Patents by Inventor Stephen Jay Shellhammer

Stephen Jay Shellhammer 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: 11121806
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for low density parity check (LDPC)-based incremental redundancy (IR) hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) transmission processing. In one aspect, an apparatus for wireless communications is configured to generate a first packet using a LDPC encoding process. The apparatus is further configured to generate coded bits using a second LDPC encoding process if the first packet is not successfully decoded by a wireless device, generate a second packet including at least some of the coded bits generated using the second LDPC encoding process, and output the second packet for transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jialing Li Chen, Dung Ngoc Doan, Bin Tian, Lin Yang, Sameer Vermani, Lochan Verma, Stephen Jay Shellhammer
  • Patent number: 11121822
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, for implementing a hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) protocol in a wireless local area network (WLAN). A first WLAN device may generate a first HARQ packet for transmission to a second WLAN device. The first WLAN device may determine a first basic service set (BSS) indicator and a second BSS indicator for a BSS associated with the first WLAN device and the second WLAN device. The first BSS indicator and the second BSS indicator may be indicative of a BSS identifier (BSSID) of the BSS. The first WLAN device may output the first HARQ packet for transmission to the second WLAN device. The first HARQ packet may include the first BSS indicator and the second BSS indicator in one or more fields of a physical layer (PHY) header of the first HARQ packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: James Simon Cho, Tao-Fei Samuel Ng, Youhan Kim, Bin Tian, Jialing Li Chen, Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Vincent Knowles Jones, IV
  • Publication number: 20210273757
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods, devices and systems for wireless communication, and particularly, methods, devices and systems for physical (PHY) layer control signaling. A first physical layer convergence protocol (PLCP) protocol data unit (PPDU) may precede a second PPDU. The first PPDU may be referred to as a PHY control PPDU and may include a physical layer control signaling field (CNT-SIG) that informs one or more stations (STAs) regarding a physical layer configuration they should use for the second PPDU. The PHY control PPDU may enable dynamic subchannel assignments for one or more identified STAs, legacy STAs, or sub-bandwidth operating devices. The techniques of this disclosure may enable sharing of a wide bandwidth wireless channel by different types of devices or different basic service sets (BSSs) assigned to different subchannels of the wireless channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Bin Tian
  • Patent number: 11102036
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods, devices and systems for identifying wake-up signals. Some implementations more specifically relate to PHY preamble designs for wake-up signals such as Wake-Up Radio (WUR) packets conforming to IEEE 802.11ba. In some implementations, the preamble designs can include a combination of modulation schemes, data rate indications and length indications enabling devices capable of receiving and decoding wake-up signals to identify the signals as wake-up signals (for example, WUR packets), while ensuring that devices not capable of receiving and decoding wake-up signals identify the wake-up signals as legacy packets, or otherwise not WUR packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Didier Johannes Richard Van Nee, Geert Arnout Awater, Maarten Menzo Wentink, Albert Van Zelst, Bin Tian, Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Nitin Ravinder, Muhammed Faruk Gencel
  • Publication number: 20210211229
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods, devices and systems for encoding data in wireless communications. Some implementations more specifically relate to performing a first encoding operation on data bits of a code block to shape the amplitudes of the resultant symbols such that the amplitudes have a non-uniform distribution. In some aspects, the probabilities associated with the respective amplitudes generally increase with decreasing amplitude. For example, the non-uniform distribution of the amplitudes of the symbols may be approximately Gaussian. In some aspects, the first encoding operation is or includes a prefix encoding operation having an effective coding rate greater than 0.94 but less than 1. The first encoding operation is followed by a second encoding operation that also adds redundancy but does not alter the data bits themselves. In some aspects, the second encoding operation is or includes a low-density parity-check (LDPC) encoding operation associated with a coding rate greater than 5/6.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Dung Ngoc DOAN, Lin Yang, Didier Johannes Richard Van Nee, Bin Tian, Thomas Joseph Richardson, Stephen Jay Shellhammer
  • Patent number: 11057830
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for wireless communication are described. An access point (AP) may identify a jitter pattern for a wakeup message. A station may listen using a wakeup radio for a wakeup message during wakeup listening periods according to the identified jitter pattern. A station may receive a preamble having a first bandwidth and a wakeup message having a second bandwidth. An AP may transmit an identifier key to a station, and the station may determine a rotating identifier associated with the AP based on the received identifier key. The station may receive a wakeup message from the AP, compare a sender identifier with the rotating identifier, and power on a second radio. A station may also receive a wakeup message that includes an indication of which station are to be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Santosh Paul Abraham, Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Linhai He, Bin Tian
  • Publication number: 20210194629
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, for a link adaptation protocol in a wireless local area network (WLAN). In one aspect, the link adaptation protocol may be used to select a transmission rate option (such as a modulation and coding scheme (MCS)) for communications from a first WLAN device to a second WLAN device based on wireless channel conditions. This disclosure includes several example message sequences for the link adaptation protocol which can accommodate a variety of uplink or downlink data transmission designs, including single user (SU) and multi-user (MU) transmissions. The example message sequences may be used with orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA), multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO), and beamformed transmissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Sameer Vermani, Lin Yang, Jialing Li Chen, Dung Ngoc Doan, Bin Tian
