Patents by Inventor Bruce J. Currivan

Bruce J. Currivan 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: 10158445
    Abstract: Method and apparatuses are disclosed to substantially compensate for various unwanted interferences and/or distortions within a communications receiver. Each of these apparatuses and methods estimate the various unwanted interferences and/or distortions within the communications receiver. Each of these apparatuses and methods remove the estimates of the various unwanted interferences and/or distortions within the communications receiver from one or more communications signals within the communications receiver to substantially compensate for the various unwanted interferences and/or distortions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited
    Inventors: Ramon Alejandro Gomez, Bruce J. Currivan, Massimo Brandolini, Young Shin, Francesco Gatta, Hanli Zou, Loke Kun Tan, Lin He, Thomas Joseph Kolze, Leonard Dauphinee, Robindra Joshi, Binning Chen
  • Patent number: 10103957
    Abstract: A method of managing traffic in a communications channel includes the steps of receiving a subscriber ID corresponding to a subscriber, performing a spectral analysis on a signal received from the subscriber within a time interval identified by the subscriber ID, and adjusting transmission characteristics of the subscriber based on the spectral analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan S. Min, Fang Lu, Bruce J. Currivan, Kevin Eddy
  • Publication number: 20180270143
    Abstract: Spectrum analysis (SA) capability is included in various communication devices within a communication network. One or more of the devices use the SA information from other devices in the system to determine status of various communication links were devices in the system. One or more processors within one or more devices can identify any actual/existing or expected failure or degradation of the various components within the system. Such components may include communication devices, communication channels or links, interfaces, interconnections, etc. When an actual/existing or expected failure or degradation is identified, the affected components may be serviced or devices within the system may operate to mitigate any reduction in performance caused by such problems. Such SA functionality/capability may be implemented in one communication device or in a distributed manner across a number of devices in a communication system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Applicant: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd .
    Inventors: Bruce J. Currivan, Roger Fish, Harold Raymond Whitehead, Thomas J. Kolze
  • Patent number: 9692624
    Abstract: A communication device is configured to perform symbol mapping of bits to generate modulation symbols using one or more modulations. The device may employ a blended modulation composed of bit labels or symbols having different numbers of bits per symbol and different modulations. For example, the device may symbol map bit labels/symbols having first number of bits per symbol to first modulation, and the device may symbol map labels/symbols having second number of bits per symbol to second modulation. The device may be configured to perform forward error correction (FEC) or error correction code (ECC) and coding of information bits to generate coded bits that subsequently undergo symbol mapping. The device may be configured to operate based on different operational modes based on substantially uniform steps of rates, or bits per symbol, and energy per bit or symbol to noise spectral density ratio (Eb/N0 or Es/N0).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES GENERAL IP (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD
    Inventors: Thomas J. Kolze, Bruce J. Currivan
  • Patent number: 9509416
    Abstract: Many communication systems operate based on orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) signaling and/or orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) signaling. Within such systems, narrowband interference, which may alternatively be referred to as narrowband ingress, narrowband ingress interference, narrowband noise, etc., may adversely affect one or more subcarriers or tones causing a reduction in performance or even link failure. Such narrowband interference may affect only one or a relatively few tones employed within such communications. When the narrowband interference is identified, a transmission may then be made including one or more information-free tones. A device that receives such a transmission then uses those information-free tones to reduce or cancel the narrowband interference. Such processing may be performed in the frequency-domain, the time domain, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruce J. Currivan, Thomas J. Kolze
  • Patent number: 9461683
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed to determine communications receiver parameters from multiple channels of a received communications signal and to configure and/or adjust communications receiver parameters to acquire one or more channels from among the multiple channels of the received communications signal. A communications receiver observes a multi-channel communication signal as it passes through a communication channel. The communications receiver determines one or more communications receiver parameters from the multiple channels of the received communications signal. The communications receiver configures and/or adjusts communications receiver parameters to acquire the one or more channels from among the multiple channels of the received communications signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Ramon Alejandro Gomez, Bruce J. Currivan, Steven T. Jaffe, Loke Kun Tan, Young Shin, Hanli Zou, Lin He, Leonard Dauphinee, Thomas Joseph Kolze, Francesco Gatta
  • Patent number: 9380350
    Abstract: Methods and systems for DVB-C2 are disclosed and may include receiving data encoded utilizing variable encoding, variable modulation and outer codes via a physical layer matched to a desired quality of service. An error probability may be determined for said received data and retransmission of portions of said data with error probability above an error threshold may be requested. The variable modulation may include single carrier modulation, orthogonal frequency division modulation, synchronous code division multiple access, and/or from 256 QAM to 2048 QAM or greater. The variable encoding may include forward error correction code, which may include low density parity check code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Kolze, Robbert van der Wal, Bruce J. Currivan
