Transmitter Oscillator Used As Local Oscillator Patents (Class 455/86)
  • Patent number: 9634717
    Abstract: Systems for a dual-band transceiver that re-uses a lower frequency transmitter to drive a local oscillator (LO) for high frequency circuits are disclosed herein. The need for a LO lineup requiring high frequency and high power is eliminated. The output of a lower frequency band is modified to be used as a LO drive for the higher frequency band transceiver. Using a carrier recovery loop, the system is operable to simultaneously operate in both bands. The result is a solution that eliminate the design of a high performance LO circuits for a higher band of a mmW dual-band system. This significantly reduces the overall complexity of the system. Furthermore, the inventive architecture reduces the design complexity and overall cost to implement dual-band circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wenyao Zhai
  • Patent number: 9537531
    Abstract: A communication device includes a communication circuit capable of switching a reception or a transmission of a desired frequency signal through an antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Satoru Tomisawa
  • Patent number: 9375153
    Abstract: A motion/vibration sensor includes a transmit/receive antenna unit, an oscillation unit and a frequency-mixing unit. The transmit/receive antenna unit receives an output signal from the oscillation unit and transmits a detection signal toward at least one object. The detection signal is reflected by the object as a reflected detection signal and received by the transmit/receive antenna unit. The oscillation unit receives the reflected detection signal from the transmit/receive antenna unit for self-injection locking; and the frequency-mixing unit receives the reflected detection signal from the transmit/receive antenna unit for frequency demodulation. The frequency-mixing unit mixes and demodulates the reflected detection signal from the transmit/receive antenna unit with the output signal from the oscillation unit into a baseband output signal which represents a motion/vibration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignees: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, NATIONAL SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Tzyy-Sheng Horng, Fu-Kang Wang, Kang-Chun Peng
  • Patent number: 9258021
    Abstract: An analog front-end (AFE) for a communications device includes a low-power frequency synthesizer with reduced footprint. The AFE includes a first frequency synthesizer and a second frequency synthesizer. The first frequency synthesizer is coupled to a transmit (TX) chain and to a receive (RX) chain of the AFE. The first frequency synthesizer is to generate a first local oscillator (LO) signal for transmitting or receiving carrier signals when the device is in a normal operating mode. The second frequency synthesizer is coupled to the RX chain and shares one or more components of the TX chain. The second frequency synthesizer is to utilize the one or more shared components to generate a second LO signal for receiving carrier signals when the device operates in a low-power mode. For example, the one or more shared components may include a voltage source and/or one or more inductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Yashar Rajavi, Alireza Khalili, Muhammad Adnan
  • Patent number: 9118319
    Abstract: A reconfigurable circuit block includes a rate-conversion circuit, a processing circuit, a first asynchronous interface circuit, and a second asynchronous interface circuit. The rate-conversion circuit converts a first input signal into a first output signal. The processing circuit processes a second input signal to generate a second output signal. The first asynchronous interface circuit outputs a third output signal asynchronous with the first output signal. The second asynchronous interface circuit outputs a fourth output signal asynchronous with the second output signal. The controllable interconnection circuit transmits the third output signal to the processing circuit to serve as the second input signal when controlled to have a first interconnection configuration, and transmits the fourth output signal to the rate-conversion circuit to serve as the first input signal when controlled to have a second interconnection configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Ming-Yu Hsieh, Khurram Muhammad, Pou-Chi Chang
  • Patent number: 9020018
