Patents by Inventor Lachlan Bruce Michael

Lachlan Bruce Michael 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: 10917277
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission device, a transmission method, a reception device, and a reception method for sufficiently securing an information amount of additional information of a physical layer. The transmission device generates and transmits an OFDM signal in which additional information of a physical layer is allocated to additional carriers in each of groups, the groups being obtained by grouping the additional carriers to be used for transmission of the additional information, of carriers of the OFDM signal of one frame, into the groups of the number of groups according to a DFT size of when IDFT of the OFDM signal is performed. The reception device receives the OFDM signal, and acquires the additional information corresponding to the number of groups according to the DFT size from the OFDM signal. The present technology can be applied to, for example, transmission and reception of the OFDM signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lachlan Bruce Michael, Kazuyuki Takahashi, Satoshi Okada
  • Patent number: 10911276
    Abstract: A transmitter transmits payload data using Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexed (OFDM) symbols, the transmitter comprising frame builder circuitry configured to receive the payload data to be transmitted and to receive signalling information for use in detecting and recovering the payload data at a receiver, and to form the payload data into frames with the signalling information as a preamble to each of the frames for transmission. Modulator circuitry is configured to modulate one or more first OFDM symbols with the signalling information to form the preamble of each frame and to modulate one or more second OFDM symbols with the payload data to form post preamble waveform of each frame. Transmission circuitry is configured to transmit the one or more first OFDM symbols as a preamble and the second OFDM symbols as the post preamble waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Asangbeng Atungsiri, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Publication number: 20210028904
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a reception apparatus, a reception method, a transmission apparatus, and a transmission method that enable efficient data transmission. When a reception apparatus including a processing unit that, when a transmission signal including transmission data is received, processes the transmission signal including a pilot signal on which layered division multiplexing (LDM) has been performed, and demodulates a part of the transmission data included in a second layer which is different from a first layer including the pilot signal, it is possible to efficiently perform data transmission using the pilot signal. The present technology can be applied to, for example, a broadcasting system compatible with a broadcasting method such as ISDB-T, ATSC, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventor: LACHLAN BRUCE MICHAEL
  • Patent number: 10863214
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission device, a transmission method, a reception device, and a reception method that can improve transmission efficiency. An encoded signal is generated based on realtime data indicated by a waveform L using a predetermined fixed bit rate as a maximum code amount Sx and the encoded signal into which non-realtime data with an insufficient code amount is inserted is transmitted at the fixed bit rate, as indicated by a range Z12, when a code amount of the generated encoded signal is insufficient for the maximum code amount Sx. The present technology can be applied to broadcasting communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SATURN LICENSING LLC
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Publication number: 20200383169
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission apparatus, a transmission method, a reception apparatus, and a reception method that enable channel selection information and time information to be transmitted effectively. A transmission apparatus acquires channel selection information for selecting a service and time information used for synchronizations on a transmission side and a reception side, generates, as a physical layer frame constituted of a preamble and a data portion, the physical layer frame in which specific information including at least one of the channel selection information and the time information is arranged at a head of the data portion right after the preamble, and transmits the physical layer frame as digital broadcast signals. The present technology is applicable to IP packet broadcasting, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Kazuyuki TAKAHASHI, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Patent number: 10855506
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a data processing apparatus and a data processing method which can suppress the influence of multipath propagation and the Doppler shift. A data processing apparatus includes a processing unit which performs modulation processing on a physical layer frame including a preamble, which includes a modulation parameter, and one or more subframes, which include data, in which any modulation parameter can be set for each of the subframes, and the subframes are arranged in the physical layer frame collectively by subframe groups which are collections of the subframes with FFT sizes, which are same, when IFFT operation is performed on symbols included in the physical layer frame. The present technology can be applied to, for example, data transmission compliant to a broadcast standard such as ATSC 3.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Tatsuki Amimoto, Yuken Goto, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Patent number: 10812872
