Patents by Inventor Jes Thyssen

Jes Thyssen 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: 9178553
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for enhancing the audio quality of an FM receiver. In embodiments described herein, a stop band noise signal is extracted from an L+R or L?R signal produced by an FM stereo decoder. A channel quality measure is calculated based on the stop band noise signal and is used to control whether a pop suppression technique is applied to the L+R signal. The channel quality measure and the stop band noise signal are also leveraged to perform single-channel noise suppression in the frequency domain on the L?R signal and on the L+R signal. The channel quality measure is also used to control the application of a fast fading compensation process that replaces noisy segments of the L?R and L+R signal with replacement waveforms generated via waveform extrapolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Juin-Hwey Chen, Thomas F. Baker, Evan S. McCarthy, Jes Thyssen, Walter J. Wihardja, David C. Garrett
  • Patent number: 9130643
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for enhancing the audio quality of an FM receiver. In embodiments described herein, quadrature L?R demodulation is applied to a composite baseband signal output by an FM demodulator to obtain an L?R noise signal. A channel quality measure is calculated based on the L?R noise signal and is used to control whether a pop suppression technique is applied to an L+R signal obtained from the composite baseband signal to detect and remove noise pulses therefrom. The channel quality measure and the L?R noise signal are also leveraged to perform single-channel noise suppression in the frequency domain on an L?R signal obtained from the composite baseband signal and on the L+R signal. The channel quality measure is also used to control the application of a fast fading compensation process that replaces noisy segments of the L?R and L+R signal with replacement waveforms generated via waveform extrapolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Juin-Hwey Chen, Thomas F. Baker, Evan S. McCarthy, Jes Thyssen, Walter J. Wihardja, David C. Garrett
  • Patent number: 9065895
    Abstract: A two-stage structure for performing non-linear echo cancellation is described in which a first echo canceller is used to attenuate linear echo components of a microphone signal and a second echo canceller is used to attenuate non-linear echo components of the output signal generated by the first echo canceller. One or both of the echo cancellers may be implemented using closed-form solutions, including a closed form solution for a hybrid method in the frequency domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Jes Thyssen
  • Patent number: 9036826
    Abstract: A system that utilizes closed-form solutions to perform echo cancellation is described. The system includes a filter, filter parameter determination logic and a combiner. The filter is configured to process a far-end audio signal in accordance with one or more filter parameters to generate an estimated echo signal. The filter parameter determination logic is configured to update estimated statistics associated with the far-end audio signal and a microphone signal based on instantaneous statistics associated with the far-end audio signal and the microphone signal, and calculate the one or more filter parameters based upon the updated estimated statistics. The combiner is configured to generate an estimated near-end audio signal by subtracting the estimated echo signal from the microphone signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Jes Thyssen, Huaiyu Zeng, Nelson Sollenberger, Juin-Hwey Chen
  • Publication number: 20150071461
    Abstract: Techniques described herein are directed to performing back-end single-channel suppression of one or more types of interfering sources (e.g., additive noise) in an uplink path of a communication device. The back-end single-channel suppression techniques may suppress types(s) of additive noise using one or more suppression branches (e.g., a non-spatial (or stationary noise) branch, a spatial (or non-stationary noise) branch, a residual echo suppression branch, etc.). The non-spatial branch may be configured to suppress stationary noise from the single-channel audio signal, the spatial branch may be configured to suppress non-stationary noise from the single-channel audio signal and the residual echo suppression branch may be configured to suppress residual echo from the signal-channel audio signal. The spatial branch may be disabled based on an operational mode (e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jes Thyssen, Bengt J. Borgstrom
  • Patent number: 8977545
    Abstract: Described herein are multi-channel noise suppression systems and methods that are configured to detect and suppress wind and background noise using at least two spatially separated microphones: at least one primary speech microphone and at least one noise reference microphone. The multi-channel noise suppression systems and methods are configured, in at least one example, to first detect and suppress wind noise in the input speech signal picked up by the primary speech microphone and, potentially, the input speech signal picked up by the noise reference microphone. Following wind noise detection and suppression, the multi-channel noise suppression systems and methods are configured to perform further noise suppression in two stages: a first linear processing stage that includes a blocking matrix and an adaptive noise canceler, followed by a second non-linear processing stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Huaiyu Zeng, Jes Thyssen, Nelson Sollenberger, Juin-Hwey Chen, Xianxian Zhang
  • Patent number: 8965757
