine that takes account of actions related to the creation and consumption of digital multimedia packages on a map, and can provide an ad serving system that takes advantage of behavioral and location-specific data to rank associations between consumers, content and places on the map.
US09661458B2 Method for associating wireless sensors to physical locations
Mapping the physical location of each sensor of a network of wireless sensors in a configured environment, each sensor being in communication with a server and its database, is achieved by attaching RFID tags to objects in the environment which contain both object-relevant information and the MAC address of sensors proximate to those objects. The locations of the tags on the objects are proxies for the locations of the sensors identified on those tags. By reading the tags and up-loading the read tag information to the database, the association of the sensor and the object is known to the server and can be matched with the configuration of the environment to infer the location of each wireless sensor.
US09661457B2 Interactive advisory system
A method for providing information to a plurality of vendors located remotely from a broadcast network. A plurality of user-defined parameters are received by a user input database with at least one of the user-defined parameters including a user profile. Each of the user profiles includes a user identifier code identifying a communicator device associated with a particular user. Real-time data indicative of the spatial locations of the communicator devices is received by a communicator location database. Search information is received independently from a plurality of vendors and a data set is generated for each vendor.
US09661456B2 Low-power wireless vehicle locating unit
Methods of, systems for, and articles of manufacture for wireless communication between a vehicle locating unit and peripheral devices that are disposed on or in the same object, the method including the steps of adapting the peripheral devices to generate transmission signals to be received by the vehicle locating unit; generating transmission signals by at least one of the peripheral devices; adapting the vehicle locating unit to listen for the transmission signals for a first period of time during a second period of time that is longer than the first period of time; acknowledging detected transmission signals from any of the peripheral devices; upon acknowledgement, establishing a communication link between the vehicle locating unit and a corresponding source of the detected transmission signals; and communicating data between the vehicle locating unit and the corresponding source of the detected transmission signals in accordance with discrete timing information.
US09661452B2 Apparatus, system and method of estimating a location of a mobile device
Some demonstrative embodiments include apparatuses, systems and/or methods of estimating allocation of a mobile device. For example, an apparatus may include a location estimator to receive at a mobile device location assistance information from a server and to estimate a location of the mobile device using the location assistance information, the location estimator is to send to the server a request for mapping assistance information, the request including one or more parameters defining a geographical region, the location estimator is to receive from the server a response including the mapping assistance information according to the parameters, wherein the location estimator is to map the estimated location of the mobile device to the geographical region based on the mapping assistance information.
US09661451B2 Method and apparatus for providing an interface for triggering device action
An approach is provided for causing, at least in part, an identification of one or more triggering devices. A processor may then cause, at least in part, an association of the one or more actions with the one or more triggering devices based, at least in part, on the identification wherein the one or more actions are initiated based, at least in part, on a detection of the one or more triggering devices.
US09661449B2 Information processing system and communication method
An information processing system includes a mobile terminal including an electric wave receiving unit configured to receive an electric wave that includes belonging information of an electronic apparatus sent by a short range wireless communication, and an electronic apparatus display unit configured to receive a selection of the belonging information from a user, and request the information processing apparatus to perform a use start of the at least one electronic apparatus, the information processing apparatus including an information administration unit configured to read the information from a memory unit, which stores the belonging information and the at least one electronic apparatus, in response to the request from the mobile terminal to send the information, and return the read information to the mobile terminal, and an apparatus connection administration unit configured to request the at least one electronic apparatus to start a preparation of the use start.
US09661440B2 Methods and systems for triggering efficient application synchronization
An example method of synchronizing application data between a mobile device and a remote computing device includes for each network of one or more networks, collecting network data regarding a mobile device's current connectivity state to the respective network. The mobile device includes one or more mobile applications including application data. The method also includes detecting, at the mobile device, a current connection to a current network. The method further includes comparing one or more opportunity scores for synchronizing application data. The one or more opportunity scores includes an opportunity score for the current network. Each opportunity score is associated with a particular network. The method also includes determining, based on the comparing, whether the current network is a good opportunity network for syncing mobile application data.
US09661439B2 Function control apparatus and program
An electronic device includes processing circuitry configured to produce an audio sound from a virtual sound source position. The circuitry also acquires from a user-input a sound position information of a perceived sound source position, and then controls an enable or disable of a function of the electronic device based on a relationship between the virtual sound source position and the perceived sound source position.
US09661438B1 Low latency limiter
A limiter for an audio system prevents loud audio signals that exceed a threshold from being output. Output of the audio signals are delayed. When a loud signal exceeds the threshold, the gain applied to the delayed signals is gradually reduced so that by the time the loud signal reaches the output, the gain is at a level that reduces the loud audio signal to be within the threshold. Thereafter the gain is gradually restored to normal over a longer period of time than the audio signals are delayed.
US09661436B2 Audio signal playback device, method, and recording medium
An audio signal playback device includes a conversion unit that performs discrete Fourier transform on each of 2 channel audio signals obtained from a multi-channel input audio signal, a correlation signal extraction unit that, disregarding a direct current component, extracts a correlation signal from the 2 channel audio signals that result from the discrete Fourier transform, and additionally pulls a correlation signal in a lower frequency than a predetermined frequency flow out of the correlation signal, and an output unit that allocates the pulled-out correlation signal to a virtual sound source in such a manner that a time difference in a sound output between adjacent speakers falls within a range of 2Δx/c (where, Δx is a distance between the adjacent speakers, and c is the speed of sound), and outputs a result of the allocation from one portion or all portions of the speaker group.
US09661434B2 Microphone biasing circuitry and method thereof
A host device for use with a removable peripheral apparatus having a microphone, and to the biasing circuitry for said microphone. The host device may have a device connector for forming a mating connection with a respective peripheral connector. A source of bias is arranged to supply an electrical bias to a device microphone contact of the device connector via a biasing path. A capacitor is connected between a reference voltage node and a capacitor node of the biasing path. A first switch is located between the capacitor node and the device microphone contact. Detection circuitry detects disconnection of the peripheral connector and device connector; and control circuitry controls the switch to disable the biasing path.
US09661433B2 Electrical testing and feedthrough cancellation for an acoustic sensor
A method and circuit for testing an acoustic sensor are disclosed. In a first aspect, the method comprises using electro-mechanical features of the acoustic sensor to measure characteristic of the acoustic sensor. In a second aspect, the method comprises utilizing an actuation signal to evaluate mechanical characteristics of the acoustic sensor. In a third aspect, the method comprises using a feedthrough cancellation system to measure a capacitance of the acoustic sensor. In the fourth aspect, the circuit comprises a mechanism for driving an electrical signal into a signal path of the acoustic sensor to cancel an electrical feedthrough signal provided to the signal path, wherein any of the electrical signal and the electrical feedthrough signal are within or above an audio range.
US09661427B2 Hearing aid with inductively coupled electromagnetic resonator antenna
A hearing aid includes an antenna for wireless communication with another device. The antenna includes a primary element connected to the circuit of the hearing aid and one or more secondary elements parasitically coupled to the primary element. This antenna configuration substantially increases radiation efficiency when compared to an antenna with the primary element alone, without substantially increasing the size, power consumption, and complexity of the hearing aid.
US09661426B2 Hearing aid having combined antennas
A hearing aid having a hearing aid housing, includes: a microphone; a processing unit configured to process an audio signal for compensating a hearing loss of a user; a battery provided closer to a second end of the hearing aid housing than to a first end of the hearing aid housing; one or more wireless communication units for wireless communication; at least a part of a first antenna for electromagnetic field emission and/or electromagnetic field reception, the at least a part of the first antenna being interconnected with one of the one or more wireless communication units; and a second antenna for electromagnetic field emission and/or electromagnetic field reception, the second antenna being interconnected with one of the one or more wireless communication units; wherein the second antenna is between a center axis of the battery and the second end of the hearing aid.
US09661424B1 Laser-based device and optical microphone having increased bandwidth
Laser-based device and optical microphone having increased bandwidth. The system includes a laser microphone to transmit a laser beam towards a human speaker; to receive an optical feedback signal reflected back from the human speaker; and to perform self-mixing interferometry. An optical feedback signal bandwidth enhancer improves the bandwidth of the optical feedback signal, to improve the quality of remote speech detection that is based on the optical feedback signal. The bandwidth enhancement utilizes takes into account one or more of: the identity of the face-region hit by the laser beam; the skin color or shade; obstruction of the skin by hair or by accessories; ability to allocate increased processing resources for processing of the optical feedback signal; ability to modify modulation frequency of the optical feedback signal; Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) estimation; bandwidth estimation; acoustic-optical transmission channel estimation; or other suitable parameters.
US09661423B2 Transparent parametric emitter
A transparent ultrasonic emitter includes a first transparent conductive layer; a second transparent conductive layer; and a plurality of transparent spacers disposed between the first and second transparent layers conductive of the ultrasonic audio speaker, the transparent spacers having a thickness and being arranged to define an open area between the first and second transparent layers.
US09661422B2 Electroacousitic loudspeaker system for use in a partial enclosure
This disclosure relates to loudspeakers that use one or more stacks of electrically actuated cards that pump air through vents to produce sound waves in response to an acoustic signal. Each stack can include several electrostatic actuator cards that are stacked on top of each other and collectively operate to pump air through a vent to produce a sound wave. Each card may include an electrically conductive membrane that is pushed/pulled between two electrically conductive stators. As the membrane is pushed and pulled along a first axis, air is pumped through vents in a direction orthogonal to the first axis. In one embodiment, stacks of cards can be arranged in series to increase sound pressure generated by the loud speaker. In another embodiment, a single stack of cards can be driven with relatively high electric field strength to increase the sound pressure generated by the loud speaker.
US09661414B2 Flat-panel acoustic apparatus
In an acoustic apparatus, an acoustic transducer is arranged in a substrate. Multiple acoustic pathways in the substrate have predetermined lengths, wherein a proximal end of each pathway forms an opening in a front surface of the substrate, and a distal end terminates at the acoustic transducer. The predetermined lengths of the acoustic pathways are designed to form an acoustic spatial filter that selectively passes acoustic signals from or to different locations. The transducer can convert electric energy to acoustic energy when the apparatus operates as a speaker, or the the transducer can convert acoustic energy to electric energy and operate as a microphone.
US09661413B2 Acoustic layer in media device providing enhanced audio performance
An acoustic layer is added to a laptop-type personal computing device, comprising: enclosing walls, optionally—one or more microphones, a signal processing device, at least one audio transducer, and an acoustic waveguide. The acoustic layer adjoins one or more internal areas of a laptop-type device. The signal processing device receives an internal signal from a laptop-type device. The signal processing device provides a directive sound enhancement of the audio input signals based on room acoustics, such as reverberation, echo, noise, delay, frequency response, and/or speaker-positional information that is determined by the signal processing device. The audio transducer device generates an audible audio output in response to an audio signal output from the signal processing device. The acoustic waveguide receives the audible audio output and generates an enhanced bass audio output from the acoustic waveguide.
US09661412B2 Apparatus for providing passive stereo amplification for a portable device
An apparatus comprising: a first substantially horn shaped structure configured to couple and amplify sound from a first speaker of a further apparatus; and a second substantially horn shaped structure configured to couple and amplify sound from a second speaker of the further apparatus, wherein the first and second substantially horn shaped structure each comprise a mouth portion with a physical separation dimension greater than a physical separation dimension of the first and second speaker acoustic outlet of the further apparatus.
US09661410B1 Electronic device with washable waterproof film protecting audio component
An electronic device includes a first housing component including a first surface facing a first side and a second surface facing a second side, the first housing component including a first through-hole connecting the first surface and the second surface, a waterproof film located to cover the first through-hole, an audio component located on the first side of the waterproof film, and a second housing component attached removably to the second side of the first housing component. The first through-hole has such a shape that the waterproof film is directly visible when the first side is seen from the second side without the second housing component attached to the first housing component. The first housing component and the second housing component are combined together to form a passage leading from an end of the first through-hole on the second surface side to a first opening.
US09661407B2 Reduction of wavelength selective switch (WSS) filter-based impairment using multi-channel forward error correction averaging via interleaving
A method may include interleaving, by an optical device, a set of bits of a first channel with a set of bits of a second channel. The first channel may include first forward error correction (FEC) data associated with the set of bits of the first channel and the second channel may include second FEC data associated with the set of bits of the second channel. The method may further include transmitting first information via the first channel and second information via the second channel. The first information may include a portion of the set of bits of the first channel, a portion of the set of bits of the second channel, and the first FEC data. The second information may include another portion of the set of bits of the first channel, another portion of the set of bits of the second channel, and the second FEC data.
US09661401B2 Locating a backscatter-based transponder
A method and apparatus for locating a transponder is provided. A carrier signal is transmitted by a base station and a transponder transmits a locating signal that is generated through phase modulation and backscattering of the carrier signal sent by the base station when the transponder is within a transmission range of the base station, whereby the transponder is located on the basis of the locating signal.
US09661399B2 Methods and apparatus for presenting a still-image feedback response to user command for remote audio/video content viewing
A method for presenting feedback to a user when a command is received is provided. The method receives, at a content retransmitter, a command for navigating audio/video content selections for retransmission to a user device; transmits the received command to a set-top box for execution, wherein execution of the command at the set-top box produces a result; while gradually receiving the result at the content retransmitter, creates a period of latency when the result is only partially available for retransmission; during the period of latency, retrieves a still-image frame associated with execution of the command; and transmits the still-image frame to the user device for presentation until the result is completely available for retransmission.
US09661397B2 Broadcast service transmitting method, broadcast service receiving method and broadcast service receiving apparatus
A method of receiving a broadcast service is provided. The method includes receiving uncompressed audio or video content, obtaining information regarding a channel of the uncompressed audio or video content on the basis of a part of the uncompressed audio or video content, and obtaining content and trigger information for the broadcast service by using the obtained information.
US09661395B2 Apparatus for transmitting broadcast signals, apparatus for receiving broadcast signals, method for transmitting broadcast signals and method for receiving broadcast signals
The present invention provides an apparatus of transmitting broadcast signals, the apparatus including, an encoder for encoding service data, a frame builder for building at least one signal frame by mapping the encoded service data, a modulator for modulating data in the built at least one signal frame by an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing, OFDM, scheme and a transmitter for transmitting the broadcast signals having the modulated data.
US09661394B2 Apparatus and method for broadcasting services in digital video broadcasting system
An apparatus and method for providing signaling information using inband transmission in a digital video broadcasting system where a frame for transmitting broadcasting data according to a ground-wave broadcasting service and broadcasting data according to a mobile broadcasting service is generated, and the generated frame is transmitted with an additional area for recording recognition information that indicates whether signaling information to be transmitted in the generated frame or the frame to be transmitted next time has been changed is allocated to a signaling information field of the generated frame.
US09661393B2 Using scene-change transitions to output an alert indicating a functional state of a back-up video-broadcast system
In one aspect, an example method for outputting an alert indicating a functional state of a back-up video-broadcast system involves: a computing device receiving a first video-stream that represents first video-content; the computing device generating a first signature based, at least in part, upon an extent of scene-change transitions included within the first video-content; the computing device receiving a second video-stream that represents second video-content; the computing device generating a second signature based, at least in part, upon an extent of scene-change transitions included within the second video-content; the computing device making a determination that the generated first-signature and the generated second-signature lack a threshold extent of similarity; and responsive to the determination that the generated first-signature and the generated second-signature lack the threshold extent of similarity, the computing device outputting an alert.
US09661391B2 Apparatus and method for transmitting media content
A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may perform operations including, for example, receiving a plurality of user-generated comments associated with media content where the plurality of user-generated comments are temporally associated with a portion of the media content during a presentation of the media content at a group of communication devices, and identifying from the plurality of user-generated comments a cluster of comments associated with a segment of the media content based on a frequency of the user-generated comments. Other embodiments are disclosed.
US09661377B2 Digital data processing apparatus and method
There is provided an apparatus and a method for the receipt and processing of data signals carried in a plurality of predefined frequency bands and allowing a frequency band required at an instant of time to be selected from the predefined frequency bands from which data is to be retrieved. Passing the data signals from the wanted band to a transmitter and/or receiver including first and second mixing means to process the data signals, typically using in-phase and quadrative data feeds to create a predefined representation of the wanted frequency band, to provide an output for receipt by at least one broadcast data receiver and at least the transmitter and/or receiver is provided as part of an integrated circuit rather than as separate connected components.
US09661371B2 Method for transmitting a broadcast service, apparatus for receiving same, and method for processing an additional service using the apparatus for receiving same
According to the present invention, a method for receiving a broadcast service comprises the steps of: selecting a non-real time service object; receiving service signaling data corresponding to the selected non-real time service object; determining a consumption model of the non-real time service object on the basis of the service signaling data; acquiring, if the consumption model is a predetermined consumption model, first content item reception information contained in the non-real time service object from the service signaling data; receiving a first content item on the basis of the first content item reception information; and executing the first content item in response to a request for execution from the selected non-real time service object.
US09661368B1 System and method for extending a breakout in a broadcasting environment
Disclosed herein is a system and method for extending a breakout in a broadcasting environment. In one example, a method involves: (i) receiving a traffic log including traffic log entries, each corresponding to a VC and a start time; (ii) operating in a traffic log mode comprising; (iii) receiving a breakout-mode request; (iv) responsive to receiving the breakout-mode request, (a) terminating operation of the traffic log mode, (b) generating a simulation log, and (c) operating in a first breakout mode; (v) receiving a breakout-extension request; (vi) responsive to receiving the breakout-extension request, terminating operation of the first breakout-mode, and operating in a custom log mode; and (vii) responsive to all the VCs indicated in the generated custom log being sent to the air-chain system, terminating operation of the custom log mode, and operating in a second breakout mode.
US09661359B2 Method of distributing sports entertainment
A method for distributing sports entertainment includes the step of providing a plurality of video cameras positioned on vehicles or athletes that are participating in sporting events, transmitters for transmitting information from the plurality of cameras to a processing station, retransmission equipment for directing the camera feed from each of the plurality of cameras to separate channels for distribution and remote viewing at viewers' locations, and channel selectors that permit viewers to select from among the various channels, thereby allowing the viewers to select from the plurality of camera feeds. The cameras are simultaneously operated during the sporting event so as to generate a plurality of camera feeds during the event, each feed reflecting the perspective of an individual participant. The plurality of feeds is received by the retransmission equipment and retransmitted to selectable channels, each channel being associated with a respective camera feed. A viewer is thus allowed to select from the plurality of channels to thus enable his or her viewing of the sports event through the perspective of the participant of greatest interest to the viewer.
US09661358B2 System and method of providing video content
A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations including sending a primary multicast video stream and a secondary multicast video stream to a media device. The secondary multicast video stream is limited to intra-coded frames (I-frames) extracted from the primary multicast video stream. Transmission of each intra-coded frame (I-frame) of the secondary multicast video stream is delayed with respect to transmission of a corresponding I-frame of the primary multicast video stream. The delay is based on an amount of writing time to satisfy a buffer threshold of a video content buffer at the media device to prevent a noticeable time shift of video displayed by the media device when the media device switches from outputting the secondary multicast video stream to outputting the primary multicast video stream.
US09661353B2 Variable length coding method and variable length decoding method
The present invention is a variable length coding method for coding coefficients in each block which are obtained by performing frequency transformation on picture data of a moving picture per block having a predetermined size, and comprises: a coefficient scanning step of scanning the coefficients in the block in a predetermined order; and a coding step of coding the coefficients scanned in the coefficient scanning step into variable length codes in a predetermined order by switching a plurality of tables to be used for coding. Here, a direction of switching between the tables may be one-directional. Also, the coding may be non-arithmetic coding.
US09661349B2 Method and system for video error correction
In real-time video applications, where unreliable networks are commonplace, corrupted video packets can affect adversely the visual quality. In this patent application, we present an improved method and system for video error correction based on maximum likelihood. Rather than discarding corrupted video packets, the method estimates the likeliest syntactically valid video slice content based on these packets. We present two embodiments, which permits solving the problem at the slice-level, and a simplified solution operating at the syntax element-level. The performance of the method is evaluated using the H.264 baseline profile. Unlike existing video error concealment methods, we correct errors in the bitstream instead of reconstructing missing pixels. Simulation results show that the proposed method yields improved visual quality, and is also computationally simpler than existing state-of-the-art error concealment methods. A corresponding system for video error correction is also provided.
US09661348B2 Method and system for generating side information at a video encoder to differentiate packet data
A system and method for generating, by a video encoder, side information associated with a plurality of blocks of pixel data, the side information providing for each block of pixel data an indication of a video quality impact in an instance the block of pixel data is lost in the network.
US09661342B2 Moving picture coding device, moving picture coding method, and moving picture coding program, and moving picture decoding device, moving picture decoding method, and moving picture decoding program
In a moving picture coding device that codes moving pictures in units of a block by partitioning a first block, which is obtained by partitioning each picture of the moving pictures into predetermined sizes, into one or a plurality of second blocks, a quantization parameter calculation unit calculates a quantization parameter of the second block. A predictive quantization parameter deriving unit derives a predictive quantization parameter of the second block using quantization parameters of a third block adjacent to the left of the second block and a fourth block adjacent to the top of the second block. A differential quantization parameter generation unit generates a differential quantization parameter of the second block from a difference between the quantization parameter of the second block and the predictive quantization parameter. A first bitstream generation unit codes the differential quantization parameter of the second block.
US09661332B2 Intra prediction in image processing
An intra prediction method and a device using the intra prediction method are provided. The intra prediction method includes the steps of: deriving a current prediction mode as a prediction mode of a current block; constructing neighboring samples of the current block with available reference samples; filtering the available reference samples; and generating predicted samples of the current block on the basis of the filtered available reference samples. The filtering step includes performing the filtering using the available reference sample located in the prediction direction of the current prediction mode and a predetermined number of available reference samples neighboring to the prediction direction of the current prediction mode.
US09661329B2 Constant quality video coding
Techniques related to constant quality video coding are discussed. Such techniques may include determining a quantization parameter for a frame of a video sequence, modifying the quantization parameter based on a spatial complexity or a temporal complexity associated with the video frame, and generating a block level quantization parameter for a block of the video frame based on the modified frame level quantization parameter, a complexity of the block, and a complexity of the video frame.
US09661328B2 Method of bit allocation for image and video compression using perceptual guidance
A video processing system is provided to create quantization data parameters based on human eye attraction to provide to an encoder to enable the encoder to compress data taking into account the human perceptual guidance. The system includes a perceptual video processor (PVP) to generate a perceptual significance pixel map for data to be input to the encoder. Companding is provided to reduce the pixel values to values ranging from zero to one, and decimation is performed to match the pixel values to a spatial resolution of quantization parameter values (QP) values in a look up table (LUT). The LUT table values then provide the metadata to provide to the encoder to enable compression of the original picture to be performed by the encoder in a manner so that bits are allocated to pixels in a macroblock according to the predictions of eye tracking.
US09661327B2 Encoding video captured in low light
Apparatus comprising an encoder configured to encode a video signal captured from a camera, and a low-light enhancement module configured to apply a low-light enhancement to the video signal. The low-light enhancement is performed in a color space comprising two color channels representing color, and an achromatic channel representing light level. The enhancement comprises: detecting at least a first classification indicative of disturbance in the video signal due to capture in low light; and in response to detecting this classification, applying a low-light processing operation to at least one of the color channels to reduce a number of bits incurred by color in the encoding, such that an increased number of bits is spent on the achromatic channel when encoded by the encoder.
US09661324B2 Method for signaling image information, and method for decoding image information using same
The present invention relates to a method offor signaling information on a prediction mode and to a method of for decoding image information using same. According to the present invention, the method offor signaling prediction mode information, serving according to the present invention, as a method offor signaling image information, includes performing prediction on a current block and signaling the prediction-type information applied to the current block. The signaling of the information includes joint-coding and components of signaling information components constituting the prediction-type information. According to the present invention, overhead may be reduced when information on a prediction is signaled.
US09661323B2 Method of encoding picture and picture encoding device
A buffering delay can be reduced and moving picture encoding in low delay is performed while deterioration of picture quality is minimized.A quantization step of performing quantization of input information based on a value of a quantization parameter and decreasing an amount of information; an entropy encoding step of performing entropy encoding processing with respect to an output of the quantization step, and outputting a code generated as a result of the processing and information of a code amount generated as a result of the processing; and a rate control step of determining a value of a quantization parameter based on a result of the information of a generated code amount are provided, and the rate control step makes, for each section smaller than one picture, the value of a quantization parameter large when bit allocation in the section is expected to exceed a predetermined value, and makes the value of a quantization parameter small when the bit allocation in the section is expected to fall below the predetermined value.
US09661322B2 Histogram segmentation based local adaptive filter for video encoding and decoding
Reconstructed picture quality for a video codec system may be improved by categorizing reconstructed pixels into different histogram bins with histogram segmentation and then applying different filters on different bins. Histogram segmentation may be performed by averagely dividing the histogram into M bins or adaptively dividing the histogram into N bins based on the histogram characteristics. Here M and N may be a predefined, fixed, non-negative integer value or an adaptively generated value at encoder side and may be sent to decoder through the coded bitstream.
US09661321B2 Remote viewing of large image files
In general, the subject matter described in this disclosure can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for sending image data to a client device. The computing system sends first image data from which a computing device is able to generate an initial display of an image. The initial display is a reduced-resolution version of the image that is reduced in resolution in comparison to a full resolution of the image. The computing system sends second image data from which the computing device is able to generate a subsequent display of the image. The subsequent display of the image is an intermediate-resolution version of the image that has a resolution that is higher than a resolution of the reduced-resolution version of the image and that is lower than the full resolution of the image.
US09661320B2 Encoding device, decoding device, playback device, encoding method, and decoding method
An encoding device that, when encoding frame image groups which represent scenes respectively viewed from plurality of viewpoints over predetermined time period, generates base-view video stream by encoding frame image group of standard viewpoint without using, as reference image, any frame image of other viewpoints, generates first-type dependent-view video stream by encoding frame image group of first-type viewpoint by using, as reference image, frame image of same time of base-view video stream or of another first-type dependent-view video stream, first-type viewpoint being positioned such that at least one viewpoint is present between first-type viewpoint and standard viewpoint, and generates second-type dependent-view video stream by encoding frame image group of second-type viewpoint by using, as reference images, frame images of same time of two viewpoints sandwiching second-type viewpoint, second-type viewpoint being neither standard viewpoint nor first-type viewpoint.
