Patents by Inventor Patrick A. Rada

Patrick A. Rada 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: 9684807
    Abstract: A regenerative selective logarithmic detector amplifier (LDA) can have integrated FM demodulation capabilities. It can receive a wired or wireless FM modulated signal and amplify or demodulate it with high sensitivity, high skirt ratio and minimized noise when compared to the prior art. When used in conjunction with other circuits such as a PLL or mixer, it can improve interference rejection and frequency selectivity and be locked on a precise channel in frequency and phase. The LDA produces intermittent oscillations that are self-quenched when reaching a given threshold. It also embeds the circuitry to perform direct FM discrimination. FM demodulation process is completed by a simple analog or digital frequency to voltage converter. This plus the fact that the instantaneous regeneration gain is low-medium permit to detect signals of small amplitudes buried in the noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: DOCKON AG
    Inventors: Forrest Brown, Patrick Rada, Alexandre Dupuy
  • Patent number: 9647722
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving data communication over less than perfect power lines or transmission lines are described. The systems and methods allow for pushing out electrically any null within a frequency range of interest and/or for lossless transmission by providing impedance matching between communication devices and the transmission line. This is achieved by implementing line equalizing modules within the transceivers, at the transmitter side and/or the receiver side, or by plugging, as a stand-alone module, into an electrical outlet within a building. The line equalizing module includes multiple inductor-capacitor cells coupled in cascade where multiple switches allow for selective and concurrent connection between the inductor-capacitor cells. In another embodiment, the line equalizing module includes variable inductor-capacitor cells. The line equalizing module provides a variable propagation delay that allows for stretching electrically the transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: DOCKON AG
    Inventors: Forrest Brown, Alexandre Dupuy, Patrick Rada
  • Patent number: 9621203
    Abstract: An in-medium monitoring system for monitoring material carried within a pipe. The system includes an acoustic device installed within the pipe that generates voltage signals indicative of changes in the material, such as flow rate or leaks, a hardware unit that includes a detector module and a communication module, a switch for switching the voltage signals to and communication signals from the hardware unit. The hardware unit and a power source are attached to the pipe. The acoustic device may be detector or a sensor. The communication module may communicate date through the sensor in the medium or outside of the pipe to a fixed network. The hardware unit may include a log detection amplifier for generating an amplified pulsed output signal without voltage gain and without significantly adding noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: DOCKON AG
    Inventors: Patrick Rada, Forrest Brown
  • Patent number: 9503133
    Abstract: A low noise detection system is disclosed in which a modulator located in a transmitter or a receiver is configured to convert a voltage data signal to a frequency signal, to modulate a baseband signal with the voltage data, and to output the modulated data signal. The receiver further includes a log detection amplifier configured to receive the modulated data signal and to regeneratively demodulate the modulated data signal to extract the data in an amplified analog data signal while not significantly amplifying any noise in the modulated data signal. The receiver further includes a digital conversion circuit for converting the amplified analog signal into a digital data signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: DOCKON AG
    Inventors: Forrest Brown, Patrick Rada
  • Patent number: 9397382
    Abstract: A logarithmic amplifier (LDA) is described that includes an amplifier configured to oscillate a modulated input signal, a feedback establishing a 180 degree phase shift between the amplifier input and the output and maintaining oscillation of the input signal, a parallel resonant circuit connected to the amplifier output causing the amplifier to resonate at or around a center frequency, and a controller connected to the amplifier input cyclically terminating oscillation of the input signal each time a pre-determined threshold of current is detected, the controller including a low pass filter configured to generate a second output signal having a repetition frequency. The LDA may be used for AM with or without a PLL and/or a superhetrodyne. The LDA may be implemented as a mixer and used for phase demodulation. The LDA may be used for phase demodulation. The LDA may be used in place of a low noise amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: DOCKON AG
    Inventors: Forrest Brown, Patrick Rada, Alexandre Dupuy
  • Publication number: 20160173050
    Abstract: A logarithmic amplifier (LDA) is described that includes an amplifier configured to oscillate a modulated input signal, a feedback establishing a 180 degree phase shift between the amplifier input and the output and maintaining oscillation of the input signal, a parallel resonant circuit connected to the amplifier output causing the amplifier to resonate at or around a center frequency, and a controller connected to the amplifier input cyclically terminating oscillation of the input signal each time a pre-determined threshold of current is detected, the controller including a low pass filter configured to generate a second output signal having a repetition frequency. The LDA may be used for AM with or without a PLL and/or a superhetrodyne. The LDA may be implemented as a mixer and used for phase demodulation. The LDA may be used for phase demodulation. The LDA may be used in place of a low noise amplifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Forrest Brown, Patrick Rada, Alexandre Dupuy
  • Patent number: 9356561
