Patents by Inventor George A. Zimmerman

George A. Zimmerman 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: 10291285
    Abstract: Methods of performing a multi-disturber alien crosstalk limited signal-to-noise ratio test are provided in which at least one signal-to-alien crosstalk noise ratio is determined for a victim link segment using a composite power spectral density for at least a first of a plurality of disturber link segments. The composite power spectral density comprises a combination of portions of a plurality of power spectral densities that are associated with line rates at which the first of the plurality of disturber link segments may operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventors: Benji Boban, George Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9883457
    Abstract: A first transceiver operable to establish a connection with a second transceiver over a channel. A receiver of the first transceiver maintains communication parameters for the connection with the second transceiver, and processes signals received over the channel according to the communication parameters. The receiver monitors for idle frames from the second transceiver, and begins running of a first idle period in response to detecting a predetermined number of consecutive idle frames. The receiver, during the first idle period, suspends adaptation of the communication parameters. At an end of the first idle period, the receiver receives a first frame from the second transceiver, selectively adapts the communication parameters based on the first frame, and selectively begins running of a second idle period. A transmitter of the first transceiver suspends transmitting frames to the second transceiver during the first idle period and the second idle period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventor: George A. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20170134069
    Abstract: Methods of performing a multi-disturber alien crosstalk limited signal-to-noise ratio test are provided in which at least one signal-to-alien crosstalk noise ratio is determined for a victim link segment using a composite power spectral density for at least a first of a plurality of disturber link segments. The composite power spectral density comprises a combination of portions of a plurality of power spectral densities that are associated with line rates at which the first of the plurality of disturber link segments may operate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: May 11, 2017
    Inventors: Benji Boban, George Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20150195784
    Abstract: A first transceiver operable to establish a connection with a second transceiver over a channel. A receiver of the first transceiver maintains communication parameters for the connection with the second transceiver, and processes signals received over the channel according to the communication parameters. The receiver monitors for idle frames from the second transceiver, and begins running of a first idle period in response to detecting a predetermined number of consecutive idle frames. The receiver, during the first idle period, suspends adaptation of the communication parameters. At an end of the first idle period, the receiver receives a first frame from the second transceiver, selectively adapts the communication parameters based on the first frame, and selectively begins running of a second idle period. A transmitter of the first transceiver suspends transmitting frames to the second transceiver during the first idle period and the second idle period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventor: George A. ZIMMERMAN
  • Patent number: 8984304
    Abstract: To reduce power consumption and heat generation, an active idle system is proposed that monitors for an idle period and then, after a predetermined time, initiates a silent period. During the silent period data and idle frames are not transmitted. During the silent period, one or more transceiver components may be turned off or forced into some other power saving mode. The predetermined time may be any amount of time and is selected to balance network usage and power savings. Periodically during the silent period, such as at predetermined times, one or more sync or idle frames are transmitted. Received sync or idle frames are processed to maintain receiver settings, synchronization or equalizer adaptation. Restoring active data communication may occur by monitoring the channel during silent periods for a request or only during the predetermined times when sync or idle frames are sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventor: George A. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8912934
    Abstract: A system includes converters, first modules, second modules, and a multiplexer. The converters receive an analog signal and a respective one of multiple clock signals. Each of the converters samples the analog signal based on a respective clock signal to generate a respective digital signal. Each of the clock signals is out-of-phase with other ones of the clock signals. The first modules receive the digital signals generated by the converters, remove bias offsets from the digital signals to generate first output signals, and output each of the first output signals on a multiple channels. The second modules receive the first output signals, and based on the first output signals, remove or equalize gain mismatch between the channels to generate second output signals. The multiplexer receives the second output signals, and generates an output based on the second output signals. The output is a digital representation of the analog signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: George A. Zimmerman, William W. Jones
  • Patent number: 8743674
    Abstract: A cancellation system is disclosed for processing incoming and outgoing signals in a transform domain to create a cancellation signal for reducing or removing unwanted interference. Data is ordered based on Good-Thomas indexing into a two dimensional array in a buffer. The two dimensional array may have lr rows and lw columns. From the buffer, the columns of data undergo a Winograd small transform. The rows of data undergo a Cooley-Tukey operation to complete the transform operation into the frequency domain. Multipliers scale the transformed data to generate a cancellation signal in the frequency domain. Inverse (Cooley-Tukey) and Winograd transforms perform inverse processing on the cancellation signal to return the cancellation signal or data to the time domain. Re-ordering the data and combination of the cancellation signal or data with incoming or outgoing signals achieve interference cancellation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: Gavin D. Parnaby, George A. Zimmerman, Chris Pagnanelli, William W. Jones
  • Patent number: 8363535