US09661318B2 Method and apparatus for inspecting flat panel display
In a method and apparatus for optically inspecting an FPD in a reduced time, the apparatus for inspecting the flat panel display (FPD) comprises a lighting device separated from a top surface of an object and emitting light toward the top surface of the object, a photographing device separated from the top surface of the object and photographing an image using light emitted from the lighting device and then reflected by the top surface of the object, a controller controlling the lighting device and the photographing device to move in a plane separated from and parallel to the top surface of the object, and an image processor connected to the photographing device and processing the photographed image, wherein the image processor samples some of pixels included in the photographed image and converts the sampled pixels to binary form.
US09661316B2 Multi-layer image display device
A multi-layered image display device for realizing a multi-layered image with a depth by overlapping a plurality of two-dimensional images includes: a display which can be selectively transparent and produce a first two-dimensional image through a combination of a plurality of pixels, a screen which is disposed behind the display so as to be overlapped in a forward-backward direction with the display; and a projector which is disposed behind the screen so as to project a second two-dimensional image on the screen. By adopting a screen and a projector instead of a rear display and a backlight unit, the cross stripes of the rear display can be removed so as to prevent the occurrence of the interference pattern (Moire phenomenon) due to the interference of different pixel patterns, and an additional diffuse layer can be omitted so that an assembling process of the multi-layer image display device can be simplified.
US09661313B1 MRI-compatible 3D television and display system
A display system compatible with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) apparatus disposed in a magnet room for producing video images to a patient in an MRI magnet tunnel, the images having a three-dimensional (3D) effect. An MRI-compatible 3D display includes a display panel configured to generate optical images having 3D content, and RF and electromagnetic interference filtering. A Faraday cage encloses the display panel, and includes an optically transparent window panel having an electrically conductive mesh and a layer of transparent optically isotropic material.
US09661312B2 Synthesizing second eye viewport using interleaving
A client device and method are provided for use in synthesizing a second eye viewport using interleaving in order to reduce bandwidth costs. The client device may comprise a user input device that receives a stream of user input, a stereoscopic display device, a processor, and a storage device holding instructions for a client application program, executable by the processor to obtain, at a view interpolation module of the client application program, a current rendered rendering surface representing a current view of a scene for a first eye of a user and a previously rendered rendering surface representing a past view of the scene for a second eye of the user, synthesize and display a current second eye viewport representing a current view of the scene for the second eye of the user based on the current rendered rendering surface and the previously rendered rendering surface.
US09661307B1 Depth map generation using motion cues for conversion of monoscopic visual content to stereoscopic 3D
An image converter identifies a subset of frames in a two-dimensional video and determines a global camera motion value for the subset of frames. The image converter also determines a dense motion value for a plurality of pixels in the subset of frames and compares the global camera motion value and the dense motion value to calculate a rough depth map for the subset of frames. The image converter further interpolates, based on the rough depth map, a depth value for each of the plurality of pixels in the subset of frames and renders a three-dimensional video from the subset of frames using the depth value for each of the plurality of pixels.
US09661305B2 Image capture device, depth generating device and method thereof
An image capture device, a depth generating device and a method thereof are disclosed. The present disclosure is characterized in that a depth calculation technology with a structure light projection and a pictorial depth calculation technology are combined to better both of resolution and accuracy of the calculated image depth. In addition, the utilization of a modified flashlight enables the combination of the two technologies to be applied to a hand-held capture device.
US09661294B2 Video data processing method and device for display adaptive video playback
A video data processing method and/device for display adaptive video playback are disclosed. The video data processing method includes receiving video data and dynamic range mastering information including dynamic range related information of the video data from a source device via an interface, and playing the received video data back. The dynamic range mastering information includes electro optical transfer function, EOTF, type information for identifying an EOTF used for the video data.
US09661287B2 Wave based light beam delivery system
A device for projecting images from a video generating device such as a computer, television receiver, or similar device onto a screen or other surface is described in this invention. The device uses a rotating disk containing numerous lenses to direct a light beam from a laser or other light source towards the screen. In one embodiment, a pulsed laser light from red, green, and blue lasers are combined into a single light pulse that is transmitted through the rotating disk that transmit each light pulse to a specific location on the screen.
US09661282B2 Providing local expert sessions
Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for providing local expert sessions. In one aspect, a method includes receiving a request to initiate a local expert session from a user; identifying available local experts in response to the request, wherein a local expert is a user who has registered to offer local expert sessions in a geographic location relevant to the physical location of the user; selecting an available local expert; and initiating a local expert session between the user and the selected local expert, wherein initiating the local expert session comprises providing video captured by a session accessory worn by the user to a user device for presentation to the selected local expert and establishing communication between the user and the selected local expert.
US09661281B2 Camera device for refrigerator and refrigerator comprising same
A camera device for use in a storage unit includes a case configured to be detachably installable inside the storage unit to a holder unit configured to hold the case inside the storage unit, an image capturing element provided inside the case and configured to capture an image inside the storage unit where the case is installed, an image capture window provided on a first surface portion of the case and configured for capturing the image inside the storage unit by the image capturing element, and a preventing element configured to prevent the case from being attached to the holder unit in an orientation other than a predetermined orientation. The image capture window is configured for capturing image inside the storage unit by the image capturing element. The holder unit holds the case inside the storage unit. The image capturing element captures the image inside the storage unit with the case being installed in the predetermined orientation.
US09661280B2 Rearview obstruction camera system and associated method
A rearview obstruction camera system provides rearward view if visibility to a driver as a result of cargo impacts a view directly out the rear windshield. Likewise, an occupant(s) sitting in the rear seats can obstruct the view of the driver out the rear the vehicle. In both instances the rearward view is potentially compromised. By using a sensor(s), the rearview obstruction camera system can detect if the line of sight of the driver out the rear of the vehicle is obstructed. If obstructed, the rearview camera captures a live feed of traffic behind a vehicle and the image is displayed in front of the driver (e.g. on the rearview mirror, navigation display, or the like).
US09661279B2 Refrigerator
Disclosed is a refrigerator. The refrigerator includes a main body having a first storage compartment and a second storage compartment, in which food is stored, a first door configured to open the first storage compartment via pivotal rotation thereof, a second door configured to be moved forward of the second storage compartment to open the second storage compartment, a receptacle configured to be moved along with the second door and received in the second storage compartment, the receptacle serving to store food therein, and a camera installed to the main body to take a picture of the receptacle. The refrigerator further includes a control unit configured to combine a plurality of pictures taken by the camera as the second door is moved and configured to correct the images into an image showing the receptacle.
US09661278B2 Imaging device, imaging system, and imaging method
An imaging device includes an imaging unit configured take a plurality of images, the imaging unit including a plurality of imaging parts each configured to acquire an imaging data item relevant to one of the plurality of images taken, and a wiring part configured to transmit a plurality of the imaging data items acquired by the plurality of imaging parts. The wiring part includes an external part forming an outline of the wiring part, and a cable part disposed inside the external part. The plurality of imaging parts are disposed along a longitudinal direction of the wiring part, and the imaging unit is configured to acquire the plurality of the imaging data items corresponding to a plurality of imaging positions, and transmit the plurality of the imaging data items by using the cable part.
US09661274B2 Information processing system, information processing method, and program
Provided is an information processing system including a position management unit configured to manage positions of avatars operated by users in a virtual space, a schedule management unit configured to manage a schedule of communication of the users, and a control unit configured to cause communication between terminals used by the users who are scheduled to have the communication to be established when the avatars of the users who are scheduled to have the communication gather in a predefined place in the virtual space and to cause at least one of an image and a voice to be transmitted and received.
US09661273B2 Video conference display method and device
A video conference display method includes: an MCU obtaining a stereoscopic video source of a conference site where a first terminal device in a video conference is located; and the MCU sending the stereoscopic video source to one or more other terminal devices, except the first terminal device, in the video conference, wherein the stereoscopic video source is used by one or more other terminal devices for non-screen displaying of the conference site where the first terminal device is located in one or more conference sites where the one or more other terminal devices are located. The scheme solves the problem of poor user experience of video conferencing, improves the sense of being present at the video conference, has no other differences from an on-site conference except that the entities cannot be touched, improves the user experience, and is an important step towards widely popularizing the video system.
US09661271B1 Multiple display planes for participant collaboration
Multiple display planes for participant collaboration are provided. An end of a first physical display is arranged adjacent to an end of a second physical display to define an angle. An example method includes detecting the angle, establishing, based on detecting the angle, a first physical display plane on the first physical display, a second physical display plane on the second physical display, and a plurality of virtual display planes on the first physical display and the second physical display, and presenting a different video feed of several video feeds in each of the first physical display plane, second physical display plane, and one or more virtual display planes of the plurality of virtual display planes.
US09661270B2 Multiparty communications systems and methods that optimize communications based on mode and available bandwidth
Improved methods, systems, and devices for managing communications are provided. A user device may display all ongoing communications so that a user can visualize the communications network or some subset thereof (e.g., a subgroup or group of users). A system may maintain the user device in an instant ready-on mode of communication with the other user devices. A user may then initiate communications with a subgroup (e.g., a pair) or group without initiating a new connection. Accordingly, a user can simultaneously and fluidly communicate at the subgroup level, at the group level, or at the inter-group level. Moreover, users can function as independent actors that can freely form and leave subgroups as well as groups.
US09661269B2 System for enabling communications and conferencing between dissimilar computing devices including mobile computing devices
In one general embodiment, a system for enabling communications and conferencing between dissimilar computing devices including mobile computing devices. In another embodiment a method for enabling communications and conferencing between dissimilar computing devices including mobile computing devices. In a further embodiment, a non-transitory computer-readable medium comprising instructions to cause one or more processors to enable communications and conferencing between dissimilar computing devices including mobile computing devices.
US09661267B2 Videoconferencing system discovery
System and method for discovering videoconferencing systems. A first videoconferencing system may contact a known second videoconferencing system. The first videoconferencing system may receive contact information of one or more other videoconferencing systems from the second videoconferencing system. The first videoconferencing system may send a request signal to a third videoconferencing system of the one or more other videoconferencing systems. The request signal may use the contact, wherein the first videoconferencing system sending the request signal uses the contact information of the third videoconferencing system. The first videoconferencing system may receive a response from the third videoconferencing system, and the response may include information regarding the third videoconferencing system.
US09661259B2 Playback device, control method, and program
In a case where a first access request from a playback controller (131) is a request for requesting reading or writing in a local storage area (111), a data access controller (135) causes a virtual-package-data file system processor (122) to perform reading or writing of virtual package data in the local storage area (111) with priority over the reading or writing of application data in an application data area (112) by a file system processor (123).
US09661256B2 System and method for providing and interacting with coordinated presentations
A system and method for providing uninterrupted video content in a portion of a display while simultaneously providing other content. A coordinated presentation is provided that comprises a content unit and a plurality of controllable display units. The content unit plays video content, a first controllable display unit plays first interactive video content and a second controllable display unit plays second interactive video content. Information regarding a selection event that occurred in the first controllable display unit is received, and a representation of the coordinated presentation is generated. The representation of the coordinated presentation is provided in a third controllable display unit without interrupting the playing of the video content. The first interactive video content is provided in the content unit, wherein the first interactive video content replaces the video content and without interrupting the playing of the first interactive video.
US09661255B2 Display apparatus and control system and method for same
Disclosed is a display apparatus which performs wireless communication with a target control device and a peripheral display apparatus. The display apparatus may include communication circuitry which transmits to the peripheral display apparatus a request message requesting a determination of whether an operation command of the target control device is received when the target control device is operated; and a controller configured to perform a function corresponding to the operation command of the target control device based on a response message to the request message. In the display apparatus and a control system and method for the same, the display apparatus is able to be controlled through a control device paired with a different display apparatus, and since a re-pairing process is not performed, an additional operation in which a user performs the re-pairing process may be removed, and thus user convenience may be improved.
US09661250B2 Image sensor and operating method thereof, motion sensor including the same
There is provided an operating method of an image sensor including: storing a first charge from an optoelectronic element to a pixel buffer circuit within a first exposure period; transferring the first charge from the pixel buffer circuit to a first storage circuit within a second exposure period; storing a second charge from the optoelectronic element to the pixel buffer circuit within the second exposure period after the first charge is transferred; transferring the second charge from the pixel buffer circuit to a second storage circuit; and comparing charges stored in the first storage circuit and in the second storage circuit to output an analog image signal.
US09661246B2 Solid state image pickup device having a capacitor structure made up of a plurality of capacitors
A solid state image pickup device is provided that includes a pixel array unit having a plurality of pixels and a signal processing circuit that has a capacitor operatively configured to process a respective signal output from each of the plurality of pixels. The capacitor is operatively configured as a stacked capacitor or a trench capacitor.
US09661245B2 Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and storage medium
An image processing apparatus includes a processing unit configured to perform predetermined detection processing on image data captured with use of an imaging unit for wide-angle imaging, a determination unit configured to determine whether to transmit geometrically converted image data generated by performing a geometric conversion on the captured image data to a reception apparatus, or to transmit the captured image data, without the geometric conversion, to the reception apparatus, and a control unit configured to perform control for performing the geometric conversion on a result of the predetermined detection processing performed on the captured image data without the geometric conversion, in a case where it is determined that the geometrically converted captured image data is to be transmitted to the reception apparatus.
US09661243B2 CMOS image sensor with column-wise selective charge-domain binning
An imaging device and method for operating the imaging device. Some embodiments comprise a pixel array configured as rows and columns of binning pixel units, each binning pixel unit including a plurality of photosensors that generate respective charge signals in response to incident light. Each binning pixel unit is configured to selectively bin the charge from at least two of the photosensors. The pixel array may be readout in a binning-pixel-unit row by binning-pixel-unit row basis. During readout of each binning pixel unit row, each binning pixel unit in the row is operable to selectively bin at least two of the charge signals therein based on a respective one of control signals provided to each of the binning pixel units in the row. In reading out a binning pixel unit row for a given image frame, a first binning pixel unit may perform in-pixel charge domain binning while a second binning pixel unit in the row may not bin the charge from the different photosensors therein. The respective control signals may be provided as a reset control signal coupled to the binning pixel units via respective vertical reset control lines, each of which is coupled to all of the binning pixel units in a respective column of binning pixel units, each reset control signal being operable to cause potential level resetting of a charge storage region in the binning pixel cell.
US09661240B2 Radiation imaging apparatus comprising a pixel including a conversion element and radiation imaging system
A pixel includes a conversion element detecting radiation, and a switch between the element and a signal line. A readout unit reads out a signal on the signal line. The readout unit includes a reset unit that resets a potential of the signal line. A period during which the readout unit reads out a signal on the signal line includes a first period during which the signal line is reset, and a signal on the signal line in a state that the switch is not turned on is read out, and a second period during which the signal line is reset, and a signal on the signal line due to the switch being turned on is read out. The processing unit calculates a difference between the signals read out in the second and first periods.
US09661239B2 System and method for online processing of video images in real time
The invention is directed to real-time processing of video data. In some examples at least one image of the video data is processed utilizing reference data comprising reference image data of background within a region of interest and clutter image data indicative thereof, to determine a pixel deviation level of each pixel in the at least one image and generate pixel-deviation image data indicative thereof. The pixel-deviation image data is processed to enhance its tonal pixel distribution and generating enhanced image data, which is processed to determine a threshold level based on the tonal pixel distribution. A binary image map is then generated using the determined threshold level, the binary image map being indicative of the background and foreground components of the at least one image.
US09661238B2 Reproducing apparatus and reproducing method
To more flexibly reproduce moving image data obtained by capturing a plurality of frames within the period of a single frame of display output while changing the exposure condition. For example, moving image data, which has been obtained by capturing a plurality of frames within the period of a single frame of display output while changing the exposure condition, is stored in a recording portion. When the moving image data is reproduced from the recording portion, a single frame is selected and output by a reproduced frame selecting portion for each period of a single frame of display output. If a user operation instructing to make the displayed image darker, in response to this user operation, a frame having an exposure condition of underexposure is selected and output from the moving image data to be reproduced from the recording portion for each period of a single frame of display output.
US09661237B2 Image capturing apparatus, control method thereof, and storage medium
An image capturing apparatus comprising: an image capturing unit configured to capture a plurality of images with different exposure amounts; an image compositing unit configured to composite the plurality of images and generate a composited image; and a display control unit configured to display the composited image generated by the image compositing unit on a display unit; wherein the display control unit performs control so that, in accordance with an instruction for magnifying a portion of the composited image displayed on the display unit, a magnified image of an image from among the plurality of images captured by the image capturing unit is displayed on the display unit instead of the composited image.
US09661234B2 Image processing method and image processing system assigning different gains to different sections
The present invention discloses an image processing method and an image processing system adopting the same. The method includes the steps of: (a) obtaining a pixel array representing an image; (b) segmenting the pixel array into two or more non-overlapping regions; (c) identifying a capacitor discharging rate of each of the regions; (d) generating a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal when a voltage level dropping of a capacitor exceeds a predetermined threshold; and (e) applying exposure parameters to the regions according to the capacitor discharging rate of the regions, respectively, wherein the exposure parameter applied to one of the regions is different from the exposure parameter applied to at least another one of the regions.
US09661231B2 Imaging device attachable to a display device
An imaging device includes a communication circuit that transmits an image data to an external display device, and an image sensor. The imaging device also includes an outer case in which the image sensor is disposed, and a coupling a coupling portion disposed at a rear side of the imaging device, where the rear side is opposite side from an light incident side of the image sensor. A large-diameter portion and an inclined portion are provided in the outer case, in a manner that the diameter of the inclined portion is reduced according to approach from the large-diameter portion to the rear side, and an image taking button is disposed on an outer peripheral surface of the large-diameter portion.
US09661228B1 Robust image feature based video stabilization and smoothing
A method of removing unwanted camera motion from a video sequence is provided. The method matches a group of feature points between each pair of consecutive video frames in the video sequence. The method calculates the motion of each matched feature point between the corresponding pair of consecutive video frames. The method calculates a set of historical metrics for each feature point. The method, for each pair of consecutive video frames, identifies a homography that defines a dominant motion between the pair of consecutive frames. The homography is identified by performing a geometrically biased historically weighted RANSAC on the calculated motion of the feature points. The geometrically biased historically weighted RANSAC gives a weight to the calculated motion of each feature point based on the historical metrics calculated for the feature point. The method removes the unwanted camera motion from the video sequence by using the identified homographies.
US09661225B2 Image capturing apparatus and method thereof
The present disclosure provides an image capturing apparatus for operatively capturing images of an object. The apparatus includes an image capturing module, a shutter, an aperture, setting module, a control module, and a storage module. The setting module determines a threshold value of the image capturing apparatus based on an aperture setting value of the aperture and a shutter setting value of the shutter. The control module drives an accelerometer to detect at least one acceleration value of the image capturing apparatus in a predefined detection period that is initiated when the image capturing apparatus executes an image capturing operation. When an acceleration value detected is determined to be smaller than the threshold value, the control module causes the image capturing module to capture an image of the object.
US09661223B2 Method and device for photographing including camera shake
The present disclosure relates to a method for photographing by a photographing device and the photographing device thereof. The method includes: determining whether camera shake is present in response to an operation of pressing a shutter of the photographing device; determining a target configuration parameter according to a current processing mode of the photographing device if camera shake is present; and adjusting the target configuration parameter. During photographing, according to the methods and devices provided in the embodiments of the present disclosure, it is determined whether camera shake is present, a target configuration parameter is determined according to a current processing mode of a photographing device if camera shake is present, and the target configuration parameter is adjusted. This prevents image blurring of photos due to camera shake, thereby improves image quality, and increases photographing success rate of the photographing device.
US09661222B2 Electronic apparatus and method for controlling the same
Disclosed herein is a digital photographing apparatus which identifies a registered user and applies digital photographing apparatus setting information corresponding to the identified user and a method of controlling the same. The apparatus includes an input unit that receives user identification information; an identifying unit that identifies a user registered to the digital photographing apparatus based on received user identification information; a storage unit that stores setting information regarding the digital photographing apparatus corresponding to a user registered to the digital photographing apparatus; and a control unit that confirms setting information regarding the digital photographing apparatus corresponding to the identified user and applies a setting corresponding to the confirmed setting information to the digital photographing apparatus.
US09661213B2 Camera module
A camera module is disclosed. One embodiment of the present invention comprises: a printed circuit board provided with an image sensor; a lens unit mounted at the upper side of the printed circuit board and arranged at a position corresponding with the image sensor; and an actuator unit for fixing the lens unit and adjusting the focus of an image, wherein a lens barrel has a groove formed on the outer peripheral surface thereof.
US09661212B2 Image acquisition device and focusing method for image acquisition device
In an image acquisition device, an optical path difference generating member can form an optical path length difference of a second light image without splitting light in a second optical path. This can suppress the quantity of light required for the second optical path to obtain information of the focal position, whereby a quantity of light can be secured for a first imaging device to capture an image. The image acquisition device synchronizes the movement of a predetermined part of a sample within a field of an objective lens with rolling readout such that each pixel column of a second imaging device is exposed to a light image of the predetermined part in the sample.
US09661209B2 Remote controlled studio camera system
A system for remotely controlling a camera is disclosed. The system includes five major subsystems; a first subsystem collocated with the camera; a second subsystem which serves as a gateway between the camera and the third subsystem; a third subsystem to remotely monitor the studio and control the camera; a fourth subsystem located at the destination of the video stream; and a fifth subsystem to receive and re-transmit a video control stream. This system allows the camera to be monitored and controlled by one location, while the primary video stream is transmitted to a different location. In some embodiments, the control video stream is a lower bandwidth signal than the primary video stream. Furthermore, the fifth subsystem is capable of receiving and re-transmitting control video streams from a plurality of cameras simultaneously. The second subsystem allows remote access to the first subsystem, such as via the third subsystem, based on approved credentials.
US09661208B1 Enhancing video conferences
Implementations generally relate to enhancing video conferences. In some implementations, a method includes determining one or more characteristics of a video stream provided by a first camera. The method further includes determining one or more functions of the first camera based on the one or more characteristics. The method further includes enabling a browser to control the one or more functions of the first camera, and wherein the browser is remote relative to the first camera.
US09661202B2 Terminal case, mobile terminal, and mobile terminal assembly including the terminal case and the mobile terminal
A mobile terminal assembly is provided. The mobile terminal assembly includes: a terminal case; and a mobile terminal detachable from the terminal case, wherein the terminal case comprises: a case body; and a lens cover openably disposed in the case body, wherein the mobile terminal comprises: a display unit; a camera module including a camera lens disposed at a position corresponding to the lens cover; a lens cover sensing unit sensing whether the lens cover is opened or closed; and a control unit configured to execute a camera application on the basis of whether the lens cover is opened or closed.
US09661196B2 Camera module
An exemplary embodiment of the present invention relates to a camera module configured to prevent a warp of an optical axis of a lens holder, the camera module including a PCB (Printed Circuit Board) mounted with an image sensor, a base, a first lens holder arranged at an upper surface of the base and including at least one or more lens modules therein, a second lens holder forming an outer cover of the first lens holder, and an actuator concentrically arranged with an optical axis of the lens module for adjusting a focus of an image captured by the image sensor.
US09661195B2 Automatic microphone selection in a sports camera based on wet microphone determination
An audio capture system for a sports camera includes at least one “enhanced” microphone and at least one “reference” microphone. The enhanced microphone includes a drainage enhancement feature to enable water to drain from the microphone more quickly than the reference microphone. A microphone selection controller selects between the microphones based on a microphone selection algorithm to enable high quality in conditions where the sports camera transitions in and out of water during activities such as surfing, water skiing, swimming, or other wet environments.
US09661193B2 Imaging apparatus and analyzing apparatus
An imaging apparatus includes a lens optical system including a lens, a stop, and first through nth divided optical elements in which first through nth optical regions are defined, respectively, along a plane perpendicular to an optical axis and positioned to be point-symmetric with respect to the optical axis, an image sensor, and a microlens array guiding light that has passed through the first through nth optical regions to the first through nth pixels of the image sensor, respectively. At least three of s1, . . . , and Sn are mutually different and a relation of si≧si+1 is satisfied, where s1, . . . , and sn represent mean luminances of images obtained from the first through nth pixels, respectively. The first optical region and the nth optical region are positioned not to be point-symmetric to each other with respect to the optical axis.
US09661191B2 Image capture apparatus having function of generating frame synchronization signal at constant cycle
An image capture apparatus including a timing generator that generates a frame synchronization signal with a constant cycle receives a reference signal generated at a predetermined interval based on a predetermined reference cycle, compares generation timing of the reference signal received with generation timing of the frame synchronization signal generated by the timing generator, and adjusts a generation cycle of the frame synchronization signal generated by the timing generator based on a result of the comparison.
US09661189B2 Method and apparatus for adaptive rate-based image data transmission and reception
A method of transmitting data, including obtaining luma element values and chroma element values of respective pixels included in a pixel block having a predetermined size; obtaining a plurality of partitions in which the luma element values and the chroma element values are based on a spatial position of the pixels in the pixel block; and selectively transmitting the plurality of partitions according to a data rate of the image data.
US09661183B2 Image correction apparatus and method
The present disclosure relates an image correction apparatus and method. The image correction apparatus includes a printing unit for printing an image; a scratch detecting unit which detects a scratch region from a scan image scanned per line; and a restoration processing unit which performs the restoration of the scratch region by interpolation if the width of the scratch region detected by the scratch detecting unit is less than a predetermined value and, if the width thereof is not less than the predetermined value, does not perform a restoration of the scratch region but provides the printing unit with the scan image, thereby correcting an image distortion by easily detecting an image distortion due to foreign matter.
