Patents Represented by Attorney David R. Gildea
  • Patent number: 6299934
    Abstract: A global positioning system (GPS) controlled paint spray system. The system includes a paint sprayer driver program and a GPS paint sprayer. The paint sprayer driver program enables a user of a standard drawing program using a standard personal computer to generate a print file for a drawing pattern. The GPS paint sprayer includes a GPS receiver, a geographical converter for enabling a user to convert the drawing pattern to geographical locations, a location comparator for detecting a location match between the geographical locations of the drawing pattern and a current GPS-based location, and a spray nozzle to spraying paint for matched locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Charles David Hope Manning
  • Patent number: 6278745
    Abstract: A GPS receiver having a fast time to lock to a GPS signal by storing a time period of an incoming GPS signal in a signal memory and rapidly comparing the signal memory against locations in a replica memory having stored GPS signal replicas. The GPS receiver includes a memory-based search engine for acquiring the GPS signal so that it may be tracked. The memory-based search engine includes a signal memory for storing a millisecond of a digitized GPS signal, a replica memory section for storing replicas representative of the digitized GPS signal for all possible frequency differences between the GPS carrier frequency and a local reference frequency and phase offsets between the GPS code phase and a local reference time, and a GPS memory comparator for comparing the stored signal in signal memory to the stored replicas in replica memory and issuing an acquisition detection signal when the level of the comparison is greater than a selected threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Gary R. Lennen
  • Patent number: 6275185
    Abstract: A GPS receiver having a fast time to first fix by comparing measured range rates for GPS satellites to GPS satellite velocities that are calculated from coarse GPS satellite orbital parameters. The coarse GPS satellite parameters are GPS almanac parameters or GPS ephemeris parameters that are older than the GPS-specified curve fit interval. The GPS receiver includes a satellite velocity calculator and a satellite line-of-sight calculator using the coarse GPS satellite orbital parameters previously stored in memory for calculating GPS satellite velocities and unit vectors to GPS satellites, respectively; a range rate measurer using GPS signal carrier measurements for determining range rates to GPS satellites; a user velocity calculator using the satellite velocities, unit vectors, and range rates for calculating a user velocity; and a user location integrator for integrating the user velocity from the last user location for a first location fix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Peter Van Wyck Loomis
  • Patent number: 6225945
    Abstract: A GPS receiver having a fast time to first fix by comparing measured range rates for GPS satellites to GPS satellite velocities that are calculated from coarse GPS satellite orbital parameters. The coarse GPS satellite parameters are GPS almanac parameters or GPS ephemeris parameters that are older than the GPS-specified curve fit interval. The GPS receiver includes a satellite velocity calculator and a satellite line-of-sight calculator using the coarse GPS satellite orbital parameters previously stored in memory for calculating GPS satellite velocities and unit vectors to GPS satellites, respectively; a range rate measurer using GPS signal carrier measurements for determining range rates to GPS satellites; a user velocity calculator using the satellite velocities, unit vectors, and range rates for calculating a user velocity; and a user location integrator for integrating the user velocity from the last user location for a first location fix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Peter Van Wyck Loomis
  • Patent number: 6211817
    Abstract: A DGPS system using GPS almanac data for determining the locations-in-space and the DGPS corrections for GPS satellites for providing a differentially corrected location of a remote GPS user receiver. A GPS reference receiver determines almanac-based DGPS corrections from the differences between ranges that are measured to GPS satellites and ranges that are calculated to the GPS almanac-based locations-in-space of the GPS satellites from the known location of the GPS reference receiver. The GPS user receiver measures pseudoranges to the GPS satellites. Then, in a first embodiment, the GPS reference receiver radios the DGPS corrections to the GPS user receiver. The GPS user receiver uses almanac-based locations-in-space for the GPS satellites and the almanac-based DGPS corrections for differentially correcting the measured user pseudoranges for providing a differentially corrected user location. In a second embodiment, the GPS user receiver radios the measured user pseudoranges to the GPS reference receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Ralph F Eschenbach
  • Patent number: 6198432
    Abstract: A pseudolite for transmitting a global positioning system (GPS) signal having identification information for a GPS satellite that is currently out-of-view. The pseudolite mimics a global positioning system (GPS) signal by using a C/A pseudorandom (PRN) identification code for a GPS satellite that is allocated in the GPS system but is unreceivable in the local vicinity and location-determination information including ephemeris data corresponding to the geographical location of the pseudolite. In order to ensure that two of the GPS pseudolites in the same vicinity do not use the identification PRN code from the same out-of-view GPS satellite, the pseudolite listens first before transmitting to detect the identifications in the received GPS signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: James M. Janky
  • Patent number: 6191731
