Television Receiver Adapted To Receive Radio Broadcast Or In Combination With Radio Receiver Patents (Class 348/729)
  • Patent number: 9819840
    Abstract: A device, system, and method may provide an audio component of a multimedia stream playing on a video monitor to one or more wireless computing devices. The extracted audio component of the multimedia content may be packetized into data packets and broadcast via a network such that the data packets can be received by the wireless computing devices and the audio component can be played by the wireless computing devices in synchronization with the visual component playing on the video monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Bryan Nunes
  • Patent number: 9635413
    Abstract: Various arrangements are presented for reducing channel change times. A first tuner of a television receiver may tune to a decryption key transponder stream. The decryption key transponder stream may include a plurality of decryption keys for a plurality of television channels that are transmitted to the television receiver via a plurality of transponder streams. Such keys may be buffered. A second tuner of the television receiver may be tuned to a media transponder stream to receive a television channel. A buffered decryption key may be used in decoding the television channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Echostar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Innes, William Michael Beals, David Kummer
  • Patent number: 9485666
    Abstract: Disclosed are an available channel information sharing system and an available channel information sharing method, and an available channel information sharing system and an available channel information sharing method based on positional information and area information. The available channel information sharing system sharing available channel information for each unit region includes: a server; a white band device placed in the unit region; and a white band sensing device creating positional information and transmitting the created positional information to the server, receiving unit region information corresponding to the positional information from the server, and transmitting first available channel information based on channel information of a sensed broadcasting signal to the white band device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Kyu Min Kang, Jae Cheol Park, Byung Jang Jeong, Sang In Cho
  • Patent number: 9437115
    Abstract: The invention facilitates asynchronous interaction between a geographically separated facilitator and at least one user. The said invention provides asynchronous interaction between rural classrooms (teacher-student community) and expert teachers to increase the outreach of the expert teachers much beyond that is permitted with the teachings of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Tata Consultancy Services Limited
    Inventors: Hiranmay Ghosh, Gautam Shroff, Arpan Pal, Ranjan Dasgupta, Tavleen Oberoi, Sujal Subhash Wattamwar, Kingshuk Chakravarhy
  • Patent number: 9438360
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an audio component of a multimedia content playing on an electronic display device to one or more wireless computing devices utilizes a synchronization player application of the electronic display device to display a visual component of the multimedia content on a display of the electronic display device and to extract the audio component from the multimedia content. The extracted audio component of the multimedia content is packetized into data packets and broadcast into a network so that the data packets can be received by the wireless computing devices to play the audio component of the multimedia content in synchronization with the visual component of the multimedia content being displayed on the display of the electronic display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Signet Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Nunes
  • Patent number: 9036093
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a one-segment tuner I/F that is connected to a one-segment tuner, a tuner I/F that is connected to a digital terrestrial tuner, a decoder that selectively decodes a first broadcast signal supplied from the one-segment tuner I/F and a second broadcast signal supplied from the tuner I/F, a general purpose processor that is provided separately from the decoder and decodes the first broadcast signal, and a switch unit that, based on signal intensity of the second broadcast wave, switches the decoding by the decoder between the first broadcast signal and the second broadcast signal while the general purpose processor is decoding the first broadcast signal. The one-segment tuner I/F, the tuner I/F, the decoder, the general purpose processor, and the switch unit are integrated on one chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Hotta, Seiichi Saito, Kazushige Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 9025085
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing access to program channels, e.g., high definition programs and program channels which corresponding to a standard definition program and/or program channels are described. In accordance with the invention, a high definition auto tune function is supported. When enabled, in one exemplary embodiment, if a user selects a standard program definition channel, a check is automatically made to determine if a corresponding high definition program channel is available. The corresponding high definition program channel is a channel which provides the same program as on the selected standard definition channel but in high definition. When the auto tune function is enabled and a corresponding high definition channel is available, the device, e.g., set to box or tuner implementing the auto tune feature of the present invention, automatically tunes to the high definition channel instead of the standard definition channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Josephs
  • Patent number: 9014615
    Abstract: An end user can sample a radio or television broadcast, generate a user representation of the broadcast sample, and send the user representation to a comparison system, which also receives known representations of content broadcast by multiple different stations. The known representations are stored in a continuous fashion, and represent actually broadcast content. The comparison system identifies the source of the broadcast sample by comparing the user representation to the known representations associated with each of the different stations. By comparing two representations of content that was actually broadcast, a broadcast source can be identified without requiring the use of watermarks, timestamps, or a database of discreet content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dyon Anniballi, Philippe Generali
