Processing At Encoder Or Transmitter (e.g., Pre-correction) Patents (Class 348/608)
  • Patent number: 10103908
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to an apparatus, method and system for relative or absolute equalization of two or more channels. The apparatus includes a receiver that receives a variable-envelope signal, a self-consistent outphasing separator that splits the received variable-envelope signal into constant-envelope signals, and linear pre-equalizers that equalize the constant-envelope signals relative to each other or to some target. The apparatus also includes an analog combiner that combines the constant-envelope signals, and a feedback loop with a processor that receives the combined constant-envelope signals as inputs, analyzes the combined constant-envelope signals to identify pre-equalization inputs that, when applied to the linear pre-equalizers, will equalize the constant-envelope signals, and provide the identified pre-equalization inputs to the linear pre-equalizers, so that the combined constant-envelope signals are equalized relative to each other or to some target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: L3 Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Janez Jeraj, Johnny M. Harris, David G. Landon, William K. McIntire
  • Patent number: 10027986
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for filtering noise from a video signal are described herein. An example apparatus may include a noise filter system configured to filter noise from a frame of a video signal based on a noise level of the frame to provide a filtered video signal. The noise filter system may be configured to select macroblocks of the frame that have an associated weighted activity to variance ratio that exceeds a threshold value. The noise filter system may be further configured to calculate the noise level of the frame based on estimated noise levels of each of the selected macroblocks of the frame. The example apparatus may further include an encoder configured to encode the filtered video signal to provide a compressed bitstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: INTEGRATED DEVICE TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Pavel Novotny
  • Patent number: 9960804
    Abstract: Noise caused by and leaking from a transmit signal into a radio-frequency (RF) receive path signal is reduced by forwarding the transmit signal to a first filter or a digital processor and DAC, scaling the transmit signal and approximating the noise, subtracting first and second corrective signals from the RF receive path signal, down-converting a resulting corrected RF receive path signal, filtering the down-converted corrected signal in a second filter, up-converting the filtered corrected signal to create the first corrective signal, and up-converting the filter or DAC output signal to create the second corrective signal. The transmit signal may come from an output of an RF power amplifier, and may be down-converted prior to filtering in the first filter or processing in the digital processor. The second filter may be a series filter or a shunt filter. A radio includes the circuits to perform the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew Joo Kim, Stephane Laurent-Michel, Stephen Jantzi
  • Patent number: 9652475
    Abstract: Techniques and apparatuses for generating highlight reels are described. These techniques and apparatuses enable a user to quickly and easily generate a highlight reel to highlight audiovisual media, such as photos and video clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Babak Robert Shakib, Yuriy Musatenko, Oleksii Kasitskyi
  • Patent number: 9462298
    Abstract: The techniques of this disclosure apply to loop filtering across slice or tile boundaries in a video coding process. In one example, a method for performing loop filtering in a video coding process includes determining that pixels corresponding to filter coefficients of a filter mask for a loop filter are across a slice or tile boundary, removing filter coefficients corresponding to the pixels across the slice or tile boundary from the filter mask, renormalizing the filter mask without the removed filter coefficients, performing loop filtering using the renormalized filter mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: In Suk Chong, Xianglin Wang, Marta Karczewicz
  • Patent number: 9306504
    Abstract: Techniques for applying waveform shaping to DC-to-DC level transitions in an audio amplifier. In an aspect, a waveform shaping block may utilize a non-linear shaping waveform such as a Gaussian waveform, raised-cosine waveform, root-raised cosine waveform, etc., to shape the transition between two DC levels in an audio amplifier output. The waveform shaping techniques may be utilized, e.g., during power-up or power-down of the amplifier, or in an impedance measurement mode, to reduce audio artifacts associated with the transition while minimizing overall transition time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Vijayakumar Dhanasekaran
  • Publication number: 20150146106
    Abstract: Provided are a filtering method and apparatus for removing blocking artifacts and ringing noise. The filtering method includes transforming video data on a block-by-block basis, and detecting the presence of an edge region in the video data by checking the distribution of values obtained by the transformation. Accordingly, it is possible to completely remove blocking artifacts and/or ringing noise by more effectively detecting the presence of an edge region in video data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong-Hoon PARK, Yong-je KIM, Yung-lyul LEE
