Patents by Inventor Julien Orlando

Julien Orlando 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).

  • Publication number: 20240012107
    Abstract: A first input signal that corresponds to an output transmitted signal of an amplifier of a vehicle radar system is received and a digital threshold signal is transmitted to an input terminal of a digital-to-analog converter. The digital-to-analog converter is configured to generate an analog threshold value that is at least partially determined by a digital threshold value encoded into the digital threshold signal. If it is determined that a magnitude of the first input signal is less than a magnitude of the analog threshold value, a flag signal is transmitted to a system controller. The flag signal is indicative that a power level of the first output signal has fallen below a safety threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2022
    Publication date: January 11, 2024
    Inventors: Yi YIN, Birama GOUMBALLA, Olivier Vincent DOARE, Julien ORLANDO
  • Patent number: 11656330
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for improving the accuracy of a phase associated with the radar signal by identifying a spectral signature associated with a radio frequency (RF) impairment and performing digital predistortion to enhance the radar performance and to compensate for the impairment that causes offset or imbalance of the phase rotator output cause signal distortion or otherwise degrade of the phase of the signal. The self-calibrating mechanism of the present disclosure is configured to identify the impairments, determine a spectral signature associated with the impairment, and optimize the phase error through digital predistortion of the RF signal based at least in part on the spectral signature associated with the impairment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier Vincent Doare, Julien Orlando
  • Patent number: 11652470
    Abstract: A phase rotator control circuit is provided. The phase rotator control circuit is coupled to a phase rotator core and includes a first set of transistors coupled to receive digital control signals. The first set of transistors is coupled to a second set of transistors configured and arranged to form a filtered current mirror. An output of the filtered current mirror is coupled to provide an analog phase control signal to the phase rotator core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: NXP USA, INC.
    Inventors: Dominique Delbecq, Julien Orlando
  • Patent number: 11496122
    Abstract: A phase rotator calibration system is provided. The phase rotator calibration system includes a phase rotator portion having input for receiving an input signal and an output for providing an output signal. A calibration portion is coupled to the phase rotator portion. The calibration portion is configured to determine a phase error based on a phase estimation. The phase estimation is generated by way of an arccosine function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominique Delbecq, Olivier Vincent Doaré, Julien Orlando
  • Publication number: 20220021378
    Abstract: A phase rotator calibration system is provided. The phase rotator calibration system includes a phase rotator portion having input for receiving an input signal and an output for providing an output signal. A calibration portion is coupled to the phase rotator portion. The calibration portion is configured to determine a phase error based on a phase estimation. The phase estimation is generated by way of an arccosine function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: Dominique Delbecq, Olivier Vincent Doaré, Julien Orlando
  • Publication number: 20210305969
    Abstract: A phase rotator control circuit is provided. The phase rotator control circuit is coupled to a phase rotator core and includes a first set of transistors coupled to receive digital control signals. The first set of transistors is coupled to a second set of transistors configured and arranged to form a filtered current mirror. An output of the filtered current mirror is coupled to provide an analog phase control signal to the phase rotator core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Inventors: Dominique Delbecq, Julien Orlando
  • Patent number: 11131762
    Abstract: A fast chirp Phase Locked Loop with a boosted return time includes a Voltage Controlled Oscillator, VCO, generating a Frequency Modulated Continuous Waveform, FMCW. The VCO responds to a filtered output voltage of a filter connected to a charge pump. A digital controller modifies the FMCW to generate a chirp phase and a return phase. The chirp phase includes a first linear change of the FMCW from a start frequency to a stop frequency. The return phase includes a second linear change of the FMCW from the stop frequency to the start frequency. A boost circuit connects to the digital controller and the filter. The boost circuit supplies a boost current during the return phase. The boost current is proportional to a return slope of the return phase and inversely proportional to a VCO gain of the VCO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: NXP USA, INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Stephane Vigier, Didier Salle, Cristian Pavao-Moreira, Julien Orlando
  • Patent number: 11131763
    Abstract: A fast chirp Phase Locked Loop with a phase preset includes a Voltage Controlled Oscillator, VCO, generating a Frequency Modulated Continuous Waveform, FMCW. The VCO responds to a filtered output voltage of a filter connected to a charge pump. A digital controller modifies the FMCW to generate a chirp phase and a return phase. The chirp phase includes a first linear change of the FMCW from a start frequency to a stop frequency. The return phase includes a second linear change of the FMCW from the stop frequency to the start frequency. A phase preset circuit connects to the digital controller and the filter. The phase preset circuit supplies a phase preset current during a start frequency time preceding the chirp phase. The phase preset current is proportional to a VCO gain of the VCO and inversely proportional to a chirp current during the chirp phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: NXP USA, INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Stephane Vigier, Didier Salle, Cristian Pavao-Moreira, Julien Orlando
  • Patent number: 11054513
    Abstract: A communication unit (700) is described that includes a plurality of cascaded devices that comprise at least one master device (710) and at least one slave device (720, 723) configured in a master-slave arrangement. The at least one master device (710) and at least one slave device (720, 723) each comprise: an analog-to-digital converter, ADC, (741, 742) configured to use a same re-created system clock signal (788, 790) to align respective sampling instants between each ADC (741, 742). The at least one master device (710) comprises: a clock generation circuit comprising an internally-generated reference phase locked loop circuit (708), configured to output a system clock signal (782, 784); and a modulator circuit (762) coupled to the clock generation circuit and configured to receive and distribute the system clock signal (784).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: NXP USA, INC.
