Card Insertion Patents (Class 710/301)
  • Patent number: 10296484
    Abstract: The embodiments relate to dynamically re-allocating lanes of a computer bus. A computer system having a processor in communication with a module is booted. Allocation of lanes among adapters in communication with connectors of the computer bus is controlled at boot-time and, in response to detection of an additional adapter received after boot-time, an additional allocation of lanes to the additional adapter is dynamically controlled. The additional allocation includes allocating unallocated lanes to the additional adapter, and re-allocating at least one lane from the initial allocation in response to the unallocated lanes being insufficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Victor A. Garibay, Daniel E. Hurlimann, Chetan Mehta, Fernando Pizzano, Thomas R. Sand
  • Patent number: 10268620
    Abstract: Described herein are apparatus for connecting a first memory architecture locally to a graphics processing unit (GPU) through a local switch, where the first memory architecture can be a non-volatile memory (NVM) or other similarly used memories, for example, along with associated controllers. The apparatus includes the GPU(s) or discrete GPU(s) (dGPU(s)) (collectively GPU(s)), second memory architectures associated with the GPU(s), the local switch, first memory architecture(s), first memory architecture controllers or first memory architecture connector(s). In an implementation, the local switch is part of the GPU. The apparatus can also include a controller for distributing a large transaction among multiple first memory architectures. In an implementation, the first memory architectures can be directly connected to the GPU. In an implementation, the apparatus is user configurable. In an implementation, the apparatus is a solid state graphics (SSG) card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventor: Nima Osqueizadeh
  • Patent number: 10223316
    Abstract: A solid state drive with modular memory. The solid state drive may include a modular array of memory cards installed on a controller board, each memory card being connected to the controller board utilizing a respective connector. Redundant data, e.g., parity data, may be stored in the solid state drive, making it possible for a solid state drive controller on the controller board to restore the contents of a removed memory card (e.g., a memory card that has failed) on a replacement memory card installed in its place. The connector utilized to connect each memory card to the controller board may be an industry standard, commercial off the shelf connector, e.g., an M.2 connector; the functions of the conductors in the connector may be redefined, from the industry standard definitions, for the purposes of embodiments of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NGD Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Mataya
  • Patent number: 10216681
    Abstract: An information handling system includes a host processing complex and a wireless management system. The host processing complex instantiates a hosted processing environment and includes a first general-purpose processing unit (GPU) and a GPU hot-plug module that enables a hot-plug operation to replace the first GPU with a second GPU while power is provided to the host processing complex. The hosted processing environment instantiates a first workload on the first GPU. The wireless management system operates out of band from the hosted processing environment, directs the hosted processing environment to halt the first workload, and directs the GPU hot-plug module to perform the hot-plug operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Sajjad Ahmed, Jinsaku Masuyama, John R. Palmer, Dinesh Kunnathur Ragupathi
  • Patent number: 10198368
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a solid state drive (SSD) control device including: a multi-interface compatible physical layer circuit operable to generate a physical layer output signal according to a serializer/deserializer (SerDes) reception signal; an input/output (I/O) circuit operable to generate at least one terminal output signal according to signal variation of at least one terminal; and a processing circuit operable to make the solid state drive control device adapt to one of several interface types in accordance with the physical layer output signal and/or the at least one terminal output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cheng-Yu Chen, Chih-Ching Chien
  • Patent number: 10162784
    Abstract: Examples of adapters for transmitting signals are disclosed. In one example implementation according to aspects of the present disclosure, an adapter may include a first connector communicatively couplable to PCIe port of a computing system via a first plurality of pins and a second connecter communicatively couplable to an electronic device via a second plurality of pins. The first plurality of pins is communicatively coupled to the second plurality of pins. Additionally, signals of a first type are transmittable between the computing system and the electronic device via a first subset of the first and the second pluralities of pins and signals of a second type are transmittable between the computing system and the electronic device via a second subset of the first and the second pluralities of pins. The second subset of the first plurality of pins and the second plurality of pins conforms to the SFF 8639 standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Bassett, Byron A. Alcorn, Shane Ward
  • Patent number: 10002093
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for configuring multi-line serial computer expansion bus communication links. A controller for a data storage device may receive one or more signals indicative of bifurcation settings from a configuration component or a host bus adapter may provide one or more signals indicative of bifurcation settings to the controller. The controller may receive configuration data from the BIOS based on the one or more signals and may configure the multi-line serial computer expansion bus communication links based on the configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: San A Phong, John E. Maroney
  • Patent number: 9953368
    Abstract: A risk assessment system and method are provided that may be implemented as an embedded hardware based system and method that provide real-time pre-trade risk assessments for multiple parties, in addition to real-time market data and trading connectivity to a variety of liquidity venues. The liquidity venues may include regulated exchanges, ECNs and other financial institutions listing securities, options, futures, commodities, foreign exchange and other financial instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: FIXNETIX, LTD.