  • Publication number: 20150146105
    Abstract: Provided are a filtering method and apparatus for removing blocking artifacts and ringing noise. The filtering method includes transforming video data on a block-by-block basis, and detecting the presence of an edge region in the video data by checking the distribution of values obtained by the transformation. Accordingly, it is possible to completely remove blocking artifacts and/or ringing noise by more effectively detecting the presence of an edge region in video data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jeong-Hoon PARK, Yong-je KIM, Yung-lyul LEE
  • Patent number: 8970710
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring the quality of a video is provided. The method comprises: generating a frame loss pattern of the video by indicating whether each frame in the video is lost or successfully transmitted; and evaluating the quality of the video as a function of the generated t came loss pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Xiao Dong Gu, De Bing Liu, Zhi Bo Chen
  • Patent number: 8872978
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems that provide automatic compensation for frequency attenuation of a video signal transmitted over a cable. In accordance with an embodiment, a system includes an equalizer and a compensation controller. The equalizer receives a video signal that was transmitted over a cable, provides compensation for frequency attenuation that occurred during the transmission over the cable, and outputs a compensated video signal. The compensation controller automatically adjusts the compensation provided by the equalizer based on comparisons of one or more portions of the compensated video signal to one or more reference voltage levels. One or more values indicative of one or more levels of compensation provided by the equalizer are stored in memory and/or registers for each time, of a plurality of times. A monitor monitors for changes in the cable and/or the video signal transmitted over the cable based on the stored values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Intersil Americas LLC
    Inventors: David W. Ritter, Kathryn M. Tucker
  • Patent number: 8863217
    Abstract: A device for and a method of decreasing the data rate of a digital return path link in a Cable Television Hybrid Fiber-Coax system (CATV system) is disclosed. At the node of the CATV system, the bandwidth of the a digital data stream representative of an analog return signal is limited to a desired frequency band. The bandwidth-limited data stream is then digitally re-sampled at a predetermined multiple of a center frequency of the frequency band. The re-sampled data stream is then separated into two data streams. Then, these separate data streams are digitally decimated to a lower data rate, interleaved and serialized for transmission to a head end of the CATV system. A reverse process reconstructs the original analog return signal's signal components within the desired frequency band at the head end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Finisar Corporation
    Inventor: Gerald Francis Sage
  • Patent number: 8854550
    Abstract: A data processing device includes a clock converter, a data converter, and an error detector. The clock converter is configured to receive a first clock signal, convert the first clock signal into a second clock signal, and output the second clock signal. The data converter is configured to receive first data, convert the first data into second data using the second clock signal, and output the second data. The error detector is configured to check whether the first clock signal is in a first clock state or a second clock state upon the first data transitioning to a first data state, and output an enable signal to the clock converter upon determining that the first clock signal has transitioned to the first clock state from the second clock state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-Pyeong Kim, Han-Kyul Lim, Cheon-Oh Lee
  • Patent number: 8842739
    Abstract: A method and system for communicating video information over wireless channels is provided. Communicating video information involves receiving a frame of video pixel information, partitioning spatially correlated pixels into different partitions and allocating pixel information from the pixel partitions across one or more of said multiple channels based on channel conditions. The allocated pixel information is transmitted on the one or more multiple channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Huai-Rong Shao, Chiu Ngo
  • Patent number: 8842223
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a transmitter apparatus, an information processing method, a program, and a transmitter system capable of easily transmitting a wideband signal. The transmitter apparatus includes: a first acquisition unit that obtains first transmission control information; a second acquisition unit that obtains second transmission control information similar to information input to another transmitter apparatus; and a generating unit that processes transmission target data based on a parameter contained in the first transmission control information and generates data including the processed transmission target data and the second transmission control information. The present technology can be applied to a transmitter apparatus that transmits a DVB-C2 signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroo Takahashi, Lachlan Bruce Michael, Takashi Yokokawa, Naoki Yoshimochi, Takahiro Okada
