Patents Examined by Timothy A. Brainard
  • Patent number: 11656328
    Abstract: Presented herein are systems and methods for automatically evaluating detection accuracy of dynamic objects by equipment under test, comprising receiving a first record generated by an evaluated equipment under test and a second record generated by a validated reference equipment both deployed in a vehicle, the first record comprising a plurality of attributes of dynamic object(s) detected by the evaluated equipment and the second record comprising a plurality of attributes of dynamic object(s) detected by the reference equipment, correlating between dynamic object(s) detected by both the evaluated equipment and the reference equipment according to matching spatial and temporal attributes of the dynamic object(s) in the first record and in the second record, analyzing at least some of the attributes of the respective dynamic object in the first record compared to the second record, and outputting an indication of differences identified between the first record and the second record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Blue White Robotics Ltd
    Inventors: Aviram Shmueli, Alon Ascher, Ben Alfi, Shmuel Ur
  • Patent number: 11656329
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to calibrating sensors for an autonomous vehicle. First sensor data and second sensor data can be captured by one or more sensors representing an environment. The first sensor data and the second sensor data can be associated with a grid in a plurality of combinations to generate a plurality of projected data. A number of data points of the projected data occupying a cell of the grid can be summed to determine a spatial histogram. An amount of error (such as an entropy value) can be determined for each of the projected data, and the projected data corresponding to the lowest entropy value can be selected as representing a calibrated configuration of the one or more sensors. Calibration data associated with the lowest entropy value can be determined and used to calibrate the one or more sensors, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Blaes, Daniel Miller
  • Patent number: 11656330
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for improving the accuracy of a phase associated with the radar signal by identifying a spectral signature associated with a radio frequency (RF) impairment and performing digital predistortion to enhance the radar performance and to compensate for the impairment that causes offset or imbalance of the phase rotator output cause signal distortion or otherwise degrade of the phase of the signal. The self-calibrating mechanism of the present disclosure is configured to identify the impairments, determine a spectral signature associated with the impairment, and optimize the phase error through digital predistortion of the RF signal based at least in part on the spectral signature associated with the impairment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier Vincent Doare, Julien Orlando
  • Patent number: 11656331
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for emulating echo signals using test equipment, including an antenna and an I/Q mixer, in response to a radar signal transmitted by a radar under test. The method includes receiving the radar signal from the radar under test, where a reflection component of the radar signal is reflected from at least the antenna; mixing the received radar signal as a local oscillator (LO) signal with I and Q signals at the I/Q mixer to output a mixing product as a radio frequency (RF) signal, where a leakage component of the LO signal leaks through the I/Q mixer; substantially canceling the reflection component of the radar signal using the leakage component of the LO signal; and transmitting the RF signal as the emulated echo signal to the radar under test, wherein the emulated echo signal indicates at least a range to the emulated target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Christian Bourde, Gregory Douglas Vanwiggeren
  • Patent number: 11650285
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a radar apparatus. The radar apparatus includes a transmit unit that generates a first signal in response to a reference clock and a feedback clock. The first signal is scattered by one or more obstacles to generate a second signal. A receive unit receives the second signal and generates N samples corresponding to the second signal. N is an integer. A conditioning circuit is coupled to the transmit unit and the receive unit. The conditioning circuit receives the N samples corresponding to the second signal, and generates N new samples using an error between the feedback clock and the reference clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sachin Bharadwaj, Karthik Subburaj
  • Patent number: 11650284
    Abstract: A radar sensor system and a method for operating a radar sensor system. The radar sensor system includes: at least one first sub-sensor system and a second sub-sensor system, each for generating sensor data, each sub-sensor system including an antenna array including at least one receiving antenna and at least one transmitting antenna; a control device, by which each sub-sensor system is independently transferrable from a normal operation into a silent operation; and a data fusion device, which is designed to fuse the sensor data exclusively of the sub-sensor systems during the normal operation with one another for generating output data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Schoor, Benedikt Loesch, Marcel Mayer
  • Patent number: 11650283