    Abstract: A calibration system may be provided for calibrating wireless communications circuitry in an electronic device during manufacturing. The calibration system may include data acquisition equipment and calibration computing equipment for receiving and processing test and calibration signals from wireless communications circuitry to be calibrated. During testing and calibration operations, a device may be provided with initial pre-distortion calibration values. The initial pre-distortion calibration values may be generated at least in part based on calibration operations performed for other wireless electronic devices. The device may generate a test signal using the initial pre-distortion calibration values. The calibration system may determine whether the test signal is within an acceptable range of a known reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Lang Do, David A. Donovan, Gurusubrahmaniyan Radhakrishnan
  • Patent number: 8995505
    Abstract: Techniques for providing a transceiver with a sliding intermediate frequency (IF). In an aspect, a PLL generates a single local oscillator (LO) signal used for both up-conversion by a transmit (TX) signal path and down-conversion by a receive (RX) signal path, wherein the LO frequency is chosen as the TX carrier frequency. As the TX and RX carrier frequencies may generally differ by a variable amount, the RX signal path utilizing the (TX) LO frequency for down-conversion may be characterized as having a “sliding” IF. To accommodate the sliding IF receiver architecture, specific processing functions such as charge sampling, discrete-time analog band-pass filtering, and sub-sampling analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Faramarz Sabouri, Alberto Cicalini
  • Patent number: 8954020
    Abstract: An entire radio transceiver can be completely integrated into one IC chip. In order to integrate the IF filters on the chip, a heterodyne architecture with a low IF is used. A single, directly modulated VCO is used for both up-conversion during transmission, and down-conversion during reception. Bond-wires are used as resonators in the oscillator tank for the VCO. A TDD scheme is used in the air interface to eliminate cross-talk or leakage. A Gaussian-shaped binary FSK modulation scheme is used to provide a number of other implementation advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Karl Håkan Torbjörn Gärdenfors, Sven Mattisson, Jacobus Cornelis Haartsen
  • Patent number: 8948710
    Abstract: In a receiving device, an oscillating section generates a local oscillating signal for performing frequency conversion of one reception target channel of channels in broadcasting in a first frequency band and channels in broadcasting in a second frequency band; a first receiving section generates a channel signal based on the local oscillating signal and a high-frequency signal in the first frequency band when the reception target channel is a channel in the first frequency band, and does not perform the generation when the reception target channel is a channel in the second frequency band; and second receiving section generates a channel signal based on the local oscillating signal and a high-frequency signal in the second frequency band when the reception target channel is a channel in the second frequency band, and does not perform the generation when the reception target channel is a channel in the first frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Noboru Sasho
  • Patent number: 8923777
    Abstract: A transceiver, receiver, and transmitter are provided. The transceiver may also include a programmable matching block configured to implement impedance-matching between an antenna and the receiver and/or between the antenna and the transmitter. The programmable matching block may implement the impedance-matching through a shared matching circuit block. The programmable matching block may include at least one of a programmable inductor and a programmable capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad-Reza Nezhad-Ahmadi, Gareth Pryce Weale
  • Patent number: 8885692
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an apparatus comprising a transceiver having a receiver and a transmitter connected through a segment of a calibration loop back path. The apparatus also comprises a control system configured to communicate with the transceiver. The calibration loop back path has an intentional phase shift that can be toggled between an off state and an on state by the control system. The control system is configured to calculate the intentional phase shift by examining the difference of a first and second phase angle. The first phase angle is obtained from the transmission of a first pair of signals with the intentional phase shift in the off state. The second phase angle is obtained from the transmission of a second pair of signals with the intentional phase shift in the on state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Yann Ly-Gagnon
