Patents by Inventor Patrick James Neill

Patrick James Neill 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: 9355483
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for shading primitive fragments. A target buffer may be recast when shaded samples that are covered by a primitive fragment are generated at a first shading rate using a first sampling mode, the shaded samples are stored in the target buffer that is associated with the first sampling mode and the first shading rate, a second sampling mode is determined, and the target buffer is associated with the second sampling mode. A sampling mode and/or shading rate may be changed for a primitive. A primitive fragment that is associated with a first sampling mode and a first shading rate is received and a second sampling mode is determined for the primitive fragment. Shaded samples corresponding to the primitive fragment are generated, at a second shading rate, using the second sampling mode and the shaded samples are stored in a target buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Eric B. Lum, Rouslan L. Dimitrov, Ignacio Llamas Ubieto, Patrick James Neill, Yury Uralsky, Albert Meixner
  • Publication number: 20150022537
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for shading primitive fragments. A target buffer may be recast when shaded samples that are covered by a primitive fragment are generated at a first shading rate using a first sampling mode, the shaded samples are stored in the target buffer that is associated with the first sampling mode and the first shading rate, a second sampling mode is determined, and the target buffer is associated with the second sampling mode. A sampling mode and/or shading rate may be changed for a primitive. A primitive fragment that is associated with a first sampling mode and a first shading rate is received and a second sampling mode is determined for the primitive fragment. Shaded samples corresponding to the primitive fragment are generated, at a second shading rate, using the second sampling mode and the shaded samples are stored in a target buffer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Eric B. Lum, Rouslan L. Dimitrov, Ignacio Llamas, Patrick James Neill, Yury Uralsky, Albert Meixner