  • Patent number: 9350491
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product is provided for mitigating the effects of burst noise on packets transmitted in a communications system. A transmitting device applies an outer code, which may include, for example, a block code, an exclusive OR (XOR) code, or a repetition code, to one or more packets prior to adaptation of the packets for transmission over the physical (PHY) layer of the communications system, wherein the PHY layer adaptation may include FEC encoding of individual packets. The outer coded packets are then separately transmitted over a channel of the communications system. A receiving device receives the outer coded packets, performs PHY level demodulation and optional FEC decoding of the packets, and then applies outer code decoding to the outer coded packets in order to restore packets that were erased during transmission due to burst noise or other impairments on the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce J. Currivan, Thomas J. Kolze, Daniel H. Howard, Thomas J. Quigley, Nambi Seshadri, Thomas L. Johnson, Scott Cummings, James Harrell, Fred Bunn, Joel Danzig, Stephen Hughey
  • Patent number: 9350451
    Abstract: Signal detection for optical transmitters in networks with optical combining. Presented herein is a multi-faceted means for performing electrical to optical conversion such as in an optical transmitter as implemented within a communication system including at least some optical communication links therein. The turning on and turning off of a light source (e.g., a laser diode (LD), a light emitting diode (LED), and/or other component that performs electrical to optical conversion) is performed in accordance with a number of operational parameters. Some communication systems include multiple optical links (e.g., multiple fiber-optic links) from multiple transmitters that connect to a common receiver. In addition, some optical transmitters include multiple electrical links (e.g., multiple electrical communication links) from multiple communication devices that connect thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Kolze, Victor T. Hou, Bruce J. Currivan
  • Patent number: 9277288
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to systems and method for attenuating intermodulation interference. In particular, methods and systems to attenuate intermodulation interference contained within an aggregate signal having a transmitted signal that was transmitted over a communications channel having channel effects that produce the intermodulation interference are provided. The communications channel may be a cable television distribution network and the signal may be a cable television signal. A method is provided to predict when intermodulation interference will be large, so that actions within a receiver can be taken to reduce the impact of the interference and improve overall receiver performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce J. Currivan
  • Patent number: 9252917
    Abstract: Upstream burst noise measurement and characterization. One or more communication devices is implemented to detect and measure burst noise event(s) within channel(s) associated with communication link(s) within communication system(s) or network(s). Detection and measurement of a burst noise event may be made during active communications on one or more other channels, and may be made during active communications on two channels respectively adjacent to the channel on which the burst noise event is being detected and measured. The channel on which the burst noise event is detected and measured may be an unused channel. The detection and measurement of the burst noise event may be made during a quiet time slot within one of the channels. Correlation (e.g., with respect time) may be determined with respect to different respective layers within a communication device (e.g., with respect to MAC and PHY layers).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruce J. Currivan, Thomas J. Kolze, Jonathan S. Min, Victor T. Hou
  • Publication number: 20160020930
    Abstract: A communication device is configured to perform symbol mapping of bits to generate modulation symbols using one or more modulations. The device may employ a blended modulation composed of bit labels or symbols having different numbers of bits per symbol and different modulations. For example, the device may symbol map bit labels/symbols having first number of bits per symbol to first modulation, and the device may symbol map labels/symbols having second number of bits per symbol to second modulation. The device may be configured to perform forward error correction (FEC) or error correction code (ECC) and coding of information bits to generate coded bits that subsequently undergo symbol mapping. The device may be configured to operate based on different operational modes based on substantially uniform steps of rates, or bits per symbol, and energy per bit or symbol to noise spectral density ratio (Eb/N0 or Es/N0).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Applicant: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas J. Kolze, Bruce J. Currivan
  • Patent number: 9203664
    Abstract: Measurement of intermodulation products of digital signals. One or more devices, within a communication system, having and analog to digital converter (ADC) with a sufficiently wide frequency response as to capture not only a signal of interest, but many other signals simultaneously, allows for appropriate signal processing of such captured samples to identify one or more intermodulation products that may exist as a function of the relationship of one or more frequencies. For example, composite second order (CSO) or composite triple beat (CTB), or even higher ordered signals, may occur within various communication systems. These effects may be caused by any of a number of sources including nonlinearities in the system, such as affects associated with laser clipping, amplifier compression, corroded connectors, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruce J. Currivan, Thomas J. Kolze
  • Publication number: 20150263772
