Patents Assigned to Wave7 Optics, Inc.
  • Patent number: 7389031
    Abstract: Forming a plurality of loops in an optical fiber around a spool adjacent to an exposed end face can suppress internal reflections from the exposed end face. The radius of the loops can attenuate light that is propagating to and from the end face by causing light to leak out of the optical fiber's core and into its cladding. The radius can be selected to control physical stress in the optical fiber and promote reliability. The radius and the number of loops can be selected to meet a return loss specification. The loops can be formed by coiling the optical fiber around a spool that includes a slot for holding the optical fiber until it is put into service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Hodge, John J. Kenny
  • Patent number: 7355848
    Abstract: A system and method removes heat from an enclosure or housing of a subscriber optical interface. When a subscriber optical interface housing is attached to a structure such that a partially enclosed volume of space remains between the structure and the subscriber optical interface housing, this partially enclosed volume of space can produce a chimney effect when heat from the subscriber optical interface housing is intended to flow from fins towards the structure. This chimney effect can refer to a fluid such as air within the partially enclosed space that is heated by the fins and that rises upward when the ambient or surrounding fluid is cooler relative to the heated fluid. According to another exemplary embodiment, the subscriber optical interface can be shaped to form an internal chimney structure that is entirely surrounded by a housing of the subscriber optical interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Hodge, James O. Farmer
  • Patent number: 7340180
    Abstract: Optical networks as defined by the IEEE 802.3ah standard suffer from Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) that causes data transmission at a first optical wavelength to interfere with broadcast video transmission at a second optical wavelength in single mode optical fibers. The problem is exacerbated when data is not being transmitted across the network; and instead, an idle pattern transmission is being transmitted in order to keep the network synchronized. The repetitive nature of the idle pattern transmission leads to the SRS optical interference effect. This optical interference effect is mitigated when countermeasures are implemented to modify the idle pattern transmissions or to transmit random data in place of the idle pattern transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: James O. Farmer, Alan M. Brown, John J. Kenny, Stephen Thomas
  • Patent number: 7333726
    Abstract: Analog video signals are communicated from multiple service providers to subscribers by using analog optical carriers. Unlike digital optical carriers that typically support data services or IP TV, analog optical carriers that can be demodulated or translated back into the analog radio-frequency (RF) signals do not require additional and costly hardware for reception by a RF receiving device such as a television (TV) set. With the present invention, a TV set does not need significant digital hardware such as a digital set top box to allow the TV set to view video signals from a desired service provider. The present invention can allow a plurality of competing service providers to offer video services to a subscriber through a single optical network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Kenny, James O. Farmer
  • Patent number: 7269350
    Abstract: An optical fiber network can include an outdoor laser transceiver node that can be positioned in close proximity to the subscribers of an optical fiber network. The outdoor laser transceiver node does not require active cooling and heating devices that control the temperature surrounding the laser transceiver node. The laser transceiver node can adjust a subscriber's bandwidth on a subscription basis or on an as-needed basis. The laser transceiver node can also offer data bandwidth to the subscriber in preassigned increments. Additionally, the laser transceiver node lends itself to efficient upgrading that can be performed entirely on the network side. The laser transceiver node can also provide high speed symmetrical data transmission. Further, the laser transceiver node can utilize off-the-shelf hardware to generate optical signals such as Fabry-Perot (F-P) laser transmitters, distributed feed back lasers (DFB), or vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: James O. Farmer, John J. Kenny, Patrick W. Quinn, Thomas A. Tighe, Paul F. Whittlesey, Emmanuel A. Vella
  • Patent number: 7218855
    Abstract: The present invention is generally drawn to optical network architecture that can include a multi-subscriber optical interface that can service a plurality of subscribers that are located in close proximity relative to one another. For example, the multi-subscriber optical interface can service multiple dwelling units such as an apartment complex that has many different subscribers to the optical network system. Further, the invention can also service subscribers over the same optical waveguide who may have different bandwidth needs, such as businesses, personal/home users and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Whittlesey, Emmanuel A. Vella, James O. Farmer
  • Patent number: 7197244
    Abstract: Unlike the conventional art which polices data at the entry points of a network, a transceiver node can police or monitor downstream bandwidths for quality of service at exit portions of an optical network. That is, the transceiver node can police downstream communication traffic near the outer edges of an optical network that are physically close to the subscribers of the optical network. In this way, a network provider can control the volume or content (or both) of downstream communications that are received by subscribers of the optical network. In addition to controlling the volume of communications that can be received by a subscriber, the transceiver node employs a plurality of priority assignment values for communication traffic. Some priority assignment values are part of a weighted random early discard algorithm that enables an output buffer to determine whether to drop data packets that are destined for a particular subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Thomas, Kevin Bourg, Joe Caltagirone, Patrick W. Quinn, James O. Farmer, John J. Kenny, Thomas A. Tighe, Paul F. Whittlesey, Emmanuel A. Vella
