Patents Examined by Victor R. Kostak
  • Patent number: 7679680
    Abstract: A television apparatus includes a front panel keyboard having first and second keys, and a controller for detecting a type of operational logic of the front panel keyboard. The controller applies a keyboard operational voltage to the front panel keyboard according to the detected type of operational logic. If the controller determines that the type of operational logic is negative, the controller applies the keyboard operational voltage to the front panel keyboard. Otherwise, if the controller determines that the type of operational logic is positive, the controller applies no keyboard operational voltage to the front panel keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: William John Testin
  • Patent number: 7656462
    Abstract: This invention concerns a system for the distribution of films by electronic means, and in particular, for ensuring a director's intended rendition of the images is attained in differing viewing conditions and technologies. Thus master data enabling the luminance and chromaticity of every part of every frame as previously displayed in a first display environment to be determined may be modified to achieve a similar subjective effect in a second display environment, the modification depending for example on data characterizing the said second display environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventors: Martin Weston, Prinyar Boon
  • Patent number: 7649575
    Abstract: A display device displays corrected externally-supplied video signals, and includes plural pixels, a scanning driver and a signal driver which applies display voltages to signal lines coupled to the pixels. The signal driver includes a first converter which converts a format of the externally supplied video signals into a first format, a memory which stores the video signals from the first converter temporarily, a correction circuit which computes correction values based upon the video signals from the first converter and the video signals in the memory and corrects the video signals from the first converter based upon the correction values, and a second converter which converts the first format of the video signals from the correction circuit to a format of the display voltages. The memory stores the correction values also, and the correction circuit corrects the video signals in the memory based upon the correction values in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: Norio Mamba, Takashi Shoji, Toshimitsu Matsudo
  • Patent number: 7646436
    Abstract: We describe and claim a fuzzy logic based adaptive Y/C separation system and method. The fuzzy logic based adaptive Y/C separation system includes an adaptive Y/C separator to use fuzzy logic to separate chrominance data in a video signal, and a panel to display the chrominance data. The adaptive Y/C separator includes a plurality of filters, each to separate chrominance data in a video signal, and a blending circuit to use fuzzy logic to blend the chrominance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Pixelworks, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil D. Woodall
  • Patent number: 7646430
    Abstract: Systems and methods are herein given to effect a multiple mode display system that may accept multiple input image data formats and output several possible image data format. In a first embodiment, an image processing system comprises: an input that receives a plurality of source image data, said plurality of source image data further comprising a plurality of source image data formats; circuitry that resamples source image data from said source image data format to a plurality of target image data formats; and a display that renders target image data wherein the resolution of the display comprises approximately one half resolution of the largest of said plurality of target image data formats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Candice Hellen Brown Elliott, Michael Francis Higgins, Seok Jin Han, Thomas Lloyd Credelle
  • Patent number: 7643057
    Abstract: A method and system for reducing burn-in of a display is disclosed. A plurality of assets containing text, graphics, and video are stored and then gathered. These assets are then assembled into a template to form a video frame or “screen”, which is subsequently output in a video transport stream or video display. Based upon a trigger, the assets are gathered again and reassembled in a second template to form a second video frame or screen wherein the assets are in positions on the screen, which are different from those of the first screen. The second screen is subsequently output to the video transport stream and the process is repeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Music Choice
    Inventors: Stuart H. Farber, Daniel L. McGonigal, Jeremy C. Rosenberg, Robert M. Steinberg, Ronald M. Yurman
  • Patent number: 7643089
    Abstract: A decoder apparatus which includes a de-multiplexer, which is configured to divide motion picture data from a transport stream, a video decoder, which is configured to decode the divided motion picture data, and a first re-formatter on-screen unit, which is configured to display motion picture data and at least one of first and second graphic data on a screen. The first re-formatter on-screen unit converts motion picture data of a first aspect ratio, which is decoded by the video decoder, and first graphics data, which is produced by applying information relating to a caption corresponding to the motion picture data, into a second aspect ratio, when outputting the motion picture data of the first aspect ratio after conversion into the second aspect ratio, without converting the aspect ratio of second graphic data, which is produced by applying information relating to a program guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi ULSI Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masuo Oku, Hironori Komi, Keisuke Inata, Ryosuke Toya, Kenji Katsumata, Shigeru Komatsu, Shinobu Torikoshi, Takaaki Matono, Fumihito Tanaka, Masaaki Hisanaga
  • Patent number: 7636126
    Abstract: An audio/video system comprises an audio signal processing path having an audio path delay and a video signal processing path having a video path delay. The audio path delay may be different from the video path delay. The audio path delay and/or the video path delay may change, for example because of replacement of a component within the audio signal processing path or the video signal processing path. Delay matching (synchronization) in the audio/video system comprises adjusting the audio path delay to be substantially equal to the video path delay. Matching the audio path delay to the video path delay generally includes adding delay to the signal processing path with the lesser delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Dominic Saul Mallinson
  • Patent number: 7636125
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for filter modules in a video display system or network. One embodiment relates to a method for operating a filter module in a video display network comprising determining a picture type, display type and operation of the display network. The method further comprises determining, in real time, a filter configuration from a plurality of possible filter configurations based on the determined picture type, display type and operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Law, Darren Neuman, David Baer
  • Patent number: 7633554