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmitting device, a transmitting method, a receiving device, and a receiving method, which are capable of improving immediacy and flexibility of an alert. A transmitting device generates transmission data in which an index associated with predetermined process-related information in a relevant table in which process-related information related to an output process of outputting an alert on a receiving side is registered in association with an index is included in data of a physical layer, the relevant table being included in data of a higher layer higher than the physical layer and supplied, and transmits the transmission data. The receiving device obtains a relevant table, receives transmission data, and acquires an index included in data of a physical layer from the transmission data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Patent number: 10798778
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission apparatus, a transmission method, a reception apparatus, and a reception method that enable channel selection information and time information to be transmitted effectively. A transmission apparatus acquires channel selection information for selecting a service and time information used for synchronizations on a transmission side and a reception side, generates, as a physical layer frame physical layer frame constituted of a preamble and a data portion, the physical layer frame in which specific information including at least one of the channel selection information and the time information is arranged at a head of the data portion right after the preamble, and transmits the physical layer frame as digital broadcast signals. The present technology is applicable to IP packet broadcasting, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Patent number: 10785525
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a reception apparatus and a data processing method that enable clock synchronization in a more suitable manner. The reception apparatus receives a digital broadcast signal of an IP transmission method that includes time information and a stream of content. The time information includes a seconds field and a nanoseconds field. The reception apparatus then generates a processing clock synchronized with the time information on the basis of the time information included in the digital broadcast signal, and processes the stream included in the digital broadcast signal on the basis of the processing clock. The present technology can be applied to, for example, television receivers conforming to the IP transmission method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael, Yuichi Hirayama, Satoshi Okada
  • Patent number: 10735232
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a data processing apparatus and a data processing method which can enhance multipath propagation resistance. When performing modulation processing on a physical layer frame including a preamble, which includes a modulation parameter, and one or more subframes, which include data, the data processing apparatus can set any modulation parameter for each subframe, and the modulation parameter has a relationship of Tui/Dxi?Tui+1/Dxi+1 in a case where an effective symbol length indicating a length of an effective symbol is Tui and an interval between pilot signals in a frequency direction is Dxi in an i-th (i is an integer equal to or greater than 0) subframe. The present technology can be applied to, for example, data transmission compliant to a broadcast standard such as ATSC 3.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Tatsuki Amimoto, Yuken Goto, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Patent number: 10715857
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a reception apparatus that includes demodulation circuitry configured to obtain packets included in a plurality of PLPs (Physical Layer Pipes) of a broadcast stream, and processing circuitry configured to process the packets obtained by the demodulation circuitry. The demodulation circuitry and the processing circuitry are interconnected via a single interface. Each combination of an IP (Internet Protocol) address and a port number of an IP packet or a UDP (User Datagram Protocol) packet included in the plurality of PLPs is unique for each PLP in which the corresponding IP packet or the corresponding UDP packet is included. The processing circuitry is configured to identify a PLP in which one of the packets input via the single interface from the demodulation circuitry is included according to the combination of the IP address and the port number of the one of the packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Lachlan Bruce Michael, Kazuyuki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20200169346
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission device, a transmission method, a reception device, and a reception method that permit efficient transfer of time and other information. The transmission device generates a physical layer frame having preambles and a payload that includes, in the preamble, time information representing time of a given position in a stream of physical layer frames and transmits the physical layer frame. The reception device receives the physical layer frame and performs processes using time information. The present technology is applicable, for example, to IP packet broadcasting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lachlan Bruce MICHAEL, Kazuyuki TAKAHASHI, Satoshi OKADA
  • Patent number: 10644864
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a signal processing device that enables TLV transmission, a signal processing method, and a program. The signal processing device includes: a demodulation processing unit that performs a demodulation process; a processing unit that performs a demux process; and a data signal line, a clock signal line, a sync signal line, and a valid signal line that are provided between the demodulation processing unit and the processing unit. A variable-length packet is transmitted between the demodulation processing unit and the processing unit through the data signal line, the clock signal line, the sync signal line, and the valid signal line. The variable-length packet is an Internet Protocol (IP) packet. The present technology can be applied to receivers that receive and process TLV streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Okada, Yuichi Hirayama, Takashi Horiguti, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Patent number: 10637594
