Patents by Inventor Robert Hardacker

Robert Hardacker 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: 20190179588
    Abstract: Alternative display options for vehicle telltales are disclosed. In one aspect, a fault condition in a telltale is detected, and the telltale is presented through a secondary display system in the vehicle, potentially bypassing any local control unit for the secondary display system. For example, a video telltale may be presented on an infotainment display after detection of a fault in the original telltale. By presenting the telltale in an alternate display, the operator remains informed of sensor conditions in the automobile and may take remedial action to fix the fault as well as any conditions which trigger a telltale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hao Chu, Rahul Gulati, Behnam Katibian, Alex Jong, Robert Hardacker, Reza Kakoee
  • Publication number: 20190181982
    Abstract: Systems and method for error detection in automobile tell-tales are provided. An initial cyclic redundancy check (CRC) for a tell-tale to be calculated and stored at a primary control system within the vehicle. When a fault or condition is detected which generates the tell-tale, the primary control system passes video information to a display embedded control unit (ECU) along with the initial CRC. A circuit in the display ECU performs its own CRC calculation and compares the initial CRC to the calculated CRC. If there is not a match, then a fault indication may be provided to the primary control system for action by the primary control system. Still further, back up or fail-operational options may be invoked so that the tell-tale is provided to the operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, Rahul Gulati, Alex Jong
  • Publication number: 20190176627
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a primary power supply (PPS) configured to supply primary power, a PPS sensor configured to measure the power supplied by the PPS and provide a PPS measurement signal indicating an amount of the power supplied by the PPS, a backup power supply (BPS) configured to be provided in an emergency data system and further configured to supply backup power to a modem, and an integrated circuit configured to maintain a clock using the power supplied by the PPS. The integrated circuit is configured to receive the PPS measurement signal from the PPS sensor, determine whether the PPS measurement signal falls below a threshold, and maintain the clock using the power supplied by the BPS in response to a determination that the PPS measurement signal has fallen below the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Robert HARDACKER, Alex JONG, Ralph Akram GHOLMIEH, Ravikumar PALAKODETY
  • Publication number: 20190132555
    Abstract: Methods and systems to broadcast sensor outputs in an automotive environment allow sensors such as cameras to output relatively unprocessed (raw) data to two or more different processing circuits where the processing circuits are located in separate and distinct embedded control units (ECUs). A first one of the two or more different processing circuits processes the raw data for human consumption. A second one of the two or more different processing circuits processes the raw data for machine utilization such as for autonomous driving functions. Such an arrangement allows for greater flexibility in utilization of the data from the sensors without imposing undue latency in the processing stream and without compromising key performance indices for human use and machine use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hao Chu, Rahul Gulati, Robert Hardacker, Alex Jong, Mohammad Reza Kakoee, Behnam Katibian, Anshuman Saxena, Sanjay Vishin, Sanat Kapoor
  • Publication number: 20190114132
    Abstract: Alternative display options for vehicle telltales are disclosed. In one aspect, a fault condition in a telltale is detected, and the telltale is presented through a secondary display system in the vehicle, potentially bypassing any local control unit for the secondary display system. For example, a video telltale may be presented on an infotainment display after detection of a fault in the original telltale. By presenting the telltale in an alternate display, the operator remains informed of sensor conditions in the automobile and may take remedial action to fix the fault as well as any conditions which trigger a telltale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Hao Chu, Rahul Gulati, Robert Hardacker, Alex Jong, Reza Kakoee, Behnam Katibian
  • Publication number: 20190066811
    Abstract: Systems and method for a host-driven data refresh of a Flash memory include registers provided in the Flash memory for storing various settings related to refresh operations, such as, when to start/stop refreshing, target partitions in the memory, target start/end address ranges for refreshing, refresh algorithms, refresh rate requirements, etc. A host can control the various settings for start/stop refreshing, target partitions in the memory, target start/end address ranges for refreshing, refresh algorithms, through the corresponding registers; and the Flash memory can control various values related to refresh rate requirements through corresponding registers. In this manner, a standard platform or interface is provided within the Flash memory for refresh operations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Hyunsuk SHIN, Robert HARDACKER, Hung VUONG
  • Patent number: 10199115
