Including Processor Interface (e.g., Cpu) Patents (Class 348/719)
  • Patent number: 10080017
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for reduction of I-pulsing artifacts. In one example, a portion of a picture is modified to be encoded as an I picture based in part upon a picture that precedes the picture. The modification can reduce an I-pulsing artifact associated with the I picture. The modified picture is intra-coded for inclusion in a series of encoded pictures, which may then be transmitted. In another example, an encoder includes adaptive pre-processing circuitry and intra-encoding processing circuitry. The pre-processing circuitry modifies a portion of a first picture based in part upon a second picture that precedes the first picture in a series of video pictures. For example, the modification may be based upon coding noise associated with the preceding picture. The intra-encoding processing circuitry encodes the modified picture as an I picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Junlin Li, Alexander Garland MacInnis, Brad Albert Delanghe, Lei Zhang
  • Patent number: 9564194
    Abstract: An input apparatus of a semiconductor memory may be provided. The input apparatus may include a first storage circuit configured to receive at least a portion of an input signal provided based on a pin reduction command which is enabled before an operation command through a pin and store the at least a portion of the input signal. The input apparatus may include a second storage circuit configured to receive a remaining portion of the input signal provided based on the operation command through the pin and store the remaining portion of the input signal. The input apparatus may include an arrangement circuit configured to control an output timing of the input signal stored in the first storage circuit and the second storage circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: SK HYNIX INC.
    Inventors: Seung Geun Baek, Jae Il Kim
  • Patent number: 9224186
    Abstract: Memory latency tolerance methods and apparatus for maintaining an overall level of performance in block processing pipelines that prefetch reference data into a search window. In a general memory latency tolerance method, search window processing in the pipeline may be monitored. If status of search window processing changes in a way that affects pipeline throughput, then pipeline processing may be modified. The modification may be performed according to no stall methods, stall recovery methods, and/or stall prevention methods. In no stall methods, a block may be processed using the data present in the search window without waiting for the missing reference data. In stall recovery methods, the pipeline is allowed to stall, and processing is modified for subsequent blocks to speed up the pipeline and catch up in throughput. In stall prevention methods, processing is adjusted in advance of the pipeline encountering a stall condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Mark P. Rygh, Guy Cote, Timothy John Millet, Joseph J. Cheng
  • Patent number: 9041807
    Abstract: An image processing device configured to be installed in a vehicle includes an image acquirer, an image selector, a first luminance adjuster, a synthetic image generator, and an image provider. The image acquirer acquires camera images captured by cameras provided on the vehicle. The image selector selects one of the camera images as a representative image based on luminances of the camera images. The first luminance adjuster adjusts a luminance of at least one of the other camera images based on a luminance of the representative image. The synthetic image generator generates a synthetic image showing a periphery of the vehicle, based on the representative image and the other camera images the luminance of at least one of which has been adjusted by the first adjuster. The image provider outputs, to a display device installed in the vehicle, information corresponding to the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: FUJITSU TEN LIMITED, FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Masahiko Murakami, Nobunori Asayama
  • Patent number: 9041812
    Abstract: Real-time access by a requestor to surveillance video is conditionally pre-authorized dependent on the existence of at least one pre-specified automatically detectable condition, and recorded in a data processing system. A requestor subsequently requests real-time access to the surveillance video (e.g., as a result of an alarm), and if the pre-specified automatically detectable condition is met, access is automatically granted, i.e., without the need for manual intervention. An automatically detectable condition could, e.g., be an alarm condition detected by a sensor at the site of the video surveillance. Alternatively, it could be a locational proximity of the requestor to the site of the video surveillance. Alternatively, it could be a previously defined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Billau, Vincenzo V. Di Luoffo, Dan P. Dumarot, Matthew J. Paschal, Brandon W. Schulz, James E. Woodbury
  • Patent number: 9030610
    Abstract: High definition media content processing techniques are described in which enhanced media content rendering techniques may be performed to output high definition media content. In an implementation, luma keying may be provided to define clear pixels in a composite output using an optimum set of graphics processing instructions. In another implementation, techniques are described which may provide clear rectangles in a composite output of one or more video streams. Clear rectangles to appear in the composite output are configured by a media playback application. A texture is arrived at to represent a union of each of the clear rectangles and is applied to form the clear rectangles in the composite output. In another implementation, capture techniques are described in which an image to capture is resolved as strips to an intermediate texture and then from the texture to a capture buffer in system memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Estrop, Matthew C. Howard