    Abstract: A logarithmic amplifier (LDA) is described that includes an amplifier configured to oscillate a modulated input signal, a feedback establishing a 180 degree phase shift between the amplifier input and the output and maintaining oscillation of the input signal, a parallel resonant circuit connected to the amplifier output causing the amplifier to resonate at or around a center frequency, and a controller connected to the amplifier input cyclically terminating oscillation of the input signal each time a pre-determined threshold of current is detected, the controller including a low pass filter configured to generate a second output signal having a repetition frequency. The LDA may be used for AM with or without a PLL and/or a superheterodyne. The LDA may be implemented as a mixer and used for phase demodulation. The LDA may be used for phase demodulation. The LDA may be used in place of a low noise amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: DOCKON AG
    Inventors: Forrest Brown, Patrick Rada, Alexandre Dupuy
  • Patent number: 9316714
    Abstract: A test station for wireless devices and methods for calibration thereof. The test station includes a signal generator, a calibrator, a scanner having receiving and transmitting antennas, a signal analyzer, and a computer. Under the direction of the computer, the signal generator generates a calibration signal in accordance with a programmable calibration signal script. The calibrator may be used to emulate either a wireless device in transmit mode by transmitting the calibration signal to the scanner for analysis by the signal analyzer, or a wireless device in receive mode by receiving the calibration signal from the scanner for analysis by the signal analyzer. The behavior of the test station is calibrated by correlating signal parameters of the calibration signal as specified by the calibration signal script and as measured at the signal analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: EMSCAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick Rada, Ruska Patton
  • Patent number: 9263787
    Abstract: An N-way radio frequency (RF) divider/combiner is formed as a combination including an input port electrically coupled to a first 2-way divider/combiner and a second 2-way divider/combiner. An antenna may be coupled to at least one port of the N-way divider. The antenna may be formed as a compound printed loop (CPL) antenna. The N-way RF divider/combiner may be configured to provide N inputs and M output ports, wherein N and M are integers and any of the M output ports and N input ports can be connected to any combinations of devices. Such devices may include, e.g., an antenna including but not limited to a CPL antenna, RF receive port, transmit port, amplifier, RF switch, low noise amplifier (LNA), oscillator, tuning circuit, matching circuit, lumped element circuit, active circuit, diode, adjustable inductive circuit, and adjustable capacitive circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: DOCKON AG
    Inventors: Alexandre Dupuy, Forrest Brown, Patrick Rada
  • Patent number: 9236892
    Abstract: Logarithmic Detector Amplifiers (LDAs), multiple antennas, active antennas, and multiple active antennas and receivers are provided in a variety of configurations that are synchronized to reduce or eliminate interference so at to provide, a greater range and bandwidth between wireless routers and their clients in WLAN and WAN environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: DOCKON AG
    Inventors: Alexandre Dupuy, Patrick Rada, Forrest Brown
  • Publication number: 20150295543
    Abstract: A logarithmic amplifier (LDA) is described that includes an amplifier configured to oscillate a modulated input signal, a feedback establishing a 180 degree phase shift between the amplifier input and the output and maintaining oscillation of the input signal, a parallel resonant circuit connected to the amplifier output causing the amplifier to resonate at or around a center frequency, and a controller connected to the amplifier input cyclically terminating oscillation of the input signal each time a pre-determined threshold of current is detected, the controller including a low pass filter configured to generate a second output signal having a repetition frequency. The LDA may be used for AM with or without a PLL and/or a superheterodyne. The LDA may be implemented as a mixer and used for phase demodulation. The LDA may be used for phase demodulation. The LDA may be used in place of a low noise amplifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Inventors: Forrest Brown, Patrick Rada, Alexandre Dupuy
  • Publication number: 20150207534
    Abstract: A method is provided for communicating signals at a low power level in an electromagnetic interference (EMI) environment. A first device transmits a modulated signal having a first carrier frequency, including the encoded information via a hardwire transmission medium. In one aspect, the power level of the modulated signal can be adjusted to minimize power consumption or reduce the generation of EMI. The modulated signal may be in one of the following formats: frequency modulation (FM) or phase modulation (PM) to name a few examples. A second device including a logarithmic detector amplifier (LDA) demodulator circuit receives the signal, which may be mixed with EMI. The LDA demodulator circuit amplifies the modulated signal, without amplifying the EMI, to supply a demodulated baseband signal, which may be an n-ary digital signal, or an audio signal. A low-power, noise insensitive communication channel is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Publication date: July 23, 2015
    Inventors: Patrick Rada, Forrest Brown
  • Patent number: 9077435
    Abstract: A method is provided for communicating signals at a low power level in an electromagnetic interference (EMI) environment. A first device transmits a modulated signal having a first carrier frequency, including the encoded information via a hardwire transmission medium. In one aspect, the power level of the modulated signal can be adjusted to minimize power consumption or reduce the generation of EMI. The modulated signal may be in one of the following formats: frequency modulation (FM) or phase modulation (PM) to name a few examples. A second device including a logarithmic detector amplifier (LDA) demodulator circuit receives the signal, which may be mixed with EMI. The LDA demodulator circuit amplifies the modulated signal, without amplifying the EMI, to supply a demodulated baseband signal, which may be an n-ary digital signal, or an audio signal. A low-power, noise insensitive communication channel is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Dockon AG