    Abstract: Systems and method for a host-driven data refresh of a Flash memory include registers provided in the Flash memory for storing various settings related to refresh operations, such as, when to start/stop refreshing, target partitions in the memory, target start/end address ranges for refreshing, refresh algorithms, refresh rate requirements, etc. A host can control the various settings for start/stop refreshing, target partitions in the memory, target start/end address ranges for refreshing, refresh algorithms, through the corresponding registers; and the Flash memory can control various values related to refresh rate requirements through corresponding registers. In this manner, a standard platform or interface is provided within the Flash memory for refresh operations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Hyunsuk Shin, Robert Hardacker, Hung Vuong
  • Publication number: 20180260184
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for communicating video data in packed frames are described. The video data corresponds to multiple asymmetrical display devices, and the packed frames are transmitted through a single display port. In one example a method includes receiving video data targeted to multiple display devices, the data for each display being provided as a set of scanlines for display at a first clock rate, inserting padded scanlines into the set of scanlines to obtain a padded set of scanlines that includes the same number of scanlines a second display device, generating a packed frame by combining the padded set of scanlines with the set of scanlines corresponding to the second display device, and transmitting the packed frame over a communication link. The display devices may have different resolutions. The location of each padded scanline in the padded set of scanlines is identified by configuration information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, John C.K. Wong
  • Patent number: 10061644
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for error correction control (ECC) for a memory device comprising a data portion and an ECC portion, the memory device coupled to a system on a chip (SoC). The SoC includes an ECC cache. On receipt of a request to write a line of data to the memory, a determination is made if the data is compressible. If so, the data line is compressed. ECC bits are generated for the compressed or uncompressed data line. A determination is made if an ECC cache line is associated with the received data line. If the data line is compressible, the ECC bits are appended to the compressed data line and the appended data line is stored in the data portion of the memory. Otherwise, the ECC bits are stored in the ECC cache and the data line is stored in the data portion of the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nhon Quach, Mainak Biswas, Pranjal Bhuyan, Jeffrey Shabel, Robert Hardacker, Rahul Gulati, Mattheus Heddes
  • Patent number: 9996612
    Abstract: Herein, a display device, system and method are described for identifying digital content through comparison of one or more audio thumbnails when the digital content is provided without metadata. According to one embodiment, a display device comprises a display, audio conversion logic and a transceiver. The audio conversion logic is adapted to produce one or more audio thumbnails, which are compact representations of a snippet of audio from that incoming digital content without the metadata. The transceiver is adapted to transmit the one or more audio thumbnails in order to (i) retrieve metadata associated with the digital content from an external source separate from a source of the digital content and (ii) display information provided by the metadata on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Robert Hardacker, Christopher Jensen Read
  • Patent number: 9961471
    Abstract: Techniques for personalizing audio levels, in accordance with embodiments of the present technology, provide different audio volumes to different locations in a room allowing for two of more users to enjoy the same audio content at different volumes. Differential level and delay compensation filtering based on a position of each of a plurality of speakers, the location of each user and the preferred relative audio volume of each user are utilized to produce different effective audio levels in localized regions of a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, Steven Richman
  • Publication number: 20170365352
    Abstract: Systems and method for a host-driven data refresh of a Flash memory include registers provided in the Flash memory for storing various settings related to refresh operations, such as, when to start/stop refreshing, target partitions in the memory, target start/end address ranges for refreshing, refresh algorithms, refresh rate requirements, etc. A host can control the various settings for start/stop refreshing, target partitions in the memory, target start/end address ranges for refreshing, refresh algorithms, through the corresponding registers; and the Flash memory can control various values related to refresh rate requirements through corresponding registers. In this manner, a standard platform or interface is provided within the Flash memory for refresh operations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Hyunsuk SHIN, Robert HARDACKER, Hung VUONG
  • Publication number: 20170123897