    Inventors: Paul Ellis, Alasdair Moore, Hugh Hughes, Matt Dangerfield
  • Patent number: 9904812
    Abstract: A method for a power receiver for protecting a power receiver from being taken without permission while charged wirelessly includes receiving wireless power from a power transmitter and performing wireless charging in a security mode by the power receiver; detecting whether the wireless charging is interrupted without receiving a security code for authorization; and starting a protection function if the power receiver detects that the wireless charging is interrupted without receiving the security code for authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Feng-Seng Chu
  • Patent number: 9800461
    Abstract: A network. At least some embodiments are a network including a first root node connected to a first port of a first switch and a second root node connected to a first port of a second switch. A first link is connected to a second port of the first switch and connected to a second port of the second switch. A second link is connected to a third port of a first switch and connected to a third port of the second switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Elbit Systems of America, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Woodward, Daniel M. Herring, Andrew W. Hull
  • Patent number: 9778714
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a communication unit that performs communication with a power supply controller controlling supply and shutoff of power supply of a device; an operation receiving unit that receives input of user operation; an instructing unit that instructs the power supply controller via the communication unit to supply or shut off power supply in response to user operation concerning supply or shutoff of power supply of the device; a setting unit that sets power supply specified to be not permitted to shut off in response to user operation to specify the power supply to be not permitted to shut off; and an instruction disabling unit that disables an instruction to shut off power supply by the instructing unit when the power supply set to be not permitted to shut off is a target of the instruction to shut off power supply by the instructing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Masaaki Igarashi
  • Patent number: 9766689
    Abstract: A transceiver-receiving system, such as a network switch with pluggable transceivers, is built with hardware and machine logic so that power to certain components is turned off when the pluggable transceiver is not present in its plug in slot. The machine logic for handling the turning off an on of power is present on a processor on the board to which the plug-in slot is attached. The other hardware for handling the turning on and off of the power includes a communication line from the plug-in slot to the processor, and a set of switch(es) located on the power path for the component(s) to be turned on and off according to the presence of absence of the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Behzad Assar, Stephen J. Flint, Michael W. J. Hogan, Mark Pearson
  • Patent number: 9760523
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a docking station and an external device control method and system utilizing the docking station, which are capable of implementing simultaneous working of devices of two types of protocols through a same multiplexing interface. The external device control method includes: utilizing a docking station, where the docking station includes: a first protocol/second protocol multiplexing interface for connecting to a main device; at least one first protocol device interface for connecting to a first protocol external device; and at least one second protocol device interface for connecting to a second protocol external device. The method is: receiving first protocol data sent by the first protocol external device through the first protocol device interface; and converting the first protocol data into second protocol data, and sending the second protocol data to the main device through the first protocol/second protocol multiplexing interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haifeng Gu, Lei Chen
  • Patent number: 9691015
    Abstract: Memory card adapters and/or a memory apparatuses may be provided. For example, a memory card adapter including a main housing section that corresponds to a memory card socket of a first standard, the main housing section including a card housing section, the card housing section configured to house a memory card of a second standard different from the first standard therein, a first surface of the main housing section defining a through-hole, the through-hole configured to expose a connection pin of the memory card to be housed in the housing section to an outside of the housing section, and a second surface of the main housing section defining a card insertion hole, the second surface being different from the first surface, the card insertion hole configured to receive the memory card into the card housing section may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok-Cheon Kwon, Jae-Bum Lee, Seok-Heon Lee
  • Patent number: 9686489
    Abstract: An image sensor including an optoelectronic conversion circuit, a read circuit, a timing control and a serial interface is provided. The optoelectronic conversion circuit is configured to store a charge amount. The read circuit is coupled to the optoelectronic conversion circuit via a bit line. The timing control is configured to send at least one control signal to control the optoelectronic conversion circuit to store the charge amount and control the read circuit to read the charge amount stored in the optoelectronic conversion circuit. The serial interface is coupled to the timing control and configured to send a trigger signal to the timing control to activate the timing control to send the at least one control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventor: En-Feng Hsu
  • Patent number: 9633748
