Patents Assigned to Vixel Corporation
  • Publication number: 20040085972
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for switching Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop Systems is provided between a plurality of Fibre Channel Loop devices. In one aspect of the invention, the system switches based at least in part on arbitrated loop primitives. An exemplary interconnect system may include a first port and a second port, both including port logic to monitor certain arbitrated loop primitives, a connectivity apparatus, a route determination apparatus including a routing table consisting of ALPA addresses and their associated ports, the route determination apparatus coupled to each port and the connectivity apparatus, where the connectivity apparatus creates paths between the ports based on arbitrated loop primitives. In one embodiment, the connectivity apparatus is a crossbar switch. Examples of the arbitrated loop primitives that cause the switch to create paths between ports includes one or more of the following: ARB, OPN and CLS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Gregory Warren, William Goodwin, Carl Mies, Thomas Hammond-Doel, Michael L. White
  • Publication number: 20040085994
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for switching Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop Systems is provided between a plurality of Fibre Channel Loop devices. In one aspect of the invention, the system switches based at least in part on arbitrated loop primitives. An exemplary interconnect system may include a first port and a second port, both including port logic to monitor certain arbitrated loop primitives, a connectivity apparatus, a route determination apparatus including a routing table consisting of ALPA addresses and their associated ports, the route determination apparatus coupled to each port and the connectivity apparatus, where the connectivity apparatus creates paths between the ports based on arbitrated loop primitives. In one embodiment, the connectivity apparatus is a crossbar switch. Examples of the arbitrated loop primitives that cause the switch to create paths between ports includes one or more of the following: ARB, OPN and CLS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Gregory Warren, William Goodwin, Carl Mies, Bruce E. Johnson, Michael L. White, Warren Eng
  • Publication number: 20040085974
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for switching Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop Systems is provided between a plurality of Fibre Channel Loop devices. In one aspect of the invention, the system switches based at least in part on arbitrated loop primitives. An exemplary interconnect system may include a first port and a second port, both including port logic to monitor certain arbitrated loop primitives, a connectivity apparatus, a route determination apparatus including a routing table consisting of ALPA addresses and their associated ports, the route determination apparatus coupled to each port and the connectivity apparatus, where the connectivity apparatus creates paths between the ports based on arbitrated loop primitives. In one embodiment, the connectivity apparatus is a crossbar switch. Examples of the arbitrated loop primitives that cause the switch to create paths between ports includes one or more of the following: ARB, OPN and CLS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Applicant: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Carl Mies, Bruce Gregory Warren
  • Publication number: 20040081187
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for switching Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop Systems is provided between a plurality of Fibre Channel Loop devices. In one aspect of the invention, the system switches based at least in part on arbitrated loop primitives. An exemplary interconnect system may include a first port and a second port, both including port logic to monitor certain arbitrated loop primitives, a connectivity apparatus, a route determination apparatus including a routing table consisting of ALPA addresses and their associated ports, the route determination apparatus coupled to each port and the connectivity apparatus, where the connectivity apparatus creates paths between the ports based on arbitrated loop primitives. In one embodiment, the connectivity apparatus is a crossbar switch. Examples of the arbitrated loop primitives that cause the switch to create paths between ports includes one or more of the following: ARB, OPN and CLS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Applicant: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Gregory Warren, William P. Goodman, Carl Mies, Bruce E. Johnson, Michael L. White, Warren Eng
  • Publication number: 20040081186
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for switching Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop Systems is provided between a plurality of Fibre Channel Loop devices. In one aspect of the invention, the system switches based at least in part on arbitrated loop primitives. An exemplary interconnect system may include a first port and a second port, both including port logic to monitor certain arbitrated loop primitives, a connectivity apparatus, a route determination apparatus including a routing table consisting of ALPA addresses and their associated ports, the route determination apparatus coupled to each port and the connectivity apparatus, where the connectivity apparatus creates paths between the ports based on arbitrated loop primitives. In one embodiment, the connectivity apparatus is a crossbar switch. Examples of the arbitrated loop primitives that cause the switch to create paths between ports includes one or more of the following: ARB, OPN and CLS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Applicant: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Gregory Warren, William Goodwin, Carl Mies, Michael L. White, Warren Eng, Bruce E. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20030095549
