Patents by Inventor Christian L. Critz

Christian L. Critz 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: 10789074
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing pre-boot services in an Information Handling System (IHS) having Operating System (OS)-specific hardware and/or firmware components. In some embodiments, an IHS may include an Embedded Controller (EC), a first Operating System (OS)-specific chip coupled to the EC, and a second OS-specific chip coupled to the EC, where the EC is configured to cause the IHS to: in a first mode of operation, perform a first boot procedure using the first OS-specific chip; and in a second mode of operation, perform a second boot procedure using the second OS-specific chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Anand Prakash Joshi, Christian L. Critz, Alok Pant, James T. Gillon, Adolfo S. Montero
  • Patent number: 10747548
    Abstract: Systems and methods for manufacturing Information Handling Systems (IHSs) with Operating System (OS)-specific hardware and/or firmware components. In some embodiments, an IHS may include a first Operating System (OS)-specific chip coupled to a motherboard; and an Embedded Controller (EC) coupled to the motherboard, the EC configured to execute program instructions that cause the IHS to, in response to a user interface device having a second OS-specific chip being coupled to the IHS during manufacturing of the IHS deactivate the first OS-specific chip and activate the second OS-specific chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Bradford Edward Vier, Christian L. Critz, James T. Gillon
  • Patent number: 10739843
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, one or more systems, methods, and/or processes may provide low power state entry signals to multiple devices of an information handling system. After providing the low power state entry signals to the multiple devices, the one or more systems, methods, and/or processes may receive a first status signal from a first device of the multiple devices within an amount of time; may determine that the first status signal from the first device was received within the amount of time; may determine that a second status signal from a second device of the multiple devices was not received within the amount of time; may log that the first status signal from the first device was received within the amount of time; and may log that the second status signal from the second device was not received within the amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Nicholas D. Grobelny, James T. Gillon, Christian L. Critz
  • Patent number: 10429889
    Abstract: A docking station connects through a docking port and docking cable with an information handling system to support communication between the information handling system and docking station peripherals. On initial interface, one data lane of the docking port establishes a temporary management interface, such as an I2C management bus, to configure the docking station. After configuration, a docking manager, virtual wireless access point and power block cooperate to assign data lanes of the docking port and wireless communication resources to information transfer and power transfer functions based upon processing and communication tasks performed at the information handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ernesto Ramirez, Christian L Critz, Liam B Quinn, Sean P O'Neal
  • Publication number: 20190258309
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, one or more systems, methods, and/or processes may provide low power state entry signals to multiple devices of an information handling system. After providing the low power state entry signals to the multiple devices, the one or more systems, methods, and/or processes may receive a first status signal from a first device of the multiple devices within an amount of time; may determine that the first status signal from the first device was received within the amount of time; may determine that a second status signal from a second device of the multiple devices was not received within the amount of time; may log that the first status signal from the first device was received within the amount of time; and may log that the second status signal from the second device was not received within the amount of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas D. Grobelny, James T. Gillon, Christian L. Critz
  • Publication number: 20190243657
    Abstract: Systems and methods for manufacturing Information Handling Systems (IHSs) with Operating System (OS)-specific hardware and/or firmware components. In some embodiments, an IHS may include a first Operating System (OS)-specific chip coupled to a motherboard; and an Embedded Controller (EC) coupled to the motherboard, the EC configured to execute program instructions that cause the IHS to, in response to a user interface device having a second OS-specific chip being coupled to the IHS during manufacturing of the IHS deactivate the first OS-specific chip and activate the second OS-specific chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Bradford Edward Vier, Christian L. Critz, James T. Gillon
  • Publication number: 20190243660
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing pre-boot services in an Information Handling System (IHS) having Operating System (OS)-specific hardware and/or firmware components. In some embodiments, an IHS may include an Embedded Controller (EC), a first Operating System (OS)-specific chip coupled to the EC, and a second OS-specific chip coupled to the EC, where the EC is configured to cause the IHS to: in a first mode of operation, perform a first boot procedure using the first OS-specific chip; and in a second mode of operation, perform a second boot procedure using the second OS-specific chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Anand Prakash Joshi, Christian L. Critz, Alok Pant, James T. Gillon, Adolfo S. Montero
  • Publication number: 20190041953
