Patents Assigned to Scientific Atlanta, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8800135
    Abstract: A cutting guide for trimming the center conductor of a stinger. The cutting guide may include a housing that is adapted to receive the stinger conductor and provide a reference plane for trimming the conductor to a desired length. The housing may include a receiving end for receiving a predetermined portion of the stinger and an exit end through which an excess portion of the conductor protrudes beyond the desired cutting plane. The housing may include a socket having a receiving space for receiving the threads of the conductor and a barrel having a bore through which the stinger extends. Alternative embodiments include a length-adjustable housing and a housing with multiple bore lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Riggsby, William G. Mahoney
  • Patent number: 7834481
    Abstract: A threshold detection circuit includes, in one embodiment, a comparator having a first input connection for receiving a backup voltage from a backup power source, a second input connection for receiving a primary voltage from a primary power source, and an output connection for providing an output voltage; a first resistor and a first capacitor that are coupled in series between the first input connection and the output connection; and a second resistor that is coupled between the first input connection and the output connection, and that is coupled in parallel to the series of first resistor and the first capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Anderson, Michael P. Duggan
  • Patent number: 7814653
    Abstract: A spring-loaded device is installed into a node housing at a predetermined location. The predetermined location is selected to correspond to another predetermined location into which a stinger may be installed. These predetermined locations on the node housing are selected to further correspond to a predetermined internal location of an RF interface connector. A conducting pin of the RF interface extends through a dielectric between a nail head shaped end, which provides electrical connection with the stinger projection, and an end soldered to a PCB of the amplifier. The amplifier may be installed and the node housing closed before the stinger and spring-loaded device are installed into the housing. This facilitates installation of the stinger into the housing without having to open the housing and remove the amplifier. External threads on the spring-loaded device facilitate installation thereof, but a unique torque is not required therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Pfister, Dennis McLain, Lai Hoang
  • Patent number: 7805750
    Abstract: A storage control system for a decoder. A decoder with a hardware platform for receiving and decoding coded data and a storage system for temporarily holding the decoded data from the hardware platform. A transport stream containing a global control data stream is used to manage the storage system. The global control data stream has an acquisition table (ACT) for providing a schedule of contents to be recorded, a playout control table (PCT) for providing a schedule of content that is to be played out by the decoder, and a content control table (CCT) for listing content that exists on the decoders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Luccisano, Wayne Steven Sheldrick, Keith B. Gammie, Arthur San Woo
  • Patent number: 7773879
    Abstract: A cable television system (100) having forward and reverse paths includes, in the reverse path, a digital optical transmitter (200) for receiving an RF signal, converting it to a digital signal, and adding a digital pilot tone thereto. A laser is driven in accordance with the summed digital signal to generate a digital optical signal representative of the pilot tone and the RF signal. The cable television system (100) also includes an optical receiver (305) for receiving the digital optical signal and recovering therefrom the RF signal and the pilot tone. The optical transmitter (200) and receiver (305) are coupled by fiber optic communication media (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Forrest M. Farhan, Alberto P. Gaibazzi
  • Patent number: 7743401
    Abstract: Systems and methods for decoding and processing back-to-back transactions for an addressable cable television tap. The addressable tap includes an input port for receiving an input signal and output ports for providing outgoing signals to receiving equipment and a controller for providing addressable per port (RF) switching. The controller is adapted to communicate with multiple addressable ports. The controller also includes storage for storing the remaining portions of partially processed commands. Further, the addressable tap includes a relay for enabling or disabling signals to the addressable output ports. Processing commands in the addressable tap includes receiving continuous commands having back-to-back transactions, from a headend and forwarding signals to receiving equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kinney C. Bacon, Joel P. Jenkins, Alan J. Schlenz, Jaegyoo Seol
  • Patent number: 7729379
    Abstract: An architecture for providing high-speed access over frequency-division multiplexed (FDM) channels allows transmission of ethernet frames and/or other data across a cable transmission network or other form of FDM transport. The architecture involves downstream and upstream FDM multiplexing techniques to allow contemporaneous, parallel communications across a plurality of frequency channels. Each downstream data flow is fragmented into individual octets that are multiplexed into MPEG packets. An MPEG packet may carry the octets for a plurality of individual data flows. Furthermore, the MPEG packets may be frequency-division multiplexed across and may be contemporaneously communicated over a plurality of frequency channels. Also, the octets from a data flow do not necessarily have to use consecutive octets in an MPEG packet. Instead, consecutive octets in an MPEG packet may carry information for two different data flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald C. Sorenson, Richard J. Futch
  • Patent number: 7719849
    Abstract: Included are systems and methods for providing access of test points. An embodiment of a system includes an electrical module including at least one electrical circuit configured to communicate at least one electrical signal, the electrical module further including at least one multiple access test point configured to provide access for measurements of the electrical circuit. Some embodiments include an environmental housing that includes at least one access port, the environmental housing configured to receive the electrical module such that at least one access port provides access to at least one multiple access test point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Blashewski, Robert R. Riggsby, William G. Mahoney
  • Patent number: 7721318
    Abstract: Uplink signaling for controlling a plurality of decoders at a remote site. An uplink has a control server for controlling a storage system of the decoders at the remote site. The control server of the uplink controls the storage system by injecting at least one global control stream multiplexed with a transport stream. The transport multiplexed with the global control stream is formed at the uplink for controlling the decoders simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Luccisano, Wayne Steven Sheldrick, Keith B. Gammie, Arthur San Woo, Brian Crookes
  • Patent number: 7711235