    Abstract: Multi-channel noise suppression systems and methods are described that omit the traditional delay-and-sum fixed beamformer in devices that include a primary speech microphone and at least one noise reference microphone with the desired speech being in the near-field of the device. The multi-channel noise suppression systems and methods use a blocking matrix (BM) to remove desired speech in the input speech signal received by the noise reference microphone to get a “cleaner” background noise component. Then, an adaptive noise canceler (ANC) is used to remove the background noise in the input speech signal received by the primary speech microphone based on the “cleaner” background noise component to achieve noise suppression. The filters implemented by the BM and ANC are derived using closed-form solutions that require calculation of time-varying statistics of complex frequency domain signals in the noise suppression system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Jes Thyssen, Huaiyu Zeng, Juin-Hwey Chen, Nelson Sollenberger, Xianxian Zhang
  • Patent number: 8924204
    Abstract: Unlike sound based pressure waves that go everywhere, air turbulence caused by wind is usually a fairly local event. Therefore, in a system that utilizes two or more spatially separated microphones to pick up sound signals (e.g., speech), wind noise picked up by one of the microphones often will not be picked up (or at least not to the same extent) by the other microphone(s). Embodiments of methods and apparatuses that utilize this fact and others to effectively detect and suppress wind noise using multiple microphones that are spatially separated are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Juin-Hwey Chen, Jes Thyssen, Xianxian Zhang, Huaiyu Zeng
  • Patent number: 8874441
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that suppress noise using multiple sensors (e.g., microphones) of a communication device. Noise modeling (e.g., estimation of noise basis vectors and noise weighting vectors) is performed with respect to a noise signal during operation of a communication device to provide a noise model. The noise model includes noise basis vectors and noise coefficients that represent noise provided by audio sources other than a user of the communication device. Speech modeling (e.g., estimation of speech basis vectors and speech weighting) is performed to provide a speech model. The speech model includes speech basis vectors and speech coefficients that represent speech of the user. A noisy speech signal is processed using the noise basis vectors, the noise coefficients, the speech basis vectors, and the speech coefficients to provide a clean speech signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Xianxian Zhang, Jes Thyssen, Kwan Young Shin
  • Publication number: 20140286497
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are described for improved multi-microphone source tracking and noise suppression. In multi-microphone devices and systems, frequency domain acoustic echo cancellation is performed on each microphone input, and microphone levels and sensitivity are normalized. Methods, systems, and apparatuses are also described for improved acoustic scene analysis and source tracking using steered null error transforms, on-line adaptive acoustic scene modeling, and speaker-dependent information. Switched super-directive beamforming reinforces desired audio sources and closed-form blocking matrices suppress desired audio sources based on spatial information derived from microphone pairings. Underlying statistics are tracked and used to updated filters and models. Automatic detection of single-user and multi-user scenarios, and single-channel suppression using spatial information, non-spatial information, and residual echo are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Jes Thyssen, Ashutosh Pandey, Bengt J. Borgstrom, Daniele Giacobello, Juin-Hwey Chen
  • Publication number: 20140278418
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are described for performing speaker-identification-assisted speech processing in a downlink path of a communication device. In accordance with certain embodiments, a communication device includes speaker identification (SID) logic that is configured to identify the identity of a far-end speaker participating in a voice call with a user of the communication device. Knowledge of the identity of the far-end speaker is then used to improve the performance of one or more downlink speech processing algorithms implemented on the communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Juin-Hwey Chen, Robert W. Zopf, Bengt J. Borgstrom, Elias Nemer, Ashutosh Pandey, Jes Thyssen
  • Publication number: 20140278397
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are described for performing speaker-identification-assisted speech processing in an uplink path of a communication device. In accordance with certain embodiments, a communication device includes speaker identification (SID) logic that is configured to identify the identity of a near-end speaker. Knowledge of the identity of the near-end speaker is then used to improve the performance of one or more uplink speech processing algorithms implemented on the communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Juin-Hwey Chen, Jes Thyssen, Elias Nemer, Bengt J. Borgstrom, Ashutosh Pandey, Robert W. Zopf
  • Publication number: 20140278417
