Patents Examined by David W Lambert
  • Patent number: 11411649
    Abstract: An optical access network includes an optical hub having at least one processor, and a plurality of optical fiber strands. Each optical fiber strand has a first strand end connected to the optical hub. The network further includes a plurality of nodes connected to at least one segment of a first fiber strand of the plurality of optical fiber strands. Each node is sequentially disposed at respective locations along the first fiber strand at different differences from the optical hub, respectively. The network further includes a plurality of end-points. Each end-point includes a receiver. Each respective receiver (i) has a different optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) from the other receivers, (ii) is operably coupled with at least one node of the plurality of nodes, and (iii) is configured to receive the same optical wavelength signal from the first fiber strand as received by the other receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Alberto Campos, Zhensheng Jia, Jing Wang
  • Patent number: 11405105
    Abstract: High power, high speed VCSEL arrays are employed in unique configurations of arrays and sub-arrays. Placement of a VCSEL array behind a lens allows spatial separation and directivity. Diffusion may be employed to increase alignment tolerance. Intensity modulation may be performed by operating groups of VCSEL emitters at maximum bias. Optical communications networks with high bandwidth may employ angular, spatial, and/or wavelength multiplexing. A variety of network topologies and bandwidths suitable for the data center may be implemented. Eye safe networks may employ VCSEL emitters may be paired with optical elements to reduce optical power density to eye safe levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Lumentum Operations LLC
    Inventors: John R. Joseph, Kevin L. Lear, David Abell
  • Patent number: 11397363
    Abstract: A control processor performs, in a startup sequence of an IQ optical modulator using a nested MZI, a first-stage process of controlling, so that a signal quality of an optical QAM signal output from a monitor port of the IQ optical modulator approaches a target quality, a voltage applied by a Bias_I voltage generator to I-component MZ optical modulator, a voltage applied by a Bias_Q voltage generator to a Q-component MZ optical modulator, and a voltage applied by a Bias_Ph voltage generator to a Bias_Ph phase adjusting means for controlling an optical path length of a parent MZI. After a completion of the first-stage process, the control processor changes a voltage output from the Bias_Ph voltage generator by a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventors: Hiroto Kawakami, Shoichiro Kuwahara, Yoshiaki Kisaka, Masanori Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11398871
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing signed matrix operations using a linear photonic processor are provided. The linear photonic processor is formed as an array of first amplitude modulators and second amplitude modulators, the first amplitude modulators configured to encode elements of a vector into first optical signals and the second amplitude modulators configured to encode a product between the vector elements and matrix elements into second optical signals. An apparatus may be used to implement a signed value of an output of the linear processor. The linear photonic processor may be configured to perform matrix-vector and/or matrix-matrix operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Lightmatter, Inc.
    Inventors: Darius Bunandar, Nicholas C. Harris, Michael Gould, Carl Ramey, Tomo Lazovich
  • Patent number: 11394461
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a local free space optical (FSO) terminal that transmits and receives optical beams. The FSO terminal includes a fore optic, an optical relay system, and an actuator system. The fore optic focuses a receive (Rx) beam to a Rx spot on a focal plane of the fore optic. The focal plane also includes a Tx spot formed by a transmit (Tx) optical beam, however the Rx and Tx spots are laterally separated at the focal plane. The optical relay system creates a conjugate spot for the Rx or Tx spot so that the Rx and Tx fibers may be axially separated. Due to the axial separation, the actuator system can adjust a lateral separation of the Rx and Tx fibers to account for point ahead of the local FSO communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: SA Photonics, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Coward, Greg G. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11387897
    Abstract: The present invention provides a protection method and system in flexible bandwidth optical networks with multi-core fiber. The method includes steps of: selecting an appropriate working path for a connection request, and selecting a working core as a transmission channel on the working path; allocating, on the selected working path and working core, a spectrum resource that satisfies spectral continuity, spectral consistency, and a crosstalk threshold constraint; selecting, for the connection request, a dedicated protection path that does not intersect a link of the working path, and selecting a protection core as a transmission channel on the protection path; and finally, allocating, on the selected protection path and protection core, the spectrum resource that satisfies the spectral continuity, the spectral consistency, and the crosstalk threshold constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Inventors: Bowen Chen, Qingcheng Zhu, Gangxiang Shen, Lian Xiang, Mingyi Gao
  • Patent number: 11381891
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for flexible wavelength assignments in a communication network. An optical adapter is provided for the systems and methods. The optical adapter has a first interface connected to an optical switch via a first optical cable, a second interface connected to a plurality of server ports via a plurality of second optical cables, and a controller coupled to a switch controller of the optical switch. The controller is configured to perform: obtaining instructions from the switch controller; and assigning, based on the instructions, one or more wavelengths for a time slot to one of the server ports, wherein the controller performs the assigning without direct communication with the server ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Kevin B. Leigh, Sagi Varghese Mathai, Paul Kessler Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 11381054
