By External Command Patents (Class 713/310)
  • Patent number: 10282313
    Abstract: A USB smart hub may provide enhanced battery charging, data storage security, vendor matching, device authentication, data capture/debug, and role switching. The smart hub may include an upstream port, a plurality of downstream ports, a processor, and a memory coupled to the processor for storing USB host stack code and configuration parameters. The smart hub may include a USB hub core having a core to implement a standard USB hub interface. The smart hub may include a plurality of 2:1 multiplexors coupled between the downstream ports, the core downstream ports, and the processor. The processor may control the 2:1 multiplexors. The processor may be configured to detect when a USB device is coupled to a downstream port and to run the USB host stack code and to enumerate the USB device. The processor may provide enhanced features based on the configuration parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Atish Ghosh, Cecil G. Chenault, Pragash Mangalapandian, Mark Bohm
  • Patent number: 10275004
    Abstract: Techniques for providing power to components of a computer system are described. An example of a computer system includes a plurality of server nodes and a power distribution system that provides power to the plurality of server nodes. The computer system also includes a hardware-based alert signal line that couples the power distribution system to the plurality of server nodes. If a power failure occurs, the power distribution system is to send an alert signal to all of the server nodes through the alert signal line. The alert signal triggers each server node to activate a low power state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Enrique Castro-Leon, David Larsen, Todd Enger, Jose Zero, David Locklear
  • Patent number: 10254810
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a battery, a detecting unit, a comparing unit, a control unit and a charging circuit. The detecting unit is electronically connected to a universal serial bus (USB) interface to detect and determine whether or not the connecting device is a power adapter. The comparing unit outputs a level signal depending upon the comparing unit comparing a input signal received by the USB interface with a voltage threshold. The control unit controls the battery either to be charged by the connecting device through the charging circuit or the battery to supply power to the connecting device through the USB interface according to the level signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jia-Ciao Jhong
  • Patent number: 10250039
    Abstract: An electrical energy storage system includes a battery configured to store and discharge electric power to an energy grid, a power inverter configured to use battery power setpoints to control an amount of the electric power stored or discharged from the battery, the battery power setpoints comprising at least one of frequency regulation power setpoints and ramp rate control power setpoints, and a controller. The controller is configured to use a battery life model to generate the battery power setpoints for the power inverter. The battery life model includes one or more variables that depend on the battery power setpoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Con Edison Battery Storage, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Wenzel, Brett M. Lenhardt, Kirk H. Drees
  • Patent number: 10216253
    Abstract: A universal serial bus and a control method thereof are provided. Different voltages are respectively provided to circuit groups when a universal serial bus hub is in a suspend state and a normal working state, so as to reduce leakage current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: VIA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi-Te Chen, Terrance Shiyang Shih, Hsiao-Chyi Lin
  • Patent number: 10206172
    Abstract: A power save method and a station device. The method includes: confirming, by a STA, according to a frame type identifier in a received frame, that the frame is an NDPA frame, and obtaining a STA AID in a STA information field in the NDPA frame; comparing, by the STA, its STA AID with the obtained STA AID, and determining whether its STA AID is the same as the obtained STA AID; and when the STA determines that its STA AID is different from the obtained STA AID, allowing the STA to enter a doze state. The method reduces the power consumption during the TXOP period and saves resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lvxi Yang, Yanhong Chen, Yunbo Li
  • Patent number: 10203950
    Abstract: A method of upgrading firmware of an adapter includes transmitting a set of n data blocks of first upgrade file to the adapter, receiving a first response information of the adapter based on the set of n data blocks, and determining that the updating procedure of the adapter fails when the first response information indicates that the adapter fails to receive all of the n data blocks. In the method, a mobile terminal transmits the upgrade file to the adapter and the adapter sends determination information to the mobile terminal after the adapter receives the upgrade file having a predetermined size. In a time interval, if the mobile terminal fails to receive the determination information or the adapter does not receive the upgrade file, the upgrading firmware of the adapter fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen Tian, Jialiang Zhang, Jun Zhang, Fuchun Liao
  • Patent number: 10200733
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for minimizing user effort when controlling complex media systems such as home theater systems. When multiple devices are connected within such systems, it is necessary to ensure that content from the intended device is presented. In accordance with the disclosed principles, source selection is automatically performed by analyzing command signals and cross-referencing these signals with those expected for devices known to be within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Krishna Adusumilli
