Patents by Inventor Per Ekstrand

Per Ekstrand 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).

  • Publication number: 20210151062
    Abstract: A method for decoding an encoded audio bitstream is disclosed. The method includes receiving the encoded audio bitstream and decoding the audio data to generate a decoded lowband audio signal. The method further includes extracting high frequency reconstruction metadata and filtering the decoded lowband audio signal with an analysis filterbank to generate a filtered lowband audio signal. The method also includes extracting a flag indicating whether either spectral translation or harmonic transposition is to be performed on the audio data and regenerating a highband portion of the audio signal using the filtered lowband audio signal and the high frequency reconstruction metadata in accordance with the flag. The high frequency regeneration is performed as a post-processing operation with a delay of 3010 samples per audio channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer KJOERLING, Lars VILLEMOES, Heiko PURNHAGEN, Per EKSTRAND
  • Publication number: 20210142813
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an audio processing unit that includes a bitstream payload deformatter and a decoding subsystem. The decoding subsystem is coupled to the bitstream payload deformatter and configured to decode at least a portion of a block of an encoded audio bitstream. The block includes a fill element with an identifier indicating a start of the fill element and fill data after the identifier. The fill data includes at least one flag identifying whether a base form of spectral band replication or an enhanced form of spectral band replication is to be performed on audio content of the block. The identifier is a three bit unsigned integer transmitted most significant bit first and having a value of 0x6.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2021
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand
  • Publication number: 20210104252
    Abstract: A method for decoding an encoded audio bitstream is disclosed. The method includes receiving the encoded audio bitstream and decoding the audio data to generate a decoded lowband audio signal. The method further includes extracting high frequency reconstruction metadata and filtering the decoded lowband audio signal with an analysis filterbank to generate a filtered lowband audio signal. The method also includes extracting a flag indicating whether either spectral translation or harmonic transposition is to be performed on the audio data and regenerating a highband portion of the audio signal using the filtered lowband audio signal and the high frequency reconstruction metadata in accordance with the flag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand
  • Publication number: 20210082451
    Abstract: A method for decoding an encoded audio bitstream is disclosed. The method includes receiving the encoded audio bitstream and decoding the audio data to generate a decoded lowband audio signal. The method further includes extracting high frequency reconstruction metadata and filtering the decoded lowband audio signal with an analysis filterbank to generate a filtered lowband audio signal. The method also includes extracting a flag indicating whether either spectral translation or harmonic transposition is to be performed on the audio data and regenerating a highband portion of the audio signal using the filtered lowband audio signal and the high frequency reconstruction metadata in accordance with the flag. The high frequency regeneration is performed as a post-processing operation with a delay of 3010 samples per audio channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Kristofer KJOERLING, Lars VILLEMOES, Heiko PURNHAGEN, Per EKSTRAND
  • Patent number: 10947594
    Abstract: The present invention relates to coding of audio signals, and in particular to high frequency reconstruction methods including a frequency domain harmonic transposer. A system and method for generating a high frequency component of a signal from a low frequency component of the signal is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Per Ekstrand
  • Patent number: 10943595
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an audio processing unit that includes a bitstream payload deformatter and a decoding subsystem. The decoding subsystem is coupled to the bitstream payload deformatter and configured to decode at least a portion of a block of an encoded audio bitstream. The block includes a fill element with an identifier indicating a start of the fill element and fill data after the identifier. The fill data includes at least one flag identifying whether a base form of spectral band replication or an enhanced form of spectral band replication is to be performed on audio content of the block. The identifier is a three bit unsigned integer transmitted most significant bit first and having a value of 0x6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand
  • Publication number: 20200411024
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an audio processing unit that includes a buffer, bitstream payload deformatter, and a decoding subsystem. The buffer stores at least one block of an encoded audio bitstream. The block includes a fill element that begins with an identifier followed by fill data. The fill data includes at least one flag identifying whether enhanced spectral band replication (eSBR) processing is to be performed on audio content of the block. A corresponding method for decoding an encoded audio bitstream is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand
