Patents by Inventor Ronald L. Mahany

Ronald L. Mahany 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: 20130281022
    Abstract: At least one of the wireless devices of a wireless network attempts to reestablish communications with a separated wireless device. Further, the separated wireless device may also attempt to reestablish communication with the wireless network. At least two of the wireless devices may separate from the wireless network to form an alternate wireless network separate from the wireless network. In such case, the at least two wireless devices of the alternate network may rejoin the wireless network after the separation. The wireless devices may establish the wireless network when proximate to one another and operating at a lower power level while continuing operation at a higher power level. The wireless devices establish the wireless network when in a first proximity to one another and continue to communicate while in a second proximity to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Joseph J. Kubler, Thomas J. Schuster
  • Patent number: 8526329
    Abstract: A hierarchical communication system, arranged in a spanning tree configuration, is described in which wired and wireless communication networks exhibiting substantially different characteristics are employed in an overall scheme to link portable or mobile computing devices. Copies of data, program code and processing resources are migrated from their source toward requesting destinations based on request frequency, communication link costs and available local storage and/or processing resources. Each appropriately configured network device acts as an active participant in network migration. In addition, portable two-dimensional (2-D) code reading terminals are configured to wirelessly communicate compressed 2-D images toward stationary access servers that identify the code image through decoding and through comparison with a database of images that have previously been decoded and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West, Alan G. Bunte, Arvin D. Danielson, Michael D. Morris, Robert C. Meier
  • 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: 7969911
    Abstract: A hierarchical communication system, arranged in a spanning tree configuration, is described in which wired and wireless communication networks exhibiting substantially different characteristics are employed in an overall scheme to link portable or mobile computing devices. Copies of data, program code and processing resources are migrated from their source toward requesting destinations based on request frequency, communication link costs and available local storage and/or processing resources. Each appropriately configured network device acts as an active participant in network migration. In addition, portable two-dimensional (2-D) code reading terminals are configured to wirelessly communicate compressed 2-D images toward stationary access servers that identify the code image through decoding and through comparison with a database of images that have previously been decoded and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West, Alan G. Bunte, Arvin D. Danielson, Michael D. Morris, Robert C. Meier
  • 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: 20110085484
    Abstract: A communication network having at least one access point supports wireless communication among a plurality of wireless roaming devices via a first and a second wireless channel. The access point comprises a first and a second transceiver. The first and second transceivers operate on the first and second wireless channels, respectively. Each of the plurality of wireless roaming devices are capable of communicating on the first and second wireless channel. In one embodiment, the first wireless channel is used to exchange data, while the second channel is used to manage such exchanges as well as access to the first channel. In an alternate embodiment, both channels are used to support communication flow, however the first channel supports a protocol that is more deterministic than that of the second channel. Allocation of ones of the plurality of wireless roaming devices from one channel to the next may occur per direction from the access point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: BROADCOM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ronald L. Mahany
  • Patent number: 7924783
    Abstract: Two wireless local area networks exhibiting different characteristics link portable or mobile computer devices. An infrastructure network comprising radio base stations, and at least one portable computer device make up the first wireless network, which communicates using spread spectrum frequency hopping communication. A second local area network supports radio communication between a portable computer and peripheral devices with built-in transceivers. The networks use a reservation access protocol that facilitates frequency hopping synchronization, supports adaptive data rate selection based on communication quality, and prevents interference between the wireless networks. In a premises LAN, an infrastructure network comprises radio base stations and a backbone LAN. A higher-power LAN using frequency hopping comprises the infrastructure network and at least one mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West, Alan G. Bunte, Arvin D. Danielson, Michael D. Morris
  • Patent number: 7918401
    Abstract: Portable measuring devices which communicate by low power transceivers through a communication controller with a printer device collect weight and size data on articles to be shipped. The collected weight and size data are combined with origin and destination data, and labels are printed bearing pertinent shipping and routing information in machine readable format. The labels are attached to the articles to be shipped and accompany the articles to their respective destinations. At transfer points the labels are read by scanner devices which also communicate by low power transceiver links with the communication controller. The wireless linking of the scanner devices promotes human safety by the absence of cords which could cause entanglement of an operator in mechanized conveying equipment. The communication controllers at each stage of the shipping process have the capability of transferring received and updated status information on the shipped articles to a central data station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventors: Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Keith K. Cargin, Jr., George E. Hanson, Ronald L. Mahany, Phillip Miller, Steven H. Salvay, Arvin D. Danielson, Guy J. West
  • Patent number: 7920496
    Abstract: A mobile customer service station operating within a wireless multi-hop communication network includes a console on a wheeled chassis. The console carries and houses a number of components which are used in merchandising operations to conclude customer purchase transactions. The items supported externally on the console are a printer for printing purchase receipts, customer credit charge agreements and records of transactions, and a magnetic card reader for reading information from a magnetic stripe of a customer's credit card. In one embodiment, the operation of the printer, credit card reader and the cash drawer is controlled by a multi-function control unit located within an enclosure of the console. The control unit is electrically powered by a self-contained power source which is preferably a deep cycle rechargeable battery. The console also houses a transceiver unit which under the control of the control unit is capable of interactive communication with a premises network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Robert C. Meier, Phillip Miller, Julie Ann Miller, legal representative, Roger L. Wolf, George E. Hanson