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are described for performing speaker-identification-assisted speech processing. In accordance with certain embodiments, a communication device includes speaker identification (SID) logic that is configured to identify a user of the communication device and/or the identity of a far-end speaker participating in a voice call with a user of the communication device. Knowledge of the identity of the user and/or far-end speaker is then used to improve the performance of one or more speech processing algorithms implemented on the communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Juin-Hwey Chen, Robert W. Zopf, Bengt J. Borgstrom, Elias Nemer, Ashutosh Pandey, Jes Thyssen
  • Patent number: 8781080
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting audio messages are provided. In some aspects, a method includes receiving an audio message from a first user and generating a text-based representation of the audio message. The method also includes generating one or more identification tags based on the text-based representation of the audio message. At least one of the one or more identification tags includes a subject of the audio message. The method also includes presenting at least one of the text-based representation of the audio message or the one or more identification tags to a second user using a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Kelly Hale, Jes Thyssen
  • Publication number: 20140188466
    Abstract: A system and method is described that improves the intelligibility of a far-end telephone speech signal to a user of a telephony device in the presence of near-end background noise. As described herein, the system and method improves the intelligibility of the far-end telephone speech signal in a manner that does not require user input and that minimizes the distortion of the far-end telephone speech signal. The system is integrated with an acoustic echo canceller and shares information therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wilfrid LeBlanc, Jes Thyssen, Juin-Hwey Chen
  • Patent number: 8670990
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described that utilize dynamic time scale modification (TSM) to achieve reduced bit rate audio coding. In accordance with embodiments, different levels of TSM compression are selectively applied to segments of an input speech signal prior to encoding thereof by an encoder. Encoded TSM-compressed segments are received at a decoder which decodes such segments and then applies an appropriate level of TSM decompression to each based on information received from the encoder. By selectively applying different levels of TSM compression to segments of an input speech signal prior to encoding, a coding bit rate associated with the encoder/decoder is reduced. Furthermore, by selecting a level of TSM compression for each segment of the input speech signal that takes into account certain local characteristics of that signal, such bit rate reduction is provided without introducing unacceptable levels of distortion into an output speech signal produced by the decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Juin-Hwey Chen, Hong-Goo Kang, Robert W. Zopf, Jes Thyssen
  • Patent number: 8645129
    Abstract: A system and method is described that improves the intelligibility of a far-end telephone speech signal to a user of a telephony device in the presence of near-end background noise. As described herein, the system and method improves the intelligibility of the far-end telephone speech signal in a manner that does not require user input and that minimizes the distortion of the far-end telephone speech signal. The system is integrated with an acoustic echo canceller and shares information therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Wilfrid LeBlanc, Jes Thyssen, Juin-Hwey Chen
  • Publication number: 20130325467
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting audio messages are provided. In some aspects, a method includes receiving an audio message from a first user and generating a text-based representation of the audio message. The method also includes generating one or more identification tags based on the text-based representation of the audio message. At least one of the one or more identification tags includes a subject of the audio message. The method also includes presenting at least one of the text-based representation of the audio message or the one or more identification tags to a second user using a graphical user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kelly HALE, Jes THYSSEN
  • Patent number: 8526580
    Abstract: A stream of voicemail audio data is received. A text-based representation of a portion of the stream of voicemail audio data is generated. One or more identification tags from the stream of voicemail audio data and/or the text-based representation of the portion of the stream of voicemail audio data are obtained from a first user. The text-based representation of the portion of the stream of voicemail audio data and the one or more identification tags are provided to a second user through a graphical user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Kelly Hale, Jes Thyssen
  • Patent number: 8515097
    Abstract: A technique for suppressing non-stationary noise, such as wind noise, in an audio signal is described. In accordance with the technique, a series of frames of the audio signal is analyzed to detect whether the audio signal comprises non-stationary noise. If it is detected that the audio signal comprises non-stationary noise, a number of steps are performed. In accordance with these steps, a determination is made as to whether a frame of the audio signal comprises non-stationary noise or speech and non-stationary noise. If it is determined that the frame comprises non-stationary noise, a first filter is applied to the frame and if it is determined that the frame comprises speech and non-stationary noise, a second filter is applied to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Elias Nemer, Wilfrid LeBlanc, Mohammad Zad-Issa, Jes Thyssen