    Abstract: Overlaying visual interface information atop a video signal without obscuring desired features of the video signal. The video signal may contain one or more pre-selected features, such as text. Two or more display sections equally divide the video signal, and any pre-selected features in the video signal are identified as residing in particular display sections. Depending on the nature of the features, the selected visual interface information is placed atop the video signal in a display section not containing any pre-selected features so as not to cover or obscure the features or is placed over specified features that do not significantly contribute to the video signal, such as blank or static screen regions. A hierarchy of preferred display sections for placing the visual interface information may be created to optimize the placement thereof. The methods for overlaying visual interface information find particular application with interactive television systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David Hendler Sloo, Steven C. Wasserman
  • Patent number: 7633522
    Abstract: A real time apparatus for testing a DTV antenna transmitting system, wherein the DTV antenna transmitting system transmits an original signal from a DTV transmitter to a DTV transmitting antenna, is disclosed that includes a probe, wherein the probe is connected in series with the DTV antenna transmitting system, and senses signals traversing the DTV antenna transmitting system. An error detector of the testing apparatus compares the received signal to the original signal to identify the magnitude and location of errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: Andre Skalina, Michael Simon
  • Patent number: 7629573
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a phantom device that simplifies usage and testing of a low intensity light imaging system. The phantom device includes a body and a light source internal to the body. The body comprises an optically selective material designed to at least partially resemble the optical behavior of mammalian tissue. Imaging the light source or phantom device may incorporate known properties of the optically selective material. Testing methods described herein assess the performance of a low-level light imaging system (such as the software) by processing light output by the phantom device and comparing the output against known results. The assessment builds a digital representation of the light source or test device and compares one or more components of the digital representation against one or more known properties for the light source or the test device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Xenogen Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley W. Rice, David G. Nilson, Normand P. Nantel, Tamara L. Troy
  • Patent number: 7629998
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring the performances of a camera including illumination, signal levels, signal to noise ratio, resolution, spectrum, color vectors and displaying the measured values in alphanumeric, waveforms, graphs and vectors onto a displayed scene generated by a camera under test, thereby enabling the user to better comprehend the meaning and verify the camera specifications and their fitness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Elbex Video Limited
    Inventor: David Elberbaum
  • Patent number: 7626641
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assisting a user in programming a universal remote control. More specifically, a method and apparatus for helping the user reestablish system configurations, providing feedback, instructing the user, and supplying system information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventor: William M. Beals
  • Patent number: 7623183
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying a video image on a display system comprises a decoder for converting the video image into continuous fields arranged in a first sequence, the continuous fields having a first scan rate different from a second scan rate of the display system, and sending a first signal indicating the first scan rate, a system identifier for sending a second signal indicating the second scan rate, a controller in response to the first signal and the second signal for determining interrupt points for the continuous fields, the interrupt points dividing the continuous fields into odd-numbered sections of fields and even-numbered sections of fields, a buffer for storing the continuous fields, a reorganizing unit for reorganizing one of the odd-numbered or even-numbered sections of fields into reorganized sections of fields, and a multiplexing circuit for selecting the reorganized sections of fields from the reorganizing unit, and selecting the other of the odd-numbered or even-numbered sections of field
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventor: Rong-Fu Hsu
  • Patent number: 7616262
    Abstract: A method of providing one or more aspects of an ambient environment comprises receiving a video signal, processing the video signal and controlling ambient light accordingly. A corresponding device and system of devices are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: David A. Eves, Richard S. Cole
  • Patent number: 7609324
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus includes a generator operable to generate a second image signal by converting a first image signal into the second image signal; a calculation unit operable to calculate a correction amount based on an evaluation of the second image signal relative to the first image signal; and a correction unit operable to correct the second image signal based on the correction amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsujiro Kondo, Shizuo Chikaoka, Takeshi Miyai, Yoshiaki Nakamura, Takashi Nakanishi, Tsugihiko Haga, Daisuke Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 7605873
    Abstract: An LCD TV capable of being used as a music station only, which can turn off the internal video decoder and the internal backlight power when the LCD TV only desires to output an audio. The LCD TV panel has a backlight control terminal with a first state and a second state to turn on/off the internal backlight power based on the first or second state. A video decoder has a working mode and a standby mode. When an instruction received by a command input device is a panel backlight power turning-off instruction, a controller produces a control signal to set the backlight control terminal to the second state to thereby drive the LCD TV panel to turn off the backlight power thereon and set the video decoder to the standby mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Tatung Company
    Inventors: Shih-Hua Tseng, Che-Hsuan Liu
  • Patent number: 7605865
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for video data processing in digital video decoding, such as digital video disk (DVD) decoding, which produces new video data according to main picture data, sub-picture unit (SPU) data, and an aspect ratio. The apparatus includes a sub-picture-unit-decoding and color-determining device, a mixer, a buffer, and an interpolator. The sub-picture-unit-decoding and color-determining device is used for performing sub-picture decoding and color determination on the SPU data, and producing decoded SPU data. The mixer, coupled to the SPU-decoding and color-determining device, is employed to mix the main picture data and the decoded SPU data, and outputting combined video data. The buffer, coupled to the mixer, for storing the combined video data outputted from the mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Mediatek Inc.
    Inventor: Tzu-Ping Lin
  • Patent number: RE41399
    Abstract: A technique to stabilize subcarrier generation in a line-locked digital video system, caused by simultaneous locking of the genlock device causing continuous changing of a shared clock signal, by calculating a time shift occurring in an output waveform, converting the time shift into an equivalent phase shift and sending a corresponding phase correction number to a waveform generator block to correct the time shift, and thus stabilize subcarrier generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Ara Bicakci