Patents by Inventor A. Scott Hollums

A. Scott Hollums has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9237030
    Abstract: A cable modem that supports stateless requesting and/or limited contention-based requesting is provided herein. In an example, a physical layer (PHY) configured to communicate over a plurality of upstream channels is provided. A bandwidth requester is provided to request bandwidth using contention-based requesting over a first subset of the upstream channels for contention-based flows and request bandwidth using stateless requesting over a second subset of the upstream channels for stateless flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Niki Pantelias, Lisa Denney, Edward Boyd, Andres Alvarez, Scott Hollums
  • Patent number: 9020014
    Abstract: A cable modem termination system (CMTS) is disclosed that allocates one or more minislots of a super-frame arrangement to cable modems for upstream transmission. The super-frame arrangement includes multiple minislots that correspond to multiple communication channels of one or more super-frames. The CMTS receives requests for upstream bandwidth from the cable modems. The CMTS continuously allocates the minislots of the super-frame to provide upstream bandwidth grants to accommodate these requests. The CMTS communicates the upstream bandwidth grants as a single upstream bandwidth allocation map (MAP) to the cable modems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Niki Pantelias, Scott Hollums
  • Patent number: 8908716
    Abstract: A method for increasing upstream bandwidth per cable modem user in a cable communications system that includes a cable modem termination system (CMTS) and a plurality of cable modems is provided. The method permits a cable modem to transmit data to the CMTS on multiple upstream channels simultaneously using a technique called “channel bonding.” Channel bonding allows smaller bandwidth upstream channels to be bonded together to create a larger bandwidth pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Voigt Denney, Niki Roberta Pantelias, A. Scott Hollums, Victor T. Hou, John Daniel Horton, Jr., David Michael Pullen
  • Patent number: 8711878
    Abstract: A method for increasing upstream bandwidth per cable modem user in a cable communications system that includes a cable modem termination system (CMTS) and a plurality of cable modems is provided. The method permits a cable modem to transmit data to the CMTS on multiple upstream channels simultaneously using a technique called “channel bonding.” Channel bonding allows smaller bandwidth upstream channels to be bonded together to create a larger bandwidth pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Voigt Denney, Niki Roberta Pantelias, A. Scott Hollums, Victor T. Hou, John Daniel Horton, Jr., David Michael Pullen
  • Patent number: 8705567
    Abstract: A method for increasing upstream bandwidth per cable modem user in a cable communications system that includes a cable modem termination system (CMTS) and a plurality of cable modems is provided. The method permits a cable modem to transmit data to the CMTS on multiple upstream channels simultaneously using a technique called “channel bonding.” Bandwidth allocation is achieved by transmitting from a CMTS to a cable modem a unique bandwidth allocation message for each upstream channel in a bonded group of upstream channels, wherein the combination of unique bandwidth allocation messages collectively allocates requested bandwidth across the bonded group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Voigt Denney, Niki Roberta Pantelias, A. Scott Hollums, Victor T. Hou, John Daniel Horton, Jr., David Michael Pullen
  • Patent number: 8537696
    Abstract: A system and method are presented for changing physical layer (PHY) parameters in a PHY device of a communications system. New parameters are written to a first-in first-out queue in a serial interface, while the scheduled time for the changeover is written to a control register in the serial interface. When the time for the changeover occurs, the parameters are written to the PHY device via a port of the serial interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: A. Scott Hollums, Niki R. Pantelias, David A. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20130170528
    Abstract: A cable modem termination system (CMTS) is disclosed that allocates one or more minislots of a super-frame arrangement to cable modems for upstream transmission. The super-frame arrangement includes multiple minislots that correspond to multiple communication channels of one or more super-frames. The CMTS receives requests for upstream bandwidth from the cable modems. The CMTS continuously allocates the minislots of the super-frame to provide upstream bandwidth grants to accommodate these requests. The CMTS communicates the upstream bandwidth grants as a single upstream bandwidth allocation map (MAP) to the cable modems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Niki Pantelias, Scott Hollums
  • Publication number: 20130070784
    Abstract: A method for increasing upstream bandwidth per cable modem user in a cable communications system that includes a cable modem termination system (CMTS) and a plurality of cable modems is provided. The method permits a cable modem to transmit data to the CMTS on multiple upstream channels simultaneously using a technique called “channel bonding.” Channel bonding allows smaller bandwidth upstream channels to be bonded together to create a larger bandwidth pipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Voigt Denney, Niki Roberta Pantelias, A. Scott Hollums, Victor T. Hou, John Daniel Horton, JR., David Michael Pullen
  • Publication number: 20130051443
