Patents Examined by Khanh Dang
  • Patent number: 9710031
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an integrated circuit, which includes a processor and a driver. The integrated circuit is fabricated by a process that establishes a nominal maximum voltage for components of the integrated circuit. The driver is adapted to selectively electrically couple a voltage that is higher than the nominal maximum voltage to an external terminal of the integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Alan L. Westwick, Thomas S. David
  • Patent number: 9690729
    Abstract: A tablet computer dock for use in a passenger vehicle is configured to support a tablet computer for use or storage inside the passenger vehicle. The tablet computer dock illustratively includes a tablet receiver that defines a compartment sized to receive a tablet computer. The compartment is accessible through a slot sized to allow the tablet computer to pass into and out of the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: AUDI AG, VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Matthew Jolda, Jack Grossman, Stefan Henze, James Toggweiler
  • Patent number: 9685785
    Abstract: A system for delivering power over a network of devices connected through a serial link includes a first and second differential pairs of wires. Each differential pair of wires is double AC coupled by a HPF on one side and by another HPF on an opposite side. An LPF connects a portion of each differential pair of wires between the HPFs to a voltage source, and another LPF connects that portion of each differential pair to a load. The system further includes a third and fourth differential pairs of wires. All four differential pairs of wires are located within a single cable, such as a CAT6 cable. The first, second and third differential pair of wires are used for video links, and the fourth differential pair of wires are used for the bi-directional hybrid link. A power delivery circuit in each device includes a voltage source, a power relay switch, a signature resistor for detection, and a load detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Dongyun Lee, Edward Pak, John Hahn, Mayank Gupta
  • Patent number: 9677930
    Abstract: A method of interrupt control for a control unit of an electronic system includes receiving digital data; determining a value of the digital data; and sending interrupt signals to a host by the following methods according to the value: when the control unit is in a second signal sending status and after the value of the digital data increases to be greater than a first threshold and remains greater than the first threshold for a first period of time, switching the control unit to a first signal sending status; and when the control unit is in the first signal sending status and after the value of the digital data decreases to be smaller than a second threshold and remains smaller than the second threshold for a second period of time, switching the control unit to the second signal sending status. The second threshold is smaller than the first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Dyna Image Corporation
    Inventor: Peng-Han Zhan
  • Patent number: 9652423
    Abstract: Controller area network (CAN) communications apparatus and methods are presented for CAN flexible data rate (CAN FD) communications in a mixed CAN network with CAN FD nodes and one or more non-FD CAN nodes in which a CAN FD node wishing to transmit CAN FD frames sends a first predefined message requesting the non-FD CAN nodes to disable their transmitters before transmitting the CAN FD frames, and thereafter sends a second predefined message or a predefined signal to return the non-FD CAN nodes to normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Scott A. Monroe, David W. Stout, John P. Griffith
  • Patent number: 9645859
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for performing Input/Output (I/O) quiesce and drain operations in multi-node distributed storage systems are disclosed. For example, one method involves receiving a message. The message indicates a request for a operation to be performed by a node, where the node can receive I/O requests from an application, as well as remote I/O requests from another node. The node can issue the I/O requests and the remote I/O requests to the one or more storage devices. In response to receipt of the message, the method performs a first portion of a operation on the node. The first portion of the operation includes the node not processing any additional locally generated I/O requests and processing additional remote I/O requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Veritas Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Prasanta R. Dash, Amarinder Singh Randhawa, Asmita Jagtap, Chaitanya Yalamanchili, Madhav Buddhi
  • Patent number: 9639478
    Abstract: A method for controlling access to a memory of a computer system configured with at least one logical partition may include receiving a first request to map a first page of the memory, the request identifying a first requester. A first logical partition associated with the first page may be determined. It may be determined that an attribute of the first logical partition limits access to individual pages of the first logical partition to a single requester, and that the first page is available to be mapped to a requester. The first page may be mapped to the first requester and a flag indicating that the first page is unavailable for an additional mapping may be set. The first request may be from a device driver on behalf of an input/output adapter, as the first requester, to use the first page in a direct memory access transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Cary L. Bates, Lee N. Helgeson, Justin K. King, Michelle A. Schlicht
