Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Bruce Greenhaus
  • Patent number: 8340616
    Abstract: A tuner uses a bank of tracking filters to preselect a channel to be received. Each tracking filter covers a range of frequencies. The tracking filters are tunable in frequency using switched capacitors and are tunable in gain by using switched resistors. The switched resistors can be controlled by an automatic gain control circuit that monitors the selected signal and adjust the tracking filter gain to achieve a desired signal level. A switch directs the received signal or signal from a test tone generator into the tracking filters. The test tone, generated by a frequency agile circuit, can be used to calibrate the filters, both in frequency and gain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Entropic Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Jivan Shah, YongSik Youn, Martin Christopher Alderton
  • Patent number: 7688882
    Abstract: An apparatus, such as a subscriber unit or a base station within a spread spectrum communication system, provides advanced control over the time-tracking of demodulation elements when unresolvable multipath situations arise. The apparatus provides merge protection that prevents clustered demodulation elements from contracting beyond a minimum time span. In addition, the apparatus provides a master/slave feature for synchronizing the time-tracking of the demodulation elements when clustered around a multipath signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Roland R. Rick, Shimman Patel, Keith Saints, Haitao Zhang
  • Patent number: 7657230
    Abstract: A method of and system for detecting an interfering multi-path condition is provided. A parameter is determined from a pulse of a correlation function derived from a received signal. The parameter is examined to determine if it is inconsistent with a non-interfering multi-path hypothesis. If so, an interfering multi-path condition is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Douglas N. Rowitch
  • Patent number: 7653157
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for coordinating the time at which a mobile station performs searches for alternative systems to which a hard handoff will occur. The mobile station receives a command which instructs the mobile station as to when to tune to alternative frequencies in order to search for indicates of the presence of an alternative system. In another system which includes the present invention, predetermined times are defined with respect to a reference point in time that is common to both the origination base station and a mobile station. The mobile station tunes to alternative frequencies to perform searches only during these predetermined times. In addition, the mobile station coordinates the transmission of reports, which indicate the results of searches for alternative systems such that these reports are only transmitted from the mobile station when the mobile station is tuned to the origination frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr., Olivier Glauser
  • Patent number: 7623871
    Abstract: Techniques to determine a position estimate for a wireless terminal. An accurate position estimate for the initially obtained (e.g., based on a first (accurate) position determination sub-system). For each of one or more transmitters (e.g., base stations) in a second (less accurate) position determination sub-system, an “expected” pseudo-range is computed based on the accurate position estimate for the terminal and the base station location, a “measured” pseudo-range is also obtained, and a pseudo-range residual is then determined based on the expected pseudo-range and the measured pseudo-range. Therefore, to determine an updated position estimate for the terminal, measured pseudo-ranges are obtained for a sufficient number of transmitters. The measured pseudo-range for each base station may be corrected based on the associated residual. The updated position estimate is then determined based on the corrected pseudo-ranges for these transmitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Leonid Sheynblat
  • Patent number: 7546097
    Abstract: In one embodiment, this disclosure describes a frequency synthesizer for use in a wireless communication device, or similar device that requires precision frequency synthesis but small amounts of noise. In particular, the frequency synthesizer may include a phase locked loop (PLL) and an integrated voltage controlled oscillator (VCO). The frequency synthesizer may implement one or more calibration techniques to quickly and precisely calibrate the VCO. In this manner, the analog gain of the VCO can be significantly reduced, which may improve performance of the wireless communication device. Also, the initial state of the PLL may be improved to reduce lock time of the PLL, which may enhance performance of the wireless communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeremy D. Dunworth, Brett C. Walker
  • Patent number: 7522588
    Abstract: A system and method of preprocessing reference data in a reference assisted location technology are disclosed. A plurality of reference stations each provides reference data over a network to a preprocessing. The preprocessor analyzes the data from the multiple reference stations and eliminates multiples sets of redundant data. In addition, the preprocessor can perform quality assurance checks on the data as well as the status of the reference stations themselves. Non-redundant data may also be preprocessed to perform differential GPS calculations. The preprocessed data is transmitted to one or more position servers for additional processing and position determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Zoltan Biacs, Mark Moeglein, Justin McGloin
