Patents by Inventor Ronald D. McCallister

Ronald D. McCallister 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: 7869767
    Abstract: A signal processing system according to various aspects of the present invention includes an excursion signal generator, a scaling system and a filter system. The excursion signal generator identifies a peak portion of a signal that exceeds a threshold and generates a corresponding excursion signal. The scaling system applies a real scale factor to contiguous sets of excursion samples in order to optimize peak-reduction performance. The filter system filters the excursion signal to remove unwanted frequency components from the excursion signal. The filtered excursion signal may then be subtracted from a delayed version of the original signal to reduce the peak. The signal processing system may also control power consumption by adjusting the threshold. The signal processing system may additionally adjust the scale of the excursion signal and/or individual channel signals, such as to meet constraints on channel noise and output spectrum, or to optimize peak reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: CrestCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Eric M. Brombaugh
  • Patent number: 7783260
    Abstract: A signal processing system according to various aspects of the present invention includes an excursion signal generator, a scaling system and a filter system. The excursion signal generator identifies a peak portion of a signal that exceeds a threshold and generates a corresponding excursion signal. The scaling system applies a real scale factor to contiguous sets of excursion samples in order to optimize peak-reduction performance. The filter system filters the excursion signal to remove unwanted frequency components from the excursion signal. The filtered excursion signal may then be subtracted from a delayed version of the original signal to reduce the peak. The signal processing system may also control power consumption by adjusting the threshold. The signal processing system may additionally adjust the scale of the excursion signal and/or individual channel signals, such as to meet constraints on channel noise and output spectrum, or to optimize peak reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: CrestCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Eric M. Brombaugh
  • Patent number: 7751786
    Abstract: A signal processing system according to various aspects of the present invention includes an excursion signal generator, a scaling system and a filter system. The excursion signal generator identifies a peak portion of a signal that exceeds a threshold and generates a corresponding excursion signal. The scaling system applies a real scale factor to contiguous sets of excursion samples in order to optimize peak-reduction performance. The filter system filters the excursion signal to remove unwanted frequency components from the excursion signal. The filtered excursion signal may then be subtracted from a delayed version of the original signal to reduce the peak. The signal processing system may also control power consumption by adjusting the threshold. The signal processing system may additionally adjust the scale of the excursion signal and/or individual channel signals, such as to meet constraints on channel noise and output spectrum, or to optimize peak reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: CrestCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Eric M. Brombaugh
  • Patent number: 7747224
    Abstract: A signal processing system according to various aspects of the present invention includes an excursion signal generator, a scaling system and a filter system. The excursion signal generator identifies a peak portion of a signal that exceeds a threshold and generates a corresponding excursion signal. The scaling system applies a real scale factor to contiguous sets of excursion samples in order to optimize peak-reduction performance. The filter system filters the excursion signal to remove unwanted frequency components from the excursion signal. The filtered excursion signal may then be subtracted from a delayed version of the original signal to reduce the peak. The signal processing system may also control power consumption by adjusting the threshold. The signal processing system may additionally adjust the scale of the excursion signal and/or individual channel signals, such as to meet constraints on channel noise and output spectrum, or to optimize peak reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: CrestCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Eric M. Brombaugh
  • Publication number: 20090190464
    Abstract: A signal processing system according to various aspects of the present invention includes an excursion signal generator, a scaling system and a filter system. The excursion signal generator identifies a peak portion of a signal that exceeds a threshold and generates a corresponding excursion signal. The scaling system applies a real scale factor to contiguous sets of excursion samples in order to optimize peak-reduction performance. The filter system filters the excursion signal to remove unwanted frequency components from the excursion signal. The filtered excursion signal may then be subtracted from a delayed version of the original signal to reduce the peak. The signal processing system may also control power consumption by adjusting the threshold. The signal processing system may additionally adjust the scale of the excursion signal and/or individual channel signals, such as to meet constraints on channel noise and output spectrum, or to optimize peak reduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Eric M. Brombaugh