  • Patent number: 9632958
    Abstract: A system for migrating stash transactions includes first and second cores, an input/output memory management unit (IOMMU), an IOMMU mapping table, an input/output (I/O) device, a stash transaction migration management unit (STMMU), a queue manager and an operating system (OS) scheduler. The I/O device generates a first stash transaction request for a first data frame. The queue manager stores the first stash transaction request. When the first core executes a first thread, the queue manager stashes the first data frame to the first core by way of the IOMMU. The OS scheduler migrates the first thread from the first core to the second core and generates pre-empt notifiers. The STMMU uses the pre-empt notifiers to update the IOMMU mapping table and generate a stash replay command. The queue manager receives the stash replay command and stashes the first data frame to the second core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: Yashpal Dutta, Himanshu Goel, Varun Sethi
  • Patent number: 9632563
    Abstract: Data processing systems with interrupts and methods for operating such data processing systems and machine readable media for causing such methods and containing executable program instructions. In one embodiment, an exemplary data processing system includes a processing system, an interrupt controller coupled to the processing system and a timer circuit which is coupled to the interrupt controller. The interrupt controller is configured to provide a first interrupt signal and a second interrupt signal to the processing system. The processing system is configured to maintain a data structure (such as, e.g., a list) of time-related events for a plurality of processes, and the processing system is configured to calise the entry of a value, representing a period of time, into the timer circuit. The timer circuit is configured to cause an assertion of the first interrupt signal in response to an expiration of the time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua P. de Cesare, Bernard Joseph Semeria, Michael John Smith
  • Patent number: 9619358
    Abstract: Methods and systems for analyzing bus traffic in a target device, such as a system on-a-chip (SOC) comprises capturing a processor event and generating an interrupt based on a threshold associated with the processor event. Based on at least the interrupt, a instruction pointer associated with the processor event that generated the interrupt is identified. An instruction analyzer identifies a memory address of the instruction associated with the processor event that generated the interrupt. At least the processor event and a associated instruction information are collected by a sample collector and transferred to a host for performance profiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: Wenwei Cai, Zhenhua Wu
  • Patent number: 9619410
    Abstract: A low latency packet switching system comprising a switching device and a processing device. The switching device may include a first plurality of input/output (I/O) ports and a second plurality of I/O ports, wherein each port of the first plurality of ports may be electrically coupled to a pluggable transceiver socket configured to receive a cable connector. The processing device may include a plurality of transceivers electrically coupled to the second plurality of ports. The switching device may be configured to receive a first electric signal encoding one or more incoming data packets. The switching device may be programmed to output the first electric signal to one or more ports, in accordance with a programmable port mapping scheme. The processing device may be configured to receive the first electric signal and to output a second electric signal encoding one or more modified data packets derived from the incoming data packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
    Inventor: Philip J. Brandenberger
  • Patent number: 9612983
    Abstract: A flexible-width peripheral register mapping is disclosed for accessing peripheral registers on a peripheral bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventors: Frode Milch Pedersen, Sebastien Jouin, Stein Danielsen, Thierry Delalande, Ivar Holand, Mona Opsahl
  • Patent number: 9600059
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that facilitates power management in a multi-core processor. During operation, the system detects a change related to a number of active processor cores in the multi-core processor. (Within this system, a given processor core can reside in an active state, wherein the given processor core can draw an active power, or alternatively in a constrained state, wherein the given processor core can draw a constrained power, which is less than the active power.) In response to detecting the change, the system computes a new current limit ICCMAX for the multi-core processor based on the number of active and constrained processor cores. Finally, the system communicates ICCMAX to a power-management mechanism within the multi-core processor. This enables the power-management mechanism to use ICCMAX to account for power saved by the constrained processor cores when the multi-core system is subsequently determining whether to change its operating frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Guy Sotomayor
  • Patent number: 9588920