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for Fibre Channel interconnection is provided between a plurality of private loop devices through a Fibre Channel private loop device interconnect system. In the preferred embodiments, the Fibre Channel private loop device interconnect system is a fabric or an intelligent bridging hub. In one aspect of this invention, a Fibre Channel private loop device is connected to two or more Arbitrated Loops containing, or adapted to contain, one or more private loop devices. Preferably, the interconnect system includes a routing filter to filter incoming Arbitrated Loop physical addresses (ALPAs) to determine which Fibre Channel frames must attempt to be routed through the fabric. Numerous topologies of interconnect systems may be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Applicant: Vixel Corporation
    Inventor: Stuart B. Berman
  • Publication number: 20030086377
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for Fibre Channel interconnection is provided between a plurality of private loop devices through a Fibre Channel private loop device interconnect system. In the preferred embodiments, the Fibre Channel private loop device interconnect system is a fabric or an intelligent bridging hub. In one aspect of this invention, a Fibre Channel private loop device is connected to two or more Arbitrated Loops containing, or adapted to contain, one or more private loop devices. Preferably, the interconnect system includes a routing filter to filter incoming Arbitrated Loop physical addresses (ALPAs) to determine which Fibre Channel frames must attempt to be routed through the fabric. Numerous topologies of interconnect systems may be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Applicant: Vixel Corporation
    Inventor: Stuart B. Berman
  • Publication number: 20020196773
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for Fibre Channel interconnection is provided between a plurality of private loop devices through a Fibre Channel private loop device interconnect system. In the preferred embodiments, the Fibre Channel private loop device interconnect system is a fabric or an intelligent bridging hub. In one aspect of this invention, a Fibre Channel private loop device is connected to two or more Arbitrated Loops containing, or adapted to contain, one or more private loop devices. Preferably, the interconnect system includes a routing filter to filter incoming Arbitrated Loop physical addresses (ALPAs) to determine which Fibre Channel frames must attempt to be routed through the fabric. Numerous topologies of interconnect systems may be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Applicant: Vixel Corporation
    Inventor: Stuart B. Berman
  • Patent number: 6185203
    Abstract: The Fibre Channel standard was created by the American National Standard for Information Systems (ANSI) X3T11 task group to define a serial I/O channel for interconnecting a number of heterogeneous peripheral devices to computer systems as well as interconnecting the computer systems themselves through optical fiber and copper media at gigabit speeds (i.e., one billion bits per second). Multiple protocols such as SCSI (Small Computer Serial Interface), IP (Internet Protocol), HIPPI, ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) among others can concurrently utilize the same media when mapped over Fibre Channel. A Fibre Channel Fabric is an entity which transmits Fibre Channel frames between connected Node Ports. The Fibre Channel fabric routes the frames based on the destination address as well as other information embedded in the Fibre Channel frame header. Node Ports are attached to the Fibre Channel Fabric through links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Vixel Corporation
    Inventor: Stuart B. Berman
  • Patent number: 6118776
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for Fiber Channel interconnection is provided between a plurality of private loop devices through a Fiber Channel private loop device interconnect system. In the preferred embodiments, the Fiber Channel private loop device interconnect system is a fabric or an intelligent bridging hub. In one aspect of this invention, a Fiber Channel private loop device is connected to two or more Arbitrated Loops containing, or adapted to contain, one or more private loop devices. Preferably, the interconnect system includes a routing filter to filter incoming Arbitrated Loop physical addresses (ALPAs) to determine which Fiber Channel frames must attempt to be routed through the fabric. Numerous topologies of interconnect systems may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Vixel Corporation
    Inventor: Stuart B. Berman
  • Patent number: 5808986
    Abstract: An optical memory system employing multiple reading/writing optical beams from solid state lasers for simultaneously reading from a writing to multiple tracks of optical media to allow reading/writing of closely spaced adjacent tracks, a number a feature are disclosed. These include using vertical writing surface emitting lasers forming an array of beam sources, using lenslets associated with array, modulating the beams, and providing various optical elements and combinations of optical elements to compensate for beam and system imperfections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Jack L. Jewell, Boris J. Muchnik
  • Patent number: 5767999
    Abstract: A module and module guide is disclosed which facilitates user access to electronic circuits such as serial transceiver circuits without need to remove the host system housing or to power down the system. The module and module guide system permits this easy access while maintaining electromagnetic emissions below standard specifications. The module and module guide system also permits hot pluggablity of the circuit into the host system by providing discharge paths for static electricity that might have built up on the outside of the module during handling. The module has a housing with cooling vents and and an EMI shield. The module has guide grooves in the sides of the housing, and at least two connectors, one being a straddle mount connector on the host side and typically serial connectors on the remote side. The module guide has a frame with window forming members, the window for receiving the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Vixel Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew H. Kayner
  • Patent number: 5642376