    Abstract: Power monitor information in an information handling system may be adjusted based on a battery voltage to account for a battery discharge state. The power monitor information may be scaled higher when the battery voltage is low to encourage the system to throttle and decrease power consumption. This adjustment increases the likelihood that the battery remains within safe operating limits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Mohammed Hijazi, Merle J. Wood, III, Christian L. Critz, Chin-Jui Liu
  • Patent number: 9984221
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method provides power to a fingerprint reader while the remaining components of the information handling system are held in a low power, non-operating state. Placement of a finger across the fingerprint reader is detected with the information handling system in the non-operating state. A fingerprint is read and a corresponding fingerprint image is generated. The fingerprint image is buffered and an embedded controller is triggered to start an authentication device having a secure storage. The fingerprint image is compared to a fingerprint template contained in the secure storage. In response to the fingerprint image matching the fingerprint template, the authentication device signals the embedded controller to activate a user authenticated wake-up cycle to provide power to the other components of the information handling system such that the information handling system activates an operating system and enters a fully powered and user authenticated, operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Hamlin, James T. Gillon, Christian L. Critz
  • Publication number: 20170132400
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method provides power to a fingerprint reader while the remaining components of the information handling system are held in a low power, non-operating state. Placement of a finger across the fingerprint reader is detected with the information handling system in the non-operating state. A fingerprint is read and a corresponding fingerprint image is generated. The fingerprint image is buffered and an embedded controller is triggered to start an authentication device having a secure storage. The fingerprint image is compared to a fingerprint template contained in the secure storage. In response to the fingerprint image matching the fingerprint template, the authentication device signals the embedded controller to activate a user authenticated wake-up cycle to provide power to the other components of the information handling system such that the information handling system activates an operating system and enters a fully powered and user authenticated, operational state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: DANIEL L. HAMLIN, JAMES T. GILLON, CHRISTIAN L. CRITZ
  • Patent number: 9589121
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method provides power to a fingerprint reader while the remaining components of the information handling system are held in a low power, non-operating state. Placement of a finger across the fingerprint reader is detected with the information handling system in the non-operating state. A fingerprint is read and a corresponding fingerprint image is generated. The fingerprint image is buffered and an embedded controller is triggered to start an authentication device having a secure storage. The fingerprint image is compared to a fingerprint template contained in the secure storage. In response to the fingerprint image matching the fingerprint template, the authentication device signals the embedded controller to activate a user authenticated wake-up cycle to provide power to the other components of the information handling system such that the information handling system activates an operating system and enters a fully powered and user authenticated, operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Hamlin, James T. Gillon, Christian L. Critz
  • Patent number: 9400538
    Abstract: A docking station connects through a docking port and docking cable with an information handling system to support communication between the information handling system and docking station peripherals. The docking cable includes an integrated input device, such as a mechanical button or fingerprint scanner, which accepts an end user input to command a power state transition at the information handling system, such as a transition between an on state and a reduced power state. The power state transition is sent directly from the integrated input device to the information handling system or, alternatively, from the integrated input device to the docking station and then from the docking station to the information handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ernesto Ramirez, Christian L Critz, Liam B Quinn, Sean P O'Neal
  • Patent number: 9377814
    Abstract: A docking station connects through a docking port and docking cable with an information handling system to support communication between the information handling system and docking station peripherals. On initial interface, one data lane of the docking port establishes a temporary management interface, such as an I2C management bus, to configure the docking station. After configuration, a docking manager, virtual wireless access point and power block cooperate to assign data lanes of the docking port and wireless communication resources to information transfer and power transfer functions based upon processing and communication tasks performed at the information handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ernesto Ramirez, Christian L. Critz, Liam B Quinn, Sean P O'Neal
  • Patent number: 9304545
    Abstract: A docking station connects through a docking port and docking cable with an information handling system to support communication between the information handling system and docking station peripherals. On initial interface, one data lane of the docking port establishes a temporary management interface, such as an I2C management bus, to configure the docking station. After configuration, a docking manager, virtual wireless access point and power block cooperate to assign data lanes of the docking port and wireless communication resources to information transfer and power transfer functions based upon processing and communication tasks performed at the information handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ernesto Ramirez, Christian L Critz, Liam B Quinn, Sean P O'Neal
