Patents Assigned to Micron Electronics, Inc.
  • Patent number: 6182213
    Abstract: Chipset or core logic for attachment of the ROM BIOS within the system architecture. Although normally attached to the ISA bus, the ROM BIOS may be attached to an alternate bus (e.g., the system memory data bus) located within the system, thereby potentially eliminating the ISA bus from the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Dean A. Klein
  • Patent number: 6182180
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for interfacing buses includes a system interface processor coupled to a first bus and including a command register accessible via a second bus. A request buffer and a response buffer are provided which are accessible via the second bus and coupled to the interface processor. The request buffer can be used to store information to be transmitted from the second bus to the first via the interface processor while the response buffer can be used to store information to be transmitted from the first bus to the second bus via the interface processor. The interface processor may include a status register to indicate the status of the interface controller. The interface controller may also include a command register to receive commands transmitted over the second bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ji-hwan Liu, Ken Nguyen, Karl S. Johnson, Mallikarjunan Mahalingam
  • Patent number: 6182232
    Abstract: A method to manage power consumption in a computer system includes receiving a power signal from a power source (the power signal furnishing power to a portion of the circuit), generating a first signal indicating the power transferred from the power source to the portion of the computer system, and generating a second signal to effect a power management action based on the first signal. By way of example, the power source may be a switching or linear power supply, and the second signal may be a fan control signal, a processor halt signal, or a processor interrupt signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Dean A. Klein
  • Patent number: 6178611
    Abstract: An apparatus for installing and removing a retaining clip. The retaining clip has first and second spaced apart and opposing securing members and each securing member is connected to and movable relative to an intermediate member. The apparatus comprises a first engaging member having an engaging portion sized and shaped to releasably engage a tab portion of the first securing member and a second engaging member having an engaging portion sized and shaped to releasably engage a tab portion of the second securing member. The engaging portions of the first and second engaging members are movable toward and away from each other. A guide structure is coupled to the first and second engaging members to allow at least one of the engaging members to move along a motion path toward and away from the other of the first and second engaging members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig L. Boe
  • Patent number: 6176001
    Abstract: A method for removably mounting to a chassis a computer component having a first surface with a first aperture extending therein and a second surface having a second aperture therein. The method includes inserting a first protrusion of an attachment assembly into the first aperture and inserting a second protrusion of the assembly into the second aperture to restrict motion of the assembly relative to the component. The method further includes engaging a first portion of the assembly with a first surface of the chassis facing the first portion, and engaging a second portion of the assembly with a second surface of the chassis facing the second portion to restrict motion of the component relative to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig L. Boe
  • Patent number: 6175774
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for burning in a computer having a parallel port, includes a diagnostic program, stored in an internal memory of the computer, for running diagnostic tests on at least one component of the computer. The apparatus also includes a power cycling circuit, coupled to the parallel port of the computer, for receiving a power-off signal from the computer, for turning power off to the computer in response to the power-off signal and for automatically turning power back on to the computer after a specified period of time has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Frank, Greg P. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6175537
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a method for skipping a track on a disc in a disc player. Unlike current methods, this method does not rely on identifying tracks to be skipped based upon which slot a disc is located in. Instead, one embodiment of the present invention identifies discs based upon identification data read from discs in the disc player. Thus, this embodiment of the present invention provides a method for skipping a track on a disc in a disc player that operates by identifying discs contained in the disc player. The method receives track identification data from a track sequencer. The method also reads track identification data for tracks to be skipped from a memory storage device. The method then compares the track identification data for the tracks to be skipped with the track identification data from the track sequencer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Hoyt A. Fleming, III
  • Patent number: 6175490
    Abstract: A network server includes removable network interface modules mounted in a chassis. The network interface modules connect to a CPU through an interconnection assembly module. The network interface modules may comprise removable canisters containing a plurality of interface cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen E. J. Papa, Carlton G. Amdahl, Michael G. Henderson, Don Agneta, Don Shiro, Dennis H. Smith
  • Patent number: 6173346
    Abstract: A software architecture for the hot add and swap of adapters. The software architecture allows users to replace failed components, upgrade outdated components, and add new functionality, such as new network interfaces, disk interface adapters and storage, without impacting existing users. The software architecture supports the hot add and swap of off-the-shelf adapters, including those adapters that are programmable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter August Wallach, Mehrdad Khalili, Mallikarjunan Mahalingam, John M. Reed
  • Patent number: 6170028
    Abstract: A software architecture for the hot add and swap of adapters. The software architecture allows users to replace failed components, upgrade outdated components, and add new functionality, such as new network interfaces, disk interface adapters and storage, without impacting existing users. The software architecture supports the hot add and swap of off-the-shelf adapters, including those adapters that are programmable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter August Wallach, Mehrdad Khalili, Mallikarjunan Mahalingam, John M. Reed
  • Patent number: 6163825
    Abstract: A software architecture for the hot add and swap of adapters. The software architecture allows users to replace failed components, upgrade outdated components, and add new functionality, such as new network interfaces, disk interface adapters and storage, without impacting existing users. The software architecture supports the hot add and swap of off-the-shelf adapters, including those adapters that are programmable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter August Wallach, Mehrdad Khalili, Mallikarjunan Mahalingam, John M. Reed
  • Patent number: 6163849
