Patents by Inventor Robert C. Dixon

Robert C. Dixon 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: 20190311325
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and implementing an anonymized delivery point processing system are disclosed. Anonymous addresses can be associated with actual physical delivery points. An item having an anonymous address thereon can be sorted and/or routed on item processing equipment based on the associated actual physical delivery point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Gary C. Reblin, Robert E. Dixon, JR., Naomi Miller
  • Publication number: 20190169833
    Abstract: A method and apparatus according to which a blast resistant shelter is assembled. The blast resistant shelter includes first and second structural members, a third structural member coupled to the first and second structural members, a first airway adjacent the third structural member, and a first blast panel pivotably mounted to the third structural member and adapted to pivot thereabout in response to a blast wave. In a first configuration, the first blast panel is detachably connected to a first portion of the blast resistant shelter and prevented from pivoting about the third structural member so that the first blast panel obstructs air flow through the first airway. In a second configuration, in response to the blast wave, the first blast panel is detached from the first portion of the blast resistant shelter and permitted to pivot about the third structural member to permit air flow through the first airway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventor: Robert C. Dixon
  • Patent number: 10260229
    Abstract: A method and apparatus according to which a blast resistant shelter is assembled. The blast resistant shelter includes first and second structural members, a third structural member coupled to the first and second structural members, a first airway adjacent the third structural member, and a first blast panel pivotably mounted to the third structural member and adapted to pivot thereabout in response to a blast wave. In a first configuration, the first blast panel is detachably connected to a first portion of the blast resistant shelter and prevented from pivoting about the third structural member so that the first blast panel obstructs air flow through the first airway. In a second configuration, in response to the blast wave, the first blast panel is detached from the first portion of the blast resistant shelter and permitted to pivot about the third structural member to permit air flow through the first airway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Southern Comfort Shelters, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Dixon
  • Publication number: 20180298602
    Abstract: A method and apparatus according to which a blast resistant shelter is assembled. The blast resistant shelter includes first and second structural members, a third structural member coupled to the first and second structural members, a first airway adjacent the third structural member, and a first blast panel pivotably mounted to the third structural member and adapted to pivot thereabout in response to a blast wave. In a first configuration, the first blast panel is detachably connected to a first portion of the blast resistant shelter and prevented from pivoting about the third structural member so that the first blast panel obstructs air flow through the first airway. In a second configuration, in response to the blast wave, the first blast panel is detached from the first portion of the blast resistant shelter and permitted to pivot about the third structural member to permit air flow through the first airway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventor: Robert C. Dixon
  • Patent number: 9582442
    Abstract: A request to send a message from a first component, located on a first processor, to a second component, located on a second processor, is received. It is determined that the second processor can be communicated with via a first bidirectional communication path. It is determined that bandwidth is available on the first bidirectional communication path. It is determined that bandwidth is available on a second bidirectional communication path. In response to a determination that bandwidth is available on the second bidirectional communication path, a data path is created between the first component and the second bidirectional communication path and the request to send the message to the second component is granted. In response to a determination that bandwidth is not available on the first bidirectional communication path or on the second bidirectional communication path, the grant of the request to send the message to the second component is delayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Lonny J. Lambrecht, Charles F. Marino, Jeffrey A. Stuecheli
  • Patent number: 9569394
    Abstract: A request to send a first message from a first component to a second component is received at an arbiter. The first component is located in a first time zone and the second component is located in a second time zone. The arbiter determines that the second component is located in the second time zone. It is determined that the second time zone can be communicated with via one or more communications channels in a first direction. It is determined whether bandwidth is available on the one or more communications channels in the first direction. If bandwidth is available on the one or more communications channels in the first direction, a data path between the first component and the one or more communications channels in the first direction is created and the request is granted. Otherwise, the grant of the request is delayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Lonny J. Lambrecht, Charles F. Marino, Jeffrey A. Stuecheli
  • Patent number: 9563594
