Patents Assigned to Ibiquity Digital Corporation
  • Patent number: 10355908
    Abstract: A radio receiver comprises physical layer circuitry and processor circuitry. The physical layer circuitry receives quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) symbols via a plurality of subcarriers included in a broadcast radio signal. Each received QAM symbol is a complex symbol comprising multiple bits of encoded source information. The processing circuitry demodulates the received data symbols, generates a constellation sample for each received QAM symbol, generates a soft metric for each bit of encoded information of the received QAM symbols using the constellation sample, and multiplies the soft metric by a channel state information (CSI) weight to produce a Log-likelihood Ratio (LLR) approximation for each bit of encoded information of the received QAM symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Paul J. Peyla, Brian W. Kroeger
  • Patent number: 10277343
    Abstract: Tools and techniques are provided for identifying, collecting, and processing music-related content within a radio broadcast environment. In one embodiment, a method is provided for processing music-related broadcast radio data. The method includes receiving a plurality of broadcast radio station signals; identifying each radio station signal as an analog signal or a digitally broadcast signal in response to the identified radio station signals; obtaining a broadcast sample from at least one of the radio stations; identifying at least one music-related information element missing from the broadcast sample; obtaining missing music-related information elements; updating a computer server with the obtained music-related information elements; and generating and communicating a music guide including the updated information to various user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventor: Jason Carlock
  • Patent number: 10255926
    Abstract: A method of processing a digital radio broadcast signal includes: (a) determining a plurality of current correlation sample values representative of a time delay between samples in an analog audio sample stream and samples in a digital audio sample stream; (b) determining a current inversion status; (c) updating a delay history and an inversion status history; (d) checking the current correlation sample values for consistency with a first confidence threshold; (e) if consistency is found in step (d), determining if each of a first plurality of values in the delay history is consistent within a predetermined range of the current correlation sample values; (f) if consistency is found in step (e), determining if a value in the inversion status history is consistent with the current inversion status; and (g) if the consistency is found in step (f), allowing blending of an output to the digital audio sample stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriel Olochwoszcz, Ashwini Pahuja
  • Patent number: 10256931
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and processor readable media are disclosed for detection of signal quality problems and errors in digital radio broadcast signals. First monitoring equipment is located in an over-the-air coverage area of a first radio station. Second monitoring equipment is located in an over-the-air coverage area of a second radio station. The first and second monitoring equipment are configured to receive digital radio broadcast signals from the respective first and second radio stations. A computing system is configured to receive data from the first monitoring equipment and the second monitoring equipment, the data being indicative of one or more attributes of a digital radio broadcast signal received at respective monitoring equipment. The computing system analyzes received data to detect a signal quality problem or error in the digital radio broadcast signals received at the first and second monitoring equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Desmond S Fuller, Paul Venezia, Harvey Chalmers
  • Patent number: 10248496
    Abstract: A method for processing a digital signal includes: receiving a plurality of protocol data units, each having a header including a plurality of control word bits; and a plurality of audio frames, each including a cyclic redundancy check code; decoding the protocol data units using an iterative decoding technique, wherein the iterative decoding technique uses a soft output decoding algorithm for iterations after the first iteration; and using decoded cyclic redundancy check codes to flag the audio frames containing errors. A receiver that implements the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Kroeger, Paul J. Peyla
  • Patent number: 10225070
    Abstract: A method for processing a digital audio broadcast signal in a radio receiver, includes: receiving a hybrid broadcast signal; demodulating the hybrid broadcast signal to produce an analog audio stream and a digital audio stream; and using a normalized cross-correlation of envelopes of the analog audio stream and the digital audio stream to measure a time offset between the analog audio stream and the digital audio stream. The time offset can be used to align the analog audio stream and the digital audio stream for subsequent blending of an output of the radio receiver from the analog audio stream to the digital audio stream or from the digital audio stream to the analog audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Kroeger, Paul J. Peyla
  • Patent number: 10177729
    Abstract: Systems and methods to process a digital audio broadcast signal having a plurality of digital audio signals can be implemented in a variety of applications. The digital audio broadcast signal having a main program service and a set of supplemental program services can be received at a digital audio system and processed to provide an audio signal to a set of speakers. The processing can include calculation of audio levels of audio signals of the main program service and the supplemental program services. One of the services can be selected with the audio signal of the selected service adjusted based on the calculated level of the selected service and a reference signal, prior to sending the audio signal to the set of speakers. In various embodiments, the reference signal can be an analog audio signal in the digital audio broadcast signal. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventor: Ashwini Pahuja
