Patents Examined by Nathan Curs
  • Patent number: 9998219
    Abstract: Networked intelligent lighting devices may utilize visual light communication to perform autonomous neighbor discovery, for example, as part of a map generation process. Individually, each intelligent lighting device within an installation transmits a series of packets via visual light communication for receipt by one or more of the other intelligent lighting devices. Receiving intelligent lighting devices record the number of received packets from each transmitter. Records of numbers of received packets are conveyed via a data communication network to a centralized process. The centralized process utilizes the conveyed records to determine neighbor relationships between lighting devices, for example to generate a map of devices as located within the installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Rashmi K. Raj, Jason Rogers, Hampton B. Maher, Sean P. White
  • Patent number: 9941958
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a semiconductor chip that comprises an optical modulator configured to modulate an optical signal based on a received driver signal, a voltage-mode (VM) driver coupled to the optical modulator and configured to produce a level-shifted driver signal to modulate the optical signal, and a two-stage test interface coupled to the optical modulator and configured to receive and test the level shifted driver signal. The two-stage test interface comprises a voltage equalization stage coupled to an output-terminated buffer stage, the VM driver comprises a two-stage VM Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) driver that comprises a pre-driver coupled to a VM level-shifter (VMLS). The apparatus further comprises a resistor coupled to an output of the buffer stage, wherein the resistor comprises an amount of resistance that matches a termination resistance of a test equipment. The termination resistance is about 50 ohm (?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Liang Gu, Yuming Cao, Yifan Gu, Hungyi Lee, Gong Lei, Yen Dang, Mamatha Deshpande, Shou-Po Shih, Yan Duan
  • Patent number: 9929786
    Abstract: Components, systems, and methods for reducing location-dependent destructive interference in distributed antenna systems operating in multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) configuration are disclosed. Interference is defined as issues with received MIMO communications signals that can cause a MIMO algorithm to not be able to solve a channel matrix for MIMO communications signals received by MIMO receivers in client devices. These issues may be caused by lack of separation (i.e., phase, amplitude) in the received MIMO communications signals. Thus, to provide amplitude separation of received MIMO communications signals, multiple MIMO transmitters are each configured to employ multiple transmitter antennas, which are each configured to transmit in different polarization states. In certain embodiments, one of the MIMO communications signals is amplitude adjusted in one of the polarization states to provide amplitude separation between received MIMO communications signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Jacob George, Anthony Ng'Oma, Hejie Yang
  • Patent number: 9924246
    Abstract: An illustrative driver embodiment supplies an electrical transmit signal to an emitter module in response to an input bit stream. The illustrative driver embodiment includes: a voltage supply node which may be powered via a parasitic series inductance; a transmit signal buffer that drives the electrical transmit signal with current from the voltage supply node, the electrical transmit signal including transitions at bit intervals as dictated by the input bit stream; and an auxiliary signal buffer that supplies an auxiliary signal with current from the voltage supply node to an auxiliary module having an input impedance matched to an input impedance of the emitter module, the auxiliary signal having a transition at every bit interval where the electrical transmit signal lacks a transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Credo Technology Group Limited
    Inventor: Lawrence (Chi Fung) Cheng
  • Patent number: 9918151
    Abstract: An optical network unit (ONU), a communication system and a communication method are disclosed. The ONU includes a passive optical network media access control (PON MAC) module and a processing module, the processing module includes a physical bridge submodule and at least two ONU submodules connected with the physical bridge submodule, different ONU submodules correspond to different identification information; the PON MAC module is configured to: be connected with the processing module, determine corresponding ONU submodules according to identification information in network side data, and send the network side data to the physical bridge submodule; the physical bridge submodule is configured to: distribute the network side data to corresponding ONU submodules according to the ONU submodules determined by the PON MAC module; and the ONU submodule is configured to: process the received data, and send the data to the user interface module corresponding to the ONU submodule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Rihong Wang, Li Sun
  • Patent number: 9910232
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a chip-on-wafer-on-substrate assembly are disclosed and may include in an integrated optical communication system comprising an electronics die and a substrate. The electronics die is bonded to a first surface of a photonic interposer and the substrate is coupled to a second surface of the photonic interposer opposite to the first surface. An optical fiber and a light source assembly are coupled to the second surface of the interposer in one or more cavities formed in the substrate. The integrated optical communication system is operable to receive a continuous wave (CW) optical signal in the photonic interposer from the light source assembly; and communicate a modulated optical signal to the optical fiber from said photonic interposer. A mold compound may be on the first surface of the interposer and in contact with the electronics die. The received CW optical signal may be coupled to an optical waveguide in the photonic interposer using a grating coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Luxtera, Inc.