  • Patent number: 8880005
    Abstract: A transceiver comprising a first frequency signal generator for generating a reception frequency signal, and a second frequency signal generator for generating a transmission frequency signal. The first frequency signal generator is coupled to the second frequency signal generator to supply the reception frequency signal to the second frequency signal generator as a reference frequency signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Mobile Communications GmbH
    Inventors: Guenter Maerzinger, Bernd Adler
  • Patent number: 8874055
    Abstract: Systems and methods according to embodiments of the present invention are provided for increasing the power efficiency of a communications device by allowing it to support dual-SIM functionality while issuing simultaneous wake ups for each SIM. Embodiments of the present invention leverage time sharing solutions to minimize the amount of circuitry needed in a communications device to issue wake ups while avoiding the drawbacks of other time sharing solutions that result in increased overhead due to requiring multiple transitions from an idle state to an active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Jin-Sheng Su
  • Patent number: 8867591
    Abstract: A discrete digital transceiver includes a receiver sample and hold module, a discrete digital receiver conversion module, a transmitter sample and hold module, a discrete digital transmitter conversion module, clock generation module, and a processing module. The receiver sample and hold module samples and holds an inbound wireless signal in accordance with a receiver S&H clock signal. The discrete digital receiver conversion module converts the receiver frequency domain sample pulse train into an inbound baseband signal. The transmitter sample and hold module samples and holds an outbound signal to produce a transmitter frequency domain sample pulse train. The discrete digital transmitter conversion module converts a transmitter frequency domain sample pulse train into the outbound wireless signal. The clock generation module generates S&H clock signals in accordance with a control signal. The processing module generates the control signal such that the S&H clock signals are shifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Ahmadreza (Reza) Rofougaran, Hooman Darabi
  • Publication number: 20140287700
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a buffer circuit has a capacitor comprising a first terminal and a second terminal, an input signal being inputted to the first terminal, a first inverting amplifier circuit configured to invert and amplify a signal of the second terminal of the capacitor, a second inverting amplifier circuit configure to invert and amplify an output signal of the first inverting amplifier circuit, and a MOS (Metal Oxide Semiconductor) transistor comprising a third terminal, a fourth terminal and a gate, the third terminal being connected to the second terminal of the capacitor, the fourth terminal being connected to a connection node of the first and the second inverting amplifier circuits, an inversion signal of the input signal being inputted to the gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jun Deguchi
  • Patent number: 8811911
    Abstract: A radio-frequency (RF) processing device, for a wireless communication device, is disclosed. The RF processing device comprises an antenna, an RF-signal processing module, a controller, for generating a control signal according to a band switching signal, and a matching adjustment module for adjusting an impedance between the antenna and the RF-signal processing module according to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Chin Su, Chung-Chi Lai, Chien-Ting Ho, Wan-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 8724679
    Abstract: Transceiver calibration is a critical issue for proper transceiver operation. The transceiver comprises at least one RF transmit chain and one RF receive chain. A closed loop path is formed from the digital block, the RF transmit chain, the substrate coupling, the RF receive chain back to the digital block and is used to estimate and calibrate the transceiver parameters over the operating range of frequencies. The substrate coupling eliminates the need for the additional circuitry saving area, power, and performance. In place of the additional circuitry, the digital block which performs baseband operations can be reconfigured into a software or/and hardware mode to calibrate the transceiver. The digital block comprises a processor and memory and is coupled to the front end of the RF transmit chain and the tail end of the RF receive chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Tensorcom, Inc.
