Patents Represented by Attorney Fogg and Associates, LLC
  • Patent number: 6973600
    Abstract: A device apparatus and method are detailed that allow for improved bit error rate (BER) testing, configuration, and operation of a communication device and associated physical communication link, in particular on a HDSL communication device and link. The improved communication device apparatus and method additionally allow for the communication device to utilize an embedded BER tester (BERT) to run commonly utilized BER tests on high speed communication channels (downstream and upstream) associated with the communication device. The device apparatus and method also allow for a BER test to be configured and initiated remotely, with loopback at a remote device and masking of alarm states at the remote device or local device until the BER test is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: ADC DSL Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mo-Ching Justine Lau, Harrison Doan, Raymond Diaz
  • Patent number: 6973148
    Abstract: A frequency estimate of an incoming data input is generated and transmitted with network traffic to a receiver. At the receiver, the estimate is recovered, decoded, and is used to seed an algorithm for locking the data access rate of the receiver to the incoming data. Data is buffered in buffers at each end of the system, and data flow out of the buffers is managed depending upon data rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Joseph Berens, Sarkis Barsamian, Robert Charles Kovach
  • Patent number: 6973501
    Abstract: An apparatus for dynamically controlling the delivery of data over a network is provided. The apparatus includes a network interface circuit with at least one communication port adapted to be coupled to a network. The apparatus further includes an encoder that is communicatively coupled to the network interface circuit. The encoder is adapted to receive data from a source and to encode the data with a selectable level of compression. The network interface circuit includes a control mechanism that provides a signal to select the level of compression for the encoder based on at least one parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph L. Harris, Steffen Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 6967585
    Abstract: Methods and systems of monitoring voltage input to network elements are provided. One method includes receiving an input voltage for a line-powered network element, applying the input voltage across a primary winding of a flyback power converter during an on-time of a primary switch, and transferring the input voltage from the primary winding to a secondary winding of the flyback power converter during an off-time of the primary switch. The method further includes sensing the voltage of the secondary winding during the on-time of the primary switch; and drawing minimal current from the flyback power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: ADC DSL Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Weston Lomax, Jr., James Xavier Torok
  • Patent number: 6967966
    Abstract: An optical distribution node for an hybrid fiber/coax network is provided. The optical distribution node includes a laser transmitter coupleable to a fiber optic link that transmits upstream, digital data to a head end of the network. The node also includes a data concentrator coupled to provide the upstream, digital data to the laser. For at least one coaxial cable link of the network coupleable to the optical distribution node, the node also includes a frequency translator that receives the upstream, digital data modulated on a first carrier frequency and retransmits the upstream, digital data to the plurality of modems for collision detection. The node also includes a data interface coupled between the at least one coaxial cable link and the data concentrator that determines whether the upstream data is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Donohue
  • Patent number: 6963697
    Abstract: A method of decoding a signal in an optical fiber. In one embodiment the method includes receiving the optical signal, wherein the optical signal is a pulse amplitude modulated signal. Converting the optical signal to an electrical signal. Comparing the electrical signal with a plurality of levels. Producing comparison output signals based on the comparison of the electrical signal with the plurality of levels. Processing the comparison output signals on a clock to produce processed output signals and latching the processed output signals on a clock signal to generate the plurality of serial, digital data streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Aravanan Gurusami, Joseph F. Chiappetta
  • Patent number: 6963552
    Abstract: An open access signal distribution system in which a variety of wireless voice, data and other services and applications are supported. The open access system makes use of a distributed Radio Frequency (RF) distribution network and associated network entities that enable the system operator to employ a wireless infrastructure network that may be easily shared among multiple wireless service providers in a given community. The open access system provides the ability for such operators and service providers to share the infrastructure regardless of the specific RF air interface or other signal formatting and/or managing messaging formats that such operators choose to deploy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: John Sabat, Jr., Peter Yelle
  • Patent number: 6958552
