Patents Assigned to ArrayComm, Inc.
  • Patent number: 7336626
    Abstract: A wireless communication system operates in a combined FDD and TDD mode. During a first time period, data may be transmitted at a first frequency band and received at a second frequency band. During a second time period, data is transmitted at the second frequency band and received at the first frequency band. The first and second time periods may be of identical durations, thereby creating a 50% duty cycle. When the base station operates with multiple frequency bands, spatial processing parameters such as the spatial signature or copy weights of the mobile stations may be collected in all frequency bands, thereby allowing the full processing advantage of adaptive antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Arraycomm, Inc
    Inventors: Craig H. Barratt, Christopher R. Uhlik
  • Patent number: 7043259
    Abstract: A method, 19, and machine-readable medium for transmitting a downlink signal in a substantially non directional manner from a communication station to a first remote communication device on a downlink channel. The communication station includes a smart antenna system having an array of antenna elements. The method includes determining a first downlink smart antenna processing strategy for transmitting in a first non-directional manner, transmitting a first downlink message from the communication station in the first non-directional manner using the first downlink smart antenna processing strategy, and repeating transmitting the first downlink message from the communication station in a second non-directional manner. The repeated transmitting is non-identical repetition to facilitate the interference environment being different in the repetition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventor: Mitchell D. Trott
  • Patent number: 7035358
    Abstract: Payload reconstructing methods and apparatuses from wideband signals in the presence of multipath channel imperfections and frequency offset are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method in accordance with the teachings of the present invention includes receiving a signal, estimating a frequency offset of the received signal, performing frequency offset compensation on the received signal in response to the estimated frequency offset, performing equalization compensation on the received signal in response to the frequency offset compensated signal, and outputting payload information included in the received signal in response to the equalized frequency compensated received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Sundar G. Sankaran, Paul Petrus
  • Patent number: 7027415
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided that dynamically allocates communication streams to provide flexible bandwidth to terminals of a communications system. In one embodiment the invention includes identifying a first terminal and a second terminal to each other for the communication of traffic over at least one of multiple streams; and dynamically allocating and de-allocating further streams based on the traffic to be carried and the traffic capacity of opened streams between the first and the second terminals. The invention may further include comparing traffic to be carried between the first terminal and the second terminal to the capacity of any open streams between the first terminal and the second terminal and allocating or de-allocating at least one stream based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas C. Dahlby, Stephen D. Fleischer, Mitchell D. Trott, Christopher R. Uhlik
  • Patent number: 6996060
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided that quickly and efficiently closes a stream between two communicating terminals that use repeating time slots in a time division channel. In one embodiment, the invention includes sending a closing message in a first slot from the first terminal to the second terminal to request that the communications stream be closed, listening to the communications stream at the first terminal to determine whether any messages are sent from the second terminal to the first terminal in a slot after the first slot, and closing the stream, if no further messages are received from the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas C. Dahlby, Mitchell D. Trott, Christopher R. Uhlik
  • Patent number: 6996163
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a Walsh-Hadamard decoder can have a hardware efficient Fast Hadamard Transform (“FHT”) engine. In one embodiment, the FHT engine can include an input to receive an input sequence to be decoded into a Walsh-Hadamard codeword. The FHT engine can further include a controller to correlate the received input sequence with a plurality of Walsh-Hadamard codewords using two add/subtract modules. In one embodiment, the two add/subtract modules operate in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Veerendra Bhora, Pulakesh Roy, Tibor Boros
  • Patent number: 6985466
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for operating a base station (BS) for transmitting information to a subscriber unit (SU) in a cellular communication system. The information is included in a downlink signal sent from a signal processing circuit through an array of antennae. The processing depends on a weight set that is utilized in generating individual signals to be sent on individual antennae in the array to the SU. The weight set is determined by transmitting a plurality of pilot downlink signals from BS to the SU, each pilot downlink signal being processed with a different weight set than that used to process the other pilot downlink signals. Report signals are received for each of the pilot downlink signals and are compared to determine which weight set should be utilized. The present invention may be practiced within existing CDMA cellular standards such as the IS-95 standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Louis C. Yun, Mitchell D. Trott
  • Patent number: 6983127
    Abstract: The present invention allows a radio receiver or a transmitter, with a plurality of antennas configured into an array, to be calibrated. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a plurality of signals from a plurality of remote transmitters at the antenna array, sampling the signals received at at least two antennas of the array, computing a relative phase and amplitude of the sampled signals for each antenna, and computing calibration coefficients based on the relative phase and amplitude for the plurality of sampled signals from the plurality of remote transmitters for each antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Serge Barbosa Da Torre, David M. Parish, Athos Kasapi, Erik D. Lindskog, Mitchell D. Trott, Adam B. Kerr
  • Patent number: 6982968
    Abstract: A method, communication apparatus, and machine-readable medium to transmit a downlink signal in a substantially non directional manner from a first communication station of a communication system on a first downlink conventional channel. The first communication station includes a smart antenna system having a plurality of antenna elements. The method includes providing a first set of sequential time intervals for the communication device for communication with its remote communication devices. One or more remote communication devices of the communication system known to the first communication station to be undesired remote communication devices transmit a signal on a first uplink conventional channel. The signals transmitted are received. In one version, they are received at the first communication station, and in another version, by another communication station of the communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig H. Barratt, Youssefmir Michael, Mitchell D. Trott
  • Patent number: 6965774
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for assigning channels in a spatial division multiple access communication network. The network includes a plurality of conventional channels some of which are configurable to be shared concurrently by plural subscribers. The method includes determining combinations of subscribers from the existing subscribers. Enhancement activities are invoked to create optimal combinations of existing subscribers. Existing subscribers are reassigned as necessary to share channels thereby freeing resources for new subscribers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Athanasios Agamemnon Kasapi, Peter George Khoury, Anne-Flore Roger
  • Patent number: 6965788
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus implementing spatial processing in a remote unit. In general, in one aspect, a remote unit in accordance with the invention includes a plurality of antennas and a spatial processing unit coupled to the plurality of antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig H. Barratt, David M. Parish, Stephen J. Sifferman
  • Patent number: 6963742
    Abstract: Calibration signals can be sent on a traffic channel without interrupting a connection between two radios. In one embodiment, the present invention includes receiving, at a second radio, a first traffic signal transmitted on a traffic channel by a first radio during a first time interval, receiving, at the second radio, a calibration signal transmitted on the traffic channel by the first radio during a second time interval, and receiving, at the second radio, a second traffic signal transmitted on the traffic channel by the first radio during a third time interval, wherein the traffic channel supports a connection between the first and second radios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Arraycomm, Inc.