    Abstract: A detection device includes: a transmitter that transmits a high-frequency signal as a transmission signal; a receiver that receives a reception signal including a reflection signal formed by reflecting the transmission signal at a target; and a controller that detects the target based on a frequency of the reflection signal, and changes a frequency of the transmission signal based on a frequency of the reception signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Maiko Saito, Masaru Sakurai, Syunichi Iizuka, Masahiro Yanagi, Kimihiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 11644566
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems and methods that process radar image data to generate radar images using vector processor engines, such as single-instruction-multiple-data (SIMD) processor engines. The vector processor engines can be further augmented with accelerators that vectorize element selection thereby expediting memory accesses required for interpolation operations performed by the vector processor engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Haoyun Wu, Jayakrishnan Cheriyath Mundarath, Sili Lu, Maik Brett
  • Patent number: 11644565
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and components of a radar system with a sparse primary array and a dense auxiliary array. Even with fewer antenna elements than a traditional radar system, an example radar system has a comparable angular resolution at a lower cost, lower complexity level, and without aliasing. The radar system includes a processor and antenna arrays that can receive electromagnetic energy reflected by one or more objects. The antenna arrays include a primary subarray and an auxiliary subarray. The auxiliary subarray includes multiple antenna elements with a smaller spacing than the antenna elements of the primary subarray. The processor can determine, using the received electromagnetic energy, first and second potential angles associated with the one or more objects. The processor then associates, using the first and second potential angles, respective angles associated with each of the one or more objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Zhengzheng Li, Xin Zhang, Yu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11635507
    Abstract: In implementations of systems for estimating three-dimensional trajectories of physical objects, a computing device implements a three-dimensional trajectory system to receive radar data describing millimeter wavelength radio waves directed within a physical environment using beamforming and reflected from physical objects in the physical environment. The three-dimensional trajectory system generates a cloud of three-dimensional points based on the radar, each of the three-dimensional points corresponds to a reflected millimeter wavelength radio wave within a sliding temporal window. The three-dimensional points are grouped into at least one group based on Euclidean distances between the three-dimensional points within the cloud. The three-dimensional trajectory system generates an indication of a three-dimensional trajectory of a physical object corresponding to the at least one group using a Kalman filter to track a position and a velocity a centroid of the at least one group in three-dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Anne Healey, Haoliang Wang, Ding Zhang
  • Patent number: 11635509
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) imaging device comprising a display receives a three-dimensional (3D) image that is a superposition of two or more images having different image types, which may include at least a 3D RF image of a space disposed behind a surface. A plurality of input control devices receive a user input for manipulating the display of the 3D image. Alternatively or additionally, the radio frequency (RF) imaging device may receive a three-dimensional (3D) image that is a weighted combination of a plurality of images, which may include a 3D RF image of a space disposed behind a surface, an infrared (IR) image of the surface, and a visible light image of the surface. A user input may specify changes to the weighted combination. In another embodiment, the RF imaging device may include an output device that produces a physical output indicating a detected type of material of an object in the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Mabood Ghazanfarpour, Brian Knight
  • Patent number: 11631932
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an antenna array for a filling level measuring device. The antenna array comprises an antenna, a horn antenna, a plastic housing, a printed circuit board and a casting compound. The antenna is adapted to communicatively connect the printed circuit board to an external device, the horn antenna comprises the form of a hollow truncated cone, and at least an inner side of the horn antenna is provided with a metallic material. Furthermore, the antenna, the horn antenna, the printed circuit board and the casting compound are arranged within the plastic housing, and the antenna and the horn antenna are at least partially surrounded by the casting compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: VEGA GRIESHABER KG
    Inventors: Roland Baur, Daniel Schultheiss
  • Patent number: 11630183
    Abstract: A method for interference reduction between radar units. The method is performed by a radar unit and comprises: receiving one or more radar frames, wherein the one or more radar frames correspond to one or more respective time intervals during which the radar unit was activated to transmit and receive signals to produce data samples of the one or more radar frames; and determining whether the one or more radar frames have a higher presence of data samples that are subject to interference from other radar units in a first half of their corresponding time intervals than in a second, later, half of their corresponding time intervals. In case the presence is higher in the first half of their corresponding time intervals, a scheduled time interval of an upcoming radar frame to be produced by the radar unit is postponed, and otherwise it is advanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Axis AB