  • Publication number: 20140267921
    Abstract: The present invention provides a data processing method, the data processing method including receiving a broadcasting signal where mobile service data are multiplexed with main service data, extracting transmission-parameter-channel signaling information and fast-information-channel signaling information from a data group within the received mobile service data, parsing first program table information describing virtual channel information of an ensemble and a service provided by the ensemble using the fast-information-channel signaling information, the ensemble the ensemble corresponding to a virtual channel group of the received mobile service data, obtaining information representing that second program table information, which includes a descriptor describing event information of the mobile service data, is received, from the first program table information, parsing the second program table information, and storing the event information and displaying service guide information including the event informat
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hui Sang YOO, In Hwan CHOI, Chul Soo LEE, Jae Hyung SONG, Pil Sup SHIN
  • Patent number: 8817185
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a reproduction controller and a transmitter. The reproduction controller is configured to reproduce a first type of information of a first content. The first content includes a plurality of types of information. The transmitter is configured to transmit an instruction to reproduce a second type of information of the first content to other electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kazawa
  • Patent number: 8730400
    Abstract: An image displaying apparatus and an image processing apparatus are provided. The image displaying apparatus comprises a signal receiver unit, a signal processor unit, a display unit, a signal output unit, and a control unit. The signal receiver unit receives a broadcast signal or a signal provided from a signal source. The signal processor unit processes the received signal. The display unit displays the processed signal. The signal output unit comprises an output terminal configured to output the received signal, and a signal converter configured to convert the processed signal. The control unit controls the signal, provided from the signal receiver unit, to be outputted to the external device by using the signal output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hae-Ryong Kim
  • Patent number: 8649429
    Abstract: Digital television broadcasting signals employ parallel concatenated convolutional coding, commonly called “turbo coding”, to improve reception by receivers in motor vehicles. Turbo coded Reed-Solomon codewords are transversally disposed in the payload fields of encapsulating MPEG-2-compliant packets to improve the capability of the Reed-Solomon coding to overcome deep fades. Turbo codewords are transmitted more than once in so-called “staggercasting”. Reception of DTV signals is improved by combining soft decisions concerning repeated transmissions of turbo codewords before turbo decoding. Only the data components of turbo codewords are transmitted twice in “punctured” staggercasting of turbo codewords, with parity components being transmitted only once, so code rate is reduced by a smaller factor than two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Allen LeRoy Limberg
  • Publication number: 20130286288
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided herein to achieve video or image sequence encoding with an improved denoising algorithm that is both efficient computationally and has acceptable overhead cost in comparison to other denoising schemes for video encoding. The embodiments include using recursive bilateral filtering as part of the denoising algorithm, which is integrated into a video encoder to overcome limitations of other encoder-integrated denoising algorithms. An embodiment method includes receiving, at a filtering and residual computation function at the encoder, a macro block comprising a plurality of pixels. The filtering and residual computation function also receives, from a motion estimation function at the encoder, a reference block. The reference block comprises a plurality of reference pixels corresponding to the macro block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Dong-Qing Zhang, Chongyang Wang, Hong Heather Yu, Jianyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 8532222
    Abstract: A digital broadcast transmitter includes a block processor encoding mobile service data at a coding rate of 1/H and first interleaving the encoded mobile service data, wherein H is an integer equal to or greater than 2, a deinterleaver deinterleaving the first-interleaved mobile service data to output a first data group, an interleaver second interleaving the first data group to output a second data group including the mobile service data, a trellis encoding module trellis encoding data of the second data group, and a multiplexer multiplexing the trellis-encoded data with segment synchronization data and field synchronization data, wherein the block processor is concatenated with the trellis encoding module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byoung Gill Kim, In Hwan Choi, Jin Woo Kim, Jong Moon Kim, Won Gyu Song, Hyoung Gon Lee, Kook Yeon Kwak