    Abstract: A current sharing circuit provides redundant power supplies with current sharing through the use of multiple feedback loops and existing circuit diodes to generate shared load current within predefined load voltage regulation requirements. A method of sharing current allows adjustment of the feedback loops to accommodate characteristics of the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: ADC DSL Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: George Bertran Dodson, III
  • Patent number: 6959006
    Abstract: A service delivery unit for an enterprise network is provided. The service delivery unit includes at least one network interface port that is coupleable to a wide area network and at least one data port that is coupleable to a plurality of local area networks. The service delivery unit also includes a policy server interface that is coupleable to a policy server. The policy service includes policies for bandwidth allocation stored on a computer readable medium. The service delivery unit further includes a central processing unit that is communicatively coupled to the network interface port, the data port and the policy server interface. The central processing unit executes instructions to selectively allocate bandwidth in the wide area network for users of the plurality of local area networks based on the policies stored in the policy server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Sarnikowski, Anirudha Chinmulgund, Sanjay Ravindra, Manoj Kulkarni, Anil Lakhwara, John Litster, Harikrishin W. Hirani
  • Patent number: 6953487
    Abstract: A metallic gas cell including a metallic casing having an input open end and an output open end, and a opening located therebetween. The metallic gas cell also includes an input and an output optical modules, each being respectively hermetically attached to one of the corresponding open ends. The metallic gas cell includes sealing means for sealing each of the optical modules in one of the corresponding open ends, thereby defining an airtight cavity in the casing when the opening is sealed. The metallic gas cell also includes an optical energy absorbing gas being enclosed within the cavity. The metallic gas cell is advantageously modular for allowing the use of various input or output modules such as windows, lenses, lasers, photodetectors, and fiber collimators. The gas cell also allow multi-cavity gas cell that that use a minimum number of components and cells to be obtained. Moreover, by its specific construction, the present gas cell prevents alignment issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: Teraxion Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-François Cliche, Michel Têtu, Nicolas Côte, Sébastien Tranchart
  • Patent number: 6954531
    Abstract: A ring voltage generator uses values stored in random access memory to generate a train of pulses used to drive a voltage waveform to ring a telephone ringer. The values are stored in RAM, and are programmable by a user without requiring a change in the ring voltage generator design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: ADC DSL Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael R. Sollins
  • Patent number: 6954577
    Abstract: A system for managing and routing one or more data cables is disclosed. This system comprises a telecommunications enclosure and a cable routing station. The telecommunications enclosure has an external surface that houses at least one data cable. The cable routing station is coupled to the external surface of the telecommunications enclosure and is adapted to selectively route one or more of data cables away from the telecommunications enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignee: ADC DSL Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kamran Kohan
  • Patent number: 6950957
    Abstract: Phase locked loops operable at low reference clock signal frequencies include a phase comparator having a phase detector, a digital counter, and a digital-to-analog converter. The phase detector provides an error signal indicative of a phase relationship between the reference clock signal and a feedback signal. The digital counter provides a count value indicative of the amount of phase error between the reference clock signal and the feedback signal. The digital-to-analog converter provides an error voltage signal proportional to the count value. Such phase comparators permit direct measurement of the amount of phase error prior to filtering and amplification by the phase locked loop. Direct measurement of the amount of phase error can be used to reduce the likelihood of saturating an amplifier of an active filter of the phase locked loop without the use of a pre-filter. Such phase locked loops are suitable for use in timing circuits of communications systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: William O'Leary
  • Patent number: 6946720
    Abstract: An integrated circuit including a bipolar transistor with improved forward second breakdown is disclosed. In one embodiment, the bipolar transistor includes a base, a collector, a plurality of emitter sections coupled to a common emitter and a ballast emitter for each emitter section. Each ballast resistor is coupled between the common emitter and an associated emitter section. The size of each ballast resistor is selected so that the size of the ballast resistors vary across a two dimensional direction in relation to a lateral surface of the bipolar transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Intersil Americas Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Beasom
