Patents by Inventor Keith R. Manssen

Keith R. Manssen 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: 10659088
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to provision a matching network that controls one or more operational characteristics of one of a receiver portion and a transmitter portion of the communication device according to a profile describing one or more characteristics of a communication system from which the communication device operates. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: NXP USA, INC.
    Inventors: Keith R. Manssen, Matthew Russell Greene, Carsten Hoirup
  • Patent number: 9941910
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a controller that determines a radiated throughput for at least one of an uplink throughput or a downlink throughput of the communication device, reduces transmit power for the communication device responsive to the radiated throughput satisfying a predetermined throughput range, and tunes a matching network of the communication device responsive to the radiated throughput not satisfying the predetermined throughput range. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Lizhong Zhu, Joseph Caci, Keith R. Manssen
  • Publication number: 20180083657
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to provision a matching network that controls one or more operational characteristics of one of a receiver portion and a transmitter portion of the communication device according to a profile describing one or more characteristics of a communication system from which the communication device operates. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Keith R. Manssen, Matthew Russell Greene, Carsten Hoirup
  • Patent number: 9853663
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to provision a matching network that controls one or more operational characteristics of one of a receiver portion and a transmitter portion of the communication device according to a profile describing one or more characteristics of a communication system from which the communication device operates. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Keith R. Manssen, Matthew Russell Greene, Carsten Hoirup
  • Patent number: 9698748
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a method for limiting tuning of a matching network having variable reactive elements coupled to a variable load impedance to at least reduce an undesirable effect caused by an RF signal. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Keith R Manssen, Matthew R Greene, Wayne E Smith, Guillaume Blin
  • Publication number: 20170085244
    Abstract: The present disclosure may include, for example, a tunable capacitor having a decoder for generating a plurality of control signals, and an array of tunable switched capacitors comprising a plurality of fixed capacitors coupled to a plurality of switches. The plurality of switches can be controlled by the plurality of control signals to manage a tunable range of reactance of the array of tunable switched capacitors. Additionally, the array of tunable switched capacitors is adapted to have non-uniform quality (Q) factors. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: KEITH R. MANSSEN, MATTHEW RUSSELL GREENE
  • Publication number: 20160277129
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a process for obtaining a first operational metric for a transmitter of a communication device, determining a range of impedances based on the first operational metric where the range of impedances is associated with an acceptable level of performance for the communication device, obtaining a second operational metric for the transmitter, determining a target impedance within the range of impedances based on the second operational metric, and tuning a first impedance matching network based on the target impedance, where the first impedance matching network is coupled with a first antenna of the communication device, and where the tuning is based on adjusting a first variable component of the first impedance matching network. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: Keith R. Manssen, MATTHEW RUSSELL GREENE, DUANE RABE
  • Publication number: 20160241276
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a controller that determines a radiated throughput for at least one of an uplink throughput or a downlink throughput of the communication device, reduces transmit power for the communication device responsive to the radiated throughput satisfying a predetermined throughput range, and tunes a matching network of the communication device responsive to the radiated throughput not satisfying the predetermined throughput range. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: LIZHONG ZHU, JOSEPH CACI, KEITH R. MANSSEN
  • Patent number: 9379454
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a process for obtaining a first operational metric for a transmitter of a communication device, determining a range of impedances based on the first operational metric where the range of impedances is associated with an acceptable level of performance for the communication device, obtaining a second operational metric for the transmitter, determining a target impedance within the range of impedances based on the second operational metric, and tuning a first impedance matching network based on the target impedance, where the first impedance matching network is coupled with a first antenna of the communication device, and where the tuning is based on adjusting a first variable component of the first impedance matching network. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Keith R. Manssen, Matthew R. Greene, Duane Rabe
  • Publication number: 20150214986
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to provision a matching network that controls one or more operational characteristics of one of a receiver portion and a transmitter portion of the communication device according to a profile describing one or more characteristics of a communication system from which the communication device operates. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Publication date: July 30, 2015
    Inventors: Keith R. Manssen, Matthew R. Greene, Carsten Hoirup
  • Patent number: 9026062
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to provision a matching network that controls one or more operational characteristics of one of a receiver portion and a transmitter portion of the communication device according to a profile describing one or more characteristics of a communication system from which the communication device operates. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Keith R. Manssen, Matthew R. Greene, Carsten Hoirup
  • Patent number: 8803631