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods can include an interface chip that can include a test channel to couple to a memory tester, a memory channel controller to couple with a plurality of memory arrays via a plurality of memory channels, and a test circuit coupled between the test channel and the channel controller, the test circuit to provide first and second test clock information to the memory channel controller. In certain examples, the test circuit can operate to receive multiple commands and to propagate the multiple commands to groups of memory channels substantially simultaneously in order to test cross-channel interference using the multi-channel memory. Additional apparatus and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Shibata
  • Patent number: 9625999
    Abstract: An integrated input control and output rendering system for a processor-driven user device is provided. The system integrates input sensors (such as a keyboard, mouse, touchpad, camera, etc.) and output actuators (such as a display panel, speaker, robot, etc.) into a device independently of the user device and the applications running on the user device. The system includes an input logic engine to interpret input signals from various input devices together with an output rendering engine to output appropriate output signals in response to the input signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ning Lu
  • Patent number: 9606882
    Abstract: The disclosed method includes, at a storage controller of a storage system, receiving host instructions to modify configuration settings corresponding to a first memory portion of a plurality of memory portions. The method includes, in response to receiving the host instructions to modify the configuration settings, identifying the first memory portion from the host instructions and modifying the configuration settings corresponding to the first memory portion, in accordance with the host instructions. The method includes, after modifying the configuration settings corresponding to the first memory portion, sending one or more commands to perform memory operations having one or more physical addresses corresponding to the first memory portion and receiving a failure notification indicating failed performance of at least a first memory operation of the one or more memory operations. The method includes, in response to receiving the failure notification, executing one or more error recovery mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Scott Creasman, James M. Higgins
  • Patent number: 9588927
    Abstract: An interface switching control method, a portable terminal and a portable mobile device using the method are disclosed. The method is applied in a portable terminal including a first device and a second device. The first device is connected to a shared device via a first interface, and the second device is connected to the shared device via a second interface. The portable terminal has a first state in which the first device and the second device are connected, and a second state in which the first device and the second device are disconnected. The method includes detecting a state of the portable terminal; and when the detection result indicates that the portable terminal is in the first state, controlling the first interface to be in an enabled state and controlling the second interface to be in a disabled state. The method achieves a real-time switching control over the interfaces for the shard device, and optimizes the interface control for the hybrid-system portable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignees: Beijing Lenovo Software Ltd., Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventor: Guangbin Li
  • Patent number: 9575915
    Abstract: The present invention provides a data migration method and apparatus, where the method includes: after a second control board is inserted into a second control board slot, receiving, by a first control board, type information from the second control board, and determining whether the type information of the second control board and type information of the first control board are the same; and when determining that the type information of the second control board and the type information of the first control board are different, sending, by the first control board, configuration data stored by the first control board itself to the second control board, so that the second control board utilizes the configuration data to perform a configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hongliang Yu, Linli Zhang
  • Patent number: 9513575
    Abstract: A removable device is removably attachable to an image forming apparatus main body. The removable device includes an information storage device, a holder, and a low frictional structure. The information storage device includes: an information storage unit that stores information to be communicated between the apparatus main body and the removable device; a terminal to be contacted with an apparatus main-body terminal, for communicating information with the apparatus main body; and a substrate that holds the information storage unit and the terminal and that includes a guide to be fitted to a protrusion provided on the apparatus main body. The holder holds the substrate such that the substrate can move, when the removable device approaches the apparatus main-body terminal, on a virtual plane intersecting with a moving direction of the removable device. The low frictional structure is arranged on a contact area between the substrate and the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Kimura, Masaki Takahashi, Toshiki Hayashi, Masayuki Yamane
  • Patent number: 9477630
    Abstract: A PCIe bus extension system, method, interface card and cable for connecting a PCIe-compliant peripheral device to a PCIe bus of a computer system. The interface card includes a printed circuit board, an edge connector adapted for insertion into a PCIe expansion slot on a motherboard of the computer system for transmitting PCIe signals between the motherboard and the interface card, an interface port configured to mate with a connector of the cable, and a logic integrated circuit on the printed circuit board, the logic integrated circuit functionally connecting the edge connector with the expansion slot and amplifying and propagating clock and data PCIe signals therebetween that are compliant with a PCIe standard. The interface card and cable lacks the capability of transmitting power therethrough to a PCIe-compliant peripheral device connected to the interface card through the interface port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Toshiba Corporation
