Patents by Inventor Patrick W. Kinney

Patrick W. Kinney 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: 8509260
    Abstract: A portable data terminal includes at least two communication transceivers having different operating characteristics, one for conducting data communications on a wired subnetwork and one for conducting data communications on a wireless subnetwork. A communication processor converts data received by the communication transceivers to a predetermined format for a base module and converts data in a predetermined format from the base module to a format for transmission by a selected one of the first and second communication transceivers, thereby isolating the base module from differing characteristics of the transceivers. The communication processor is arranged to relay communications received by one transceiver for re-transmission by the other transceiver and to transfer communications from one subnetwork to the other, without activating the base module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Robert C. Meier, Julie Ann Miller
  • Patent number: 7992788
    Abstract: Modular, portable data collection terminals are disclosed for use in mixed wireless and hard-wired RF communication networks, wherein various radio transmitter modules and associated antennas may be selectively added to a base terminal unit to solve networking problems associated with specific types of business environments. Modularity exists in both the hardware (splitting data collection and processing control circuitry from radio transceiver control circuitry) and software (splitting transceiver-specific, lower level communication protocol from generic, higher level communication protocol). The control circuitry, including associated microprocessors devices, interact to selectively activate communication circuits to perform necessary communication or data processing functions and enter and remain in a power-saving dormant state during other times. To support such dormant or “sleeping” states, a series of communication protocols provide for channel access to the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Phillip Miller, Guy J. West, Ronald L. Mahany, Patrick W. Kinney
  • Patent number: 7973728
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to computer devices utilizing removably radio frequency communication devices used for transmitting and receiving information and more particularly to an improved apparatus for connecting an appropriate antenna to the radio frequency communication device using an antenna cap, and to an improved method and apparatus for connecting a communication card device such as a radio or modem to an appropriate antenna or telephone line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 7953444
    Abstract: A radio card, such as a PCMCIA card, received by an electronic device has a first interface coupling radio circuitry within the radio card to the electronic device. The radio card also has a second interface, independent of the first interface, that couples with an antenna disposed within the electronic device upon receipt of the radio card by the electronic device. The second interface may comprise a plurality of antenna contacts located along tracks of the electronic device used to aid reception of the radio card. A second and possibly external antenna may also automatically couple with the second interface upon insertion. By selective placement of the antenna contacts on the radio card, a specific one of the antennas may be selected. Otherwise, internal switching circuitry supports antenna diversity or simultaneous use of a plurality of antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West
  • Publication number: 20110037681
    Abstract: A computer apparatus for receiving a removable communication card such as a radio card or a modem card. A radio or modem is self-contained inside a housing of the communication card and has an electrical interface for communicating information to and from the computer apparatus. The computer apparatus receives the communication card such that it engages the electrical interface. These contacts automatically connect the communication card to an appropriate antenna, telephone or telephone line. A radio communication card is connected to the appropriate antenna for the type and frequency of the radio. A modem card is connected to a standard telephone line, a cellular phone, or an antenna for a cellular phone if the cellular phone is also disposed within the housing of the modem communication card. Additionally, a switching matrix can be used to connect one set of contacts on a radio card or a modem card to one or more of a plurality of antennas and telephone lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 7853254
    Abstract: Modular, portable data collection terminals are disclosed for use in mixed wireless and hard-wired RF communication networks, wherein various radio transmitter modules and associated antennas may be selectively added to a base terminal unit to solve networking problems associated with specific types of business environments. Modularity exists in both the hardware (splitting data collection and processing control circuitry from radio transceiver control circuitry) and software (splitting transceiver-specific, lower level communication protocol from generic, higher level communication protocol). The control circuitry, including associated microprocessors devices, interact to selectively activate communication circuits to perform necessary communication or data processing functions and enter and remain in a power-saving dormant state during other times. To support such dormant or “sleeping” states, a series of communication protocols provide for channel access to the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Phillip Miller, Guy J. West, Ronald L. Mahany, Patrick W. Kinney
  • Publication number: 20100282852