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150049251
    Abstract: The embodiments herein discloses a portable computing device. The device comprises a main body, a satellite antenna and a cooler fan at a head section of the main body, a web cam built integrally with the satellite antenna, a key board, a mouse pad, a wireless communication module, a plurality of ports, an audio system, a battery power supply and a computer core processor. The satellite antenna is configured to connect the computing device to any satellite television channel or radio station to allow a user to view and listen a desired satellite television channel or a radio channel. The core processor is connected to an external display device through wired and wireless connection for data transmission. The external display device is any one of a LED television, flat screen monitor, HDTV, Television monitor, and computer screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: YENOUKOUME Serge BOKO DAGOUN
  • Patent number: 8953098
    Abstract: A television signal processing device and a television signal processing method are proposed according to embodiments of the present invention, wherein the television signal processing device includes a first signal processing unit, a television demodulator, and a second signal processing unit. The first signal processing unit performs a first signal processing operation upon a television signal according to a feedback signal to reduce distortion of the television signal and accordingly generate a processed television signal. The television demodulator is coupled to the first signal processing unit for receiving the processed television signal, and demodulating the processed television signal to generate a demodulated television signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mediatek Inc.
    Inventors: Seng-Chong Tiun, Ming-Luen Liou, Tsung-Han Wu, Yu Ding
  • Patent number: 8928820
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request to tune to a first desired television channel of a cable spectrum provided in a radio frequency (RF) signal received in a multi-tuner circuit configured to receive and process the entire cable spectrum, determining a channel of the channels including the first desired television channel, disabling the channels other than the determined channel, and processing the RF signal in the determined channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Silcon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Abdulkerim L. Coban, Mustafa H. Koroglu
  • Patent number: 8923770
    Abstract: A wireless communication system that concurrently communicates information in multiple regulatory domains to facilitate audio/video media streaming and other high bandwidth operations. One domain may be licensed and the other may be unlicensed. Transmission in the licensed domain may occur in white space in the domain, and the amount of information transmitted in that domain may be limited by regulations. The amount of information conveyed in the licensed domain may also depend on channel conditions in either or both of the domains. As a result, the relative amount of information transmitted in each domain may vary dynamically. The system includes a transmitter that dynamically determines weighting coefficients applied to each of a plurality of channels to set power levels in both domains to achieve a desired metric for the overall communication. A corresponding receiver assembles the substreams into a stream that can then be displayed or otherwise processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Amer A. Hassan, Danny Allen Reed, Trenholme J. Griffin
  • 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: 8908094
    Abstract: A TV receiver is activated at the time of a transition to a standby condition of a mobile terminal (100) with the TV receiver, data on a standby screen saved beforehand is synthesized with data on a predetermined image, and the synthesized image is displayed. Thereafter, the predetermined image in the synthesized image is switched to, at a predetermined timing, a real-time TV image received by the TV receiver and the real-time TV image is displayed. Accordingly, an image is displayed on the standby screen even in a blank period that a TV image cannot be displayed well because of a preparation for displaying a TV image right after the transition to the standby condition, thereby promoting utilization of a TV broadcasting through the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Lenovo Innovations Limited (Hong Kong)
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Uno
  • Patent number: 8902362
    Abstract: A prediction means for predicting a maximum delayed change time, which is the longest in a change time which allows a next program to be displayed, if a channel is selected to change the current program to the next program; and a display control means, by which, from a reception completion time when the reception of the current program has been completed, a relevant program is displayed on the basis of original program data remaining in a buffer at the relevant reception completion time, and at the same time, the reproduction speed of the display is based on a speed at which the current program is displayed during the period between the reception completion time and a maximum delayed change time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masakazu Maehara
  • Publication number: 20140347564
    Abstract: A Wi-Fi ATSC TV Antenna with Waveform Compression is comprised of 5 components—TV antenna, ATSC TV tuner, AD Converter, Waveform Data Compression Unit, and Wi-Fi Transceiver. It is used to transfer Analog RF Waveform to Digital IF Signal over Wi-Fi to a TV-viewing device. It is used for ATSC TV reception devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Lin Yang
  • Patent number: 8878994
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a first receiver, a screen transmitter, a second receiver and a controller. The first receiver receives first information associated with a display function of an external device. The screen transmitter generates an operation screen for operating the apparatus based on the first information, and transmits a video signal of the generated operation screen to the external device. The second receiver receives second information associated with content of an operation on the operation screen from the external device. The controller controls operation of the apparatus based on the second information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takahiro Arai, Eita Shuto