  • Patent number: 8526508
    Abstract: A method of processing broadcast data in a transmitting system includes randomizing enhanced data; Reed-Solomon (RS) encoding and Cyclic Redundancy Check encoding the randomized enhanced data to build an RS frame; encoding the enhanced data in the built RS frame at a coding rate of at least ½ or ¼; first interleaving the encoded enhanced data; deinterleaving the first interleaved enhanced data; first multiplexing enhanced data packets including the deinterleaved enhanced data with main data packets including main data; randomizing the main data in the multiplexed enhanced and main data packets; second interleaving the enhanced data in the multiplexed enhanced and main data packets and the randomized main data to output a data group having the interleaved enhanced data and the interleaved main data; trellis encoding data in the data group in a trellis encoding unit; and second multiplexing the trellis-encoded data with field synchronization data and segment synchronization data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byoung Gill Kim, In Hwan Choi, Kyung Won Kang, Kook Yeon Kwak, Woo Chan Kim
  • Patent number: 8514930
    Abstract: A phase detection apparatus includes: a motion detector, for determining whether an image data corresponds to a still image data; an image characteristic detector, coupled to the motion detector, for detecting a characteristic image data having cross color phenomenon when the image data corresponds to a still image data; a phase testing module, coupled to the image characteristic detector, for processing the characteristic image data according to a plurality of phases to obtain a plurality of testing results; and a phase determining module, for selecting a phase from the plurality of phases according to the plurality of testing results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
    Inventors: Bing-Jhe Chen, Po-Wei Chao
  • Patent number: 8514960
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and method for compensating a feedback path distortion in a digital broadcasting signal. The apparatus for improving a performance of a pre-equalizer in a transmitter of a digital broadcasting system having a feedback path for adaptively generating a filter coefficient of the pre-equalizer, includes a reference signal generator for generating a reference radio frequency (RF) signal, a feedback path estimator for estimating transmission band characteristic information for the feedback path based on the reference RF signal generated from the reference signal generator, and a feedback path compensator for compensating a demodulated signal transferred through the feedback path based on the estimated transmission band characteristic information from the feedback path estimator and generating a filter coefficient of the pre-equalizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jae-Hyun Seo, Heung-Mook Kim, Ho-Min Eum, Sung-Ik Park, Jae-Young Lee, Jong-Soo Lim, Soo-In Lee
  • Patent number: 8482667
    Abstract: An apparatus for embedding additional information that may embed additional information into a digital television (TV) broadcast signal and transmit the additional information is provided. The apparatus may modulate the additional information to an intermediate frequency/radio frequency (IF/RF), embed the modulated additional information into the digital TV broadcast signal, and compensate for a distortion that may occur in an RF part, thereby correctly transmitting the additional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignees: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Korean Broadcasting System
    Inventors: Jae Kwon Lee, Young Woo Suh, Il Soo Kyung, Sung Ik Park, Heung Mook Kim, Nam Ho Hur
  • Patent number: 8358380
    Abstract: In one method embodiment, receiving a first temporal sequence of video frames, the first temporal sequence corrupted with noise; frame matching the video frames according to a first stage of processing; denoising the matched frames according to a second stage of processing, the second stage of processing commencing responsive to completion of the first stage of processing for all of the video frames, the second stage of processing comprising overlapped block processing; and wherein denoising further comprises accumulating denoised pixels for each iteration of the overlapped block processing in a two-dimensional (2D)+c accumulation buffer, the 2D accumulation buffer corresponding to the denoised pixels corresponding to a reference frame of the video frames, where c comprises an integer number of non-reference frame buffers greater than or equal to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel W. Schoenblum, Larry S. McKinney
  • Patent number: 8355451
    Abstract: A method of processing a digital broadcast signal includes Reed-Solomon (RS) encoding enhanced service data for each column of at least one RS frame payload and adding a Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) checksum byte at a right end of each row of the at least one RS frame payload to build at least one RS frame and forming data groups including the enhanced service data in the built RS frame and a plurality of known data sequences. Forming the data groups includes mapping the RS encoded enhanced service data into each of the data groups and inserting a place holder for a non-systematic RS parity into each of the data groups. The method further includes deinterleaving data in each of the data groups including the enhanced service data and the place holder and multiplexing the enhanced service data in each of the formed data groups with main service data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byoung Gill Kim, In Hwan Choi, Kyung Won Kang, Kook Yeon Kwak, Woo Chan Kim
