With Amplifier Patents (Class 381/120)
  • Patent number: 10931026
    Abstract: An In-Building Communications system is disclosed which permits communication in tunnels, underground parking garages, tall buildings such as skyscrapers, buildings having thick walls of concrete or metal, and/or any building which has communication dead zones due to electromagnetic shielding. The invention includes a portable bi-directional amplifier (BDA) system, an outdoor antenna system attached to the building or independently mountable, an indoor antenna system attached to the building or independently mountable inside the building, and a standardized, In-Building Communications (IBC) interface box affixed preferably to the exterior of the building. The interface box communicates with antenna systems attached to the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Karl F. Scheucher
  • Patent number: 10862471
    Abstract: A signal modulator for modulating at least one input signal is disclosed. The modulator includes an adaptive ramp generator receiving a clock signal having a clock cycle. The adaptive ramp generator provides a ramp signal having a profile starting from a minimum level adjusted in each clock cycle. The signal modulator may receive a first, second, and third input signal, and a clock signal. The first and second input signals may derive from a single signal where the second signal is equal to the first signal shifted by 180 degrees. The third signal may be a fixed level that sets the nominal duty cycle of the modulator. The input signal having the highest amplitude among the first, second, and third input signals is identified. The minimum level of the ramp signal is adjusted, and the peak value of the ramp maintained substantially equal to the signal having the highest amplitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited
    Inventor: David Coyne
  • Patent number: 10771528
    Abstract: Techniques for implementing an audio distribution system using only standard network cabling for both power transmission and audio signal transmission. The system comprising of one or more Audio-streaming Source Units and one or more self-contained Network-powered Speaker Units where a plurality of audio streams can exist simultaneously and any audio stream can be directed between any Audio-streaming Source Unit and any Network-powered Speaker Unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: OneView Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Ronald Davison, Kenneth Dale Jones
  • Patent number: 10757506
    Abstract: An amplifier circuit for a parametric transducer, comprising: a signal processor for processing an input signal into first and second signals; and at least a pair of output stages arranged to respectively receive the first and second signals for generating amplified first and second signals respectively, which are provided to operate the parametric transducer. The input, first and second signals are arranged with a substantially similar frequency to cause a switching frequency of the amplifier circuit to be matched to a carrier frequency of the parametric transducer. A related audio device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Nanyang Technological University
    Inventors: Joseph Sylvester Chang, Tong Ge, Linfei Guo
  • Patent number: 10701495
    Abstract: A hearing assistance and/or noise suppression device leverages computing power of an external device with a digital signal processor, such as a special unit that is configured to communicate with a smart device (e.g., a smart phone, smart watch or smart pendant) or a smart phone with a digital signal processor. Methods include having a hearing transducer communicate with and offload computing tasks to an external device with a digital signal processor. Systems include a hearing transducer with transducer circuitry that receives, amplifies and outputs digital signal processed audio from another device. Methods provide self-adjustment and fitting through a touch screen interface, which can be conducted outside of a clinical setting in a real world environment, and method can include remote data collection and communications with clinicians.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Truong Nguyen, Harinath Garudadri, Patrick Mercier, Arthur Boothroyd, Carol Mackersie
  • Patent number: 10701488
    Abstract: Described herein is a head-mounted device including an audio system configured to provide a surround sound audio effect. The device may include one or more of a forehead assembly, a rear-head assembly, a set of speakers, a set of straps connecting the forehead assembly to the read-head assembly, and/or other components. The forehead assembly may include one or more speakers. Individual ones of the straps may include one or more speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Meta View, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Beltran, Lin Cong, Eric Bokides
  • Patent number: 10680343
    Abstract: An In-Building Communications system is disclosed which permits communication in tunnels, underground parking garages, tall buildings such as skyscrapers, buildings having thick walls of concrete or metal, and/or any building which has communication dead zones due to electromagnetic shielding. The invention includes a portable bi-directional amplifier (BDA) system, an outdoor antenna system attached to the building or independently mountable, an indoor antenna system attached to the building or independently mountable inside the building, and a standardized, In-Building Communications (IBC) interface box affixed preferably to the exterior of the building. The interface box communicates with antenna systems attached to the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Karl F. Scheucher
  • Patent number: 10665215