    Abstract: A cancellation system is disclosed for processing incoming and outgoing signals in a transform domain to create a cancellation signal for reducing or removing unwanted interference. Data is ordered based on Good-Thomas indexing into a two dimensional array in a buffer. The two dimensional array may have lr rows and lw columns. From the buffer, the columns of data undergo a Winograd small transform. The rows of data undergo a Cooley-Tukey operation to complete the transform operation into the frequency domain. Multipliers scale the transformed data to generate a cancellation signal in the frequency domain. Inverse (Cooley-Tukey) and Winograd transforms perform inverse processing on the cancellation signal to return the cancellation signal or data to the time domain. Re-ordering the data and combination of the cancellation signal or data with incoming or outgoing signals achieve interference cancellation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: Gavin D. Parnaby, George A. Zimmerman, Chris Pagnanelli, William W. Jones
  • Patent number: 8294606
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for compensating for gain offset, bias offset, and skew in a parallel processing environment is disclosed. The method and apparatus may be configured to compensate for mismatches between the sub-channel signals in a parallel ADC. This allows for accurate combination of the signals on the sub-channels. The method and apparatus may be utilized in a high speed data communication system having two or more channels, each of which are interleaved into two or more sub-channels. In one embodiment a DC loop processes signals on two or more sub-channels to account for and remove unwanted bias offset. In one embodiment a sub-channel gain mismatch compensation system (SCGMC) processes signals on two or more sub-channels to account for and remove unwanted gain offset. In one embodiment a skew compensation system, such as a parallel interpolator, processes signals on two or more sub-channels to remove unwanted skew across sub-channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventors: George A. Zimmerman, William W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20110074611
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for compensating for gain offset, bias offset, and skew in a parallel processing environment is disclosed. The method and apparatus may be configured to compensate for mismatches between the sub-channel signals in a parallel ADC. This allows for accurate combination of the signals on the sub-channels. The method and apparatus may be utilized in a high speed data communication system having two or more channels, each of which are interleaved into two or more sub-channels. In one embodiment a DC loop processes signals on two or more sub-channels to account for and remove unwanted bias offset. In one embodiment a sub-channel gain mismatch compensation system (SCGMC) processes signals on two or more sub-channels to account for and remove unwanted gain offset. In one embodiment a skew compensation system, such as a parallel interpolator, processes signals on two or more sub-channels to remove unwanted skew across sub-channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: George A. Zimmerman, William W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20100266417
    Abstract: A method for applying a NiAl based bond coat and a diffusion aluminide coating to a metal substrate is disclosed. The method comprises providing a superalloy substrate, the superalloy substrate having an external surface; and optionally cleaning the external surface of the superalloy substrate. The method further comprises coating a portion of the external surface of the superalloy substrate, by physical vapor deposition with a layer of a NiAl based metal alloy, wherein the deposited NiAl based metal alloy includes a controlled amount of about 6 to 25 weight percent aluminum and additionally the deposited aluminum level of the NiAl based metal alloy is controlled to be about 50-100% of its final level after aluminizing to form a coated external portion; and subsequently, simultaneously aluminizing the coated external portion and a different surface of the superalloy substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Mark Daniel Gorman, Brett Allen Boutwell, Robert George Zimmerman, JR.
  • Patent number: 7808407
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for compensating for gain offset, bias offset, and skew in a parallel processing environment is disclosed. The method and apparatus may be configured to compensate for mismatches between the sub-channel signals in a parallel ADC. This allows for accurate combination of the signals on the sub-channels. The method and apparatus may be utilized in a high speed data communication system having two or more channels, each of which are interleaved into two or more sub-channels. In one embodiment a DC loop processes signals on two or more sub-channels to account for and remove unwanted bias offset. In one embodiment a sub-channel gain mismatch compensation system (SCGMC) processes signals on two or more sub-channels to account for and remove unwanted gain offset. In one embodiment a skew compensation system, such as a parallel interpolator, processes signals on two or more sub-channels to remove unwanted skew across sub-channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Solarflare Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Zimmerman, William W. Jones
  • Patent number: 7742386
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reducing crosstalk in a multi-channel communication system is disclosed. In one embodiment, outgoing signals in a multi-channel environment are manipulated into a transform domain, such as the frequency domain. Thereafter, the signals may be combined and modified based on a weighting variable to create a cancellation signal. Combined processing greatly reduces system complexity and increases processing speed. After processing in the transform domain, the cancellation signal undergoes further processing to return the cancellation signal into the time domain. The cancellation signal may then be combined with received signals to cancel crosstalk or echo. A method and apparatus for crosstalk cancellation in the analog domain and digital domain is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Solarflare Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: William W. Jones, George A. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 7567666