  • Publication number: 20090191907
    Abstract: A signal processing system according to various aspects of the present invention includes an excursion signal generator, a scaling system and a filter system. The excursion signal generator identifies a peak portion of a signal that exceeds a threshold and generates a corresponding excursion signal. The scaling system applies a real scale factor to contiguous sets of excursion samples in order to optimize peak-reduction performance. The filter system filters the excursion signal to remove unwanted frequency components from the excursion signal. The filtered excursion signal may then be subtracted from a delayed version of the original signal to reduce the peak. The signal processing system may also control power consumption by adjusting the threshold. The signal processing system may additionally adjust the scale of the excursion signal and/or individual channel signals, such as to meet constraints on channel noise and output spectrum, or to optimize peak reduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Eric M. Brombaugh
  • Publication number: 20090097581
    Abstract: A signal processing system according to various aspects of the present invention includes an excursion signal generator, a scaling system and a filter system. The excursion signal generator identifies a peak portion of a signal that exceeds a threshold and generates a corresponding excursion signal. The scaling system applies a real scale factor to contiguous sets of excursion samples in order to optimize peak-reduction performance. The filter system filters the excursion signal to remove unwanted frequency components from the excursion signal. The filtered excursion signal may then be subtracted from a delayed version of the original signal to reduce the peak. The signal processing system may also control power consumption by adjusting the threshold. The signal processing system may additionally adjust the scale of the excursion signal and/or individual channel signals, such as to meet constraints on channel noise and output spectrum, or to optimize peak reduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Eric M. Brombaugh
  • Patent number: 7295816
    Abstract: A communication and/or amplifier system according to various aspects of the present invention includes an excursion signal generator and a filter system. The excursion signal generator identifies a peak portion of a signal that exceeds a threshold, such as a magnitude threshold. The filter system filters a corresponding excursion signal having a magnitude and waveform corresponding to the portion exceeding the threshold to remove unwanted frequency components from a delayed version of the excursion signal. The filtered excursion signal may then be subtracted from the original signal to reduce the peak. In one embodiment, the communication and/or amplifier system operates in conjunction with signals having multiple channels and subchannels. The system may include a magnitude adjustment system configured to adjust magnitudes of the excursion signal subchannels according to magnitudes of the first signal subchannels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Crestcom, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald D. McCallister
  • Patent number: 7251463
    Abstract: A communication and/or amplifier system according to various aspects of the present invention includes an excursion signal generator and a filter system. The excursion signal generator identifies a portion of a signal that exceeds a threshold, such as a magnitude threshold. The filter system filters a corresponding excursion signal having a magnitude and waveform corresponding to the portion exceeding the threshold to remove unwanted frequency components from the excursion signal. The filtered excursion signal may then be subtracted from the original signal to reduce the peak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: CrestCom, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald D. McCallister
  • Publication number: 20040266372
    Abstract: A communication and/or amplifier system according to various aspects of the present invention includes an excursion signal generator and a filter system. The excursion signal generator identifies a portion of a signal that exceeds a threshold, such as a magnitude threshold. The filter system filters a corresponding excursion signal having a magnitude and waveform corresponding to the portion exceeding the threshold to remove unwanted frequency components from the excursion signal. The filtered excursion signal may then be subtracted from the original signal to reduce the peak.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald D. McCallister
  • Publication number: 20040266369