    Abstract: The present invention provides an Effector Power Adapter for connecting an effector, the Effector Power Adapter includes a power supply module, at least one first voltage transformation module and multiple voltage output ports, wherein the voltage output port has at least one first voltage transformation output port. The first voltage transformation module is electrically connected to the power supply module and the first voltage transformation output port, and the first voltage transformation module controls the first voltage transformation output port to output numerically continuously adjustable voltages. The present invention further provides an Effector Working System, which has an effector and the above effector power adapter. The Effector Power Adapter and the Effector Working System provided by the present invention can apply different voltages to an effector to produce different sound effects, which enriches the playing effect and offers more musical creation space for music practitioners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen Swiff Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: He Jia
  • Patent number: 10616691
    Abstract: A microphone circuit having an amplifier with an input operably coupled to a microphone motor also includes a low pass filter operably coupled to the output of the amplifier and a positive feedback network that operably couples to an output of the low-pass filter and to the amplifier input. For many useful application settings the aforementioned amplifier has unity gain while the positive feedback network has a fractional gain less than unity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Dean Badillo, Michael Jennings
  • Patent number: 10615819
    Abstract: An apparatus for a signal processor for Wide-Band Applications is provided. The signal processor includes a plurality of parallel branches. Each parallel branch includes a frequency shifter, a sigma-delta-modulator, and a filter. The output signal of each branch is combined via a signal recombiner. The signal processor is suitable for wide-band applications due to centering the zeros of the sigma-delta-modulator's noise transfer function and filter's noise transfer function at the frequency of the frequency shifter in the same branch of the signal processor. Centering these zeros at the frequency of the frequency shifter shapes the quantization noise added by the sigma-delta-modulator away from the input signal frequency to make it easier to remove the quantization noise. This wideband performance is also achieved due to the design of the embodiment's filters. The embodiments of this invention use filters with symmetric transition bands and a pass-band that is wide enough for use in wireless applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sai Mohan Kilambi, Lan Hu
  • Patent number: 10615701
    Abstract: A hybid resonant DC to DC converter uses an LLC or other resonant structure on the primary side, applying a two state waveform to one end of the resonant structure and a multi-state waveform to the other end of the resonant structure. The waveforms are at or near the resonant resonant frequency and the output voltage level is regulated by varying the shape of the multi-state waveform by varying the duty cycle of the switches used to generate it. The allows the converter to operate near or at its optimal resonant point, resulting in higher efficiency, over a wide range of regulated output voltage levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dianbo Fu, Heping Dai
  • Patent number: 10571985
    Abstract: An electronic device includes: first and second processing circuits; a current limiting circuit configured to limit the electric current supplied to the first processing circuit; and a power storage unit inserted between the current limiting circuit and the first processing circuit to be in parallel to the first processing circuit. The first processing circuit is supplemented with electric charge stored in the power storage unit in a case where an electric current exceeding a current limit value of the current limiting circuit is consumed. In response to the connection to an external power supply, a limit of inflow of the electric current to the first and second processing circuits is made and a charging mode is started, and then the limit is released and it is switched to an operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naohiro Matsuta
  • Patent number: 10554125
    Abstract: A negative voltage circuit includes a dual charging circuit, a pumping capacitor circuit, a dual discharging circuit, an output switch circuit, and a load capacitor circuit. The dual charging circuit is configured to operate in a start-up or normal operating mode during a charging mode, and supply a first current in the start-up mode higher than a second current in the normal operating mode. The pumping capacitor circuit is configured to charge based on a charging current from the dual charging circuit. The dual discharging circuit is configured to operate in the start-up mode or the normal operating mode during a discharging mode, and discharge the pumping capacitor to allow a third current in the start-up mode to flow between the pumping capacitor and the terminal of the second operating voltage. The third current in the start-up mode is higher than a fourth current in the normal operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun Paek
  • Patent number: 10510360
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhancing reverberated audio signals are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method is disclosed comprising receiving an audio signal; partitioning a frequency domain representation of the audio signal into a plurality of sub-band vectors; inputting each sub-band vector into a corresponding deep neural network; calculating, using the corresponding deep neural networks, a plurality of output vectors for each sub-band; concatenating the plurality of output vectors to generate a clean audio feature matrix; and converting the clean audio feature matrix into a time-domain audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventors: Tao Yu, Ming Tu, Gang Liu
  • Patent number: 10498306
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device and method for intelligently reducing power consumption in an audio amplifier in the device, and in particular Class-D amplifiers, through the use of metadata associated with settings of the playback device and/or content to be played on the playback device. The device includes components for analyzing the settings and content metadata and regulates the voltage provided to the audio amplifier based on this analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ROKU, INC.