    Abstract: A cable modem that supports stateless requesting and/or limited contention-based requesting is provided herein. In an example, a physical layer (PHY) configured to communicate over a plurality of upstream channels is provided. A bandwidth requester is provided to request bandwidth using contention-based requesting over a first subset of the upstream channels for contention-based flows and request bandwidth using stateless requesting over a second subset of the upstream channels for stateless flows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Niki PANTELIAS, Lisa DENNEY, Edward BOYD, Andres ALVAREZ, Scott HOLLUMS
  • Patent number: 8279892
    Abstract: A method for increasing upstream bandwidth per cable modem user in a cable communications system that includes a cable modem termination system (CMTS) and a plurality of cable modems is provided. The method permits a cable modem to transmit data to the CMTS on multiple upstream channels simultaneously using a technique called “channel bonding.” Channel bonding allows smaller bandwidth upstream channels to be bonded together to create a larger bandwidth pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Voigt Denney, Niki Roberta Pantelias, A. Scott Hollums, Victor T. Hou, John Daniel Horton, Jr., David Michael Pullen
  • Patent number: 7970010
    Abstract: A method for increasing upstream bandwidth per cable modem user in a cable communications system that includes a cable modem termination system (CMTS) and a plurality of cable modems is provided. The method permits a cable modem to transmit data to the CMTS on multiple upstream channels simultaneously using a technique called “channel bonding.” Channel bonding allows smaller bandwidth upstream channels to be bonded together to create a larger bandwidth pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Voigt Denney, Niki Roberta Pantelias, A. Scott Hollums, Victor T. Hou, John Daniel Horton, Jr., David Michael Pullen
  • Patent number: 7958431
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for interleaving data in a communication device. The system includes a memory that stores blocks of data to be interleaved. In addition to the memory, the system includes a write module and a read module, each of which is coupled to the memory. The write module is configured to receive a burst of data and write blocks of data from the burst into the memory. The write module is also configured to provide control information to the read logic. The control information includes a rolling burst counter and a burst profile bank identifier for each block. If interleaving is activated, the control information also includes information pertaining to how the read module should interleave the block. If interleaving is not activated, the control information also includes the byte length size of the burst. The read module reads blocks of data from memory in either an interleaved fashion or a non-interleaved fashion in accordance with the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Hollums
  • Patent number: 7444580
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for interleaving data in a communication device. The system includes a memory that stores blocks of data to be interleaved. A write module is configured to receive a burst of data and write blocks of data from the burst into the memory. The write module is configured to provide control information, including a rolling burst counter and a burst profile bank identifier for each block. If interleaving is activated, the control information includes information pertaining to how the read module should interleave the block. If interleaving is not activated, the control information includes the byte length size of the burst. A read module reads blocks of data from memory in either an interleaved fashion or a non-interleaved fashion in accordance with the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Hollums
  • Patent number: 7379469
    Abstract: A system and method are presented for changing physical layer (PHY) parameters in a PHY device of a communications system. New parameters are written to a first-in first-out queue in a serial interface, while the scheduled time for the changeover is written to a control register in the serial interface. When the time for the changeover occurs, the parameters are written to the PHY device via a port of the serial interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: A. Scott Hollums, Niki R Pantelias, David A Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20080092013
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for interleaving data in a communication device. The system includes a memory that stores blocks of data to be interleaved. In addition to the memory, the system includes a write module and a read module, each of which is coupled to the memory. The write module is configured to receive a burst of data and write blocks of data from the burst into the memory. The write module is also configured to provide control information to the read logic. The control information includes a rolling burst counter and a burst profile bank identifier for each block. If interleaving is activated, the control information also includes information pertaining to how the read module should interleave the block. If interleaving is not activated, the control information also includes the byte length size of the burst. The read module reads blocks of data from memory in either an interleaved fashion or a non-interleaved fashion in accordance with the control information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Applicant: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Scott HOLLUMS
  • Publication number: 20060026484