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed to determine communications receiver parameters from multiple channels of a received communications signal and to configure and/or adjust communications receiver parameters to acquire one or more channels from among the multiple channels of the received communications signal. A communications receiver observes a multi-channel communication signal as it passes through a communication channel. The communications receiver determines one or more communications receiver parameters from the multiple channels of the received communications signal. The communications receiver configures and/or adjusts communications receiver parameters to acquire the one or more channels from among the multiple channels of the received communications signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Publication date: September 17, 2015
    Applicant: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Ramon Alejandro Gomez, Bruce J. Currivan, Steven T. Jaffe, Loke Kun Tan, Young Shin, Hanli Zou, Lin He, Leonard Dauphinee, Thomas Joseph Kolze, Francesco Gatta
  • Patent number: 9130790
    Abstract: Upstream frequency response measurement and characterization. Signaling is provided between respective communication devices within a communication system. Based upon at least one of these signals, one of the communication devices captures a number of sample sets corresponding thereto at different respective frequencies (e.g., a different respective center frequencies, frequency bands, etc.). Then, spectral analysis is performed with respect to each of the sample sets to generate a respective and corresponding channel response estimate there from. After this number of channel response estimates is determined, they are combined or splice together to generate a full channel response estimate. In implementations including an equalizer, different respective sample sets may correspond to those that have undergone equalization processing and those that have not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce J. Currivan, Thomas J. Kolze, Jonathan S. Min, Victor T. Hou
  • Patent number: 9118378
    Abstract: A communications receiver includes a noise analyzer to characterize the composition of the interference and/or distortion impressed onto a transmitted communications signal in the presence of one or more time-varying conditions. The noise analyzer may provide a selection signal indicating the composition of the interference and/or distortion impressed onto a transmitted communications signal in the presence of one or more time-varying conditions to be used by the communications receiver. In an exemplary embodiment, the communications receiver selects at least one set of filter coefficients to compensate for the interference and/or distortion impressed onto a transmitted communications signal in the presence of a particular time-varying interference and/or distortion condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Kolze, Bruce J. Currivan
  • Patent number: 9071397
    Abstract: Detection and characterization of laser clipping within communication devices. Identification of one or more harmonics associated with a fundamental frequency by which signaling is effectuated within the communication system for laser clipping identification. Appropriate spectral signal analysis is made to identify the presence of characteristic(s) (e.g., energy, amplitude, phase, and/or other characteristic(s)), if any, at one or more harmonic frequencies within a received signal. Appropriate time correlation is performed to distinguish whether or not characteristic(s) associated with at one or more of these harmonic bands is a result of laser clipping or from some other source (e.g., such as other signals within a communication system that happened to reside at those respective harmonic bands). Such appropriate identified correlation between characteristic(s) corresponding to a fundamental frequency band of the communication signal and characteristic(s) corresponding to one or more harmonics (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Kolze, Bruce J. Currivan
  • Patent number: 9049058
    Abstract: A communication device is configured to perform symbol mapping of bits to generate modulation symbols using one or more modulations. The device may employ a blended modulation composed of bit labels or symbols having different numbers of bits per symbol and different modulations. For example, the device may symbol map bit labels/symbols having first number of bits per symbol to first modulation, and the device may symbol map labels/symbols having second number of bits per symbol to second modulation. The device may be configured to perform forward error correction (FEC) or error correction code (ECC) and coding of information bits to generate coded bits that subsequently undergo symbol mapping. The device may be configured to operate based on different operational modes based on substantially uniform steps of rates, or bits per symbol, and energy per bit or symbol to noise spectral density ratio (Eb/N0 or Es/N0).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Kolze, Bruce J. Currivan
  • Patent number: 9042436
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed to compensate for non-linear effects resulting from the transmitter, the receiver, and/or the communication channel in a communication system. A receiver of the communication system contains an image cancellation module that compensates for images generated during the modulation and/or demodulation process. The image cancellation module includes a fine carrier correction loop to correct for frequency offsets between the transmitter and receiver. The image cancellation module includes a coarse acquisition mode and a decision directed mode. The decision directed mode allows for a larger signal-to-noise ratio for the receiver when compared against the coarse acquisition mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce J. Currivan, Loke Tan, Thomas Kolze, Hanli Zou, Lin He
  • Publication number: 20150139290
    Abstract: Upstream frequency response measurement and characterization. Signaling is provided between respective communication devices within a communication system. Based upon at least one of these signals, one of the communication devices captures a number of sample sets corresponding thereto at different respective frequencies (e.g., a different respective center frequencies, frequency bands, etc.). Then, spectral analysis is performed with respect to each of the sample sets to generate a respective and corresponding channel response estimate there from. After this number of channel response estimates is determined, they are combined or splice together to generate a full channel response estimate. In implementations including an equalizer, different respective sample sets may correspond to those that have undergone equalization processing and those that have not.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruce J. Currivan, Thomas J. Kolze, Jonathan S. Min, Victor T. Hou