Patents by Inventor Shane A. Blanchard

Shane A. Blanchard 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: 7113760
    Abstract: A receiver circuit that includes a direct conversion receiver that receives a modulated signal, and generates an in-phase differential signal and a quadrature-phase differential signal. The receiver circuit includes an in-phase branch that processes the in-phase differential signal, and a quadrature-phase branch that processes the quadrature-phase differential signal. Each branch includes an amplifier and a summer. The amplifier is configured to receive and amplify the respective in-phase or quadrature-phase differential signal. The summer receives the resulting amplified differential signal and sums the signals to generate a single signal. A log amplifier receives the summed in-phase and quadrature-phase signal, and generates an RSSI signal that is proportional to the log of the difference between the two summed signals. The data may then be extracted based on the amplitude of the RSSI signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: AMI Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrei R. Petrov, Shane A. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 6819195
    Abstract: An oscillation circuit including a resonating element such as a crystal, an inverting amplifier and a resistor that each span the resonating element terminals, and two capacitors that capacitively couple the resonating element terminals to ground. An AC current source such as a temperature compensated and properly trimmed ring oscillator generates a differential AC current when active. The differential AC current has a frequency that is within a tolerance of the resonant frequency of the resonant element for a given set of operating conditions. Two buffers connect the differential outputs of the AC current source to respective terminals of the resonating element to thereby shorten startup time. A control logic circuit carefully times the application of the differential AC current to the resonating element terminals such that the current is applied for a sufficient time such that startup would occur under any anticipated operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: AMI Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane A. Blanchard, Jeremy J. Rice