    Abstract: A fault tolerant method of powering up and powering down a server through either a local or remote client machine. The remote machine accesses the server by use of a dial-in modem connection, while the local machine accesses the server by a local serial connection. The power up operation brings the server to a maintenance state such that diagnostics or recovery can be performed even though the server operating system software is not operational. Power down is used when certain types of diagnostic, maintenance, or administrative tasks need to be done.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmad Nouri, Karl S. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6161944
    Abstract: A computer system may include a retractable illumination device to illuminate a keyboard in a dimly lit environment. The illumination device may be located proximal to the keyboard or on a display. The illumination device may be activated by raising it to a position above the keyboard or by exposing the device via a slideable cover. The illumination device may be deactivated by retracting it into the computer system or covering it with the slideable cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael V. Leman
  • Patent number: 6163853
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a status condition of a first server with a second server in a server network, and also providing synchronization and messaging between the two servers, the method including: transmitting a software-generated pulse waveform from the first server to a device coupled to the first server, wherein the software-generated pulse waveform is comprises a first command corresponding to a logic level low and a second command corresponding to a logic level high; setting said device to a first state during logic level lows of said pulse waveform and to a second state during logic level highs of said pulse waveform; receiving the software-generated pulse waveform with the second server by determining when said device is in the first state and when it is in the second state; and determining when said device no longer changes from the first state to the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Findlay, Michael Chrabaszcz
  • Patent number: 6163326
    Abstract: A detachable device for a laptop computer. The laptop computer has a base and a display housing coupled to the base. The display housing is movable relative to the base between a closed position in which the computer is in a stowed configuration and an open position in which the computer is in an unstowed configuration and the display housing and base are accessible to a user. The input device includes controls that receive commands from the user and transmit the commands to the computer via a communication link. In one embodiment, the input device may be attached to the computer by positioning it within an aperture of the base. The input device may be detached from the computer by removing it from the aperture. The controls of the input device may remain accessible to the user when the input device is either attached to or detached from the base. The computer may be placed in the stowed configuration when the input device is in the attached position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean A. Klein, Hoyt A. Fleming, III
  • Patent number: 6161882
    Abstract: A closure system useful for securing a device having a stylus. In a first embodiment, the closure system includes a housing having first and second housing members, the first housing member being configured to matingly contact the second housing member when the device is in a closed configuration. The stylus is received within a channel located in the second housing member. A latch release also located within the second member is controlled by the position of the stylus such that when the stylus is inserted within the channel, the latch release engages a latch located on the first member, thereby preventing the first and second members from separating. The latch release may also be used to block the latch such that the first and second housing members can not be mated when the stylus is removed from the channel. In another embodiment, a blocking device located within the second housing member and separate from the latch is utilized to prevent the device from being closed when the stylus is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Murphy, Hoyt A. Fleming, III
  • Patent number: 6161177
    Abstract: A computer system having a motherboard that is adapted to receive a daughterboard containing a CPU coupled to a PCI bus and a memory device through a system controller. The PCI bus is, in turn, coupled to a storage device, such as a programmable array logic device, containing CPU data identifying the type of CPU or other hardware installed on the daughterboard. The motherboard includes a memory device storing a BIOS program as well as a startup program. The startup program is executed by the CPU at power up or reset to cause the CPU to compare the CPU data identifying the CPU to BIOS data identifying the CPU adapted to execute the BIOS program. In the event that the CPU data and the BIOS data match, the CPU executes the BIOS program in a normal manner. In the event the CPU data does not match the BIOS data, the CPU executes a crisis recovery routine which may involve writing the proper BIOS program from a floppy disk to a programmable memory device containing the BIOS program on the motherboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6158594
    Abstract: Bracket for connection to a chassis of an electronic apparatus without the use of screws is described. The bracket may feature a support arm having at least one connection means, a ledge portion connected to the top of the support arm, and a flexible section connected to the ledge portion. The flexible section may extend at an angle to the ledge portion to impart a tension force on the chassis when installed, and contains an engagement device for attachment to a chassis connection element. In a described embodiment, when installed, a protrusion of the flexible section engages a pre-existing hole in the chassis of the electronic apparatus, and the flexible section exerts a bias force against the chassis to ensure a secure connection. The bracket may also include a handle attached to the flexible section, to permit a person to disengage the engagement device of the flexible section from the chassis connection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig L. Boe
  • Patent number: 6158699
    Abstract: An attachment assembly for removably mounting a computer component to a chassis. The assembly includes first and second engaging members. The first engaging member has a first protrusion which extends away from the first engaging member and is received by a first aperture positioned in a first surface of the component. The second engaging member has a second protrusion extending away therefrom and is received by a second aperture positioned in a second surface of the component to substantially prevent motion of the assembly relative to the component. The assembly further includes a chassis coupling member which engages first and second surfaces of the chassis to restrict motion of the assembly and the component to which it is attached relative to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig L. Boe
  • Patent number: 6160561
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for displaying data on a video display that is controlled by a video controller, the video controller is coupled to a high-speed memory and a low-speed memory. The memories have separate data paths. A video address corresponding to a location on the video display is received. If a specified address bit is in a first state, then data is displayed from the high-speed memory. If the specified address bit is in a second state, then data is displayed from the low-speed memory. The specified address bit may be a high order address bit that is not utilized by a conventional VGA controller to transmit address information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Dean A. Klein