US09661181B2 Image processing apparatus, image processing method, and storage medium
An image processing apparatus has a data acquisition unit that acquires first multi-valued data for a first ink that is not black ink and second multi-valued data for a second ink that is black ink; a threshold value acquisition unit that acquires a threshold value from a threshold value matrix; an offsetting unit that offsets at least one of the threshold value and the second multi-valued data; and a generating unit that generates first quantized data for the first ink by comparing the first multi-valued data and the threshold value, and generate second quantized data for the second ink by comparing the second multi-valued data and the threshold value with offset by the offsetting unit. Dispersibility of dots printed at positions corresponding to threshold values from a minimum value to a predetermined value is higher than that corresponding to threshold values except from the minimum value to the predetermined value.
US09661179B2 Image processing device, information processing method, and non-transitory computer-readable medium
In an information processing device, a reading unit reads in a filled-in document. A recognition unit recognizes a standard document type and an information structure of the document. A storage unit stores content filled in on the document. If the read-in document is not a most recent version, a comparing unit compares the information structure of the most recent version of a preregistered standard document type corresponding to the recognized standard document type to the recognized information structure. A generation unit generates a differential document of the modified information structure, according to a result of the comparison. An output unit outputs the generated differential document. If a filled-in differential document is read in, a merge unit merges filled-in content on the differential document with filled-in content on the stored document, and the storage unit replaces the already-stored content with the merged content.
US09661178B2 Biased document backing
A document backing extending in a plane is resiliently biased in a direction substantially parallel to the plane.
US09661176B2 Image forming apparatus, image forming system, and image formation control method
Illustration image data drawn correspondingly to reading of an adjustment chart are memorized in a memory section, an adjustment chart is formed in a image mode in an image forming section, adjustment image data produced by reading the adjustment chart in an image reading section are analyzed, illustration image data corresponding to an analysis result of the adjustment image data are selected at the time of adjusting the image forming section based on the analysis result, and display data of the illustration image data are produced.
US09661168B2 Image forming apparatus, method for setting apparatus, and computer-readable medium
An image forming apparatus includes: a memory configured to store identification information identifying an information terminal device and mode information indicating a mode corresponding to the information terminal device in association with each other; a communication interface configured to receive from the information terminal device a wireless signal including identification information that is stored in the information terminal device and identifies the information terminal device, and determine an intensity of the received wireless signal; and a controller configured to, when determining that the determined intensity of the received wireless signal is equal to or greater than a predetermined intensity, read from the memory the mode information corresponding to the identification information included in the received wireless signal, and set the image forming apparatus to the mode indicated by the read mode information.
US09661162B2 Information providing device, image forming device, and transmission system for providing image data to a transmission terminal that performs video communication
An information providing device is capable of communicating with an image forming device, a data managing device, and a transmission terminal. The information providing device includes a storage unit; a communication unit that transmits a forming instruction to instruct the image forming device to perform image forming, and receives, from the image forming device, storage location information indicating the data managing device that stores data obtained by image forming by the image forming device and indicating a storage location in the data managing device; and a storage location managing unit that generates, in the storage unit, management information in which identification information of the image data is associated with the storage location information. The communication unit receives the data saved in the storage location indicated by the storage location information from the data managing device and transmits the received data to the transmission terminal.
US09661161B2 Roaming printing by assigning ID informaton of a user to print job data and transmitting the assigned ID information to printing devices on a network by multi-casting
A method of printing a document is described. The method comprises a workstation generating and storing print job data for a document, the workstation assigning ID information to the print job data, the user inputting the assigned ID information at a chosen printing device, the printing device transmitting a print job data request signal to the workstation, and the workstation transmitting the print job data to the printing device.
US09661160B2 System and method for providing cloud printing service
Provided is an image forming system operable to provide a cloud printing service, the image forming system comprising: a transmitting device operable to transmit content by designating a target phone number; a cloud printing server operable to receive the target phone number and the content from the transmitting device; a receiving device assigned with the target phone number and operable to receive an upload notification of the content with respect to the target phone number from the cloud printing server; and an image forming device operable to print the content by receiving the content from the cloud printing server, wherein the cloud printing server transmits the content to the image forming device registered in the target phone number when the cloud printing service is requested for the content to the target phone number.
US09661158B2 Image forming apparatus that delivers image data displayed on digital signage devices and computer-readable non-transitory recording medium with image forming apparatus control program recorded thereon
An image forming apparatus includes an image reading section, a storage section, a communication section, an acceptance section, and an operation control section. The storage section has a plurality of storage regions at least one of which is associated one-to-one with one or more digital signage devices. The operation control section is configured to, when the acceptance section accepts a delivery instruction, allow the image reading section to read an original document and generate image data from the read original document, allow the storage section to store the image data generated by the image reading section in the one or more respective storage regions associated with the one or more digital signage devices designated in the delivery instruction, and allow the communication section to send the image data stored in the one or more associated storage regions to the one or more respective digital signage devices.
US09661156B2 Error assistance using heads-up display
According to one embodiment, a system for providing error assistance for a device is disclosed. The error assistance is provided to an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) of a user. The system includes a server configured to receive an input, including one or more identifiers for the device, from the OHMD of the user or a mobile device of the user. The identifiers may include at least one of a serial number of the device, an identifier scanned from a tag of the device, and an error code identifying the device error. The server identifies the device and device error based on the identifiers. The server determines instructions for fixing the device error and generates an augmented display to provide on the OHMD of the user. The augmented display includes an image, icon, text, audio, or video, representative of a part of the device or an instruction for repairing the device.
US09661154B1 Ink model derivation mechanism using Weibull distribution function
A printing system is disclosed. The printing system includes a printer controller to receive optical density (OD) measurement data corresponding to application of a halftone pattern using ink on a medium in a printing system and calculate a predicted OD versus normalized ink coverage relationship for the printing system based on the received OD measurement data.
US09661145B2 Method for carrying out an audio conference, audio conference device, and method for switching between encoders
A method and an audio conference device for carrying out an audio conference are disclosed, whereby classification information associated with a respective audio date flow is recorded for supplied audio data flows. According to a result of an evaluation of the classification information, the audio data flows are associated with at least three groups which are homogeneous with regard to the results. The individual audio data flows are processed uniformly in each group in terms of the signals thereof, and said audio data flows processed in this way are superimposed in order to form audio conference data flows to be transmitted to the communication terminals.
US09661133B2 Electronic device and method for extracting incoming/outgoing information and managing contacts
A method and electronic device for extracting incoming/outgoing information and managing contacts are provided. The method includes determining whether a communicating electronic device which has been or is in communication with the electronic device is included as a contact in a first contact list; extracting incoming/outgoing information based on at least one of metadata and contents of the communication with the communicating electronic device when the communicating electronic device is not included as a contact in the first contact list; and displaying the extracted incoming/outgoing information on a touchscreen of the electronic device.
US09661132B2 Method, apparatus, and storage medium for displaying a conversation interface
A method, an apparatus, and storage medium for displaying a conversation interface. In the method: the terminal displays a caller identification display interface when a call request is received from a calling party. The terminal obtains a dynamic image associated with the calling party while displaying the caller identification display interface. The terminal displays the dynamic image in the caller identification display interface. The calling party in the conversation is indicated by using one or more dynamic images so that the display effect is diversified and visualized.
US09661131B2 Billing policy management for multi-number phones
A computer-implemented method for managing a billing policy for mobile phone associated with a first phone number corresponding to a first account and a second phone number corresponding to a second account is described herein. The billing policy defines actions performed by the mobile phone to be charged to the first account, and defines actions performed by the mobile phone to be charged to the second account. Charges are allocated to one of the first account and second account based on the billing policy. A user can configured to phone to operate in a private mode, in response to which actions are charged to a default account of the two accounts, and information about the action is not provided to an external entity.
US09661130B2 Systems and methods for managing, analyzing, and providing visualizations of multi-party dialogs
Systems and methods are provided for managing and analyzing multi-party dialogs (e.g., call) between communication devices. A digital connection is established with each of a plurality of communication devices. The connection is switched between the communication devices from a POTS connection to digital connections, enabling the communication devices to communicate with each other via the computing device over the digital connections. Audio signals are part of a multi-party dialog between users of the plurality of communication devices. The received audio signals are split into corresponding first signals and second signals. The first signals are transmitted to the plurality of communication devices and are analyzed to produce measurements of features of the second signals. Feedback data is transmitted to at least one of the plurality of communication devices.
US09661123B1 Secure remote actuation system with data connection port
A secure remote actuation system may comprise a remote input receptor and a network. The remote input receptor may comprise a user interface for receiving user inputs from a user and one or more data connection ports. The network may comprise a combination of computer systems interconnected by telecommunications equipment or cables allowing information to be exchanged. The network may also comprise a network device for obtaining the user inputs from the remote input receptor. One or more acceptable inputs may be stored on the network. In the present invention, the network device obtains the user inputs from the remote input receptor while the user is using the user interface and then the network compares the user inputs to the acceptable inputs.
US09661117B2 Wearable devices for headset status and control
One embodiment features a wearable device having computer-readable media and comprising: an output device; a receiver configured to communicate over a wireless link with a phone; and a processor configured to cause the output device to indicate a status of a headset, the headset being in wireless communication with the phone, responsive to the receiver receiving, over the wireless link, an indication of the status of the headset. Another embodiment features a wearable device having associated computer-readable media and comprising: an output device; a receiver configured to communicate over a wireless link with a headset; and a processor configured to cause the output device to indicate a status of a headset responsive to the receiver receiving, over the wireless link, an indication of the status of the headset.
US09661114B2 Foldable, flexible display apparatus and method of manufacturing the same
A foldable, flexible display apparatus includes a flexible display panel which displays an image and includes a display side on which the image is displayed and of which portions thereof face each other in a folded state of the flexible display apparatus; a cover window on the display side of the flexible display panel and including: a window film comprising a transparent plastic film having a modulus of elasticity of about 6.3 gigapascals or more; and a coating layer on the window film, and configured to be transparent and to protect the window film from physical damage thereto; and an adhesive layer between the window film and the display side of the flexible display panel, and configured to have elasticity and bond the window film and the flexible display panel to each other.
US09661111B2 Method and system for serialization and deserialization (SERDES) for inter-system communications
An integrated circuit may comprise a tuner operable to digitize a band of frequencies comprising a plurality of television channels, a crossbar operable to select one or more of the plurality of television channels output by the tuner, a plurality of demodulators operable to receive the selected one or more television channels from the crossbar and demodulate the selected one or more television channels to recover a plurality of transport streams, a transport module operable to multiplex the plurality of transport streams into a single packet stream, and a framer operable to: encapsulate packets of the plurality of transport streams into transport stream frames of a serial datastream, and insert filler frames into the serial datastream after every Nth transport stream frame of the serial datastream, where N is an integer.
US09661110B2 System and method for enabling channel access enhancements in existing communication networks
Described herein is a system and method for enhanced channel access in existing communication networks. The system comprising: a first enhanced node comprising a first processor, the first processor configured to: transmit a legacy frame header of a physical layer protocol data unit (PPDU), the legacy frame header comprising an indicator indicating that sub-PPDUs will be transmitted during a duration associated with transmission of a legacy PPDU; a second enhanced node comprising a second processor configured to receive the legacy frame header; and a third enhanced node comprising a third processor configured to receive the legacy frame header.
US09661108B2 Per-request control of DNS behavior
In various embodiments, a user or subscriber of a domain name system (DNS) service that provides various DNS resolution options or features, such as misspelling redirection, parental filters, domain blocking, or phishing protection through the DNS process, can influence how requests for domain name (DNS) information are handled on a per-request basis. The user or subscriber may configure the DNS client software of their personal computer or configure their broadband router to provide control information to a DNS server with DNS resolution options that enables the DNS server to resolve DNS queries with the DNS resolution options on a per-request basis. As a result, the user can mitigate exposure to pop-ups, pop-unders, banner ads, fraudulent offers, malware, viruses, or the like, from websites using the domain name system.
US09661103B2 Mobile device having improved polling characteristics for background applications
A method for managing applications configured for execution on a mobile device is provided. The method includes receiving one or more network access requests from one or more applications executing on the mobile device, determining that the mobile device is operating in a background mode, suppressing transmission to a network of the one or more network access requests based on the determination, and transmitting a subset of the one or more network access requests upon transition out of the background mode.
US09661102B2 System and method for sharing data
A data sharing system includes at least one first client device, at least one second client device, and a hub equipment. The at least one first client device provides data. The at least one second client device receives data. The hub equipment receives data from the first client device using a first transmission protocol, and transmits the received data to the second client device using a second transmission protocol.
US09661099B2 Resource arbitration in a converged multi-media environment
A data communication system, comprising an access control agent arranged on a network to allocate network resources on one or more UE (user equipment) devices on the network according to one or more parameters, the access control agent being remote from the UE.
US09661098B2 Communication method of node overhearing content in content centric network and node
A communication method of a node in a content centric network, includes overhearing a content transmitted from another node, caching the overheard content, and providing the cached content in response to receiving a packet requesting the cached content.
US09661089B2 Customized presentation of event guest lists in a social networking system
A user creates an event in a social networking system specifying a location, a time, and a guest list of other users invited to the event. The social networking system generates a page associated with the event that provides information about the event and identifies whether users have responded to invitations to the event. The content of the page may be customized for the user viewing the page to encourage the viewing user to attend the event. For example, the viewing user's relationship to and/or similar characteristics with other users on the guest list is determined and used by the social networking system to identify the users whose responses to invitations are shown to the viewing user via the page. Additionally, a notification method more prominently distributes acceptances of invitations to other users to encourage attendance.
US09661072B2 Content-acquisition source selection and management
A plurality of sources storing portions of a digital content item that includes a plurality of pieces is identified. The plurality of sources includes one or more peer computers of a peer-to-peer network. For each piece of the plurality of pieces of the digital content item, that piece is acquired from a source.
US09661070B2 Controlling the operation of server computers
A plurality of server computers in a network that includes load balancing processes to enhance performance employs a non-performance related variable, such as power consumption, and modifies the load balancing processes in response to the reading of the non-performance variable. Such variables do not affect the response and performance as perceived by a browsing client but do provide other advantages with in the environment as a whole. The non-performance related variable is employed such that one or more of said server computers are de-activated to reduce power consumption, and the load balancing processes balance load across the remaining active server computers.
US09661060B2 Method, server and system for converging desktop application and web application
A method, Web server and computer system for converging a desktop application and a Web application. The method includes: in response to a request from a client user for using a target desktop application, starting a desktop application initialization process on the Web server and determining an appropriate corresponding hosting server for the user; preparing and provisioning desktop application environment on the corresponding hosting server and starting the target desktop application; transmitting the corresponding hosting server's address to the client to make desktop application interaction between the client and the corresponding hosting server; and in response to the completion of the desktop application interaction, stopping and exiting the target desktop application on the corresponding hosting server. The client user is provided with a unified Web console for accessing desktop applications and Web applications and Web files can be shared between the desktop applications and the Web applications.
US09661059B2 System and method for zero latency browsing
A system replicates Internet websites on a large number of user computers having browsers. The system includes a gateway platform having a gateway server and a cache. In the broadcast mode, the gateway server periodically or continuously images broadcast data (e.g., popular websites), compresses the website images, and stores the compressed website images in the gateway cache. The gateway server then broadcasts all of the compressed broadcast data to all (millions) of the user computers over a broadcast device (such as a satellite), for subsequent display by the user in the browser. In the unicast mode, the user requests unicast data (e.g., less-popular websites or websites having highly user-customized information) at the browser. The gateway server images that one web page, compresses the unicast data, and transmits the compressed unicast data over the broadcast device substantially in real time to the one requesting user computer.
US09661056B2 Modification free extension of web based applications
A system is described for creating a customized modification free extension of a software application. The software application can be an application configured to be executed in a runtime framework on a web browser. When the web browser launches the custom application, the base application can be identified and retrieved. Once retrieved, the web browser can merge the custom application and the base application and execute the resulting merged application.
US09661055B2 Method and system for redirecting a client
A method and a system for redirecting a client are disclosed, the method including: sending by the client a request message to a redirect agent; returning by the redirect agent a first response message to the client, an identification of a second realm being carried in the first response message; sending by the client the request message to a second server in the second realm. The data are maintained and modified only on the redirect agent, so that the redirection service between different realms may be realized without upgrading or maintaining the client. In addition, because the number of redirect agents is much smaller than the number of clients, the operation and maintenance costs may be reduced greatly.
US09661052B1 Reconfiguring a streaming application to reduce latency mismatches
A latency reconfiguration mechanism in a streams manager detects latency mismatches in a streaming application that affect the performance of the streaming application, and reconfigures the streaming application to minimize the latency mismatches. The reconfiguration can include fusing adjacent processing elements into a single processing element, co-locating adjacent processing elements on the same machine, moving processing elements and/or network links, adding parallel processing elements, and rearranging processing elements and/or network links to create more consistent latency paths. By minimizing latency mismatches and providing more consistent latency paths, the performance of a streaming application is increased by not having to perform significant reordering of data tuples.
US09661051B2 Streamloading content, such as video content for example, by both downloading enhancement layers of the content and streaming a base layer of the content
Video streaming applications are a major contributor to the recent dramatic rise of data traffic in cellular networks. Mobile users in a cellular network often experience fluctuating data rates, which might affect the quality of video they view in a streaming service. Although replacing such video streaming services with video downloading/renting services could potentially allow such mobile users to enjoy consistently higher quality videos, such services typically cost a lot more than video streaming services because of legal copyright pricing and management issues. By downloading enhancement layers but streaming base layers of the content, mobile users can enjoy download-quality videos with a service (legally) classified as a streaming service.
US09661050B2 Systems and methods for segmentation of content playlist and dynamic content insertion
This disclosure describes systems, methods, and computer-readable media related to segmenting media content playlist for dynamic insertion of non-entertainment content during a streaming session.A request for media content associated with a streaming session in a network may be received from one or more client devices. In response to the received request, a media content playlist may be identified. In response to the received request, a non-entertainment playlist may be identified, where the non-entertainment playlist comprises one or more references pointing to one or more non-entertainment content, the one or more references including at least a first reference pointing to a first non-entertainment content and a second reference pointing to a second non-entertainment content. the media content playlist may be segmented into one or more segments including at least a first segment and a second segment. the first reference may be appended to the first segment and the second reference may be appended to the second segment. the first segment and the appended first reference may be transmitted for consumption by the one or more client devices. based at least in part on a received indication, it may be determined to update the second non-entertainment content with a third non-entertainment content using the second reference. the second non-entertainment content may be updated with the third non-entertainment content.
US09661048B2 Asset streaming and delivery
Asset streaming and delivery including intercepting, at an asset streaming client, a request to exploit an asset virtualized on the asset streaming client. The asset is identified and an asset snapshot of the asset is obtained. Portions of the asset needed to exploit the asset according to the intercepted request exploit the asset are determined from an asset snapshot of the asset. The portions of the asset needed to exploit the asset according to the intercepted request are obtained and the asset is exploited according to the intercepted request using the portions of the asset.
US09661045B2 System and methods for dynamic transcoder rate adaption for adaptive bit rate streaming
A system and methods for providing dynamic transcoder rate adaption for an adaptive bit streaming function is described. In a first embodiment, a client may select from all available bit rates during the encoding session, wherein the bit rates are provided to the client via a manifest file from a media gateway. In a second embodiment, a subset of the bit rates are provided to the client, from which a client chooses a selected bit rate. The encoding session continues until a request for a new bit rate is received from the client, at which time a new subset of bit rates are generated. This new subset of bit rates is presented to the client, and this loop continues until the termination of the encoding session.
US09661040B2 Collaboration processing apparatus, collaboration processing system, and program
A collaboration processing apparatus that is connected to plural electronic apparatuses, receives a request from an application installed in the collaboration processing apparatus, and controls the electronic devices based on the received request to perform a collaboration process by causing the application and the electronic devices to collaborate, includes a capability information providing unit which receives an acquisition request for information related to capability of the electronic device via a previously defined interface and provides the information related to the capability of the electronic devices in response to the received acquisition request; and an execution controlling unit which receives the execution request based on the information of the capability from the application, to which the information related to the capability is provided by the capability information providing unit, via the previously defined interface, and controls the electronic devices based on the received execution request.
US09661039B2 Recommending resources to members of a social network
Systems and methods for presenting recommendations for resources to be used by members in learning about and/or acquiring a skill are described. In some example embodiments, the systems and methods receive information associated with a skill from a member of a social network, identify members of the social network that are associated with the skill, receive information from the identified members of the social network that identifies one or more resources associated with the skill, and generate a list of recommended resources that is based on the information received from the identified members of the social network.
US09661037B2 Method, apparatus, and computer readable medium for transferring a collaboration session
A method for transferring a collaboration session from a handheld device to a multimedia endpoint by encoding session data for the collaboration session and/or instructions into an optically machine-readable representation of data, displaying the data on a display of the handheld device, and optically providing the data to a multimedia endpoint the collaboration session is to be transferred to. The multimedia endpoint may send a message to a server upon detecting the data, causing the server to transfer the collaboration session, based on the session data in the message. Alternatively, the multimedia endpoint establishes a session with another multimedia endpoint based on the instructions and/or session data.
US09661032B2 Client and a method in a client in a communication network for providing a service
A client and a method in a client in a communication network comprising a core network, for providing a communication service, is provided. The method comprises receiving a session setup request from an originating party, requesting a session with a destination party. The setup request comprises a capability indication associated with the originating party and a session type indication. The method further comprises determining capabilities of devices in a first communication context associated with the destination party and comparing the capabilities of the devices in the first communication context to the capability indication and to the session type indication in the received request Still further, the method comprises determining a level of correspondence between the capability indication and the session type indication, and the capabilities of devices in the first communication context, and indicating a device in the first communication context having a suitable level of correspondence to the capability indication associated with the originating party and the session type indication.
US09661027B2 Informational enrichment for interactive systems
Interactive services are enhanced by intercepting a session initiation protocol message used to initiate a bidirectional communication and in transit to a networked recipient computer that provides interactive services for the bidirectional communication to be initiated. Supplemental information is obtained based on information in the session initiation protocol message in order to provide to the networked recipient computer of the bidirectional communication to be initiated. A computer processor of an intermediary computer is used to insert the supplemental information into the session initiation protocol message. The session initiation protocol message is routed with the supplemental information inserted to the networked recipient computer that provides the interactive services for the bidirectional communication to be initiated.
US09661026B2 Applying security policy to an application session
Applying a security policy to an application session, includes recognizing the application session between a network and an application via a security gateway, determining by the security gateway a user identity of the application session using information about the application session, obtaining by the security gateway the security policy comprising network parameters mapped to the user identity, and applying the security policy to the application session by the security gateway. The user identity may be a network user identity or an application user identity recognized from packets of the application session. The security policy may comprise a network traffic policy mapped and/or a document access policy mapped to the user identity, where the network traffic policy is applied to the application session. The security gateway may further generate a security report concerning the application of the security policy to the application session.
US09661024B2 Configuring applications and policies in non-cooperative environments
The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for configuring applications and policies in non-cooperative environments. Embodiments of the invention provide the ability to configure non-cooperative applications and operating systems to comply with a policy. For example, applications and operating systems at a user's (e.g., an information worker's) personal device (e.g., smartphone) can be appropriately configured to provide more secure access to a corporate IT infrastructure. An IT worker can programmatically repackage an application to comply with a policy, deploy it to a user's personal device, and adjust the application's behavior during execution to comply with the policy. Adjusted behavior can include injecting custom user interfaces into an application to support various scenarios. Injecting a custom user interface can be facilitated by tracking visual context for an application across one or more displays and switching between the application's visual context and the custom user interface.
US09661023B1 Systems and methods for automatic endpoint protection and policy management
A computer-implemented method for dynamically adjusting server settings is described. In one embodiment, at least one parameter of a status of a server that diverges from a corresponding baseline setting of a policy maintained by the server may be identified. An adjustment to the baseline setting of the policy may be calculated based at least in part on the divergent parameter. The baseline setting of the policy may be adjusted according to the calculated adjustment. A command may be issued to send data representative of the adjusted baseline setting of the policy from the server to a client to update a user profile.
US09661022B2 System and method for authorizing devices joining a network fabric
A control unit that is configured to instruct a device to implement a limitation on a port and broadcast a controller address. The control unit is further configured to receive first identification information associated with a second device connected to the port from the device, the first identification information being addressed to the controller address. Additionally, the control unit is configured to establish a communication link with the second device through the device and the port, receive second identification information associated with the second device over the communication link, determine whether the second device is authorized based on a policy, determine whether the first identification information and second identification information match, and instruct the first device to remove the limitation on the port in response to determining that the second device is authorized and that the first identification information matches the second identification information.
US09661016B2 Data center infrastructure management system incorporating security for managed infrastructure devices
A system is disclosed for enhancing detection of a security threat to a managed infrastructure device operating within a data center. The system may have a data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system for monitoring operation of the managed infrastructure device. The DCIM system may include a remote access appliance for communicating with the managed infrastructure device. The managed infrastructure device may include an on-board computer. The remote access appliance may include an engine configured to detect if information to be communicated to the on-board computer poses a security threat to the managed infrastructure device.
US09661012B2 Systems and methods for identifying information related to payment card breaches
Approaches for determining a potential merchant breach are described. A system can acquire card transaction data from one or more sources such as merchants or financial institutions, in some instances at a predetermined time interval. Cards associated with the card transaction data can be analyzed to determine the health of a particular card, including the likelihood that the particular card has been compromised. A set of cards are accumulated, and their associated health data is stored. Based on the information obtained from a source, and the health associated with a set of cards, a potential date where a merchant was breached can be determined and fraudulent purchases can be prevented.
US09661006B2 Method for protection of automotive components in intravehicle communication system
Methods and systems for mitigating cyber attacks on components of an automotive communication system are disclosed. These methods and systems comprise elements of hardware and software for receiving a frame; determining whether the frame potentially affects correct operation of an automotive component; and, taking protective action.