  • Patent number: 8875175
    Abstract: A digital video viewing system including methods for user selection of video advertisement content and time of display of video advertisements during a live video content stream. The digital video viewing system includes modules for receiving, evaluating and transmitting data within the digital video viewing system and to Internet protocol content providers. Also shown are methods for recording and re-playing live internet protocol content in conjunction with the video advertisement display methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Network Entertainment International LLC
    Inventors: Charles McCoy, True Xiong, Stewart Stremler
  • Patent number: 8874683
    Abstract: A method of receiving and processing a broadcast signal including a Non-Real Time (NRT) service and a broadcast receiver are disclosed herein. A method of processing a Non-Real Time (NRT) service in a broadcast receiver, the method comprises receiving and processing first signaling information including content access information and second signaling information including content detail information, receiving and processing third signaling information including content update information, receiving and storing a content including at least one file through NRT based on the first signaling information and the second signaling information, identifying update availability of the content based on the content update information included in the third signaling information, and receiving at least one file included in the content by accessing a File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (FLUTE) session transmitting the content when the update is available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Yeul Suh, Gomer Thomas, Jae Hyung Song, Jin Pil Kim, Ho Taek Hong, Joon Hui Lee
  • Patent number: 8872983
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive content, an acquiring unit configured to acquire a time required for reproducing the content, a counter configured to count a first time including at least the required time, and a display controller configured to display the content on the display unit and terminate display of a video on the display unit after expiration of the first time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Hitoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8866969
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a receiver which receives a broadcasting signal, a display which displays an image based on the received broadcasting signal, a communication unit which communicates with a mobile device, and a controller which determines whether the mobile device interferes with at least one channel of a plurality of broadcasting channels received through the receiver, and controls the display to display a user interface (UI) indicates a user whether image noise has resulted from channel interference by the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seok-woo Yong
  • Patent number: 8856857
    Abstract: This technique relates to a receiving device, a receiving method, and a program that can demodulate transmitted signals with high accuracy. A receiving device of this disclosure includes: an amplifying unit that amplifies a received signal; an adjusting unit that adjusts gain of the amplifying unit in accordance with power of the signal; a demodulating unit that demodulates the amplified signal; and a detecting unit that detects an interval from the signal, information having the same content continuously appearing in the interval. The adjusting unit restricts the process of adjusting the gain of the amplifying unit in accordance with a result of the detection of the interval. This disclosure can be applied to receiving devices that receive broadcast signals compliant with DVB-C2 via a CATV network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Kobayashi, Naoki Yoshimochi
  • Patent number: 8848106
    Abstract: A display section (2) includes: a display-end path switching section (50) for detecting, within a LAN, a tuner section (1) with use of a pairing ID which is obtained for establishing communication via a communication path (a) and which is generated with use of a MAC address of the tuner section (1); and a display-end connection processing section (52) for establishing communication with the tuner section (1) via a communication path (c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryosuke Ohmae, Shinichi Katoh, Fumiaki Suzuki, Yohichi Eguchi, Seiji Imanishi, Takaomi Fujimoto, Yoshinori Moto, Kazuma Naito, Atsushi Hanzawa
  • 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: 20140247398
    Abstract: A display including a display body, a display portion, a first resin frame including a frame-shaped inner side surface having high light reflectance, a light source and a light guide formed in a substantially rectangular shape, having a light incident side surface consisting of a side surface opposed to the light source, and arranged on the first resin frame in a state where three side surfaces other than the light incident side surface are in contact with the inner side surface of the first resin frame or opposed to a portion close to the inner side surface of the first resin frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi KAKIMOTO
  • Patent number: 8825111
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable communication equipment comprising a handset with means for transmitting and receiving radiofrequency mobile telephony signals via a cellular radiocommunication network; means for receiving radiofrequency television signals; means for displaying data corresponding to received television signals and acoustic means for reproducing sounds associated to received television signal. According to the invention, said means for receiving radiofrequency television signals comprise a tuner and demodulator located in an accessory separated from said handset and intended to be worn by a user of the handset, said accessory comprising an external metallic area intended to be in direct contact with the skin of said user and electrically linked to an input of said demodulator, and in that said equipment also comprises a transmitting link for transmitting to said handset data corresponding to received radiofrequency television signals downstream from said demodulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: DRNC Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Xavier Fourquin, Philippe Boutier, Minh Le, Carole Fagnoni
  • Patent number: 8823881