  • Publication number: 20160085951
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method provides power to a fingerprint reader while the remaining components of the information handling system are held in a low power, non-operating state. Placement of a finger across the fingerprint reader is detected with the information handling system in the non-operating state. A fingerprint is read and a corresponding fingerprint image is generated. The fingerprint image is buffered and an embedded controller is triggered to start an authentication device having a secure storage. The fingerprint image is compared to a fingerprint template contained in the secure storage. In response to the fingerprint image matching the fingerprint template, the authentication device signals the embedded controller to activate a user authenticated wake-up cycle to provide power to the other components of the information handling system such that the information handling system activates an operating system and enters a fully powered and user authenticated, operational state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: Daniel L. Hamlin, James T. Gillon, Christian L. Critz
  • Patent number: 9230082
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method provides power to a fingerprint reader while the remaining components of the information handling system are held in a low power, non-operating state. Placement of a finger across the fingerprint reader is detected with the information handling system in the non-operating state. A fingerprint is read and a corresponding fingerprint image is generated. The fingerprint image is buffered and an embedded controller is triggered to start an authentication device having a secure storage. The fingerprint image is compared to a fingerprint template contained in the secure storage. In response to the fingerprint image matching the fingerprint template, the authentication device signals the embedded controller to activate a user authenticated wake-up cycle to provide power to the other components of the information handling system such that the information handling system activates an operating system and enters a fully powered and user authenticated, operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Hamlin, James T. Gillon, Christian L. Critz
  • Publication number: 20150082061
    Abstract: A docking station connects through a docking port and docking cable with an information handling system to support communication between the information handling system and docking station peripherals. The docking cable includes an integrated input device, such as a mechanical button or fingerprint scanner, which accepts an end user input to command a power state transition at the information handling system, such as a transition between an on state and a reduced power state. The power state transition is sent directly from the integrated input device to the information handling system or, alternatively, from the integrated input device to the docking station and then from the docking station to the information handling system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ernesto Ramirez, Christian L. Critz, Liam B. Quinn, Sean P. O'Neal
  • Publication number: 20150046623
    Abstract: A docking station connects through a docking port and docking cable with an information handling system to support communication between the information handling system and docking station peripherals. On initial interface, one data lane of the docking port establishes a temporary management interface, such as an I2C management bus, to configure the docking station. After configuration, a docking manager, virtual wireless access point and power block cooperate to assign data lanes of the docking port and wireless communication resources to information transfer and power transfer functions based upon processing and communication tasks performed at the information handling system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ernesto Ramirez, Christian L. Critz, Liam B. Quinn, Sean P. O'Neal
  • Publication number: 20150046622
    Abstract: A docking station connects through a docking port and docking cable with an information handling system to support communication between the information handling system and docking station peripherals. On initial interface, one data lane of the docking port establishes a temporary management interface, such as an I2C management bus, to configure the docking station. After configuration, a docking manager, virtual wireless access point and power block cooperate to assign data lanes of the docking port and wireless communication resources to information transfer and power transfer functions based upon processing and communication tasks performed at the information handling system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ernesto Ramirez, Christian L. Critz, Liam B. Quinn, Sean P. O'Neal
  • Publication number: 20150046624
    Abstract: A docking station connects through a docking port and docking cable with an information handling system to support communication between the information handling system and docking station peripherals. On initial interface, one data lane of the docking port establishes a temporary management interface, such as an I2C management bus, to configure the docking station. After configuration, a docking manager, virtual wireless access point and power block cooperate to assign data lanes of the docking port and wireless communication resources to information transfer and power transfer functions based upon processing and communication tasks performed at the information handling system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ernesto Ramirez, Christian L. Critz, Liam B. Quinn, Sean P. O'Neal