    Abstract: Modular, portable data collection terminals are disclosed for use in mixed wireless and hard-wired RF communication networks, wherein various radio transmitter modules and associated antennas may be selectively added to a base terminal unit to solve networking problems associated with specific types of business environments. Modularity exists in both the hardware (splitting data collection and processing control circuitry from radio transceiver control circuitry) and software (splitting transceiver-specific, lower level communication protocol from generic, higher level communication protocol). The control circuitry, including associated microprocessors devices, interact to selectively activate communication circuits to perform necessary communication or data processing functions and enter and remain in a power-saving dormant state during other times. To support such dormant or “sleeping” states, a series of communication protocols provide for channel access to the communication network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Phillip Miller, Guy J. West, Ronald L. Mahany, Patrick W. Kinney
  • Patent number: 7821464
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to computer devices utilizing removable radio frequency communication devices used for transmitting and receiving information and more particularly to an improved apparatus for connecting an appropriate antenna to the radio frequency communication device using an antenna cap, and to an improved method and apparatus for connecting a communication card device such as a radio or modem to an appropriate antenna or telephone line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 7757956
    Abstract: Modular, portable data collection terminals are disclosed for use in mixed wireless and hard-wired RF communication networks, wherein various radio transmitter modules and associated antennas may be selectively added to a base terminal unit to solve networking problems associated with specific types of business environments. Modularity exists in both the hardware (splitting data collection and processing control circuitry from radio transceiver control circuitry) and software (splitting transceiver specific, lower level communication protocol from generic, higher level communication protocol). The control circuitry, including associated microprocessors devices, interact to selectively activate communication circuits to perform necessary communication or data processing functions and enter and remain in a power-saving dormant state during other times. To support such dormant or “sleeping” states, a series of communication protocols provide for channel access to the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Phillip Miller, Guy J. West, Ronald L. Mahany, Patrick W. Kinney
  • Publication number: 20090167618
    Abstract: A radio card, such as a PCMCIA card, received by an electronic device has a first interface coupling radio circuitry within the radio card to the electronic device. The radio card also has a second interface, independent of the first interface, that couples with an antenna disposed within the electronic device upon receipt of the radio card by the electronic device. The second interface may comprise a plurality of antenna contacts located along tracks of the electronic device used to aid reception of the radio card. A second and possibly external antenna may also automatically couple with the second interface upon insertion. By selective placement of the antenna contacts on the radio card, a specific one of the antennas may be selected. Otherwise, internal switching circuitry supports antenna diversity or simultaneous use of a plurality of antennas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West
  • Publication number: 20090054099
    Abstract: A computer apparatus for receiving a removable communication card such as a radio card or a modem card. A radio or modem is self-contained inside a housing of the communication card and has an electrical interface for communicating information to and from the computer apparatus. The computer apparatus receives the communication card such that it engages the electrical interface. These contacts automatically connect the communication card to an appropriate antenna, telephone or telephone line. A radio communication card is connected to the appropriate antenna for the type and frequency of the radio. A modem card is connected to a standard telephone line, a cellular phone, or an antenna for a cellular phone if the cellular phone is also disposed within the housing of the modem communication card. Additionally, a switching matrix can be used to connect one set of contacts on a radio card or a modem card to one or more of a plurality of antennas and telephone lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 7471253
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to computer devices utilizing removable radio frequency communication devices used for transmitting and receiving information and more particularly to an improved apparatus for connecting an appropriate antenna to the radio frequency communication device using an attenna cap, and to an improved method and apparatus for connecting a communication card device such as radio or modem to an appropriate antenna or telephone line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 7469150
    Abstract: A radio card, such as a PCMCIA card, received by an electronic device has a first interface coupling radio circuitry within the radio card to the electronic device. The radio card also has a second interface, independent of the first interface, that couples with an antenna disposed within the electronic device upon receipt of the radio card by the electronic device. The second interface may comprise a plurality of antenna contacts located along tracks of the electronic device used to aid reception of the radio card. A second and possibly external antenna may also automatically couple with the second interface upon insertion. By selective placement of the antenna contacts on the radio card, a specific one of the antennas may be selected. Otherwise, internal switching circuitry supports antenna diversity or simultaneous use of a plurality of antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West
  • Publication number: 20080274731