  • Patent number: 10191667
    Abstract: A data storage device is presented that includes an interface system configured to communicate over an aggregated host link comprising Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) interfaces to receive one or more write operations for storage of data by the data storage device. The data storage device includes plurality solid state drives (SSDs) each comprising drive PCIe interfaces coupled to the interface system. The interface system is configured to process the one or more write operations against storage allocation information to parallelize the data among the SSDs and transfer portions of the parallelized data to associated SSDs over corresponding drive PCIe interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Liqid Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Breakstone, Alok Gupta, Himanshu Desai, Angelo Campos
  • Patent number: 10194213
    Abstract: A method of initiating and controlling computer user behavioural data (e.g., emotional state information) collection and processing within the structure of a video ad response provides an analysis of video ad effectiveness as a result of interaction with the computer user. A behavioural data collection and processing module is caused to run by the execution of a Video Ad Standard Template (VAST) compliant video ad response in a video player. The data collection and processing module may be obtained by calling a resource identifier contained in the video ad response, or by providing an executable application within the served video ad response itself. In more particular methods according to the invention, processing of collected data is managed so as to improve the efficiency of media playback at the client computer and communications with remote servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Realeyes Oü
    Inventors: Elnar Hajiyev, Martin Salo
  • Patent number: 10191874
    Abstract: A USB interface to provide power delivery negotiated through a dedicated transmission channel includes a transmitter circuit including a digital-to-analog converter having an output coupled with an input of a transmission filter, a receiver circuit including an analog-to-digital converter having an input coupled with an output of a receiving filter, and a switching circuit configured in an operating mode of the USB interface to connect an output of the transmission filter and an input of the receiving filter to a connection node of the dedicated transmission channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Christian Rotchford, John Sisto
  • Patent number: 10162788
    Abstract: A multi-host endpoint reflector enables a method of communication between multiple USB hosts through the USB devices connected to them, where data from one USB host is routed across the USB devices between endpoints of complimentary directions to one or more additional USB hosts. The multi-host endpoint reflector may be integrated with a USB hub controller to form a USB compound device to create a multi-host endpoint reflector hub. A USB multi-host endpoint reflector hub enables a USB OTG B device to become a host upon request by providing a data bridge between the OTG B device after it has transitioned to a host role while any other OTG A device that already is a host is not required to change its host role to a slave role. Therefore a plurality of OTG host devices may co-exist on the same interconnection system hub and communicate there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Santosh Shetty, Swaroop Adusumilli, Pragash Mangalapandian, Lakshmi Narasimhan, Mark R. Bohm
  • Patent number: 10142848
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for managing a load in a network of femto nodes are described herein. One or more parameters corresponding to a resource load on a femto node may be detected. The power of the femto node may be adjusted based on the one or more parameters to decrease a resource load on the femto node. One or more other femto nodes may then be notified of the power adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Yeliz Tokgoz, Mehmet Yavuz
  • Patent number: 10133989
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a power source, one or more sensors, a transceiver, and a memory. The power source may be configured to store energy to power the apparatus. The one or more sensors may be configured to receive captured data from one of a plurality of sources. The transceiver may be configured to send and receive data to and from a wireless network. The processor may be configured to execute computer readable instructions. The memory may be configured to store a set of instructions executable by the processor. The instructions may be configured to (A) evaluate an expected power usage budget calculated using a predictive model of future energy consumption and (B) (i) store the captured data in the memory in a first mode and (ii) transmit the captured data to a remote storage device in a second mode. The first mode or the second mode is selected based on characteristics of the captured data received from the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Invent.ly, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen J. Brown
  • Patent number: 10135254
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a signal to maintain uninterrupted power to a device over a power over Ethernet line. The power over Ethernet line is configured to carry data and power. Power delivery is maintained for the device regardless of a power disruptive event associated with a power source device. Carrying the power to the device over the power over Ethernet line is interrupted in absence of the receiving the signal. According to one embodiment, the signal is generated in response to a user command or it may be generated from the device automatically. The signal may classify the device as a critical device. The power disruptive event may include initialization of a data path, alteration to a data path associated with the power over Ethernet line, a software update associated with the power source device, reset of power source device, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ALLIED TELESIS HOLDINGS KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Daniel Stellick