    Inventors: Tibor Boros, Craig H. Barratt, Christopher R. Uhlik, Mitchell D. Trott
  • Patent number: 6950630
    Abstract: Spatial and temporal characteristics of received radio signals in a multiple user radio system can be estimated based on signals received from the users. In one embodiment, the invention includes measuring radio frequency signals received at different elements of an antenna system over time, the received signals corresponding at least in part to transmissions received from a system user, accumulating the signal measurements into a first matrix, generating a second matrix representing the transmissions of the system user, cross-correlating the first and second matrices to form a third matrix, and multiplying the third matrix with a product of the second matrix to form a fourth matrix in which the elements of the fourth matrix characterize the radio channel traversed by transmissions of the system user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd H. Chauvin, Adam B. Kerr, Athanasios A. Kasapi
  • Patent number: 6950979
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, the efficiency of an encoder can be maintained while reducing the complexity of a decoder. In one embodiment, the invention includes a communication system in which a transmitter has a pipelined encoder that includes a controller that does not access a look-up table to encode a block of data bits into a binary codeword, and in which a receiver has a decoder to receive the binary codeword after transmission through a communications medium, and to correct an error in the binary codeword introduced during transmission without using a look-up table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Arraycomm Inc.
    Inventors: Yan Zhang, Tibor Boros
  • Patent number: 6931030
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided that allows a delay to be chosen to be applied to a user terminal. According to one aspect of the present invention, the invention includes receiving a downlink broadcast burst from a base station, determining timing for an uplink burst from the received broadcast burst, selecting an amount of delay for the uplink burst, and transmitting an uplink burst to the base station using the determined timing and the selected amount of delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventor: Mithat C. Dogan
  • Patent number: 6931583
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention can be used to correct one more error in an extended codeword encoded with a block code and a single parity check code than the block code is able to correct. In one embodiment, a communications device includes a decoder that has a soft decoder to receive an extended codeword and a strength of each bit of the extended codeword, and to produce a codeword by soft decoding the extended codeword using the received strengths, and a block decoder coupled to the soft decoder to produce a corrected codeword by block decoding the codeword using an error correcting block code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Arraycomm, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell D. Trott, Tibor Boros
  • Patent number: 6931262
    Abstract: Spatial and temporal characteristics of received radio signals in a multiple user radio system can be estimated based on signals received from the users. In one embodiment, the invention includes measuring radio frequency signals received at different elements of an antenna system over time, the received signals corresponding at least in part to transmissions received from a system user, accumulating the signal measurements into a first matrix, and generating a second matrix representing the transmissions of the system user. The invention further includes cross-correlating the first and second matrices to form a first cross-correlation matrix, cross-correlating the first matrix with itself to form a second cross-correlation matrix, and multiplying the second cross-correlation matrix with a product of the first cross-correlation matrix to form a fifth matrix in which the elements of the fifth matrix characterize the radio channel traversed by transmissions of the system user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventor: James V. Steele
  • Patent number: 6928287
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided that a highly efficient broadcast channel that can be shared among many different base stations. In one embodiment, the invention includes a broadcast channel structure with a first burst having a first reuse factor, a plurality of secondary bursts having a second reuse factor greater than the first reuse factor, and a plurality of segments of each secondary burst, each segment being associated with a different set of unchanging spatial parameters, each secondary burst including at least one repetition of the plurality of segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell D. Trott, Tibor Boros
  • Patent number: 6915438
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the invention, a method and apparatus are described for distributed power management. According to an embodiment of the invention, a method comprises monitoring one or more signals relating to the operation of each of a plurality of sub-modules; and managing power independently for each sub-module based on the monitored signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Arraycomm, INC
    Inventor: Tibor Boros
  • Patent number: 6894993
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide various methods for detecting a spatial division multiple access (SDMA) channel swap. A first SDMA communication channel is assigned to a first user terminal that initially transmits its signal over the first SDMA communication channel. A second SDMA communication channel is assigned to a second user terminal that initially transmits its signal over the second SDMA communication channel. The first user terminal's signal and the second user terminal's signal are analyzed to determine that the first user terminal is transmitting its signal over the second SDMA communication channel and the second user terminal is transmitting its signal over the first SDMA communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: ArrayComm, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaoming Yu, Athanasios A. Kasapi, Lars Johan Persson, Xiangzhong Zeng