  • Patent number: 7369599
    Abstract: A GPS communication system including a server and a client, each including a GPS receiver, for reducing the code phase search space of the GPS receiver of the client. The communication system includes a transmitter for transmitting timing information from the server to the client to help the client locate a first satellite, and a receiver for using timing differences between the satellites to synchronize and locate other satellites. The code phase search space is reduced by reducing the number of phase hypotheses that must be calculated to establish communication between the server and the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Christopher Patrick
  • Patent number: 6725159
    Abstract: A global positioning system (GPS) receiver has first circuitry for receiving and processing pseudorandom sequences transmitted by a number of GPS satellites. The first circuitry is configured to perform conventional correlation operations on the received pseudorandom sequences to determine pseudoranges from the GPS receiver to the GPS satellites. The GPS receiver also includes second circuitry coupled to the first circuitry. The second circuitry is configured to receive and process the pseudorandom sequences during blockage conditions. The second circuitry processes the pseudorandom sequences by digitizing and storing a predetermined record length of the received sequences and then performing fast convolution operations on the stored data to determine the pseudoranges. The GPS receiver may have a common circuitry for receiving GPS signals from in view satellites and downconverting the RF frequency of the received GPS signals to an intermediate frequency (IF).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Snaptrack Incorporated
    Inventor: Norman F. Krasner
  • Patent number: 6707420
    Abstract: Corrections to a coarse position estimate of the pseudorange receiving device are made based upon knowledge of the amount of error present in inaccurate information (e.g., the old Almanac and/or Ephemeris) used to estimate the coarse position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Alkinoos Vayanos, Peter Gaal
  • Patent number: 6603745
    Abstract: A detector is used to sample of set of power measurements of a receive signal. The receive signal may comprise one or more signals from remote users as well as interference. A variance of the set of power measurements is also determined. The variance is compared to an overload threshold value. If the variance exceeds the overload threshold value, for some period of time, the system is declaraed to be operating at a potentially unstable point. In this state, future connection originations are denied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Franklin P. Antonio, Walid Hamdy
  • Patent number: 6583756
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for removing the effects of cross-correlation on a satellite positioning system's calculation of position are disclosed. The method includes receiving the SPS signals from in view SPS satellites and determining whether a first measurement, corresponding to a first SPS satellite which has been indicated to be a healthy satellite, is to be removed from a set of measurements to be used to solve for a position of a mobile SPS receiver. Determining includes testing the first measurement for a cross-correlation resulting from signals from the first SPS satellite and signals from a second SPS satellite, where the first measurement is derived from the SPS signals. In one embodiment, the signals from the first SPS satellite may be weaker than the signals from the second SPS satellite, which has been indicated to be an unhealthy satellite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Leonid Sheynblat
  • Patent number: 6535563
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for coordinating the time at which a mobile station performs searches for alternative systems to which a hard handoff will occur. In one system which includes the present invention, the mobile station receives a command which instructs the mobile station as to when to tune to alternative frequencies in order to search for indicates of the presence of an alternative system. In another system which includes the present invention, predetermined times are defined with respect to a reference point in time that is common to both the origination base station and a mobile station. The mobile station tunes to alternative frequencies to perform searches only during these predetermined times. In addition, the mobile station coordinates the transmission of reports which indicate the results of searches for alternative systems such that these reports are only transmitted from the mobile station when the mobile station is tuned to the origination frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr., Olivier Glauser
  • Patent number: 6449329
    Abstract: A counter for synthesizing clock signals with minimal jitter. The inventive counter has a first counter stage; a look-ahead circuit input connected to said first counter stage; and a selection circuit for choosing between an output of said first counter stage and an output of said look-ahead circuit as an output of said counter. In the specific embodiment, the first counter stage is adapted to receive a first clock signal having a frequency of N cycles per second and output a second clock signal having a frequency of M cycles per second. The first counter stage includes an accumulator having a rollover point at which an instantaneous count thereof exceeds the value of N−M. The look-ahead circuit determines for a present clock cycle the rollover point for a preceding clock cycle. The look-ahead circuit is a second counter stage adapted to ascertain whether the rising edge or the trailing edge of the second clock signal is closer to the rollover point and output an indication with respect thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Steven J. Halter