    Inventors: Karl Reinke, Dokyun Kim, William Allen
  • Patent number: 9479847
    Abstract: A low cost, energy monitoring system comprises a plurality of remote sensors for monitoring energy consumption in specific circuits, or by specific appliances, a adapter that communicates with the remote sensors over a wireless network, and a host device with a display. The remote sensors monitor energy consumption in specific circuits, or by specific appliances, and report the energy consumption by the monitored circuits or appliances to the remote adapter. The adapter stores the energy consumption data in memory and generates output images for display by the host device. The output images are based on display templates stored in the memory of the adapter and define how the energy consumption data is formatted and displayed for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary B. Pollard, Rodney B. Washington
  • Patent number: 9465765
    Abstract: An all-in-one SATA interface storage device comprising: an interface board installed on a motherboard; a first memory card slot which is a CFast slot fixed on the interface board for installation of a CFast card; a second memory card slot fixed on the interface board and available to CF-SATA and CFEX cards for installation of either a CF-SATA card or a CFEX card. As such, the present invention facilitates applications of multiple storage devices via its SATA interfaces linking a host system, providing a user more convenient new storage devices, and creating higher value-added services by lowering costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: PORTWELL INC.
    Inventors: Ming-Hsin Tsai, Shiou-Yu Lai
  • Patent number: 9460043
    Abstract: A flash drive includes a storage module, a switching module, and a transforming mechanism. The storage module has a storage unit and a first interface electrically connected to each other. The switching module has a second interface and a third interface which are in different types but are electrically connected to each other, and the first interface corresponds to the second interface. The transforming mechanism is located at a first position or a second position relative to the storage module, and the switching module is located in the transforming mechanism. When the transforming mechanism is located at the first position, the first interface is electrically connected to the second interface, so that the storage unit is electrically connected to a host through the third interface. When the transforming mechanism is located at the second position, the first interface of the storage unit is electrically connected to the host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: PHISON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Hung-I Chung, Chang-Chih Chen, Wei-Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 9396427
    Abstract: A removable tray integrated smart card and a mobile terminal adopting the same are provided. The smart card includes: a case configured to be removable into/from a smart card insertion slot of a mobile terminal; and a secure element provided in the case, wherein the case is removable into/from the smart card insertion slot without being placed on a tray. Accordingly, the smart card such as a USIM-card can be inserted into the mobile terminal without using the tray. In addition, since the size of the smart card increases as the smart card is unified with the tray, many high performance antennas and wireless modules can be inserted into the smart card and thus wireless communication performance of the smart card can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: SK HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zang Hee Cho
  • Patent number: 9379614
    Abstract: A computer server rack for mechanically supporting and electrically powering computer servers is provided. The rack includes DC-to-DC conversion circuits which are configured to convert a relatively high DC facility voltage (e.g. 380 volts DC provided throughout a data center on busways and/or appropriate wiring) to DC voltage useable directly by a computer server (e.g. 12 volts DC). The conversion circuits are highly efficient and convert substantially all of power input to the circuits at the input voltage and input DC current to a high DC output current at a lower output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Edison DC Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Meinecke, Randolph H. McHugh, Nicholas A. Lemberg
  • Patent number: 9379977
    Abstract: Examples may include receiving, at a switch, an Ethernet frame having an Ethernet header that may indicate the Ethernet frame includes a network controller sideband interface (NC-SI) control packet from a management controller at a compute node coupled to the switch. In some examples, a response to a command included in a received NC-SI control packet that was encapsulated in an Ethernet frame may be processed at the switch and sent to the management controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Patrick G. Kutch
  • Patent number: 9319310
    Abstract: A distributed switchless system characterized by full mesh connectivity is disclosed. The full mesh distributed switchless system allows direct and indirect communication between a source node and a destination node. In direct communication, data propagates via links connecting the source and destination nodes. In indirect communication, data is first sent to an intermediate node via links connecting the source and intermediate nodes. The intermediate node sends the data to the destination node via links connecting the intermediate node and the destination node. The traffic can be divided into all available links across the nodes, rather than only the links connecting the source and destination nodes. Because indirect communication uses more links compared to direct communication, the traffic in each link is smaller. Consequently, the switchless distributed interconnect system can operate with fewer links between any two nodes and links with smaller bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Compass Electro Optical Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Vladimir Miliavsky, David Chairman, Niv Margalit, Iftah Meyron, David Zelig, Alexander Zeltser