US09661004B1 Systems and methods for using reputation information to evaluate the trustworthiness of files obtained via torrent transactions
A computer-implemented method for using reputation information to evaluate the trustworthiness of files obtained via torrent transactions may include (1) identifying a torrent file that includes metadata for facilitating a torrent transaction for obtaining a target file via a peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol, (2) identifying at least one entity involved in the torrent transaction, (3) obtaining reputation information associated with the entity involved in the torrent transaction, wherein the reputation information identifies a community's opinion on the trustworthiness of the entity, (4) determining, based at least in part on the reputation information associated with the entity involved in the torrent transaction, that the target file represents a potential security risk, and then (5) performing a security action on the target file. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
US09661001B2 User interface for selection of multiple accounts and connection points
Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a user interface that enables a user to more easily identify servers that may be used to set access permissions for content items. The method and system described herein includes receiving user credentials that are associated with a user. In response to receiving the user credentials, one or more servers associated with the user credentials are displayed. The one or more servers are configured to manage information rights for a content item created by the user. Upon receiving a selection of one of the one or more servers, a list of one or more templates supported by the selected server is displayed to the user. The one or more templates identify information rights that may be applied to the content item.
US09660999B2 Discovery and connection to a service controller
The claimed subject matter includes techniques for discovering to and connecting to a service controller. The claimed subject matter may disclose a processor and a memory of a service controller to store connection information, an access credential, and an access credential hash. A beacon broadcaster to broadcast the connection information and the access credential hash to a client device, may also be disclosed. The present disclosure may also include an access credential director to send the access credential to an out-of-band communicator. The present disclosure may also include a client connector to receive a connection request from the client device and allow access to a client device based on the client device's use of the connection information.
US09660997B2 Access permissions entitlement review
A system for operating an enterprise computer network including multiple network objects, said system comprising monitoring and collection functionality for obtaining continuously updated information regarding at least one of access permissions and actual usage of said network objects, and entitlement review by owner functionality operative to present to at least one owner of at least one network object a visually sensible indication of authorization status including a specific indication of users which were not yet authorized by said at least one owner of said at least one network object.
US09660990B2 Temporarily providing higher privileges for computing system to user identifier
A root user identifier of a computing system is disabled. Thereafter, and in response to determining that a problem with the computing system requires root privileges to the computing system to solve, a code patch for installation on the computing system is received from a third party. The code patch is installed on the computing system, resulting in a user identifier temporarily having the root privileges to the computing system. The user identifier is different than the root user identifier is. A password for the user identifier is provided to the third party to permit the third party to solve the problem with the computing system using the root privileges, via the user identifier temporarily having the root privileges to the computing system. The code patch is computer code installable on the computing system.
US09660989B1 Internet-wide identity management widget
Internet-wide identity management is described, including providing a user interface associated with a service provider; receiving, by an identity provider, a request to login a user associated with the service provider, the service provider being different from the identity provider; providing, by the identity provider to the service provider, a login status indicating that the user is authenticated, wherein, based on the login status, the user is authorized by the service provider to access a service provided by the service provider; and providing a widget associated with the login status, the widget being configured to present one or more settings associated with the user, including a first setting and a second setting, wherein the first setting is used by the service provider and the second setting is used by another service provider and not used by the service provider, and the another service provider is different from the identity provider.
US09660986B2 Secure access method and secure access device for an application program
A secure access method for an application (app) program is to be implemented by a secure access device, which includes first authentication data and a first control regulation. The secure access method includes the steps of making a determination as to whether a to-be-authenticated app program, which is executed in an operating system, is provided with the first authentication data and the first control regulation; and, when a result of the determination is negative, identifying the to-be-authenticated app program as an unauthenticated illegitimate app program, and disallowing the illegitimate app program to access a to-be-accessed device.
US09660982B2 Reset and recovery of managed security credentials
Disclosed are various embodiments for management functions relating to security credentials. Account data, which includes multiple security credentials for multiple network sites for a user, is stored in an encrypted form. A request to temporarily change the account data is obtained from a client. The request specifies a master security credential for accessing the account data. In response to the request, the multiple security credentials for the account data are changed to a single temporary security credential, as specified by a user. After an expiration period expires, the multiple security credentials are automatically reset to a plurality of different security credentials.
US09660975B2 Method and apparatus for identity federation gateway
Techniques for an ID federation gateway include determining whether a user associated with a request for a particular network resource is to be identified by the provider of the particular service or by a different party. The service also comprises causing the different party to provide identification data that indicates an identity for the user, if the user is to be identified by the different party. The method further comprises causing user credentials data, based on the identification data, to be sent to an authentication process of the provider for a set of one or more network resources that includes the particular network resource requested by the user, if the data indicates that the user is successfully identified.
US09660970B1 Cryptographic key distribution
An HSM management hub coordinates the distribution and synchronization of cryptographic material across a fleet of connected hardware security modules (“HSMs”). Cryptographic material is exchanged between HSMs in the fleet in a cryptographically protected format. In some examples, the cryptographic material is encrypted using a common fleet key maintained by the HSMs in the fleet. In other examples, the cryptographic material is protected using asymmetric cryptographic keys that are associated with the members of the HSM fleet. The HSM management hub may be used to divide the HSM fleet into subdomains by providing domain keys to subsets of HSMs within the HSM fleet. Cryptographic information that is encrypted with particular domain keys can be distributed across the entire HSM fleet, and restricted to use by authorized HSMs that are in possession of the particular domain keys.
US09660967B1 Big data markers for stream labeling, identification and decoding
Embodiments are directed towards a big data marker (BDM) model that provides label support, seeking, and decoding of arbitrary positions within small or large data streams. The features of the BDM model may be provided by a library having an easy-to-use application programming interface. The library may be considered an extension to existing data optimization and/or data encryption codecs that provides additional labeling and random access capabilities for encoding and decoding. The library enables labeling and seeking of single or multiple labels associated with various positions in a data stream, and allows encoding and decoding of full or partial streams. The library may be used with applications that already manage big data sets for archiving, logging, or backups. The library can also extend the capabilities of existing codecs by enabling the inclusion of labels and random access encoding/decoding via a common programming interface.
US09660963B2 Adaptive encryption optimization
Adaptive encryption optimization is disclosed. A first secure tunnel is established between a device and a node. It is determined that a second secure tunnel between an application on the device and a server has been established. The second secure tunnel is established at least in part using the first secure tunnel. The first secure tunnel is removed based at least in part on the determination that the second secure tunnel has been established.
US09660962B2 Network-attached storage gateway validation
An indication to validate operation of a network-attached storage gateway is received. The network-attached storage gateway communicatively couples a client and an object store. a virtual namespace is generated based, at least in part, on a network-based file system implemented by the network-attached storage gateway. A first file system entity is selected from the virtual namespace. A first identifier of the first object in the object store is determined. The first object corresponds to the first file system entity. The first object is retrieved from the object store based, at least in part, on the first identifier. The first object is retrieved by bypassing the network-attached storage gateway. It is determined whether the first object matches the first file system entity.
US09660957B2 Information processing apparatus and recording medium
An information processing apparatus includes plural network interfaces, a specifying unit, a setting unit, and an assigning unit. The plural network interfaces include a first network interface for connection of the apparatus to a network, and a second network interface for direct wireless connection of another device to the apparatus. The specifying unit specifies a subnet by way of which data transmitted from the first network interface pass. The setting unit sets a network address that belongs to a subnet that is different from the specified subnet to the second network interface. The assigning unit assigns a network address that belongs to a subnet that is the same as the network address set to the second network interface to the other device.
US09660951B1 Content sharing based on social graphing
The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a method that includes generating a data structure that links users based on social relationships and permits a first user to target content to other users that are linked to the first user via a social relationship.
US09660950B2 Sharing television and video programming through social networking
In particular embodiments, one or more computer systems of a social-networking system determine identities of one or more users in proximity to a display device and query a social graph of the social-networking system for social content associated with the determined identities. The social graph includes nodes and edges connecting the nodes. The nodes include user nodes that are each associated with a particular user of the social-networking system. The one or more computer systems of the social-networking system identify, using the social content, recommended media content for the one or more users in proximity to the display device and provide a playlist for display on the display device. The playlist includes the recommended media content for the one or more users in proximity to the display device.
US09660948B2 Rule-based rate limiting
Methods, devices, and machine-readable media are provided to perform rule-based rate limiting. As provided in this disclosure, this may include receiving a message en route to a destination, determining one or more parameters of the message, and determining whether the parameters of the message match parameters of a rule that specifies taking a first action when more than some number of messages having those parameters are received within a specific amount of time. When the one or more parameters of the message match the one or more parameters of the first restriction rule, a sliding window counter that indicates a total number of corresponding messages received within the amount of time may be incremented. When the first sliding window counter exceeds the first number of messages, the specified action may be taken.
US09660946B2 System and method for managing files to be attached to or detached from an electronic mail
A system and method for identifying specific locations where to attach or detach e-mail attachments based on e-mail storage locations is disclosed. The method allows to search in a mail-attachment connection table all the attachment locations that are in relation to the e-mail where the attachment is to be attached to or to be detached from and to present to a user all attachment locations that have a relevance for the attach/detach operation.
US09660945B2 Messaging system and method
A method of cross-platform messaging including receiving, by a messaging system, at least one initial message having a message format, an initial message layout and data indicative of at least one user associated with the at least one initial message, and before delivery to a destination communication device associated with the at least one user, converting, by the messaging system, an initial message into an adapted message, and facilitating, by the messaging system, delivery of the adapted message to the destination communication device. The adapted message is characterized by, at least, an adapted message layout, and the adapted message layout differs from the initial message layout in a characteristic associated with respective message layout such as number of media objects, a graphical image of a media object, a size of a placeholder related to a media object, and a location of a media object within a respective message layout.
US09660944B1 Agent-assisted and directed web-channel customer care apparatus, method, and computer program
An agent-assisted and directed web-channel customer care apparatus, method, and computer program is provided to receive, from a first device, an inbound message via an inbound messaging channel and create a web session utilizing a web session server. Session identification is received from the web session server and a unique identifier is transmitted to the first device in order for a second device to connect to an agent device via a web session. Communications is simultaneously maintained with the first and second device via the inbound messaging channel and the web session.
US09660943B2 Messaging based signaling for communications sessions
According to one embodiment of the present invention, a system for providing call signaling services to client devices transmits a start channel message on a service topic from a first client device to a service instance. The system publishes from the service instance to the client devices a channel message including a channel topic. The service instance subscribes to the service topic and an associated channel topic. Each client device subscribes to a corresponding client topic. The system transfers signaling information between the client devices and the service instance by publishing signaling information to a channel topic and client topics to establish a communication channel between the client devices. The system communicates between the client devices by publishing information over the communication channel. Embodiments of the present invention further include a method and computer program product for providing call signaling services in substantially the same manners described above.
US09660942B2 Automatic buffer sizing for optimal network-on-chip design
The present disclosure relates to automatic sizing of NoC channel buffers of one or more virtual channels to optimize NoC design, SoC design, and to meet defined performance objectives. The present disclosure further relates to a NoC element such as a router or a bridge having input ports associated with input virtual channels, and output ports associated with output virtual channels, wherein, aspects of the present disclosure enable sizing of any or a combination of the width of the input virtual channel(s), width of the output virtual channel(s), buffer(s) associated with input virtual channels, and buffer(s) associated with output virtual channels. In another aspect, the sizing can be performed based on one or a combination of defined performance objectives, throughputs of the input virtual channels, and throughputs of the output virtual channels, load characteristics, bandwidth characteristics of each input/output channel, among other like parameters.
US09660941B2 Techniques for scalable and foolproof virtual machine move handling with virtual port channels
Techniques are provided for managing movements of virtual machines in a network. At a first switch, a virtual machine (VM) is detected. The VM is hosted by a physical server coupled to the first switch. A message is sent to other switches and it indicates that the VM is hosted by the physical server. When the first switch is paired with a second switch as a virtual port channel (vPC) pair, the message includes a switch identifier that identifies the second switch. A receiving switch receives the message from a source switch in the network comprising a route update associated with the VM. A routing table of the receiving switch is evaluated to determine whether the host route is associated with a server facing the physical port. The message is examined to determine it contains the switch identifier.
US09660939B2 Protection switching over a virtual link aggregation
One embodiment of the present invention provides a switch. The switch comprises one or more ports and a link management module. The link management module operates a first aggregate link group as an active aggregate link group of a protected virtual link aggregation. This protected virtual link aggregation operates as a single logical channel. An aggregate link group comprises a plurality of logically aggregated links. The first aggregate link group, which represents the logical channel, comprises at least a first port of the one or more ports of the switch. The link management module also operates a second aggregate link group of the protected virtual link aggregation as a standby for the first aggregate link group. The second aggregate link group comprises at least a second port of the one or more ports of the switch. Forwarding is enabled via the first port and disabled via the second port.
US09660936B2 Method and apparatus for supporting reprogramming or reconfiguring
A method includes setting a first indicator to a first value, which causes an apparatus to stop receiving traffic from a traffic source. At least one register is accessed to read or write at least one new value, and a second indicator is set indicating that accessing of the at least one register has completed. The first indicator is set to a second value. When the first indicator has the second value and the second indicator is set, the apparatus is again allowed to receive traffic from the traffic source.
US09660934B2 Method and system for handling subscribers' network traffic
A method for handling subscribers' network traffic between a CPE (customer premises equipment) and a broadband access network includes establishing a subscriber session between the CPE and a BNG (broadband network gateway, an entity within the broadband access network), to set up a network route between the CPE and the BNG. Data transmitted within the subscriber session are encapsulated into protocol frames. A NCE (network control entity) acquires a state of the subscriber session and updates network policies in at least one network entity on the network route based on the state of the subscriber session. A DEM (dynamic encapsulation module) decides, based on a DEM configuration, whether data sent to the broadband access network are encapsulated data within the subscriber session or are non-encapsulated data outside the subscriber session. The data are transmitted on a part of the network route and are handled according to the network policies.
US09660931B2 Method and apparatus for receiving or transmitting radio frequency (RF) signal
A method and apparatus for receiving or transmitting a radio frequency (RF) signal are disclosed. A method for receiving a downlink signal by a user equipment (UE) in a Time Division Duplex (TDD) wireless communication system supporting Coordinated Multi-point transmission and reception (CoMP) includes: acquiring information of a time-resource region to which a downlink signal for the CoMP is transmitted, for at least one cell, and receiving a downlink signal for the CoMP signal for the CoMP on the basis of the acquired information, wherein the time-resource region information includes a length of a time region contained in a specific subframe to which the downlink signal for the CoMP is transmitted.
US09660930B2 Dynamic data server nodes
A system of dynamically-instantiated data server components provides access to a data repository. Different data server components are assigned to different data collections in the repository. A distribution component receives messages and, based on data collection identifiers associated with the messages, routes the messages to corresponding data server components. Based on the messages, the data server components perform data operations with respect to their corresponding data collections. Data server components may be terminated when their assigned data collections are not in use. When an incoming message is associated with a data collection for which no data server component exists, the distribution component dynamically instantiates a new data server component for the data collection. In an embodiment, data server components make working copies of their respectively assigned data collections in a high-speed memory. By terminating inactive data server components, the system makes room in the memory for active data collections.
US09660924B2 Determining a maximal size of packets
Packets from a first network entity to a second network entity are received. A maximal size of packets from the second network entity to the first network entity is determined based on information in the received packets.
US09660922B2 Network assisted rate shifting for adaptive bit rate streaming
Techniques are provided for adjusting or modifying content request messages in a video streaming environment. An aggregation device is configured to receive a content request message from a client device. The content request message has a request for a first content file of a video stream of a content file type with a first bit rate. The aggregation device determines the first bit rate. The aggregation device then accesses a database that stores a plurality of content files of the content file type at a corresponding plurality of bit rates and determines all available bit rates of the content file type. Network conditions are analyzed for client devices to determine whether the content request message should be adjusted to request a second content file with a second bit rate that is lower than the first bit rate.
US09660920B2 Switched data transmission system that may be used in particular in avionics applications
This switched data transmission system, particularly for use in avionics applications, of the type comprising a plurality of electronic devices and equipment units adapted for transmitting discrete messages over a transmission network, and in which each of the devices and equipment units is connected to a network switch, the switches being connected to each other by means of data transmission links so as to form a physical topology of a loop network, each message being associated with information regarding data flow priority in the network comprising of functional priority information, is characterized in that each message is also associated with information regarding temporal priority of data flow in the network.
US09660917B2 System and method for remotely controlling network operators
A system and method for controlling communications networks. Network performance information is gathered from a first communications network using performance information packet data packets. A network operator of the first communications network is controlled from a secondary communications network using the performance information packet data packets. Changes to the network operator are implemented based on instructions included in the performance information packet data packets.
US09660916B1 Unfusing operators from a streaming processing element to avoid congestion
A streams manager determines when congestion is happening or is predicted to happen in a streaming application, and in response, unfuses one or more operators in the streaming application from its processing element. The selection of which operators to unfuse in which processing elements is made using suitable unfuse criteria, which may include selecting operators that do not maintain state, selecting operators that have a threaded port or queue preceding the operator, selecting operators at natural boundaries, and inserting queues before operators to be unfused. Once one or more operators are unfused, the streams manager can take action to enhance performance of the unfused operator(s). For example, the streams manager can allocate additional resources to the unfused operators, can create clones of unfused operators that process tuples in parallel, can move one or more unfused operators to a public cloud, etc.
US09660915B2 Congestion control for tunneled real-time communications
A system performs congestion control functionality for real-time communications (“RTC”). The system establishes a tunnel by a tunneling server with a tunneling client of a user equipment (“UE”). The system receives a request from the UE to enable the congestion control functionality for an inner socket of the tunnel. The system sends a response back to the UE to indicate that the congestion control functionality is enabled for the inner socket. The system then monitors congestion conditions at an outer transport layer of the tunnel and executes the congestion control functionality at an inner transport layer of the tunnel based on the congestion conditions at the outer transport layer of the tunnel.
US09660914B1 System and method for providing congestion notification in layer 3 networks
A system and method is provided for sending congestion notification messages through L3 networks and implementation of QCN in L3 switches. For example, according to this system and method, an L3 switch receives one or more data packets, and determines, based on the received one or more data packets, whether the L3 switch is congested. If the L3 switch is congested, it generates a congestion notification message, the congestion notification message including an Internet Protocol (IP) header, the IP header identifying a source of the one or more received data packets as its destination. The L3 switch sends the congestion notification message to the source of the one or more received data packets using information in the IP header.
US09660911B2 Method for sending an acknowledgement to an ingress mesh point in a mesh network and a medium access control frame format
The present invention relates to a method for confirming the delivery of a data packet in a mesh network by sending an acknowledgement (ACK) to an ingress mesh point (IMP). A mesh network comprises a plurality of mesh points that are wirelessly linked together. A data packet sent by a station (STA) is received by an IMP. A MAC frame is generated for transmission of the data packet and the frame is forwarded to an egress mesh point (EMP) in order to provide a service by the mesh network. The MAC frame includes a field comprising an IMP address and an EMP address. When the EMP, (or optionally an intermediate mesh point), receives a data packet successfully, the EMP or the intermediate mesh point sends an ACK to the IMP or preceding mesh point.
US09660908B2 Method and apparatus for processing UDP data packets
A method and apparatus for processing a plurality of data packets. A data packet is received. A determination is made as to whether a portion of the data packet follows a selected digital recorder standard protocol based on a header of the data packet. Raw data in the data packet is converted into human-readable information in response to a determination that the portion of the data packet follows the selected digital recorder standard protocol.
US09660907B2 System and method for transmitting an alert using a network virtualization using generic routing encapsulation (NVGRE) tunneling mechanism
A data packet comprising a header, the header having a format associated with a Network Virtualization Using Generic Routing Encapsulation (NVGRE) technology is generated at an originating tunnel end point device in a network. A predetermined bit in a reserved portion of the header is set to a predetermined value. In one embodiment, the reserved portion comprises a Reserved0 portion of the data packet. The data packet is then transmitted.
US09660903B2 Method and system for inserting an openflow flow entry into a flow table using openflow protocol
A method for inserting an OpenFlow flow entry into a flow table is disclosed. In the embodiment, the method involves receiving a flow mod message at an OpenFlow-enabled switch, the flow mod message including a cookie field, decoding an OpenFlow flow entry from the flow mod message, identifying a flow table from the cookie field, and inserting the decoded flow entry into the flow table.
US09660899B2 End-to-end multipathing through network having switching devices compatible with different protocols
A first cluster includes first switching devices that are compatible with a software-defined networking (SDN) protocol. A second cluster includes second switching devices within or partially overlapping the first cluster. Each second switching device is compatible with a protocol for an open systems interconnection (OSI) model layer. The first switching devices include one or more border switching devices located at a boundary between the first cluster and the second cluster. Each border switching device is also compatible with the protocol for the OSI model layer. The first switching devices effect first multipathing through the network except through the second cluster, and the second switching devices effect second multipathing just through the second cluster of the network. As such, the first switching devices and the second switching devices together effect end-to-end multipathing through both the first cluster and the second cluster of the network.
US09660897B1 BGP link-state extensions for segment routing
Mechanisms are described by which link state “path” information can be collected from networks and shared with external components, such as routers or centralized controllers or path computation elements, using an exterior gateway protocol, such as the Border Gateway Protocol. That is, the link state information for multiple interior gateway protocol (IGP) routing domains is shared between external components using the exterior gateway protocol, such as BGP. As such, the techniques described herein allow link state information to be shared across different routing domains, such as routing and reachability information shared between different autonomous systems. The extensions described herein allow an exterior gateway protocol to be used to signal explicit path segments within IPG routing domains so as to set up an overall path that spans the multiple IPG routing domains.
US09660896B2 System and method for loopback and network loop detection and analysis
A method of determining the presence of a loopback in one or more networks comprises storing information related to a test instance; sending a loopback detection beacon (LPDB) containing information related to the test instance from a port on an originating device; monitoring the port for a predetermined time period to detect LPDBs arriving at the port during the predetermined time period; and determining whether a detected LPDB contains information corresponding to the stored information, to detect the presence of a loopback. The method may determine whether a detected loopback is a port loopback, a tunnel loopback or a service loopback. The stored information related to the test instance may be deleted if an LPDB arriving at the port and containing information corresponding to the stored information is not detected within the predetermined time period.
US09660894B2 Network analysis assistance device, network assessment device, network analysis assistance method, network assessment method, network analysis assistance program and network assessment program
A first electronic message collector collects electronic messages travelling on a first network and stores the electronic messages in a first storage. A second electronic message collector collects electronic messages travelling on a second network and stores the electronic messages in a second storage. An electronic message associator retains a mapping table in which the correlation, or similar, between electronic messages travelling from the first network to a gateway device and electronic messages travelling from the gateway device the second network are defined. The electronic message associator references the mapping table and associates the electronic messages stored in the second storage with the electronic messages stored in the first storage. From the result of the above-mentioned association, a status analyzer determines whether or not receipt of electronic message between the first network and the second network is accomplished normally.
US09660892B2 System for selectively unifying overlapping networks to coordinate communication channel usage
A system including first and second network nodes that communicate with additional nodes in first and second networks, respectively, using a shared communication channel. In response to detecting presence of the first network node, the second network node transmits a first signal to the first network node including a predetermined sequence known to both the first and second network nodes. The first network node measures a strength of the transmitted signal based on knowledge of the predetermined sequence and calculates a throughput metric (throughput referring to amount of information transmitted per second) based on the measured strength. In response to the throughput metric being less than a unification threshold, the first network node selectively transmits a unification request to the second network node. The unification request invites the second network node to coordinate operation with the first network node to reduce interference between the first network and the second network.
US09660888B2 Edge analytics query for distributed content network
A system and method for accelerating web page delivery is disclosed in one embodiment. Web content requests are made to an edge server of a first point of presence (POP) of a content delivery network (CDN). The web content has embedded resource links. The first POP can rewrite the embedded resource links to route requests for the embedded resource links to any POP in the CDN or even the origin server. In some embodiments, the first POP can decide if the first POP and/or another POP referenced in a rewritten embedded resource link should cache and/or accelerate the resource referenced in the embedded resource link.
US09660887B1 Adaptive audio stream with latency compensation cross reference to other applications
A latency compensating adaptive jitter buffer method is implemented. In response to a queuing delay event being detected, the size of the jitter buffer is temporarily increased to receive all incoming audio packets up to a certain refill level. The method then produces audio playback using accelerated playback to reduce the jitter buffer size back to the nominal size.
US09660886B1 Scalable network route analysis
This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus for providing a network verification system (NVS) to analyze and detect anomalies and errors within a network. The NVS requests forwarding tables from each of the switches within the network being analyzed, and generates directed forwarding graphs for each subnet within the network. Certain graph properties of the directed forwarding graphs are analyzed to detect anomalies or errors in the subnets represented by the directed forwarding graphs. In some implementations, the NVS can execute the generation of the directed forwarding graphs in parallel. In some implementations, the NVS can be implemented on a MapReduce system.
US09660882B2 Selective convolution encoding of data transmitted over degraded links
In one embodiment, a system includes a processor and logic integrated with and/or executable by the processor, the logic being configured to cause the processor to determine that a link configured to transmit data between two end points in a networking system has become degraded, encode data prior to transmitting the data across the degraded link, and transmit the encoded data across the degraded link provided that data transmitted across a normal link is not encoded. In another embodiment, a method for selectively overcoming a degraded link in a networking system includes determining that a link configured to transmit data between two end points has become degraded, encoding data prior to transmitting the data across the degraded link, and transmitting the encoded data across the degraded link.
US09660881B2 Method and system for determining signal penetration of one or more neighbor base stations
A method and system for determining signal penetration of one or more neighbor base stations is disclosed. The method comprises: receiving one or more measurement reports from one or more UEs associated with a serving base station, wherein the one or more measurement reports comprise signal strength values of the one or more neighbor base stations; identifying a location of each of the one or more UEs based on the one or more measurement reports; determining a distance between one or more pairs of UEs based on the location of the each UE; defining one or more penetration areas based on the one or more distances between the one or more pairs of UEs; and determining signal penetration in the one or more penetration areas based on the one or more pairs of UEs associated with each of the penetration areas.
