Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Andrea L. Mays
  • Patent number: 8139685
    Abstract: A receiver according to one embodiment includes a frequency control unit configured to receive a stream of samples including a plurality of received instances of a transmitted signal. The frequency control unit is configured to output a first correction signal (e.g. indicating a rotation) that is based on more than one of the received instances and a second correction signal (e.g. to control an oscillator) that is also based on more than one of the received instances. In some embodiments, a controlled oscillator is used to receive and/or transmit another signal, such as a signal received from a GPS space vehicle. In other embodiments, the received instances are from a GPS signal. In further embodiments, a fixed-frequency oscillator is used, and the second correction signal is used to receive and/or transmit another signal, such as a GPS signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Emilija Simic, Christopher Patrick, Raghu Challa, Douglas Neal Rowitch
  • Patent number: 8131290
    Abstract: Techniques to support positioning of roaming mobile stations are described. A roaming mobile station communicates with a visited network and has a data connection to a home network. The mobile station sends a request for positioning assistance to a home position determining entity (H-PDE) in the home network. The H-PDE determines that base station almanac (BSA) data applicable for the mobile station is not locally available and sends a request for location information for the mobile station to a designated network entity. This entity may be a BSA server storing BSA data for different networks or a visited PDE (V-PDE) in the visited network. The H-PDE receives location information (e.g., BSA data, assistance data, and/or a position estimate for the mobile station) from the designated network entity and provides positioning assistance to the mobile station based on the received location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Gaurav Lamba, Kirk Allan Burroughs, Barbara L. Haskins, James D. DeLoach, Jr., Zoltan Biacs
  • Patent number: 8068056
    Abstract: Techniques for supporting periodic and other location services with Secure User Plane Location (SUPL) and other location architectures are described. The techniques can provide position estimates for a SUPL enabled terminal (SET) to a SUPL agent periodically and/or based on trigger events. A Home SUPL Location Platform (H-SLP) receives from the SUPL agent a request for position estimates for the SET. The H-SLP starts a SUPL location session with the SET. For each of at least one reporting event during the location session, the H-SLP obtains a position estimate for the SET and sends the position estimate to the SUPL agent. The position estimate may be derived by the SET and sent to the H-SLP. Alternatively, the position estimate may be derived by the H-SLP based on measurements from the SET.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Andreas Wachter, Stephen Edge, Kirk Burroughs
  • Patent number: 8040240
    Abstract: A method and apparatus automatically triggers position location fixes for external devices. In one embodiment of the present invention, a mobile station generates position location data for a position location function in an external device in response to determining that the mobile station is electrically coupled to the external device, and in response to determining that the position location function in the external device is active. The mobile station does not generate position location data for the position location function in the external device in response to determining that the mobile station is electrically decoupled from the external device, or in response to determining that the position location function in the external device is not active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Sanjeev Khushu, Chihyuan Liao
  • Patent number: 8026847
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and method for acquiring signal received from space vehicles (SVs) in a satellite navigation system. In one example, although claimed subject matter is not so limited, information processed in acquiring a signal from a first SV may be used in acquiring a signal from a second SV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Rayman Wai Pon
  • Patent number: 8018884
    Abstract: Operating at least one low duty cycle (LDC) controller to maintain synchronization between the LDC controller and a plurality of LDC terminals operating over a communication network using only overhead channels of the network and conforming to the protocol and timing of said network, wherein synchronization between the LDC controller and the plurality of LDC terminals is maintained separately from the protocol and timing of the communication network, and enables the LDC controller to schedule power down and wake up of the plurality of LDC terminals for durations longer than allowable under the protocol and timing of the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Chong U. Lee, Alejandro R. Holcman, Jeremy M. Stein, Ramin Rezaiifar, Babak Aryan
  • Patent number: 7995538
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for throttling requests to access a shared resource throttles requests that are made too frequently. The methodology reduces the frequency of requests by setting a throttle end time that is based upon the frequency of previously desired access. Access is denied for a time period up until the throttle end time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Christopher Patrick, Sanjeev Khushu, Ajay Vasanadu
  • Patent number: 7991414
    Abstract: In general, this disclosure is directed to techniques for computing a positioning solution for a mobile unit based on signals received from the satellite navigation system and the wireless communication system. The techniques allow for, and resolve, a synchronization bias that constrains a system time for the satellite navigation system and a system time for the wireless communication system relative to each other. The mobile unit may utilize the defined constraint to compute a position solution in environments where additional independent measurements would otherwise be required. The mobile unit may incorporate Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) functionality to validate the position and time solutions derived from each of received signals. According to the techniques described herein, the mobile unit may be able to utilize the defined synchronization bias to apply RAIM or similar techniques in environments where such techniques would otherwise be indeterminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Wyatt Thomas Riley, Grant Alexander Marshall
  • Patent number: 7978131
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and method for determining a sufficiency of measurements for locating positions. In one example, although claimed subject matter is not so limited, a process to improve accuracy of pseudorange measurements may be conducted using multiple dwells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rizwan E. Ahmed, Douglas Neal Rowitch
  • Patent number: 7965230