    Abstract: A control device controls a television. The control device includes a touch module. The control device displays a menu containing a number of soft keys on a screen. The soft keys are activated to control the television to carry out corresponding functions. All positions on the menu are associated with all positions on the touch module correspondingly. As a result, a user can select desired soft keys to carry out corresponding functions by viewing the menu on the television and touching the touch module, rather than viewing the touch module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chih-Chun Chang
  • Patent number: 8817195
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention provides a method for digital television demodulation, comprising using adjacent-channel power dependent automatic gain control (AGC) for the digital television demodulation, wherein an AGC technique takes into account a total power as well as power of adjacent channels to control gain of a gain control amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Parveen K. Shukla, Bernard Arambepola, Thushara Hewavithana, Sahan Gamage
  • Publication number: 20140226074
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an internal buffer may be provided within an integrated circuit (IC) to convert a signal to an output current to be output via a pin of the IC, under control of a switch which can be controlled based on a configuration setting of the IC, and may selectively directly couple the signal to the pin when the IC is coupled to an external driver circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: SILICON LABORATORIES INC.
    Inventors: András Vince Horvath, Abdulkerim L. Coban, Pio Balmelli, Ramin Khoini-Poorfard, Alessandro Piovaccari
  • 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: 8797460
    Abstract: A reception apparatus includes: a reception unit configured to receive a broadcast stream at least including a data stream for data broadcasting; a first style selector configured to select a display style for each of data broadcast content acquired from the broadcast stream received by the reception unit; a second style selector configured to select, when the data broadcast content corresponding to the style selected by the first style selector corresponds to a plurality of display styles, one display style out of the plurality of display styles; and a display unit configured to display the data broadcast content corresponding to the style selected by the first style selector or the second style selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naohisa Kitazato, Yoshiharu Dewa, Izumi Hatakeyama, Masayuki Obayashi
  • Patent number: 8787821
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for providing a broadcasting service in a single frequency broadcasting network, and a system thereof. The apparatus for receiving broadcasting signals includes an RF receiver configured to receive an RF broadcasting signal having identification information to identify a broadcasting signal transmitter and down-convert the received RF broadcasting signal; a reception characteristic measurer configured to measure reception characteristics of the RF broadcasting signal based on the identification information and generate reception characteristic information; and a reception characteristic transmitter configured to transmit the reception characteristic information to a broadcasting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Hyoungsoo Lim, Jae-Young Lee, Heung-Mook Kim, Soo-In Lee
  • Patent number: 8780276
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing access to program channels, e.g., high definition programs and program channels which corresponding to a standard definition program and/or program channels are described. In accordance with the invention, a high definition auto tune function is supported. When enabled, in one exemplary embodiment, if a user selects a standard program definition channel, a check is automatically made to determine if a corresponding high definition program channel is available. The corresponding high definition program channel is a channel which provides the same program as on the selected standard definition channel but in high definition. When the auto tune function is enabled and a corresponding high definition channel is available, the device, e.g., set to box or tuner implementing the auto tune feature of the present invention, automatically tunes to the high definition channel instead of the standard definition channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Josephs
  • Patent number: 8767131
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a one-segment tuner I/F that is connected to a one-segment tuner, a tuner I/F that is connected to a digital terrestrial tuner, a decoder that selectively decodes a first broadcast signal supplied from the one-segment tuner I/F and a second broadcast signal supplied from the tuner I/F, a general purpose processor that is provided separately from the decoder and decodes the first broadcast signal, and a switch unit that, based on signal intensity of the second broadcast wave, switches the decoding by the decoder between the first broadcast signal and the second broadcast signal while the general purpose processor is decoding the first broadcast signal. The one-segment tuner I/F, the tuner I/F, the decoder, the general purpose processor, and the switch unit are integrated on one chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Renesas Mobile Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Hotta, Seiichi Saito, Kazushige Yamagishi
  • 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: 8736763
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a content synchronizing method includes: first transmitting when receiving an acquiring request for reference time to determine a timing to synchronize a plurality of pieces of content executed by a plurality of modules with each other from a first module out of the modules, the acquiring request for the reference time to a second module out of the modules; receiving source information indicating an acquisition source of the reference time from the second module; and acquiring reference time information indicating the reference time from the acquisition source indicated by the source information, wherein second transmitting to the first module, together with the reference time information, processing time information indicating processing time from receiving the acquiring request until transmitting the reference time information, the processing time information being used to calculate a time lag between time in the first module and the reference time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Yoshikata Tobita
  • Patent number: 8730404