US09660880B2 Non-committal visitor stitching
Techniques are provided for transforming information about unique visits to a website or interactions with a mobile application by a single individual on different devices into unified analytical data representing these visits. One or more visitor stitching models can be used to quantify unique visits as belonging to the same person with a certain level of confidence. In addition to maintaining separate records for each unique visit, a unified record is generated, which represents a combination of the unique visits by the same person. Various analytics can then be performed on the unique and unified records. The unified records are favored over the separate data records wherever the stitching model corresponding to the unified record provides a certainty that meets or exceeds a user-specified confidence level. The visitor stitching model used for the analytics is considered non-committal because different models can be employed or none at all, depending on user preferences.
US09660879B1 Flow deduplication across a cluster of network monitoring devices
Embodiments are directed to monitoring flows of packets over a network. If a network monitoring computer (NMC) in a cluster of NMCs observes a new network flow, the NMC may perform a variety of actions to determine the NMC that is responsible for monitoring the new network flow. Network traffic associated with the new network flow may be buffered in a non-transitory processor readable media. The new network flow may be registered with the plurality of NMCs, providing an identifier that corresponds to one NMC. Registering may include, assigning the NMC a responsibility to monitor the new network flow. If the identifier corresponds to the NMC that observed the new network flow, the network traffic associated with the new network flow is processed using that NMC. If the identifier corresponds to another NMC, the buffered network traffic is forwarded to the other NMC.
US09660874B2 Devices and methods supporting content delivery with delivery services having dynamically configurable log information
A device supporting content delivery is configured to run at least one content delivery (CD) service of a plurality of CD services. The plurality of CD services include delivery services with dynamically configurable log information.
US09660872B2 Scalable performance management system
A performance management system, having a peer-to-peer architecture, enables performance transparency in computer information systems, providing granular performance data and scalability. Peer appliances in a computer information system collect performance data. When a user requests a performance report, an originating peer appliance may determine which peer appliances contain the data required for the report and what data processing, if any, is required. The originating peer appliance may send requests indicating what data and what data manipulation processing is required. Each of the receiving peer appliances (including the originating peer appliance) may perform its own portion of the data processing. The originating peer appliance may receive resultant data from the peer appliances (including itself) and combine the resultant data into the requested report for the user. The performance management system distributes significant data processing across the peer appliances, avoids bottlenecks, and increases system scalability.
US09660870B1 Systems and methods of soft patching security vulnerabilities
A method and apparatus for soft patching security vulnerabilities is provided. A method comprises: receiving, from a first researcher computer, a report of a security vulnerability that was identified in a computer program application that the first researcher computer accessed via a first web browser, the report comprising a record of actions performed by the first researcher computer and Document Object Model (DOM) events that the application outputted when the record of actions was generated; automatically generating a detection script comprising a set of requests associated with the security vulnerability from the record of actions, wherein the detection script, when executed by an intermediary computer that is between a network and a second researcher computer, causes the intermediary computer to detect that the second researcher computer is performing actions that are recorded in the record of actions in the application accessed via the first web browser, and, in response, causing the intermediary computer to drop at least some network traffic that is forwarded in the network toward the second researcher computer; sending the detection script to the intermediary computer.
US09660862B2 Localizing faults in wireless communication networks
Various embodiments manage service issues within a wireless communication network. In one embodiment, a one or more call detail records associated with a set of wireless communication devices of a wireless communication network is received. A set of information within each of the one or more call detail records is compared to a baseline statistical model. The baseline statistical model identifies a normal operating state of the wireless communication network. At least one outlier call detail record in the one or more call detail records is identified based on the comparison. The at least one outlier call detail record indicates that at least one wireless communication device associated with the at least one outlier call detail record experienced one or more service issues.
US09660859B1 Methods and systems for quantum ready computations on the cloud
The present disclosure provides methods, systems, and media for allowing access to quantum computers in a distributed computing environment (e.g., the cloud). Such methods and systems may provide optimization and computational services on the cloud. Methods and systems of the present disclosure may enable quantum computing to be relatively and readily scaled across various types of quantum computers and users at various locations, in some cases without the need for users to have a deep understanding of the resources, implementation or the knowledge that may be required for solving optimization problems using a quantum computer. Systems provided herein may include user interfaces that enable users to perform data analysis in a distributed computing environment while taking advantage of quantum technology in the backend.
US09660858B2 Maintaining consistent globally unique identifiers via an asynchronous interface
Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for maintaining consistent globally unique identifiers (GUIDs) for content items accessible via an asynchronous interface in a multi-user network-based content management environment (storage environment). The example content management system can make a content item within a data storage available to an authorized user via the asynchronous interface, and receive, from a client device, content item change information derived from data generated by an operating system function at the client device. Then the content management system can analyze the content item change information to determine a corresponding action at the content management system, and implement the corresponding action on the server side. The content management system can optionally provide a confirmation of the corresponding action to the client device.
US09660850B2 Apparatus for transmitting broadcast signals, apparatus for receiving broadcast signals, method for transmitting broadcast signals and method for receiving broadcast signals
A method and an apparatus for transmitting broadcast signals thereof are disclosed. The apparatus for transmitting broadcast signals comprises an encoder for encoding service data, a mapper for mapping the encoded service data into a plurality of OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex) symbols to build at least one signal frame, a frequency interleaver for frequency interleaving data in the at least one signal frame by using a different interleaving-seed which is used for every OFDM symbol pair comprised of two sequential OFDM symbols, a modulator for modulating the frequency interleaved data by an OFDM scheme and a transmitter for transmitting the broadcast signals having the modulated data.
US09660849B2 Demodulating frequency shift keying modulated input signal
A method of demodulating an FSK modulated input signal whose frequency varies between first and second frequencies. The input signal is delayed by a plurality of cycles, providing a second signal. A succession of phase reference signals having respective incrementally greater phase delays relative to the input signal are provided. Samples of the phase reference signals are taken at intervals determined by the second signal. A transition between the first and second frequencies is detected when the relative values of the samples of the phase reference signals remain constant during a plurality of intervals after varying. A high speed clock is not required to perform the demodulation.
US09660848B2 Methods and structures to generate on/off keyed carrier signals for signal isolators
An oscillator for a signal isolator system includes a capacitor and an inductor connected in parallel, two pairs of cross-coupled switches and a control switch. The capacitor, the inductor and the cross-coupled switches form an oscillator. The control switch controls operation of the oscillator between an ON state and an OFF state in response to a data signal to be communicated across an isolation barrier. The inductor may be formed from a winding of an isolation transformer, which reduces component count as compared to a system that provides a separate inductor. Other embodiments may include a current-supplying kickstart circuit and a shorting transistor that can speed transition between the ON and OFF states.
US09660846B2 High-speed serial data signal receiver circuitry
Circuitry for receiving a high-speed serial data signal (e.g., having a bit rate in the range of about 10 Gpbs and higher) includes a two-stage, continuous-time, linear equalizer having only two serially connected stages. Phase detector circuitry may be provided for receiving the serial output of the equalizer and for converting successive pairs of bits in that output to successive parallel-form bit pairs. Further demultiplexing circuitry may be provided to demultiplex successive groups of the parallel-form bit pairs to final groups of parallel bits, which can be quite large in terms of number of bits (e.g., 64 parallel bits). Another aspect of the invention relates to multiplexer circuitry for efficiently going in the opposite direction from such relatively large groups of parallel data bits to a high-speed serial data output signal.
US09660844B2 Decision feedback equalizer
A decision-feedback equalizer (DFE) samples an analog input signal against M references during the same symbol time to produce M speculative samples. Select logic in the DFE then decodes N bits resolved previously for previous symbol times to select one of the M speculative samples as the present resolved bit. The present resolved bit is then stored as the most recent previously resolved bit in preparation for the next symbol time. The select logic can be can be programmable to accommodate process, environmental, and systematic variations.
US09660838B2 Device and method for adaptive channel estimation
A method to be performed at a station configured to connect to a Long Term Evolution radio access network (LTE-RAN) to utilize enhanced Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services using a Multicast-Broadcast Single-Frequency Network (MBSFN). The method including receiving a MBSFN subframe having a MBSFN subframe structure including a plurality of Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) symbols, a first one of the OFDM symbols having a first reference symbol inserted therein, a second one of the OFDM symbols having a second reference symbol inserted therein, determining a rate of change of channel conditions being experienced by the station and performing a non-destaggered channel estimation when the rate of change of channel conditions is greater than a predetermined threshold, the non-destaggered channel estimation using a first Channel Impulse Response (CIR) at the first OFDM symbol and a second CIR at the second OFDM symbol.
US09660835B2 Bidirectional packet transfer fail-over switch for serial communication
Disclosed is a bidirectional packet transfer fail-over switch for serial communication. The bidirectional packet transfer fail-over switch for serial communication includes a memory configured to divide packet data, which is transmitted or received for bidirectional communication between a plurality of communication devices, in units of certain data, and store the divided data, and a control unit configured to receive a trigger signal, indicating whether the packet data is received, from the memory, determine a priority according to an order where the packet data is received, and transmit the packet data to another communication device.
US09660827B2 System and method of switching from multicast to unicast calls
Described is a communication device which includes a receiver receiving a multicast communication including audio data and identification data identifying an initiator of the multicast communication, a memory, an audio output, a processor processing the multicast communication, sending the processed audio data to the audio output to be played to a user, sending the identification data to the memory to be stored and initiating a unicast communication with the initiator based on the identification data and a transmitter transmitting the unicast communication to the initiator.
US09660826B2 Supporting low latency applications at the edge of wireless communication networks
Various embodiments manage data flow between at least one wireless communication device and at least one application executing at an edge of the wireless communication network. In one embodiment, a first flow regenerator disposed within the network generates a replicated set of data packets. The replicated set of data packets are a copy of a set of data packets being transmitted between an application disposed on a first node at an edge of the network and a wireless communication device. The first flow regenerator sends the replicated set of data packets to a second flow regenerator disposed in the network. The replicated set of data packets are sent to the second flow regenerator through at least a second node disposed between the first flow regenerator and the second flow regenerator. The second node is configured to perform one or more book-keeping operations on the replicated set of data packets.
US09660824B2 Renewing an in-process meeting without interruption in a network environment
A method is provided in one example and includes establishing a connection with each of a first set of endpoints associated with meeting attendees, and establishing a first online meeting between the first set of endpoints associated with meeting attendees in which the first online meeting has a meeting identifier associated therewith. The method further includes receiving first context information associated with the first online meeting from at least one of the first set of endpoints associated with meeting attendees, and establishing a second online meeting between a second set of endpoints associated with meeting attendees without disconnecting at least one of the first set of endpoints associated with meeting attendees in which the second online meeting has the same meeting identifier as the first online meeting associated therewith. The method still further includes maintaining the first context information within the second online meeting.
US09660822B1 Revealing connections for persons in a social graph
An on-line system utilizing a social graph allows users to establish an account with the system and establish connections to nodes in the system. The social graph uses system-provided nodes that are created and maintained by the system, so that users cannot edit the system-provided nodes. The system aggregates and analyzes the social graph to present information in ways useful to its users. For example, the system reveals connections between persons in the system, with a corresponding strength of each connection.
US09660818B2 Advanced service-aware policy and charging control methods, network nodes, and computer programs
In a method carried out in a telecommunication network, a policy decision function provides an instruction to a policy enforcement function and/or a traffic detection function. Within the instruction, some service instances of a service are identified by the order according to which the service instances are started. The instruction also indicates: (i) a service instance level reporting rule according to which the policy enforcement function and/or traffic detection function should report, or should not report, information to the policy decision function after occurrence of an event relating to any one of the identified service instances; and/or (ii) a service instance level enforcement rule that the policy enforcement function and/or traffic detection function should enforce on a received packet relating to any one of the identified service instances. The invention also relates to network nodes and computer programs.
US09660816B2 System and method for secure provisioning of an information handling system
Systems and methods for reducing problems and disadvantages associated with provisioning of information handling systems, including without limitation those associated with bare metal provisioning of information handling systems, are disclosed. A system may include a processor, and a memory and an access controller each communicatively coupled to the processor. The access controller may store an enterprise public key associated with an enterprise private key and a platform private key associated with the system. The access controller may be configured to: (i) authenticate communications received from a provisioning server communicatively coupled to the access controller based at least on an enterprise public certificate associated with the provisioning server and (ii) establish an asymmetrically cryptographic communications channel between the access controller and the provisioning server based at least on a platform public key associated with the platform private key, the platform private key, the enterprise public key, and the enterprise private key.
US09660815B2 Securing a computing device accessory
Various embodiments are disclosed that relate to security of a computer accessory device. For example, one non-limiting embodiment provides a host computing device configured to conduct an initial portion of a mutual authentication session with an accessory device, and send information regarding the host computing device and the accessory device to a remote pairing service via a computer network. The host computing device is further configured to, in response, receive a pairing certificate from the remote pairing service, the pairing certificate being encrypted via a private key of the remote pairing service, and complete the mutual authentication with the accessory device using the pairing certificate from the remote pairing service.
US09660814B2 Providing digital certificates
Systems, methods and devices for providing digital certificates are disclosed. In a method conducted at a remotely accessible server, a request, including an identifier, for a digital certificate is received. A communication address of a mobile device, having a certificate store module in communication therewith, associated with the identifier is then obtained. A request for a digital certificate is transmitted to the certificate store module via the mobile device and the certificate store module is configured to prompt a user thereof, via the mobile device, for a passcode before releasing the certificate. The digital certificate is received from the certificate store module via the mobile device in response to entry of a passcode into the certificate store module which corresponds to an offset stored in the certificate store module. The digital certificate is then transmitted to a communication device for use in digitally signing or encrypting a data message.
US09660813B1 Dynamic privacy management for communications of clients in privacy-preserving groups
A server is configured to communicate with a group of clients over a network in one embodiment. The server maps the group of clients into a plurality of subgroups of bounded size, communicates to a given one of the clients information identifying the particular subgroup to which that client belongs as well as the other clients in that subgroup. The given client utilizes the communicated information to generate a ring signature over the corresponding subgroup of clients based on the communicated information. The subgroup size may be bounded to a minimum size and a maximum size in accordance with a variable privacy parameter. The server can increase or decrease the value of the parameter in order to provide respective increased or decreased privacy to the clients, by making it respectively more or less difficult to determine which client in a corresponding one of the subgroups produced the received ring signature.
US09660809B2 Cross-site request forgery defense
An HTML document includes a JavaScript element that manages CSRF token use. When the HTML document is rendered, the JavaScript element asynchronously requests a CSRF token from the server. In response, the server generates a JWT using a keyed HMAC algorithm. The resulting JWT, which functions as a CSRF token, is returned to the user where it is stored in a protected variable inside the JavaScript element. The CSRF token is therefore stateless and isn't stored in a server-side repository. When the user later requests access to a server resource, the CSRF token is included in such request. This may be accomplished by adding a hidden input field that includes the CSRF token to the submission that's transmitted to the server. If the server cannot validate the received token using the HMAC key that was originally used to generate the token, the request is considered unauthorized and is not processed.
US09660808B2 Communication protocol and method for authenticating a system
One aspect relates to a communication protocol for communicating between one or more entities, such as devices, hosts or any other system capable of communicating over a network. A protocol is provided that allows communication between entities without a priori knowledge of the communication protocol. In such a protocol, for example, information describing a data structure of the communication protocol is transferred between communicating entities. Further, an authentication protocol is provided for providing bidirectional authentication between communicating entities. In one specific example, the entities include a master device and a slave device coupled by a serial link. In another specific example, the communication protocol may be used for performing unbalanced transmission between communicating entities.
US09660805B2 Methods and devices for securing keys when key-management processes are subverted by an adversary
The present invention discloses methods and devices for securing keys when key-management processes are subverted by an adversary. Methods include the steps of: upon receiving a creation request in the computing-environment, creating a secure key in at least one location in a computing environment by repetitively computing respective secure-key contributions: in at least one location; and in a set of N computing resources in the computing environment, wherein N is a non-negative integer; and applying the respective secure-key contributions to change a secure-key value, wherein: the respective secure-key contributions cannot be omitted or modified by at least one location; and the secure key is never revealed to the computing resources; thereby enabling the computing resources in the computing environment to ensure that the secure key is truly random; wherein at least one location is a region of memory located in a computing resource operationally connected to the computing-environment.
US09660801B2 Methods and devices for key management in an as-a-service context
The present invention discloses methods and devices for key management in an as-a-service (aaS) context. Methods include the steps of: upon receiving a creation request in a provider computing-environment, creating a specific key in at least one location in the provider computing-environment by repetitively computing respective specific-key contributions: in a set of N computing resources in the provider computing-environment; and in a set of M customer locations in a customer computing-environment; and applying the respective specific-key contributions to change a specific-key value in the computing resources, wherein the respective specific-key contributions are never revealed to any computing resources, and to any customer locations, other than respective contributors; wherein at least one location is a region of memory located in a computing resource operationally connected to the provider computing-environment, wherein the customer locations are regions of memory located in a computing resource operationally connected to the customer computing-environment.
US09660799B1 Changing the clock frequency of a computing device
Techniques for enabling a rapid clock frequency transition are described. An example of a computing device includes a Central Processing Unit (CPU) that includes a core and noncore components. The computing device also includes a dual mode FIFO that processes data transactions between the core and noncore components. The computing device also includes a frequency control unit that can instruct the core to transition to a new clock frequency. During the transition to the new clock frequency, the dual mode FIFO continues to process data transactions between the core and noncore components.
US09660798B2 Direct digital frequency generation using time and amplitude
This application discusses, among other things, apparatus and methods for sharing a local oscillator between multiple wireless devices. In certain examples, an apparatus can include a central frequency synthesizer configured to provide a central oscillator signal having a first frequency, a first transmitter, the first transmitter including a first transmit digital-to-time converter (DTC) configured to receive the central oscillator signal and to provide a first transmitter signal having a second frequency, and a first receiver, the first receiver including a first receive DTC configured to receive the central oscillator signal and to provide a first receiver signal having a first receive frequency.
US09660794B2 Bi-directional full-duplex lock system applied in data transmission interface and operating method thereof
A bi-directional full-duplex lock system applied in a data transmission interface of a liquid crystal display is disclosed. The data transmission interface includes a transmitter and a receiver. The bi-directional full-duplex lock system includes a detection module and a control module. The detection module detects a transmitter link state of transmitter and a receiver link state of receiver respectively. The control module controls transmitter to transmit a lock signal to receiver, controls receiver to transmit the lock signal to transmitter, and controls one receiver to transmit the lock signal to another receiver. The lock signal relates to transmitter link state and receiver link state. When transmitter transmits the lock signal to receiver, a phase of the lock signal will be reversed for the receiver to detect whether its own frequency is correct.
US09660793B2 Leveraging full duplex for rate adaptation in wireless LANs
Techniques for presenting communication between two or more stations in a WLAN environment are provided. Specifically, methods are presented, that when taken alone or together, provide a device or group of devices with an efficient way for fast rate adaptation based on full duplex functionality, increasing link and network throughput. The present disclosure includes a method that provides a fast rate adaptation by leveraging full duplex in order to get immediate channel quality feedback.
US09660791B2 Apparatus and method for discontinuous reception in mobile telecommunication system
A communication apparatus and method for performing discontinuous reception in a mobile communication system is provided. The communication apparatus continues to turn on a receiver during a reception-on (Rx-on) period associated with persistent resource allocation to receives a packet, and receives a retransmission packet transmitted through the persistent resources at the Rx-on period spaced from the Rx-on period by a processing time of the retransmission packet given taking into account feedback information determined according to a reception error of the packet.
US09660790B2 Method for managing HF frequencies in broadband use
A method for managing the HF frequencies in a broadband communication network, comprises the following steps: determining the range of passing frequencies for a user for a given link and SLA service; establishing the set of authorized frequencies S″ in the transmission range of the user with the different power and modulation configurations for each frequency; analyzing the received spectrum in order to determine the frequency or frequencies already used and deciding, on the basis of their associated usage type, whether they must be excluded; for each possible frequency fl of the set S′″, determining the necessary power , i=1 . . . N, j=1 . . . m for each of the m possible rate/waveform configurations, taking into account the power limit on each frequency fl; allocating the frequencies fl of the set S′″ to the different users, their modulation and their power, by taking account of multi-carrier constraints.
US09660789B2 Central network node, first network node, first wireless device, controller network node, and methods therein, of instructing the first network node to transmit to the first wireless device
A method performed by a central network node includes instructing one of a first network node and a second network node to transmit to a first wireless device. The central network node receives a first Channel Quality Indicator, CQI, and a third CQI sent by the first wireless device. The first CQI has been computed by the first wireless device based on a first unique signal transmitted by the first network node. The third CQI has been computed by the first wireless device based on a second unique signal transmitted by the second network node. The central network node identifies the one of the first and the second network nodes having a better channel quality, based on the received first CQI and the third CQI. The central network node sends a first message to the identified network node, instructing it to transmit to the first wireless device.
US09660787B2 Method and apparatus for transmitting reception acknowledgement in wireless communication system
One embodiment of the present invention is a method in which a terminal transmits an acknowledgement of reception performed through an enhanced physical downlink control channel (EPDCCH) in a wireless communication system, the method comprising the steps of: decoding the EPDCCH in both a first EPDCCH physical resource block (PRB) set and a second EPDCCH PRB set; and transmitting an acknowledgement of reception performed through each EPDCCH. The resource indices for transmitting an acknowledgement of reception performed through each EPDCCH are determined in mutually different manner based on the type of the EPDCCH PRB set, whether or not the number of the PRB pairs contained in each EPDCCH PRB set corresponds to each other, and/or whether or not the EPDCCH PRB sets overlap.
US09660783B2 Method and device for receiving control information in wireless communication system
The present invention according to one embodiment relates to a method for enabling a terminal to receive control information in a wireless communication system, and the method for receiving the control information comprises the step of attempting to decode a set of enhanced physical downlink control channel (EPDCCH) candidates according to each set level, wherein a minimum value among the values available as the set levels is set according to the amount of available resources for an EPDCCH within a physical resource block (PRB) pair that is attempting to decode.
US09660781B2 Methods and related devices for sending and receiving uplink control signaling
Embodiments of the present invention disclose methods and related devices for sending and receiving uplink control signaling. On a terminal side, the terminal performs data processing and resource mapping separately for the uplink control signaling and uplink data that are scheduled by a base station, so as to obtain a frequency domain signal, where the performing resource mapping separately refers to mapping the data-processed uplink control signaling and uplink data to different resource block groups in a system bandwidth separately; and the terminal performs frequency-to-time conversion for the obtained frequency domain signal to obtain a time domain signal, and then sends the signal to the base station.
US09660777B2 Method and system for utilizing multiplexing to increase throughput in a network of distributed transceivers with array processing
A communication device that comprises a plurality of distributed transceivers, a central processor and a network management engine, may be configured for a multiplexing mode of operation. Configuring of the multiplexing mode of operation may include configuring one or more communication modules for multiplexing a plurality of data streams. Each of the communication modules may comprise one or more antennas and/or antenna array elements and one or more of said plurality of distributed transceivers associated with said one or more antennas and/or antenna array elements. The communication modules may be configured to be spatially distinct and/or to use different frequency channels. The data streams may be communicated to a single target device or to a plurality of target devices.
US09660771B2 Method and apparatus for performing hybrid automatic repeat request operation in an asymmetric multicarrier communication network environment
The present invention provides a method and system for performing Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request (HARQ) operation in an asymmetric multicarrier communication network environment. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving resource allocation information from a base station. The method also includes transmitting the HARQ packet to the base station in a transmit time interval (TTI) corresponding a first or second partition of an uplink allocation interval on a second carrier. The method further includes receiving HARQ feedback information corresponding to a previous HARQ packet transmission. Furthermore, the method includes determining a TTI in a subsequent uplink allocation interval based on the partition of the uplink allocation interval in which the HARQ packet is transmitted if the HARQ feedback information indicates negative acknowledgement. Moreover, the method includes transmitting the HARQ packet to the base station in the determined transmit time interval of the subsequent uplink allocation interval on the second carrier.
US09660768B2 Dense acknowledgement broadcast/multicast
A method (of operating a central node to acknowledge received messages) includes: receiving multiple data messages from multiple instances of a message-sourceable end node, respectively, each end-node-instance having an at least substantially unique identification (“ID”); and sending a dense acknowledgement message (“dense ACK”) acknowledging receipt of the data messages but not explicitly identifying any of the IDs of the corresponding end-node-instances. And a method (of operating a given instance of the end node to infer a delivery-condition at the central node of a data message sent by the given instance) including: sending a given data message including the substantially unique ID; receiving a dense ACK including a payload indicating receipt of multiple data messages but not explicitly identifying IDs of the given end-node-instance nor of other end-node-instances corresponding to the received messages, respectively; and inferring the delivery-condition based on a manipulated payload of the dense ACK.
US09660766B2 Robust symbol transmission and reception method using hierarchical modulation in wireless access system
The present invention provides hierarchical modulation methods for robust symbol transmission and reception in a wireless access system, and devices supporting same. A method for transmitting a hierarchically modulated (HM) symbol in a wireless access system, according to an embodiment of the present invention, comprises the steps of: generating a first symbol; generating a second symbol; generating an HM symbol by combining the first symbol and the second symbol; and transmitting the HM symbol, wherein the first symbol can be generated by means of a spatial multiplexing (SM) technique, a beam-forming technique, or a space-time coding technique and the second symbol can be generated by means of a spatial multiplexing (SM) technique, a beam-forming technique, or a space-time coding technique.
US09660760B2 Apparatus, system and method of communicating a wireless transmission according to a physical layer scheme
Some demonstrative embodiments include apparatuses, devices, systems and methods of communicating a wireless transmission according to a Physical Layer scheme. For example, a wireless station may be configured to generate a frame including a header and a data portion, the header including a modulation and coding scheme (MCS) value of an Orthogonal Frequency Divisional Multiplexing (OFDM) Physical layer (PHY) scheme or a Low Power Single Carrier (LPSC) PHY scheme; modulate and encode the header according to a Single Carrier (SC) PHY scheme; modulate and encode the data portion according to the OFDM PHY scheme or the LPSC PHY scheme; and process transmission of the frame.
