Patents Assigned to M/A-Com, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20070115080
    Abstract: A dielectric resonator with an air (or other dielectric) gap axially interrupting the body of the resonator and circuits employing such resonators. Preferably, the resonator body is conical or a stepped cylinder. However, the invention also is workable with a straight-sided cylindrical resonator body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Publication date: May 24, 2007
    Applicant: M/A-Com, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristi Pance, Ronald Hebert, Paul Schwab
  • Patent number: 7221915
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for electromagnetic processing of an input wave involving receiving a modified signal derived from two or more signals that represent the input wave when combined; and regulating the modified signal using at least one analog signal containing a characteristic of the two or more signals. Embodiments of the invention may utilize in-phase and quadrature phase signals, where the magnitude portion of the signals may be used for regulating the modified signal. The modified signal may be created by modulating a characteristic of the I, Q signals, such as their sign, with an RF or other frequency carrier wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: M/A-Com, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey William Tripp, Walid Khairy Mohamed Ahmed
  • Patent number: 7215193
    Abstract: A power amplifier circuit includes a circuit topology with first and second switching elements. The first and second switching elements have a closed state and an open state, wherein current flows between the switching elements when they are both in the closed state. The voltage across the first and second switching elements is regulated by a clamping element that sets the connection between the first and second switching elements to a reference voltage when the switching elements are in the off position. The power amplifier may be a switching power amplifier, and the first and second switching elements may be transistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: M/A-COM, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale Scott Douglas
  • Patent number: 7211887
    Abstract: A connection arrangement for a micro lead frame plastic (MLP) package is provided that includes a paddle configured to be connected to a circuit board and a first ground pad and a second ground pad each connected to the paddle. The first and second ground pads together with the paddle are configured to provide continuity of ground between the circuit board and a chip mounted to the paddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: M/A-Com, Inc.
    Inventors: Eswarappa Channabasappa, Richard Alan Anderson
  • Publication number: 20070090899
    Abstract: In order to permit electronic tuning of the frequency of a circuit including dielectric resonators, such as a dielectric resonator filter, tuning plates are employed adjacent the individual dielectric resonators. The tuning plates comprises two separate conductive portions and an electronically tunable element electrically coupled therebetween. The electronically tunable element can be any electronic component that will permit changing the capacitance between the two separate conductive portions of the tuning plates by altering the current or voltage supplied to the electronically tunable element. Such components include virtually any two or three terminal semiconductor device. However, preferable devices include varactor diodes and PIN diodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Publication date: April 26, 2007
    Applicant: M/A-Com, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Schwab, Kristi Pance, Neil Craig
  • Publication number: 20070090957
    Abstract: An antenna rack assembly comprising a base, a top spaced apart from the base, at least two beam members, each fixedly attached at one end to the base and at another end to the top, for mounting at least one antenna component, and one or more covers removably attached to the beam members for covering components mounted to said beam members, the one or more covers having a curved contour and being made of a material suitable for radio frequency (RF) transmissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Publication date: April 26, 2007
    Applicant: M/A-COM, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Kozlovski
  • Patent number: 7205836
    Abstract: A high-power, high frequency (1–100 GHz) power amplifier, made using SiGe transistors. A differential common-emitter amplifier section supplies the voltage amplification, allowing the total voltage swing of the amplifier to be twice the breakdown voltage of the individual transistors. Current amplification is supplied by a differential common-emitter amplifier section, connected in cascode with the differential common-emitter amplifier section. Appropriately chosen resonators in the cascode connection resonate out the Miller effect, negative current feed back of the circuit at the amplifier's operational frequency, allowing the amplifier to provide high power output at the operational frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: M/A-Com, Inc.
