Patents Examined by Agustin Bello
  • Patent number: 10447406
    Abstract: Magnetic antenna techniques and devices are disclosed for operating at an RF or microwave frequency by using a magnetic antenna structure having a spatially varying property that varies spatially from one location to another location in at least a portion of the magnetic antenna structure. Such a spatially varying property can be reflected in various ways, e.g., a spatially varying geometry profile in part of or the entirety of the magnetic antenna structure, a spatially varying antenna material property in a spatially uniform geometry or a spatially varying geometry. The disclosed technology also provides magnetic antenna structures based on splitting the componentry for transmission and reception so that each can be individually optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: General Atomics
    Inventor: Mark William Covington
  • Patent number: 10447387
    Abstract: Even in a case where light sources at an optical transmission-side and an optical reception-side are made into a common light source, a optical transmission function and an optical reception function are enabled to be used at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10439725
    Abstract: Methods and systems for an optical connection service interface may include, in an optical data link comprising an optical fiber, a local control system, first and second transceivers at ends of the optical fiber, generating a signal for the local control system at a low frequency and communicating, utilizing the optical fiber, an optical data signal at a high frequency and an Optical Connection Service interface (OCSi) signal at an intermediate frequency. An optical signal may be modulated at the intermediate frequencies for the OCSi, and may be modulated and communicated to the second transceiver. The communicated modulated signal and the optical data signal may be detected utilizing a photodetector in the second transceiver. The detected optical signal may be demodulated, and an optical power of the optical data signal may be configured based on the demodulated signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Luxtera, Inc.
    Inventors: Gianlorenzo Masini, Joseph Balardeta, Scott Denton
  • Patent number: 10432316
    Abstract: A method of transmitting communications traffic, the method comprising steps of receiving a sequence of communications traffic bits; and mapping the sequence of communications traffic bits onto a respective one of a plurality of transmission symbols for transmission during a symbol time. Each transmission symbol is identified by a respective first symbol identifier indicative of a respective one or more of a plurality, M, of wavelengths for a transmission signal and a respective second symbol identifier indicative of a respective one or more of a plurality, N, of optical fibers on which to transmit the transmission signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Fabio Cavaliere, Antonio Malacarne, Enrico Forestieri, Marco Secondini, Luca Poti
  • Patent number: 10432340
    Abstract: The present application provides an optical port auto-negotiation method, including: a: selecting a downstream to-be-received wavelength; b: listening to a downstream message on the selected downstream to-be-received wavelength, performing c if a wavelength idle message is received, and returning to a if no wavelength idle message is received within a specified or fixed time, where the wavelength idle message is used to identify that the wavelength is not occupied or not allocated; c: sending a wavelength application message on an upstream wavelength, performing d if a wavelength grant message is received in a downstream direction; otherwise, going back to a or b, where the wavelength application message is used to identify a request for allocation of the wavelength, and the wavelength grant message is used to identify acknowledgment of wavelength allocation; and d: setting an optical port auto-negotiation success flag bit. The present application further provides an optical module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sulin Yang
  • Patent number: 10425243
    Abstract: The invention provides a commissioning device for commissioning building technology devices, in particular operating devices for lighting means, the commissioning device comprising at least one optical sensor, in particular a 3D camera, configured to obtain images containing spatial information of three dimensions and to receive optical communication signals emitted from a building technology device, at least one processing unit configured to process received optical communication signals and to process the spatial images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: Matthias Burger, Karl Jonsson, Christan Moormann, Stephane Vasse
  • Patent number: 10419083
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to a massive multiple-input multiple-output (M-MIMO) wireless distribution system (WDS) and related methods for optimizing the M-MIMO WDS. In one aspect, the M-MIMO WDS includes a plurality of remote units each deployed at a location and includes one or more antennas to serve a remote coverage area. At least one remote unit can have a different number of the antennas from at least one other remote unit in the M-MIMO WDS. In another aspect, a selected system configuration including the location and number of the antennas associated with each of the remote units can be determined using an iterative algorithm that maximizes a selected system performance indicator of the M-MIMO WDS. As such, it may be possible to optimize the selected system performance indicator at reduced complexity and costs, thus helping to enhance user experiences in the M-MIMO WDS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Xiaojun Liang, Anthony Ng'Oma
