Patents Assigned to Rockwell Collins, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9843380
    Abstract: Methods for controlling directional antennas (and systems for performing same) may include one or more operations including, but not limited to: determining a location of an aircraft using a Kalman filter; selecting at least one communication tower for air-to-ground communication; computing a vector between the location of the aircraft and at least one selected communication tower; and configuring a directional antenna of an aircraft to correspond to the vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9843398
    Abstract: A photonic analog to digital converter (pADC) includes an electronic I/Q generator, an optical sampler, and an optical detector. The electronic I/Q generator is configured to receive an RF signal and to generate an electronic in-phase signal I and an electronic quadrature-phase signal Q based on the received RF signal. The optical sampler includes one or more optical intensity modulators configured to receive the electronic I and Q signals from the electronic I/Q generator, and to modulate optical pulses to provide modulated optical I and Q signals based on the received electronic I and Q signals from the electronic I/Q generator. The optical detector includes a plurality of photodetectors, and is arranged to receive the modulated optical I and Q signals from the optical sampler and to convert the modulated optical I and Q signals into modulated electronic I and Q signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Zanoni, Jerzy K. Richter, Altin E. Pelteku, Oliver S. King
  • Patent number: 9838151
    Abstract: Wavelet transformation based anti-jam processing methods and systems are disclosed. An anti-jam processing method may include: generating a wavelet transformation for a unit of a received signal; weighting each element in the wavelet transformation to generate a weighted wavelet transformation; evaluating jammer suppression performances of a plurality of time and frequency resolution levels defined for an inverse wavelet transformation; selecting a particular time and frequency resolution level among the plurality of time and frequency resolution levels; and applying the inverse wavelet transformation to the weighted wavelet transformation, wherein the inverse wavelet transformation is applied based on the particular time and frequency resolution level selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael H. Stockmaster
  • Patent number: 9836089
    Abstract: An emissive avionics display unit includes a thin, flexible emissive display surface that may be resized for reuse in a larger or smaller housing. The display surface may be removed from its housing and folded over, rolled over, or cut along an axis of the surface so that a smaller visible portion remains on which images may be displayed by the emissive display unit's drive electronics. The display surface may also be increased in size by unfolding or unrolling previously folded or unrolled portions. Resizing allows the emissive display surface and its drive electronics to be reused or customized to fit display housings of nonstandard shape or size, which housings may in turn be designed to conform to a broad variety of cockpit sizes and available surface areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake P. Covington, Ricky J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9835931
    Abstract: A voltage-mode integrate-and-dump photonic ADC front-end circuit includes a current integrator for immediately integrating current pulses onto a capacitor voltage, the current pulses converted by photodetectors from optical data pulses corresponding to a received analog input signal. The circuit may include dampeners for reducing voltage ringing and resulting intersymbol interference (ISI) to preserve SNR at high data rates. The integrating capacitor may be discharged by a reset switch based on clock signals generated by a master clock; the reset switch may include a pulse width controller enabling the integrating capacitor to track and hold the integrated voltage, rather than downstream sample-and-hold amplifiers. Quantizers and other signal processors generate digital signal output by sampling and digitizing the integrated voltage output of the current integrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Altin E. Pelteku
  • Patent number: 9836433
    Abstract: The present invention relates to improved systems and methods of image processing and more particularly to improved systems and method of image processing using modified image data to produce enhanced data and images using fewer processing cycles and lower system power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaclyn A. Hoke, David W. Jensen
  • Patent number: 9836989
    Abstract: A training data management method and related system is disclosed comprising three integrated elements. A training data network may provide a network linking a remote instructor operating an off-board data network with a student operating an onboard data network. The remote instructor may, via the datalink connection, maintain a level of control of the data set available to the student. A method for providing training data may include an onboard and off-board safety monitor configured for perceiving a safety event and sending a notification thereof to an involved participant. A system for providing training data may include a data guard configured to monitor all communications between two networks and block sensitive information, training data, and classified communications between the networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Wenger, Jaclyn A. Hoke, Brian R. Wolford, Alex Postnikov, James N. Potts, Alex W. Halfpenny
  • Patent number: 9831906
    Abstract: An active electronically scanned array (AESA) includes a plurality of power amplifiers including first power amplifiers and second power amplifiers. The first power amplifiers are biased by a first drain voltage. The second power amplifiers are biased by a second drain voltage. The second drain voltage is different from the first drain voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Chenggang Xie, James B. West
  • Patent number: 9829341
    Abstract: The present invention is a flight deck situational awareness system for displaying Required Time of Arrival (RTA) information for an aircraft. The system may include a memory configured for storing aircraft navigation information for the aircraft. The system may also include a processor. The processor may be configured for being communicatively coupled with the memory and may further be configured for receiving the aircraft navigation information stored in the memory. The processor may generate a depiction based upon the aircraft navigation information. The depiction may include a Required Time of Arrival (RTA) flight cue for the aircraft. The system may further include a display, which may be communicatively coupled with the processor. The display may receive the depiction from the processor and may display the depiction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Swiderski, Michael J. Krenz
  • Patent number: 9830910
    Abstract: A computer system receives a voice command and applies one or more contextual filters produce avionics commands based on the voice command. Elements of the voice command are displayed for acceptance by a pilot before being implemented by an avionics system. Individual elements are reevaluated as necessary. Contextual filters include flight paths, flight phase, aircraft location, current weather conditions or information associated with a particular airport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey A. Shapiro, David L. Leedom, Nicholas M. Lorch