    Abstract: A vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser is disclosed comprising a laser cavity sandwiched between two distributed Bragg reflectors. The laser cavity comprises a pair of spacer layers surrounding one or more active, optically emitting quantum-well layers having a bandgap in the visible which serve as the active optically emitting material of the device. The thickness of the laser cavity is m .lambda./2n.sub.eff where m is an integer, .lambda. is the free-space wavelength of the laser radiation and n.sub.eff is the effective index of refraction of the cavity. Electrical pumping of the laser is achieved by heavily doping the bottom mirror and substrate to one conductivity-type and heavily doping regions of the upper mirror with the opposite conductivity type to form a diode structure and applying a suitable voltage to the diode structure. For radiation in the yellow to green portion of the spectrum, the laser includes an active layer of GaP or AlGaP quantum wells and AlP/AlGaP mirrors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory R. Olbright, Jack L. Jewell
  • Patent number: 5631988
    Abstract: An optical interconnect is disclosed that couples multiple optical fibers to an array of optoelectronic devices. The interconnect includes a multiple optical fiber connector and an optoelectronic board. The multiple fiber connector can be mechanically attached to or detached from the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Stanley E. Swirhun, Toshi K. Uchida
  • Patent number: 5606572
    Abstract: Photodiodes are integrally formed with vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) and superluminescent light emitting diodes (SLEDs) for monitoring optical radiation intensities. In different embodiments, the photodiode is epitaxially formed within a mirror of a VCSEL, non-epitaxially formed on top of a VCSEL, non-epitaxially formed on side of a VCSEL, or formed on the substrate on the side opposite the VCSEL. A lateral injection vertical cavity surface emitting laser is also disclosed for integration with a lateral PIN photodiode. A photodiode having the same epitaxial layers as a VCSEL is also integrally formed alongside of the VCSEL. Similar devices using SLEDs are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Stanley E. Swirhun, William E. Quinn
  • Patent number: 5577064
    Abstract: Photodiodes are integrally formed with vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs) and superluminescent light emitting diodes (SLEDs) for monitoring optical radiation intensities. In different embodiments, the photodiode is epitaxially formed within a mirror of a VCSEL, non-epitaxially formed on top of a VCSEL, non-epitaxially formed on side of a VCSEL, or formed on the substrate on the side opposite the VCSEL. A lateral injection vertical cavity surface emitting laser is also disclosed for integration with a lateral PIN photodiode. A photodiode having the same epitaxial layers as a VCSEL is also integrally formed alongside of the VCSEL. Similar devices using SLEDs are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Stanley E. Swirhun, William E. Quinn
  • Patent number: 5570697
    Abstract: An on-airway breath-by-breath oxygen sensor is described which has the necessary low weight, fast response and high precision required for oxygen consumption measurement. A vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) is continuously tuned to emit light at the resonance of oxygen, or more generally, the molecular species of interest. The light beam is directed through a sample containing the molecular species of interest onto a detector. The amount of light absorbed is approximately proportional to the concentration of the molecular species of interest in the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Assignee: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen D. Walker, Jack L. Jewell, Greg R. Olbright, Stanley E. Swirhun
  • Patent number: 5525810
    Abstract: A solid-state scanner for reading bar codes or projecting images is described. The scanner operates either in a reading mode or a calibrate mode using the same hardware. Use of two-dimensional array light sources minimizes the size of the semiconductor chips containing the light source arrays is provided. Use of oversampling or anamorphic optical systems increase tolerances to angular misorientations is also discussed. Used in conjunction with a mechanical scanning device, the scanner is capable of reading two-dimensional bar codes or generating two-dimensional images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Jack L. Jewell, Robert P. Bryan, Winston S. Fu, Stan E. Swirhun, William E. Quinn
  • Patent number: 5526182
    Abstract: An optical memory system employing multiple reading/writing optical beams for simultaneously reading from or writing to multiple tracks of optical media to allow reading/writing of closely spaced adjacent tracks. Various optical elements and other means are incorporated to enable the beams as a group to remain focused and properly tracking as the beams as a group scan across the tracks. Means are also provided for modulating the beams to reduce crosstalk. Various optical elements and combinations of optical elements are provided to compensate for beam and system imperfections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Jack L. Jewell, Boris J. Muchnik, Robert P. Bryan
  • Patent number: 5523884
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an optical system which includes an image region having at least one light source which directs a beam of light along an optical axis and an object region which is adapted to receive the light from the light source. An optical delivery system is between the image region and object region. The optical delivery system receives the light from the image region and directs it to the object region. The optical delivery system is formed of a plurality of optical elements, such as lenses and volume holograms. The optical delivery system is designed to either receive a plurality of beams of light from a plurality of sources or different modes of a single light source and form a single spot of light in the image region having the combined power of all of the beams of light or modes of a single beam. The optical delivery system can also condense or expand the spacing between the beams of light from a plurality of light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Vixel Corporation
    Inventors: Jack L. Jewell, Greg R. Olbright