  • Patent number: 9013631
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for processing and displaying caption information associated with a video program are provided. The caption information is extracted from a video signal and different captions are rendered in sequence for different segments of the video program. A plurality of the different captions is blended in a form for simultaneous display superimposed on video images during one of the different segments of the video program. The different captions may be the latest caption corresponding to the current segment of video and a previous caption corresponding to a previous video segment. These different captions can be displayed such that they overlie each other and such that their opacity is different. In this manner, a viewer is able to have a prolonged period of time to read captions and can readily distinguish the current caption from the previous caption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Denis Sergeyevich Suvorov, Anton S. Korchazhinskiy, Irina Spirina
  • Patent number: 8997141
    Abstract: An application management server includes: a terminal management table storage unit configured to store terminal device identification data for identifying a terminal device and information indicating whether or not transmission of notification data is necessary while correlating the terminal device identification data with the information; a registration request reception unit configured to receive from the terminal device, a registration request for registering transmission of notification data, and update the terminal management table storage unit based on the registration request; a release request reception unit configured to receive from the terminal device, a release request for releasing transmission of notification data, and update the terminal management table storage unit based on the release request; a via-broadcasting notification transmission unit configured to perform a process of including notification data in a broadcasting signal and transmitting the notification data; and a via-communicatio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Nippon Hoso Kyokai
    Inventors: Shigeaki Mitsuya, Kinji Matsumura, Akitsugu Baba, Hiroshi Fujisawa, Masaru Takechi, Yasuaki Kanatsugu, Hiroyuki Hamada
  • Patent number: 8970786
    Abstract: A system for controlling ambient light effects comprises a receiving device including at least one processor programmed to parse incoming video content to detect at least one portion of the incoming video content and determine at least one ambient light effect to be associated with the portion of the video content. The system further comprises a home automation controller in communication with the processor and at least one lighting device in communication with the receiving device and the home automation controller. The processor of the receiving device is programmed to send a command to the home automation controller specifying the ambient light effect determined by the processor to be associated with the portion of the video content. The lighting device generates the ambient light effect specified in the command when the portion of the video content is displayed to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Li, Megan Farrell, Aixin Liu, Djung Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8973075
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for adding or extracting metadata for video streams. The system receives a video stream compressed according to a video encoding standard, and generates a packet for transmission across a packet-switched network. The system inserts at least one compressed segment of the video stream into a payload of the packet. The system also receives metadata that describes content within the video stream and is not compressed according to the standard, inserts the metadata into the packet without compressing the metadata according to the standard, and transmits the packet across the packet-switched network to a target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Raymond W. Willis, Jeffrey A Heim
  • Patent number: 8972965
    Abstract: A display device and method for controlling and updating the same are disclosed herein. The display device may include a broadcast receiver for receiving a broadcast signal, a demultiplexer for demultiplexing the received broadcast signal, a decoder for decoding the demultiplexed broadcast signal, and a display for displaying the decoded broadcast signal. An external device interface may be provided for receiving upgrade data from an upgrade device. The display device may include a memory for storing the upgrade data and version information of the upgrade device. A controller may be provided to process and display the received broadcast signal on the display, determine whether the upgrade device is connected to the display device, determine whether a version of the upgrade device is an updated version, and assign authority to control the display device to the upgrade device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Wooseong Chung, Jaehan Park, Chongsok Kim
  • Patent number: 8953099
    Abstract: A display apparatus which is controllable by a remote control apparatus is provided. The display apparatus includes: a communicator which communicates with the remote control apparatus, a storage which stores user interface (UI) screen information which is mapped to each application executable in the display apparatus, and a controller which, if a first application is executed based on a user command, controls a transmission of UI screen information corresponding to the first application from among the UI screen information stored in the storage to the remote control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong-won Kwak
  • Patent number: 8938760
