Patents Examined by Douglas J Suthers
  • Patent number: 11688381
    Abstract: The present disclosure presents a feedback active noise control system and strategy with online secondary-path modeling, and belongs to the technical field of active noise control. The linear prediction subsystem takes the residual noise as its input and separates the remaining sinusoidal noise from the broadband noise. The remaining sinusoidal noise is used effectively not only to update the controller but also to scale the auxiliary noise, while the broadband noise serves as a desired input of online secondary-path modeling subsystem. In this way, the coupling between the controller and the online secondary-path modeling subsystem is significantly mitigated, leading to both faster convergence and improved noise reduction performance. A practical scheme for refreshing the entire system is also developed to enhance its robustness against even abrupt changes with the secondary path or the primary noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventors: Yaping Ma, Yegui Xiao, Dinghui Wu, Linbo Xie, Xin Wang
  • Patent number: 11688382
    Abstract: Noise-canceling audio devices may include a first vibration member, a second vibration member, and a microphone supported by a housing. A feedback, noise-cancelation circuit may be operatively connected to the microphone, the feedback, noise-cancelation circuit configured to generate a first portion of a modified audio signal by combining an audio signal with a noise-canceling signal generated in response to a signal from the microphone to at least partially cancel at least a portion of an audible response of the second vibration member. A feed-forward, noise-cancelation circuit may be operatively connected to the microphone, the feed-forward, noise-cancelation circuit configured to compare the signal from the microphone to a predetermined SPL profile and generate a second portion of the modified audio signal configured to at least partially cancel environmental noise, the feedback, noise cancelation circuit configured to output the modified audio signal only to the first vibration member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Skullcandy, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall J. Hull, Branden Sheffield, John Timothy
  • Patent number: 11688413
    Abstract: An arcing detection system detects arcing within a semiconductor processing cleanroom environment. The arcing detection system includes an array of microphones positioned within the cleanroom environment. The microphones receive soundwaves within the cleanroom environment and generate audio signals based on the sound waves. The arcing system includes a control system that receives the audio signals from the microphones. The control system analyzes the audio signals and detects arcing within the cleanroom environment based on the audio signals. The control system can adjust a semiconductor process in real time responsive to detecting arcing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 11670280
    Abstract: An urban air mobility (UAM) noise reduction system and method are provided, where the UAM noise reduction system includes a UAM configured to detect and to provide rotation per minute (RPM) information of a propeller and location coordinate information, and a noise canceling device configured to predict a noise canceling sound wave amplitude on the basis of the RPM information of the propeller and the location coordinate information received through the UAM and to output a noise canceling sound wave corresponding to the predicted noise canceling sound wave amplitude to the UAM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yeong Woo Seo, Ju Seong Yu, Jin Woo Choi
  • Patent number: 11670276
    Abstract: Noise signals are captured from one or more physical error microphones located at first locations within the vehicle. High-frequency noise signals are captured from a feedforward system sensor. A virtual microphone algorithm is utilized to estimate noise signals at a virtual location based on the noise signals, the estimation utilizing a transfer function that estimates a signal that would have been received by the one or more physical error microphones at the virtual location. The virtual microphone algorithm is utilized to estimate noise signals at the virtual location based on the high-frequency noise signal. A noise-cancelling signal is provided to cancel noise at the virtual location, the noise-cancelling signal accounting for the noise captured by both the feedforward system sensor and the one or more physical error microphones, the ANC system utilizing a working frequency for the ANC of at least 2 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Geon-Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 11664000
    Abstract: An integrated circuit may include an output for providing an output signal to a transducer including both a source audio signal for playback to a listener and an anti-noise signal for countering the effect of ambient audio sounds in an acoustic output of the transducer, an error microphone input for receiving an error microphone signal indicative of the output of the transducer and the ambient audio sounds at the transducer, and a processing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ziyan Zou, K. Joshua Bodon, Sandeep P. Sira
  • Patent number: 11654827
