Patents Examined by David W Lambert
  • Patent number: 11683099
    Abstract: At a controller of an optical module including optical transmitters and optical receivers coupled to the controller and coupled to first and second optical fibers: responsive to a first command, first configuring the optical module to operate in a normal mode in which the optical module operates at a maximum communication capacity by transmitting and receiving a maximum number of wavelengths, that the optical module is capable of transmitting and receiving, on each of the first optical fiber and the second optical fiber; and responsive to a second command, second configuring the optical module to operate in a backward compatible legacy mode in which the optical module operates at a reduced communication capacity compatible with a legacy optical module by transmitting and receiving a reduced number of wavelengths, that is less than the maximum number of wavelengths, on each of the first optical fiber and the second optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Inventors: Christian Rainer Raabe, Theodor Kupfer
  • Patent number: 11677470
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure describe a method of placement of sensors for DFOS systems, methods, and structures that advantageously employ concurrent sensing. In sharp contrast to the prior art, our inventive method—a heuristic method based on the Explore-and-Pick (EnP) algorithm, which we call a modified EnP (mEnP) method—includes two procedures. The first procedure of our mEnP method explores all possible sensing fiber routes (both linear and star-like routes) for each node in the given network. The second procedure applies a modified greedy algorithm for minimum set cover to select the minimum set of DFOS assignment to fully cover all the links in the given network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Ji, Ting Wang, Zilong Ye
  • Patent number: 11671179
    Abstract: Example fiber amplifiers and gain adjustment methods for the fiber amplifiers are described. One example fiber amplifier includes a first power amplifier, a wavelength level adjuster, and a controller, where the first power amplifier is connected to the wavelength level adjuster. The controller includes a first input end and a control output end. The first input end is configured to receive an input optical signal, and the control output end is configured to output a first amplification control signal to the first power amplifier, and output an adjustment control signal to the wavelength level adjuster. The wavelength level adjuster is configured to perform power adjustment on each wavelength in a separate manner based on the adjustment control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuanwu Wang, Zhiwen Chang, Guodong You, Zhenqing Zhao, Fei Chen
  • Patent number: 11671182
    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: June 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Lightmatter, Inc.
    Inventors: Darius Bunandar, Nicholas C. Harris, Michael Gould, Carl Ramey, Tomo Lazovich
  • Patent number: 11670161
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, apparatus, article of manufacture, method and/or computer program product embodiments, and/or combinations and sub-combinations thereof, for a remote control system that improves one or more of directionality, target specificity, signal specificity, and bandwidth. An example embodiment is a remote control system that includes a radiation source configured to generate an infrared radiation projection based on one or more remote control codes to control a device. The remote control system further includes an optical controller configured to adjust one or more parameters associated with the infrared radiation projection before the infrared radiation projection is emitted to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: ROKU, INC.
    Inventor: Eric Casten Riepling
  • Patent number: 11658741
    Abstract: An optical detection device includes a photocurrent input terminal; a first branch connected to the photocurrent input terminal includes a plural of MOS transistors; a second branch connected to the photocurrent input terminal includes a plural of MOS transistors. The MOS transistors in the first branch and the MOS transistors in the second branch are arranged in a mirror image manner; a control module connected to the first branch and the second branch to turn on or off the MOS transistors in the second branch; a first auxiliary current input terminal connected to the first branch and a second auxiliary current input terminal connected to the first branch, which are used to compensate the current of the MOS transistors in the first branch; a first current output terminal connected to the first branch and the second branch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventors: Zhi Zhang, Xiao Han, Xianglin Xiang
  • Patent number: 11650617
    Abstract: A method of performing a multiplication operation in the optical domain using a device (100) comprising: an optical waveguide (101), and a modulating element (102) that is optically coupled to the optical waveguide (101), the modulating element (102) modifying a transmission, reflection or absorption characteristic of the waveguide (101) dependant on its state, wherein the state of the modulating element (102) is adjustable by a write signal (103). The method comprises: encoding a first value to the write signal (103), using the write signal (103) to map the first value to a state of the modulating element (102); encoding a second value to a read signal (104); producing an output signal intensity as the transmitted or reflected read signal, wherein the product of the first value and the second value is encoded in the output signal intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Inventors: Carlos A. Rios Ocampo, Nathan Youngblood, Zengguang Cheng, Harish Bhaskaran