    Abstract: In one embodiment a fiber tray include an arrangement of retaining slots configured to receive retaining clips in a variety of different orientations and sizes. Retaining clips may have standardized sizes to correspond with the arrangement of retaining slots and to secure a variety of components to the fiber tray in different locations and orientations. Fiber management means may be provided to guide fiber optic cable from the components in a variety of orientations and locations. The fiber tray may be configured to move between a stowed position within a node housing in which the mounting surface of the tray faces downward and an access position in which the tray faces upward. The tray may be transparent to allow a technician to view the fiber arrangement without moving the tray from the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Riggsby, William G. Mahoney, Amy Hauth, David Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 7711233
    Abstract: An enclosure assembly for protecting and housing fiber optic cable within fiber optic equipment. The enclosure assembly includes a housing having an open end for detachably receiving a tray. The tray is configured to retain a portion of the length of the fiber optic cable in a coiled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventor: William G. MaHoney
  • Patent number: 7707719
    Abstract: A method for protecting contacts within a receptacle housing of a connector assembly from becoming contaminated. An example method includes inserting a connector insert into the receptacle housing, the connector insert includes a body portion having an exterior configured to correspond to at least a portion of the interior of the receptacle housing of the connector assembly. The body portion of the insert includes an opening which extends into the body portion to receive the contacts and protect the contacts from the exterior environment surrounding the receptacle housing when at least a portion of the body portion is received within the receptacle housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas L. Meister, Ray D. Sturbaum
  • Patent number: 7703115
    Abstract: An electronic program guide (EPG) having a variable indicator to focus a user's attention upon a corresponding field of a selectable program instance The EPG includes a user interface screen for providing a plurality of television program instances by time and channel in a grid menu. Each television program becomes selectable from the EPG based upon user interaction. The indicator is depicted in association with each television program when it becomes selectable as a result of user interaction. The indicator is configured based upon attributes of the currently selectable program instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin John Stauton-Lambert, Irvan J. Krantzler
  • Patent number: 7690012
    Abstract: A system for controlling viewer access to media content, the system comprising a memory with logic and a processor configured by the logic to provide interactive user interfaces that enable an administrator to positively define media content for access by a user. The processor is further configured by the logic to enable the user to access the media content as defined by the administrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Richard Luehrs
  • Patent number: 7669323
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for electrically connecting a stinger into a network node may include installing a non-conductive force exerting means through a port of a closed node housing of a network node. The method may include extending the force exerting means from outside the node housing to within the interior of the network node and adjusting the force exerting means without accessing the interior of the node housing to exert a force on the conductor of a stinger installed within the interior of the network node to contact and forcibly bring the conductor of the stinger into electrical contact with an interface means installed within the interior of the network node to establish an electrical interface and seize the conductor of the stinger within the interior of the network node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Pfister, Dennis McLain, Lai Hoang
  • Patent number: 7639655
    Abstract: Switch and MAC layer components are located at a headend and PHY layer components for connecting a plurality of end-user devices are located remotely at nodes. Using SSMII technology, MAC layer ports can communicate with an equal number of PHY layer interface ports serially. Thus, the MAC layer connects to the PHY layer via fiber links, a separate link being used for each direction of traffic data flow. Information data is encoded along with a frame sync signal and a clock signal into a serial stream for transmission across the network. The serial stream is decoded at the other end, and the frame sync signal is extracted to provided timing functionality. This allows full duplex operation with the MAC layer separated from the PHY layer at distances greater than a few inches. Also, user device status may be monitored at the single switch location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo A. Bione
  • Patent number: 7630499
    Abstract: A system and method for retrieval and transfer of encrypted content from a failed set-top box. When content is recorded to the storage device of a set-top box, the content is encrypted with a content instance key. This content instance key is encrypted with the public key of the set-top box and a duplicate of the content instance key is encrypted by another public key other than the public key of the set-top. In the event the set-top fails, the encrypted content on the storage device may be retrieved from the storage device by decrypting the duplicate content instance key with the private key that corresponds with the public key that encrypted the duplicate of the content instance key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony J. Wasilewski
  • Patent number: 7631275
    Abstract: An electronic program guide (EPG) having a spotlight effect to focus a user's attention upon a selectable item. The EPG includes a user interface screen for providing a plurality of television programs by time and channel in a grid format. Each television program becomes selectable from the EPG based upon user interaction. The spotlight effect is depicted in association with each television program when it becomes selectable as a result of user interaction. The spotlight effect is defined by non-uniform color which at least partially surrounds and extends from the selectable television program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Thomas Chicles, Sankaranarayanan Balasubramanian, Kalyani Natarajan, Raja Thanga Rathinam M
  • Patent number: 7627887
    Abstract: An apparatus in a digital network receives digital packets, such as MPEG packets, included in at least one input transport stream and outputs a plurality of modulated output transport streams. The apparatus determines whether the input transport streams include packets that are for multicasting from a plurality of the modulators included within the apparatus. The apparatus also determines whether the input transport streams include unicast packets that are transmitted from only one of the output modulators of the apparatus. The apparatus identifies the unicast and multicast packets of the input transport streams and associates a modulator for each unicast packet. The associated modulator of a unicast packet is the particular modulator from which the packet is modulated and transmitted. The apparatus also associates a plurality of modulators with each multicast packet, wherein the associated plurality of modulators are the modulators from which the multicast packet is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Scientific- Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Bisher, Jr., Neil B. Buchen, Thomas C. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20090282428
    Abstract: A method for providing television functionality includes tracking viewing parameters corresponding to services that are provided to a user, determining a user preference for a viewing parameter, receiving user input requesting television functionality, and providing a user with a result that is responsive to the user input and to the user preference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventor: Arturo A. Rodriguez