    Abstract: A driving sound generation device includes: an acquirer that acquires vehicle information; a storage that stores a plurality of sound source data including driving sound source data and masker sound source data for generating a masker sound; a first adjuster that performs a first adjustment of the plurality of sound source data in accordance with the vehicle information; a second adjuster that performs a second adjustment of at least one of the plurality of sound source data after the first adjustment when the determiner determines that a change amount is smaller than or equal to a predetermined change amount; and a synthesizer that mixes the plurality of sound source data after the second adjustment to generate a driving sound to be output into a cabin of the vehicle; and an outputter that outputs, to the cabin of the vehicle, the driving sound generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Inventor: Kiyohisa Higashi
  • Patent number: 11657829
    Abstract: A communication system with a noise cancellation (NC) assembly providing adaptive or dynamic noise cancellation. The NC assembly includes a localizer module determining, during a communication session (active speaking or during idle times), a location of the active talker. The NC assembly includes a beam generator forming a beam in the determined direction of the active talker to enhance the active talker speech. Once the NC assembly has determined the position of the active talker, the NC assembly assigns a microphone of the microphone array or generated beam in that active direction to be the “active signal” source. The NC assembly assigns a second microphone or beam to be the noise source for NC purposes, and this source may be selected to be in acoustic shadow of the first microphone used as the active signal source or may be the farthest away in its position from the active talker's position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Mitel Networks Corporation
    Inventors: Mirjana Popovic, Dieter Schulz, Roger Bastin, Andrew Wu, Logendra Naidoo
  • Patent number: 11631417
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods, devices and computer program products for encoding and decoding a stereo audio signal based on an input signal. According to the disclosure, a hybrid approach of using both parametric stereo coding and a discrete representation of the stereo audio signal is used which may improve the quality of the encoded and decoded audio for certain bitrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Kristofer Kjoerling
  • Patent number: 11622194
    Abstract: A recurrent neural network is employed in a loudspeaker system to compensate the distortion of the system based upon a source signal (content) and the sensing output of a sensing circuit (context). A frequency domain transform is selected to provide mapping between the source signal and a recorded signal; and enable reconstruction of desirable playback. Various sensing-related features and source-related features are derived to serve as the auxiliary information. A desirable content is therefore generated based upon the original content and the context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Nuvoton Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Powen Ru, Jin Hee Kim, Nathan Wong, Pratul Saini
  • Patent number: 11610574
    Abstract: A sound processing apparatus includes a receiving module configured to receive audio signals of one or more sounds acquired by a personal sound device, a processing module configured to use a sound processing model to perform: classification processing in which a type of a scenario where a user of the personal sound device is located is determined based on the audio signals; identification processing in which each of the one or more sounds is determined as a desired sound or an undesired sound based on the determined type of the scenario, and filtering processing in which filtering configuration is performed based on a result of the identification processing. The audio signals are filtered based on the filtering configuration, and an output module is configured to output the filtered audio signals, so as to provide same to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hui Xie, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 11594209
    Abstract: A cooperative control unit is configured to cause a muffled sound control signal processing unit to start feedforward signal processing, and set, when a secondary path filter has converged, a narrow band noise control signal processing unit to the converged secondary path filter and cause the narrow band noise control signal processing unit to start feedback signal processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xun Wang, Toshio Inoue
  • Patent number: 11594235
    Abstract: In multichannel audio coding, an improved coding efficiency is achieved by the following measure: the noise filling of zero-quantized scale factor bands is performed using noise filling sources other than artificially generated noise or spectral replica. In particular, the coding efficiency in multichannel audio coding may be rendered more efficient by performing the noise filling based on noise generated using spectral lines from a previous frame of, or a different channel of the current frame of, the multichannel audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Maria Luis Valero, Christian Helmrich, Johannes Hilpert
  • Patent number: 11587545
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a noise reduction device and a machine room that accommodates a condenser and a compressor. The noise reduction device includes a sensing unit configured to measure noise generated from the machine room of the refrigerator and a generating unit configured to output a sound signal having a frequency canceling or reducing the noise. The machine room is defined by a case that has a communication portion configured to communicate a fluid between an inside of the case and an outside of the case to thereby exchange heat between the fluid and the condenser and between the fluid and the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jongchan Lee, Youngeun Cho, Sunghyun Ki, Goondong Park, Geunbae Hwang