  • Patent number: 9830863
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing content-based localized brightness control are disclosed. A system may include a display panel configured to support independently controllable brightness levels for a plurality of pixel groups within the display panel. The system may also include a processor in communication with the display panel. The processor may be configured to identify a specific pixel group of the display panel based on content being displayed in the specific pixel group, and the processor may be further configured to set a brightness level of the specific pixel group differently from another pixel group of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Carrico
  • Patent number: 9831559
    Abstract: An antenna array includes a flexible microstrip PCB feed layer and a plurality of radiating elements attached to the flexible PCB feed layer. The radiating elements comprise a Tau scalable log periodic array of low profile radiating elements for producing a monopole, end fire radiation pattern. Radiating elements include printed inverted F antenna elements and multi-arm puck elements for circular polarization. The antenna array is conformable to a curved surface. The radiating elements can be either integrated within a multi-layer flex or rigid flex PCB, or configured as individual elements that are die attached to a common ground plane flex circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: James B. West, Jiwon L. Moran
  • Patent number: 9830829
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for integrating voice communication systems with voice recognition devices or units and myriad other data sources to provide a harmonization between intended aircraft operations and actual aircraft operations, including logical components to provide a mechanism to flag certain alert communications that signal the initiation of particular response scenarios based on detected terms and track initiation of pre-planned processes to address specific events that are signaled through the use of the detected terms. Information from myriad data sources is collected and integrated to provide an indication of intended operations for an aircraft. A data comparison device compares the indicated real-time intended operations of the aircraft with actual monitored operations of the aircraft to discern unacceptable deviations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: William George Doyen, Geoffrey A. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 9829995
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method for managing a location of a cursor on a display. The method may include the step of receiving an input from a user. The method may also include the step of detecting a gaze of the user within the display. The method may also include the step of displaying the cursor on the display within the gaze of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin D. Reed, Bryan C. Schultz, Timothy J. Wittkop, David L. Leedom
  • Patent number: 9831564
    Abstract: Antenna systems and packaging methods that reduce packaging and circuit board complexities are disclosed. The antenna system includes a circuit board. The circuit board defines a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The antenna system also includes a plurality of integrated antenna elements positioned on the first surface of the circuit board. Each integrated antenna element of the plurality of integrated antenna elements includes an antenna element, a printed circuit board and a radio frequency integrated circuit chip. Each integrated antenna element of the plurality of integrated antenna elements is packaged as a three-dimensional stack package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Chenggang Xie
  • Patent number: 9829284
    Abstract: Methods performed by an optoelectronic system are disclosed. A first method may be performed by a pulse data generator configured to acquire time from a clock; determine pulse data representative of a sequence of duration times and/or wavelength ranges as a function of, in part, a wavelength hopping algorithm; and determine and generate an output for controlling an operation of at least one optoelectronic system. A second method may be performed by a sensor controller configured to acquire the pulse data; and generate an output for controlling an operation of an optoelectronic system employed to produce an image viewable to a viewer. A third method may be performed by an image generator configured to acquire the pulse data; acquire digital data from an optoelectronic system; and generate image data representative of an image represented in data acquired from the optoelectronic system as a function of the pulse data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: John G Bendickson, Mitchell A. Riley
  • Patent number: 9831833
    Abstract: A power amplifier including a power amplifier stage. The power amplifier stage may be configured to receive a signal, amplify the signal at saturation with substantially zero amplitude-phase (AM-PM) distortion, and output the amplified signal as an output signal. The power amplifier may be a single stage power amplifier or a multi-stage power amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Chenggang Xie
  • Patent number: 9826941
    Abstract: A vehicular system includes a wearable device and a computing device. The wearable device is configured to be worn by an operator of a vehicle. The wearable device includes a sensor configured to measure a physiological state of the operator. The wearable device is configured to output physiological data indicative of the physiological state of the operator or operator health alert data indicative of a determined health problem associated with the operator. The computing device includes a processor configured to receive the physiological data associated with the operator or the operator health alert data from the wearable device and to determine whether the operator is experiencing a health problem based on the physiological data or the operator health alert data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick M. Serovy, Charles J. Sitter
  • Patent number: 9830713
    Abstract: A system and related method for detecting unmanned aerial vehicles and other targets aboard an aircraft scans a region proximal to the aircraft with a network of image sensors attached to the aircraft exterior. Visual processors detect potential targets and determine location data associated with the targets based on the captured images, sending the captured images and associated location data to a visual display system for display to a pilot or crew of the aircraft along with cueing symbology. The visual display system may include a cockpit-mounted heads-down display, a monocular, binocular, or head-tracking helmet-mounted display, or an offboard mobile device. The system may scan a 3-D space around the aircraft or a proximal 2-D section of terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Brad A. Walker
  • Patent number: D805122
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles S. Curbbun, Matthew Kranz, Arvin Abadilla, Lee-Anne Stossell, William J. Leach