    Inventor: Neil Edward Johnson
  • Patent number: 10490206
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for measuring capture performance of multiple voice signals. A first speech signal is applied to a device, and measured at far-end at a far-end of a testing environment. A second speech signal is separately applied to the device, and is also measured at the far end. The measured speech signals are added, and a quality assessment model is applied to the first far-end combined signal to obtain a first quality metric. The first speech signal and the second speech signal are then both applied at the same time to the device and measured at the far-end. The quality assessment model is applied to the second far-end combined signal to obtain a second quality metric. The quality metric for the second far-end combined signal is normalized, based on the first quality metric, to obtain a performance index for the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventor: Doh-Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 10469967
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for utilizing digital microphones in low power keyword detection and noise suppression. An example method includes receiving a first acoustic signal representing at least one sound captured by a digital microphone. The first acoustic signal includes buffered data transmitted with a first clock frequency. The digital microphone may provide voice activity detection. The example method also includes receiving at least one second acoustic signal representing the at least one sound captured by a second microphone, the at least one second acoustic signal including real-time data. The first and second acoustic signals are provided to an audio processing system which may include noise suppression and keyword detection. The buffered portion may be sent with a higher, second clock frequency to eliminate a delay of the first acoustic signal from the second acoustic signal. Providing the signals may also include delaying the second acoustic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Knowler Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: David P. Rossum, Niel D. Warren
  • Patent number: 10454424
    Abstract: A method and operates for generating a boost control signal for a DC-DC-booster is described. An audio signal may be received comprising a plurality of audio sample values. The audio signal may be delayed for a delay time. A maximum-delayed-value of the audio sample values during the delay time may be determined. The boost control signal may be generated from the maximum of the non-delayed audio signal sample value and the maximum-delayed-value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Maarten van Dommelen, Frédéric Chalet, Benno Krabbenborg
  • Patent number: 10436828
    Abstract: A load detector for an audio system comprising a closed-loop amplifier is described. The load detector includes a noise detector configured to be coupled to the output of the closed-loop amplifier. The noise detector detects a noise signal at least partially generated by the amplifier. The generated noise signal comprises frequencies outside the audible frequency range due to the noise shaping of the amplifier. The load detector further includes a parameter calculation module having an input coupled to the output of the noise detector and an output. The parameter calculation module is configured to determine a parameter value relating to an impedance of the amplifier output load from the detected noise signal and to output a load detection signal dependent on the determined parameter value. The load detector may detect the presence of a load such as a tweeter without generating a reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Temujin Gautama, Remko van Heeswijk
  • Patent number: 10439295
    Abstract: An In-Building Communications system is disclosed which permits communication in tunnels, underground parking garages, tall buildings such as skyscrapers, buildings having thick walls of concrete or metal, and/or any building which has communication dead zones due to electromagnetic shielding. The invention includes a portable bi-directional amplifier (BDA) system, an outdoor antenna system attached to the building or independently mountable, an indoor antenna system attached to the building or independently mountable inside the building, and a standardized, In-Building Communications (IBC) interface box affixed preferably to the exterior of the building. The interface box communicates with antenna systems attached to the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Karl F. Scheucher
  • Patent number: 10412486
    Abstract: The electronic circuit having an input stage for pre-amplifying an electrical input signal of the electronic circuit provided by a transducer. The electronic circuit has an output stage for providing a microphone output signal by processing an output signal of the input stage. The electronic circuit has an adjustable output load arranged and configured for setting a current draw of the output stage. Additionally, the electronic circuit has a measurement circuit configured to capture the output signal of the input stage and an automatic control circuit configured to adjust the adjustable output load dependent on the captured output signal of the input stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventor: Gino Rocca
  • Patent number: 10412485