    Inventor: Ismail Lakkis
  • Patent number: 8718574
    Abstract: A local oscillator (LO) module comprises a local oscillator and a feedback circuit. The local oscillator, biased at a supply voltage, generates a local oscillator signal having a duty cycle. The feedback circuit makes an absolute adjustment of the duty cycle of the local oscillator signal in response to a difference between a first voltage signal, representing a voltage level of the local oscillator signal, and a second voltage signal, representing a voltage level of a portion of the supply voltage corresponding to a desired duty cycle for the local oscillator signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Vinod V. Panikkath, Li Liu
  • Patent number: 8674771
    Abstract: A local oscillation generator (LO-GEN) maintains a fixed bandwidth using a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) calibration module and gain calibration module that together compensate for variations in the VCO gain based on the oscillation frequency. During an open loop calibration of the LO-GEN, the VCO calibration module programs the VCO gain to an initial coarse value based on the oscillation frequency and then the gain calibration module adjusts the charge pump current to compensate for VCO gain changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Hooman Darabi
  • Publication number: 20140065985
    Abstract: Transceivers implemented with a combination of super-heterodyne and zero intermediate frequency (ZIF) topologies are disclosed. In an exemplary design, an apparatus includes a frequency conversion circuit and a local oscillator (LO) generator. The LO generator generates a first LO signal and a second LO signal. The frequency conversion circuit performs frequency conversion (i) between intermediate frequency (IF) and baseband, based on the first LO signal, for an IF signal and (ii) between radio frequency (RF) and baseband, based on the second LO signal, for an RF signal. The frequency conversion circuit may perform frequency downconversion (i) from IF to baseband for a super-heterodyne receiver and (ii) from RF to baseband for a ZIF receiver. Alternatively or additionally, the frequency conversion circuit may perform frequency upconversion (i) from baseband to IF for a super-heterodyne transmitter and (ii) from baseband to RF for a ZIF transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Haim M. Weissman, Yossef Tsfaty, Mazhareddin Taghivand, Avigdor Brillant, Tao Li, Raviv Lior
  • Patent number: 8638194
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, an RFID tag comprises a memory module and one or more processing units. The memory module stores a subscriber identification number shared by the tag and one or more other tags for accessing a WWAN. Each tag is operable to access the WWAN using the subscriber identification number at a corresponding unique timeslot, the corresponding unique timeslot for a tag being distinct from the timeslots at which the other tags can access the WWAN using the subscriber identification number. The one or more processing units access the WWAN using the subscriber identification number to initiate a tag session at the corresponding unique timeslot for the tag. The corresponding unique timeslot for the tag is distinct from timeslots at which the other tags may access the WWAN using the subscriber identification number. The one or more processing units are operable to communicate tag information during the tag session at the corresponding unique timeslot for the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Axcess International, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajinder Bridgelall, Allan R. Griebenow
  • Patent number: 8630679
    Abstract: A wireless communication unit has two or more communication modes including one or more mobile phone mode, in which mobile phone mode the wireless communication unit is able to transmit or receive wireless signals via an antenna from and/or to a mobile phone network in accordance with a communication protocol. The unit includes a baseband module and a radiofrequency module. A radiofrequency interface of the baseband module is connected to the radiofrequency module, for receiving and/or transmitting baseband signals from and/or to the radiofrequency module. The radiofrequency module includes a baseband interface, for receiving and/or transmitting the baseband signals to the baseband module and an antenna interface (AI) connectable to an antenna for receiving and/or transmitting radiofrequency signals from and/or to the antenna. A clock system is connected to the radiofrequency interface and the baseband interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Kelleher, Conor Okeeffe, Daniel B Schwartz, Kevin Traylor
  • Patent number: 8626086
    Abstract: An entire radio transceiver can be completely integrated into one IC chip. In order to integrate the IF filters on the chip, a heterodyne architecture with a low IF is used. A single, directly modulated VCO is used for both up-conversion during transmission, and down-conversion during reception. Bond-wires are used as resonators in the oscillator tank for the VCO. A TDD scheme is used in the air interface to eliminate cross-talk or leakage. A Gaussian-shaped binary FSK modulation scheme is used to provide a number of other implementation advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericssson (publ)
    Inventors: Karl Hakan Torbjorn Gardenfors, Sven Mattisson, Jacobus Cornelis Haartsen
  • Patent number: 8576768