    Inventors: David Richard Helms, Robert Warrant Point, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20070080809
    Abstract: An antenna system for a radio frequency identification system comprising: (a) a base; (b) a first patch antenna disposed on the base and having a circular polarization and adapted to convert between electrical signals and electromagnetic fields; and (c) a second patch antenna disposed on the base and having a circular polarization and adapted to convert between electrical signals and electromagnetic fields, the second antenna being disposed at a distance from the first antenna to define a region between the first and the antenna, the second patch antenna being positioned relative to the first patch antenna such that the electromagnetic fields of the two antennas are substantially opposing in the region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Publication date: April 12, 2007
    Applicant: M/A Com, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Lannon, Clyde Callewaert
  • Publication number: 20070080864
    Abstract: A patch antenna in accordance with the present invention comprises a patch optionally surrounded by a top ground plane, a feed line disposed beneath the patch and separated therefrom by a thin substrate, a middle ground plane separated from the feed line by another thin substrate, and a bottom ground plane disposed beneath the middle ground plane and preferably separated therefrom by foam or another lightweight dielectric layer. Conductive vias run between the top ground plane and the middle ground plane as well as from the middle ground plane to the bottom ground plane. The middle ground plane is essentially annular, defining an opening in the middle thereof, such that there is a dielectric cavity beneath the patch and the feed line in the space defined by the bottom ground plane, the middle ground plane and the vias that run between the middle ground plane and the bottom ground plane. This cavity can be filled with low cost, low weight foam, rather than the heavier, more costly conventional substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Publication date: April 12, 2007
    Applicant: M/A-Com, Inc.
    Inventor: Eswarappa Channabasappa
  • Patent number: 7203262
    Abstract: A phase locked loop includes a buffer that synchronizes the transmission of the new count value to the completion of the previous count to avoid errors caused by dithering. The buffer is connected to a count input of the counter and transmits the new count upon receipt of the carryout signal from the counter. Alternatively, the transmission of the new value of N from the buffer is delayed after receipt by the buffer of a carryout signal from the counter. In another embodiment, a delayed version of the carryout signal is used to trigger the buffer to transmit the new count value to the counter. In another feature, a buffer synchronizes phase data to a reference signal before inputting it to a digital modulator of the phase locked loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignees: M/A-Com, Inc., M/A-Com, Eurotec, B.V.
    Inventors: Carol Moy, Christine DiVincenzo, Eoin Carey, Herbert Jaeger, Robert Servilio
  • Publication number: 20070075783
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transmitting signal, the apparatus comprising a front end telecommunications module including a power amplifier, a matching circuit coupled to the power amplifier, and a filter coupled to the matching circuit, such that a signal received by the power amplifier is transmitted to the filter through the matching circuit. The telecommunications module provides quad-band capability in a compact design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Applicant: M/A Com, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Weigand, Thomas Winslow, Richard Giacchino
  • Patent number: 7199747
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating short electronic pulses using a modified differential trigger that is partly an analogue sinusoidal voltage and partly a selectable, DC voltage. The differential trigger is applied to a differential base band pulse generator having a NAND gate and AND gate. The trigger is applied to both NAND inputs and to one AND input. The NAND output is applied the other AND input. Such a circuit is an OFF state for all input states. However, as the input switches state, the NAND gate delay causes the AND gate to be ON briefly, generating a short pulse. The timing of this pulse can be controlled by varying the constant DC voltage. By using fast switching SiGe CML gates, short pulses with a controllable time off-set can be generated that are suitable for use in automotive radar applications, using only sub-GHz clocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: M/A-Com, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Peter Jenkins, Robert Ian Gresham
  • Publication number: 20070063888