  • Publication number: 20070047959
    Abstract: A backwards compatible method and system for receiving upstream frames and reflecting the frames downstream to support communications between subscriber optical interfaces (SOIs) coupled to a same laser transceiver node (LTN) are explained. Backwards compatible means that the method or system is compatible with legacy subscriber optical interfaces that do not need any new or modified hardware. The backwards compatible method assigns each legacy SOI a set of Port-IDs to support communications with SOIs on the same optical network. In addition to a backwards compatible method and system, a non-backwards compatible system or method that are not compatible with legacy subscriber optical interfaces 140 is described. According to this method and system, each LTN and SOI would need additional new hardware or software (or both) to support new fields of an optical network protocol that indicate multicast downstream frames originating from another SOI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Publication date: March 1, 2007
    Applicant: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Thomas, Kevin Bourg
  • Patent number: 7184664
    Abstract: A return path system includes inserting RF packets between regular upstream data packets, where the data packets are generated by communication devices such as a computer or internet telephone. The RF packets can be derived from analog RF signals that are produced by legacy video service terminals. In this way, the present invention can provide an RF return path for legacy terminals that shares a return path for regular data packets in an optical network architecture. The invention operates independently of a legacy upstream transmission timing scheme so that the legacy upstream transmission timing scheme can remain effective in preventing data collisions. In other embodiments, the present invention allows for less complex hardware for subscribers that are not taking data services. Further, an optical signal present line in combination with a driver may be employed in order to reduce the amount of hardware in a laser transceiver node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: James O. Farmer, John J. Kenny, Patrick W. Quinn, Deven J. Anthony
  • Patent number: 7146104
    Abstract: A return path may include a modem pair that is coupled to existing electrical waveguides in a structure such as a house or office building. Specifically, a first modem of the modem pair may be coupled to a first end of a coaxial cable and to a video service terminal. A second modem of the modem pair may be coupled to a second end of the coaxial cable and a data interface. The first modem can modulate video control return packets onto an RF carrier that is propagated over the coaxial cable to the second modem. The video control return packets can be formatted as Ethernet type packets. The second modem can demodulate the RF carrier to extract the video control return packets and to forward these packets towards a data service hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventor: James O. Farmer
  • Publication number: 20060269285
    Abstract: A modification to a cable modem termination system (CMTS) can include instructing the CMTS to ignore or skip steps of its timing algorithm so that upstream cable modem signals are controlled only by the upstream protocol of the optical network system. According to another exemplary aspect, a time stamp can be added to the upstream cable modem signals so that the CTMS timing scheme can be used. This time stamp can be used in the data service hub to adjust for the delays that occur while the upstream cable modem signals are sent across the optical network. Another adjustment of the CMTS timing scheme can include using less than a total number of miniature time slots for upstream cable modem transmissions. According to another exemplary aspect, a cable modem termination system can be positioned within a laser transceiver node or a subscriber optical interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Applicant: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: James Farmer, Stephen Thomas, Patrick Quinn
  • Publication number: 20060251373
    Abstract: Forming a plurality of loops in an optical fiber around a spool adjacent to an exposed end face can suppress internal reflections from the exposed end face. The radius of the loops can attenuate light that is propagating to and from the end face by causing light to leak out of the optical fiber's core and into its cladding. The radius can be selected to control physical stress in the optical fiber and promote reliability. The radius and the number of loops can be selected to meet a return loss specification. The loops can be formed by coiling the optical fiber around a spool that includes a slot for holding the optical fiber until it is put into service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Publication date: November 9, 2006
    Applicant: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Hodge, John Kenny
  • Patent number: 7130541
    Abstract: An optical fiber network can include an outdoor bandwidth transforming node that can be positioned in close proximity to the subscribers of an optical fiber network. The outdoor bandwidth transforming node does not require active cooling and heating devices that control the temperature surrounding the bandwidth transforming node. The bandwidth transforming node can adjust a subscriber's bandwidth on a subscription basis or on an as-needed basis. The bandwidth transforming node can also offer data bandwidth to the subscriber in preassigned increments. Additionally, the bandwidth transforming node lends itself to efficient upgrading that can be performed entirely on the network side. The bandwidth transforming node can also provide high speed symmetrical data transmission. Further, the bandwidth transforming node can increase upstream and downstream bandwidth and transmission speed by propagating data signals at different wavelengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: James O. Farmer, Paul F. Whittlesey, Patrick W. Quinn, John J. Kenny, Emmanuel A. Vella, Thomas A. Tighe
  • Publication number: 20060187863