    Abstract: Modular, portable data collection terminals are disclosed for use in mixed wireless and hard-wired RF communication networks, wherein various radio transmitter modules and associated antennas may be selectively added to a base terminal unit to solve networking problems associated with specific types of business environments. Modularity exists in both the hardware (splitting data collection and processing control circuitry from radio transceiver control circuitry) and software (splitting transceiver-specific, lower level communication protocol from generic, higher level communication protocol). The control circuitry, including associated microprocessors devices, interact to selectively activate communication circuits to perform necessary communication or data processing functions and enter and remain in a power-saving dormant state during other times. To support such dormant or “sleeping” states, a series of communication protocols provide for channel access to the communication network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Phillip Miller, Guy J. West, Ronald L. Mahany, Patrick W. Kinney
  • Patent number: 7312759
    Abstract: A computer apparatus for receiving a removable communication card such as a radio card or a modem card. A radio or modem is self-contained inside a housing of the communication card and has an electrical interface for communicating information to and from the computer apparatus. The computer apparatus receives the communication card such that it engages the electrical interface. These contacts automatically connect the communication card to an appropriate antenna, telephone or telephone line. A radio communication card is connected to the appropriate antenna for the type and frequency of the radio. A modem card is connected to a standard telephone line, a cellular phone, or an antenna for a cellular phone if the cellular phone is also disposed within the housing of the modem communication card. Additionally, a switching matrix can be used to connect one set of contacts on a radio card or a modem card to one or more of a plurality of antennas and telephone lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 7119750
    Abstract: A computer apparatus for receiving a removable communication card such as a radio card or a modem card. A radio or modem is self-contained inside a housing of the communication card and has an electrical interface for communicating information to and from the computer apparatus. The computer apparatus receives the communication card such that it engages the electrical interface. These contacts automatically connect the communication card to an appropriate antenna, telephone or telephone line. A radio communication card is connected to the appropriate antenna for the type and frequency of the radio. A modem card is connected to a standard telephone line, a cellular phone, or an antenna for a cellular phone if the cellular phone is also disposed within the housing of the modem communication card. Additionally, a switching matrix can be used to connect one set of contacts on a radio card or a modem card to one or more of a plurality of antennas and telephone lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 7080788
    Abstract: Modular, portable data collection terminals are disclosed for use in mixed wireless and hard-wired RF communication networks, wherein various radio transmitter modules and associated antennas may be selectively added to a base terminal unit to solve networking problems associated with specific types of business environments. Modularity exists in both the hardware (splitting data collection and processing control circuitry from radio transceiver control circuitry) and software (splitting transceiver-specific, lower level communication protocol from generic, higher level communication protocol). The control circuitry, including associated microprocessors devices, interact to selectively activate communication circuits to perform necessary communication or data processing functions and enter and remain in a power-saving dormant state during other times. To support such dormant or “sleeping” states, a series of communication protocols provide for channel access to the communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Phillip Miller, Guy J. West, Ronald L. Mahany, Patrick W. Kinney
  • Patent number: 6980161
    Abstract: A card includes in a radio transceiver that communicates in first and second frequency bands. First and second antennas are in the card and are coupled to the radio transceiver. A microprocessor in the card selects one of the first and second antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 6944446
    Abstract: Should a station not require its allocated transmission slot, another station may detect that cessation during a “mini-slot” and start its transmission. For example, to prevent a station from incorrectly perceiving a mini-slot; 1) each station must periodically send a message to the media coordinator to which the coordinator will respond, and any station not hearing the message from the requesting station, but hearing the response from the coordinator must drop out; or 2) the stations could send a request to send (RTS) to the media coordinator, which would send a clear to send (CTS), and only then would the station send its data. All stations in the network system would hear one or the other. The mini-slot would need to be of sufficient duration to have the RTS/CTS exchange. In addition, this last way allows peer to peer connectivity in general (unrelated to whether or not one is using some dynamic TDMA type of service).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Intermec IP Corp.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Kubler, Patrick W. Kinney
  • Patent number: 6928302
    Abstract: A radio card, such as a PCMCIA card, received by an electronic device has a first interface coupling radio circuitry within the radio card to the electronic device. The radio card also has a second interface, independent of the first interface, that couples with an antenna disposed within the electronic device upon receipt of the radio card by the electronic device. The second interface may comprise a plurality of antenna contacts located along tracks of the electronic device used to aid reception of the radio card. A second and possibly external antenna may also automatically couple with the second interface upon insertion. By selective placement of the antenna contacts on the radio card, a specific one of the antennas may be selected. Otherwise, internal switching circuitry supports antenna diversity or simultaneous use of a plurality of antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick W. Kinney, Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West