    Abstract: A request to send a first message from a first component to a second component is received at an arbiter. The first component is located in a first time zone and the second component is located in a second time zone. The arbiter determines that the second component is located in the second time zone. It is determined that the second time zone can be communicated with via one or more communications channels in a first direction. It is determined whether bandwidth is available on the one or more communications channels in the first direction. If bandwidth is available on the one or more communications channels in the first direction, a data path between the first component and the one or more communications channels in the first direction is created and the request is granted. Otherwise, the grant of the request is delayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Lonny J. Lambrecht, Charles F. Marino, Jeffrey A. Stuecheli
  • Patent number: 9384157
    Abstract: A request to send a message from a first component, located on a first processor, to a second component, located on a second processor, is received. It is determined that the second processor can be communicated with via a first bidirectional communication path. It is determined that bandwidth is available on the first bidirectional communication path. It is determined that bandwidth is available on a second bidirectional communication path. In response to a determination that bandwidth is available on the second bidirectional communication path, a data path is created between the first component and the second bidirectional communication path and the request to send the message to the second component is granted. In response to a determination that bandwidth is not available on the first bidirectional communication path or on the second bidirectional communication path, the grant of the request to send the message to the second component is delayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Lonny J. Lambrecht, Charles F. Marino, Jeffrey A. Stuecheli
  • Publication number: 20150347333
    Abstract: A request to send a message from a first component, located on a first processor, to a second component, located on a second processor, is received. It is determined that the second processor can be communicated with via a first bidirectional communication path. It is determined that bandwidth is available on the first bidirectional communication path. It is determined that bandwidth is available on a second bidirectional communication path. In response to a determination that bandwidth is available on the second bidirectional communication path, a data path is created between the first component and the second bidirectional communication path and the request to send the message to the second component is granted. In response to a determination that bandwidth is not available on the first bidirectional communication path or on the second bidirectional communication path, the grant of the request to send the message to the second component is delayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Lonny J. Lambrecht, Charles F. Marino, Jeffrey A. Stuecheli
  • Publication number: 20150347340
    Abstract: A request to send a message from a first component, located on a first processor, to a second component, located on a second processor, is received. It is determined that the second processor can be communicated with via a first bidirectional communication path. It is determined that bandwidth is available on the first bidirectional communication path. It is determined that bandwidth is available on a second bidirectional communication path. In response to a determination that bandwidth is available on the second bidirectional communication path, a data path is created between the first component and the second bidirectional communication path and the request to send the message to the second component is granted. In response to a determination that bandwidth is not available on the first bidirectional communication path or on the second bidirectional communication path, the grant of the request to send the message to the second component is delayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Lonny J. Lambrecht, Charles F. Marino, Jeffrey A. Stuecheli
  • Publication number: 20150347334
    Abstract: A request to send a first message from a first component to a second component is received at an arbiter. The first component is located in a first time zone and the second component is located in a second time zone. The arbiter determines that the second component is located in the second time zone. It is determined that the second time zone can be communicated with via one or more communications channels in a first direction. It is determined whether bandwidth is available on the one or more communications channels in the first direction. If bandwidth is available on the one or more communications channels in the first direction, a data path between the first component and the one or more communications channels in the first direction is created and the request is granted. Otherwise, the grant of the request is delayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Lonny J. Lambrecht, Charles F. Marino, Jeffrey A. Stuecheli
  • Publication number: 20150347343
    Abstract: A request to send a first message from a first component to a second component is received at an arbiter. The first component is located in a first time zone and the second component is located in a second time zone. The arbiter determines that the second component is located in the second time zone. It is determined that the second time zone can be communicated with via one or more communications channels in a first direction. It is determined whether bandwidth is available on the one or more communications channels in the first direction. If bandwidth is available on the one or more communications channels in the first direction, a data path between the first component and the one or more communications channels in the first direction is created and the request is granted. Otherwise, the grant of the request is delayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Lonny J. Lambrecht, Charles F. Marino, Jeffrey A. Stuecheli