  • Patent number: 8305496
    Abstract: Disclosed is a scaling process system including a replay apparatus and a video output apparatus which are connected via a HDMI, wherein each of the video output apparatus and the replay apparatus respectively comprises a between-pixel interpolation method table, wherein the video output apparatus including a request signal transmission device to transmit a request signal, a between-pixel interpolation method information receiving device to receive the between-pixel interpolation method information, a determining device to determine which of between-pixel interpolation method information of the replay apparatus or between-pixel interpolation method information of the video output apparatus is more high-performance, a deciding device to decide an apparatus to be used for the scaling process, and a control device to control the apparatus which is decided by the deciding device so as to carry out the scaling process, and wherein the replay apparatus including a request signal receiving device to receive the reque
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiji Wanaka
  • Patent number: 8294826
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for compensating for the picture quality of a stored broadcast signal are disclosed. For reproduction of a broadcast signal stored in a television, the picture quality of the stored broadcast signal is compensated for, based on a predetermined. MPEG noise reduction value corresponding to the electric field strength of the stored broadcast signal. Therefore, it is possible to provide the optimum picture quality. When a broadcast signal is stored, it is stored together with the electric field strength, thereof. When the stored broadcast signal is reproduced, block noise, of a screen is efficiently removed by applying an MPEG, noise reduction value corresponding to the electric field strength of the stored broadcast signal to the stored broadcast signal. Therefore it is possible to improve the definition of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Min Kyung Kim
  • Patent number: 8290035
    Abstract: Digital television broadcasting signals employ parallel concatenated convolutional coding, commonly called “turbo coding”, to improve reception by receivers in motor vehicles. Turbo coded Reed-Solomon codewords are transversally disposed in the payload fields of encapsulating MPEG-2-compliant packets to improve the capability of the Reed-Solomon coding to overcome deep fades. Turbo codewords are transmitted more than once in so-called “staggercasting”. Reception of DTV signals is improved by combining soft decisions concerning repeated transmissions of turbo codewords before turbo decoding. Only the data components of turbo codewords are transmitted twice in “punctured” staggercasting of turbo codewords, with parity components being transmitted only once, so code rate is reduced by a smaller factor than two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Allen LeRoy Limberg
  • Patent number: 8285215
    Abstract: A system and method bringing video to commercial FM and video to Sub-Carrier Authorization programming, the system would make use of a Double Sideband Suppress Carrier SCA frequency at 67 kHz, modulated by a Slow San Video Converter for providing minute by minute snap shots of video related to the audio program on the main FM channel such as if the main FM channel being listened to is 87.5 MHz then the related video channel would be 87.567 MHz, also, an additional audio/slow scan video FM station would be available as well and will be known as fm2, the audio portion of fm2 is an Independent Sideband Suppressed Carrier for providing audio in stereo at the SCA frequency at 114 kHz the slow scan video portion of the station is again another Double Sideband Suppress Carrier SCA at the frequency of 92 kHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Keith Jones (aka Jabari)
  • Patent number: 8218082
    Abstract: A method includes selecting a target pixel and comparing a value of the target pixel with a respective value of each of a plurality of pixels located in an area that includes the target pixel. Further, for each pixel of the plurality of pixels that has a value different by at least a threshold amount from the value of the target pixel, the value of such pixel is replaced by the value of the target pixel. A filter function is applied to a set of pixels which includes the value of the target pixel and current values, after the selective replacement step, of the plurality of pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Yi-Jen Chiu, Louis Lippincott
  • Patent number: 8212919