    Abstract: A global positioning system (GPS) receiver having a fast time to first fix using the velocity of a GPS satellite and an approximate time. The GPS receiver includes a GPS antenna for receiving a GPS signal, radio frequency circuitry for downconverting and sampling the GPS signal, a reference timer for providing a reference clocking signal, a digital signal processor for receiving the sampled GPS signal, and a microprocessor for executing program codes in a memory. The digital signal processor cooperates with the microprocessor for correlating the sampled GPS signal to an internal GPS replica signal based upon the reference clocking signal. The memory includes program codes for a pseudorange detector for measuring code phase offsets, a directional cosine calculator for calculating unit vectors, a satellite velocity calculator for calculating vector velocities, a pseudorange linearizer for determining linearized pseudoranges, and a velocity-enhanced location calculator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Paul W. McBurney, Jeffrey D. Sanders
  • Patent number: 6137423
    Abstract: A system for communication between multiple remote meter interfaces (RMI)s and a central office. The system includes multiple RMIs for reading meters and transmitting wireless data signals including meter readout information; multiple base repeater stations for receiving the wireless data signals where each particular base repeater station recognizes the wireless data signal only from particular RMIs that have been identified to the base repeater station, concentrates the information from the identified RMIS, and passes the concentrated information through a master base station and a wide area network (WAN) to a central office. The base repeater station includes a receiver for receiving the wireless data signal, a transmitter for passing concentrated information to the master station, and a microcontroller including an identification (ID) list including the IDs of the RMIs with which the base repeater station is enabled to communicate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Whisper Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Glorioso, Ali R. Naddaf, Robert M. Russ, Jr., William W. Bassett
  • Patent number: 6122506
    Abstract: A GPS/GSM receiver combination for receiving GSM and GPS signals using an RF GPS integrated circuit for downconverting the GPS signal. The GPS integrated circuit includes a synthesizer for generating LO signals, first and second downconverters for using the LO signals for downconverting the GPS signal, and a sampler for providing in-phase and quadrature phase sampled output signals representative of the GPS signal. The synthesizer includes a multi-mode divider for providing substantially the same first LO frequency at about the midpoint of the L1 and L2 GPS frequencies when either of a standard GSM reference frequency or historically common GPS reference frequency is selected. A standby mode in the integrated circuit is controlled by a power logic circuit using a power supply input as a logic control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Chung Y. Lau, Reed A. Parker, Eric B. Rodal
  • Patent number: 6113405
    Abstract: A power door loop for providing an electrical connection between a pivoting door and a wall. The door loop includes one or more wires, a flexible armored cable, and housings at each end of the cable. Each housing has a circular bottom end and a perpendicular cylindrical wall. The cable connects into the cylindrical wall. A sleeve having snap latches projects from the bottom end. The wires pass into one sleeve, make a right angle bend in the housing, pass through the cable, make a right angle bend in the other housing, and pass out of the other sleeve. For installation, holes are made in the outer layer of the wall and door for routing or fishing the wires to their destinations. The bottom end of the housing is positioned over the outer surface layer of the door or wall with the sleeve juxtaposed against the hole and the sleeve and wires are inserted through the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: Raymond E. Zehrung
  • Patent number: 6115595
    Abstract: A GPS receiver including an RF GPS integrated circuit downconverter having a standby mode controlled by a power supply input used as a logic signal. The RF GPS integrated circuit includes a synthesizer for generating LO signals, first and second downconverters for using the LO signals for downconverting the GPS signal, and a sampler for using a clock signal for providing in-phase and quadrature phase sampled output signals representative of the GPS signal. The synthesizer includes a multi-mode divider for providing substantially the same first LO frequency at about the midpoint of the L1 and L2 GPS frequencies when either of an external or internally generated reference frequency is selected. A GPS digital signal processor integrated circuit issues the logic signal and the clock signal from a single pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Eric B. Rodal, Chung Y. Lau
  • Patent number: 6107939
    Abstract: A lane change alarm using data for a highway track. A highway track database provides geographical location points for a track of a highway lane. A differential global positioning system (DGPS) receiver provides a vehicle location. A longitudinal track matching code matches the vehicle location against a track location and provides a longitudinal direction and a transverse distance to an alarm gate. The alarm gate indicates an alarm condition unless a lane change signaler is operated for indicating that the lane change is intentional. The highway track database is created using a similar DGPS receiver by determining and recording highway track location points for a selected highway lane while driving on the highway lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: James L. Sorden
  • Patent number: 6091785
    Abstract: A GPS receiver having a fast time to lock to a GPS signal by storing a time period of an incoming GPS signal in a signal memory and rapidly comparing the signal memory against locations in a replica memory having stored GPS signal replicas. The GPS receiver includes a memory-based search engine for acquiring the GPS signal so that it may be tracked. The memory-based search engine includes a signal memory for storing a millisecond of a digitized GPS signal, a replica memory section for storing replicas representative of the digitized GPS signal for all possible frequency differences between the GPS carrier frequency and a local reference frequency and phase offsets between the GPS code phase and a local reference time, and a GPS memory comparator for comparing the stored signal in signal memory to the stored replicas in replica memory and issuing an acquisition detection signal when the level of the comparison is greater than a selected threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Gary R. Lennen