    Abstract: A duty-cycled acoustic sensor saves power, for example, by operating for relatively short periods of time in a repetitive manner. A sensor bias current provides operating power to the sensor. An output analog signal from the sensor carries the information induced by the sensor upon the bias signal. Capacitive coupling is employed to remove direct DC voltage from the output analog signal to generate an analog input signal for acoustic analysis. A capacitor for capacitive coupling is pre-charged to reduce the charging time of the capacitor as the sensor is being powered up. After the capacitor is sufficiently precharged, acoustic analysis is performed on the analog input signal. The sensor is powered down by substantially blocking current flow through the sensor, which saves power. Results of the acoustic analysis can be used, for example, to control parameters of the duty-cycling of the acoustic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Zhenyong Zhang, Wei Ma, Mikko Topi Loikkanen, Mark Kuhns
  • Patent number: 10390801
    Abstract: In general, according to one embodiment, an ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus includes an ultrasonic probe, a plurality of power supplies implemented by circuitry, at least one pulser, and a controller implemented by circuitry. The ultrasonic probe includes a plurality of piezoelectric transducers which generate ultrasonic waves in response to supplied driving signals. The pulser outputs the driving signal based on an applied voltage applied from any one of the plurality of power supplies. The controller switches the plurality of power supplies in accordance with the at least one pulser used for generation of the driving signal in one transmission mode period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Iwama, Hironobu Hongou, Isao Uchiumi, Koichi Morikawa, Takatoshi Okumura
  • Patent number: 10349161
    Abstract: A circuit for biasing a transducer including a first plate and a second plate includes a front-end buffer and a charge pump. The front-end buffer generates an internal signal at an internal node in response to a voltage signal of the second plate. The transducer receives the incident sound wave at the first plate to generate the voltage signal at the second plate. The charge pump boosts the internal signal into a boost voltage at the first plate according to a first clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: FORTEMEDIA, INC.
    Inventors: Ion Opris, Abu Hena M Kamal, Ramesh Prakash, Lee Tay Chew
  • Patent number: 10326405
    Abstract: An amplifier circuit includes an amplifier and a voltage boost circuit configured to provide a variable supply voltage to the amplifier, the variable supply voltage continuously proportional to an audio input signal, the variable supply voltage configured to follow an output of the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sherif Galal, Subbarao Surendra Chakkirala, Khaled Abdelfattah, Earl Schreyer
  • Patent number: 10321231
    Abstract: In general, the subject matter described in this disclosure can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for analyzing, by a computing system, one or more signals transmitted to an audio transducer. The computing system determines, based on the analyzing the one or more signals, an inductance of electronic components affecting the one or more signals. The computing system modifies, based on using the determined inductance to determine that atypical displacement of the membrane of the audio transducer has occurred, the one or more signals to compensate for the atypical displacement of the membrane of the audio transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Josef Osterneck, Michael Kai Morishita, Chad Georges Seguin, Michael Scot Pate, Moonseok Kim
  • Patent number: 10313773
    Abstract: An embodiment amplifier circuit includes a pair of subcircuits that includes a first subcircuit and a second subcircuit, each of which includes a buffer amplifier and a feedback circuit that includes a feedback capacitor. The amplifier circuit also includes a pair of output terminals. The first subcircuit and the second subcircuit each generate a different output signal of a pair of output signals that includes a first output signal and a second output signal. The amplifier circuit is configured for receiving a positive differential input signal at the first subcircuit, receiving a negative differential input signal at the second subcircuit, and receiving the pair of output signals at the pair of output terminals. The amplifier circuit is also configured for transmitting the first output signal to the feedback circuit of the first subcircuit, and transmitting the second output signal to the feedback circuit of the second subcircuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Francesco Polo, Richard Gaggl
  • Patent number: 10277183
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method to generate an audio output signal is disclosed. The method may include receiving an audio input signal at an automatic gain control (AGC) unit. The method may further include receiving a volume setting indicator signal at the AGC unit. Further, the method may include setting one or more operational parameters for the AGC unit based on the volume setting indicator signal. In addition, the method may include applying a gain to the audio input signal based on the one or more operational parameters to generate an audio output signal at a desired output level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Sorenson IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Paul W. Cohrs