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a field forming unit configured to subject 3-2 pulldown materials to 3-2 pulldown to form field images in normal reproduction, and to add flag information to the field images, the flag information necessary to generate frame images from field images; and a generating unit configured to generate frame images from the formed field images based on the flag information, wherein in a special reproduction other than the normal reproduction, according to its reproduction form, the field forming unit forms a predetermined field image from the material, and adds flag information to the formed field images, the flag information that has to be added to a field image possibly formed by subjecting the material corresponding to the field image to 3-2 pulldown, and the generating unit generates a frame image from the field image based on the flag information added to the field image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Itou, Yasunari Hatasawa
  • Patent number: 8213500
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention comprise systems and methods for image noise characterization, parameterization, removal, reconstruction and/or re-combination with a denoised image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Byung Tae Oh, Shawmin Lei
  • Patent number: 8204342
    Abstract: An image processor includes a frequency transform unit performing frequency transform on a first pixel block as a target block, and a pre-filter performing prefiltering with a region which overlaps with plural unit regions for processing by the frequency transform unit as a unit region for processing, before frequency transform is performed. The pre-filter performs prefiltering on a second pixel block being a predetermined number of pixels each larger horizontally and vertically than the first pixel block as a target block. The pre-filter performs prefiltering sequentially on a plurality of second pixel blocks aligned horizontally. The number of pixel signals in a vertical direction within a group of pixel signals continuously inputted to the pre-filter for prefiltering is equal to the number of rows in the second pixel block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: MegaChips Corporation
    Inventors: Yujiro Tani, Atsushi Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 8204137
    Abstract: A channel equalizer includes a first transformer, an estimator, an average calculator, a second transformer, a coefficient calculator, a compensator, and a third transformer. The first transformer converts normal data into frequency domain data, where a known data sequence is periodically repeated in the normal data. The estimator estimates channel impulse responses (CIR) during known data intervals adjacent to each normal data block. The average calculator calculates an average value of the CIRs. The second transformer converts the average value into frequency domain data. The coefficient calculator calculates equalization coefficients using the average value, and the compensator compensates channel distortion of each normal data block using the coefficients. The third transformer converts the compensated data block into time domain data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byoung Gill Kim, In Hwan Choi, Kyung Won Kang, Kook Yeon Kwak, Woo Chan Kim
  • Patent number: 8204336
    Abstract: An image processing device (10) removes noise from an input image by adding the input image to a reference image, and includes: a motion estimation unit (1) which generates motion information for each of blocks of the input image; a motion compensation unit (3) which generates a motion-compensated reference image; a block distortion amount calculation unit (5) which calculates a block distortion amount for each of blocks of the motion-compensated reference image; an addition ratio calculation unit (6) which calculates an addition ratio of a block of the motion-compensated reference image so that the addition ratio decreases as the block distortion increases; and an addition unit (4) which perform weighted sum on a pixel value of the block of the motion-compensated reference image and a pixel value of a block of the input image, using the addition ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Khang Nguyen, Yusuke Monobe, Masataka Ejima
  • Patent number: 8204337
    Abstract: To provide an image processing apparatus which reduces, using a temporal noise removal scheme, image block distortion or noise and temporal flickering and fluctuation phenomena. The image processing apparatus (1) removing noise in an input image by adding a reference image to the input image includes a motion estimation unit (20) which generates motion information indicating a motion estimated for the input image; a motion compensation unit (30) which generates a after motion compensation second image corresponding to a before motion compensation first image by performing motion compensation using the generated motion information; a flatness degree calculation unit (40) which calculates a flatness degree of the input image; a blending rate calculation unit (53) which calculates addition rates for the input image, first image, and second image, using the calculated flatness degree; and a pixel addition unit (60) which adds the respective images according to the addition rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Khang Nguyen, Yusuke Monobe, Yusuke Tanji
  • Patent number: 8197338
    Abstract: Systems and methods for suspending wagering game play on wagering game machines are described herein. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a content signal associated with regulated operations. The method can also include determining whether an enable signal is detected. Additionally, if the enable signal is not detected, the method can call for prohibiting performance of the regulated operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Fitzsimons, Steven J. Lee