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a reception device, a transmission device, and a data processing method with which it becomes possible to operate digital television broadcasting more flexibly. A reception device receives a broadcast signal transmitted by frequency division multiplexing (FDM) and processes, on the basis of control information existence information that is information included in first control information, which is acquired from the broadcast signal and is control information in a physical layer, and that indicates existence/non-existence of second control information that is control information in an upper layer of the physical layer, the second control information transmitted in each hierarchy. The present technology can be applied, for example, to a receiver that can receive digital television broadcasting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Satoshi Okada, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Patent number: 10615895
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmitting apparatus, a transmitting method, a receiving apparatus, and a receiving method that facilitate tuning setting. A transmitting apparatus generates and transmits transmission data including an index in data of a physical layer, the index being associated with predetermined processing-related information in a relation table in which processing-related information related to setting processing of tuning on a receiving side is registered in association with an index representing a region to be subjected to the setting processing corresponding to the processing-related information and provided as being included in data of an upper layer higher than the physical layer. A receiving apparatus acquires the relation table, while receiving the transmission data, and acquires the index included in the data of the physical layer from the transmission data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Patent number: 10615951
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission apparatus, a reception apparatus, and a data processing method capable of efficiently transmitting time information with high accuracy. The transmission apparatus generates a physical layer frame including the time information and transmits the physical layer frame. The reception apparatus receives the physical layer frame from the transmission apparatus and performs predetermined processing on the basis of the time information included in the physical layer frame. Time information indicating a certain time is included at a head of the physical layer frame. The present technology can be applied to digital television broadcasting using the IP system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Okada, Kazuyuki Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael
  • Patent number: 10574375
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission device, a transmission method, a reception device, and a reception method that permit efficient transfer of time and other information. The transmission device generates a physical layer frame having preambles and a payload that includes, in the preamble, time information representing time of a given position in a stream of physical layer frames and transmits the physical layer frame. The reception device receives the physical layer frame and performs processes using time information. The present technology is applicable, for example, to IP packet broadcasting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lachlan Bruce Michael, Kazuyuki Takahashi, Satoshi Okada
  • Publication number: 20200044761
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmission device, a transmission method, a reception device, and a reception method that permit efficient transfer of time and other information. The transmission device generates a physical layer frame having preambles and a payload that includes, in the preamble, time information representing time of a given position in a stream of physical layer frames and transmits the physical layer frame. The reception device receives the physical layer frame and performs processes using time information. The present technology is applicable, for example, to IP packet broadcasting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lachlan Bruce MICHAEL, Kazuyuki TAKAHASHI, Satoshi OKADA
  • Publication number: 20200044774
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a reception apparatus, a transmission apparatus, and a data processing method that can prevent useless discard of packets. The reception apparatus performs an error detection process by using an error detection code included in a header of a transport packet. The plurality of transport packets are provided in a payload of a baseband packet that has gone through demodulation. The transport packets include the header and a payload. The header includes the error detection code. The payload has an IP packet provided therein, and the IP packet includes a UDP packet. The present technology is applicable, for example, to data transport compliant with a broadcasting standard such as ATSC 3.0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michito ISHII, Lachlan Bruce MICHAEL, Kazuyuki TAKAHASHI
  • Publication number: 20200029132
    Abstract: There is provided a transmission device including circuitry configured to generate a physical layer frame. A time information descriptor is included in a preamble of the physical layer frame. The time information descriptor includes a time information flag that indicates presence or absence of time information in the time information descriptor. The circuitry is configured to transmit the physical layer frame including the preamble and a payload. The time information indicates a time of a predetermined position in a stream of the physical layer frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki TAKAHASHI, Lachlan Bruce MICHAEL