  • Patent number: 10252802
    Abstract: A flat panel speaker system is provided. The system includes, a modified panel having a front surface and a rear surface, wherein the modified panel acts as a diaphragm for the flat panel speaker system; a supporting member coupled to the rear surface of the modified panel; and a detachable driver operationally coupled to the supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kwun-Wing W. Cheung
  • Patent number: 10236832
    Abstract: An audio system includes a reference voltage generation circuit to generate a digital encoding signal and generate an analog reference voltage according to the digital encoding signal, wherein, during a booting procedure and/or a shutdown procedure, the analog reference voltage is smoothly increased and/or decreased at a smooth rate related to a bit number of the digital encoding signal; a first analog operational amplifier for receiving the analog reference voltage to generate a common voltage, which is smoothly increased and/or decreased during the booting procedure and/or the shutdown procedure; and a differential analog operational amplifier pair, coupled to the first analog operational amplifier, for receiving a differential audio input signal pair and outputting a differential output voltage pair to drive a load, wherein, during the booting procedure and/or the shutdown procedure, the differential audio output signal pair is smoothly increased and/or decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: AIROHA TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Jia-An Jheng, Yu-Hua Liu, Ya-Ling Yang
  • Patent number: 10212517
    Abstract: Described herein is a head-mounted device including an audio system configured to provide a surround sound audio effect. The device may include one or more of a forehead assembly, a rear-head assembly, a set of speakers, a set of straps connecting the forehead assembly to the read-head assembly, and/or other components. The forehead assembly may include one or more speakers. Individual ones of the straps may include one or more speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Meta Company
    Inventors: Alan Beltran, Lin Cong, Eric Bokides
  • Patent number: 10173892
    Abstract: This application relates to an integrated circuit die (200) comprising a MEMS transducer structure (101) integrated with associated electronic circuitry (102). The electronic circuitry comprises a plurality of transistors and associated interconnections and is formed in a first area (103) of the die from a first plurality (104) of layers, e.g. formed by CMOS metal (107) and dielectric (108) layers and possibly doped areas (106) of substrate (105). The MEMS transducer structure is formed in a second area (111) of the die and is formed, at least partly, from a second plurality (112) of layers which are separate to the first plurality of layers. At least one filter circuit (201) is formed from said second plurality of layers overlying the plurality of transistors of the electronic circuitry (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: James Deas, Jean Lasseuguette, John Pennock, Mark Hesketh
  • Patent number: 10178466
    Abstract: A powered speaker system comprising a cabinet and an input to receive an audio signal from an external amplifier. An audio splitter receives and splits the audio signal into first and second portions. At least one first speaker driver receives the first portion of the split audio signal, and an effects output jack receives the second portion. An effects input jack that is connectable to the external effects device, receives the second portion of signal that is modified by the external effects device. An internal amplifier is coupled to the effects input jack and receives and amplifies the modified second portion of the signal. At least one second speaker driver receives from the internal amplifier, the amplified modified second portion. The first speaker driver outputs the first portion simultaneously while the second speaker driver outputs the amplified modified second portion of the split audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: KOMET AMPLIFICATION GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: Holger Notzel
  • Patent number: 10170093
    Abstract: A sound detection system of a musical instrument with vibrating parts includes at least a pair of sensors and a preamplification unit for processing the signal output from the two sensors along respective channels. At least one of the pair of sensors is a piezoelectric transducer and the other one of the pair of sensors is a different-type transducer. The preamplification unit includes, for each channel, an input stage, including an amplifier circuit and an equalization circuit, and an output stage including at least a weighted adder circuit and at least two volume controls with arbitrary logarithmic response curve. At least the input stage for the channel of the piezoelectric transducer is a charge amplifier circuit and at least one of the other input stages can be configured both as a charge amplifier and as non-inverting amplifier with high input impedance. The equalization circuit includes an RC circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: HEART SOUND ITALY S.R.L.