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the present invention includes a latch circuit having a first input to receive a data signal and a second input to receive a clock signal. This latch circuit may have a first pair of transistors including a first transistor gated by the data signal and a second transistor gated by an inverted data signal and a second pair of transistors including third and fourth transistors gated by the clock signal. The first transistor may be coupled to the third transistor at a first inter-latch node and the second transistor coupled to the fourth transistor at a second inter-latch node. A reset circuit may be coupled to the latch circuit to maintain the first and second inter-latch nodes at a predetermined voltage level when the clock signal is inactive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Daigle, Abdulkerim L. Coban
  • 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: 8724034
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for scanning channels in a television signal receiver. The apparatuses generally include a first acquisition circuit, a second acquisition circuit, and a controller. The first acquisition circuit is generally configured to determine, during a first time period, whether a selected radio frequency channel has a first format and to produce a first acquisition indicator in response thereto. The second acquisition circuit is generally configured to determine, during a second time period overlapping the first time period, whether the selected radio frequency channel has a second format and to produce a second acquisition indicator in response thereto. The controller is generally configured to scan a plurality of radio frequency channels by operating the first acquisition circuit and the second acquisition circuit for each one of the plurality of radio frequency channels. Embodiments advantageously provides for faster scanning and acquisition of television signals in a mixed-format (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Mediatek Inc.
    Inventors: Chiao-Chih Chang, Yi-Fu Chen, Ming-Luen Liou
  • Patent number: 8675078
    Abstract: A test system (200) for testing for missing or shorted parts within a tuner circuit includes a signal generator (202) for applying a harmonic-containing baseband time varying RF test signal to the tuner circuit. The tuner circuit is tuned to a harmonic of test signal. A detector 208 coupled to the baseband IF output of the tuner circuit detects the voltage generated in response to the applied RF test signal. A voltage measurement device (210) measures voltage detected by detector to provide an indication of the gain. Significant changes in the gain indicate missing part(s) or short circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventors: Lincheng Xiu, Joseph Risley Perrin, Xiaohong Ji
  • Patent number: 8654261
    Abstract: A video and audio processing device comprises: a switching unit that switches a video input and output pathway at least between “analog video input terminal—analog video output terminal” and “specific-standard digital input terminal—specific-standard digital output terminal”; an input determining unit that determines whether the specific-standard digital data is fed into the specific-standard digital input terminal; and a pathway determining unit that determines whether the video input and output pathway is “analog video input terminal—analog video output terminal”. The receiving unit produces only the audio data from the specific-standard digital data, when the specific-standard digital data is fed into the specific-standard digital input terminal while the video input and output pathway is “analog video input terminal—analog video output terminal”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Onkyo Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuya Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 8654873
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a Television (TV) receiver to perform a method of synchronizing a demodulator at a Viterbi decode input in the TV receiver using one or more bit de-interleaved even and odd Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) symbols is provided. The method includes (i) performing a Viterbi decoding on the bit de-interleaved even and odd OFDM symbols when a frame boundary does not exist for the bit de-interleaved even and odd OFDM symbols, (ii) performing a convolutional encoding on an decoded data output of the Viterbi decoding, (iii) determining whether an output of the convolutional encoding of the bit de-interleaved OFDM symbols matches an input at a Viterbi decode, and (iv) determining whether the output of the convolutional encoding of the bit de-interleaved even and odd OFDM symbols matches with a SYNC pattern or a SYNC? pattern to obtain a RS packet align boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventors: Gururaj Padaki, Sunil Hosur Rames, Rakesh A Joshi, Raghavendra Raichur, Rajendra Hegde
  • Patent number: 8638396
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods to receive and display digital television signals are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus to receive digital television signals comprises an antenna assembly coupled to the signal processing circuitry and comprising a first antenna positioned to maximize reception in a first direction and a second antenna positioned to maximize reception in a second direction, different from the first direction, and a processor coupled to the antenna assembly and comprising a selection logic module to select an antenna to receive a digital television signal for a specific channel, and a tuning logic module to configure the antenna assembly to receive a signal via a selected antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher R. Keate, Armando V. Lopez, Eric S. Tang
  • Patent number: 8639178
    Abstract: An end user can sample a radio or television broadcast, generate a user representation of the broadcast sample, and send the user representation to a comparison system, which also receives known representations of content broadcast by multiple different stations. The known representations are stored in a continuous fashion, and represent actually broadcast content. The comparison system identifies the source of the broadcast sample by comparing the user representation to the known representations associated with each of the different stations. By comparing two representations of content that was actually broadcast, a broadcast source can be identified without requiring the use of watermarks, timestamps, or a database of discreet content items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Clear Channel Management Sevices, Inc.