  • Patent number: 9986401
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for communicating an emergency alert message from a digital radio broadcast transmission system of a mobile vehicle to a digital radio broadcast receiver system. A digital radio broadcast signal including first and second data is broadcasted using the digital radio broadcast transmission system to end-user digital radio broadcast receivers. The first data includes an emergency code, and the second data includes an emergency alert message. The digital radio broadcast signal is transmitted at a predetermined frequency that is recognized by the receivers as an emergency notification frequency. The digital radio broadcast signal can be decoded only by receivers located within a localized area in a proximity of the transmission system. The receivers are configured to automatically tune to the emergency notification frequency to receive the digital radio broadcast signal and render the second data based on a detection of the emergency code within the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventor: Ashruf S. El-Dinary
  • Patent number: 9947332
    Abstract: A method of processing a digital radio broadcast signal includes: (a) determining a plurality of current correlation sample values representative of a time delay between samples in an analog audio sample stream and samples in a digital audio sample stream; (b) determining a current inversion status; (c) updating a delay history and an inversion status history; (d) checking the current correlation sample values for consistency with a first confidence threshold; (e) if consistency is found in step (d), determining if each of a first plurality of values in the delay history is consistent within a predetermined range of the current correlation sample values; (f) if consistency is found in step (e), determining if a value in the inversion status history is consistent with the current inversion status; and (g) if the consistency is found in step (f), allowing blending of an output to the digital audio sample stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriel Olochwoszcz, Ashwini Pahuja
  • Patent number: 9876592
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and processor readable media are disclosed for detection of signal quality problems and errors in digital radio broadcast signals. First monitoring equipment is located in an over-the-air coverage area of a first radio station. Second monitoring equipment is located in an over-the-air coverage area of a second radio station. The first and second monitoring equipment are configured to receive digital radio broadcast signals from the respective first and second radio stations. A computing system is configured to receive data from the first monitoring equipment and the second monitoring equipment, the data being indicative of one or more attributes of a digital radio broadcast signal received at respective monitoring equipment. The computing system analyzes received data to detect a signal quality problem or error in the digital radio broadcast signals received at the first and second monitoring equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Desmond S. Fuller, Paul Venezia, Harvey Chalmers
  • Patent number: 9872066
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a data rate in a data client for a digital audio broadcasting system includes a buffer for storing data, a codec for coding data, and a control module for controlling a bit rate of the codec in response to a level of the data in the buffer. A method performed by the apparatus is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventor: Russell Iannuzzelli
  • Patent number: 9842048
    Abstract: A method of block deinterleaving data received at a digital radio broadcast receiver is described. The method includes providing a block of memory having a n×k addresses, wherein the block comprises a single table, receiving a digital radio broadcast signal at the receiver, and demodulating the digital radio broadcast signal into a plurality of interleaved data units. For at least one series of n×k data units a pointer step size is determined, and for each data unit in the series, an address in the block is calculated based on the pointer step size, and an output data unit is read from the block at the address, such that said output data units represent block deinterleaved data units. An input data unit from the plurality of interleaved data units is then written to the block at the address. Associated systems and computer readable storage media are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventor: Marek Milbar
  • Patent number: 9832007
    Abstract: A method for processing a digital audio broadcast signal in a radio receiver, includes: receiving a hybrid broadcast signal; demodulating the hybrid broadcast signal to produce an analog audio stream and a digital audio stream; and using a normalized cross-correlation of envelopes of the analog audio stream and the digital audio stream to measure a time offset between the analog audio stream and the digital audio stream. The time offset can be used to align the analog audio stream and the digital audio stream for subsequent blending of an output of the radio receiver from the analog audio stream to the digital audio stream or from the digital audio stream to the analog audio stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Kroeger, Paul J. Peyla
  • Patent number: 9819480