  • Patent number: 10126798
    Abstract: An information handling system may include a processor, and a host management controller communicatively coupled to the processor and configured to communicate with a chassis controller of a chassis in which the information handling system is received to determine a host baseline power threshold for the information handling system and a tenant baseline power threshold for a tenant comprising the information handling system and at least one other information handling system received in the chassis, monitor a power consumption of the information handling system and a cumulative power consumption of the information handling system and the at least one other information handling system, and adapt a host dynamic power limit defining a maximum amount of power consumption for the information handling system based on the power consumption of the information handling system, the cumulative power consumption, the host baseline power threshold, and the tenant baseline power threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Dinesh Kunnathur Ragupathi, Venkatesh Ramamoorthy, Arun Muthaiyan, Yogesh Prabhakar Kulkarni, Balaji Bapu Gururaja Rao
  • Patent number: 10127181
    Abstract: A Universal Serial Bus (USB) hub includes a first port that is configured to be switched from a downstream port to an upstream port; a plurality of other ports; and a controller configured to switch a function of the first port from the downstream port to the upstream port responsive to a command from an attached device and further configured to switch at least one of the plurality of other ports from a data and charge port into a port dedicated to charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Atish Ghosh, Donald L. Perkins, Brigham Steele
  • Patent number: 10116686
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a method for protecting a computer processor system from a harmful communication session from a network linked to the processor. The method can include disconnecting the processor from the network in response to a first event. The disconnecting step can disrupt the continuity of the harmful communication session from the network to the processor. The method can also include connecting the processor to the network in response to a second event. In some embodiments, the first and second events are controlled by the processor system independent from the contents of the data received from the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Gideon Eden
  • Patent number: 10114782
    Abstract: A universal serial bus (USB) circuit includes a USB interface configured to transmit and receive power and data, a random number generator circuit configured to generate a random number, and a controller configured to receive the random number and to select a dual role port (DRP) duty cycle and to select a DRP duration based upon the random number, wherein the DRP duty cycle time and DRP duration are used when connecting a USB type-C DRP device to another USB type-C DRP device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Abhijeet Chandrakant Kulkarni, Kenneth Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 10111172
    Abstract: Systems and methods for activating select devices are described herein. More particularly, this specification relates to using structure specific service IDs (SSSIDs) when two devices that are part of a common ecosystem are deciding whether to establish a connection according to a Bluetooth protocol. The SSSID can be a unique identifier that can be included in packets that are transmitted in accordance with the standards defining the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) protocol. The SSSIDs can be generated and provided to select devices such that only the select devices that are in possession of the SSSID are able to communicate with each other. This advantageously eliminates spurious activation of unintended recipient devices by enabling them to ignore the packet if the SSSID is not recognized, thereby enabling the unintended recipient device to remain in a low power sleepy state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Liang-Yun Wang, Prashanth Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 10107866
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery management system for outputting a signal, capable of determining whether an error has occurred. The battery management system, according to the present invention, includes a plurality of battery management units measuring the voltage of a secondary battery and controlling the charging and discharging thereof. The battery management units output signals when the secondary battery managed thereby is overcharged or overdischarged and errors occur in the units themselves. At this time, the plurality of battery management units output the signals to lines connected in series. In the battery management system, according to the present invention, the waveforms of the signals to be output change according to the amount of current flowing in the lines connected in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Ju-Hyun Kang, Yasuhito Eguchi, Shoji Tanina
  • Patent number: 10080193
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for maintaining a wireless connection to a remote server while a device is in a low power mode. As a result of maintaining the connection, the device can receive messages triggering a wakeup event and placing the device in a normal power mode, enabling the device to be controlled remotely. To maintain the connection, the device transitions from sending encrypted network messages to a server from a first interval while in the normal power mode to a second interval while in the low power mode. In addition, the device sends unencrypted network messages to the server at the first interval using low power circuitry. The low power circuitry receives messages from the server and may trigger the device to enter the normal power mode and/or a connection maintenance mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gilles-Arnaud Bleu-Laine, Eduardo Bezerra Valentin, Aditya Yashwant Bhave, James David Meyers, Hanxiao Fu