    Inventor: Antonio Selmo
  • Patent number: 10158326
    Abstract: An audio amplifier has an input for an audio signal being amplified and an output powering a load on the basis of the amplified audio signal; a generator of reference voltage of very high linearity and low output impedance, able to receive, as input, the audio signal to be amplified; a power current generator including a power voltage generator whose output is connected to the output of the reference voltage generator through a coupling inductance; and a signal adder introducing, for its control, as input to the power current generator, a signal representative of the current provided as output by the reference voltage generator. The signal adder is able to introduce a signal ( L ? di LOAD dt ) representative of the product of the value of the coupling inductance and the drift with respect to time of the current ( di LOAD dt ) provided to the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: DEVIALET
    Inventor: Pierre-Emmanuel Calmel
  • Patent number: 10141902
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide an apparatus having a first connector and a signal processing circuit. The first connector is configured to receive a second connector so that connecting terminals at respective portions of the first and second connectors are coupled together. The signal processing circuit is configured to generate a first output signal at a first amplification gain, determine a first load resistance value at a first connecting terminal of the second connector that is configured to receive the first output signal when coupled to the first connector, and set the first amplification gain based on the first load resistance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MARVELL WORLD TRADE LTD.
    Inventors: Alessandro Savo, Andrea Lombardi, Giuseppe De Vita, Alberto Ressia
  • Patent number: 10129636
    Abstract: An electronic device having a speaker device. The electronic device may include a housing, a speaker device disposed inside the housing, and a sound generation circuit electrically connected to the speaker device. The speaker device may include a sound generation plate movable in a first direction, and a sound reflection construction facing the sound generation plate to form a space between the sound generation plate and the sound reflection construction. The sound generation plate includes a first surface disposed substantially at a center of the sound generation plate, the first surface having a convex shape when viewed from inside the space, and the sound reflection construction includes a second surface substantially aligned with the first surface along an axis of the housing, the second surface having a concave shape when viewed from inside the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taeeon Kim, Youngbae Park, Byoung-Hee Lee, Taiyong Kim, Ki-Won Kim, Juhee Chang, Ho-Chul Hwang
  • Patent number: 10110996
    Abstract: The DC detection circuit includes: a OR circuit configured to generate a logical OR flag on the basis of logical OR of values of X bits from a (MSB-1)th bit to a (MSB-X)th bit of input data; a NAND circuit configured to generate a NAND flag on the basis of a NAND of values of X bits from the (MSB-1)th bit to the (MSB-X)th bit of the input data; a counter configured to count up and a counter value which outputs a DC detection flag if a counter value is exceeds predetermined set value on the basis of the MSB and any one of the logical OR flags of NAND flags. Accordingly, safety can be secured by detecting whether the DC data is included in the input PCM data, and thereby preventing degradation and breakage of the loudspeaker etc. due to the DC data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Onodera
  • Patent number: 10080082
    Abstract: A microphone biasing circuit comprises a microphone connected between a first node and a first DC bias voltage, the microphone configured to provide a sensed voltage at the first node in response to sound; a first diode and a second diode, the first diode and the second diode connected antiparallel with one another between the first node and a second node, the second node having a second DC bias voltage; an amplifier having an input connected to the first node and an output connected to a third node, the amplifier configured to provide an output voltage to the third node based on the sensed voltage at the first node; and a feedback path connected from the third node to the second node. The feedback path comprises at least one element configured to couple alternating components of the output voltage at the third node to the second node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: Akustica, Inc., Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Saikrishna Ganta, Chinwuba Ezekwe
  • Patent number: 10035341