  • Publication number: 20210176657
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus for link adaptation in a wireless local area network (WLAN). A link adaptation test packet from a first WLAN device to a second WLAN device may be formatted as a multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) transmission and may include one or more test portions for link quality estimation of the MIMO transmission. A link quality estimation portion of the test packet may permit measurement of link quality for various spatial streams of the MIMO transmission. The link adaptation test packet may enable a fast rate adaptation of a communication link based on the impact of interference to the various spatial streams. The second WLAN device may provide feedback information regarding the one or more test portions. The feedback information may be used to determine a transmission rate for a subsequent transmission from the first WLAN device to the second WLAN device based on wireless channel conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Inventors: Lin Yang, Bin Tian, Sameer Vermani, Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Dung Ngoc Doan, Jialing Li Chen
  • Publication number: 20210167889
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, for link adaptation in a wireless local area network (WLAN). A link adaptation test packet from a first WLAN device to a second WLAN may include a plurality of link adaptation test portions that are generated using a corresponding plurality of transmission rate options. For example, the plurality of link adaptation test portions may be modulated using different modulation and coding scheme (MCS) options. Thus, a single test packet may be used to evaluate different transmission rate options. The second WLAN device may provide feedback information regarding the link adaptation test portions. The feedback information may be used to determine a transmission rate for a subsequent transmission from the first WLAN device to the second WLAN device based on wireless channel conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Inventors: Lin Yang, Bin Tian, Dung Ngoc Doan, Sameer Vermani, Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Jialing Li Chen
  • Patent number: 11026172
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for establishing communications with one or more devices. In one aspect, a first device generates a wake-up radio (WUR) frame, the WUR frame including a media access control (MAC) header and a frame check sequence (FCS) having a cyclic redundancy check (CRC) or a message integrity check (MIC). The first device may determine the FCS based, at least in part, on the MAC header and basic service set identifier (BSSID) information associated with the first device. The first device may output the WUR frame for transmission to one or more devices. A second device may receive the WUR frame from the first device and determine whether the WUR frame is directed to the second device based, at least in part, on comparing the FCS of the WUR frame with a calculated FCS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Alfred Asterjadhi, George Cherian, Bin Tian, Stephen Jay Shellhammer
  • Publication number: 20210160713
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods, devices and systems for link adaptation in wireless communications. Some implementations more specifically relate to transmitter-based modulation and coding scheme (MCS) selection. A transmitting device transmits a test packet, over a wireless channel, to a receiving device. The receiving device generates one or more signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) estimates for the wireless channel based on the received sounding packet. In some aspects, each SINR estimate may be associated with a particular modulation order. In some other aspects, each SINR estimate may be generated based on a transmitter configuration or a receiver type to be used for subsequent communications between the transmitting device and the receiving device. The receiving device transmits feedback, including the SINR estimates, to the transmitting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: Lin YANG, Bin TIAN, Stephen Jay SHELLHAMMER, Dung Ngoc DOAN, Sameer VERMANI, Jialing Li CHEN
  • Publication number: 20210144778
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, for priority access on a shared wireless channel. A priority station (STA), an access point (AP), or a network operator may activate a priority access service. The priority access service provides priority access to authorize priority STAs by allowing them to use more aggressive contention parameters for contention-based access of the wireless channel as compared to other STAs. In some implementations, non-priority STAs may be configured with weakened contention parameters to increase or ensure the likelihood that a priority STA will win contention for access to the wireless channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Inventors: George Cherian, Alfred Asterjadhi, Bin Tian, Stephen Jay Shellhammer
  • Publication number: 20210135792
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, for implementing a hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) protocol in a wireless local area network (WLAN). A first WLAN device may generate a first HARQ packet for transmission to a second WLAN device. The first WLAN device may determine a first basic service set (BSS) indicator and a second BSS indicator for a BSS associated with the first WLAN device and the second WLAN device. The first BSS indicator and the second BSS indicator may be indicative of a BSS identifier (BSSID) of the BSS. The first WLAN device may output the first HARQ packet for transmission to the second WLAN device. The first HARQ packet may include the first BSS indicator and the second BSS indicator in one or more fields of a physical layer (PHY) header of the first HARQ packet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: James Simon Cho, Tao-Fei Samuel Ng, Youhan Kim, Bin Tian, Jialing Li Chen, Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Vincent Knowles Jones, IV
  • Patent number: 10999014