  • Patent number: 10064222
    Abstract: A communication apparatus capable of achieving both of improvement in operability and suppression of battery consumption. A camera as the communication apparatus wirelessly communicates with one of a plurality of external devices including a remote controller and a smartphone. The state of the camera is switched between an operating state and a power-saving state in which power consumption is smaller than in the operating state. In the power-saving state, when a connection request is received from the remote controller as a device for non-continuous connection, a process for establishing a connection with the remote controller is started, and the camera is shifted to the operating state. In the power-saving state, when a connection request is received from the smartphone as a device for continuous connection, a process for establishing a connection with the smartphone is started, and the camera is not shifted to the operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kouji Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10050803
    Abstract: A method for providing USB power including the steps of running a POE cable from a power source to an adapter, the adapter having a POE connector for receiving electrical power from the power lines of the POE cable, a transformer circuit and a USB connector where the data lines of the POE cable terminate prior to the data lines reaching the USB connector and the power lines of the POE cable provide power to the USB powered device, adapting the POE power from the POE cable to USB power and making the USB power available to the USB connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: FSR, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Fischer
  • Patent number: 10042784
    Abstract: A system may provide side channel access of a Universal Serial Bus (USB) device using USB streams. The system may include a USB interface with a USB device controller, an internal bus, a logical unit number (LUN) arbiter coupled between the USB controller and the internal bus, and a secondary interface coupled with the LUN arbiter. The system may include a plurality of storage devices coupled to the internal bus. The system may provide access to the storage devices via both the USB device controller and the secondary interface. The LUN arbiter may accept a plurality of USB streams (e.g., storage device access requests) from the USB device controller and at least one additional USB stream (e.g., storage device access request) from the secondary interface. The LUN arbiter may determine a priority of access between USB streams originating from the USB device controller and the secondary interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Michael Simmons, Swaroop Adusumilli
  • Patent number: 10042404
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present disclosure relate to automatically and/or dynamically generating one or more power management sequences for SoC and NoC architectures from a given input specification having one or a combination of NoC design specification, traffic specification, traffic profile, power profile information, initiator-consumer relationship, interdependency between components, retention information, external factors, among other allied configurations/information to enable efficient switching of one or more hardware elements from one power profile to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: NETSPEED SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Anup Gangwar, Vishnu Mohan Pusuluri, Poonacha Kongetira, Sailesh Kumar
  • Patent number: 9996132
    Abstract: A distributed processing method of a system in which communications apparatuses communicate data by multi-hop communication is executed by a given communications apparatus among the communications apparatuses. According to the method, the given communications apparatus executes a given process based on a result of a first process executed by a first communications apparatus that among the communications apparatuses, communicates directly with the given communications apparatus and operates using power stored in a charging device charged by power generated from energy obtained corresponding to an environment where installed. The given communications apparatus executes the given process when receiving the result of the first process from the first communications apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Toshiya Otomo, Koichiro Yamashita, Takahisa Suzuki, Hiromasa Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 9990021
    Abstract: A display apparatus and a method for controlling the display apparatus thereof are provided. The display apparatus includes a communicator configured to receive a power-on command from an external apparatus to perform a Wake On LAN (WOL) function and a controller configured to determine whether the WOL function is turned either on or off according to a network setting state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung-sook Joo
  • Patent number: 9979855
    Abstract: An image processing system includes: an image processing apparatus; an instruction server configured to transmit instruction information to the image processing apparatus via a router having a firewall function; and a session server configured to set up a session between the image processing apparatus and the instruction server. The image processing apparatus is configured to switch, in a case where the state of the image processing apparatus is a power saving state when a time specified by a transmission interval elapses from transmission of a connection confirmation packet for the session with the instruction server, to a state in which at least the connection confirmation packet can be transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Ryosuke Nishimura, Toshiya Shozaki, Tomoko Maruyama, Shoko Haba, Jun Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 9972265