  • Patent number: 10419109
    Abstract: An optical transmitter is operable to generate an optical signal by modulating a number N of frequency divisional multiplexing (FDM) subcarriers using transformed digital signals which are determined by applying a pseudo FDM (pFDM) transformation to preliminary digital signals representative of multi-bit symbols. Rather than experiencing the effects of the number N of FDM channels, the optical signal experiences the effects of a different number M of pFDM channels, where M?N. In some examples, the number M of pFDM channels is less than the number N of FDM channels, and frequency-dependent degradations may be averaged across different symbol streams. In other examples, the number M of pFDM channels is greater than the number N of FDM channels, and different symbol streams may experience different frequency-dependent degradations. An optical receiver is operable to apply an inverse pFDM transformation in order to recover estimates of the multi-bit symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: Shahab Oveis Gharan, Michael Andrew Reimer, Andrew D. Shiner, Hamid Ebrahimzad, Maurice O'Sullivan, Kim B. Roberts
  • Patent number: 10419364
    Abstract: The embodiments of the invention relate to a line switching component separable from a line card of a network node. The line switching component contains at least one input port for receiving an optical input signal from an optical transport network and at least one output port for transmitting an optical output signal to the optical transport network. The line switching component further contains at least one further output port configured to be connected to an input port of at least one optical interface of the line card and at least one further input port configured to be connected to an output port of the at least one further optical interface of the line card. The line switching component further contains a switchable optical path system configured to operate the line switching component in a first operation mode and to operate the line switching component in a second operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Andreas Leven, Lars Dembeck, Juergen Loehr
  • Patent number: 10418777
    Abstract: A coaxial transmitter optical subassembly (TOSA) including a side-by-side laser diode and monitor photodiode package, consistent with embodiments of the present disclosure, may be used in an optical transceiver for transmitting an optical signal at a channel wavelength. In an embodiment, the coaxial TOSA includes a laser sub-mount coupled to a mounting region defined by a body of the coaxial TOSA. The laser sub-mount includes a monitor photodiode disposed adjacent to a side of a laser diode such that a sensor region of the monitor photodiode is disposed within, or in close proximity to, a light cone emitted by a light emitting surface of the laser diode. The monitor photodiode is thus configured to directly receive a portion of emitted channel wavelengths from the laser diode for monitoring purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Optoelectronics, Inc.
    Inventors: I-Lung Ho, Qin Li, Chong Wang, Hao-Hsiang Liao
  • Patent number: 10412472
    Abstract: A large-scale contiguous network comprises access nodes arranged into access groups and distributors arranged into constellations of collocated distributors. The distributors may comprise switches, rotators, or a mixture of switches and rotators. Each access group connects to each distributor of a respective set of distributors selected so that each pair of access groups connects once to a respective distributor. At least one access group comprises a global controller. Each access node has a dual multichannel link to each constellation of a respective set of constellations, the link carrying a set of dual channels connecting through a spectral demultiplexer and a spectral multiplexer to a subset of distributors. Each access node is equipped with a respective access controller having a memory device storing identifiers of dual paths to all other access nodes and the global controller, each path traversing only one distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Maged E. Beshai
  • Patent number: 10404496
    Abstract: A receiver including an equalizer disposed upstream of a decimator and capable of effectively preventing undesirable interaction between equalization adaptation and the overall timing recovery loop in cases of various data rates. The equalizer operates in a full operation rate even in the case of a lower-than-full data rate, e.g., half or quarter data rate. For input analog signal having 1/M of the full data rate (M>1), M or more Center of Filter (COF) values are determine. Each COF may be derived from a function of a respective set of tap weights and compared with a corresponding nominal COF to obtain a COF offset. The resultant COF offsets are used as indications of clock phase correction caused by equalization adaptation to adjust a set of selected tap weights. The taps selected for adjustment encompass at least M samples to correctly indicate the COF offset associate with one symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MACOM Technology Solutions Holding, Inc.
