Jonah Alben 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).
Abstract: A computer system includes an integrated graphics subsystem and a graphics connector for attaching either an auxiliary graphics subsystem or a loopback card. A first bus connection communicates data from the computer system to the integrated graphics subsystem. With a loopback card in place, data travels from the integrated graphics subsystem back to the computer system via a second bus connection. When the auxiliary graphics subsystem is attached, the integrated graphics subsystem operates in a data forwarding mode. Data is communicated to the integrated graphics subsystem via the first bus connection. The integrated graphics subsystem then forwards data to the auxiliary graphics subsystem. A portion of the second bus connection communicates data from the auxiliary graphics subsystem back to the computer system. The auxiliary graphics subsystem communicates display information back to the integrated graphics subsystem, where it is used to control a display device.
Abstract: A graphics processing subsystem uses system memory as its graphics memory for rendering and scanout of images. To prevent deadlock of the data bus, the graphics processing subsystem may use an alternate virtual channel of the data bus to access additional data from system memory needed to complete a write operation of a first data. In communicating with the system memory, a data packet including extended byte enable information allows the graphics processing subsystem to write large quantities of data with arbitrary byte masking to system memory. To leverage the high degree of two-dimensional locality of rendered image data, the graphics processing subsystem arranges image data in a tiled format in system memory. A tile translation unit converts image data virtual addresses to corresponding system memory addresses. The graphics processing subsystem reads image data from system memory and converts it into a display signal.
April 27, 2004
October 27, 2005
Oren Rubinstein, David Reed, Jonah Alben
Abstract: A graphics processor or display device including a microcontroller that functions as a sequencer, a computer system including at least one such graphics processor or display device, and a microcontroller for use in such a graphics processor or display device. In preferred embodiments, the microcontroller functions as a sequencer for controlling the timing of power up and/or power down operations by one or both of a graphics processor and a display device. The microcontroller is implemented to exclude any capacity to handle interrupts and so can provide guaranteed timing, and is preferably implemented to be small, simple, and programmable, and to store a small number of programs. Each program consists of instructions belonging to a small instruction set, such as a set consisting of set and clear instructions (for overriding or overwriting specified register bits) and wait, release, and stop instructions.
Abstract: A graphics processing device implementing a set of techniques for power management, preferably at both a subsystem level and a device level, and preferably including peak power management, a system including a graphics processing device that implements such a set of techniques for power management, and the power management methods performed by such a device or system. In preferred embodiments, the device includes at least two subsystems and hardware mechanisms that automatically seek the lowest power state for the device that does not impact performance of the device or of a system that includes the device. Preferably, the device includes a control unit operable in any selected one of multiple power management modes, and system software can intervene to cause the control unit to operate in any of these modes.
October 5, 2001
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August 30, 2005
Jonah Alben, Dennis Kd Ma, Brian Kelleher