    Inventors: Olivier Doaré, Didier Salle, Cristian Pavao Moreira, Julien Orlando, Jean-Stephane Vigier, Andres Barrilado Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20200400783
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for improving the accuracy of a phase associated with the radar signal by identifying a spectral signature associated with a radio frequency (RF) impairment and performing digital predistortion to enhance the radar performance and to compensate for the impairment that causes offset or imbalance of the phase rotator output cause signal distortion or otherwise degrade of the phase of the signal. The self-calibrating mechanism of the present disclosure is configured to identify the impairments, determine a spectral signature associated with the impairment, and optimize the phase error through digital predistortion of the RF signal based at least in part on the spectral signature associated with the impairment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Olivier Vincent Doare, Julien Orlando
  • Publication number: 20200003883
    Abstract: A communication unit (700) is described that includes a plurality of cascaded devices that comprise at least one master device (710) and at least one slave device (720, 723) configured in a master-slave arrangement. The at least one master device (710) and at least one slave device (720, 723) each comprise: an analog-to-digital converter, ADC, (741, 742) configured to use a same re-created system clock signal (788, 790) to align respective sampling instants between each ADC (741, 742). The at least one master device (710) comprises: a clock generation circuit comprising an internally-generated reference phase locked loop circuit (708), configured to output a system clock signal (782, 784); and a modulator circuit (762) coupled to the clock generation circuit and configured to receive and distribute the system clock signal (784).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Olivier Doaré, Didier Salle, Cristian Pavao Moreira, Julien Orlando, Jean-Stephane Vigier, Andres Barrilado Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20200003862
    Abstract: A communication unit (900) includes a plurality of cascaded devices that comprise at least one master device (910) and at least one slave device (920, 923) configured in a master-slave arrangement. The at least one master device (910) and at least one slave device (920, 923) each include: a demodulator circuit (964, 965) configured to receive a distributed reference clock signal (984) and re-create a system clock signal (988, 990) therefrom; a clock generation circuit comprising an internally-generated reference phase locked loop configured to receive the re-created system clock signal (988, 990) to create a master-slave clock signal; and an analog-to-digital converter, ADC, (941, 942) coupled to the reference phase locked loop and configured to use a same master-slave clock signal (988, 990) to align respective sampling instants between each ADC (941, 942) of the at least one master device (910) and at least one slave device (920, 923).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Olivier Doaré, Didier Salle, Cristian Pavao Moreira, Julien Orlando, Jean-Stephane Vigier, Andres Barrilado Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20190377076
    Abstract: A fast chirp Phase Locked Loop (70) with a phase preset includes a Voltage Controlled Oscillator, VCO, (12) generating a Frequency Modulated Continuous Waveform, FMCW, (14). The VCO responds to a filtered output voltage (74) of a filter (72) connected to a charge pump (28). A digital controller (82) modifies the FMCW to generate a chirp phase (304) and a return phase (300). The chirp phase includes a first linear change of the FMCW from a start frequency (202) to a stop frequency (204). The return phase includes a second linear change of the FMCW from the stop frequency to the start frequency. A phase preset circuit (86) connects to the digital controller and the filter. The phase preset circuit supplies a phase preset current (98) during a start frequency time (302) preceding the chirp phase. The phase preset current is proportional to a VCO gain of the VCO and inversely proportional to a chirp current during the chirp phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Jean-Stephane Vigier, Didier Salle, Cristian Pavao-Moreira, Julien Orlando
  • Publication number: 20190377078
    Abstract: A fast chirp Phase Locked Loop (70) with a boosted return time includes a Voltage Controlled Oscillator, VCO, (12) generating a Frequency Modulated Continuous Waveform, FMCW, (14). The VCO responds to a filtered output voltage (74) of a filter (72) connected to a charge pump (28). A digital controller (82) modifies the FMCW to generate a chirp phase (304) and a return phase (300). The chirp phase includes a first linear change of the FMCW from a start frequency (202) to a stop frequency (204). The return phase includes a second linear change of the FMCW from the stop frequency to the start frequency. A boost circuit (86) connects to the digital controller and the filter. The boost circuit supplies a boost current (98) during the return phase. The boost current is proportional to a return slope of the return phase and inversely proportional to a VCO gain of the VCO.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Jean-Stephane Vigier, Didier Salle, Cristian Pavao-Moreira, Julien Orlando