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and method for processing wireless signals received from one or more communications systems. In a particular implementation, one or more signals received from one or more communication systems such as a GNSS may be processed in two or more separate wireless signal receiver paths and combined in baseband to share one analog-to-digital converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Liang Zhao, Roger Brockenbrough, Michael Kohlmann, Cormac S. Conroy, Anup Savla
  • Patent number: 8565705
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an oscillator circuit includes a first comparator circuit, a second comparator circuit, a first voltage control circuit, a second voltage control circuit, a clock generation circuit. The first comparator circuit is configured to compare a first voltage with a first threshold voltage to generate a first comparison result. The second comparator circuit is configured to compare a second voltage with a second threshold voltage to generate a second comparison result. The first voltage control circuit is configured to decrease the first voltage by a first voltage value in synchronization with timing when the first comparison result changes. The second voltage control circuit is configured to decrease the second voltage by a second voltage value in synchronization with timing when the second comparison result changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Shouhei Kousai
  • Patent number: 8543068
    Abstract: A transceiver node includes a pulse coupled oscillator in an integrated circuit, which can synchronize with other nodes to generate a global clock subsequently used to facilitate synchronous communications between individual nodes. Known potential uses include a low power sensor node radio for an ad-hoc network for military applications and medical applications such as ingestible and implantable radios, self powered radios, and medical monitoring systems such as cardiac and neural monitoring patches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Xiao Y. Wang, Alyssa B. Apsel
  • Patent number: 8532236
    Abstract: A radio-frequency (RF) apparatus, which may reside in a receiver or transceiver, includes receive-path circuitry. The receive-path circuitry includes a poly-phase filter and a harmonic filter. The poly-phase filter accepts an input signal and generates two output signals. One output signal of the poly-phase filter constitutes an in-phase (I) signal. The other output signal of the poly-phase filter constitutes a quadrature (Q) signal. The a harmonic filter couples to the poly-phase filter. The harmonic filter accepts as input signals the in-phase and quadrature output signals of the poly-phase filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Kerth
  • Patent number: 8532583
    Abstract: A semiconductor device comprises synthesized frequency generation logic arranged to receive a reference signal, and to generate a synthesized frequency signal from the reference signal. The synthesized frequency generation logic comprises programmable divider logic arranged to receive the reference signal and to generate a divided signal comprising a frequency with a period substantially equal to N times that of the reference signal, where N comprises a programmable integer value. The synthesizer frequency generation logic is arranged to generate the synthesized frequency signal comprising a frequency with a period substantially equal to 1/M that of the divided signal, where M comprises a further programmable integer value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman Beamish, Niall Kearney
  • Patent number: 8476985
    Abstract: In order to generate a broadband, frequency-modulated output signal, of which the carrier frequency is adjustable within a wide frequency range, a frequency-modulated signal is generated on an arbitrary, fixed carrier frequency, which is then converted into IQ signals, and the IQ signals generated in this manner are combined with the desired carrier frequency by IQ modulation to form the frequency-modulated output signal. By preference, the generated IQ signals are low-pass filtered before the IQ modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Norbert Richt, Petr Lorenz
  • Patent number: 8472890
    Abstract: A communication device includes a transmitter and a receiver. The receiver mixes a local oscillator (LO) signal with the received signal to downconvert the received signal to an intermediate frequency (IF). The LO path that feeds the LO signal to the downconverting mixer is controlled based on the transmit power of the transmitter. For high transmit power, the drive of the LO path is increased, thereby increasing the signal-to-noise ratio of the LO signal input into the mixer. For low transmit power levels, the drive to the LO path is decreased, reducing power consumption in the communication device. In this way, receiver path noise due to mixing of the LO phase noise with the self-generated transmitter signal is selectively controlled while incurring lower power consumption penalty. The communication device may be an access terminal configured for communication with a cellular radio network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Wei Zhuo, Aristotele Hadjichristos, Tzu-wang Pan
  • Patent number: 8472889