  • Patent number: 8164691
    Abstract: A VSB reception system includes a sequence generator for decoding a symbol corresponding to the supplemental data and generating a predefined sequence included in the supplemental data at VSB transmission system. The reception system also includes a modified legacy VSB receiver for processing the data received from the VSB transmission system in a reverse order of the VSB transmission system by using the sequence, and a demultiplexer for demultiplexing the data from the modified legacy VSB receiver into the MPEG data and the supplemental data. The VSB reception system also includes a supplemental data processor for processing the supplemental data segment from the demultiplexer in a reverse order of the transmission system, to obtain the supplemental data, thereby carrying out the slicer prediction, decoding, and symbol decision more accurately by using the predefined sequence, to improve a performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: In Hwan Choi, Young Mo Gu, Kyung Won Kang, Kook Yeon Kwak
  • Publication number: 20120057076
    Abstract: A moving picture coding apparatus includes an inter-pixel filter having filters for filtering decoded image data so as to remove block distortion which is high frequency noise around block boundaries. The inter-pixel filter includes filters having different filtering strengths. The coding apparatus also includes a filter processing control unit for determining a filtering strength of the inter-pixel filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: Teck Wee FOO, Chong Soon Lim, Sheng Mei Shen, Shinya Kadono
  • Publication number: 20120044422
    Abstract: A video compression unit (1) comprising pre-processing means, in which the pre-processing means is operatively arranged to pre-process at least a portion of an incoming video signal to reduce the complexity of a given number of pixels thereof; the pre-processed signal being suitable to be operated upon by an encoder means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: STREAMWORKS INTERNATIONAL S.A.
    Inventors: Robert Brown Peacock, Abdur-Rehman Ismael-Mia
  • Publication number: 20120008049
    Abstract: A method for transmitting/receiving a broadcasting signal and a broadcasting signal receiver are disclosed. An identifier of a burst period is obtained from program table information of the broadcasting signal including mobile data and only the burst period in which a broadcasting program desired by a user is transmitted is received. Accordingly, when the broadcasting signal is received, only a desired burst period is received such that power consumption of the broadcasting signal receiver can be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Chang Sik Yun, In Hwan Choi, Kook Yeon Kwak, Hyoung Gon Lee, Won Gyu Song, Jin Pil Kim, Jong Moon Kim, Jin Woo Kim, Byoung Gill Kim
  • Publication number: 20110273621
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method (10) of processing image data corresponding to an image to be viewed by a viewer. The method comprises identifying at least one part of the image (16), the identified at least one part being of interest to the viewer. The method also comprises filtering the image data with a bilateral filter (22), the filtering being selective in dependence on the identified at least one part of the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventors: Iain Richardson, Laura Joy Muir, Abharana Bhat, Ying Zhong, Kang Shan
  • Patent number: 8054891
    Abstract: A channel equalizer includes a first transformer, an estimator, an average calculator, a second transformer, a coefficient calculator, a compensator, and a third transformer. The first transformer converts normal data into frequency domain data, where a known data sequence is periodically repeated in the normal data. The estimator estimates channel impulse responses (CIR) during known data intervals adjacent to each normal data block. The average calculator calculates an average value of the CIRs. The second transformer converts the average value into frequency domain data. The coefficient calculator calculates equalization coefficients using the average value, and the compensator compensates channel distortion of each normal data block using the coefficients. The third transformer converts the compensated data block into time domain data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byoung Gill Kim, In Hwan Choi, Kyung Won Kang, Kook Yeon Kwak, Woo Chan Kim
  • Patent number: 7970071
    Abstract: A method and a device for synchronizing the carrier frequency of a carrier signal comprising a frequency offset and/or a phase offset. According to the invention, the method estimates the frequency offset and/or phase offset of the carrier signal by means of a maximum likelihood estimation from a received signal, which comprises temporally discrete, complex rotary indices, for which only the temporally discrete phases are dependent on the frequency offset and/or phase offset. An offset quadrature-modulated received signal is thus converted into a modified received signal comprising temporally discrete, complex rotary indices, for which only the temporally discrete phases are dependent on the frequency offset and/or the phase offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Robde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Kurt Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7971225