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for noise cancellation in a multi-channel communication system is disclosed. In one embodiment this system is configured to cancel FEXT on a victim channel utilizing the signals received on the other channels. The processing benefits gained by a receiver's other filters, such as for example, the FFE and DFE filters, is utilized when generating a FEXT cancellation signal. As a result, the complexity of the apparatus that generates the FEXT cancellation signal may be made less complex since part of the processing burden is performed by other filter apparatus. In one configuration pre-code FEXT cancellation occurs in that a pre-code FEXT filter generates one or more pre-code FEXT cancellation signals corresponding to each of the other channels. The pre-code FEXT cancellation signals are combined, prior to transmission, with the signals associated with each of the other channels, to thereby pre-cancel FEXT prior to transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Solarflare Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: George A. Zimmerman, William W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20090125735
    Abstract: To reduce power consumption and heat generation, an active idle system is proposed that monitors for an idle period and then, after a predetermined time, initiates a silent period. During the silent period data and idle frames are not transmitted. During the silent period, one or more transceiver components may be turned off or forced into some other power saving mode. The predetermined time may be any amount of time and is selected to balance network usage and power savings. Periodically during the silent period, such as at predetermined times, one or more sync or idle frames are transmitted. Received sync or idle frames are processed to maintain receiver settings, synchronization or equalizer adaptation. Restoring active data communication may occur by monitoring the channel during silent periods for a request or only during the predetermined times when sync or idle frames are sent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: George A. Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20090116639
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for noise cancellation in a multi-channel communication system is disclosed. In one embodiment this system is configured to cancel FEXT on a victim channel utilizing the signals received on the other channels. The processing benefits gained by a receiver's other filters, such as for example, the FFE and DFE filters, is utilized when generating a FEXT cancellation signal. As a result, the complexity of the apparatus that generates the FEXT cancellation signal may be made less complex since part of the processing burden is performed by other filter apparatus. In one configuration pre-code FEXT cancellation occurs in that a pre-code FEXT filter generates one or more pre-code FEXT cancellation signals corresponding to each of the other channels. The pre-code FEXT cancellation signals are combined, prior to transmission, with the signals associated with each of the other channels, to thereby pre-cancel FEXT prior to transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: George A. Zimmerman, William W. Jones
  • Patent number: 7494576
    Abstract: Apparatus for electroplating a workpiece includes an unassembled electroplating anode assembly having weldable first and second structural anode members. The first structural anode member includes a positioning slot. The second structural anode member includes a positioning tab disposable in the positioning slot. A method for making an electroplating anode assembly includes obtaining an electroplating-anode-assembly first structural anode member having a positioning slot and obtaining an electroplating-anode-assembly second structural anode member having a positioning tab. The method also includes locating the positioning tab in the positioning slot and welding together the first and second structural anode members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Alan Rosenzweig, Robert George Zimmerman, Jr., John D. Evans, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20090021406
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for compensating for gain offset, bias offset, and skew in a parallel processing environment is disclosed. The method and apparatus may be configured to compensate for mismatches between the sub-channel signals in a parallel ADC. This allows for accurate combination of the signals on the sub-channels. The method and apparatus may be utilized in a high speed data communication system having two or more channels, each of which are interleaved into two or more sub-channels. In one embodiment a DC loop processes signals on two or more sub-channels to account for and remove unwanted bias offset. In one embodiment a sub-channel gain mismatch compensation system (SCGMC) processes signals on two or more sub-channels to account for and remove unwanted gain offset. In one embodiment a skew compensation system, such as a parallel interpolator, processes signals on two or more sub-channels to remove unwanted skew across sub-channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: George A. Zimmerman, William W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20080239939
    Abstract: A cancellation system is disclosed for processing incoming and outgoing signals in a transform domain to create a cancellation signal for reducing or removing unwanted interference. Data is ordered based on Good-Thomas indexing into a two dimensional array in a buffer. The two dimensional array may have lr rows and lw columns. From the buffer, the columns of data undergo a Winograd small transform. The rows of data undergo a Cooley-Tukey operation to complete the transform operation into the frequency domain. Multipliers scale the transformed data to generate a cancellation signal in the frequency domain. Inverse (Cooley-Tukey) and Winograd transforms perform inverse processing on the cancellation signal to return the cancellation signal or data to the time domain. Re-ordering the data and combination of the cancellation signal or data with incoming or outgoing signals achieve interference cancellation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: Gavin D. Parnaby, George A. Zimmerman, Chris Pagnanelli, William W. Jones
  • Patent number: 7413778
    Abstract: A method for applying a NiAl based bond coat and a diffusion aluminide coating to a metal substrate comprises, in part, coating a portion of the external surface of the superalloy substrate, by physical vapor deposition with a layer of a NiAl based metal alloy, wherein the deposited NiAl based metal alloy includes a controlled amount of about 6 to 25 weight percent aluminum, wherein the deposited aluminum level of the NiAl based metal alloy is controlled to be about 50-100% of its final level after aluminizing to form a coated external portion; and subsequently, simultaneously aluminizing the coated external portion and a different surface of the superalloy substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark Daniel Gorman, Brett Allen Boutwell, Robert George Zimmerman, Jr.