    Abstract: Methods and systems for sending and receiving information in a network are provided. The method includes configuring a port trunk as a PCI-Express function by an adapter, where the port trunk includes a plurality of network links that couple an adapter port to a port of another device; configuring the port of the other device for using the port trunk for sending and receiving information to and from the adapter port; transferring data by the adapter port on a same link for a write operation belonging to a same transaction for writing the data at a storage location; and receiving a confirmation for completing the write operation from the port of the other device after the data is written at the storage location, where the port of the other devices also uses a same link for sending information to the adapter port for the same transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: QLOGIC, Corporation
    Inventors: Sanjaya Anand, Kathy K. Caballero
  • Patent number: 9576606
    Abstract: A storage controller interface includes, on a disk controller side of the storage controller interface, a first transceiver circuit configured to transfer a first block of user data to a read channel during a write operation, and a gate transmit circuit configured to, subsequent to the first block of user data being transferred, assert a gate signal to flush the first block of user data from the read channel. The storage controller interface further includes, on a read channel side of the storage controller interface, a second transceiver circuit configured to receive the first block of user data, a gate receive circuit configured to receive the gate signal, and a write fault transceiver circuit configured to selectively assert a write fault signal if the gate transmit circuit does not assert the gate signal subsequent to the first block of user data being transferred to the read channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: Yat-Tung Lam, Pantas Sutardja
  • Patent number: 9575921
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, one or more systems, devices, methods, and/or processes described can continually increase a command rate of an interconnect if one or more requests to lower the command rate are not received within one or more periods of time. In one example, the command rate can be set to a fastest level. In another example, the command rate can be incrementally increased over periods of time. If a request to lower the command rate is received, the command rate can be set to a reference level or can be decremented to one slower rate level. In one or more embodiments, the one or more requests to lower the command rate can be based on at least one of an issue rate of speculative commands and a number of overcommit failures, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Guy L. Guthrie, David J. Krolak, Charles F. Marino, Praveen S. Reddy, Michael S. Siegel
  • Patent number: 9575913
    Abstract: A technique for handling cache-inhibited operations in a data processing system includes receiving, at a topology specific replicated bus unit, a cache-inhibited (CI) operation that is scope limited. The replicated bus unit determines whether an address associated with the CI operation matches an address for the replicated bus unit. In response to the address associated with the CI operation matching the address for the replicated bus unit, the replicated bus unit processes the CI operation based on the scope being limited to that of the replicated bus unit. In response to the address associated with the CI operation not matching the address for the replicated bus unit, the replicated bus unit ignores the CI operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard L. Arndt, Florian Auernhammer, Hugh Shen, Derek E. Williams
  • Patent number: 9569392
    Abstract: A data processing system includes a processor core, a system memory including a first data structure including a plurality of entries mapping requester identifiers (IDs) to partitionable endpoint (PE) numbers, and an input/output (I/O) subsystem including a plurality of PEs each having an associated PE number, where each of the plurality of PEs including one or more requesters each having a respective requester ID. An I/O host bridge, responsive to receiving an I/O message including a requester ID and an address, determines a PE number by reference to a first entry from the first data structure, and responsive to determining the PE number, accesses a second entry of the second data structure utilizing the PE number as an index and validates the address by reference to the accessed entry in the second data structure. The I/O host bridge, responsive to successful validation, provides a service indicated by the I/O message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric N. Lais, Steve Thurber
  • Patent number: 9569391
    Abstract: Processing of out-of-order data transfers is facilitated in computing environments that enable data to be directly transferred between a host bus adapter (or other adapter) and a system without first staging the data in hardware disposed between the host bus adapter and the system. An address to be used in the data transfer is determined, in real-time, by efficiently locating an entry in an address data structure that includes the address to be used in the data transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Clinton E. Bubb, Daniel F. Casper, John R. Flanagan, Raymond M. Higgs, George P. Kuch, Jeffrey M. Turner
  • Patent number: 9569386
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method are disclosed. One embodiment is an I2C compatible device. The I2C compatible device includes an SDA interface for connection to an SDA line and a single-line I2C module configured to transmit a sync word from the SDA interface over the SDA line and following the sync word, to transmit I2C data from the SDA interface over the SDA line such that digital data is communicated via a single line. In an embodiment, the sync word is a sync byte+NACK.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: David Alan Du