  • Patent number: 6434376
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing average idle current in a telecommunications system handset by decreasing the power when demodulation of the incoming signal and decoding of FOCC data stream is unnecessary is provided. The system and method supplant the need to decode all five repeated FOCC data words. The system performs various testing on each of the five data words as they are received. If the data words satisfy particular conditions, such as comprising control filler words or match one another based on the result of testing, no further processing of words occurs until the next sync is received and sleep mode is initiated. According to a further feature, the system may erase the sync/dotting sequence if and only if the prior sync word is successfully decoded. The system and method support both A and B slotting and power down components of the handset, such as RF circuitry and/or data sync timers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Qualcomm, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Black
  • Patent number: 6421374
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for negotiating service configuration in a digital communication system is disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment the service negotiation system is implemented in a wireless spread spectrum communication system. The service configuration comprises data rates, frame formats and types of services. Types of service may include speech encoding, facsimile or digital data services. Further described herein is a digital transmitter and receiver using the service negotiation system to provide service configuration mutually acceptable at both ends of a communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert D. Blakeney, II, Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6370118
    Abstract: A method and a wireless communication device (MT2) for simultaneously negotiating LCP or IPCP configuration options over both the Rm and the Um interfaces. When the MT2 device receives either an LCP or an IPCP Configure-Request packet over one of the Rm or the Um interfaces, the MT2 device parses the requested configuration options and determines whether the requested options are supported by the MT2 device. If the requested options are supported, the MT2 device saves a Configure-Request ID, included in the Configure-Request packet, and frames the Configure-Request packet in a PPP frame for transmission on the other of the Rm or the Um interfaces. If any of the requested configuration options are not supported by the MT2 device, the MT2 device creates a Configure-Reject packet, including the unsupported options, and frames the Configure-Reject packet in a PPP frame for transmission over the interface through which it received the Configure-Request packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Marcello Lioy, Nischal Abrol
  • Patent number: 6366600
    Abstract: A spreader architecture for direct sequence spread spectrum communications is disclosed. This single architecture can perform OOK, BPSK, or QPSK spreading modulation of a carrier. In the QPSK and BPSK modes, input data is spread by pseudonoise signals to produce digital representations of phase-modulated baseband in-phase and quadrature components. In the OOK mode, the spectrum of the baseband components is selectively spread according to the input data. In an exemplary application, the various modulation modes are used to encode the control and traffic channels of a code-division multiple-access cellular telephone system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Avneesh Agrawal, David Hansquine, Paul E. Bender
  • Patent number: 6366856
    Abstract: A method apparatus for orienting a map display in a mobile or portable device. An electronic compass is integrated with a hand-held portable or mobile mapping device and an electronic compass bearing is used to calculate an offset value with respect to the map default orientation. The map is thus reoriented in the display to the direction of the device. In an alternative embodiment, a GPS receiver is also integrated with the device. A heading fix is calculated from two or more GPS position fixes to determine orientation of the device. When a heading fix is unavailable, such as at initial start-up of the device, a compass heading is used in lieu of the GPS heading fix to orient the map on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Paul Johnson
  • Patent number: 6314107
    Abstract: A method is taught for transmitting message signals in a communication system having a new call entering tile communication system and Walsh codes that can be active and inactive. The method includes dividing the Walsh codes into bins and determining the number of active Walsh codes in the bins. Selecting a Walsh code in accordance with the Walsh code number determination and assigning the selected Walsh code to the new call are set forth. The Walsh codes have indices and the Walsh codes are divided into bins according to the indices. The Walsh codes are divided into cycles according to the indices and if the number of bins is n the Walsh codes are divided into bins in accordance with the value of their indices modulo n. The minimum number of active Walsh codes in the bins is determined and the Walsh code is selected in accordance with the minimum number of active codes. A plurality of the bins can contain the minimum number of active Walsh codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Abhijit G. Shanbhag