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display panel and a timing controller. The display panel includes a first display area on which a first gate line group is disposed and a second display area on which a second gate line group is disposed. The second gate line group is disconnected from the first gate line group. The timing controller is configured to determine a first driving frequency of the first display area based on first image data displayed on the first display area and a second driving frequency of the second display area based on second image data displayed on the second display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hoe-Seok Na, Yong-Doo Park
  • Patent number: 9973431
    Abstract: System, methods, and apparatus are described that facilitate signaling between devices over a single bi-directional line. In an example, the apparatus couples a first device to a second device via a single bi-directional line, indicates initiation of a first action, initiated at the first device, by sending a first single transition on the single bi-directional line from the first device to the second device, and indicates initiation of a second action, initiated at the second device, by sending a second single transition on the single bi-directional line from the second device to the first device. In another example, a first device initiates a first action, indicates initiation of the first action by generating a first event on a single bi-directional line, and receives an indication of a second action initiated at a second device by observing a second event on the single bi-directional line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Lalan Mishra, Christopher Kong Yee Chun, Chiew-Guan Tan, Gordon Lee, Todd Sutton
  • Patent number: 9971395
    Abstract: A USB hub has a USB hub controller, and an embedded controller, a USB port connector and associated port power control device and a controllable bypass switch providing a supply voltage to the USB port connector when the embedded controller enables it, a controllable voltage supply regulator unit providing a first output voltage which can be turned off and supplied to the port power control device, and a programmable current monitor circuit with a current sensor providing a second supply voltage to the monitor circuit, wherein during a low power mode, the USB hub controller and any port power control device are turned off and the monitor circuit is configured to provide the second supply voltage through the sensor and bypass switch to the USB connector and detects a current when a USB device is plugged into the USB port connector and wakes up the embedded controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Cecil G. Chenault, Atish Ghosh
  • Patent number: 9965018
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for managing power of a device coupled with a transceiver module, in communication with a high-speed interface. In one aspect, a dynamic clock trunk tree associated with the transceiver module is controlled by a trunk driver having a first clock tree gate. A dynamic clock leaf tree associated with the device is controlled by a leaf driver having a second clock tree gate. Significant power savings may be achieved, for example, by triggering activation of clock gating mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: ALTERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ting Lok Song
  • Patent number: 9927863
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a power management controller that controls a duty cycle of a processor to manage power. By frequently powering up and powering down the processor during a period of time, the power consumption of the processor may be controlled while providing the perception that the processor is continuously available. Before powering the processor up, the power management control may determine whether or not there is work for the processor to perform. If there is no work to perform, the power management control may delay powering the processor up until there is work to perform, saving additional power. This additional power savings may be tracked, and may serve as a “credit” for the processor when subsequently powered up again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jason P. Jane
  • Patent number: 9921631
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, a device uses a camera and an eye detection service to determine whether a user is looking at a display of the device during periods when the user is not actively interacting with the device. In response to a determination that the user is not looking at the display, the display is automatically powered off. In response to the user's resumption of looking at the display, the display may be automatically powered back on. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jose Piccolotto, German Lancioni
  • Patent number: 9900283
    Abstract: A device implementing a dynamic local media access control (MAC) address assignment system may include at least one processor circuit. The at least one processor circuit may be configured to transmit an address request packet including a proposed MAC address and a device identifier to devices on a network. The at least one processor circuit may be further configured to determine whether any reply packets are received that indicate that another device has claimed the MAC address prior to expiration of a probe timer. The at least one processor circuit may be further configured to transmit an address claim packet including the MAC address when the probe timer expires before any reply packets are received from other devices. The at least one processor circuit may be further configured to communicate over the network using the proposed MAC address after transmitting the address claim packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES GENERAL IP (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Patricia Ann Thaler, Michael David Johas Teener