  • Patent number: 11574620
    Abstract: Methods and devices for repelling mosquitoes may operate by generating the sounds of fore and hind pairs of dragonfly wings, which may be dragonfly wing beat sounds. Such sounds may be generated using digital or analog circuitry. The digital sounds may be recordings of synthesized or enhanced sounds of dragonfly wings beating. The device may take the form of a button that may be worn or otherwise carried by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventor: Laurence H. Cooke
  • Patent number: 11574646
    Abstract: A method of extracting a fundamental frequency of an input sound includes generating a DJ transform spectrogram indicating estimated pure-tone amplitudes for respective natural frequencies of a plurality of springs and a plurality of time points by calculating the estimated pure-tone amplitudes for the respective natural frequencies by modeling an oscillation motion of the plurality of springs having different natural frequencies with respect to an input sound, calculating degrees of fundamental frequency suitability based on a moving average of the estimated pure-tone amplitudes or on a moving standard deviation of the estimated pure-tone amplitudes with respect to each natural frequency of the DJ transform spectrogram, and extracting a fundamental frequency based on local maximum values of the degrees of fundamental frequency suitability for the respective natural frequencies at each of the plurality of time points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: BRAINSOFT INC.
    Inventors: Dong Jin Kim, Ju Yong Shin
  • Patent number: 11570571
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing binaural rendering of an audio signal are provided. The method includes identifying an input signal that is based on an object, and metadata that includes distance information indicating a distance to the object, generating a binaural filter that is based on the metadata, using a binaural room impulse response, obtaining a binaural filter to which a low-pass filter (LPF) is applied, using a frequency response control that is based on the distance information, and generating a binaural-rendered output signal by performing a convolution of the input signal and the binaural filter to which the LPF is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Yong Ju Lee, Jae-hyoun Yoo, Mi Suk Lee, Kyeongok Kang, Dae Young Jang
  • Patent number: 11570567
    Abstract: An audio communication system for communication between vehicle occupants in a vehicle, including an image capturing device configured to monitor a first vehicle occupant, a processor configured to receive an image of the first vehicle occupant from the image capturing device and determine whether the first vehicle occupant is attracting attention from a second vehicle occupant, a first microphone associated to the first vehicle occupant configured to receive an audio input from the first vehicle occupant in response to the determination of the first vehicle occupant attracting the second vehicle occupant's attention, and a first speaker associated to the second vehicle occupant configured to activate an audio augmentation of the received audio input in the first speaker and output the augmented audio input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Inventors: Magnus Nilsson, Jonathan Johansson
  • Patent number: 11562730
    Abstract: An ANC system is provided, including an AD converter performing an AD conversion on an external noise signal; an ANC signal generator generating an ANC signal for canceling a noise component arriving at ears of a user based on an output signal of the AD converter; a level detector detecting a level of the output signal and causes the ANC signal generator to power down in response to the level; and a zero-cross detector detecting a zero-cross timing of the ANC signal. The level detector starts measuring a time when the level is equal to or less than a first threshold value, and causes the ANC signal generator to perform a power down operation when the zero-cross timing is detected after the measured time exceeds the predetermined value, and causes the ANC signal generator to exit from the power down operation when the level exceeds a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Ninagawa
  • Patent number: 11562750
    Abstract: Some methods involve receiving an input audio signal that includes N input audio channels, the input audio signal representing a first soundfield format having a first soundfield format resolution, N being an integer ?2. A first decorrelation process may be applied to two or more of the input audio channels to produce a first set of decorrelated channels, the first decorrelation process maintaining an inter-channel correlation of the set of input audio channels. A first modulation process may be applied to the first set of decorrelated channels to produce a first set of decorrelated and modulated output channels. The first set of decorrelated and modulated output channels may be combined with two or more undecorrelated output channels to produce an output audio signal that includes O output audio channels representing a second and relatively higher-resolution soundfield format than the first soundfield format, O being an integer ?3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: David S. McGrath