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for interleaving data in a communication device. The system includes a memory that stores blocks of data to be interleaved. In addition to the memory, the system includes a write module and a read module, each of which is coupled to the memory. The write module is configured to receive a burst of data and write blocks of data from the burst into the memory. The write module is also configured to provide control information to the read logic. The control information includes a rolling burst counter and a burst profile bank identifier for each block. If interleaving is activated, the control information also includes information pertaining to how the read module should interleave the block. If interleaving is not activated, the control information also includes the byte length size of the burst. The read module reads blocks of data from memory in either an interleaved fashion or a non-interleaved fashion in accordance with the control information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Publication date: February 2, 2006
    Applicant: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Hollums
  • Patent number: 6964005
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for interleaving data in a communication device. The system includes a memory that stores blocks of data to be interleaved. In addition to the memory, the system includes a write module and a read module, each of which is coupled to the memory. The write module is configured to receive a burst of data and write blocks of data from the burst into the memory. The write module is also configured to provide control information to the read logic. The control information includes a rolling burst counter and a burst profile bank identifier for each block. If interleaving is activated, the control information also includes information pertaining to how the read module should interleave the block. If interleaving is not activated, the control information also includes the byte length size of the burst. The read module reads blocks of data from memory in either an interleaved fashion or a non-interleaved fashion in accordance with the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Hollums
  • Patent number: 6928109
    Abstract: Requests are processed to transmit data packets upstream from a cable modem to a cable headend in a manner that minimizes the use of CPU operations and/or memory capacity. Data packets to be transmitted upstream are stored at the cable modem. The data packets each have a given transmission data byte length value. Burst profiles are received successively at the cable modem. Each time a new bust profile is received, a set of physical data length values corresponding to respective transmission data byte length values is calculated from the parameters of the received burst profile. The calculated set of physical data length values is stored in memory so the individual values can be retrieved from the transmission data byte length values again and again, rather than being re-calculated each time a conversion is made from transmission data byte length values to physical data length values. The same set of physical data length values is used until a new burst profile is received by the cable modem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: John Daniel Horton, Jr., Scott Hollums, Chris Roussel
  • Publication number: 20030196207
    Abstract: Requests are processed to transmit data packets upstream from a cable modem to a cable headend in a manner that minimizes the use of CPU operations and/or memory capacity. Data packets to be transmitted upstream are stored at the cable modem. The data packets each have a given transmission data byte length value. Burst profiles are received successively at the cable modem. Each time a new bust profile is received, a set of physical data length values corresponding to respective transmission data byte length values is calculated from the parameters of the received burst profile. The calculated set of physical data length values is stored in memory so the individual values can be retrieved from the transmission data byte length values again and again, rather than being re-calculated each time a conversion is made from transmission data byte length values to physical data length values. The same set of physical data length values is used until a new burst profile is received by the cable modem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Applicant: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: John Daniel Horton, Scott Hollums, Chris Roussel
  • Patent number: 6606352
    Abstract: Requests are processed to transmit data packets upstream from a cable modem to a cable headend in a manner that minimizes the use of CPU operations and/or memory capacity. Data packets to be transmitted upstream are stored at the cable modem. The data packets each have a given transmission data byte length value. Burst profiles are received successively at the cable modem. Each time a new bust profile is received, a set of physical data length values corresponding to respective transmission data byte length values is calculated from the parameters of the received burst profile. The calculated set of physical data length values is stored in memory so the individual values can be retrieved from the transmission data byte length values again and again, rather than being re-calculated each time a conversion is made from transmission data byte length values to physical data length values. The same set of physical data length values is used until a new burst profile is received by the cable modem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: John Daniel Horton, Jr., Scott Hollums, Chris Roussel