    Inventors: Dyon Anniballi, Philippe Generali
  • Patent number: 8634029
    Abstract: The present invention includes an apparatus for distributing a received modulated RF signal to a plurality of tuners including a diplexer device. The diplexer device includes a plurality of filter circuits adapted to direct respective portions of the received modulated RF the signal to respective tuner devices. In an illustrated embodiment, the tuner devices supply tuned signals to a picture in picture display device. Also disclosed is a method of receiving a modulated ready of frequency signal and routing portions of the received signal to respective tuner devices using filter devices in a diplexer or multiplexer configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Pugel
  • Patent number: 8614769
    Abstract: Disclosed is an intermediate frequency processing device for processing both analogue and digital television intermediate frequency signals including vision and sound intermediate frequency signal components, comprising an intermediate frequency signal input for receiving digital or analogue intermediate frequency signals, a processing section, coupled to said intermediate frequency signal input means, for processing intermediate frequency signals, and an output for outputting signals processed in said processing section. The processing section comprises a first band pass filter (1,2,3) connected to said intermediate frequency signal input, and at least two parallel processing portions (4,6a,7,19-22,30-40,42-45;5,6b,8,18,23-29,46) coupled in parallel to said band pass filter (1,2,3), wherein each of said processing portions includes an inphase quadrature processing means (18,23;19,22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: NXP, B.V.
    Inventor: Thomas Hafemeister
  • Patent number: 8610832
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for broadcasting signals. The system includes a supplemental antenna at a first location co-located with a main antenna transmitting a main signal. The supplemental antenna is physically separate from a main antenna at the same location and transmits a supplementary signal adjacent to the main signal which matches or corresponds to a remote signal transmitted from an antenna at a remote location. The system transmits the supplemental signal at sufficient power to overcome interference in a coverage hole of the remote signal caused by the main signal. A supplemental antenna co-located with the main antenna can transmit the supplemental signal. The system can receive a supplemental signal that matches a remote signal, pass the supplemental signal through a same power amplifier and filter as a local main signal, and broadcast via an antenna both the main signal and the supplemental signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Mobility II, LLC
    Inventor: Melvin Frerking
  • Patent number: 8576343
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a mixed-signal tuner for analog and digital TV reception incorporates a demodulator for analog TV, employing various features for resolving limitations of the analog circuitry and for achieving compatibility with various global TV standards. Such features, which may be present in one or more embodiments, include the use of a variable sample rate in all digital clocks for frequency planning, and use of a microcontroller (MCU) to control various circuitry of the tuner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Hendrickson, David Trager, Mitch Reid, Li Gao, John Khoury
  • Patent number: 8576949
    Abstract: A method for receiving and processing a digital radio broadcasting signal includes: receiving a digital radio broadcasting signal comprised of two or more multicast contents, playing a first one of the multicast contents, and concurrently storing a second one of the multicast contents. A receiver that implements the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: iBiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Chinmay Shah, Armond Capparelli, Joseph F. D'Angelo, Ashwini Pahuja, Jordan Scott, Girish Warrier