    Abstract: The present invention provides a TV box, where the TV box is connected to a display via lined connection or wireless connection, and the TV box includes a control unit, a network interface circuit and an output unit. The control unit connects to a first external server and an audio/video source via the network interface circuit, the control unit obtains a channel list from the first external server, and obtain audio/video information from the audio/video source by referring to a user inputted command and the channel list, where contents of the channel list is allowed to be edited by a user, and the control unit transmits the audio/video information to the display via the output unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Browan Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Cheng-Jen Yang, Hung-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 8928737
    Abstract: A method of operating a camera with a microfluidic lens to identify a depth of an object in image data generated by the camera has been developed. The camera generates an image with the object in focus, and a second image with the object out of focus. An image processor generates a plurality of blurred images from image data of the focused image, and identifies blur parameters that correspond to the object in the second image. The depth of the object from the camera is identified with reference to the blur parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Indiana University Research and Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Lauren Ann Christopher, Mangilal Agarwal, Weixu Li
  • Patent number: 8922721
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a control method thereof are provided The display apparatus includes: an image processor configured to process an image of content; a display configured to display the processed image of the content; a camera configured to capture an image of a remote controller; a storage configured to store information regarding a plurality of appearance states of the remote controller corresponding to user commands; and a controller configured to determine an appearance state from among the plurality of appearance states of the remote controller based on the image of remote controller captured by the camera, and control the display section to display the image of the content according to a user command corresponding to the determined appearance state of the remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Do-sung Jung, Nam-hyun Park, Hae-sung Park, Ri-na Shin, Hyung-ho Hwangbo
  • Patent number: 8913189
    Abstract: Audio data and video data are processed to determine one or more audible events and visual events, respectively. Contemporaneous presentation of the video data with audio data may be synchronized based at least in part on the audible events and the visual events. Audio processing functions, such as filtering, may be initiated for audio data based at least in part on the visual events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard William Mincher, Todd Christopher Mason
  • Patent number: 8908093
    Abstract: The intended display aspect-ratio for video is determined automatically by analyzing an image to identify image blocks resulting from prior block-based processing of the video; comparing horizontal and vertical dimensions of those image blocks with horizontal and vertical dimensions of the image, with black border regions excluded as necessary; and determining from that comparison a display aspect ratio for the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Snell Limited
    Inventors: Michael James Knee, Maurice Snell
  • Patent number: 8908106
    Abstract: A mobile device stores a TV application for serving as a remote control capable of controlling a TV receiver. The mobile device starts the process of starting the TV application and transmits, to the TV receiver, control signals to turn on the TV receiver before the TV application has been started. More particularly, the mobile device transmits the control signals to turn on the TV receiver while performing the process of starting the TV application. When the mobile device has started the TV application and then the TV receiver has been turned on in normal mode, a user can control the TV receiver by using the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaki Mori
  • Patent number: 8896705
    Abstract: A measuring device for measuring a response speed of a display panel is provided. The measuring device includes a microcontroller and at least one photo sensor. The microcontroller provides a control command, according to which a display controller of the display panel provides test pattern to the display panel. The photo sensor senses a test frame displayed corresponding to the test pattern by the display panel, and provides a corresponding sensing signal associated with brightness and a response signal. According to the response signal, the response speed of the display panel is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Chiang Chiu, Tien-Hua Yu, Wen-Cheng Wu
  • Patent number: 8891017
    Abstract: A video input section acquires a video signal formed of a plurality of frames. A frame separator separates the video signal acquired by the video input section on a frame basis and distributes the separated video signals. A plurality of parallel processors perform video processing in parallel on the separated video signals corresponding to the frames separated and distributed by the frame separator. A frame combiner combines the separated video signals on which the plurality of parallel processors have performed the video processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuyoshi Kegasawa
  • Patent number: 8885108
    Abstract: A TV control device, for an external TV device includes a storage unit storing a user identification code and user setting data corresponding to the user identification code, and a wireless communication unit transmitting a control signal to the external TV device according to the user identification code and the user setting data, wherein the external TV device determines a TV setting of the external TV device according to the user identification code and the user setting data when the external TV device receives the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hannstar Display Corp.