  • Patent number: 7961559
    Abstract: A circuit and method for measuring duty cycle uncertainty in an on-chip global clock. A global clock is provided to a delay line at a local clock buffer. Delay line taps (inverter outputs) are inputs to a register that is clocked by the local clock buffer. The register captures clock edges, which are filtered to identify a single location for each edge. Imbalance in space between the edges indicated imbalance in duty cycle. Up/down signals are generated from any imbalance and passed to a phase locked loop to adjust the balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Robert L. Franch, Phillip J. Restle
  • Patent number: 7915884
    Abstract: Electronic component validation testing is facilitated by a method, system and program product which allows the importation of virtual signals derived from simulation verification testing of the electronic component design into electronic test equipment employed during validation testing of the actual electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Parag Birmiwal, Robert C. Dixon, Hien M. Le, Kirk E. Morrow
  • Patent number: 7742357
    Abstract: Securing an integrated circuit, including fabricating the integrated circuit to include a multiplicity of unblown efuses, at least one surrogate efuse that emulates a blown efuse, non-volatile data representing the blown state of the surrogate efuse, and security circuitry; and setting, by the security circuitry when power is first applied to the integrated circuit, a security state of the integrated circuit in dependence upon whether a sensed state of the surrogate efuse is equal to the blown state of the surrogate efuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Kirk E. Morrow, Phil C. F. Paone
  • Publication number: 20100100786
    Abstract: A methodology to perform testing of integrated circuits (IC) wherein a reduced number of Input/Output (IO) pins may used to load testing patterns and capture test results from test structures after an IC has been installed in its intended application is provided. This methodology utilizes a software engine that receives and translates a parallel test pattern into serial data patterns operable to be provided on the reduced number of I/O pins. A serial process loader then loads the serial data patterns to the test structures within the IC. The IC receives the serial patterns and in turn translates them into parallel test patterns in order to apply the test patterns to the appropriate test structures. The results are captured and then translated into a serial format for communication from the IC to a test unit for analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Robert DeVor, Hien M. Le, Sarah Lynn Bird
  • Publication number: 20090295449
    Abstract: A circuit and method for measuring duty cycle uncertainty in an on-chip global clock. A global clock is provided to a delay line at a local clock buffer. Delay line taps (inverter outputs) are inputs to a register that is clocked by the local clock buffer. The register captures clock edges, which are filtered to identify a single location for each edge. Imbalance in space between the edges indicated imbalance in duty cycle. Up/down signals are generated from any imbalance and passed to a phase locked loop to adjust the balance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Robert L. Franch, Phillip J. Restle
  • Patent number: 7562001
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and products are described for creating a behavioral model of a hardware device for use in a simulation environment. The behavioral model is created by an iterative process that includes receiving in a simulated hardware device from a simulated device under test (‘DUT’) a stimulus waveform. The stimulus waveform includes data representing a number of stimuli. In response to receiving the stimulus waveform, the simulated hardware device presents a recorded response waveform from a recorded response file to the DUT. The stimulus waveform is also recorded. The recorded stimulus waveform is presented to the hardware device. A response waveform that results from presenting the recorded stimulus waveform to the hardware device is recorded in the recorded response file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Abraham Arevalo, Robert C. Dixon, Alan G. Singletary
  • Publication number: 20090053278
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include medical devices that are coated with an antimicrobial peptide-based coating. Further embodiments include methods of coating the devices with the antimicrobial peptide-based coating, and treating a subject with the coated medical devices to prevent or relieve bacterial infections in the subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: S. Robert Fatora, Robert C. Dixon
  • Patent number: 7486585
    Abstract: Securing an integrated circuit, including fabricating the integrated circuit so that the integrated circuit includes at least one efuse that is intended to be always blown during operation of the integrated circuit and the integrated circuit includes security circuitry capable of blowing the efuse and of performing other security related functions; blowing, by the security circuitry of the integrated circuit, the efuse when power is applied to the integrated circuit and prior to performing any other security related functions; and setting, by the security circuitry after blowing the efuse, a security state of the integrated circuit in dependence upon a sensed state of the efuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Dixon, Kirk E. Morrow, Phil C. F. Paone