    Inventors: Adham Sakhnini, Andreas Glatz, Axel Landgren, Mattias Simonsson, Anders Skoog, Anders Mannesson, Sebastian Heunisch, Stefan Adalbjörnsson, Karl Nordin
  • Patent number: 11624821
    Abstract: An exemplary system, method and computer-accessible medium for generating an image(s) or a video(s) of an environment(s), which can include, for example, generating a first millimeter wave (mmWave) radiofrequency (RF) radiation using a mobile device(s), providing the first mmWave RF radiation to the at least one environment, receiving, at the mobile device(s), a second mmWave RF radiation from the environment(s) that can be based on the first mmWave RF radiation, and generating the image(s) or the video(s) based on the second mmWave RF radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Theodore S. Rappaport
  • Patent number: 11619704
    Abstract: A detection device includes: a transmitter that transmits a high-frequency signal as a transmission signal; a receiver that receives a reception signal including a reflection signal formed by reflecting the transmission signal at a target; and a controller that detects the target based on a frequency of the reflection signal, and changes a frequency of the transmission signal based on a frequency of the reception signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED
    Inventors: Maiko Saito, Masaru Sakurai, Syunichi Iizuka, Masahiro Yanagi, Kimihiro Maruyama
  • Patent number: 11614537
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating an on-demand distributed aperture by mechanical articulation. In some aspects, a process can include steps for determining a location of an autonomous vehicle, determining whether a maneuver requires long range detections or medium range detections based on the location of the autonomous vehicle, positioning at least two articulated radars based on the determining of whether the maneuver requires long range detections or medium range detections, and enabling a mode of resolution based on the positioning of the at least two articulated radars and by utilizing a static radar. Systems and machine-readable media are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC.
    Inventors: Devin Cass, Jack Stepanian, Daniel Flores Tapia
  • Patent number: 11614531
    Abstract: A co-prime coded DDM MIMO radar system, apparatus, architecture, and method are provided with a reference signal generator (112) that produces a transmit reference signal; a plurality of DDM transmit modules (11) that produce, condition, and transmit a plurality of transmit signals over which each have a different co-prime encoded progressive phase offset from the transmit reference signal; a receiver module (12) that receives a target return signal reflected from the plurality of transmit signals by a target and generates a digital signal from the target return signal; and a radar control processing unit (20) configured to detect Doppler spectrum peaks in the digital signal, where the radar control processing unit comprises a Doppler disambiguation module (25) that is configured with a CPC decoder to associate each detected Doppler spectrum peak with a corresponding DDM transmit module, thereby generating a plurality of transmitter-associated Doppler spectrum peak detections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Haoyun Wu, Dongyin Ren, Satish Ravindran
  • Patent number: 11609306
    Abstract: According to an aspect, method in a radar receiver system comprising, receiving a radar signal reflected from a target on a plurality of antennas, wherein the radar signal is a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) signal comprising plurality of chirps, extracting a plurality of range bins from the radar signal, generating a plurality of reference angles and a plurality of reference velocities from a plurality of reference parameters, determining a plurality of reference weights from the plurality of reference angles and plurality of reference velocities, filtering the radar signal with the filter weights set to equal to the plurality of reference weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventor: Ganesan Thiagarajan
  • Patent number: 11604271
    Abstract: Apparatus and method configured to determine locations of man-made objects within synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery. The apparatus and method prescreen SAR imagery to identify potential locations of man-made objects within SAR imagery. The potential locations are processed using a change detector to remove locations of natural objects to produce a target image containing location of substantially only man-made objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Kenneth I. Ranney, David C. Wong, Tuan That Ton, Brian R. Phelan
  • Patent number: 11598841
    Abstract: A system for distributed dual-function radar-communication comprises a plurality of dual-function radar transmitters positioned within a region of interest, each configured to transmit at least one radar waveform, with each transmitter for having a minimum transmit power, a maximum transmit power, and a working transmit power, a plurality of radar receivers positioned within the region of interest, each configured to receive the radar waveforms, at least one controller communicatively connected to at least one connected transmitter of the plurality of dual-function radar transmitters, configured to calculate a vector of transmit power values for the plurality of dual-function radar transmitters. A method of transmitting a radar waveform is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignees: Temple University‚ÄĒOf The Commonwealth System of Higher Education, Governemnt of the United States, as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Ammar Ahmed, Yimin Daniel Zhang, Braham Himed