  • Patent number: 11651680
    Abstract: A function disabler system includes a personal electronic device having at least one component such as a camera, and a processor having pulsed light communication software enabling receipt and transmission of pulsed light communication signals. The processor additionally includes a hosting customer software application, where the personal electronic device receives at least one pulsed light communication signal within a designated area and the pulsed light communication signal includes an instruction signal which instructs the hosting customer software application to disable the at least one component when the personal electronic device is positioned in the designated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Federal Law Enforcement Development Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Felicity-John Cunnan Pederson
  • Patent number: 11646796
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to information transmission methods in a passive optical network (PON) system. One example method includes sending, by an optical line terminal (OLT), a first power range and time indication to an unregistered optical network unit (ONU), where the first power range and the time indication indicate the ONU to send a serial number of the ONU to the OLT at a time indicated by the time indication in case a downlink receive power of the ONU is within the first power range, and receiving, by the OLT, the serial number of the ONU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dekun Liu, Wei Ling, Zhicheng Ye
  • Patent number: 11646804
    Abstract: Provided is a data-coding apparatus that includes: a data-input line for receiving input data; a data scrambler having light sources coupled to the data-input line and modulated in accordance with the input data, and light sensors that receive light from the light sources; and at least one light-sensing processor coupled to the light sources and configured so as to selectively isolate light signals received from individual ones of the light sources based on at least one control signal input into such data scrambler. The light-sensing processor is dynamically controlled by the control signal(s) so as to rearrange words within the input data according to patterns that change in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Inventor: John C. S. Koo
  • Patent number: 11619724
    Abstract: According to an aspect of an embodiment, operations may comprise (a) accessing a portion of a high definition (HD) map comprising a point cloud of a region through which a vehicle is driving, (b) identifying a base LIDAR from a plurality of LIDARs mounted on the vehicle, (c) for each of the LIDARs: receiving a LIDAR scan comprising a point cloud of the region, and determining a pose for the LIDAR, (d) for each LIDAR other than the base LIDAR, determining a transform for the LIDAR with respect to the base LIDAR, (e) repeating (c) to generate a plurality of samples, (f) for each of the samples, repeating (d) to determine a plurality of transforms for each LIDAR with respect to the base LIDAR, and (g) calibrating each of the LIDARs other than the base LIDAR by determining an aggregate transform for the LIDAR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Inventors: Di Zeng, Mengxi Wu
  • Patent number: 11616574
    Abstract: Optical ground terminals (OGT) allowing high optical rate communications for line of sight and non-line of sight operating conditions are disclosed. The described devices include a multifaceted structure where optical telescopes, phase array antennas, and arrays of optical detectors are disposed. Methods to calculate angle-of-arrival based the contributions from optical detectors are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventor: Jose E. Velazco
  • Patent number: 11611397
    Abstract: Provided is an optical modulating device including a substrate including first and second trenches, a phase modulator in a region of the substrate, the phase modulator including an undoped region provided between the first and the second trenches, and first and a second doped regions which are apart from each other with the undoped region therebetween, wherein the phase modulator is configured to modulate a phase of light traveling through the undoped region based on a first electrical signal applied to the phase modulator, an amplifier including a first doped layer, a quantum well layer, a clad layer, and a second doped layer sequentially on the substrate, the amplifier overlapping at least a portion of the phase modulator and being configured to amplify the light based on a second electrical signal applied to the amplifier, and an insulating layer between the phase modulator and the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventors: Hyunil Byun, Dongjae Shin, Changgyun Shin, Inoh Hwang
  • Patent number: 11606160
    Abstract: The technology employs a state-based power control loop (PCL) architecture to maintain tracking and communication signal-to-noise ratios at suitable levels for optimal tracking performance and data throughput in a free-space optical communication system. Power for a link is adjustable to stay within a functional range of receiving sensors in order to provide continuous service to users. This avoids oversaturation and possible damage to the equipment. The approach can include decreasing or increasing the power to counteract a surge or drop while maintaining a near constant received power at a remote communication device. The system may receive power adjustment feedback from another communication terminal and perform state-based power control according to the received feedback. This can include re-initializing and reacquiring a link with the other communication terminal automatically after loss of power, without human intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Paul Csonka, Travis Lantz, Baris Ibrahim Erkmen, Devin Brinkley