  • Patent number: 9298663
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an interface configured to be connected with a connection apparatus, an acquisition unit configured to acquire apparatus information including a configuration or an operation specification of the connection apparatus connected with the interface, a determination unit configured to determine a control program to control the connection apparatus according to the apparatus information, and a control unit configured to use the determined control program to control the connection apparatus, wherein the connection apparatus includes an expansion connection unit and an expansion apparatus connected with the expansion connection unit, and the acquisition unit includes a first acquisition unit configured to acquire first information including a configuration or an operation specification of the expansion connection unit connected with the interface, and a second acquisition unit configured to acquire second information including a configuration or an operation specification
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Juntaro Minezaki, Masashi Agata, Shinji Hiyama
  • Patent number: 9286255
    Abstract: A motherboard includes a platform controller hub (PCH) chip, a connector, and a switch chip. The PCH chip includes a first group of pins and a second group of pins. The switch chip is connected to either the first group of pins or the second group of pins according to a type of a card connected to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting(Shenzhen)Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Sheng Chen, Jing Wang
  • Patent number: 9274995
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, first monitor controller of electronic circuit board recognizes free slot into which the electronic circuit board has been hot-inserted, notifies host control device of start together with slot information causes first parameter setting module to change reception parameter of first T/R circuit module. The host control device instructs switch processing board to change transmission parameter, in response to slot information and start notification. Second monitor controller of the switch processing board causes second parameter setting module to change transmission parameter of second T/R circuit module, in accordance with an instruction from the host control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Tsuji
  • Patent number: 9277670
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new design for an extensible architecture for a rack-mounted network attached storage. In one embodiment, the design employs a riser card for a rack-mounted network attached storage. The riser card provides multiple, e.g., four, eight, etc., SATA connections from a PCIe bus on the motherboard. In addition, the riser card may provide power connections and a fan controller. In addition, the riser card supports dual-power inputs from multiple power supply sources. In one embodiment, the riser card can share power from AC power from the rack and a DC input to receive power from an external power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Maroney
  • Patent number: 9262358
    Abstract: An ExpressCard adapter able to accept a PCI-E-type or a USB-type ExpressCard in a single ExpressCard slot includes the ExpressCard slot, a PCI-E port, a data conversion unit, a switch unit, and a detection unit. The data conversion unit is connected to the PCI-E port, and converts between USB data and PCI-E data. The switch unit connects the ExpressCard slot to the PCI-E port or to the data conversion unit. The detection unit detects the type of ExpressCard which is inserted and controls the switch unit to connect the ExpressCard slot either to the PCI-E port or to the data conversion unit as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: ShenZhen Goldsun Network Intelligence Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Meng-Lin Tsai, Hsien-Chuan Liang
  • Patent number: 9256567
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus including a first storage device. The apparatus also includes an expansion slot configured to receive a removable card with a second storage device. The removable card with the second storage device is configured to provide faster read/write times to the second storage device than read/write times of the first storage device. The first and second storage devices are seen as a single storage device by a host computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Michael Gene Morgan, Felix Markhovsky, Cuong Tran
  • Patent number: 9213385
    Abstract: A supplemental power system includes a powered component, a removable module interface with a plurality of pins, and a plurality of system connections. A system controller detects a first type removable module coupled to the removable module interface and allows signals from the system connections to be transmitted to the first type removable module through the plurality of pins. The system controller detects a second type removable module coupled to the removable module interface and allows power from the second type removable module that is received through the plurality of pins to be transmitted to the powered component while not allowing signals from the system connections to be transmitted to the second type removable module through the plurality of pins. Power that is stored in the second type removable module may be provided to the powered component in response to a detected power excursion by the powered component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Stuart Allen Berke, George G. Richards, III, Mark Muccini
  • Patent number: 9164554