    Abstract: An inventive system capable of being utilized in environments where laser transceiver nodes may be subject to extreme temperatures. Temperature changes in the laser transceiver nodes may be compensated for by utilizing a wide wavelength channel allocation for data sent upstream from the laser transceiver nodes to the data service hub. The wavelength channel allocations for upstream data may be wider than the wavelength channel allocations for downstream data. An exemplary embodiment of the inventive system may comprise a data service hub connected to one or more laser transceiver nodes by one or more optical waveguides. Some embodiments with multiple optical waveguides are capable of practicing route redundancy. According to an exemplary embodiment of the inventive system, the optical waveguides are capable of carrying multiple optical signals at different wavelengths in order to serve a plurality of laser transceiver nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Applicant: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: John Kenny, James Farmer
  • Patent number: 7085281
    Abstract: A protocol for an optical network can control the time at which subscriber optical interfaces of an optical network are permitted to transmit data to a transceiver node. The protocol can prevent collisions of upstream transmissions between the subscriber optical interfaces of a particular subscriber group. With the protocol, a transceiver node close to the subscriber can allocate additional or reduced upstream bandwidth based upon the demand of one or more subscribers. That is, a transceiver node close to a subscriber can monitor (or police) and adjust a subscriber's upstream bandwidth on a subscription basis or on an as-needed basis. The protocol can account for aggregates of packets rather than individual packets. By performing calculation on aggregates of packets, the algorithm can execute less frequently which, in turn, permits its implementation in lower performance and lower cost devices, such as software executing in a general purpose microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen A. Thomas, Kevin Bourg, Deven Anthony, Patrick W. Quinn, James O. Farmer, John J. Kenny, Thomas A. Tighe, Paul F. Whittlesey, Emmanuel A. Vella
  • Publication number: 20060159457
    Abstract: An optical fiber network can include an outdoor laser transceiver node that can be positioned in close proximity to the subscribers of an optical fiber network. The outdoor laser transceiver node does not require active cooling and heating devices that control the temperature surrounding the laser transceiver node. The laser transceiver node can adjust a subscriber's bandwidth on a subscription basis or on an as-needed basis. The laser transceiver node can also offer data bandwidth to the subscriber in preassigned increments. Additionally, the laser transceiver node lends itself to efficient upgrading that can be performed entirely on the network side. The laser transceiver node can also provide high speed symmetrical data transmission. Further, the laser transceiver node can utilize off-the-shelf hardware to generate optical signals such as Fabry-Perot (F-P) laser transmitters, distributed feed back lasers (DFB), or vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSELs).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Publication date: July 20, 2006
    Applicant: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: James Farmer, John Kenny, Patrick Quinn, Thomas Tighe, Paul Whittlesey, Emmanuel Vella
  • Patent number: 7058260
    Abstract: Forming a plurality of loops in an optical fiber around a spool adjacent to an exposed end face can suppress internal reflections from the exposed end face. The radius of the loops can attenuate light that is propagating to and from the end face by causing light to leak out of the optical fiber's core and into its cladding. The radius can be selected to control physical stress in the optical fiber and promote reliability. The radius and the number of loops can be selected to meet a return loss specification. The loops can be formed by coiling the optical fiber around a spool that includes a slot for holding the optical fiber until it is put into service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Hodge, John J. Kenny
  • Patent number: 7038910
    Abstract: A system and method removes heat from an enclosure or housing of a subscriber optical interface. When a subscriber optical interface housing is attached to a structure such that a partially enclosed volume of space remains between the structure and the subscriber optical interface housing, this partially enclosed volume of space can produce a chimney effect when heat from the subscriber optical interface housing is intended to flow from fins towards the structure. This chimney effect can refer to a fluid such as air within the partially enclosed space that is heated by the fins and that rises upward when the ambient or surrounding fluid is cooler relative to the heated fluid. According to another exemplary embodiment, the subscriber optical interface can be shaped to form an internal chimney structure that is entirely surrounded by a housing of the subscriber optical interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Hodge, James O. Farmer
  • Patent number: 7039329
    Abstract: An optical transmitter of a subscriber optical interface and an optical receiver of a laser transceiver node can be designed to a frequency of data that is formatted according to a predetermined network protocol, that is encoded with a predetermined coding scheme, and that is transmitted according to a predetermined data transmit timing scheme. The frequency of data is an occupied frequency of a protocol when the data comprises a maximum number of like bits permitted by the protocol. An optical transmitter and optical receiver can be designed to a lowest occupied frequency of data that is encoded with 8B/10B encoding, and that is propagated upstream according to time division multiple access (TDMA). In this way, upstream optical communications can be maximized for speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Kenny
  • Publication number: 20060075428
    Abstract: Subscribers to Internet Protocol TV services usually complain about one key characteristic—the additional delay digital video introduces when subscribers change channels, especially when subscribers “channel surf.” The problem is traced to at least three sources of delay in a convention Internet Protocol video deployment system. The channel changing delay can be minimized by caching video packets for the most likely next channel in a buffer in anticipation of a television subscriber changing channels and/or by having an adaptable buffer length in the set top box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Publication date: April 6, 2006
    Applicant: Wave7 Optics, Inc.
    Inventors: James Farmer, Stephen Thomas