    Abstract: A communication and/or amplifier system according to various aspects of the present invention includes an excursion signal generator and a filter system. The excursion signal generator identifies a peak portion of a signal that exceeds a threshold, such as a magnitude threshold. The filter system filters a corresponding excursion signal having a magnitude and waveform corresponding to the portion exceeding the threshold to remove unwanted frequency components from a delayed version of the excursion signal. The filtered excursion signal may then be subtracted from the original signal to reduce the peak. In one embodiment, the communication and/or amplifier system operates in conjunction with signals having multiple channels and subchannels. The system may include a magnitude adjustment system configured to adjust magnitudes of the excursion signal subchannels according to magnitudes of the first signal subchannels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald D. McCallister
  • Patent number: 6735734
    Abstract: A TDM data distribution system (10) includes a hub unit (12) with a multipoint transmitter (24) and any number of subscriber units (14), each of which has a multipoint receiver (28). A forward communication link (16) transmitted by the hub unit (12) exhibits a substantially constant baud and carrier frequency over a number of diverse modulation format (MF) time slots (42). However, the different MF slots (42) convey data using different modulation formats. Modulation order and coding rate may vary for different modulation formats. The multipoint transmitter (24) includes a number of encoding FEC processors (48), wherein each encoding FEC processor (48) is active only for selected ones of the different MF slots (42). When inactive, the internal states of the encoding FEC processors (48) are frozen. Each multipoint receiver (28) includes a decoding FEC processor (108) which is active only for MF slots (42) assigned to the same modulation format for which the decoding FEC processors (108) are programmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventors: John M. Liebetreu, Eric Martin Brombaugh, Bruce A. Cochran, Ronald D. McCallister
  • Patent number: 6507628
    Abstract: A digital communication transmitter (30) implements a phase constellation (40) which defines a digital communication signal stream that is subsequently compressed (50), thereby introducing distortion into a communication signal (56) transmitted to a complementary receiver (30). The receiver (30) includes a magnitude adjuster (80) which increases the magnitude component of selected phase estimates to at least partially compensate for the compression distortion. The receiver also includes a branch metrics generator (90) having a segment (138) in which branch metric transfer function peaks and valleys are not positioned in receiver phase space to coincide with ideal phase points. The branch metric transfer functions are generated in accordance with a process (102) which bases branch metric calculations upon empirically determined probabilities that characterize system-induced distortions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: SICOM, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Bruce A. Cochran
  • Patent number: 6452948
    Abstract: A time division multiple access digital communications system (12) is provided. The system (12) has a base station (14) configured to generate a receive baud clock (86) and has a receiver (18) and a transmitter (20). The system also has a subscriber unit (16) configured to generate a transmit baud clock (50), and has a transmitter (28) and a receiver (26). The subscriber unit transmitter (28) is configured to transmit a reverse channel signal (54) that incorporates the transmit baud clock (50) as a component thereof. The base station receiver (18) is configured to receive the reverse channel signal (54) from the subscriber unit (16) and produce a phase-error signal (&mgr;′) in response to a phase difference between the transmit baud clock (50) and the receive baud clock (86). The base station transmitter (20) is configured to transmit the phase-error signal (&mgr;′) to the subscriber unit receiver (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Sicom, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Bruce A. Cochran, Eric M. Brombaugh
  • Patent number: 6392500
    Abstract: A digital communications system (10) employs a rotationally invariant phase point constellation (80, 80′, 80″) in a modulator (12) thereof and a corresponding carrier phase acquisition phase locked loop (56, 66, 74, 76, 78) in a demodulator (14) thereof. The phase point constellation (80) is rotationally invariant and the demodulator (14) is able to achieve carrier phase synchronization due at least in part to the inclusion of phase point voids (94) positioned in the phase point constellation (80, 80′, 80″). Pragmatic encoding is employed with differential encoding (28, 64) only on non-convolutionally encoded bits. The phase point constellation (80, 80′, 80″) provides identical codes for convolutionally encoded bits (30) of phase points (84) having equal magnitude that are rotated 90°, 180° and 270° degrees from one another. Specific constellations of 256, 64 and 16 points are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Sicom, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Bruce A. Cochran, Bradley Paul Badke
  • Patent number: 6366619