    Inventors: Yi-Ming Pai, Chin-Sheng Lee, Yu-Tsung Hsu
  • Patent number: 8878995
    Abstract: An operation method of a display driver includes generating a count value by counting a period of a synchronization signal related to a synchronization packet received from a host, receiving a mode change command from the host, the mode change command indicating a change from a video mode transmitting first image data to a display by bypassing a frame memory to a command mode transmitting second image data to the display through the frame memory, and generating an internal synchronization signal having a period substantially equal to the period of the synchronization signal by using the count value based on the mode change command after a last pulse of the synchronization signal is generated. A time interval between the last pulse and a first pulse of the internal synchronization signal is equal to the period of the synchronization signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chi Ho Cha, Sang Kyu Lee, Hyun-Chul Lee, Jong Seon Kim, Hyo Jin Kim, Hak-Seong Lee, Seung Jin In, Hyon Jun Choi
  • Patent number: 8872972
    Abstract: A router module is arranged in a housing of a smart television. The router module is externally connected to a modem for surfing the Internet. The router module is electrically connected to a micro processing unit of the smart television. Therefore, the smart television is connected to the Internet through the router module. A wireless transmission chip of the router module is configured to process Internet signals. An antenna module is configured to wirelessly transmit the Internet signals, so that wireless network is shared to outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Nai-Chien Chang
  • Patent number: 8866913
    Abstract: Systems and methods for calibrating a 360 degree camera system include imaging reference strips, analyzing the imaged data to correct for pitch, roll, and yaw of cameras of the 360 degree camera system, and analyzing the image data to correct for zoom and shifting of the cameras. Each of the reference strips may include a bullseye component and a dots component to aid in the analyzing and correcting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Hsieh, Hasan Gadjali, Tawei Ho
  • Patent number: 8866968
    Abstract: Provided is a video processing device capable of displaying an easily viewable video utilizing a broader area in a display. A video processing unit that is included in the video processing device and processes an input video includes a first memory that stores the input video, a second memory that stores the input video, a compression/expansion control unit that compresses and/or expands a first area of the input video stored in the first memory and compresses and/or expands a second area of the input video stored in the second memory, and an image composing unit that generates an output video in which a video of the first area compressed and/or expanded by the compression/expansion control unit and a video of the second area compressed and/or expanded by the compression/expansion control unit are horizontally aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 8860890
    Abstract: An electronic device and a control method thereof are disclosed, the electronic device including: an operation implementation unit conducting a predetermined operation; a first main controller controlling the operation of the operation implementation unit; an input reception unit receiving an input signal; a second main controller processing the input signal and being in the power saving state in the standby mode; and a subcontroller controlling the second main controller to process the input signal when the input signal is received in the standby mode, wherein the second main controller processes the received input signal according to control of the subcontroller, controls the first main controller to operate in the normal mode when the input signal corresponds to entering the normal mode, and returns to the power saving state in the standby mode when the input signal does not correspond to entering the normal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-ick Jang, Chang-yong Kim, Jong-hyuk Jang, Jea-hee Han
  • Patent number: 8854544
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for controlling operation of an electronic device, such as a TV. The system includes a first sensor located at or near the electronic device and a second sensor spaced apart from the first sensor, wherein the first and second sensors are configured to detect motion of a user within an operating zone associated with the electronic device. A processor is coupled to the electronic device and the first and second sensors, the processor being configured to input a signal from the first and second sensors. Memory is coupled to the processor, the memory comprising a sensing algorithm configured to process the input signal from the first and second sensors and determine the location of the user with respect to the operating zone. The processor is configured to send a control command to the electronic device based on an output of the sensing algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Ling Jun Wong
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8810734
    Abstract: A portable digital television (DTV) comprises a processor, a channel and volume changing button arrangement, and a navigational button arrangement. Either or both button arrangements can be used in at least a bi-modal operation. In a first mode of operation, the button arrangements provide their normal functions, and in the second mode of operation, the button arrangements provide an interactive application interface to the user. Preferably, one of the two button arrangements is selected for the bi-modal operation. The selected button arrangement is associated with at least an optical element for lighting the button arrangement. The controller operates the optical element such that the selected button arrangement has one color in one mode of operation and has a different color in the other mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Eric Andrew Dorsey
  • Patent number: 8804042