    Abstract: A method of processing a digital radio broadcast signal in a digital radio receiver includes: receiving baseband signal samples at a first sample rate; adjusting the sample rate of the baseband signals based on a difference between a receiver clock and a transmitter clock to produce adjusted baseband signal samples at a second sample rate; filtering the adjusted baseband signal samples to separate a digital component of the samples and an analog component of the samples, wherein the digital component and the analog component are synchronous; and separately demodulating the digital component and the analog component to produce a digital output signal and an analog output signal. A receiver that uses the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Nekhamkin, Hangjun Chen, Linlin Li
  • Patent number: 9768948
    Abstract: A method for processing a radio signal includes producing first and second streams of audio samples; decimating the first and second streams of audio samples to produce first and second streams of decimated streams of audio samples; estimating a first offset value between corresponding samples in the first and second streams of decimated streams of audio samples; shifting one of the first and second streams of audio samples by a first shift value; decimating the first and second streams of audio samples to produce third and fourth streams of decimated audio samples; estimating a second offset value; determining a final offset value based on an intersection of ranges of valid results of the first and second offset values; and shifting one of the first and second streams of audio samples by the final offset value to align the first and second streams of audio samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Vincelette
  • Patent number: 9768853
    Abstract: A method for processing a digital audio broadcast signal in a radio receiver includes: receiving a digital audio broadcast signal; demodulating the digital audio broadcast signal to produce an analog audio stream and a digital audio stream; determining a digital signal quality value for the digital audio stream; blending an output of the radio receiver from the analog audio stream to the digital audio stream when the digital signal quality value exceeds an adaptive analog-to-digital threshold value; and blending the output of the radio receiver from the digital audio stream to the analog audio stream when the digital signal quality value falls below an adaptive digital-to-analog threshold value, wherein the adaptive digital-to-analog threshold value is lower than the adaptive analog-to-digital threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Kroeger, Paul J. Peyla, Jeffrey S. Baird
  • Patent number: 9755598
    Abstract: A method for processing a digital audio broadcast signal includes: separating an analog audio portion and a digital audio portion of the digital audio broadcast signal; determining the loudness of the analog audio portion and the digital audio portion over a first short time interval; using the loudness of the analog and digital audio portions to calculate a short term average gain; determining a long term average gain; converting one of the long term average gain or the short term average gain to dB; if an output has been blended to digital, adjusting a digital gain parameter by a preselected increment to produce a digital gain parameter; if an output has not been blended to digital, setting the digital gain parameter to the short term average gain; providing the digital gain parameter to an audio processor; and repeating the above steps using a second short time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ibiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriel Olochwoszcz, Ashwini Pahuja, Scott Vincelette
  • Patent number: 9634704
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving an FM radio signal including an analog-modulated portion; digitally sampling an analog-modulated portion of the radio signal to produce a plurality of samples; using a ratio between an average magnitude and an RMS magnitude of a block of the samples to compute a signal quality metric; detecting sum and difference components of the baseband multiplex signal content; using the baseband content to produce an output signal; and blending the output signal from stereo to monaural as the signal quality metric falls below a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: iBiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Kroeger, Paul J. Peyla
  • Patent number: 9596044
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for blending analog and digital portions of a composite digital radio broadcast signal by processing compressed audio packets to compute corresponding digital audio quality indicator values, storing the compressed audio packets in an audio blend buffer, processing audio information from each compressed audio packet stored in the audio blend buffer with an audio decoder to generate decompressed digital audio signal samples, and using the digital audio quality indicator values to guide a blending process for combining analog audio signal samples with the digital audio signal samples to produce an audio output by preventing unnecessary blending back and forth between analog and digital if the digital audio quality indicator values indicate that the compressed audio packets are degraded or impaired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: iBiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Nekhamkin, Andrej Domazetovic, Raymond Yen, Sivakumar Thulasingam
  • Patent number: 9544039
    Abstract: A method for detecting the digital quality of a radio signal includes: receiving a radio signal including an analog modulated portion; digitally sampling an analog modulated portion of the radio signal to produce a plurality of samples; using a ratio between an average magnitude and an RMS magnitude of a block of the samples to compute an analog signal quality metric. Receivers that implement the method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: iBiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Brian W. Kroeger, Paul J. Peyla