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, for implementing a hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) protocol in a wireless local area network (WLAN). A station (STA) may send a HARQ transmission to another STA. The HARQ protocol may support the use of different types of feedback from the receiving STA to control the HARQ retransmission process. This disclosure provides example message formats to support HARQ transmission and HARQ feedback in a WLAN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Bin Tian, Hemanth Sampath, Sameer Vermani, Lin Yang, Dung Ngoc Doan, Simone Merlin, Alfred Asterjadhi, Jialing Li Chen, Stephen Jay Shellhammer
  • Publication number: 20210067214
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods, devices and systems for wireless communication, and particularly, methods, devices and systems for implementing a joint transmission feature in a wireless communication system. Using the joint transmission feature, multiple access points (APs) may use an aggregated collection of antennas of multiple APs to simultaneously transmit a joint beamformed transmission to one or more stations (STAs). The techniques in this disclosure may prevent or reduce variations in relative gain adjustments by the APs that could otherwise negatively impact the joint transmission. In some implementations, a network device may determine a normalized gain adjustment value based on power parameters associated with each of the multiple APs. In some other implementations, each AP may determine the normalized gain adjustment value based on power parameters shared between the APs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Sameer Vermani, Bin Tian, Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Youhan Kim
  • Publication number: 20210036809
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, for implementing a hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) protocol in a wireless local area network (WLAN). A first WLAN device may transmit a first HARQ frame to a second WLAN device. The first HARQ frame may include initial transmissions of a first plurality of forward error correction (FEC) codewords. The HARQ protocol may support new techniques for feedback, such as a feedback capability in which a bitmap may be used to indicate decoding failures of codewords. The first feedback message may include indicators to change a HARQ configuration parameter based on channel conditions. In some implementations, the second HARQ frame may combine retransmissions regarding the failed codewords with initial transmissions of a second plurality of codewords.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Jialing Li Chen, Dung Ngoc Doan, Bin Tian, Alfred Asterjadhi
  • Publication number: 20210029632
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatuses for indicating a data rate of a packet. The transmitting device may select the data rate of a data field of the packet to be transmitted to the receiving device, and may select a pattern to embed within a preamble of the packet based on the selected data rate. In some implementations, the transmitting device may select a first structure including a first number of instances of a sequence or its logical complement if the selected data rate is a low data rate, and may select a second structure including a second number of instances of the sequence or its logical complement if the selected data rate is a high data rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Bin Tian, Lochan Verma
  • Publication number: 20210014792
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatuses, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for determining one or more tone sequences (for example, for wake-up procedures). In one aspect, an access point (AP) may wake a mobile station (STA) from a low power mode using a wake-up packet, where an ON symbol of the wake-up packet is modulated using a tone sequence. To reduce the likelihood of a STA falsely identifying the ON symbol as a packet preamble, the AP may implement a tone sequence that satisfies a correlation metric threshold. For example, for a set of candidate tone sequences, each tone sequence may be associated with a correlation metric and peak-to-average-power ratio (PAPR) coordinate pair, and the tone sequence for modulating the ON symbol of the wake-up packet may be selected from a lower convex hull of the coordinate pairs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Geert Arnout Awater, Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Didier Johannes Richard Van Nee, Bin Tian
  • Publication number: 20210006361
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, for implementing a hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) protocol in a wireless local area network (WLAN). In some aspects, a first WLAN device may transmit a first HARQ frame to a second WLAN device. The first WLAN device may determine whether a first feedback message received from the second WLAN device includes HARQ acknowledgement information or non-HARQ acknowledgment information. The first feedback message may be a HARQ Block Acknowledgement (H-BA) message having a multi-station Block ACK (M-BA) frame format that includes HARQ acknowledgment information. The first WLAN device may transmit a second HARQ frame to the second WLAN device in response to determining the first feedback message includes the HARQ acknowledgment information. The first WLAN device may transmit a non-HARQ frame in response to determining the first feedback message includes non-HARQ acknowledgement information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Alfred Asterjadhi, George Cherian, Abhishek Pramod Patil, Lochan Verma, Jialing Li Chen, Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Dung Ngoc Doan, Bin Tian
  • Publication number: 20210006360
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer-readable media, for implementing a hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) protocol in a wireless local area network (WLAN). In some aspects, a first WLAN device may transmit a first HARQ frame to a second WLAN device. The first WLAN device may receive a first feedback message from the second WLAN device. The first feedback message may be a HARQ Block Acknowledgement (H-BA) message. The first WLAN device may determine to enable the HARQ protocol based on the first feedback message. The first WLAN device may receive an indication of an amount of memory available at the second WLAN device for processing HARQ transmissions. The first WLAN device may transmit a second HARQ frame to the second WLAN device based, at least in part, on the amount of memory available at the second WLAN device for processing HARQ transmissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Alfred Asterjadhi, George Cherian, Abhishek Pramod Patil, Lochan Verma, Jialing Li Chen, Stephen Jay Shellhammer, Dung Ngoc Doan, Bin Tian