    Abstract: A device for and a method of decreasing the data rate of a digital return path link in a Cable Television Hybrid Fiber-Coax system (CATV system) is disclosed. At the node of the CATV system, the bandwidth of the a digital data stream representative of an analog return signal is limited to a desired frequency band. The bandwidth-limited data stream is then digitally re-sampled at a predetermined multiple of a center frequency of the frequency band. The re-sampled data stream is then separated into two data streams. Then, these separate data streams are digitally decimated to a lower data rate, interleaved and serialized for transmission to a head end of the CATV system. A reverse process reconstructs the original analog return signal's signal components within the desired frequency band at the head end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Finisar Corporation
    Inventor: Gerald Francis Sage
  • Publication number: 20110085084
    Abstract: A system and method for a low complexity and robust spatiotemporal combining for video enhancement is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes computing a standard deviation estimate between a video frame and a temporally neighboring frame of the video frame in a video sequence, computing an error value, for each sub-block of pixels within a block of pixels in a current video frame, between pixel values within the sub-block in the current video frame and corresponding motion compensated pixel values in a temporally neighboring video frame of the current video frame, computing a temporal weighting factor for each sub-block of pixels as a function of the error value and the standard deviation estimate, and combining the block of pixels in the current video frame and their corresponding motion compensated pixel values in the temporally neighboring video frame using the computed temporal weighting factor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: CHIRAG JAIN, Sriram Sethuraman
  • Patent number: 7911539
    Abstract: A VSB reception system includes a sequence generator for decoding a symbol corresponding to the supplemental data and generating a predefined sequence included in the supplemental data at VSB transmission system. The reception system also includes a modified legacy VSB receiver for processing the data received from the VSB transmission system in a reverse order of the VSB transmission system by using the sequence, and a demultiplexer for demultiplexing the data from the modified legacy VSB receiver into the MPEG data and the supplemental data. The VSB reception system also includes a supplemental data processor for processing the supplemental data segment from the demultiplexer in a reverse order of the transmission system, to obtain the supplemental data, thereby carrying out the slicer prediction, decoding, and symbol decision more accurately by using the predefined sequence, to improve a performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: In Hwan Choi, Young Mo Gu, Kyung Won Kang, Kook Yeon Kwak
  • Publication number: 20110063514
    Abstract: A pre-processor pre-processes enhanced data packets by coding the enhanced data packets for forward error correction (FEC) and expanding the FEC-coded data packets. A data formatter adds first null data into first place holders within each pre-processed enhanced data packet. A first multiplexer multiplexes the main data packets with the enhanced data packets having the first null data. A holder inserter inserts second null data into second place holders within an enhanced data packet outputted from the first multiplexer. A data interleaver replaces the second null data with parity data. A data generator generates at least one known data sequence. A symbol processor replaces the first null data included in an output of the data interleaver with the known data sequence(s). A non-systematic RS encoder generates the parity data by performing non-systematic RS-coding on an output of the symbol processor, and provides the parity data to the data interleaver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventors: In Hwan Choi, Kyung Won Kang, Kook Yeon Kwak, Young Jin Hong, Sung Ryong Hong
  • Patent number: RE42317
    Abstract: A system for filtering digital television signals is provided. The system comprises a generator for providing a first data sequence to a private data packetizer, and a transmitter for transmitting the packetized first data sequence in a data channel of a digital television signal. The system further includes a receiver for receiving the digital television signal and recovering the first data sequence. The receiver includes a channel estimator for providing an estimate of channel characteristics, such as estimated channel impulse estimate and estimated noise variance. The receiver further includes an adaptive equalizer filter having an input for receiving the digital television signal and an input for receiving adaptive filter coefficients. The receiver further includes a coefficient processor for calculating adaptive filter coefficients based on the channel estimate, and providing the adaptive filter coefficients to the adaptive equalizer filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Compay
    Inventors: Naofal Mohammed Wassel Al-Dhahir, John Erik Hersey, Nick Andrew Van Stralen, Richard Louis Frey, Mark Lewis Grabb