    Abstract: A pulsed radar that uses a single sideband pulsed signal for determining a distance to a target. The radar has twice the target resolution of a conventional pulsed radar using the same bandwidth signal. The single sideband pulsed signal may be produced by mixing a base-band pulsed signal with a radio frequency (RF) carrier frequency and then filtering the resultant amplitude modulated signal to suppress either the upper or the lower sideband signal. Because only one sideband is used, the pulse occupies half the bandwidth that it would in a conventional pulsed radar. For a given bandwidth, the single sideband radar, therefore, has twice the target resolution of a conventional pulsed radar system. The single sideband signal's shape must, however, be preserved during amplification to avoid reintroduction of the suppressed sideband, so highly linear power amplifiers must be used to boost the strength of the signal before transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Publication date: March 22, 2007
    Applicant: M/A-COM, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7193487
    Abstract: A multi-layer cross connect having high isolation between signal channels, the multi-layer cross connect comprising: (a) a multi-layer circuit board having a top and bottom orientation and comprising at least a bottom layer and one or more upper layers; (b) a plurality of microstrip launches along the perimeter of the bottom layer; (c) a plurality of striplines on the bottom layer, each stripline being connected to one and only one microstrip launch and comprising a transformer for lowering its impedance and thereby increasing its width, the striplines comprising first striplines and second striplines; (d) a plurality of transition vias, each transition via conductively coupling each of the second striplines to a stripline on an upper layer; and (e) a combiner on each layer for combining signals from multiple striplines to a common stripline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: M/A-Com, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Alexander, Anthony Cappello, Raymond Kaarsberg, Robert Patukonis
  • Patent number: 7187231
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods and articles of manufacture for multiband transmitter power amplification are provided wherein one or more amplifying devices, of which at least one may be one or more current sources, have impedances matched for different input and output frequencies by way of various impedance matching circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignees: M/A-COM, Inc., M/A-COM Eurotec, B.V.
    Inventors: Finbarr J. McGrath, Eugene Heaney, Pierce J. Nagle, Andrei V. Grebennikov
  • Patent number: 7183881
    Abstract: A cross-coupled dielectric resonator circuit. Resonator circuits in accordance with the invention may be used to build low-loss compact filters, oscillators, and other circuits, particularly microwave circuits. The resonators are arranged relatively to each other within an enclosure in a very efficient and compact design that enhances adjustability and coupling between adjacent resonators and the cross-coupling of alternate resonators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: M/A-Com, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristi Dhimiter Pance, Eswarappa Channabasappa
  • Patent number: 7170362
    Abstract: A ferrite circulator having integrated alignment members and a method for aligning a ferrite element within a ferrite circulator are provided. The ferrite circulator includes a ferrite circulator housing having a body for receiving at least one ferrite element therein. The ferrite circulator housing further includes a plurality of alignment members positioned and configured to maintain the alignment of the at least one ferrite element in an alignment region defined by the plurality of alignment members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: M/A-COM, Inc.
    Inventors: James Paul Kingston, Stanley Vincent Paquette
  • Patent number: 7167104
    Abstract: A system and method to wirelessly communicate information between traffic control signs and vehicles are provided. The method includes wirelessly communicating traffic control information from a traffic control sign to a vehicle and wirelessly communicating vehicle information from the vehicle to the traffic control sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: M/A-Com, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald Charles DiPiazza
  • Patent number: 7157744
    Abstract: A package for a light emitting diode (LED) including an electrically insulating substrate layer, a non-conductive layer disposed on the electrically insulating substrate layer, and a reflector layer disposed on the non-conductive layer. The electrically insulating layer includes metallized portions for coupling a light emitting diode thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: M/A-COM, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Palmteer, Thomas Yuan, Richard Koba
  • Patent number: 7154329
    Abstract: An amplifier circuit includes a calibration circuit with a controllable circuit element such as a digital resistor. One or more properties of the controllable circuit element (e.g., the resistance in a digital resistor) is varied by a digital calibration word such that the voltage drop across the resistor matches a reference voltage. The calibration word is also used to control the resistance of a transistor that forms a part of a power amplifier to compensate for temperature and process variations. The amplifier may be a switching power amplifier, and the transistor may be a segmented transistor with the width (and hence the channel resistance) controlled by the digital calibration word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: M/A-COM, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale Scott Douglas