Patents by Inventor Norbert Balbierer

Norbert Balbierer 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: 10116462
    Abstract: A method for transmitting data in a motor vehicle from an application using an Ethernet transport protocol between nodes of the motor vehicle includes: the application transmitting data via an Ethernet-based network at cyclic intervals; deactivating local transmitters and receivers of a node in non-use periods, in which no data need to be transmitted; activating again the local transmitters and receivers of the node when data are pending transmission; transferring the local transmitters and receivers from an operating active mode to a quiescent mode in a deactivation time; transferring the local transmitters and receivers from the quiescent mode to the operating active mode in an activation time; and the application lowering the transmission frequency at least until a prescribed limit value is reached based at least in part on a requirement to save energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Balbierer, Josef Nöbauer, Helge Zinner
  • Patent number: 9413549
    Abstract: A method and system for activating at least one temporarily inactive network component of a network system for a vehicle central network device of the network system is connected via signals to the network component by a path inside the network system extending at least partially across a network segment of the network system. The network segment connecting, via signals, the network component and a first activation device associated therewith to a switch device arranged in the path and to a second activation device associated therewith in an unbranched manner. The central network device responds to the first activation device by the switch device by sending a network function control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Balbierer, Josef Nöbauer, Andreas Rath
  • Patent number: 9270482
    Abstract: A method and system for activating at least one temporarily inactive network component of a network system for a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle. A central network device of the network system is connected via signals to the network components by a path inside the network system, the path extending at least partially across a network segment of the network system. The network segment connects via signals the network component and a first activation device associated therewith to a switch device arranged in the path and to a second activation device associated therewith in an unbranched manner. The central network device responds to the first activation device by the switch device by sending a network function control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Balbierer, Josef Nöbauer
  • Publication number: 20150143144
    Abstract: A method for transmitting data in a motor vehicle from an application using an Ethernet transport protocol between nodes of the motor vehicle includes: the application transmitting data via an Ethernet-based network at cyclic intervals; deactivating local transmitters and receivers of a node in non-use periods, in which no data need to be transmitted; activating again the local transmitters and receivers of the node when data are pending transmission; transferring the local transmitters and receivers from an operating active mode to a quiescent mode in a deactivation time; transferring the local transmitters and receivers from the quiescent mode to the operating active mode in an activation time; and the application lowering the transmission frequency at least until a prescribed limit value is reached based at least in part on a requirement to save energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Norbert Balbierer, Josef Nöbauer, Helge Zinner
  • Publication number: 20150131477
    Abstract: In a vehicle network in which controllers of the vehicle form nodes communicating with one another, wherein a group of the controllers to be activated is combined in a subnetwork to be activated, wherein each node has at least one network interface to an adjacent node directly addressable via the network interface, and a subnetwork manager indicating which network interface a node can use to communicate with which subnetwork, a method activating deactivated controllers includes: upon receipt of an activation command by the controllers of a subnetwork, a node identifying in the subnetwork manager which network interfaces the subnetwork manager can use to communicate with the subnetwork to be activated; the node using the identified network interfaces to transmit the activation command to adjacent nodes; and upon the transmission of the activation command, activating an adjacent node if the adjacent node was deactivated prior to transmission of the activation command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Norbert Balbierer, Josef Nöbauer
  • Publication number: 20150131681
    Abstract: A method for transmitting data using an Ethernet AVB transport protocol between nodes of a motor vehicle includes: reserving resources necessary for the transmission of the data by reservation messages from a dedicated protocol; setting flow of data from a node to a particular transmission rate and/or data rate; transmitting data at cyclic intervals via an Ethernet-based network by inputting the data into a transmission frame and forwarding to local transmitters; deactivating the local transmitters and receivers of a node in non-use periods, in which no data need to be transmitted; activating again the local transmitters and receivers of a node provided that data are pending transmission in a transmission frame, wherein the local transmitters and receivers are available for transmission following an activation time; and activating the local transmitters and/or receivers of the nodes based on a reservation message and a setting of the transmission rate and/or data rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Norbert Balbierer, Josef Nöbauer, Helge Zinner
  • Publication number: 20120320792
    Abstract: A method and system for activating at least one temporarily inactive network component of a network system for a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle. A central network device of the network system is connected via signals to the network components by a path inside the network system, the path extending at least partially across a network segment of the network system. The network segment connects via signals the network component and a first activation device associated therewith to a switch device arranged in the path and to a second activation device associated therewith in an unbranched manner. The central network device responds to the first activation device by the switch device by sending a network function control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Balbierer, Josef Nöbauer
  • Publication number: 20120320793
    Abstract: A method and system for activating at least one temporarily inactive network component of a network system for a vehicle central network device of the network system is connected via signals to the network component by a path inside the network system extending at least partially across a network segment of the network system. The network segment connecting, via signals, the network component and a first activation device associated therewith to a switch device arranged in the path and to a second activation device associated therewith in an unbranched manner. The central network device responds to the first activation device by of the switch device by sending a network function control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Norbert Balbierer, Josef Nöbauer, Andreas Rath