    Abstract: A Radio Frequency (RF) transceiver Integrated Circuit (IC) includes a first RF transceiver group, a first baseband section, a second RF transceiver group, a second baseband section, local oscillation circuitry, and local oscillation distribution circuitry. The first baseband section communicatively couples to the first RF transceiver group. The second RF transceiver group resides in substantial symmetry with the first RF transceiver group about a center line of symmetry of the RF transceiver IC. The second baseband section communicatively coupled to the second RF transceiver group. The local oscillation distribution circuitry operably couples to the local oscillation generation circuitry, to the first RF transceiver group, and to the second RF transceiver group. The second baseband section may reside in substantial symmetry with the first baseband section about the center line of symmetry of the RF transceiver IC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Arya Reza Behzad
  • Patent number: 8461994
    Abstract: A radio frequency receiver comprises a first signal coupler coupling and branching a radio frequency signal received from a tag or a reader, a voltage regulator receiving the coupled signal and outputting a voltage-regulated signal having a predetermined level, a signal converter mixing the radio frequency signal transmitted from the first signal coupler by using the voltage-regulated signal as an oscillation frequency signal and generating a baseband frequency signal, a signal processor processing the baseband frequency signal and extracting tag information, and a data transceiver transmitting the tag information through a wire and/or wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: LG Innotek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nam Yun Kim
  • Patent number: 8412116
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for transmitting and receiving signals. The method includes receiving a received signal; demodulating the received signal by mixing the received signal with a receiver local oscillator signal generated by a voltage controlled oscillator configured to generate the receiver local oscillator signal; switching the configuration of the voltage controlled oscillator to generate a transmission signal for use by a transmitter; and transmitting a modulated signal derived from the transmission signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Beomsup Kim, Cormac S. Conroy
  • Patent number: 8406705
    Abstract: Implementations related to circuits including an oscillator and a switch-mode DC/DC converter are presented herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Intel Mobile Communications GmbH
    Inventor: Zdravko Boos
  • Patent number: 8401497
    Abstract: A transceiver includes an RF receiver section having a plurality of RF receiver stages configured in parallel, and a configurable RF transmitter section. The plurality of RF receiver stages are selectively enabled in response to a control signal. The configurable RF transmitter section is configured to operate in one of: a mixed signal mode of operation and a phase modulation mode of operation, in response to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Ahmadreza (Reza) Rofougaran
  • Patent number: 8385841
    Abstract: A transceiver, receiver, and transmitter are provided. The transmitter includes an in-phase path for an in-phase signal, a quadrature path for a quadrature signal, a first path associated with a first local frequency, a second path associated with a second local frequency, and a band selector for swapping the in-phase and quadrature paths with respect to the first and second paths so that one of the in-phase and quadrature paths communicates with the first path and the other communicates with the second path. The receiver includes an in-phase path, a quadrature path, a polyphase filter having first and second inputs and first and second outputs, and a selector for swapping the in-phase and quadrature receive paths to switch connection between the in-phase and quadrature receive paths and the first and second inputs. The transceiver may include the receiver and the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Mohammad-Reza Nezhad-Ahmadi, Gareth Pryce Weale
  • Patent number: 8384485
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a radio-frequency (RF) transmitter receiver circuit that utilizes an injection locked oscillator may allow for the introduction of a DC offset to correct the RF signal. The DC offset may be adjusted to eliminate (or minimize) even order harmonics to correct for RF effects. The DC offset correction may be performed around the injection locked oscillator to target even order terms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: SMSC Holdings S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Justin L. Fortier, Ralph D. Mason
  • Patent number: 8374557
    Abstract: A front end circuit for selectively coupling a first antenna and a second antenna to a transmit chain and a receive chain of a radio frequency (RF) transceiver is disclosed. There is a first power amplifier having an input connectible to the transmit chain of the RF transceiver, a first low noise amplifier having an output connectible to the receive chain of the RF transceiver, and a second low noise amplifier with an input connectible to the second antenna, as well as an output connectible to the receive chain of the RF transceiver. A first matching and switch network is connected to the first antenna, the output of the first power amplifier, and the input of the first low noise amplifier. Transmit signals from the first power amplifier and receive signals from the first antenna are selectively passed to the first antenna and the first low noise amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: RFAXIS, Inc.