    Abstract: Digital television channels are preemptively cached based on a modeling of a user to reduce delays while switching channels. A current television channel is selected using a first tuner. A future television channel selection of the user is then predicted based on a modeling of the user. The recorded content of the predicted future television channel is preemptively cached using a second tuner. A buffer of the recorded content of the predicted future television channel is displayed when the user switches from the current television channel to the predicted future television channel. The modeling of the user is updated and stored in storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, James R. Kozloski, Clifford Alan Pickover, Anne R. Sand
  • Patent number: 8797461
    Abstract: A screen time control device includes a source interface for receiving a video signal, a processor connected to the video source interface for overlaying the video signal with a translucent signal to produce an overlaid video signal, and a device interface connected to the processor for receiving the overlaid video signal and providing the overlaid video signal to the display device. The processor substitutes the translucent signal in the overlaid video signal with a parental signal, where the parental signal can be a substantially opaque overlay signal that masks an image on the screen of the display device to prohibit viewing of the screen, a textual message, or a combination of both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Behavioral Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Steve G. Davis, Jim Vincent, Trever Patton, Kristin Christopherson
  • Patent number: 8760584
    Abstract: A memory space configuration method applied in a video signal processing apparatus is provided. The method includes: arranging a first memory space and a second memory space in a memory, the first and second memory spaces being partially overlapped; determining a type of a signal source; when the signal source is a first video signal source, enabling a first processing circuit and buffering data associated with the first video signal source by using the first memory space; and, when the signal source is a second video signal source, enabling a second processing circuit and buffering data associated with the second video signal source by using the second memory space. The second processing circuit is disabled when the first processing circuit is enabled; the first processing circuit is disabled when the second processing circuit is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: MSTAR Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Po-Jen Yang
  • Patent number: 8736762
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and an apparatus for communication between a mobile phone and a TV set. The method comprises the following steps of: generating standard RGB signals by an LCD controller in a central processing unit (CPU) of the mobile phone; transmitting the RGB signals to an LCD of the mobile phone and a TV-OUT chip simultaneously; enabling the TV-OUT chip to receive and recognize the RGB signals through configuration of commands; carrying out video conversion on the RGB signals by the TV-OUT chip to output standard AV signals; and transmitting the AV signals to a display of the TV set via a dock. With this disclosure, information on the LCD screen of the mobile phone can be transmitted to the display of the TV set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Luo, Xianglai Li, Shuqiang Huang
  • Patent number: 8692938
    Abstract: There is provided a video processing device capable of reducing the influence of a disturbance of an input vertical synchronization signal. When the synchronization signal detecting unit detects an input of the input-side vertical synchronization signal at a predetermined cycle, the synchronization signal control unit outputs the input-side vertical synchronization signal, which has been input, as an output-side vertical synchronization signal, and, when the synchronization signal detecting unit detects an input of a next input-side vertical synchronization signal before the predetermined cycle elapses after the output of the output-side vertical synchronization signal, a next input-side vertical synchronization signal input before the predetermined cycle elapses is not output as a next output-side vertical synchronization signal, and an input-side vertical synchronization signal input further next is output as the next output-side vertical synchronization signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 8619194
    Abstract: A television system for providing identification of user television viewing activities, while maintaining the privacy of individual viewers. In selected embodiments, the television system includes a random, unique identification generator that, on a periodic basis, can be used to send targeted advertisements or programming to a user. The user can force the system to re-generate a random identifier and/or purge any tracked data at any time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Tal Franji
  • Publication number: 20130258204
    Abstract: A display device and method for controlling and updating the same are disclosed herein. The display device may include a broadcast receiver for receiving a broadcast signal, a demultiplexer for demultiplexing the received broadcast signal, a decoder for decoding the demultiplexed broadcast signal, and a display for displaying the decoded broadcast signal. An external device interface may be provided for receiving upgrade data from an upgrade device. The display device may include a memory for storing the upgrade data and version information of the upgrade device. A controller may be provided to process and display the received broadcast signal on the display, determine whether the upgrade device is connected to the display device, determine whether a version of the upgrade device is an updated version, and assign authority to control the display device to the upgrade device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Wooseong CHUNG, Jaehan Park, Chongsok Kim
  • Patent number: 8542744
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for scalable block pixel filtering are described. A block filtering instruction is issued to a processing element (PE) to initiate block pixel filtering hardware by causing at least one command and at least one parameter be sent to a command and control function associated with the PE. A block of pixels is fetched from a PE local memory to be stored in a register file of a hardware assist module. A sub-block of pixels is processed to generate sub-block parameters and the block of pixels is filtered in a horizontal/vertical edge filtering computation pipeline using the sub-block parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventors: Mihailo M. Stojancic, Gerald George Pechanek