    Inventors: Yehuda Azenkot, Georgios Takos, Bart Zeydel
  • Patent number: 10404362
    Abstract: In general, a system and method consistent with the present disclosure provides automated line monitoring using a machine learning fault classifier for determining whether a signature associated with the high loss loopback (HLLB) data matches a predetermined fault signature. The fault classifier may be applied to signatures generated in response to line monitoring signals of two different wavelengths. A fault may be reported only if the fault classifier indicates a fault in response to the signature for both wavelengths. A second fault classifier may also be used and a fault may be reported only if both the first and second fault classifiers indicate a fault in response to the signature for both wavelengths. A system consistent with the present disclosure may also, or alternatively, be configured to report the value of a pump degradation, span loss, or repeater failure fault, and may also, or alternatively, report the directionality of a span loss fault or the location of a fiber break fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SUBCOM, LLC
    Inventors: Yunlu Xu, Richard Kram, Jonathan M. Liss
  • Patent number: 10404368
    Abstract: A system for troubleshooting signals in a cellular communications network, and in particular, for determining the cause of distortion or corruption of such signals, includes a robotic or other type of switch. The robotic switch can tap into selected uplink fiber-optic lines and selected downlink fiber-optic lines between radio equipment and radio equipment controllers in a wireless (e.g., cellular) network to extract therefrom the I and Q data. The selected I and Q data, in an optical form, is provided to an optical-to-electrical converter forming part of the system. The system includes an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) or the like, and an analytic computer unit, or web server, and SSD (Solid State Drive) and magnetic disk storage, among other components of the system. The system analyzes the I and Q data provided to it, and determines the cause, or at least narrows the field of possible causes, of impairment to transmitted signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Viavi Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Abramson Heath, Eric Walter Hakanson, Dmitriy Yavid, Christopher Silvio Cosentino, Stuart William Card
  • Patent number: 10404365
    Abstract: Systems and methods for path computation in an optical network include obtaining optical layer characteristics related to one or more optical paths in the optical network based in part on performance measurements in the optical network; responsive to service establishment or service restoration, determining a path from source to destination based on utilizing the optical layer characteristics to confirm physical validity of the path; and provisioning a service on the determined path from the source to the destination in the optical network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ciena Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Y. Frankel, Loudon T. Blair, Christian Bourget, Lyndon Y. Ong, David Weldon Boertjes, Jamie Gaudette
  • Patent number: 10397672
    Abstract: An optical access network includes an optical hub having at least one processor. The network further includes a plurality of optical distribution centers connected to the optical hub by a plurality of optical fiber segments, respectively, and a plurality of geographic fiber node serving areas. Each fiber node serving area of the plurality of fiber node serving areas includes at least one optical distribution center of the plurality of optical distribution centers. The network further includes a plurality of end points. Each end point of the plurality of end points is in operable communication with at least one optical distribution center. The network further includes a point-to-point network provisioning system configured to (i) evaluate each potential communication path over the plurality of optical fiber segments between a first end point and a second end point, and (ii) select an optimum fiber path based on predetermined path selection criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Alberto Campos, Zhensheng Jia, Carmela Stuart
  • Patent number: 10396897
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for monitoring optical transceiver devices. In one embodiment, a method comprises predicting degradation of an optical transceiver device based on values of an operating parameter of the optical transceiver device obtained over time, and generating a notification of the degradation of the optical transceiver device. In this way, an optical transceiver device that is susceptible to degradation may be pre-emptively identified and replaced, thereby preventing failures of a communication system including the optical transceiver device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Peter Malave, Partha Natampalli, Aniruddha Banke Tiwari, Jonathan Clarence West, Steven James Huff
  • Patent number: 10389472
    Abstract: An optical line terminal (OLT) coupled to a plurality of optical network units (ONUs) through a passive optical network (PON). The OLT includes a transceiver configured to communicate via a management channel of a communication network with a plurality of OLTs. The communication includes sending or receiving a notification, wherein the notification includes the following: a source OLT identifier associated with a source OLT sending the notification, wherein the source OLT is configured to communicate over a first channel at a first wavelength of the PON; a destination OLT identifier associated with a destination OLT receiving the notification, wherein the destination OLT is configured to communicate over a second channel at a second wavelength of the PON; and an ONU identifier associated with a first ONU associated with the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuanqiu Luo, Bo Gao, Frank Effenberger
  • Patent number: 10382132
    Abstract: A transceiver architecture for wireless base stations wherein a broadband radio frequency signal is carried between at least one tower-mounted unit and a ground-based unit via optical fibers, or other non-distortive media, in either digital or analog format. Each tower-mounted unit (for both reception and transmission) has an antenna, analog amplifier and an electro-optical converter. The ground unit has ultrafast data converters and digital frequency translators, as well as signal linearizers, to compensate for nonlinear distortion in the amplifiers and optical links in both directions. In one embodiment of the invention, at least one of the digital data converters, frequency translators, and linearizers includes superconducting elements mounted on a cryocooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Hypres, Inc.
    Inventors: Deepnarayan Gupta, Oleg Mukhanov
  • Patent number: 10374712
    Abstract: Tools and techniques for providing robust wireless distribution of communications signals from a provider. Certain embodiments comprise one or more modular communications apparatuses. The modular communications apparatuses feature an enclosure which is, at least in part, transparent to radio frequencies. A modular communications apparatus also typically includes one or more communications radios or transmitter/receiver devices within the enclosure. The apparatus also includes at least one and possibly more than one antenna located within the enclosure along with wire or cable-based signal output apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CenturyLink Intellectual Property LLC
    Inventor: Charles I. Cook