    Inventor: Oleksandr Gorbachov
  • Patent number: 8358728
    Abstract: Arbitrary phase variations of a shared frequency synthesizer can be calibrated using a reference harmonic each time the shared frequency synthesizer is allocated to a network device to enable one frequency synthesizer to be shared between multiple network devices. On determining that the shared frequency synthesizer has been allocated to the network device, an output frequency of the shared frequency synthesizer can be aligned with a predetermined reference frequency that is associated with an operating frequency band of the network device. A phase correction factor associated with the shared frequency synthesizer can be calculated from a signal calculated based, at least in part, on the output frequency of the shared frequency synthesizer and the predetermined reference frequency. The phase correction factor is applied to a signal received at the network device to correct a phase error associated with the shared frequency synthesizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Paul J. Husted
  • Patent number: 8351492
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an apparatus comprising a transceiver having a receiver and a transmitter connected through a segment of a calibration loop back path. The apparatus also comprises a control system configured to communicate with the transceiver. The calibration loop back path has an intentional phase shift that can be toggled between an off state and an on state by the control system. The control system is configured to calculate the intentional phase shift by examining the difference of a first and second phase angle. The first phase angle is obtained from the transmission of a first pair of signals with the intentional phase shift in the off state. The second phase angle is obtained from the transmission of a second pair of signals with the intentional phase shift in the on state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Yann Ly-Gagnon
  • Patent number: 8340606
    Abstract: A transmitter and a signal amplifier are provided. The signal amplifier includes a digital-to-analog converter converting an input digital signal into an analog signal, a local oscillator signal generator outputting in-phase and quadrature-phase oscillator signals, a first mixer mixing the analog signal with the in-phase local oscillator signal to output an in-phase high frequency signal, a second mixer mixing the analog signal with the quadrature-phase local oscillator signal to output a quadrature-phase high frequency signal, a main amplifier amplifying the in-phase high frequency signal output from the first mixer, and an auxiliary amplifier amplifying the quadrature-phase high frequency signal output from the second mixer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-soo Park, Do-hyung Kim, Jin-wook Burm, Seong-soo Lee, Heung-bae Lee
  • Patent number: 8340576
    Abstract: A device and method to compensate for distortions of amplitude that afflict systems for communicating through capacitive coupling. A circuit includes a first transmitter stage, a first receiver stage, and a first coupling capacitor, coupled between the first transmitter stage and the first receiver stage. The first receiver stage includes a calibration amplifier of a variable-gain type coupled between the first coupling capacitor and an output of the electronic circuit. The electronic circuit includes a reference channel formed by: a transmission calibration stage; a reception calibration stage; and a reference capacitor coupled between the transmission calibration stage and the reception calibration stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Roberto Canegallo, Mauro Scandiuzzo, Eleonora Franchi Scarselli, Antonio Gnudi, Roberto Guerrieri, Federico Natali
  • Patent number: 8270913
    Abstract: A transceiver includes an RF receiver section having a plurality of RF receiver stages configured in parallel, and a configurable RF transmitter section. The plurality of RF receiver stages are selectively enabled in response to a control signal. The configurable RF transmitter section is configured to operate in one of: a mixed signal mode of operation and a phase modulation mode of operation, in response to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Ahmadreza (Reza) Rofougaran
  • Patent number: 8254849
    Abstract: An FM radio with a wide frequency range operates in a cell phone without interfering with the VCO of the RF transceiver. The FM transceiver generates a VCO signal whose frequency varies by less than ±7% from the midpoint of a narrow first range. A synthesizer signal is generated by dividing the VCO frequency by a first divisor such that the synthesizer frequency varies over a lower frequency second range. The VCO frequency is also divided by a second divisor such that the synthesizer frequency varies over a third range. The upper limit of the second range falls at the lower limit of the third range. The lower limit of the second range is 85.5 MHz and the upper limit of the third range is 108.0 MHz. By also using a third divisor, a synthesizer signal with a range of 76-108 MHz is generated from the narrow first frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Tzu-wang Pan, Yi Zeng, I-Hsiang Lin, Pushp K. Trikha, Jeremy D. Dunworth, Rahul Apte