    Abstract: A driving circuit for driving a capacitive load includes a signal modulation section that causes an original drive signal to be pulse-modulated to generate a modulation signal, a signal amplification section that amplifies the modulation signal to generate an amplification modulation signal, and a coil that smooths the amplification modulation signal to generate a drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Kashimura, Hiroshi Sugita
  • Patent number: 9941846
    Abstract: Techniques for providing multiple power supplies in electronic devices are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, an appropriate power supply is provided only to accommodate a volume setting. In other words, there are at least two power supplies, one with a low voltage and the other with a high voltage. The high voltage power supply is only applied when there is a need to accommodate a volume setting. Thus the power consumption of the amplifiers is well controlled. As a result, the designs of the device and heat dissipation therein can be simplified and lowered in cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SONOS, INC.
    Inventors: James F. Lazar, Mark Polomski
  • Patent number: 9888315
    Abstract: A novel ribbon microphone incorporates rounded-edge magnet motor assembly, a backwave chamber, and a phantom-powered JFET circuit. In one embodiment of the invention, one or more novel rounded-edge magnets may be placed close to a ribbon of the ribbon microphone, wherein the one or more novel rounded-edge magnets reduce or minimize reflected sound wave interferences with the vibration of the ribbon during an operation of the ribbon microphone. Furthermore, in one embodiment of the invention, a novel backwave chamber operatively connected to a backside of the ribbon can minimize acoustic pressure, anomalies in frequency responses, and undesirable phase cancellation and doubling effects. Moreover, in one embodiment of the invention, a novel phantom-powered JFET preamplifier gain circuit can minimize undesirable sound distortions and reduce the cost of producing a conventional preamplifier gain circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cloud Microphones, LLC.
    Inventors: Rodger Cloud, Stephen Sank
  • Patent number: 9854357
    Abstract: A method may be provided for powering up or down a playback path comprising a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for generating a non-ground-centered analog intermediate voltage centered at a common-mode voltage and coupled to a driver for generating a ground-centered playback path output voltage at an output of the driver wherein the output of the driver is clamped via a finite impedance to a ground voltage. The method may include transitioning continuously or in a plurality of discrete steps the analog intermediate voltage from an initial voltage to the common-mode voltage such that the transitioning is substantially inaudible at the output of the driver. A method for operating an output clamp of an output driver stage of a playback path may include transitioning continuously or in a plurality of discrete steps an impedance of the output clamp in order to match an output offset of the output driver stage in order to minimize audio artifacts appearing at an output of the output driver stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Tejasvi Das, Anand Ilango
  • Patent number: 9853602
    Abstract: For use in professional audio amplifier applications, high current charge pump circuits including charge circuits and dynamic release circuits are connected between respective storage capacitors and the audio power amplifier output. The charge circuits charge their storage capacitors when an output signal swing of the power amplifier is below a corresponding predetermined positive and negative threshold. The dynamic release circuits release power from their charged storage capacitors to dynamically vary the voltage levels of their positive and negative power supply rails in direct relation to the output signal swing of the power amplifier, preferably at unity gain. Multiple positive and negative power supply rails at different voltage levels can be used with cascaded multi-stage dynamic release circuits to maximize system efficiency. The charge and dynamic release circuits can be connected between their storage capacitors and a buffer amplifier which also receives the power amplifier audio input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: James K. Waller, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9853103