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for stably transmitting laser radiation through an optical waveguide (3), wherein two or more modes of the laser radiation propagating in the optical waveguide (3) interfere and form a mode interference pattern in the optical waveguide, as a result of which a thermally induced refractive index grating is produced in the optical waveguide (3). It is an object of the invention to demonstrate an effective approach for stabilizing the output signal of the optical waveguide (3) in a fiber-based laser/amplifier combination at high output powers, i.e. for avoiding mode instability. The invention achieves this object by virtue of the fact that a relative spatial phase shift between the mode interference pattern and the thermally induced refractive index grating is set in the direction of propagation of the laser radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignees: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
    Inventors: Christoph Stihler, César Jáuregui Misas, Jens Limpert, Andreas Tünnermann
  • Patent number: 11374656
    Abstract: A wireless transmitter/receiver generates a first signal which notifies timing of a time slot allocated to each wireless station device, a conversion unit converts the first signal into an optical signal, and each of a plurality of antenna units converts the first signal from the optical signal into an electrical signal and transmits the electrical signal wirelessly. The wireless station device transmits a second signal at the timing reported by the first signal. Each of the plurality of antenna units converts the second signal wirelessly received from each wireless station device into an optical signal, and the conversion unit converts the second signal from the optical signal into an electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Nobuaki Otsuki, Mizuki Suga, Kota Ito, Naoki Kita
  • Patent number: 11374653
    Abstract: Provided is a visible light communication transceiver. A drive amplification module performs digital-to-analog conversion and amplification on a digital modulation signal to obtain a first electrical signal, and transmits the signal to a Bias Tee-like circuit. The Bias Tee-like circuit transmits the first electrical signal to a LED light source. The LED light source performs electrical-to-optical conversion on the first electrical signal to generate a first optical signal and transmits the first optical signal, and performs optical-to-electrical conversion on a received second optical signal to obtain a second electrical signal. The Bias Tee-like circuit obtains the second electrical signal from the LED light source, and transmits the second electrical signal to an adaptive amplification and equalization module. The adaptive equalization module adjusts a gain of the second electrical signal based on an optical power of the first optical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: University of Science and Technology of China
    Inventors: Shangbin Li, Zhengyuan Xu, Boyang Huang
  • Patent number: 11368230
    Abstract: A power over fiber system includes a power sourcing equipment, a powered device, an optical fiber cable, a measurer and a control device. The power sourcing equipment includes a semiconductor laser that oscillates with electric power, thereby outputting feed light. The powered device includes a photoelectric conversion element that converts the feed light into electric power. The optical fiber cable transmits the feed light from the power sourcing equipment to the powered device. The measurer measures a distance from the power sourcing equipment to the powered device. The control device controls the power sourcing equipment to output the feed light by changing a laser wavelength thereof for the distance from the power sourcing equipment to the powered device measured by the measurer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Tetsuka
  • Patent number: 11368223
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to message transmission methods in a PON system. One example method includes sending, by an optical line terminal (OLT), a first message to an unregistered optical network unit (ONU), where the first message includes at least one piece of indication message, and one piece of indication message of the at least one piece of indication message indicates a first power range and a first time range associated with the first power range, and receiving, by the OLT in the first time range, a registration message sent by the ONU, where a downstream receive power of the ONU falls within the first power range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dekun Liu, Wei Ling, Zhicheng Ye
  • Patent number: 11349563
    Abstract: Provided are a communication monitoring method and a communication monitoring apparatus capable of an operation of identifying a coated optical fiber regardless of a propagation direction of an optical signal even before communication between an OLT and an ONU is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
    Inventors: Takui Uematsu, Hiroyuki Iida, Hidenobu Hirota, Naotsugu Ambe
  • Patent number: 11342994
    Abstract: A multimode combiner or coupler (MMC) may combine the inputs into a larger core multimode fiber. The multimode combiner may be combined with a re-transmitting laser for detecting and re-transmitting signals. Thus, the multi-mode combiner may detect and combine input signals, and then retransmit the detected, combined signal. The detection can be implemented with multiple single mode fibers to small single mode detectors or a multi-mode coupler with a larger multi-mode detectors. In embodiments of the MMC, a bi-directional optical splitter/combiner includes a transmitter for re-transmitting an RF signal received at a receiver, a first wave division multiplexer (WDM) combiner combining the output of the first transmitter in an upstream direction to a downstream signal in a downstream direction, and a second WDM combiner combining split downstream signals in the downstream direction with upstream signals received via at least two optical fiber inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh G. Mutalik, Marcel F. Schemmann, Dean Stoneback, John Chrostowski