    Abstract: The present disclosure may include, for example, a tunable capacitor having a decoder for generating a plurality of control signals, and an array of tunable switched capacitors comprising a plurality of fixed capacitors coupled to a plurality of switches. The plurality of switches can be controlled by the plurality of control signals to manage a tunable range of reactance of the array of tunable switched capacitors. Additionally, the array of tunable switched capacitors is adapted to have non-uniform quality (Q) factors. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Keith R. Manssen, Matthew R. Greene
  • Patent number: 8626083
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a tuning system for a communication device having an antenna where the tuning system includes at least one first tunable element connected with at least one radiating element of the antenna for tuning the antenna where the adjusting of the at least one first tunable element is based on a closed loop process, and a matching network having at least one second tunable element coupled at a feed point of the antenna for tuning the matching network based on an operational parameter of the communication device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Matthew R. Greene, Keith R. Manssen
  • Patent number: 8620236
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a method for limiting tuning of a matching network having variable reactive elements coupled to a variable load impedance to at least reduce an undesirable effect caused by an RF signal. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Keith R. Manssen, Matthew R. Greene, Wayne E. Smith, Guillaume Blin
  • Patent number: 8594584
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a tuning system for a communication device having an antenna, where the tuning system includes at least one first tunable element connected with at least one radiating element of the antenna for tuning the antenna where the adjusting of the at least one first tunable element is based on at least one of a use case associated with the communication device and location information associated with the communication device, and a matching network having at least one second tunable element coupled at a feed point of the antenna, wherein the matching network receives control signals for adjusting the at least one second tunable element to tune the matching network. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Blackberry Limited
    Inventors: Matthew R. Greene, Keith R. Manssen, Gregory Mendolia
  • Patent number: 8472888
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the present disclosure may include, for example, a computer-readable storage medium having computer instructions to perform actual measurements of one or more performance parameters of a communication device according to a subset of tuning states of a tunable matching network operable in a communication device, determine estimated measurements of the one or more performance parameters of the communication device for a portion of the tuning states not included in the subset of tuning states according to the actual measurements, identify a data set for each of the one or more performance parameters from at least portions of the tuning states and the actual and estimated measurements, and determine from at least a portion of the data sets one or more tuning states that achieve at least one desirable performance characteristic of the communication device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion RF, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith R. Manssen, Dan Boire, Matthew R. Greene
  • Patent number: 8432234
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a matching network for a communication device having first and second antennas, where the matching network includes a first variable component connectable and a detector. The first variable component can be connectable along a first path between the first antenna and a front end module of the communication device, where the first antenna is configured for transmit and receive operation. The detector can be connectable along a second path between the second antenna and the front end module of the communication device, where the detector obtains an RF voltage associated with the second path, where the second antenna is configured for a diversity receive operation, and where the first variable component is adjusted based on the detected RF voltage to tune the matching network. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion RF, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith R. Manssen, Matthew R. Greene, Duane Rabe
  • Publication number: 20120295555
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a tuning system for a communication device having an antenna where the tuning system includes at least one first tunable element connected with at least one radiating element of the antenna for tuning the antenna where the adjusting of the at least one first tunable element is based on a closed loop process, and a matching network having at least one second tunable element coupled at a feed point of the antenna for tuning the matching network based on an operational parameter of the communication device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: PARATEK MICROWAVE, INC.
    Inventors: MATTHEW R. GREENE, KEITH R. MANSSEN
  • Publication number: 20120295554
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a tuning system for a communication device having an antenna, where the tuning system includes at least one first tunable element connected with at least one radiating element of the antenna for tuning the antenna where the adjusting of the at least one first tunable element is based on at least one of a use case associated with the communication device and location information associated with the communication device, and a matching network having at least one second tunable element coupled at a feed point of the antenna, wherein the matching network receives control signals for adjusting the at least one second tunable element to tune the matching network. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: PARATEK MICROWAVE, INC.
    Inventors: MATTHEW R. GREENE, KEITH R. MANSSEN, GREGORY MENDOLIA
  • Publication number: 20120112852
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a process for obtaining a first operational metric for a transmitter of a communication device, determining a range of impedances based on the first operational metric where the range of impedances is associated with an acceptable level of performance for the communication device, obtaining a second operational metric for the transmitter, determining a target impedance within the range of impedances based on the second operational metric, and tuning a first impedance matching network based on the target impedance, where the first impedance matching network is coupled with a first antenna of the communication device, and where the tuning is based on adjusting a first variable component of the first impedance matching network. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: PARATEK MICROWAVE, INC.
    Inventors: Keith R. Manssen, Matthew R. Greene, Duane Rabe