US09660751B2 Wireless communication system with efficient PDCCH processing
A wireless communication system includes a processor that receives a downlink control information (DCI) associated with a transmission channel used for transmitting a RF signal and a control channel element index associated with the DCI. The processor determines a scrambling code based on the control channel element index for the DCI, scrambles the DCI using the scrambling code, generates a scrambled DCI, and modulates the scrambled. DCI to generate a modulated symbol. The processor uses look-up tables to determine a resource element group (REG) based on the control channel element index, map the modulated symbol to the REG, and generate a transmission frame.
US09660750B2 Radio commnication device and response signal diffusion method
Provided is a radio communication device which can suppress inter-code interference between an ACK/NACK signal and a CQI signal which are code-multiplexed. A diffusion unit (214) diffuses the ACK/NACK signal inputted from a judgment unit (208) by using a ZC sequence. A diffusion unit (219) diffuses the CQI signal by using a cyclic shift ZC sequence. By using a Walsh sequence, a diffusion unit (216) further diffuses the ACK/NACK signal which has been diffused by using the ZC sequence. A control unit (209) controls the diffusion unit (214), the diffusion unit (216), and the diffusion unit (219) so that the minimum value of the difference between the CQI signals from a plurality of mobile stations and a cyclic shift amount of the ACK/NACK signal is not smaller than the minimum value of the difference between the cyclic shift amounts of the ACK/NACK signals from the plurality of mobile stations.
US09660747B2 Media signal broadcasting method, media signal broadcasting system, host device and peripheral device
A media signal broadcasting method, a media signal broadcasting system, a host device and a peripheral device are provided. The media signal broadcasting method is provided. The media signal broadcasting method includes the following steps. A host device and a peripheral device are provided. A first radio signal is received by the peripheral device. The first radio signal is converted to be a second radio signal by the peripheral device. The second radio signal is transmitted to the host device by the peripheral device. The second radio signal is received and is converted to be a media signal by the host device. A third radio signal is received and converted to be the media signal by the host device. The media signal converted from the third radio signal or the second radio signal is played by the host device.
US09660746B2 Method to geo-tag streaming music
Songs titles and song artists or other content received on an HD-radio are cross-referenced to one or more geographic locations where they were heard on the radio by identifying a song title or artist in the HD radio data stream and instructing a global positioning system navigation unit to contemporaneously determine its location. The determined location and song title and/or artist are cross-referenced to each other in a list or database. A touch-sensitive display device is configured to display the location or portion of a route where a listened-to song was heard. Song titles and/or artists can be determined by tactile selection of portions of a route displayed on the map.
US09660741B2 Method for performing measurement
One disclosure of the present specification provides a method for performing measurement. The method may comprise the steps of: receiving measurement setting information and wireless resource setting information from a serving cell; and receiving setting information for a measurement interval if a frequency band of the serving cell and a frequency band of a neighboring cell belong to different inter-bands, wherein setting information for the measurement interval may indicate a setting in which the number of downlink (DL) subframes is 1 for 5 ms if the serving cell operates with a TDD UL-DL setting of 0 or 6. The method may comprise a step of performing measurement for reference signals from the serving cell and the neighboring cell during the measurement interval.
US09660738B1 Antenna with configurable shape/length
A mobile communications device antenna assembly comprises at least one matrix antenna. The matrix antenna comprises a plurality of conductor elements connected by a plurality of radio frequency switches. An antenna performance assessment component is configured to determine performance of the matrix antenna. Control circuitry is configured to change a state of one or more of the radio frequency switches on the basis of the determined performance of the matrix antenna.
US09660737B2 Method of supporting multi-frequency bands and electronic device supporting the same
An electronic device which operates in response to multi-frequency bands is provided. The electronic device includes an antenna, a reception module configured to amplify a signal received through the antenna and distribute the amplified signal according to the multi-frequency bands, and a circuit unit configured to process signals included in the multi-frequency bands.
US09660736B2 Systems, methods, and devices for interference mitigation in wireless networks
Example systems, methods, and devices for mitigating interference in wireless networks are discussed. One example method includes the operations of passing channel frequency offsets of a plurality of LTF symbols on a plurality of subcarriers through a high pass frequency band, encoding the plurality of LTF symbols with a plurality of LTF sequences across frequency, and encoding the LTF symbols in time and/or frequency. Another example includes the operations of receiving a plurality of LTF symbols on a plurality of subcarriers for channel estimation of one or more streams, removing the encoding across time, removing the encoding across frequency, and removing the LTF sequence(s), and passing the modified LTF symbols through a smoothing filter, for example, a low pass filter for removing the interference due to CFOs. Methods, apparatus, and systems described herein can be applied to 802.11ax or any other wireless standard.
US09660734B2 Method, apparatus, and system to mitigate broadband radio frequency interference
A radio frequency interference (RFI) mitigation module is provided that is coupled to a high speed data link. The RFI mitigation module is to reduce RFI caused by the high speed data link. The RFI mitigation module includes at least one resister, at least one inductor, and at least one capacitor.
US09660730B1 Enhanced digital diagnostics for optical PAM apparatus
A Pulse Amplitude Modulated (PAM) optical device utilizing multiple wavelengths, features a communications interface having enhanced diagnostics capability. New registers are created to house additional diagnostic information, such as error rates. The diagnostic information may be stored in raw form, or as processed on-chip utilizing local resources.
US09660727B2 Coherent decoding of visible light communication (VLC) signals
Disclosed are methods, systems, devices, apparatus, computer-/processor-readable media, and other implementations, including a method to decode a visible light communication (VLC) signal by capturing images of a light source emitting a light modulated signal comprising a temporal sequence of symbols to determine decoded symbols and to further determine at least one codeword from a list of candidate codewords.
US09660722B2 System and method for performing in-service optical fiber network certification
A system and method for performing an in-service optical time domain reflectometry test, an in-service insertion loss test, and an in-service optical frequency domain reflectometry test using a same wavelength as the network communications for point-to-point or point-to-multipoint optical fiber networks while maintaining continuity of network communications are disclosed.
US09660720B2 Self-optimizing repeater
The object of the present invention is to reduce interference and power consumption of a repeater operated in a wireless communication network. According to the present invention this object is achieved by a self-optimizing repeater (10) for use in a wireless communication network using predetermined carrier communication resources per cell. The self-optimizing repeater (10) comprises an amplifier (12) adapted to amplify a first subset of communication resources selected from, the carrier communication resources, a monitoring unit (14) adapted to monitor traffic load on the first subset of communication resources, and an adjustment unit (16) adapted to adjust the first subset of communication resources as a function of the monitored traffic load. The operation of the self-optimizing repeater is fully transparent and no control signaling is necessary to control the self-optimizing repeater.
US09660719B2 Minimizing propagation times of queued-up datalink TPDUs
A method for minimizing propagation time of at least one queued-up datalink TPDU comprises determining whether a current TPDU ready for transmission requires acknowledgement; transmitting the current TPDU, starting a retry timer, and setting a transmission count to one, when acknowledgement required; determining whether acknowledgement received after transmitting the current TPDU; determining whether a pending TPDU is awaiting transmission when acknowledgement is not received; when a pending TPDU is awaiting transmission, determining whether elapsed wait time of the current TPDU is greater than a preselected minimum; incrementing the transmission count by one when elapsed wait time is greater than the preselected minimum; determining again whether there is a pending TPDU awaiting transmission when the transmission count is less than a predetermined maximum and an inactivity timer has not expired; and when there is still at least one pending TPDU awaiting transmission, retransmitting the current TPDU and restarting the retry timer.
US09660716B2 Systems and methods for wireless communication using polarization diversity
According to various embodiments, systems and methods are provided for improving signal quality and signal reliability over wireless communication using polarization diversity. Some embodiments use polarization diversity on a wireless channel to address and compensate for fading conditions such as non-frequency selective fading (also referred to as power fading, attenuation fading, and flat fading) and frequency selective fading (also referred to as multipath fading and dispersive fading). For example, some embodiments utilize a horizontal signal and a vertical signal on the same wireless channel when wirelessly communicating data between a transmitter and a receiver to address a fading condition.
US09660711B2 Communications terminal, and a method for selecting a transmit antenna for a transmission to a radio communications network
A communications terminal may include: a plurality of antennas; and a selection circuit configured to select at least one antenna of the plurality of antennas as a transmit antenna for a transmission to a radio communications network, wherein a selection of the transmit antenna may be based on a selection criterion.
US09660704B2 Transmitting magnetic field through metal chassis using fractal surfaces
Described herein are techniques related one or more systems, apparatuses, methods, etc. for reducing induced currents in a apparatus chassis. For example, a fractal slot is constructed in the apparatus chassis to reduce the induced currents, and enhance passage of magnetic fields through the apparatus chassis. In this example, the fractal slot may include a no-self loop fractal space filling curve shape to provide high impedance to the induced currents.
US09660703B1 Electronic circuit and system for wireless charging
An electronic circuit for a portable battery-powered electronic device and a related system for wireless charging an electronic circuit for a portable battery-powered electronic device are disclosed. The electronic circuit is operable in a first mode as an actuator and in a second mode as a wireless charging receiver and comprises an electromechanical actuator, a capacitance, and a multi-mode switching circuitry. The electromechanical actuator comprises an inductor. The capacitance is selectively connectable to the inductor, at least in the second mode, to form therewith a resonant circuit for inductively receiving an electromagnetic wireless charging signal. The multi-mode switching circuitry comprises one or more switching devices for switching the electronic circuit between its different modes, wherein at least one of the switching devices is configurable as a rectifying device.
US09660702B2 Load control for bi-directional inductive power transfer systems
A control method for use in a primary side power converter (1) of an inductive power transfer (IPT) system. The power transfer from the primary side to one or more secondary pick-ups is monitored, and the operating frequency of the primary side power converter (1) is varied in proportion to a difference between the monitored power transfer and a power capability of the primary side power converter. The frequency variation can be sensed by the or each pick-up (2) to regulate the power transfer and to prevent overloading from occurring.
US09660695B2 Method and apparatus for sensing noise signals in a wireline communications environment
The present invention relates to methods and apparatuses for sensing noise sources in a wireline communications environment such as a customer premises environment in a DSL system. In embodiments, the invention includes an additional sensor that is connected to power mains in a DSL customer premises environment either to characterize, at their source, noises coupling into the DSL lines, and/or to mitigate their impact into the DSL lines. One objective is associated with diagnostics that help to better characterize the noise signals themselves and derive correlation of signals sensed from the power mains and their possible projection onto the DSL line. Another objective makes use of these power line sensor signals to mitigate or to eliminate power line noises that make their way onto the DSL line. Example embodiments further include and exploit signals from additional secondary sensors such as secondary common mode, differential mode and phantom mode sensors.
US09660692B2 Apparatus and method to perform a double correlation
An apparatus is described for performing a correlation function on a received signal and a plurality of predetermined chip codes from a communication standard. The apparatus comprising: a first plurality of logic gates configured as a multiplier unit operable to receive a signal sampled at a predetermined sampling frequency, and to perform predetermined multiplication operations on the input signal in accordance with the correlation function; a first memory unit operable to receive and store multiplication values from the first plurality of logic gates; a second memory unit having stored therein values from predetermined multiplication operations performed on the plurality of chip codes in accordance with the correlation function; and a second plurality of logic gates configured as an adder unit to receive multiplication values outputted from the first memory unit and the second memory unit and to sum the multiplication values from the first memory unit taking into account the multiplication values in the from the second memory unit.
US09660687B2 Front-end circuit for band aggregation modes
A front-end circuit for a wireless communication unit includes at least two antenna feeds. At least one of the antennas is coupled to an antenna switch. The circuit comprises filters and duplexers and is prepared to operate a number of FDD frequency bands. Each FDD band comprises an Rx band for receive signals and a Tx band for transmit signals. The circuit provides a single band operation mode for each frequency band and aggregated band operation modes. In an aggregated band operation mode Rx signals can be received in two different frequency bands at the same time as well as Tx signals can be transmitted in at least one of the two different frequency bands. In addition, TDD bands as well as GSM bands are covered.
US09660686B2 Portable terminal
A display unit cabinet has a signal conductor through hole through which a flexible substrate for touch panel and a flexible substrate for liquid crystal that function as signal conductors run in a curved manner such that their ends extend toward a main substrate unit. A portion of a reinforcing sheet metal surrounding a peripheral edge of the signal conductor through hole is bent toward the backside, thereby forming a yet-to-be filled recess. The peripheral edge of the opening is covered with a resin material which is injected to fill the recess during insert molding. The front surface of the reinforcing sheet metal is made continuous with the front surface of the resin material with which the recess is filled.
US09660685B1 Electronic device and key module
An electronic device and a key module are provided. The electronic device includes a case, a key plate, a switch, a location sensor and a processor. The case has a first hole. The key plate is slidably disposed at the inner wall of the case. Portion of the key plate is exposed at the first hole, and the key plate is configured to slide between a first location and a second location. The switch is disposed at the case. The key plate is suitable for pressing the switch to enable the switch to send a switch signal. The location sensor is disposed at the case for sensing whether the key plate is located at the first location or the second location. The processor is electrically coupled to the switch and the location sensor and performs a first command or a second command in response to the switch signal and according the sensing result of the location sensor.
US09660683B2 Protective cover
A protective cover includes a housing and a support. The housing includes a receiving space for receiving a portable electronic device, an opening and a sliding rail. The support is received in the opening. The support includes a folding portion and a supporting portion. The folding portion includes a connecting element, a first main body, a second main body, and a free end. One end of the first main body is rotatably connected to one end of the opening by the connecting element, another end of the first main body, the second main body, and the free end are rotatably connected in turn. The free end is received in the sliding rail to slide along the sliding rail. One end of the supporting portion is fixed to the second main body, and another end of the supporting portion is free related to the first main body.
US09660681B1 Tunable optical module for optical communication
Light of at least two wavelengths is collimated in a forward path towards a reflector and light of at least one of the wavelengths is focused and detected in a return path, using in both paths a lens unit including a first convex surface and a second surface. A diffraction element diffracts the collimated light of the at least two wavelengths into different wavelength components. The reflector is moved so that one or more of the different wavelength components will be focused by the lens unit in the return path and detected. The second surface reflects the light of the at least two wavelengths from an input port towards the first convex surface and the first convex surface collimates the reflected light of the at least two wavelengths in the forward path, or the first convex surface focuses the one or more wavelength components towards the second surface that reflects the one or more wavelength components to an output port in the return path. The first convex surface can be replaced by a GRIN lens performing the focusing and collimating functions.
US09660673B2 Apparatus and method for canceling inter-modulation products
The present disclosure provides an apparatus and a method for canceling inter-modulation (IM) products in a transceiver. The apparatus includes: a pre-distortion circuit configured to estimate a first IM product caused by a transmission signal and pre-distort the transmission signal to cancel the first IM product; an IM product calculator configured to calculate a second IM product caused by the transmission signal in a received signal based on the first IM product; and a subtractor configured to subtract the second IM product from the received signal.
US09660668B2 Forward error correction (FEC) for local area networks (LANs)
A local area network (LAN) backbone is implemented within an environment such as a self-contained environment (e.g., an automobile, an aircraft, a train, a ship, and/or any other environment). The LAN backbone is affected by AWGN, NBI, and/or impulse noise (noise). The LAN backbone supports communications based on an Ethernet communication protocol (e.g., a 1000Base-T1 based system that includes at least one single twisted pair). A device receives a first LDPC coded signal via the LAN backbone and decodes it to recover an input signal of a control system. The device also uses soft information generated during the decoding to compensate for the noise affecting the LAN backbone and then processes the input signal to generate a control signal for the control system. The device then and encodes the control signal to generate a second LDPC coded signal and transmits the second LDPC coded signal via the LAN backbone.
US09660667B2 Method and apparatus for compressing/decompressing data using floating point
Disclosed are a method and apparatus for compressing/decompressing data using floating points. As technology for compressing/decompressing data using floating points for efficient memory management, there are provided a method and apparatus for compressing/decompressing data using floating points, in which a log table is used to compress/decompress data, whereby not only data loss caused by compression/decompression can be minimized, but also degradation of performance can be prevented through a floating point representation even though the same number of bits are used for compression.
US09660666B1 Content-aware lossless compression and decompression of floating point data
Lossless content-aware compression and decompression techniques are provided for floating point data, such as seismic data. A minimum-length compression technique exploits an association between an exponent and a length of the significand, which corresponds to the position of the least significant bit of the significand. A reduced number of bits from the significand can then be stored. A prediction method is also optionally previously applied, so that residual values with shorter lengths are compressed instead of the original values. An alignment compression technique exploits repetition patterns in the floating point numbers when they are aligned to the same exponent. Floating point numbers are then split into integral and fractional parts. The fractional part is separately encoded using a dictionary-based compression method, while the integral part is compressed using a delta-encoding method. A prediction method is also optionally previously applied to the integral part, thereby increasing the compression ratio.
US09660662B2 Successive approximation sigma delta analog-to-digital converters
An A/D converter including first and second A/D converters and a recombination module. The first A/D converter receives an analog input signal, converts the analog input signal to a first digital signal, and includes a successive approximation module, which performs a successive approximation to generate the first digital signal. The second A/D converter converts an analog output of the first A/D converter to a second digital signal. The analog output of the first A/D converter is generated based on the analog input signal. The second A/D converter is a fine conversion A/D converter relative to the first A/D converter. The second A/D converter performs the delta-sigma conversion process and includes a decimation filter that suppresses noise which reduces amplification and power consumption requirements of the first A/D converter and performs a delta-sigma decimation process to generate the second digital signal based on the analog output of the first A/D converter.
US09660659B2 Apparatus for correcting gain error of analog-to-digital converter
A bias generator may include: an operational amplifier, a resister string, and a control circuit. The operational amplifier includes a first input terminal suitable for receiving a bandgap reference voltage, a second input terminal with an offset voltage and an output terminal. The resister string includes at least one resister coupled between a ground terminal and the output terminal of the operational amplifier, suitable for generating bias voltages. The control circuit is coupled between the second input terminal and the resister string, swaps the offset voltage, and selectively provides the offset voltage and the swapped offset voltage to the second input terminal of the operational amplifier.
US09660654B2 Synchronization of nanomechanical oscillators
Synchronization of oscillators based on anharmonic nanoelectromechanical resonators. Experimental implimentation allows for unprecedented observation and control of parameters governing the dynamics of synchronization. Close quantitative agreement is found between experimental data and theory describing reactively coupled Duffing resonators with fully saturated feedback gain. In the synchonized state, a significant reduction in the phase noise of the oscillators is demonstrated, which is key for applications such as sensors and clocks. Oscillator networks constructed from nanomechanical resonators form an important laboratory to commercialize and study synchronization—given their high-quality factors, small footprint, and ease of co-integration with modern electronic signal processing technologies. Networks can be made including one-, two-, and three-dimensional networks. Triangular and square lattices can be made.
US09660648B2 On-die termination control
A memory control component outputs a memory write command to a memory IC and also outputs write data to be received via data inputs of the memory IC. Prior to reception of the write data within the memory IC, the memory control component asserts a termination control signal that causes the memory IC to apply to the data inputs a first on-die termination impedance during reception of the write data followed by a second on-die termination impedance after the write data has been received. The memory control component deasserts the termination control signal to cause the memory IC to apply no termination impedance to the data inputs.
US09660646B1 Multiple controllers for a capacitive sensing device
A capacitive sensing device can include multiple capacitive sensors. A first device controller is operatively connected to a portion of the capacitive sensors, while a second device controller is operatively connected to another portion of capacitive sensors. A common node or shield can be connected between the first device controller and the second device controller. Charging and discharging events of selected drive lines in the capacitive sensing device and/or of the common node or shield can be synchronized to reduce undesirable effects such as noise and/or to prevent the charging events and the discharging events from overlapping with each other. One or more reference capacitive sensors can be shared by the multiple device controllers.
US09660645B2 Door handle module for vehicle and apparatus for locking and unlocking vehicle door including the module
Disclosed is a door handle module for a vehicle. The module includes a pulse transformer configured to transform a first discharge pulse ({circle around (7)}) of a first voltage level (V1), which is discharged from a touch sensor, to a second discharge pulse {circle around (8)} with a rising section which increases the first discharge pulse ({circle around (7)}) to a second voltage level (V2) which is higher than the first voltage level; an effective pulse generator configured to generate an effective pulse ({circle around (10)}) using a voltage detected in the rising section of the second discharge pulse ({circle around (8)}); and a charge amplifier configured to amplify the effective pulse ({circle around (10)}) to an analog voltage in an analog form and output the amplified analog voltage as a signal for controlling locking and unlocking of a vehicle door.
US09660643B2 Method and apparatus to improve power device reliability
Aspects of the disclosure provide a power device that includes an upper power module and a lower power module. The upper power module and the lower power module are coupled in series between two supply voltages, and are respectively controlled by a first control signal and a second control signal. Interconnections of the power device are inductively coupled to prevent reliability issues, such as crosstalk, self turn on, self sustained oscillation, and the like.
US09660642B2 Expansion control circuit
An expansion control circuit includes a delay circuit coupled to a first expansion module and a switching circuit coupled to a second expansion module. The switching circuit includes a buffer and a switching module. The buffer is coupled to the first expansion module. The first expansion module outputs a first control signal upon being switched on and outputs a second control signal after a working time. The delay circuit outputs a disconnecting signal upon being switched on. The buffer is switched off upon receiving the disconnect signal. The delay circuit further outputs a connecting signal after a delay time after outputting the disconnecting signal. The buffer is switched on upon receiving the connect signal. The buffer further outputs the second control signal to the switching module upon being switched on. The switching module controls the second expansion module to be switched on v receiving the second control signal.
US09660639B2 Distributed driver circuitry integrated with GaN power transistors
Power switching systems are disclosed comprising driver circuitry for enhancement-mode (E-Mode) GaN power transistors with low threshold voltage. Preferably, a GaN power switch (D3) comprises an E-Mode high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) with a monolithically integrated GaN driver. D3 is partitioned into sections. At least the pull-down and, optionally, the pull-up driver circuitry is similarly partitioned as a plurality of driver elements, each driving a respective section of D3. Each driver element is placed in proximity to a respective section of D3, reducing interconnect track length and loop inductance. In preferred embodiments, the layout of GaN transistor switch and the driver elements, dimensions and routing of the interconnect tracks are selected to further reduce loop inductance and optimize performance. Distributed driver circuitry integrated on-chip with one or more high power E-Mode GaN switches allows closer coupling of the driver circuitry and the GaN switches to reduce effects of parasitic inductances.
US09660635B2 Power device drive circuit
A power device drive circuit reduces the short-circuit resistance of a power device that switches an input voltage. The power device drive circuit includes an output amplifier that applies a control voltage to a control terminal of the power device so as to be turned on and off, and an internal power supply circuit that generates a drive voltage of the output amplifier in accordance with a change in the input voltage, thereby causing the control voltage to change. In particular, the internal power supply circuit reduces the drive voltage of the output amplifier when the input voltage rises, thereby reducing the short-circuit current of the power device.
US09660633B2 Power gating
A circuit and method for power gating is provided. The circuit includes a switch circuit and a modulation oscillator. The switch circuit is connected between a circuit module and a power network having a target level. The switch circuit receives a control signal at its control signal input terminal to gate a connection between the circuit module and the power network under the control of the control signal. The switch circuit is connected to the circuit module at a first node. A modulation oscillator enabling signal input terminal is connected to a gating signal for enabling the modulation oscillator, a modulation oscillator control signal input terminal is connected to the first node, and an modulation oscillator output terminal is connected to the control signal input terminal of the switch circuit. The oscillation signal outputted from the modulation oscillator is modulated by the level of the first node.
US09660628B2 Resistor controlled timer circuit with gain ranging
A timer circuit is provided comprising: a resistor; a programmable gain circuit coupled to amplify the reference level based upon a resistor and a selected gain; a detection circuit coupled to identify the amplified reference level based upon a resistor; a selection circuit configured to select the gain based at least in part upon the identified amplified reference level based upon a resistor; a comparator circuit configured to transition between providing a signal having a first value and providing a signal having a second value based at least in part upon comparisons of a reactive circuit element excitation level with the amplified reference level based upon a resistor and with a second reference level; and reactive circuit element excitation circuit configured to reverse excitation of the reactive circuit element in response to the comparator circuit transitioning between providing the signal having the first value and providing the signal having the second value.
US09660624B1 Methods and apparatus for implementing feedback loops
Circuitry that efficiently implements loop functions in an integrated circuit is provided. The circuitry combines a feed-forward circuit with a feedback loop that includes a unit delay element in a feedback path. The feedback path may couple the output of a processing element to the input of the processing element. The processing element may implement a function that satisfies commutative, associative, and distributive properties. Combining the feedback loop with the feed-forward circuit may allow for register retiming in the feedback loop and for register pipelining with optional register retiming in the feed-forward circuit. The circuitry may thus trade off an increase in throughput and clock frequency for additional resources.
US09660622B2 Method and apparatus for controlling threshold voltage
A method and an apparatus for controlling a threshold voltage are provided. The method includes receiving noise event signals from a sensing core, the sensing core sensing a portion of a moving object, and generating an event signal. The method further includes determining a type of the noise event signals, determining a number of the noise event signals based on the type of the noise event signals, determining whether the number of the noise event signals satisfies a condition, and controlling a threshold voltage value corresponding to the noise event signals in response to the determining that the number of the noise event signals does not satisfy the condition.
US09660614B2 Stacked, switched filter banks
Switched filter banks realized in a stacked arrangement.
US09660611B2 Method, system, and apparatus for resonator circuits and modulating resonators
Embodiments of resonator circuits and modulating resonators and are described generally herein. One or more acoustic wave resonators may be coupled in series or parallel to generate tunable filters. One or more acoustic wave resonances may be modulated by one or more capacitors or tunable capacitors. One or more acoustic wave modules may also be switchable in a filter. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
US09660606B2 Autotransformer-based impedance matching circuits and methods for radio-frequency applications
Disclosed are devices and methods related to autotransformer-based impedance matching for radio-frequency (RF) applications. In some embodiments, an impedance matching device can include a primary metal trace and a secondary metal trace, each having a respective number of turns. Such metal traces can be interconnected to form an autotransformer with the primary metal trace and the secondary metal trace being in respective planes separated by a selected distance. Such an autotransformer can be utilized to, for example, facilitate impedance matching of an amplified RF signal from a power amplifier (PA). In some embodiments, the impedance matching device can be implemented as an integrated passive device (IPD) mountable on a packaging substrate. Such an IPD can be configured to allow stacking of another component on the IPD to yield a number of desirable features in products such as RF modules.