    Inventors: Patrick Rada, Forrest Brown
  • Patent number: 9048943
    Abstract: A method is provided for communicating signals at a low power level in an electromagnetic interference (EMI) environment. A first device transmits a modulated signal having a first carrier frequency, including the encoded information via a hardwire transmission medium. In one aspect, the power level of the modulated signal can be adjusted to minimize power consumption or reduce the generation of EMI. The modulated signal may be in one of the following formats: frequency modulation (FM) or phase modulation (PM) to name a few examples. A second device including a logarithmic detector amplifier (LDA) demodulator circuit receives the signal, which may be mixed with EMI. The LDA demodulator circuit amplifies the modulated signal, without amplifying the EMI, to supply a demodulated baseband signal, which may be an n-ary digital signal, or an audio signal. A low-power, noise insensitive communication channel is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: DockOn AG
    Inventors: Patrick Rada, Forrest Brown
  • Patent number: 9020769
    Abstract: Devices and methods for identifying an electrical device, and its state, in a network of electrical devices are disclosed. An energy monitoring device is programmed to identify an electrical device coupled to a power supply, and a state of the electrical device, from a change in successive measurements of the power supply. Algorithms for determining a load signature for an electrical device and its state are disclosed. A stored table of load signatures for states is used to identify devices, and states. Energy monitoring information is collected and presented to the user on a display, a remote display, or is transmitted over a network to a remote device such as a personal computer, personal digital assistant, an iPhone®, a cell phone, voice mail, email, or text message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Geneva CleanTech Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Rada, John H. Magnasco
  • Patent number: 8957830
    Abstract: A circuit board panel includes a plurality of circuit boards (PCB). One or more antenna boards (615) are formed in spare areas about the plurality of circuit boards (PCB). Antenna boards may also be coupled to circuitry on the circuit boards in a detachable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Services GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick Rada, Vaneet Pathak, Gregory Poilasne
  • Publication number: 20140287704
    Abstract: Logarithmic Detector Amplifiers (LDAs), multiple antennas, active antennas, and multiple active antennas and receivers are provided in a variety of configurations that are synchronized to reduce or eliminate interference so at to provide, a greater range and bandwidth between wireless routers and their clients in WLAN and WAN environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Alexandre Dupuy, Patrick Rada, Forrest Brown
  • Publication number: 20140269860
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving data communication over less than perfect power lines or transmission lines are described. The systems and methods allow for pushing out electrically any null within a frequency range of interest and/or for lossless transmission by providing impedance matching between communication devices and the transmission line. This is achieved by implementing line equalizing modules within the transceivers, at the transmitter side and/or the receiver side, or by plugging, as a stand-alone module, into an electrical outlet within a building. The line equalizing module includes multiple inductor-capacitor cells coupled in cascade where multiple switches allow for selective and concurrent connection between the inductor-capacitor cells. In another embodiment, the line equalizing module includes variable inductor-capacitor cells. The line equalizing module provides a variable propagation delay that allows for stretching electrically the transmission line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Dockon AG
    Inventors: Forrest Brown, Alexandre Dupuy, Patrick Rada
  • Publication number: 20140266420
    Abstract: A logarithmic amplifier (LDA) is described that includes an amplifier configured to oscillate a modulated input signal, a feedback establishing a 180 degree phase shift between the amplifier input and the output and maintaining oscillation of the input signal, a parallel resonant circuit connected to the amplifier output causing the amplifier to resonate at or around a center frequency, and a controller connected to the amplifier input cyclically terminating oscillation of the input signal each time a pre-determined threshold of current is detected, the controller including a low pass filter configured to generate a second output signal having a repetition frequency. The LDA may be used for AM with or without a PLL and/or a superhetrodyne. The LDA may be implemented as a mixer and used for phase demodulation. The LDA may be used for phase demodulation. The LDA may be used in place of a low noise amplifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Forrest Brown, Patrick Rada, Alexandre Dupuy
  • Publication number: 20140269972
    Abstract: A method is provided for communicating signals at a low power level in an electromagnetic interference (EMI) environment. A first device transmits a modulated signal having a first carrier frequency, including the encoded information via a hardwire transmission medium. In one aspect, the power level of the modulated signal can be adjusted to minimize power consumption or reduce the generation of EMI. The modulated signal may be in one of the following formats: frequency modulation (FM) or phase modulation (PM) to name a few examples. A second device including a logarithmic detector amplifier (LDA) demodulator circuit receives the signal, which may be mixed with EMI. The LDA demodulator circuit amplifies the modulated signal, without amplifying the EMI, to supply a demodulated baseband signal, which may be an n-ary digital signal, or an audio signal. A low-power, noise insensitive communication channel is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: DOCKON AG
    Inventors: Patrick Rada, Forrest Brown