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for improving position location performance, especially in weak coverage areas, are described herein. A SPS receiver is able to solve for position location in situations where at least two satellite signals can be received but only one time stamp can be successfully demodulated. The receiver can utilize the successfully decoded time reference to determine a time associated with bit edge transitions for signals from that satellite. The receiver utilizes the bit edge transition with the known time to set the time for at least one bit edge transition for signals from other satellites for which the time stamp is not demodulated. The receiver sets the time hypothesis to bit edge transitions occurring within a predetermined window including the bit edge transition with the known time. A position can be determined based on the time hypothesis. The time hypothesis and window placement can be modified following invalid position solutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Rayman Wai Pon
  • Patent number: 7965762
    Abstract: Unassigned finger processors are used to process and measure the arrival times of transmissions from base stations not in the active set. A first set of one or more base stations in active communication with the remote terminal is identified and each base station in the first set is assigned at least one finger processor. A second set of one or more base stations not in active communication with the remote terminal is also identified and an available finger processor is assigned to each of at least one base station in the second set. A (signal arrival) time measurement is then performed for each base station, and outputs indicative of the measurements are provided for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Francesco Grilli, Serge Willenegger
  • Patent number: 7956805
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and method for obtaining time references for signals received from transmitters in a satellite and/or terrestrial navigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Rayman Wai Pon
  • Patent number: 7893869
    Abstract: Each of a first and a second navigation satellite system (NSS) are adapted to operate according to a first and a second specification, respectively, and each includes a first and a second plurality of satellite vehicles (SV), respectively. Each of the first and the second plurality of SVs are adapted to be identified by a first and a second plurality of unique corresponding identifications (IDs), respectively. A processor is adapted to receive and identify a first plurality of corresponding signals transmitted from the first plurality of SVs in response to the first plurality of unique corresponding IDs. The processor is adapted to receive and identify a second plurality of corresponding signals transmitted from the second plurality of SVs in response to the second plurality of unique corresponding IDs. The processor is adapted to determine position location information in response to receiving and identifying the first plurality of corresponding signals and the second plurality of corresponding signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter Gaal, Sven Fischer, Stephen W. Edge
  • Patent number: 7877100
    Abstract: A position determination system and apparatus for utilizing a network of cellular base stations to determine position of a mobile station includes taking a plurality of statistically independent data measurements of the pilot signals from the base stations. Each of the data measurements includes an earliest time of arrival, providing multiple independent measurements for each of the pilot signals. For each cellular base station, a representative measurement is calculated responsive to the independent measurements, which is used to determine position of the mobile station using an AFLT algorithm and/or in conjunction with a GPS algorithm. In some embodiments, the data measurements for each pilot signal further include an RMSE estimate and time of measurement for each time of arrival, and an energy measurement for all resolvable paths. If the mobile station comprises a cell phone, a cell search list and a GPS search list may be provided by a cell base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Roland R. Rick, Ivan Fernandez-Corbaton, Jeremy M. Stein, Messay Amerga, Borislav Ristic, Ashok Bhatia
  • Patent number: 7859461
    Abstract: A method for detecting a plurality of navigation beacon signals by using either two antennas or a synthetic aperture antenna for receiving a plurality of distinct measurements, and combining the plurality of distinct measurements using a plurality of antenna weight components to form an interference cancellation beam. In one embodiment, the plurality of antenna weight components is determined by eigenvalue processing. In another embodiment, the plurality of antenna weight components is determined by simplified processing. In another aspect, a single antenna is used for receiving an originally received measurement. A copy of the originally received measurement is made and processed to achieve the proper time delay to emulate spatial diversity. The originally received measurement and the processed copy are combined to form an interference cancellation beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael James Wengler, Ahmad Jalali
  • Patent number: 7859453
    Abstract: Methods and Apparatuses are provided for selectively specifying a mode of operation of a navigation radio within a device based, at least in part, on at least one operative condition associated with at least one other radio within the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Douglas N. Rowitch, Emilija M. Simic, Timothy P. Pals
  • Patent number: 7839327
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for the processing of false alarms in position determination. At least one embodiment of the present invention estimates and uses measurement false alarm probabilities in the position determination process. In one embodiment, the estimated measurement false alarm probabilities are combined to determine the reliability of the determined position solution or the reliability of the set of measurements as a collection. In one embodiment, the estimated measurement false alarm probabilities are used in the isolation and elimination of faulty measurements. For example, the traditional geometry based metric for identifying a faulty measurement is further weighted according to the measurement false alarm probabilities in order to determine the faulty measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Wyatt T. Riley, Christopher Patrick
  • Patent number: 7821449
    Abstract: A database provides base station almanac information pertaining to more than one network mode of communication. A wireless device accesses this database through a centralized server or network, or via the base station, base station controller or the like, with which it is currently communicating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Leonid Sheynblat
  • Patent number: 7792225
    Abstract: A method and device for combating cross-correlation false alarms by introducing code diversity in the correlation process in which the search code may be diversified by the use of code staggering and/or code scrambling. The energy levels of the signals before and after the search code have been diversified may be evaluated to detect a false alarm. In addition, a set of parameterized analytical models may be used to estimate the rate of false alarms from cross-correlation in wireless networks in order to guide development and design of wireless transceivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Cristina A. Seibert, Michael James Wengler, Roland Reinhard Rick
  • Patent number: 7792222
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a demodulation system, such as DPSK in a SPS system can be used with soft decision information to correct bit errors. Soft decision information values are utilized to switch hard decision bits of the differentially decoded signal. A parity check can be used to determine if the toggling of the bit corrected the parity error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Kai Tang, Douglas Neal Rowitch