  • Publication number: 20200411019
    Abstract: A method for decoding an encoded audio bitstream is disclosed. The method includes receiving the encoded audio bitstream and decoding the audio data to generate a decoded lowband audio signal. The method further includes extracting high frequency reconstruction metadata and filtering the decoded lowband audio signal with an analysis filterbank to generate a filtered lowband audio signal. The method also includes extracting a flag indicating whether either spectral translation or harmonic transposition is to be performed on the audio data and regenerating a highband portion of the audio signal using the filtered lowband audio signal and the high frequency reconstruction metadata in accordance with the flag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Kristofer KJOERLING, Lars VILLEMOES, Heiko PURNHAGEN, Per EKSTRAND
  • Publication number: 20200389815
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods, devices and computer program products for non-uniform quantization of parameters. The disclosure further relates to a method and apparatus for reconstructing an audio object in an audio decoding system taking the non-uniformly quantized parameters into account. According to the disclosure, such an approach renders it possible to reduce bit consumption without substantially reducing the quality of the reconstructed audio object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Applicant: DOLBY INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Heiko PURNHAGEN, Per EKSTRAND
  • Publication number: 20200388294
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new method and apparatus for improvement of High Frequency Reconstruction (HFR) techniques using frequency translation or folding or a combination thereof. The proposed invention is applicable to audio source coding systems, and offers significantly reduced computational complexity. This is accomplished by means of frequency translation or folding in the subband domain, preferably integrated with spectral envelope adjustment in the same domain. The concept of dissonance guard-band filtering is further presented. The proposed invention offers a low-complexity, intermediate quality HFR method useful in speech and natural audio coding applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars G. LILJERYD, Per EKSTRAND, Fredrik HENN, Kristofer KJOERLING
  • Publication number: 20200349911
    Abstract: The present document relates to audio coding systems which make use of a harmonic transposition method for high frequency reconstruction (HFR), and to digital effect processors, e.g. so-called exciters, where generation of harmonic distortion adds brightness to the processed signal. In particular, a system configured to generate a high frequency component of a signal from a low frequency component of the signal is described. The system may comprise an analysis filter bank (501) configured to provide a set of analysis subband signals from the low frequency component of the signal; wherein the set of analysis subband signals comprises at least two analysis subband signals; wherein the analysis filter bank (501) has a frequency resolution of ?f.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Per EKSTRAND, Lars VILLEMOES, Per HEDELIN
  • Patent number: 10818306
    Abstract: A method for decoding an encoded audio bitstream is disclosed. The method includes receiving the encoded audio bitstream and decoding the audio data to generate a decoded lowband audio signal. The method further includes extracting high frequency reconstruction metadata and filtering the decoded lowband audio signal with an analysis filterbank to generate a filtered lowband audio signal. The method also includes extracting a flag indicating whether either spectral translation or harmonic transposition is to be performed on the audio data and regenerating a highband portion of the audio signal using the filtered lowband audio signal and the high frequency reconstruction metadata in accordance with the flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand
  • Publication number: 20200294516
    Abstract: The present invention relates to transposing signals in time and/or frequency and in particular to coding of audio signals. More particular, the present invention relates to high frequency reconstruction (HFR) methods including a frequency domain harmonic transposer. A method and system for generating a transposed output signal from an input signal using a transposition factor T is described. The system comprises an analysis window of length La, extracting a frame of the input signal, and an analysis transformation unit of order M transforming the samples into M complex coefficients. M is a function of the transposition factor T. The system further comprises a nonlinear processing unit altering the phase of the complex coefficients by using the transposition factor T, a synthesis transformation unit of order M transforming the altered coefficients into M altered samples, and a synthesis window of length Ls, generating a frame of the output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Per EKSTRAND, Lars VILLEMOES
  • Patent number: 10770079