    Inventors: Attila Mekis, Peter De Dobbelaere, Gianlorenzo Masini, Yannick De Koninck, Thierry Pinguet
  • Patent number: 9887782
    Abstract: An example embodiment includes an optoelectronic module. The optoelectronic module may be configured to transmit out-of-band (OOB) data as an average optical power difference between optical signals. The optoelectronic module may include a first optical source, a second optical source, and an optical power control device. The first optical source may be configured to generate a first optical signal including first channel payload data on a first optical channel. The second optical source may be configured to generate a second optical signal including second channel payload data on a second optical channel. The optical power control device may be configured to vary average optical powers of one or more of the first optical signal and the second optical signal to create an average optical power difference between the first optical signal and the second optical signal that is representative of a logical bit of the OOB data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: FINISAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Lucy G. Hosking
  • Patent number: 9887729
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for receiving data by radio frequency (RF) mixing to down-convert in-phase and quadrature parts of a photo-detected electrical RF band signal to baseband for data conversion; controlling a mixing phase of a electrical local oscillator (LO) at one or more RF mixing modules; selecting one of the RF sub-bands to be down-converted to baseband after coherent photo-detection; and performing RF sub-band de-multiplexing for ultra-wide band optical digital coherent detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Yue-Kai Huang, Shaoliang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9882656
    Abstract: A fiber optic-based communications network includes: a power insertion device, connected to multiple fiber links from a data source, configured to provide power insertion to a hybrid fiber/power cable connected to at least one fiber link of the multiple fiber links; the hybrid fiber/power cable, connecting the power insertion device to a connection interface device, configured to transmit data and power from the power insertion device to the connection interface device; and the connection interface device, configured to provide an interface for connection to an end device via a power over Ethernet (PoE)-compatible connection and to provide optical to electrical media conversion for data transmitted from the power insertion device to an end device via the hybrid fiber/power cable and the PoE-compatible connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: RADIUS UNIVERSAL LLC
    Inventors: Donald Lee Sipes, Jr., Donald VanderSluis
  • Patent number: 9883260
    Abstract: A MSO deploying a standard OLT, and installed with ONUs to be used by customers to whom the MSO can connect using optical fiber. For customers that cannot be reached with optical fiber, the MSO deploys a converter between the optical fiber and the coax network so that the MSO can use the same standard OLT, and use CNUs for those customers attached to the coax network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Entropic Communications LLC
    Inventor: Wu Zong
  • Patent number: 9866928
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for data communication by performing RF sub-band multiplexing and demultiplexing by cascading a radio-frequency (RF) mixing module and optical dual-polarized (DP) QPSK modulator forhybrid RF/optical IQ modulation; and performing intra-transceiver optical superchannel switching through the RF sub-band multiplexing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Yue-Kai Huang, Shaoliang Zhang, Fatih Yaman, Ting Wang
  • Patent number: 9859980
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided, in which a plurality of luminance change frequencies of a light emitter is determined by coding one of a plurality of transmission information sources. The light emitter transmits a transmission information source by a change in luminance according to each of the plurality of luminance change frequencies. A signal, which controls the change in luminance of the light emitter according to each of the plurality of luminance change frequencies, is output to the light emitter. The plurality of luminance change frequencies include a first frequency and a second frequency. A signal of the first frequency and a signal of the second frequency respectively cause the light emitter to change in luminance according to the first frequency during a first time period and to change in luminance according to the second frequency during a second time period after the first time period has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Hideki Aoyama, Mitsuaki Oshima, Koji Nakanishi, Toshiyuki Maeda, Akihiro Ueki, Kengo Miyoshi, Tsutomu Mukai
  • Patent number: 9854362
    Abstract: A networked speaker system communicates using Li-Fi. The LEDs implementing the Li-Fi may also have modes in which they are used to map the walls of a room in which the speakers are located, detect the locations of speakers in the room, and detect and classify listeners in the room. Based on this, waveform analysis may be applied to input audio to establish equalization and delays that are optimal for the room geometry, speaker locations, and listener locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Milne, Gregory Peter Carlsson
  • Patent number: 9853736