US09660602B2 Device and method for filtering electromagnetic interference
Device (1) for filtering electromagnetic interference, comprising: —a plurality of electrical conductors (5) mounted in parallel, each conductor (5) comprising a first coil (10) disposed between a first (7) and a second (8) end of the conductor (5), said first coils (10) being coupled magnetically together and exhibiting one and the same first number of turns, said first (7) and second (8) ends of the conductors (5) respectively defining first (7) and second (8) terminals for the device, —a plurality of capacitors (13), each capacitor (13) being mounted between the second and (8) of an electrical conductor (5) and a third terminal (15) of the device, and —an additional circuit (20) comprising a second coil (21) coupled magnetically with the first coils (10) and exhibiting a second number of turns, said circuit (20) furthermore comprising an additional coil (23).
US09660600B2 Dynamic error vector magnitude compensation
Aspects of this disclosure relate to compensating for dynamic error vector magnitude. A compensation circuit can generate a compensation signal based at least partly on an amount of time that an amplifier, such as a power amplifier, is turned off between successive transmission bursts of the amplifier. For example, the compensation circuit can charge a capacitor based at least partly on an amount of time that the amplifier is turned off between successive transmission bursts and generate the compensation signal based at least partly on an amount of charge stored on the capacitor. A bias circuit can receive the compensation signal, generate a bias signal based at least partly on the compensation signal, and provide the bias signal to the amplifier to bias the amplifier.
US09660598B2 Devices and methods for increasing reliability of scalable periphery amplifiers
Devices and methods for improving reliability of scalable periphery amplifiers is described. Amplifier segments of the scalable periphery architecture can be rotated to distribute wear. Further, extra amplifier segments can be implemented on amplifier dies to extend the overall lifetime of amplifiers.
US09660593B2 Weighted memory polynomial method and system for power amplifiers predistortion
A system and method for linearizing a power amplifier using digital predistortion technique is provided including processing circuitry, the processing circuitry configured to apply a digital predistortion function based on a weighted static polynomial function, a weighted dynamic polynomial function and a threshold parameter which splits the nonlinear transfer characteristics of the device under test into a region where the static nonlinearity predominates and a region where the dynamic distortions predominate.
US09660592B2 Psuedo resistor circuit and charge amplifier
A pseudo resistor circuit and a charge amplifier include a first field effect transistor; a second field effect transistor having electrical characteristics matched with electrical characteristics of the first field effect transistor; and a voltage dividing circuit with terminal of a reference resistor electrically connected to a source terminal of the second field effect transistor. Further, a first operational amplifier with an output terminal is connected to a gate terminal of the first field effect transistor and a gate terminal of the second field effect transistor and in which midpoint voltage of the voltage dividing circuit is input into either an inverting or non-inverting input terminal and reference voltage is input into the other of the inverting and non-inverting input terminal. Furthermore, a second operational amplifier supplies voltage resulting from inversion and amplification of drain voltage of the first field effect transistor into the other terminal of the resistor.
US09660591B2 Power amplifier
A power amplifier includes a power splitter that splits a first signal into a second signal and a third signal delayed from the second signal by about 90°, a first amplifier that outputs a fourth signal by amplifying the second signal when a power level of the first signal equals/exceeds a first level, a second amplifier that outputs a fifth signal by amplifying the third signal when the power level of the first signal equals/exceeds a second level higher than the first level, a first phase shifter that receives the fourth signal and outputs a sixth signal delayed from the fourth signal by about 45°, a second phase shifter that receives the fifth signal and outputs a seventh signal advanced from the fifth signal by about 45°, and a combining unit that outputs an amplified signal of the first signal by combining the sixth and seventh signals.
US09660590B2 Low-noise high efficiency bias generation circuits and method
A bias generation method or apparatus defined by any one or any practical combination of numerous features that contribute to low noise and/or high efficiency biasing, including: having a charge pump control clock output with a waveform having limited harmonic content or distortion compared to a sine wave; having a ring oscillator to generating a charge pump clock that includes inverters current limited by cascode devices and achieves substantially rail-to-rail output amplitude; having a differential ring oscillator with optional startup and/or phase locking features to produce two phase outputs suitably matched and in adequate phase opposition; having a ring oscillator of less than five stages generating a charge pump clock; capacitively coupling the clock output(s) to some or all of the charge transfer capacitor switches; biasing an FET, which is capacitively coupled to a drive signal, to a bias voltage via an “active bias resistor” circuit that conducts between output terminals only during portions of a waveform appearing between the terminals, and/or wherein the bias voltage is generated by switching a small capacitance at cycles of said waveform. A threshold voltage bias voltage generation circuit may A charge pump for the bias generation may include a regulating feedback loop including an OTA that is also suitable for other uses, the OTA having a ratio-control input that controls a current mirror ratio in a differential amplifier over a continuous range, and optionally has differential outputs including an inverting output produced by a second differential amplifier that optionally includes a variable ratio current mirror controlled by the same ratio-control input. The ratio-control input may therefore control a common mode voltage of the differential outputs of the OTA. A control loop around the OTA may be configured to control the ratio of one or more variable ratio current mirrors, which may particularly control the output common mode voltage, and may control it such that the inverting output level tracks the noninverting output level to cause the amplifier to function as a high-gain integrator.
US09660589B2 Power amplifier module
A power amplifier module includes an amplifier transistor and a bias circuit. A first power supply voltage based on a first operation mode or a second power supply voltage based on a second operation mode is supplied to the amplifier transistor. The amplifier transistor receives a first signal and outputs a second signal obtained by amplifying the first signal. The bias circuit supplies a bias current to the amplifier transistor. The bias circuit includes first and second resistors and first and second transistors. The first transistor is connected in series with the first resistor and is turned ON by a first bias control voltage which is supplied when the first operation mode is used. The second transistor is connected in series with the second resistor and is turned ON by a second bias control voltage which is supplied when the second operation mode is used.
US09660588B1 Quaternary/ternary modulation selecting circuit and associated method
A quaternary/ternary modulation selecting circuit of an audio amplifier includes a quaternary signal generating circuit, for receiving complementary analog input signals to generate complementary quaternary signals; and a ternary signal generating circuit for generating a ternary signal according to the complementary quaternary signals, wherein the ternary signal includes a positive ternary wave and a negative ternary wave; wherein when a difference in amplitude between the complementary analog input signals is within a predetermined range of zero amplitude, a signal pattern of the positive ternary wave generated from the ternary signal generating circuit is identical to a signal pattern of the negative ternary wave generated from the ternary signal generating circuit.
US09660585B2 Class AB amplifier
A class AB amplifier may include an input stage, a first folded cascode stage, a second folded cascode stage, and a class AB output stage. In some embodiments, the class AB output stage may provide differential output signals. The common-mode voltage of the differential output signals may be controlled via a correction signal coupled to a selected folded cascode stage. The correction signal may control the common-mode voltage of the differential output signals by altering bias currents within the selected folded cascode stage. The other cascode stage may include bias currents controlled by relatively fixed bias voltages.
US09660583B2 Signal generator and associated phase shift apparatus and method
It is presented a signal generator for providing a first signal on a first output and a second signal on a second output wherein the first signal and the second signal are provided with phase shift relative to each other. The signal generator comprises: a control loop controller; a comparator; a phase shifter, the phase shifter being arranged to provide the first signal on the first output and the second signal on the second output; and a phase error detector, the inputs of which are connected to the outputs of the phase shifter and the output of which is connected to an input of the control loop controller. The output of the control loop controller is connected in a feedback loop to a first input of the comparator, and a second input of the comparator is arranged to be connected to an alternating current source.
US09660577B2 Solar cell characterization system with an automated continuous neutral density filter
Techniques for solar cell electrical characterization are provided. In one aspect, a solar testing device is provided. The device includes a solar simulator; and a continuous neutral density filter in front of the solar simulator having regions of varying light attenuation levels ranging from transparent to opaque, the continuous neutral density filter having an area sufficiently large to filter all light generated by the solar simulator, and wherein a position of the continuous neutral density filter relative to the solar simulator is variable so as to control a light intensity produced by the device. A solar cell electrical characterization system and a method for performing a solar cell electrical characterization are also provided.
US09660575B2 Solar cell stringer calibrator
A solar cell stringer calibrator has been disclosed. In an example, a method includes loading a base having pressure sensors into a solar cell stringer to be positioned under a tacking head. The tacking head is lowered onto the base. The pressure sensors measure pressure applied by the tacking head. The method involves determining whether the pressure applied by the tacking head is within a predetermined range. In another example, a method involves heating a solder joint, and measuring a temperature of the solder joint with a pyrometer and a temperature sensor, the temperature sensor disposed under the solder joint. The location of the pyrometer relative to the solder joint is determined based on a difference in temperatures measured with the pyrometer and the temperature sensor. The method involves adjusting the solar cell stringer if the location of the pyrometer is determined to be outside a predetermined range.
US09660573B2 Passive solar panel cooling
A solar panel enclosure converts sunlight to electricity. To remove the large amount of heat from the enclosure a chambered heat exchanger (CHE) is thermally coupled thereto. An air temperature differential is created between chamber air in a CHE portion and chamber air within a CHE heat exchanging portion. When a threshold thermal gradient is reached, air pressure that keeps the chamber air static is overcome creating airflow within the chamber. The airflow draws cooler ambient air from a chamber inlet. Heat from the enclosure is transferred to the cool air and is exhausted from a chamber outlet.
US09660572B2 Aluminum frame structure for packaging solar panel
An aluminum frame structure for packaging solar panel, comprising: a vertical support member; an U-shaped member, coupled to the vertical support member while allowing the opening of the U-shaped member to face toward a level direction; and at least one protruding member, disposed inside the U-shaped member, each having at least one protrusion arranged at the opening of the U-shaped member and at a position neighboring to the vertical support member while allowing the gap between the highest point of the at least one protrusion and an imaginary line representing the contact slope to be formed larger than the thickness of the back film, and also enabling the contact area of the at least one protrusion and the contact slope to be at least larger than 50% of the area of the contact slope.
US09660571B2 Method for hybrid solar tracking, and apparatus for hybrid solar tracking and photovoltaic blind system using same
A method for hybrid solar tracking, and an apparatus for hybrid solar tracking and a photovoltaic blind system using the same are disclosed. The method includes generating first predicted power output data by analyzing first measured power output data of the past; generating a lagged error; constructing a regression analysis (RA) model, and deriving second predicted power output data; constructing an artificial neural network (ANN) model, and deriving third predicted power output data; selecting either a method for solar tracking based on photovoltaic power output or a method for solar tracking based on location and time depending on whether the second measured power output data of the present time falls within a filtering range based on a first error range and a second error range; and determining the directions of photovoltaic panels according to the selected method for solar tracking.
US09660563B2 High voltage direct current system with improved generator excitation
According to one embodiment of the present invention, a variable frequency generator is provided. The variable frequency generator can comprise a main stator comprising multi-phase armature windings and an exciter field winding; and a rotating portion comprising an exciter multi-phase windings, a main field winding, and an amplification component between the exciter windings and the main field winding, wherein the amplification component operates at a variable duty cycle to maintain a phase voltage of the main stator armature windings near independent of a shaft speed of the variable frequency generator.
US09660562B2 Apparatus for determining start of electric machine
An apparatus for determining start of electric machine is disclosed wherein a frequency of a 3-phase current inputted from a motor is estimated to determine whether the motor has started using a difference between the estimated frequency and a frequency of output voltage of inverter configured to drive the motor.
US09660558B2 System and method for controlling regenerative braking of electric vehicle
A system and a method for controlling regenerative braking of an electric vehicle are provided. The system and method calculate an available torque considering a battery system and an available torque considering a motor system to improve an accuracy of regenerative braking amount. The method includes calculating an available torque considering a battery system and an available torque considering a motor system when regenerative braking of the electric vehicle is required and calculating a regenerative braking capacity based on the available torque considering the battery system and the available torque considering the motor system.
US09660556B2 Linear ultrasonic motor and optical apparatus including the same
A small linear ultrasonic motor includes: a vibration element generating ultrasonic vibrations by applying high frequency drive voltage; a slider against which vibration element is pressed and which is relatively moved by the ultrasonic vibrations; a vibration element supporting member retaining the vibration element and relatively moving with respect to the slider; a guide portion guiding a moving direction of the relative movement of the vibration element supporting member; and a pressurizing portion pressing the vibration element against the slider, wherein the guide portion is arranged sandwiching a position at which the vibration element is pressed against the slider, in a plane that includes the moving direction and intersects with a pressurizing direction of a pressurizing force exerted by the pressurizing portion, and at least each part of the pressurizing portion and the guide portion is disposed at a position equidistant from the plane in the pressurizing direction.
US09660555B2 Micro-electro-mechanical system device with enhanced structural strength
The invention provides a MEMS device with enhanced structural strength. The MEMS device includes a plurality of metal layers, including a top metal layer with a plurality of metal segments. The metal segments are individually connected to an adjacent metal layer immediately under the top metal layer through at least one supporting pillar, and there is no dielectric layer between the metal segments and the adjacent metal layer immediately under the top metal layer. The metal layers except the top metal layer are respectively connected to their adjacent metal layers through at least one supporting pillar and a dielectric layer filling in between.
US09660552B2 Apparatus for controlling paralleled inverter
An apparatus for controlling paralleled inverter is disclosed. In the apparatus for controlling paralleled inverter, one synchronization signal is shaped by at least two inverters to respectively transmit a voltage command and an operation command.
US09660549B2 Switching mode power supply
A switching mode power supply (SMPS) includes a rectifier to rectify an alternating current (AC) voltage; a first transformer to convert the rectified voltage into a first output voltage of the SMPS according to a switching operation of a first switching unit; a second transformer to convert the rectified voltage into a second output voltage of the SMPS according to a switching operation of a second switching unit; first and second switching control units to control the switching operations of the first and second switching units; a power blocking unit to block power supply according to a light signal. The power blocking unit is electrically insulated from the light emitting unit.
US09660547B1 Dimmer compatibility with reactive loads
A system and method includes a controller that alternately enables at least two different current paths for a current flowing through a dimmer when the dimmer is in an OFF mode. In at least one embodiment, enabling and disabling the current paths allows a power supply of the dimmer to continue functioning and provides the controller sufficient voltage to continue functioning. One of the current paths is a low impedance path and another current path is a path to a voltage supply node of a switching power converter controller. In at least one embodiment, the controller generates an impedance control signal to enable a low impedance current path for a current in the dimmer and alternately provide a current path to the voltage supply node for the controller.
US09660545B2 Matrix converter
A matrix converter includes: a power convertor that includes a plurality of bidirectional switches configured to control a conducting direction using a plurality of switching elements; a command generator configured to generate a control command for a PWM control on the plurality of switching elements; and a commutation controller configured to perform a commutation control on the plurality of bidirectional switches in a case where the control command changes. In a case where the control command changes during execution of the commutation control, the commutation controller executes a handover step for handover to a next commutation control and then executes the next commutation control from a step in a course of the next commutation control.
US09660544B1 Self-driven synchronous rectifier circuit
A power converter includes a self-driven circuit for appropriately turning ON and OFF a synchronous rectifier during the operating cycle of the power converter. Without the use of a smart controller coupled to the synchronous rectifier, the self-driven circuit turns ON the synchronous rectifier during the positive cycle of the power converter when the main switch is turned OFF, and the self-driven circuit turns OFF the synchronous rectifier during the negative cycle of the power converter when the main switch is turned ON. Unlike conventional self-driven circuits that include an auxiliary secondary winding for driving a synchronous rectifier, the self-driving circuitry of the present application does not include an auxiliary secondary winding.
US09660542B2 Valley to valley switching in quasi-resonant mode for driver
The time when a switch is turned on from the time of one voltage valley to the time of another voltage valley may be adjusted for controlling an average load current or average load voltage. In some examples, the adjustment is instantaneous, and in some examples, the adjustment is gradual. Both of these example techniques provide for high switching efficiency of the switch.
US09660536B2 Switching power supply device performs power transmission by using resonance phenomenon
In a switching power supply device with reduced size and increased power conversion efficiency, a secondary-side rectifier circuit includes an adder-rectifier circuit that stores a voltage generated in a secondary winding in a capacitor as electrostatic energy in an on period of one of a high-side and low-side switching circuits or, and adds the voltage in the capacitor and the voltage generated in the secondary winding and outputs the sum as a direct-current voltage during in an on period of the other of the high-side and low-side switching circuits. A switching control circuit adjusts an output power to be output from the secondary-side rectifier circuit, by using on-period ratio controller that controls a proportion of periods during which the respective high-side side and low-side switching elements are brought into a conductive state.
US09660529B2 Transistor circuit of low shutoff-state current
A transistor circuit of low shutoff-state current includes: a first transistor, a transistor string, and a switch. The first transistor and the transistor string are connected in series. The switch is configured to shut off the circuit. The first transistor is configured to reduce the shutoff-state current flowing therethrough using the negative feedback effect of the transistor string when the circuit is in a shutoff state; and the transistor string is configured to reduce the shutoff-state current flowing therethrough using a negative gate-source electrode voltage difference thereof and the bulk effect of the transistor.
US09660523B2 System and method for reducing power loss in switched-capacitor power converters
A system and method allows for controlling a resonant switched-mode converter to provide a variable conversion ratio. The system and method operates to control the switching devices such that the impedance of the switched-mode converter is set to a plurality of configurations for a plurality of time intervals. The system and method may further include off-time modulation techniques for varying or maintaining the overall switching period of the switched-mode converter.
US09660516B2 Switching controller with reduced inductor peak-to-peak ripple current variation
A switching controller having an over voltage protection circuit is disclosed. The over voltage protection circuit detects whether the output voltage is higher than an over voltage threshold and turns on the rectifier when the output voltage is higher than an over voltage threshold. The over voltage protection circuit detects whether a current flowing through a rectifier is lower than a negative current limit and further turns off the rectifier for a time period when the current flowing through the rectifier is lower than the negative current limit. The off time period varies inversely with the input voltage.
US09660514B2 Power feed device of inductive charging device
A power feeding device of a non-contact charging device includes a power factor improvement circuit which converts an AC power supply to DC, and improves a power factor, a smoothing capacitor connected to an output end of the power factor improvement circuit, an inverter circuit which includes a plurality of switching elements, and generates an AC signal using a voltage of the smoothing capacitor as a power supply, a power feeding section which feeds power based on the AC signal to a power receiving device, and a control circuit which modulates a duty factor of each of the switching elements of the inverter circuit in synchronization with the AC power supply, wherein the control circuit controls the plurality of switching elements so that an increment of the modulated duty factor is not equal to a decrement of the modulated duty factor.
US09660508B2 Rotary electric machine for vehicle
An object of the present invention is to provide a rotary electric machine for vehicle which can improve workability and efficiently secure an attachment space at low cost. In a rotary electric machine according to the present invention, a terminal 34 is attached on the outside of a rear bracket 21 so as to be overlapped and fitted to a voltage adjustment device 22 in an axial direction. Fitting portions 22j and 22k made of conductors are provided on the voltage adjustment device 22. Portions 34m and 34p to be fitted, which are made of conductors, are provided on the terminal 34. The voltage adjustment device 22 and the terminal 34 are integrally fixed to the rear bracket 21, with the fitting portions being fitted into the portions to be fitted.
US09660507B2 Method of manufacturing stator core and the stator core
A method of manufacturing a stator core includes die-cutting iron core materials from a band-shaped magnetic steel sheet and stacking the materials. Each material includes an inner circumference formed with three interconnecting lugs. At least one of the lugs included in one of two rows is located between the materials lengthwise adjacent to each other in the other row. Marginal regions are located in parts of the sheet located between the lugs of the materials adjacent to each other in a lengthwise direction of the sheet in a common row, between the material of the one row and the material of the other row and between the materials to be die-cut and each end of the sheet, respectively. The marginal regions are sized to be approximate to a web width in order to join remaining materials after the materials have been die-cut.
US09660506B2 Electric motor having a communication passage
An electric motor includes a housing, a rotor, a stator, a storage tank, and a communication passage. The stator has a stator core provided coaxially with the rotor to surround the rotor. The storage tank is provided at a lower portion of the housing to store lubricating oil and divided by the stator core into a first storage tank and a second storage tank. The communication passage is provided to communicate the first storage tank with the second storage tank. The communication passage, as seen in an axial direction, extends above an oil level of the lubricating oil stored in the first storage tank and the second storage tank such that an air flows between an upper portion of the first storage tank and an upper portion of the second storage tank.
US09660505B2 Electrical machine with reduced windage loss
An electrical machine includes a rotor located at a central shaft and a stator located radially outboard of the rotor and secured at a back iron. A first baffle is coupled to the central shaft at one axial end of the rotor, the baffle extending radially outwardly from the shaft toward a baffle cavity at the back iron. A flow of coolant is urged toward the baffle cavity along the baffle via centrifugal force. A method of flowing coolant through an electrical machine includes injecting a flow of coolant substantially radially into an electrical machine cavity. The flow of coolant is urged radially outwardly along a rotating baffle located at one axial end of a rotor of the electrical machine via centrifugal force and into a baffle cavity disposed at the back iron at a radial end of the baffle.
US09660504B2 Rotating electric machine including a cooling device for cooling a fluid in the rotating electric machine
A cooling device mounted in a flow path formed by an internal space of a cooling fluid duct being mounted on the periphery of a frame of a rotating electric machine is configured in such a manner that at least one of the end-face portions between a first end-face portion through which a cooling fluid flows into the cooling device and a second end-face portion from which the cooling fluid flows out thereof is placed tilting with respect to at least one of a first orthogonal surface perpendicular to an inflow direction of the cooling fluid and a second orthogonal surface perpendicular to an outflow direction of the cooling fluid, or with respect to a flow-path-width's direction perpendicular to a direction in which an axis line of a stator extends.
US09660498B2 Motor mount with improved decoupling for ventilation system
The invention relates to a mount 2 in which is housed an electric motor 3 which has a shaft 10 extending along a longitudinal axis 13, said motor having a mass equilibrium line 22 transverse to the longitudinal axis 13 and passing through a center of gravity 40 of the electric motor, said mount 2 being connected to the motor 3 by a plurality of decoupling means 20 distributed around the periphery of the motor, characterized in that the longitudinal position D2 with respect to the mount 2 of at least one decoupling means 20 and a dimension D3 of this decoupling means 20 along the longitudinal axis 13 are determined with respect to the mass equilibrium line 22.
US09660497B2 Cordless portable pump device
A cordless portable pump device comprising a submersible pump, wiring means capable of conducting electrical current, a power supply comprising a rechargeable battery pack from a commercially available portable power tool having a voltage rating of at least fourteen volts, and a power receptacle suitably adapted to receive and retain the power supply.
US09660496B2 Canned motor and vacuum pump
Provided is a canned motor to be coupled to a vacuum pump and used as a rotary driving source for the vacuum pump. The canned motor includes: a stator core; a rotor provided on an inner side of the stator core; and a non-conductive can provided between the stator core and the rotor. The non-conductive can is configured to separate the stator core and the rotor from each other. The non-conductive can is made of resin, ceramic, or composite material thereof. The non-conductive can is bonded to the stator core with an adhesive.
US09660495B2 Stator for a high-temperature electric motor and electric motor
A stator for an electric motor for use at very high temperatures of up to 550° C. is provided, comprising a stator winding with an axis and with several winding wire ends which are passed out at a front end of the stator winding. The stator further comprises a stator winding interconnection with several ring conductors which are arranged at the front end of the stator winding coaxially to same and are axially spaced apart from each other. The ring conductors serve the electrical contacting of the winding wire ends. It is provided that an electrically insulating distance ring is respectively provided between axially successive ring conductors, wherein the ring conductors and the distance rings are alternately stacked.
US09660493B2 Direct drive segmented generator
The present invention relates a stator segment for an electrical machine, comprising a plurality of windings, each winding having a winding starting and ending point, and a stator yoke with a plurality of stator slots for receiving at least one stator winding, said segment having a first side and a second side. At least one winding having its starting point at the first side, and its ending point at the first side of the segment, the at least one winding is received in one or more stator slots. At least one other winding having its starting point at the second side, and its ending point at the second side of the segment, the at least one other winding is received in one or more stator slots.
US09660489B2 Permanent magnet rotor for an electric generator
A permanent magnet rotor comprising a rotor rim and a plurality of permanent magnet modules arranged on the outer or inner circumference of the rotor rim, the permanent magnet modules extending generally along an axial direction and being of substantially constant axial-cross section, and comprising a base adapted to be fixed to the rim of the generator rotor, one or more permanent magnets, and one or more pole pieces, wherein the permanent magnet modules comprise an axial cooling channel extending substantially along the length of the modules.
US09660488B2 Electric ring with external power source
Embodiments of the present invention may relate generally to electrical systems, and more particularly, to a structure, system, and method of powering an electric ring with an external power source. An energy storage ring may be used to store energy and transmit energy to the electric ring. The energy storage ring may include an energy storage device and an energy transmission device. The electric ring may include an energy receiver device and one or more energy consuming devices. The energy transmission device of the energy storage ring may be configured to transmit energy to energy receiver device of the electric ring. Utilizing the energy storage ring to store energy may increase energy available for use by the electric ring, thus substantially increasing types and number of devices that may be included in the electric ring.
US09660482B2 Power conversion device with momentary voltage drop compensation
A power conversion device able to supply a constant load voltage even when the voltage of a 3-phase alternating current power supply fluctuates. A series circuit formed of switching element Q1 and switching element Q2 and a series circuit formed of switching element Q3 and switching element Q4 are connected to both ends of direct current power supply series circuit 3 formed of direct current power supply Psp and direct current power supply Psn, a bidirectional switch element S1 is connected between alternating current output terminals U and R, a bidirectional switch element S2 is connected between alternating current output terminal U and neutral terminal O, a bidirectional switch element S3 is connected between alternating current output terminal W and neutral terminal O, a bidirectional switch element S4 is connected between alternating current output terminal W and terminal T, and alternating current output terminals V and terminal S are connected.