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing an input audio signal relies on a cascade of filterbanks, the cascade having a synthesis filterbank for synthesizing an audio intermediate signal from the input audio signal, the input audio signal being represented by a plurality of first subband signals generated by an analysis filterbank, wherein a number of filterbank channels of the synthesis filterbank is smaller than a number of channels of the analysis filterbank. The apparatus furthermore has a further analysis filterbank for generating a plurality of second subband signals from the audio intermediate signal, wherein the further analysis filterbank has a number of channels being different from the number of channels of the synthesis filterbank, so that a sampling rate of a subband signal of the plurality of second subband signals is different from a sampling rate of a first subband signal of the plurality of first subband signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: Franhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Per Ekstrand, Sascha Disch, Frederik Nagel, Stephan Wilde
  • Patent number: 10770082
    Abstract: There is provided an audio decoder and a method therein for transforming a digital audio signal from a first frequency domain to a second frequency domain. For each received frame of the digital audio signal, the method identifies an upper limit of the frequency range, and if the upper limit of the frequency range is below the Nyquist frequency of said frame of the digital audio signal by more than a threshold amount, the Nyquist frequency of said frame of the digital audio signal is lowered from its original value to a reduced value by removing spectral bands of said frame of the digital audio signal above the identified upper limit of the frequency range. Thereafter said frame of the digital audio signal is transformed from the first frequency domain to the second frequency domain via an intermediate time domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Per Ekstrand, Robin Thesing, Lars Villemoes
  • Publication number: 20200279571
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing an input audio signal relies on a cascade of filterbanks, the cascade having a synthesis filterbank for synthesizing an audio intermediate signal from the input audio signal, the input audio signal being represented by a plurality of first subband signals generated by an analysis filterbank, wherein a number of filterbank channels of the synthesis filterbank is smaller than a number of channels of the analysis filterbank. The apparatus furthermore has a further analysis filterbank for generating a plurality of second subband signals from the audio intermediate signal, wherein the further analysis filterbank has a number of channels being different from the number of channels of the synthesis filterbank, so that a sampling rate of a subband signal of the plurality of second subband signals is different from a sampling rate of a first subband signal of the plurality of first subband signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Lars VILLEMOES, Per EKSTRAND, Sascha DISCH, Frederik NAGEL, Stephan WILDE
  • Publication number: 20200270696
    Abstract: The present invention relates to coding of audio signals, and in particular to high frequency reconstruction methods including a frequency domain harmonic transposer. A system and method for generating a high frequency component of a signal from a low frequency component of the signal is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars VILLEMOES, Per EKSTRAND
  • Patent number: 10734010
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an audio processing unit that includes a buffer, bitstream payload deformatter, and a decoding subsystem. The buffer stores at least one block of an encoded audio bitstream. The block includes a fill element that begins with an identifier followed by fill data. The fill data includes at least one flag identifying whether enhanced spectral band replication (eSBR) processing is to be performed on audio content of the block. A corresponding method for decoding an encoded audio bitstream is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars Villemoes, Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand
  • Patent number: 10699724
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new method and apparatus for improvement of High Frequency Reconstruction (HFR) techniques using frequency translation or folding or a combination thereof. The proposed invention is applicable to audio source coding systems, and offers significantly reduced computational complexity. This is accomplished by means of frequency translation or folding in the subband domain, preferably integrated with spectral envelope adjustment in the same domain. The concept of dissonance guard-band filtering is further presented. The proposed invention offers a low-complexity, intermediate quality HFR method useful in speech and natural audio coding applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Lars G. Liljeryd, Per Ekstrand, Fredrik Henn, Kristofer Kjoerling
  • Patent number: 10694424
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods, devices and computer program products for non-uniform quantization of parameters. The disclosure further relates to a method and apparatus for reconstructing an audio object in an audio decoding system taking the non-uniformly quantized parameters into account. According to the disclosure, such an approach renders it possible to reduce bit consumption without substantially reducing the quality of the reconstructed audio object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Heiko Purnhagen, Per Ekstrand