  • Patent number: 11600643
    Abstract: An assembly for optical to electrical power conversion including a photodiode assembly having a substrate layer and an internal side, an antireflective layer, a heterojunction buffer layer adjacent the internal side; an active area positioned adjacent the heterojunction buffer layer, a plurality of n+ electrode regions and p+ electrode regions positioned adjacent the active area, and back-contacts configured to align with the n+ and p+ electrode regions. The active area converts photons from incoming light into liberated electron hole pairs. The heterojunction buffer layer prevents electrons and holes of the liberated electron hole pairs from moving toward the substrate layer. The plurality of electrode regions are configured in an alternating pattern with gaps between each n+ and p+ electrode region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventors: Alan Wang, Jonathan Nydell, Steve Laver
  • Patent number: 11595134
    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: May 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Tetsuka
  • Patent number: 11588556
    Abstract: A High Bandwidth Individual Channel Control via Optical Reference Interferometry (HICCORI) system actively controls the phase and/or polarization of the optical emission of each element in a tiled optical array. It can also actively align any high-frequency broadening waveform applied to the array beams for spectral broadening or data transmission. By maintaining consistent polarization and manipulating the phase relationships of the beams emitted by the array elements, the HICCORI system can manipulate the spatial pattern of constructive and destructive interference formed as the individual emissions coherently combine. Active feedback control allows the desired phase, polarization, and/or spectral broadening alignment to be maintained in the presence of external disturbances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Stephen Conrad, Adam Alexander Libson, Andrew Benedick, Dale H. Martz, Jonathan Twichell, Eli Doris
  • Patent number: 11581944
    Abstract: An optical transmission system including an optical transmitter and an optical receiver, wherein the optical transmitter includes a signal coding unit that performs non-linear block coding on an M (M is an integer greater than or equal to 1)-value symbol sequence or a bit sequence input as data information to generate an L (L is an integer greater than or equal to 2, L>M)-value symbol sequence that corresponds to the M-value symbol sequence or the bit sequence in one-to-one correspondence, a digital-to-analog conversion unit that converts the generated L-value symbol sequence to an analog signal, and a modulator that generates an optical modulation signal by performing modulation based on the analog signal, and the optical receiver includes a light receiving unit that receives the optical modulation signal transmitted from the optical transmitter and converts the optical modulation signal to an electrical signal, and a signal decoding unit that restores the M-value symbol sequence or the bit sequence by pe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Shuto Yamamoto, Seiji Okamoto, Akira Masuda, Hiroki Taniguchi, Yoshiaki Kisaka
  • Patent number: 11575433
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an optical communication system may include an optical source, a modulator, and a photoreceiver. The optical source may be configured to generate a beam comprising a series of light pulses each having a duration of less than 100 picoseconds. The photoreceiver may have a detection window duration of less than 1 nanosecond. When a first pulse travels through a variably refractive medium, photons in the first pulse may be refracted to travel along different ray paths to arrive at the photoreceiver according to a temporal distribution curve. A full width at half maximum (FWHM) value of the temporal distribution curve may be at least three times as large as a coherence time value of the first pulse, and the detection window of the photoreceiver may be at least six times as large as the FWHM value of the temporal distribution curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Attochron, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas M. Chaffee, Wayne H. Knox, Alexander B. LeBon, Brian M. Gregory, Taz M. Colangelo
  • Patent number: 11575432
    Abstract: Techniques for maintaining equipment of a PON include determining a current optical profile for each segment of a plurality of segments of a PON, and detecting that the current optical profile of a particular segment is outside of a designated operating range. Based on the detection, drifts over time of the optical profile of the segment and of optical profiles of one or more other segments that share respective common endpoints with the segment are determined and compared, and based on the comparison, a component of the PON (e.g., an endpoint or an optical fiber) is identified as requiring maintenance. Each segment's optical profile corresponds to characteristics of optical signals delivered over the segment (e.g., attenuation, changes in frequencies, changes in power outputs, etc.), and current optical profiles of the PON's segments may be repeatedly updated over time to continuously monitor for components that need maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventors: John Valdez, Bryan Pauling