    Abstract: A JFET structure may be formed such that the channel region is isolated from the substrate to reduce parasitic capacitance. For example, instead of using a deep well as part of a gate structure for the JFET, the deep well may be used as an isolation region from the surrounding substrate. As a result, the channel in the JFET may be pinched laterally between doped regions located between the source and the drain of the JFET. In other example embodiments, the channel may be pinched vertically and the isolation between the JFET structure and the substrate is maintained. A JFET structure with improved isolation from the substrate may be employed in some embodiments as a low-noise amplifier. In particular, the low-noise amplifier may be coupled to small signal devices, such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)-based microphones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Shanjen Pan, Marc L. Tarabbia, John L. Melanson
  • Patent number: 9831843
    Abstract: An audio playback path of an audio apparatus includes a digital modulator, a digital-to-analog converter (DAC), and a power amplifier. The digital modulator receives a playback signal corresponding to playback audio content and generates a digital input signal in accordance with the playback signal. The DAC receives the audio input signal and generates an analog preamplifier signal. The power amplifier generates an audio output signal in accordance with the preamplifier signal and an analog attenuation determined by the analog attenuation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Tejasvi Das, Bharath Kumar Thandri, Anand Ilango, Aniruddha Satoskar, Daniel John Allen, Xiaofan Fei
  • Patent number: 9813791
    Abstract: Novel active phantom-powered ribbon microphones that provide switchable proximity effect response filtering for voice and music applications are disclosed with unique adjustable interfaces. In one embodiment of the invention, a slider-based full frequency response vs. low frequency response and high pass filtering adjustment interface on a surface of a microphone casing provides a convenient switching between a “Music” mode and a “Voice” mode, wherein the “Voice” mode reduces the undesirable proximity effect in an active phantom-powered ribbon microphone, when a sound source is situated overly close to the active phantom-powered ribbon microphone. Furthermore, in one embodiment of the invention, a slider-based or a knob-based variable voice mode adjustment interface can also be integrated on a surface of a microphone casing to provide various preset levels of low frequency reduction and/or proximity effect response filtering when the “Voice” mode is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Rodger Cloud
  • Patent number: 9807489
    Abstract: Provided is a method of removing an earphone noise of a portable terminal includes: recognizing a connection of an earphone through an interface unit; applying power to a mike bias port in case the earphone is recognized; sensing a signal which indicating a detachment of the earphone from the interface unit during applying power to the mike bias port; and discharging the power of the mike bias port when the detachment occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mu Seon Im, Yong Seong Jeong, Hyung Woo Park
  • Patent number: 9804710
    Abstract: An electronic device having a touchless user interface for providing at least one input to the device, said touchless user interface comprising at least one ultrasound transmitter arrangement arranged to transmit ultrasonic signals and at least one ultrasound receiver arrangement arranged to receive reflections of said ultrasonic signals from an input object, wherein the device further comprises a substantially continuous outer surface portion, wherein said outer surface portion comprises at least one localised zone 30? having a greater compliance for moving in response to impingement by said ultrasonic signals or reflections such that said localised zone 30? forms part of said transmitter arrangement and/or said receiver arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ELLIPTIC LABORATORIES AS
    Inventors: Tobias Gulden Dahl, Hans Jørgen Bang, Tom Kavli
  • Patent number: 9772494
    Abstract: Techniques are described for controlling operation of both a host device and a wearable display device connected to the host device based on a use status of the wearable display device. The techniques include automatically determining a use status of a wearable display device based on feedback from one or more touch sensors within the wearable display device that indicates whether the wearable display device is worn by a user. Based on the determined use status, the wearable display device controls its own operation (e.g., controls operation of display screens of the wearable display device, a communication session with the host device, and display processing of data received from the host device). The wearable display device also sends an indication of the use status to the host device. The host device then controls its own data processing for the wearable display device based on the indicated use status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Khosro Mohammad Rabii