    Abstract: A constrained-envelope digital-communications transmitter circuit (22) includes a binary data source (32) that provides an input signal stream (34) to a modulator (77,77′). The modulator (77,77′) includes a pulse-spreading filter (76) that filters a phase-point signal stream (50) or a composite signal stream (168) into a modulated signal (74). A constrained-envelope generator (106) generates a constrained-bandwidth error signal stream (108) from the modulated signal (74), and a delay element (138) delays the modulated signal (74) into a delayed modulated signal (140) synchronized with the constrained-bandwidth error signal stream (108). A complex summing circuit (110) sums the delayed modulated signal (140) and the constrained-bandwidth error signal stream (108) into an altered modulated signal (112), and a substantially linear amplifier (146) amplifies the altered modulated signal (112) and transmits it as a radio-frequency broadcast signal (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Sicom, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Bruce A. Cochran, Bradley P. Badke
  • Patent number: 6362701
    Abstract: An IC modulation processor (28) may be configured to operate in a single chip mode to accommodate baud rates up to a maximum clock rate for the processor (28) and in a dual chip mode to accommodate baud rates in excess of the maximum clock rate. The IC modulation processor (28) performs digital processing on a communication signal which conveys an input data stream (22). A pulse shaping filter (54-57) is provided following a phase mapper (50). The pulse shaping filter (54-57) is implemented as a pair of half-filters. Pulse shaping is distributed between two IC modulation processors (28) in the dual chip mode. An interpolator (86) and linearizer (106) follow the pulse shaping filters (54-57).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Sicom, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Martin Brombaugh, John M. Liebetreu, Bruce A. Cochran, Ronald D. McCallister
  • Patent number: 6337606
    Abstract: An IC modulation processor (28) may be configured to operate in a single chip mode to accommodate baud rates up to a maximum clock rate for the processor (28) and in a dual chip mode to accommodate baud rates in excess of the maximum clock rate. The IC modulation processor (28) performs digital processing on a communication signal which conveys an input data stream (22). A pulse shaping filter (54-57) is provided following a phase mapper (50). The pulse shaping filter (54-57) is implemented as a pair of half-filters. Pulse shaping is distributed between two IC modulation processors (28) in the dual chip mode. An interpolator (86) and linearizer (106) follow the pulse shaping filters (54-57).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Assignee: Sicom, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Martin Brombaugh, John M. Liebetreu, Bruce A. Cochran, Ronald D. McCallister
  • Patent number: RE41380
    Abstract: A constrained-envelope digital-communications transmitter circuit (22) in which a binary data source (32) provides an input signal stream (34), a phase mapper (44) maps the input signal stream (34) into a quadrature phase-point signal stream (50) having a predetermined number of symbols per unit baud interval (64) and defining a phase point (54) in a phase-point constellation (46), a pulse-spreading filter (76) filters the phase-point signal stream (50) into a filtered signal stream (74), a constrained-envelope generator (106) generates a constrained-bandwidth error signal stream (108) from the filtered signal stream (74), a delay element (138) delays the filtered signal stream (74) into a delayed signal stream (140) synchronized with the constrained-bandwidth error signal stream (108), a complex summing circuit (110) sums the delayed signal stream (140) and the constrained-bandwidth error signal stream (108) into a constrained-envelope signal stream (112), and a substantially linear amplifier (146) amplifies
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Sicom, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Bruce A. Cochran, Bradley P. Badke
  • Patent number: RE43963
    Abstract: A constrained-envelope digital-communications transmitter circuit (22) in which a binary data source (32) provides an input signal stream (34), a phase mapper (44) maps the input signal stream (34) into a quadrature phase-point signal stream (50) having a predetermined number of symbols per unit baud interval (64) and defining a phase point (54) in a phase-point constellation (46), a pulse-spreading filter (76) filters the phase-point signal stream (50) into a filtered signal stream (74), a constrained-envelope generator (106) generates a constrained-bandwidth error signal stream (108) from the filtered signal stream (74), a delay element (138) delays the filtered signal stream (74) into a delayed signal stream (140) synchronized with the constrained-bandwidth error signal stream (108), a complex summing circuit (110) sums the delayed signal stream (140) and the constrained-bandwidth error signal stream (108) into a constrained-envelope signal stream (112), and a substantially linear amplifier (146) amplifies
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Intersil Americas Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. McCallister, Bruce A. Cochran, Bradley P. Badke