  • Patent number: 11343000
    Abstract: Optical network systems are disclosed, including a transmitter comprising a digital signal processor that receives data; circuitry that generate a plurality of electrical signals based on the data; a plurality of filters, each of which receiving a corresponding one of the plurality of electrical signals, a plurality of roll-off factors being associated with a respective one of the plurality of filters; a plurality of digital-to-analog converter circuits that receive outputs from the digital signal processor, the outputs being indicative of outputs from the plurality of filters; a laser that supplies light; and a modulator that receives the light and outputs from the digital-to-analog converter circuits, the modulator supplying a plurality of optical subcarriers based on the outputs of the digital-to-analog converter circuits, such that one of the plurality of optical subcarriers carrying information for clock recovery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Rahn, Kuang-Tsan Wu, Steven Joseph Hand, Han Henry Sun
  • Patent number: 11336126
    Abstract: A transmitter of a wireless power transfer and data communication system comprising a transmitter system including a transmitter housing, one or more high-power laser sources, a laser controller, one or more low-power laser sources, one or more photodiodes, a beam steering system and lens assembly, and a safety system. High-power and low-power beams are directed to corresponding receivers and transceivers of a transceiver system inside a remote receiver system by the controller and the beam steering system and lens assembly. Low-power beams include optical communication to the transceiver system. The photodiodes of the transmitter system receive optical communication from the transceiver system. Low-power beams are co-propagated with and in close proximity to high-power beams substantially along an entire distance between the transmitter housing and the receiver system. The safety system instructs the controller to reduce the high-power sources in response to detected events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Jonathan Nydell, Steve Laver, Matt Nydell
  • Patent number: 11336377
    Abstract: A millimeter-wave frequency synthesizer generates a millimeter wave by photomixing two Kerr-soliton microcombs. A single-frequency laser beam is modulated to create first and second pump components having first and second pump frequencies. The first pump component excites a first microresonator to create a first microcomb while the second pump component excites a second microresonator to generate a second microcomb. A pair of comb lines from the two microcombs is detected to generate a low-frequency beat note that is phase-locked by identically tuning the pump frequencies. Another pair of comb lines is detected with a high-speed photodiode to generate the millimeter wave. The frequency of the millimeter wave is based on (i) the difference between the pump frequencies, (ii) the difference between the repetition rates, and (iii) the index of the comb lines that are photomixed to generate the millimeter wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignees: The Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate, Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of Commerce
    Inventors: Scott B. Papp, Jizhao Zang
  • Patent number: 11327223
    Abstract: A multimode optical fiber having a core region. The core region includes silica, has an outer radius r1, and has a maximum relative refractive index of about 1.5% or less. Additionally, the multimode optical fiber is configured to have an effective bandwidth of about 4.7 GHz-Km or greater for an excited portion of the core region that has a diameter greater than 50 microns, the effective bandwidth being at a wavelength that is within a range of between about 800 and about 1370 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Xin Chen, Kangmei Li, Ming-Jun Li, Anping Liu, Simit Mayank Patel, Jeffery Scott Stone
  • Patent number: 11328585
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for systems and methods for simultaneously sending a single signal comprising distinct instructions for two separate devices. Example methods may include receiving, by a control device instructions to adjust the operation of a first device and a second device, generating a single signal corresponding to the received instructions for two separate devices, and simultaneously sending the single signal to the two separate devices causing the devices to perform the distinct instructions intended for each respective device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Faisal Ahmad Qureshi
  • Patent number: 11323186
    Abstract: A power over fiber system includes an optical fiber cable. The optical fiber cable includes a core, a first cladding and a second cladding. The core transmits signal light. The first cladding is positioned in contact with periphery of the core and transmits feed light. The second cladding is positioned in contact with periphery of the first cladding. Radial refractive index distribution of the first cladding is distribution in which refractive index gradually decreases from a local maximum at an internal point toward points where the first cladding is in contact with the core and the second cladding, respectively. The internal point is away from the core and the second cladding. The refractive index of the core is higher than the refractive index of the first cladding at the point where the first cladding is in contact with the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Tomonori Sugime