  • Patent number: 6946364
    Abstract: Integrated circuits, semiconductor devices and methods for making the same are described. Each embodiment shows a diffused, doped backside layer in a device wafer that is oxide bonded to a handle wafer. The diffused layer may originate in the device handle, in the handle wafer, in the bond oxide or in an additional semiconductor layer of polysilicon or epitaxial silicon. The methods use a thermal bond oxide or a combination of a thermal and deposited oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Intersil Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Czagas, Dustin A. Woodbury, James D. Beasom
  • Patent number: 6940810
    Abstract: A ring network is provided. The ring network includes a number of network elements, each including first and second switch fabrics. At least two uni-directional busses are coupled between the first and second switch fabrics. A number of ring segments are coupled between adjacent network elements to form first and second routes for transporting cells using virtual connections wherein, for each virtual connection, one route is the working route and the other route is the protection route. The first and second switch fabrics of each network element are associated with one of the first and second routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventor: Marlon B. Roa-Diaz
  • Patent number: 6935654
    Abstract: To achieve an air bag activation device that does not require the use of a mechanical safing sensor, the air bag activation device of the invention comprises: a first sensor for electronically detecting acceleration; second and third sensors, mounted at right and left front ends of a vehicle, for electronically detecting acceleration; a squib driver inserted between a power supply and a squib; a microcomputer for generating from outputs of the first, second, and third sensors a driving signal for driving the squib driver; safing signal generating means for generating a safing signal from the outputs of the second and third sensors; and an AND gate for receiving the driving signal and the safing signal as inputs, and for producing an output which is supplied to the squib driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Komaki, Yoshihiko Maeno
  • Patent number: 6937800
    Abstract: An adjustable positioning mechanism for positioning an optical element relatively to a second element is provided. The adjustable positioning mechanism comprises a reference plate having a predetermined shaped socket providing a reference mating surface, and a mobile member for holding the optical element. The mobile member has a shaped mating portion at least part of which is defined by a spherical surface adapted for fitting into the reference plate socket and abutting against the reference mating surface, thereby providing a pivot type of joint between the reference plate and the mobile member. The adjustable positioning mechanism is also provided with a deformable maintaining element connected to the mobile member acting against the reference plate and adapted to rotatively hold the mobile member and the reference plate together in cooperation with the pivot joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Teraxion Inc.
    Inventor: Nicolas Côte
  • Patent number: RE38846
    Abstract: A multi-phase DC/DC converter having an output voltage and including a plurality of converter channels. Each converter channel includes a converter channel input and a converter channel output. Each converter channel is configured for generating a converter channel current and for adjusting said converter channel current in response to a control signal electrically connected to each converter channel input. A control circuit generates an error signal representative of a comparison of the converter output voltage to a reference voltage. The control circuit includes a plurality of control circuit channels, each of which correspond to a converter channel. Each control circuit channel generates a channel current signal representative of a corresponding converter channel current, and generates a differential channel current signal representative of a comparison of the channel current signal to an average current signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Intersil Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael M. Walters, Charles E. Hawkes, Robert H. Isham
  • Patent number: RE38906
    Abstract: A DC/DC converter has an output voltage and sources an output current to a load. The DC/DC converter includes an error amplifier with a reference input and a summing input. The reference input is electrically connected to a reference voltage. The summing input is electrically connected to the output voltage and the output current. The summing input is configured for adding together the output voltage and the output current. The error amplifier issues an error signal and adjusts the error signal dependent at least in part upon the output voltage and the output current. A comparator receives the error signal. The comparator has a ramp input electrically connected to a voltage ramp signal. The comparator issues an output signal that is based at least in part upon said error input. A power switch has an on condition and an off condition, and supplies dc current to the load when in the on condition. The power switch has a control input electrically connected to the comparator output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Intersil Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Hawkes, Michael M. Walters, Robert H. Isham