  • Publication number: 20130222699
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques to improve a user experience in a Wireless Display (WD) system. The WD system includes a source device that provides media data to one or more sink devices. The techniques are directed toward reducing end-to-end latency in the WD system while improving video playback quality at the sink devices. More specifically, the techniques include customized buffering at the sink devices based on application awareness for the media data. The techniques include learning the type of application for the media data, and adjusting the size of buffers in the processing pipeline to achieve an appropriate balance between smoothness and latency for the application type. For example, when the media data is for a video playback application, the techniques include increasing the buffer size to increase smoothness in the video playback application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: QUALCOMM Incorporated
  • Patent number: 8416348
    Abstract: The present invention provides a digital TV. The digital TV comprises a memory, a signal processing module, and a processor. The memory is for storing a regular program code. The signal processing module is for receiving and processing a data signal, and for generating an interruption signal. The processor coupled to the memory and the signal processing module is for receiving the interruption signal and reading the regular program code from the memory, and for executing the regular program code to realize functions of the digital TV. The memory is divided into a plurality of blocks, and the processor accesses the memory by block. Each block includes a first sub-block storing a specific program code. When the processor receives the interruption signal, the processor reads the specific program code of the first sub-block of the currently-accessed block and executes the specific program code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Mstar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Hung-Kai Ting
  • Patent number: 8395707
    Abstract: A unified system of programming communication. The system encompasses the prior art (television, radio, broadcast hardcopy, computer communications, etc.) and new user specific mass media. Within the unified system, parallel processing computer systems, each having an input (e.g., 77) controlling a plurality of computers (e.g., 205), generate and output user information at receiver stations. Under broadcast control, local computers (73, 205), combine user information selectively into prior art communications to exhibit personalized mass media programming at video monitors (202), speakers (263), printers (221), etc. At intermediate transmission stations (e.g., cable television stations), signals in network broadcasts and from local inputs (74, 77, 97, 98) cause control processors (71) and computers (73) to selectively automate connection and operation of receivers (53), recorder/players (76), computers (73), generators (82), strippers (81), etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Personalized Media Communications LLC
    Inventors: John Christopher Harvey, James William Cuddihy
  • Patent number: 8284836
    Abstract: Provided is a motion compensation method and apparatus. The motion compensation method includes performing register setting for motion compensation of an mth macroblock of a current image, performing prediction for the mth macroblock simultaneously with performing register setting for motion compensation of an (m+1)th macroblock, and performing reconstruction for the mth macroblock based on a prediction result simultaneously with performing prediction for the (m+1)th macroblock. By parallely processing motion compensation on macroblocks, the amount of time required for motion compensation of the macroblocks can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dmitri Birinov, Joon-ho Song, Doo-hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8265164
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for determining whether a current macroblock and an adjacent macroblock thereof are located in the same slice. The method is used in a predetermined process for a block-based digitally encoded image. The block-based digitally encoded image is represented as an encoded bit-stream and each macroblock therein is assigned a sequence characteristic number. The method includes: providing a memory space for storing and tracing a slice changing point; initializing the slice changing point to a predetermined number; checking the encoded bit-stream, and when the current slice is determined to change, setting the slice changing point to a derived sequence characteristic number derived from the sequence characteristic number of the current macroblock; and determining whether the current macroblock and the adjacent block thereof are in the same slice according to a comparison result between the sequence characteristic number of the adjacent block and the slice changing point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Via Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Fu, Sean Lee
  • Patent number: 8201100
    Abstract: Scroll wheels have simplified the movement of cursors and changes in focus as a users navigate their way through menus, lists, tables, and other objects typically found in graphical user interfaces. Also typical of navigation schemes driven by scroll wheels is the ability of the user to accelerate the rate of movement of the cursor or focus by spinning the scroll wheel faster. One issue with this behavior is that a user who over accelerates the scroll wheel will often wind up overshooting his intended target and reversing the direction of the scroll wheel several times. The embodiment addresses this problem by giving control of the speed of the cursor or focus movement to the object being navigated. If the granularity of the list, table, menu, or other objects become smaller, the object has the ability to filter the speed input of the scroll wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Vizio Inc.