US09660480B2 Wireless charging method and electronic device implementing the same
Disclosed is a wireless charging technology for portable electronic devices. A wireless charging method of resonance type can enhance the usability of wireless charging and also promote user's satisfaction. The portable electronic device is configured to wirelessly connect with a wireless power supply device, connect with one or more external devices, and transmit a message for requesting a wireless charging process for the external devices to the wireless power supply device.
US09660473B2 Controllers for DC/DC converter
A DC/DC converter converts an input DC voltage to an output DC voltage and charges a battery. The DC/DC converter includes: a DC/DC controller, operable for generating a driving signal according to a target value for the output voltage and a first detection signal indicative of the output voltage level to control switching circuitry and to adjust the output voltage level; and a battery charging controller, coupled to the DC/DC controller and the battery, that is operable for receiving the first detection signal indicative of the output voltage level and a second detection signal indicative of a battery voltage level, and for generating a loop control signal according to the first detection signal and the second detection signal to adjust the target value for the output voltage, wherein the difference between the first detection signal and the second detection signal indicates the amount of a battery charging current.
US09660472B2 Wireless communication controlled battery charging station
An electronic device sends a wireless signal to a charging station indicating that charging of a battery of the electronics device is to commence. The electronic device determines whether charging of the battery is to continue. In response to a determination that charging of the battery is not to continue, the electronic device sends a wireless signal to the charging station indicating that charging of the battery is to cease.
US09660470B2 Flexible, hybrid energy generating and storage power cell
An apparatus includes a separator/electrolyte assembly; a first energy storage portion disposed on a first surface of the separator/electrolyte assembly; a second energy storage portion disposed on a second surface of the separator/electrolyte assembly; a first metallized piezoelectric film disposed on the first energy storage portion; and a second metallized piezoelectric film disposed on the second energy storage portion. When a force is applied to the first metallized piezoelectric film, a piezoelectric effect converts mechanical strain into electric potential and each energy storage portion stores the energy converted in the first energy storage portion and the second energy storage portion for subsequent discharge from the first energy portion and the second energy storage portion to an electronic device.
US09660469B2 Multi-battery charging circuit and charging method thereof
A multi-battery charging circuit is described and it includes an electric power detecting unit for detecting remaining amount of electric power of each battery; a charging deciding unit provided with a first amount of electric power threshold and for comparing the remaining amount detected with the first threshold; and a charging unit for charging a plurality of batteries with a first strategy in a first time period, and with a second strategy in a second time period when the remaining amount of electric power of one or more of the batteries is equal to a second amount of electric power threshold, and with a third strategy in a third time period when the remaining amount is equal to a third amount of electric power threshold.
US09660462B2 Method and apparatus for managing battery
A battery managing apparatus includes a battery controller configured to determine a time when a battery enters a steady state based on a charge and discharge current of the battery that is measured in response to a switching of a charge and discharge circuit connected to the battery. The apparatus further includes a time controller configured to wake up the battery controller based on the time when the battery enters the steady state, the battery controller being controlled based on the switching of the charge and discharge circuit. The battery controller is configured to control the battery in response to the time controller waking up the battery controller.
US09660459B2 Voltage regulator and power receiving apparatus
The voltage regulator includes a resistor circuit that switches between a first state and a second state according to the comparison result signal. In the first state, a resistance between a second end of a first controlling transistor and a fixed potential is set at a first resistance, and a second end of a second controlling transistor and the fixed potential are disconnected from each other. In the second state, the second end of the first controlling transistor and the fixed potential are disconnected from each other, and a resistance between the second end of the second controlling transistor and the fixed potential is set at a second resistance.
US09660452B2 Method and apparatus for controlling electric grid in islanding mode
An exemplary method for controlling transfer of electrical power in island mode in an arrangement having a converter and a load connected to the converter through a filter. The method including determining voltage reference components for one or more frequency components of an output voltage of the converter. An effect of a load current is compensated for by forming one or more voltage feedforward terms based on the load current and using the feedforward terms to adjust the voltage reference components. Control reference components for one or more of the frequency components are formed based on the voltage reference components, and a control reference is formed based on the control reference components. The output voltage of the converter is controlled based on the control reference.
US09660450B2 Monitoring system and method for megawatt level battery energy storage power plant
The present invention relates to a monitoring and controlling system and method for megawatt level battery energy storage power plant, which includes: a central monitoring and controlling module is used to determine the power command value of each energy storage substation of the battery energy storage power plant, and send it to all the local monitoring and controlling modules; the local monitoring and controlling modules is used to calculate the power command value of each energy storage unit of the energy storage substations controlled by it, and sending it to each energy storage unit, and upload to the central monitoring and controlling module to store. Between the central monitoring and controlling module and the local monitoring and controlling modules, the data transmission and communication are carried out through communication networks; the communication networks adopt real time and non real time communication parallel network structure.
US09660448B2 Multiple renewables site electrical generation and reactive power control
A method of configuring a renewable energy curtailment and control system uses a master controller and a plurality of controllers configured to control a cluster of renewable energy resources to deliver predetermined amounts of actual power and reactive power to a point of interconnect with a grid in accordance with contractual requirements with users of electrical power while reducing reactive power flow between renewable resources in the cluster.
US09660444B2 Control unit for robots
In a control unit for a robot, an inverter which drives a motor installed in a robot. A control circuit controls drive of the motor. A drive power circuit supplies DC power to the motor, and a control power circuit DC power to the control circuit. A backup power circuit supplies backup DC power to the control circuit when the DC power from the control power circuit to the control circuit is shut down. A first switch is arranged between the backup power circuit and the inverter, the first switch being selectively switched on and off to open and close. A first switch control section switches on the first switch such that the DC power in the backup power circuit is supplementarily supplied to the inverter when the motor is driven to be accelerated.
US09660442B2 Frequency regulation method
A frequency regulation method for a grid which is performed by a control device that connects, through a communication network, a controller for controlling at least one load device and a storage battery. The frequency regulation method including: obtaining, when it is detected that a frequency of a grid deviates from a predetermined range, an instruction signal including a power instruction value for keeping the frequency of the grid within the predetermined range; and generating a control signal for controlling the load device when the load device is operable in accordance with the instruction signal, and transmitting the control signal to the controller, and generating a control signal for charging or discharging the storage battery when the load device is not operable in accordance with the instruction signal, and transmitting the control signal to the storage battery.
US09660440B2 Device of protection against transient electrical overvoltages
A device of protection against transient electrical overvoltages, including two voltage-limiting passive components, disconnectors sensitive to the state of these components and adapted to individually disconnect each end of life component therefrom, the components are joined in parallel between a first and a second terminal of the device, where the reference voltage of the first component is inferior to the reference voltage of the second component.
US09660434B2 Electrical power distributor for an electric or hybrid vehicle
A high-voltage power distributor is configured to keep the need for high-voltage supply lines as low as possible for an electric or hybrid vehicle having an electric-motor driving motor. The high-voltage power distributor has a distributor housing formed with a connection space. At least one incoming supply line and two outgoing supply lines, which are connected to each other, are introduced into the connection space. The distributor housing has a two-part construction, with an electrically conductive inner housing and an insulating outer housing. Each respective shield of a respective supply line is connected to the inner housing in an electrically conductive manner. Thus, a mechanically robust design is enabled together with good EMC shielding in the connection region of the supply lines, and furthermore reliable sealing with respect to the environment is enabled.
US09660432B2 Subsea umbilical
An umbilical for use in the offshore production of hydrocarbons, the umbilical comprising at least one electric cable, the electric cable comprising at least one electric conductor (18), and at least one electric conductor (18) comprising plurality of electric strands having interstices (15), wherein the interstices are filled with a metal-based material. In this way, there is provided an umbilical with a ‘void-free1 or completely gap-filled conductor construction which therefore prevents water or gas migration or transport along such a conductor.
US09660429B2 Electrical wire protection tube and wire harness
A electrical wire protection tube and a wire harness that can prevent breakage of a wire arranged in the handle swing portion of a two-wheeled vehicle. The electrical wire protection tube includes a tube main body portion made up of ring-shaped ribs and small-diameter short tube portions that are a resin molded body and are alternatingly arranged in a single line so as to form one passageway for an electrical wire. Each ring-shaped ribs has a maximum-diameter ridgeline portion and first and second truncated cone surface portions that are respectively located on different sides of the ridgeline portion and are inclined toward the small-diameter short tube portions. When the tube main body portion is bent into a U shape, the small-diameter short tube portions stretch on one side such that the first and second truncated cone surface portions of adjacent ring-shaped ribs come into close contact on the opposite side.
US09660422B2 Spark plug for voltage resistance and suppression of side sparking and oxidation
A spark plug includes an insulator and a center electrode. The insulator includes: a first cylindrical portion; a truncated cone-shaped portion whose outer diameter reduces toward a front end side; and a second cylindrical portion formed at a front end side of the truncated cone-shaped portion. A diameter C of the center electrode is not larger than 2.2 mm. A total I of a volume of the truncated cone-shaped portion and a volume of the second cylindrical portion, a volume E of the center electrode from a position at a rear end of the truncated cone-shaped portion to a position at a front end of the second cylindrical portion, and the diameter C satisfy I/E≧4.2333C2−19.79C+24.869.
US09660417B2 Light emitting device with extended mode-hop-free spectral tuning ranges and method of manufacture
Laser with extended mode-hop free spectral tuning ranges and methods of manufacture such lasers are disclosed. In one embodiment an electrical device includes a carrier and a light emitting device including an active region and a first passive region disposed on a first side of the active region, wherein the active region of the light emitting device is disposed on the carrier while the first passive region is thermally floating.
US09660416B2 Antenna feedback scheme for achieving narrow beam emission from plasmonic lasers
A distributed antenna-coupling feedback scheme and specially designed distributed feedback (DFB) metallic cavity and grating for laser application and in particular to plasmonic lasers ensuring a predesigned phase condition such that a mode traveling inside a waveguide is coupled/phase-locked to a mode traveling on the top metal improving the beam quality of the laser.
US09660415B2 Semiconductor laser device
This semiconductor laser device includes a semiconductor laser chip and a spatial light modulator SLM which is optically connected to the semiconductor laser chip. The semiconductor laser chip LDC includes an active layer 4, a pair of cladding layers 2 and 7 sandwiching the active layer 4, and a diffraction grating layer 6 which is optically connected to the active layer 4. The spatial light modulator SLM includes a transparent common electrode 25, a plurality of transparent pixel electrodes 21, a liquid crystal layer LC arranged between the common electrode 25 and the pixel electrodes 21. A laser beam output in a thickness direction of the diffraction grating layer 6 is modulated by the spatial light modulator SLM, passes therethrough, and is output to the outside.
US09660410B2 Laser lighting device and application thereof
A laser lighting device provides a broad range illumination for an area, such as a smoke filled space, a hallway or an underwater environment with certain turbidity. This lighting device contains a laser diode as a light source and a diffraction grating that is able to diffract an input laser light beam generated from the laser diode into a plurality of output laser light beams with the cross section of the plurality of output laser light beams forming a pattern comprising a plurality of light spots. In addition, this pattern may be in a donut shape. That is to say, the power of a light spot formed by a zero order light beam is lower than other light spots' power. Further, this laser lighting device is used to provide lighting with depth perception and forward visibility.
US09660408B2 All optical high energy radiation source
A method for producing electromagnetic radiation comprising: firing a first laser pulse and generating a plasma region, the first laser pulse penetrating at least partially into the plasma region to create a plasma density wake in the plasma region; providing a group of charged particles in the plasma region arranged so as to be accelerated in the plasma density wake of the first laser pulse; reflecting the first laser pulse after the first laser pulse has penetrated into the plasma region, to give a reflected laser pulse; and arranging the reflected laser pulse to interact with the group of charged particles to generate an electromagnetic radiation.
US09660407B2 Crimp head quick-change structure of a crimping tool
This invention is a crimp head quick-change structure of a crimping tool that enables a crimping tool to quickly replace crimp heads of various specifications. The operating theory of the crimp head quick-change structure of a crimping tool is to utilize: a first crimp head protrusion and a first blocker back section notch pushing each other combines with a first crimp head notch and a first head pushing each other to cause the first crimp head to lodge at first clamp section.
US09660402B2 Conductor assembly for power distribution equipment
A conductor assembly for establishing a connection to a power distribution unit is disclosed. The conductor assembly includes one or more conductors have a conductive rod. Each end of the conductive rod has an end forming a ball member. The conductor assembly also includes a connector having a clamp mechanism to receive the ball member of the conductive rod. A fastener threadably couples with a conductor on power distribution unit to rigidly secure the conductor assembly to the electrical equipment units.
US09660401B2 Suspended ceiling grid adapter
The invention includes an electrified framework system having a plurality of grid members which form a grid framework. A conductive material is disposed on a surface of at least one of the plurality of grid members as shown throughout the drawings. The system includes connectors which provide low voltage power connections. For example, the connectors bring power from a power supply to the conductive material disposed on the grid framework and/or the connectors provide electrical connections between the conductive material on the grid framework and various devices.
US09660394B2 Reconfigurable plug strip
An apparatus includes a base segment having a signal port coupler configured to selectively conductively engage with a signal port. A first assembly includes a first segment movably coupled to the base segment and a second segment movably coupled to the first segment, and a second assembly includes a third segment movably coupled to the base segment and a fourth segment movably coupled to the third segment. The first, second, third, and fourth segments include receptacles configured to receive at least an electrically conductive portion of a device plug. An electrical connection assembly is disposed in the base, first, second, third, and fourth segments and is configured to selectively conductively engage the receptacles of the first, second, third, and fourth segments with a signal port.
US09660393B2 Connector fitted with shorting terminal
In a connector fitted with a shorting terminal, both sides of an elastic member included in the shorting terminal are respectively provided with abutting parts to form one pair on the left and right, and each of the abutting parts can be independently elastically deformed and also biases two terminals to maintain a shorted state. When the connector fits with a mating connector housing, a short-cancellation member makes contact with a cancellation part and the abutting part is separated from the terminal to cancel the shorted state.
US09660389B2 Additional ground paths for connectors having reduced pin counts
Low cost ground connections for standard connectors and connectors having reduced pin counts. One example may provide a connector system including a connector insert having a plurality of contacts along a top or bottom, or both top and bottom, of a connector insert, where first contacts in the plurality of contacts may be used to convey power, ground, or data and where second contacts in the plurality of contacts are used for ground. The second contacts may be arranged to have contacting portions that are positioned in the insert at different heights relative to the top or bottom of the connector insert and at different depths relative to a front opening of the connector insert.
US09660388B2 Connector module with cable positioning features
A connector module includes a housing that extends along a longitudinal axis between a mating end and a cable end. The housing is defined by a first shell and a second shell that mate at a seam and define an interior chamber therebetween. The first shell and the second shell each includes a cable exit segment that has at least one cable positioning feature extending from an inner surface of the respective cable exit segment. Each cable positioning feature includes at least two posts and a slot defined therebetween. The slots of the cable positioning features are configured to receive a cable between the at least two posts of each corresponding cable positioning feature. The cable extends from the cable end of the housing.
US09660387B2 Connector and method of manufacturing the same
A connector and a method of manufacturing the same are disclosed. The connector includes a module including at least one protection device and a connector frame formed by a mold, and the module is buried in the mold. The connector further includes a plurality of connection pins that are connected to the connector frame, and each of the plurality of connections pins has an exposed portion. Each of the plurality of connection pins is exposed, and at least a first set of the plurality of connection pins is electrically connected to the at least one protection device.
US09660385B2 Electrical connectors having open-ended conductors
Electrical connector including a plurality of mating conductors. Each of the mating conductors extends between an engagement portion and an interior portion. The engagement portions of the mating conductors are configured to engage contacts of the mating connector. The engagement portions are located proximate to one another at a first nodal region. The interior portions are located proximate to one another at a second nodal region. The electrical connector also includes a first open-ended conductor electrically connected to the engagement portion of a first mating conductor of the plurality of mating conductors and extending from the first nodal region. The electrical connector also includes a second open-ended conductor electrically connected to the interior portion of a second mating conductor of the plurality of mating conductors and extending from the second nodal region. The first open-ended conductor is capacitively coupled to the second open-ended conductor.
US09660384B2 Electrical connector with hybrid shield
An electrical connector with reduced cross talk and controlled impedance. The connector comprises hybrid shields with lossy portions and conductive portions. The synergistic effect of the lossy portions and the conductive portions allows the hybrid shields to be relatively thin such that they can be incorporated into the mating interface regions or other mechanically constrained regions of the connector to provide adequate crosstalk suppression without undesirably impacting impedance. The conductive portions may be shaped to preferentially position the conductive regions adjacent signal conductors susceptible to cross talk to further contribute to the synergy. The conductive regions may include holes to contribute to desired electrical properties for the connector.
US09660380B1 Alignment tolerant electronic connector
An electronic connector includes a base and a tapered extension. The tapered extension includes a platform and a plurality of electrical contacts. An alignment tolerant joint couples the tapered extension to the base, such that the tapered extension is movable relative to the base in three orthogonal dimensions responsive to an external force applied to the tapered extension. One or more biasing components bias the tapered extension away from the base.
US09660377B2 Connector apparatus
A magnetic electrical connector is provided which has particular application to use in vehicles or aircraft to prevent damage due to passenger movement. The connector includes a socket having a housing with a front face, a plurality of conductor contact regions provided on the front face, and a magnet provided in the housing to physically retain a plug in connection with the socket in use.
US09660373B2 Waterproof electrical receptacle connector
A waterproof electrical receptacle connector includes a plastic shell, a metallic shell, an insulated housing, and a buckling member. The plastic shell includes a shell body, a through hole defined in the shell body, and an assembling hole defined on the shell body. The metallic shell is received in the through hole and defines a receiving cavity. The insulated housing is received in the receiving cavity and includes a base portion and a tongue portion extending from the base portion. The buckling member is positioned with the assembling hole and includes a buckling body and a hook extending from the bottom of the buckling body and protruded out of the assembling hole. Accordingly, the hook is protruded out of the assembling hole and engaged with a buckling hole of a circuit board, so that the front of waterproof electrical receptacle connector can be firmly positioned with the circuit board.
US09660371B2 Conductive connector
In a connector including a connection portion that is compressed between connection object members (F and F′) and that conductively connects the connection object members (F and F′) to each other, and a base portion that is connected to the connection portion and that forms a recess therein, the connection portion includes a plurality of conductive portions, each conductive portion having conductors arranged in a thickness direction and two electrode planes each in contact with the corresponding one of the connection object members (F and F′), and a retaining portion that retains the conductive portion, the base portion including erect walls and a top wall portion so as to form a recess in the erect walls and the top wall portion, the base portion including, in the recess, partition walls so as to form accommodation portions that accommodate projecting parts (S) connected to the connection object member (F′).
US09660370B2 Connector
A connector has a contact, a maintaining member, a housing, a regulating portion and an actuator. A supporting portion and a projecting portion of the contact have shapes same as those of the maintaining member. The housing holds the contact and the maintaining member. A permitting portion of the housing allows the projecting portion of the contact to be moved in an up-down direction. The regulating portion maintains a state where the projecting portion of the maintaining member projects into a receiving portion of the housing in the up-down direction. When the actuator is moved to the close position in a received state, the projecting portion of the contact is pressed against the object. When the actuator is positioned at the close position in the received state, the projecting portion of the maintaining member is positioned in front of an engaged portion of the object.
US09660369B2 Assembly of cable and connector
An assembly of cable and connector includes a flat flexible cable, an input-output connector and a paddle card. The flat flexible cable has parallel conductor wires, an insulated layer wrapped around the conductor wires. The conductor wires have at least one first integrated power wire and signal wires. A width of the first integrated power wire is larger than two times the width of one signal wire. The input-output connector has terminals separated into an upper-side terminal and a lower-side terminal. A number of the terminals is larger than a number of the conductor wires. The paddle card has a base board, and transferring circuits distributed on the base board. The transferring circuits has first pads on one side of the base board which are correspondingly connected to the conductor wires, and second pads on the other side of the base board which are correspondingly connected to the terminals.
US09660367B2 Smart card seat and electronic device
A smart card seat and an electronic device are provided. The smart card seat includes a seat body and at least one seat terminal for electrically contacting a metal contact of a smart card. Each of the at least one seat terminal comprises a terminal fixing portion and a strip-shaped terminal cantilever. Moreover the terminal cantilever has a tail fixedly connected to a first stationary end of the terminal fixing portion, a head operatively placed on a second stationary end of the terminal fixing portion, and a middle portion higher than the tail and the head.
US09660363B2 Battery terminal
What is described is a battery terminal having a pole contact element which is designed to surround a pole of a rechargeable battery on a mounting plane; a first limb and a second limb which are each connected to the pole contact element, the spacing between the first and second limbs being reducible by application of force in order to fasten the pole contact element to the pole, and a tensioning arrangement which couples the two limbs to one another, said tensioning arrangement having a tensioning screw which can be actuated so as to apply force to the two limbs and which is oriented along a tensioning direction which is tilted with respect to the mounting plane. In this case, the tensioning arrangement comprises a first clamping piece which can be positioned on the first limb and a second clamping piece which can be positioned on the second limb, wherein the tensioning screw is passed through a first screw receptacle formed in the first clamping piece and a second screw receptacle formed in the second clamping piece, said first and second screw receptacles being aligned with one another along the tensioning direction.
US09660362B2 Device for electrical connection having an auxiliary output, and switching appliance having such a device
A device connects an electrical conductor to an area for electrical connection of an electrical switching device, the switching device having an electrical switching module connected to the area for electrical connection. The connecting device has at least one primary unit for electrically connecting a primary conductor to the area for connection, and an insulating shell receiving each primary connecting unit. The connecting device additionally has at least one secondary unit for connecting a secondary electrical conductor, and, for each secondary unit, an electrically conductive link piece connected between the secondary unit and a respective primary unit.
US09660357B1 Electrical connector with internal crimping mechanism
An electrical connector with an internal crimping mechanism. The electrical connector has a connector shell with one or more electrical connecting pins contained therein. One or more crimping screws are threaded through a hole in a wall of the connector shell. One or more crimping springs, with a first side and a second opposite side, are within the connector shell adjacent to the hole in the wall of the connector shell. There is a hole in the first side of the crimping spring through which the crimping screw passes to engage the second opposite side of the crimping spring. The crimping screw and the crimping spring are constructed to reversibly crimp an electrical wire between the second opposite side of the crimping spring and an internal wall of the connecting pin when said crimping screw is screwed into said electrical connector.
US09660356B1 Semiconductor device
In a semiconductor device, a plurality of semiconductor units is electrically connected in parallel using a connecting device. The connecting device includes a first connecting unit and a second connecting unit. The first connecting unit is electrically connected to a control terminal of each semiconductor unit. The second connecting unit is electrically connected to a main terminal of each semiconductor unit.
US09660350B2 Method for creating a slot-line on a multilayer substrate and multilayer printed circuit comprising at least one slot-line realized according to said method and used as an isolating slot or antenna
The present invention relates to a method for realizing a short-circuited slot-line on a multilayer substrate comprising at least a first conductive layer, a dielectric layer and a second conductive layer, the method comprising the following steps: etching in the first conductive layer a slot-line having an electrical length L, etching in the first conductive layer, around the slot-line, a first portion of a first band having an electrical length L1≦L, etching in the first conductive layer, around the slot-line, a second portion of said first band, having an electrical length L2≦L, etching in the second conductive layer, a second band in the form of a loop having an electrical length L3, one end of the second band being connected to the first part of the first band and the other end of the second band being connected to the second part of the first band so as to form a conductive loop. The method is used notably to realize isolating slot-lines and slot-antennae.
US09660349B2 Multiferroic surface acoustic wave antenna
A method of fabricating a multiferroic antenna element may include providing a electroelastic substrate to transform mechanical oscillations into an acoustic wave, providing a resonator assembly on a surface of the electroelastic substrate where the resonator assembly includes a plurality of magnetoelastic resonators that transform an electromagnetic wave into mechanical oscillations corresponding to a frequency of the electromagnetic wave, and providing an interdigitated electrode assembly at a portion of the electroelastic substrate to convert the acoustic wave into an electrical signal preserving information associated with the frequency of the electromagnetic wave.
US09660343B2 Antenna and communication device comprising same
Disclosed are an antenna and a communication device including the same. The antenna includes a feeder, a first loop antenna that has an end connected to the feeder and the other end connected to a ground, and a second loop antenna that has an end connected to the feeder and the other end connected to the ground, and has an electrical length different from that of the first loop antenna, wherein an impedance matching line having a discontinuously different line width is formed in a partial area of the first loop antenna.
US09660342B2 Antenna structure and wireless communication device employing same
A wireless communication device includes a substrate and an antenna structure. The substrate includes a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The antenna structure includes a feeding antenna, a metal ring, and a parasitic antenna. The feeding antenna has a feeding point configured to feed current signal. The metal ring is positioned apart from the feeding antenna, the metal ring is configured to be grounded and resonate with the feeding antenna to generate a first high-frequency resonate mode. The parasitic antenna is connected to the metal ring, the parasitic antenna is configured to resonate with the feeding antenna to generate a second high-frequency resonate mode, and resonate with the metal ring to generate a low-frequency mode.
US09660341B2 Signal line module and communication terminal apparatus
In a signal line module and a communication terminal apparatus, a first connection portion connected to a feeding circuit, a second connection portion connected to a radiation element, a first high-frequency line portion, a second high-frequency line portion, and a matching circuit portion defining all of or a portion of a first matching circuit are integrally provided in a multilayer body including a plurality of base material layers. The first connection portion, the first high-frequency line portion, and the matching circuit portion are in a ground zone superposed with a ground conductor, when viewed in plan in a stacking direction of the multilayer body, and the second high-frequency line portion and the second connection portion are in a non-ground zone. The second high-frequency line portion and the second connection portion, together with the radiation element, operate as a radiation portion.