  • Patent number: 8244198
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods disclosed herein operate to determine a base oscillator frequency and a frequency conversion factor associated with a radio receiver local oscillator (LO). Base oscillator frequency and frequency conversion parameters are selected such that spurious harmonics created within the LO lie outside of communication bands associated with other active radio receivers substantially collocated with the LO. An LO chain including the appropriate base oscillator and frequency conversion components is selected from a switched set of base oscillator/frequency converter pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Yariv Shlivinski, Eran Nussbaum
  • Patent number: 8229492
    Abstract: Systems and methodologies are described that facilitate throttling transmit power of a WWAN module based upon thermal input. For instance, the thermal input can be a detected temperature, a signal from a computing device associated with the WWAN module, a signal from an alternate technology module (e.g., WiFi module, WiMax module, . . . ) associated with the WWAN module, or the like. A target transmit power of the WWAN module can be reduced (e.g., by a predetermined amount, . . . ) upon occurrence of a condition (e.g., the detected temperature exceeding a threshold, the computing device or the alternate technology module requesting a decrease in thermal power, . . . ), for example. Moreover, negotiation between the WWAN module and a base station can be effectuated to select an appropriate class (power class or Multi Slot Class) and/or operating mode when the target transmit power of the WWAN module is altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: James L. Panian, Francesco Grilli, Michael K. Spartz, Daniel J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8224260
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) signal transmission/reception apparatus and an RF signal transmission/reception method are disclosed. The RF signal transmission/reception apparatus is adapted to perform a transmission/reception duplex function using a bi-directional mixer at the IF band or baseband, not at the RF band. When a reception signal of the RF band is passed through the bi-directional mixer, it is converted into a signal in any one of the IF band and the baseband. Also, when a transmission signal in any one of the IF band and the baseband is passed through the bi-directional mixer, it is converted into a signal of the RF band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Teuk Kim, Kwy Ro Lee, Sergey Sergeyev, Sergey Khvorov, Alexander Belonozhkin
  • Patent number: 8213879
    Abstract: The radio-frequency signal reception and/or transmission device includes an antenna (8) for picking up or transmitting radio-frequency signals, a bandpass filter (9), at least one low noise amplifier (11) for amplifying the filtered signals, an oscillator stage (1) for generating first high frequency signals (SVCO), at least one frequency divider (14) for dividing by M the frequency of the first signals in order to generate second high frequency signals (SD), where M is an integer number greater than 1, at least a first mixer unit (12) for mixing the filtered and amplified radio-frequency signals (SR) with the first high frequency signals (SVCO), and at least a second mixer unit (13) for mixing the intermediate signals supplied by the first mixer unit with the second high frequency signals in order to produce baseband signals (IR, QR).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Emil Zellweger, Arnaud Casagrande
  • Patent number: 8213877
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for an electronically adjustable signal filter system, which comprises, in some embodiments, a first filter coupled to an antenna coupling network and a second filter, a power amplifier coupled to the first filter, an antenna connected to an antenna coupling network, a pilot tone generator coupled to the first filter, and a first signal source connected to the power amplifier and first filter. In some embodiments, the power amplifier amplifies the first signal, the first filter places a notch into the first signal transmitted to the antenna coupling network, the antenna coupling network combines the first signal and a second signal received from the antenna and transmits a third signal to the second filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Research in Motion Limited
    Inventors: Charles Nicholls, Alain Roussel
  • Patent number: 8207793
    Abstract: A local oscillator circuit for a signal transmitter or receiver, the circuit comprising: an input for receiving a master oscillating signal from a master oscillator; and signal processing circuitry configured to be clocked by the master oscillating signal to generate a local oscillator signal, the signal processing circuitry being such that the local oscillator signal has substantially no harmonic content at any integer multiple of the frequency of the master oscillator signal, which oscillates at (2n+1)/2 times the frequency of the generated local oscillator signal, with n being a positive integer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited
    Inventor: Timothy John Newton