  • Patent number: 7917145
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for routing data in a radio data communication system having one or more host computers, one or more intermediate base stations, and one or more RF terminals organizes the intermediate base stations into an optimal spanning-tree network to control the routing of data to and from the RF terminals and the host computer efficiently and dynamically. Communication between the host computer and the RF terminals is achieved by using the network of intermediate base stations to transmit the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Robert C. Meier, Ronald E. Luse
  • Patent number: 7899951
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for routing data in a radio data communication system having one or more host computers, one or more intermediate base stations, and one or more RF terminals organizes the intermediate base stations into an optimal spanning-tree network to control the routing of data to and from the RF terminals and the host computer efficiently and dynamically. Communication between the host computer and the RF terminals is achieved by using the network of intermediate base stations to transmit the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Robert C. Meier, Ronald E. Luse
  • 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: 7885242
    Abstract: A mobile customer service station operating within a wireless multi-hop communication network includes a console on a wheeled chassis. The console carries and houses a number of components which are used in merchandising operations to conclude customer purchase transactions. The items supported externally on the console are a printer for printing purchase receipts, customer credit charge agreements and records of transactions, and a magnetic card reader for reading information from a magnetic stripe of a customer's credit card. In one embodiment, the operation of the printer, credit card reader and the cash drawer is controlled by a multi-function control unit located within an enclosure of the console. The control unit is electrically powered by a self-contained power source which is preferably a deep cycle rechargeable battery. The console also houses a transceiver unit which under the control of the control unit is capable of interactive communication with a premises network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Steven E. Koenck, Alan G. Bunte, Robert C. Meier, Phillip Miller, Julie Ann Miller, legal representative, Roger L. Wolf, George E. Hanson, Ronald E. Luse, Guy J. West, Charles D. Gollnick, Keith K. Cargin, Jr., Steven H. Salvay, Arvin D. Danielson
  • Patent number: 7873343
    Abstract: Improved apparatus for a radio communication system having a multiplicity of mobile transceiver units selectively in communication with a plurality of base transceiver units which, in turn, communicate with one or more host computers for storage and manipulation of data collected by bar code scanners or other collection means associated with the mobile transceiver units. A network controller and an adapter which has a simulcast and sequential mode provide selective interface between host computers and base transceivers. A scheme for routing data through the communication system is also disclosed wherein the intermediate base stations are organized into an optimal spanning-tree network to control the routing of data to and from the RF terminals and the host computer efficiently and dynamically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Charles D. Gollnick, Ronald E. Luse, John G. Pavek, Marvin L. Sojka, James D. Cnossen, Arvin D. Danielson, Ronald L. Mahany, Mary L. Detweiler, Gary N. Spiess, Guy J. West, Amos D. Young, Robert C. Meier, Keith K. Cargin, Jr., Richard C. Arensdorf, Robert G. Geers
  • Publication number: 20110007724
    Abstract: A hierarchical communication system, arranged in a spanning tree configuration, is described in which wired and wireless communication networks exhibiting substantially different characteristics are employed in an overall scheme to link portable or mobile computing devices. Copies of data, program code and processing resources are migrated from their source toward requesting destinations based on request frequency, communication link costs and available local storage and/or processing resources. Each appropriately configured network device acts as an active participant in network migration. In addition, portable two-dimensional (2-D) code reading terminals are configured to wirelessly communicate compressed 2-D images toward stationary access servers that identify the code image through decoding and through comparison with a database of images that have previously been decoded and stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West, Alan G. Bunte, Arvin D. Danielson, Michael D. Morris, Robert C. Meier
  • Publication number: 20100329166
    Abstract: A hierarchical communication system, arranged in a spanning tree configuration, is described in which wired and wireless communication networks exhibiting substantially different characteristics are employed in an overall scheme to link portable or mobile computing devices. Copies of data, program code and processing resources are migrated from their source toward requesting destinations based on request frequency, communication link costs and available local storage and/or processing resources. Each appropriately configured network device acts as an active participant in network migration. In addition, portable two-dimensional (2-D) code reading terminals are configured to wirelessly communicate compressed 2-D images toward stationary access servers that identify the code image through decoding and through comparison with a database of images that have previously been decoded and stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Ronald L. Mahany, Guy J. West, Alan G. Bunte, Arvin D. Danielson, Michael D. Morris, Robert C. Meier
  • Patent number: 7856003
    Abstract: A communication network having at least one access point supports wireless communication among a plurality of wireless roaming devices via a first and a second wireless channel. The access point comprises a first and a second transceiver. The first and second transceivers operate on the first and second wireless channels, respectively. Each of the plurality of wireless roaming devices are capable of communicating on the first and second wireless channel. In one embodiment, the first wireless channel is used to exchange data, while the second channel is used to manage such exchanges as well as access to the first channel. In an alternate embodiment, both channels are used to support communication flow, however the first channel supports a protocol that is more deterministic than that of the second channel. Allocation of ones of the plurality of wireless roaming devices from one channel to the next may occur per direction from the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald L. Mahany
  • 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