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for error correction control (ECC) for a memory device comprising a data portion and an ECC portion, the memory device coupled to a system on a chip (SoC). The SoC includes an ECC cache. On receipt of a request to write a line of data to the memory, a determination is made if the data is compressible. If so, the data line is compressed. ECC bits are generated for the compressed or uncompressed data line. A determination is made if an ECC cache line is associated with the received data line. If the data line is compressible, the ECC bits are appended to the compressed data line and the appended data line is stored in the data portion of the memory. Otherwise, the ECC bits are stored in the ECC cache and the data line is stored in the data portion of the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Nhon Quach, Mainak Biswas, Pranjal Bhuyan, Jeffrey Shabel, Robert Hardacker, Rahul Gulati, Mattheus Heddes
  • Patent number: 9430651
    Abstract: An arrangement is provided where a media server temporarily stores a DRM license that is associated with downloaded media content prior to copying the DRM license to a physical archival medium such as an optical disc. When the media server confirms that the DRM license is successfully copied to the physical archival medium, it destroys the temporarily stored DRM license.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Read, Robert Hardacker
  • Patent number: 9338412
    Abstract: A digital data signal, such as a digital video signal, is intentionally pre-distorted before being sent over a network. In one embodiment, this pre-distortion may be performed in accordance with a pre-distortion pattern or algorithm which is shared with only intended receivers. The pre-distortion pattern may be used to vary the pre-distortion on a periodic basis, as frequently as on a symbol-by-symbol basis. The pre-distortion function may include distorting the phase and/or the amplitude of the digital signal's modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, Kenichi Kawasaki
  • Publication number: 20150086021
    Abstract: Techniques for personalizing audio levels, in accordance with embodiments of the present technology, provide different audio volumes to different locations in a room allowing for two of more users to enjoy the same audio content at different volumes. Differential level and delay compensation filtering based on a position of each of a plurality of speakers, the location of each user and the preferred relative audio volume of each user are utilized to produce different effective audio levels in localized regions of a room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, Steven Richman
  • Publication number: 20150026745
    Abstract: A system and method for effectively performing a remote control configuration procedure includes a settop box that receives electronic programming from a program source and a television that is configured to reproduce the electronic programming. A remote control device controls various functionalities of the television over an RC-TV communications link. The remote control configuration procedure is coordinated by the television and a configuration server to allow the remote control device to also control various functionalities of the settop box over an RC-STB communication link. The television and the configuration server support a user-friendly interactive procedure to automatically determine and provide certain settop-box control information for adding appropriate settop-box control functions to the remote control device during the remote control configuration procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, Steven Richman
  • Patent number: 8896764
    Abstract: A system and method for effectively performing a remote control configuration procedure includes a settop box that receives electronic programming from a program source and a television that is configured to reproduce the electronic programming. A remote control device controls various functionalities of the television over an RC-TV communications link. The remote control configuration procedure is coordinated by the television and a configuration server to allow the remote control device to also control various functionalities of the settop box over an RC-STB communication link. The television and the configuration server support a user-friendly interactive procedure to automatically determine and provide certain settop-box control information for adding appropriate settop-box control functions to the remote control device during the remote control configuration procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, Steven Richman
  • Patent number: 8880113
    Abstract: The return channel in a multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) communication system is used to provide signal information on an individual-channel basis. In one embodiment, in a controlled factory environment, this information may be used to incrementing up or down the variable gain amplifier and/or the power amplifier of a MIMO transmitter and/or receiver so as to generate a default signal power offset to be used during normal operation. Thereafter, such signal information may similarly be provided via the return channel and used to further adjust the transmit parameters to account for location-specific signal conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, James Milne, Robert A. Unger
  • Publication number: 20140314156
    Abstract: A digital data signal, such as a digital video signal, is intentionally pre-distorted before being sent over a network. In one embodiment, this pre-distortion may be performed in accordance with a pre-distortion pattern or algorithm which is shared with only intended receivers. The pre-distortion pattern may be used to vary the pre-distortion on a periodic basis, as frequently as on a symbol-by-symbol basis. The pre-distortion function may include distorting the phase and/or the amplitude of the digital signal's modulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, Kenichi Kawasaki