  • Patent number: 6087959
    Abstract: A gas meter using optical communication. The meter includes a shaft that is rotated by a flow of gas, a first sensor for sensing a first rotational angle of the shaft, a second sensor for sensing a second rotational angle of the shaft, a first light source operated by the first sensor for issuing a first light signal, and a second light source operated by the second sensor for issuing a second light signal. One or more fiber optic cables carries the light signals to an external meter interface having an optical receiver. A rotation of the shaft is recognizable by the external receiver when first one then the other of the light signals is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Diablo Research Company, LLC
    Inventor: Charles A. Glorioso
  • Patent number: 6079333
    Abstract: A blasting system using the global positioning system (GPS) for timing the detonations for a shaped blast. The blasting system includes a master station including a master GPS receiver for determining a GPS-based time and a master transceiver in communication with several charge control stations. Each charge control station includes a charge control transceiver for communicating with the master transceiver, a charge control GPS receiver for tracking the GPS-based time, and a detonator for detonating an explosive charge. In operation, the master transceiver uses the GPS-based time determined at the master station for computing detonation times and transmits these times to the charge control stations. The charge control stations then detonate the respective explosive charges when the GPS-based times determined at the charge control stations match the detonation times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Charles David Hope Manning
  • Patent number: 6074693
    Abstract: A global positioning system (GPS) controlled paint spray system. The system includes a paint sprayer driver program and a GPS paint sprayer. The paint sprayer driver program enables a user of a standard drawing program using a standard personal computer to generate a print file for a drawing pattern. The GPS paint sprayer includes a GPS receiver, a geographical converter for enabling a user to convert the drawing pattern to geographical locations, a location comparator for detecting a location match between the geographical locations of the drawing pattern and a current GPS-based location, and a spray nozzle to spraying paint for matched locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Charles David Hope Manning
  • Patent number: 6021376
    Abstract: A data recorder and method for automatically displaying connections between feature icons as like features are recorded in the field. In setup, feature codes for identifying features of interest are entered and stored. In field operation, geographical features are recorded by entering the feature codes and either entering geographical locations for the features through a keypad or receiving the locations through an I/O interface from a location apparatus. A display shows the features as icons at points having geometrical relationships corresponding to the geographical relationships of features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Mark Edward Wilson
  • Patent number: 6021156
    Abstract: A jamming signal cancellation method and apparatus for removing an undesired in-band CW jamming signal from a desired spread spectrum signal. The jamming cancellation apparatus includes a limiter, a summer, and a feedback loop. The feedback loop includes the summer, a harmonic filter, a mixer, a loop/filter amplifier, and an adjustable gain control (AGC). The limiter limits the waveform of the input signal and issues a limited signal to the AGC and the mixer. The AGC controls the amplitude of the limited signal and passes a controlled amplitude signal to the summer. The summer takes a difference between the input signal and the controlled amplitude signal and passes a difference signal to the filter. The filter filters the harmonics that were created by the limiter and passes an output signal to the mixer. The mixer multiplies the filtered signal by the limited signal to provide an error signal that is proportional to the amplitude of the fundamental frequency in the difference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Gary L. Wagner
  • Patent number: 6018784
    Abstract: A peripheral component interconnect (PCI) global positioning system (GPS) card for receiving a GPS signal. In a first embodiment the PCI card includes a GPS downconverter. In a second embodiment the PCI card including the GPS downconverter is integrated into a personal computer for correlating a GPS signal and computing a GPS location. In a third embodiment the PCI card includes a GPS downconverter and a GPS correlator. In a fourth embodiment the PCI card including the GPS downconverter and the GPS correlator is integrated into a personal computer for computing a GPS location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: David R. Gildea, Mark L. Nagel
  • Patent number: 6016120
    Abstract: An antenna aiming method and apparatus for automatically pointing an antenna to a selected distant location. The antenna aiming apparatus includes a database for storing data for distant locations, an electronic compass for determining a reference azimuth for the local antenna, and a global positioning system (GPS) receiver for determining a local location. A processor computes a pointing direction having an azimuth and an elevation from the local location to the distant location and then computes a horizontal rotation angle between the pointing direction and the reference azimuth and a vertical rotation angle from horizontal to the elevation. An antenna rotator servo-mechanism under processor control rotates the local antenna by the horizontal and vertical rotation angles for pointing the local antenna to the distant location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Lea Ann McNabb, David R. Gildea