    Abstract: Approaches for a non-volatile, solid-state storage system that is capable of supporting high bandwidth and/or random read/write access. The storage system may include a chassis having a bus slot and a disk bay, a master card mounted in the bus slot, and a flash memory card stacked in the disk bay and cabled to the master card. The master card enables one or more flash memory cards to be communicatively coupled to a single PCI Express bus. The master card may split a multi-lane PCI Express bus into a plurality of lanes, where one or more of the flash memory cards communicate over each of the plurality of lanes. Alternately, the master card may includes active circuitry for processing, switching, routing, reformatting, and/or converting the PCI Express bus into one or more busses for a plurality of flash memory cards. The stacked flash memory card is not in an enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: SANDISK ENTERPRISE IP LLC
    Inventors: Ulrich Bruening, Richard Jordan, Michael J. Koster, Darpan Dinker
  • Patent number: 9116620
    Abstract: A controller and method for memory aliasing for different flash memory types are presented. In one embodiment, a controller is presented having one or more interfaces through which to communicate with a plurality of memory dies, wherein at least one of the memory dies is of a different memory type than the other memory dies. The controller also has an interface through which to communicate with a host, wherein the interface only supports commands for a single memory types. The controller further contains a processor that is configured to receive a logical address and a command from the host, determine which memory die is associated with the logical address, and translate the command received from the host to a form suitable for the memory type of the memory die associated with the logical address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: SanDisk Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Lassa, Robert D. Selinger
  • Patent number: 9111584
    Abstract: A mounting structure for a data storage device includes a receiving member and a fastening member. The receiving member has a bottom wall and a side wall and the data storage device is located between the bottom wall and the side wall. The bottom wall has a first edge and a second edge adjacent to each other. The fastening member is disposed inside the receiving member and can rotate pivotally between the first edge and the second edge. The fastening member includes a rod member, a hook and an elastic piece. When the data storage device is enclosed in the receiving member, the rod member and the elastic piece sandwich and lean against the data storage device and the hook clasps on the data storage device. When the hook is off the data storage device, the elastic piece pushes the data storage device out from the receiving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignees: INVENTEC (PUDONG) TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION, INVENTEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chao-Chih Liu
  • Patent number: 9092388
    Abstract: There is provided a method and apparatus for bus negotiation. One such method includes determining a configuration of a first bond pad, the first bond pad indicating whether a host is configured to communicate with a fixed data storage device or a removable data storage device. If the first bond pad indicates the host is configured to communicate with a fixed data storage device, then the method additionally includes determining the configuration of a second bond pad. The second bond pad indicates the supported bus width of the fixed data storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: David Eggleston
  • Patent number: 9094053
    Abstract: The embodiments of this invention relate to an electronic device (9) intended to be installed in a portable device (1), which electronic device comprises: • a microcontroller (13) configured to communicate with a first interface (5) of the portable device in accordance with a first protocol, the said first interface (5) supplying power voltage to the microcontroller, the said power voltage being standardised by the said first protocol, • a secure electronic chip component (15) configured to communicate with a second interface (7) of the portable device in accordance with a second protocol, the said second interface (7) supplying power voltage to the secure component, the said power voltage being standardised by the said second protocol, • means for communication (17) between the secure component (15) and the microcontroller (13), in which the means for communication comprise a module for voltage adaptation (19) depending on the power voltages supplied by the first and second interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: GEMALTO SA
    Inventors: Michel Thill, Yan Charles, Yvon Gressus
  • Patent number: 9081912
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and an apparatus for node hot-swapping, which simplify the node hot-adding procedure, and improve the operation efficiency of the hot-adding procedure. The present invention includes: obtaining, by a server from a baseboard management controller BMC of a node device to be added, static hardware information of the node device to be added, and storing it into a storage device of the server, where the static hardware information is obtained through an out-band channel by the BMC of the node device to be added; receiving, by the server, a node hot-adding command sent by a user, where the hot-adding command carries identifier information of the node device to be added; obtaining the static hardware information of the node device to be added corresponding to the identifier information from the storage device; and adding, according to the static hardware information, the node device to be added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yixiang Liao, Dengben Wu, Yu Zhang
  • Patent number: 9053116
    Abstract: Integrating removable storage devices is disclosed. A described method includes retrieving an identifier of a removable storage device connected to a computer system and matching the identifier with a device identification stored in a file of the computer system. The file includes an application identifier corresponding to the device identification. The method also includes executing an application corresponding to the application identifier associated with the device identification matched to the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Vecera, Jiri Pechanec