    Inventors: William Pat Price, Timothy Elliott, Marcus P Apitz, Peter Schwartz, Jeffrey Briller
  • Patent number: 8144164
    Abstract: A display image of a frame is input in time series. An inverse colored image to cancel the display image is generated. The display image is divided into a plurality of subfields, and the inverse colored image is also divided into a plurality of subfields. A time divisional image is generated by disposing a display time of a subfield of the inverse colored image before and after a display time of a corresponding subfield of the display image. While displaying the time divisional image on a screen, a light from the screen is transmitted in synchronization with display timing of the display image in a display time of the time divisional image, and the light is cut off in synchronization with display timing of the inverse colored image in the display time of the time divisional image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Tomoki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8125571
    Abstract: According to the invention, the video data to be processed and the configuration data are transferred to the module via one and the same data bus. These modules are advantageously chained in series on a common bus which transfers to each module both the configuration data and the video data to be processed. Preferably, dead time or “blanking” periods between two picture frames transmitted on this bus are used in order to insert the configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Hassane Guermoud, Emmanuel Jolly, Laurent Blondé, Jonathan Kervec
  • Patent number: 8026982
    Abstract: A method of controlling a power supply of a digital TV with a function of executing applications is provided. According to the method, in a digital TV apparatus with the application executing function, a power supply of a general-purpose CPU platform which processes data required for executing an application and a power supply of a decoding unit which decodes digital broadcasting data and outputs the decoded data on a screen are controlled separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee-chul Han, Se-huhn Hur
  • Patent number: 7927215
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes an LCD, and on the LCD, a touch panel is set. When a player object encounters an enemy object, a battle screen is displayed on the LCD. A player performs a sliding operation on the touch panel with a stick or the like in such a manner as to surround the enemy object and tries to obtain the enemy object. At this time, when the enemy object (affecting object) already obtained is selected, an ability (effect) equipped with the affecting object can be produced. For example, a flame according to a surrounding line is generated. When the flame hits the enemy object, the enemy object is damaged to decrease its moving speed and stop moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Ninetendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuki Sekimori
  • Patent number: 7809240
    Abstract: When various content is broadcasted via the Internet, a user is free from restriction of time and space and user's desired content is provided. The content is controllably recorded and read to a random-access recording medium via a network, and at least the content read from the recording medium is transmitted to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Nomura
  • Patent number: 7672573
    Abstract: A system includes an integrated encoder comprising an optical storage controller for coupling to an optical storage medium, and a data encoder for coding input data coupled to the optical storage controller, a first external memory coupled to a first memory controller in the integrated encoder, and a second external memory coupled to a second memory controller in the integrated encoder. In one aspect, the integrated encoder further comprises a first memory arbiter for selectively directing access to the first external memory by the optical storage controller and the data encoder, and a second memory arbiter for selectively directing access to the second external memory by the optical storage controller and the data encoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Sunplus Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tzu-Hsin Wang
  • Patent number: RE43339
    Abstract: An audio and video recording and reproduction apparatus and method is described, which uses a movable storage memory such as a memory card, so that audio and video signals are easily accessed without separate editing devices. The apparatus uses a separable memory so that a deck is unnecessary, allowing small, lightweight constructions, and a compression algorithm results in longer playing time, while read/write operations robust to noise are achieved. Also, data desired by the user is easily accessible, and applications as a substitute for magnetic or disk media are also possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Se Yong Ro, Han Jung