    Abstract: An optical transmitter has an optical modulator having Mach-Zehnder interferometers, modulator drivers configured to drive the optical modulator by a drive signal, a low frequency generator configured to generated a low frequency signal that changes a ratio of a driving amplitude with respect to a half-wave voltage of the optical modulator, a photodetector configured to detect a portion of output light of the optical modulator, a detector configured to detect a low frequency component contained in a detected signal from the photodetector using the low frequency signal, and a bias voltage controller configured to control a bias voltage for the optical modulator such that the detected low frequency component becomes the maximum and in-phase with the superimposed low frequency signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU OPTICAL COMPONENTS LIMITED
    Inventor: Iori Shirakawa
  • Patent number: 9853765
    Abstract: An optical reception device 20 includes an electric signal generation unit 200, a linear compensation unit 301, a nonlinear compensation unit 300, and a second coefficient setting unit 400. The electric signal generation unit 200 generates an electric signal based on an optical signal received over a transmission path 30. The linear compensation unit 301 performs processing for compensating for dispersion that occurs on optical signal in the transmission path 30 to the electric signal, using a first filter coefficient. The second coefficient setting unit 400 determines a second filter coefficient for compensating for a nonlinear effect that occurs on the optical signal in the transmission path 30, using an amount of dispersion that occurs in the transmission path 30. The nonlinear compensation unit 300 performs processing for compensating the electric signal for the nonlinear effect, using the second filter coefficient that is determined by the second coefficient setting unit 400.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wakako Yasuda, Junichi Abe
  • Patent number: 9843394
    Abstract: An optical transceiver module having unibody structure is disclosed. The unibody structure comprises a single-piece substrate, an optical interface, and an optical engine. The components of the optical interface and the components of the optical engine are directly attached to the single-piece substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Qijun Xiao, Dong Gui, Andy Fenglei Zhou, Yao Li
  • Patent number: 9838150
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method and an apparatus for detecting an ONU, and a passive optical network system. The method includes detecting an identity code of an ONU in an open uplink empty window or an empty timeslot, and determining that an ONU corresponding to the identity code of the ONU is a rogue ONU according to the identity code of the ONU. A corresponding apparatus and passive optical network system are also provided in the embodiments of the present invention. In the passive optical network system, a rogue ONU is detected and determined quickly and efficiently, and an effect on an uplink service is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min Wan, Xiaofei Zeng
  • Patent number: 9831952
    Abstract: A system may receive user input that identifies network entities in an optical network. The system may provide a user interface that displays a representation of the network entities and of optical link types configured to carry optical signals among the network entities. The system may receive user input that identifies a particular optical link type, and may display a representation of optical links, of the particular optical link type, that are associated with the network entities. The system may also display an indication of an allocation status of the optical links. The system may receive user input that identifies an available optical link to be allocated for an optical transmission, and may provide, to the network entities and based on the user input, information that identifies the available optical link to permit the available optical link to be allocated for the optical transmission between the network entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Vasudha N. Bhaskara, Lam D. Hoang, Kiran Dintakurthi, Jagadeesh Virupaksha Huliyar, Dharmendra Naik
  • Patent number: 9830810
    Abstract: An infrared control system and an operation method thereof are provided. The infrared control system includes a sound sensor, an infrared transmitter and a processing unit. In an initialization period, the processing unit controls the infrared transmitter to transmit a first infrared control code of a first control code set to a target device, and monitors an environment sound via the sound sensor to determine whether the target device responds to the first infrared control code. If the processing unit determines that the target device responds to the first infrared control code according to environment sound, the processing unit records a relationship between the first control code set and the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Chun-Liang Kuo
  • Patent number: 9819414
    Abstract: A lighting device includes: a first light source which emits light that includes a visible light communication signal indicating first information; and a second light source which is disposed at a position different from a position of the first light source, and emits light that includes a visible light communication signal indicating second information different from the first information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeaki Yamasaki, Yosuke Kondo, Takashi Osugi