  • Publication number: 20150143012
    Abstract: A method for configuring a maximum transmission unit (MTU) value, a terminal and a universal serial bus (USB) data card are provided. The method includes the following steps: after detecting that a connection to a USB data card is established (201), the terminal issuing a request for obtaining an MTU value to the USB data card (202); and after receiving the request, the USB data card writing the MTU value into a local registry (204). After the method is adopted, and after a USB data card connects to a computer, the computer can automatically obtain the MTU value from the USB data card, and automatically configures the value to a user registry, thereby achieving the effect that the data throughput is optimum when accessing under a specific network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yalong Peng, Yadong Wang
  • Patent number: 9037813
    Abstract: A data accessing method, and a storage system and a controller using the same are provided. The data accessing method is suitable for a flash memory storage system having a data perturbation module. The data accessing method includes receiving a read command from a host and obtaining a logical block to be read and a page to be read from the read command. The data accessing method also includes determining whether a physical block in a data area corresponding to the logical block to be read is a new block and transmitting a predetermined data to the host when the physical block corresponding to the logical block to be read is a new block. Thereby, the host is prevented from reading garbled code from the flash memory storage system having the data perturbation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: PHISON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chien-Hua Chu, Chih-Kang Yeh
  • Patent number: 9026707
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a monitor/control unit of an electronic circuit board monitors the receiving state of a transmitting/receiving circuit unit and controls a parameter setting unit, causing the same to change the reception parameter of the transmitting/receiving circuit unit, and if the receiving state remains not changed to a specified state, the monitor/control unit informs a host control device of this fact. The host control device instructs the switching process board to designate a channel, thereby to change, the specified state, the receiving sate of the electronic circuit board associated with the channel informed of that fact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Tsuji
  • Patent number: 9015355
    Abstract: A data storage architecture extension (DAX) system and method that daisy-chains multiple SATA disk drive storage elements to allow a single host bus adapter (HBA) to view the daisy-chain as one logical SATA disk drive is disclosed. The system/method may be broadly described as comprising a pass-thru disk drive controller (PTDDC) further comprising a pass-thru input (PTI) port, disk drive interface (DDI) port, and pass-thru output (PTO) port. The PTDDC intercepts and translates PTI port input to the requirements of a SATA disk drive connected to the DDI. Each PTDDC may be daisy-chained to other PTDDCs to permit a plethora of SATA drives to be associated with a given HBA, with the first PTDDC providing a presentation interface to the HBA integrating all SATA disk drive storage connected to the PTDDCs. Rack mounting of PTDDC-enabled SATA disk drives enables creation of inexpensive dynamically expandable petabyte-class storage arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Mark Klughart
  • Patent number: 9003095
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed toward an automation control device including a base having a module slot, a functional module including communication and control circuitry configured to communicatively couple with the base via the module slot, a terminal block configured to communicatively couple the base and the first functional module with field wiring, a first power bus configured to transmit a first power to the functional module, and a second power bus configured to transmit a second power to the functional module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Joseph Molnar, Douglas Robert Bodmann, Terence Scott Tenorio
  • Patent number: 9003199
    Abstract: A cryptographic device may include a cryptographic module and a communications module removably coupled thereto. The cryptographic module may include a first housing, a user Local Area Network (LAN) interface carried by the first housing, and a cryptographic processor carried by the first housing and coupled to the user LAN interface. The communications module may include a second housing and a network wireless LAN interface carried by the second housing. The network wireless LAN interface may be coupled to the cryptographic processor, and it may be switchable between wireless LAN modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Russell Wayne Dellmo, Eric Edmond Petkus, Bruce Wayne Yancy
  • Publication number: 20150095540
    Abstract: An external device and a transmission system and the method of the heterogeneous device can access the USB3.0 and PCI-E at the same time. The external device includes an USB3.0 socket couples to the host. The USB3.0 socket includes a plurality of first pins and a plurality of second pins. The first control module couples to the second pins. The first control module receives an operation signal via from the host. The micro control unit couples to the first control module via the first pins. The micro control unit receives an identify request via the first pins. The micro control unit generates the operating signal and sends the operating signal to the first control module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: SUNIX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: MING-CHENG LIN, PEI-FENG HUANG