  • Patent number: 9880030
    Abstract: System and method for extending programmable device functionality while preserving functionality of the device driver and driver IP. User input may be received specifying functionality of custom IP for a programmable measurement device with standard driver IP. The custom IP may be generated accordingly, and may be deployable to the programmable measurement device. During operation the custom IP may communicate directly with the standard driver IP and may provide custom functionality of the programmable measurement device while preserving functionality of the standard driver IP on the programmable measurement device and the standard device driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher F. Graf, Ryan P. Verret, Joseph H. DiGiovanni, Dustyn K. Blasig, Jeronimo Mota, Kunal H. Patel, Duncan G. Hudson, III, Brian K. Odom
  • Patent number: 9874924
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to migrating virtual machine instances between equipment racks of, for example, a data center such that one or more of the equipment racks can be emptied of all active virtual machine instances. Power then can be reduced or completely shut off the racks emptied of their active virtual machine instances. Cooling for such racks also can be reduced. Energy and costs to operate and cool the racks thus are saved. Such techniques are particular beneficial during periods of reduced network activity (e.g., at night and on weekends). Also, all virtual machine instances running in a particular room of a data center can be migrated to server computers running elsewhere to thereby permit utilities (e.g., power, cooling) to the room to be reduced or shut down completely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Xiao Yu Li
  • Patent number: 9870161
    Abstract: In order to ensure that a normally-off computer connected to a volatile component operates normally and rapidly after operation of turning-on/off of a power supply is executed, a computation processing device which has nonvolatile registers and which is able to continue processing of data retained in the device after the power supply is turned off/on without retracting the data to an external device includes at least: a central processing unit including the nonvolatile registers; a connection unit for a volatile component which saves internal information in a volatile storage element thereof; a nonvolatile storage unit for saving a return program from a power-off state of the volatile component; and an inspection unit notifying that a potential of the power supply in the computation processing device has reached an operation potential at a time of return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukihide Tsuji, Yukikazu Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 9860843
    Abstract: A wireless communication device for packet communication is provided. When a battery is mounted, a control signal for obtaining information necessary for packet communication is received, and the information is stored in a first communication information storage unit, along with a reception frequency of the control signal. In a waiting state, main components for wireless communication are powered off. The main components for the wireless communication are powered on at the time of sensor detection. The packet communication is performed using the information in the first communication information storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Seguchi
  • Patent number: 9836071
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an integrated circuit (IC). The IC includes a power controller, which includes a regulator and a controller. The regulator receives a plurality of input voltages and provides a regulated output voltage. The controller controls the regulator to generate the regulated output voltage from the plurality of input voltages. The power controller provides power to a load integrated in the IC from a set of arbitrary input voltages. The set of arbitrary input voltages includes the plurality of input voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Atkinson, Praveen Kallam, Timothy T. Rueger
  • Patent number: 9826113
    Abstract: Information is stored indicating a power state to which a printing apparatus is to be shifted. When a power switch receives a power off instruction, the printing apparatus is shifted to a first power state or a second power state in accordance with the stored information. In a first power state, power is supplied to a part of devices provided in the printing apparatus, and in a second power state, power is not supplied to the part of devices in the printing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keigo Goda
  • Patent number: 9812200
    Abstract: A method of controlling an NVM device can include: (i) receiving, by an interface, a write command from a host; (ii) beginning execution of a write operation on a first array plane of a memory array in response to the write command, where the memory array includes a plurality of NVM cells arranged in a plurality of array planes; (iii) receiving, by the interface, a read command from the host; (iv) suspending the write operation in response to detection of the read command during execution of the write operation; (v) beginning execution of a read operation on a second array plane in response to the read command; and (vi) resuming the write operation after the read operation has at least partially been executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Adesto Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Gideon Intrater, Bard Pedersen, Shane Hollmer, Derric Lewis, Stephen Trinh
  • Patent number: 9804651
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a battery, a detecting unit, a comparing unit, a control unit and a charging circuit. The detecting unit is electronically connected to a universal serial bus (USB) interface to detect and determine whether or not the connecting device is a power adapter. The comparing unit outputs a level signal depending upon the comparing unit comparing a input signal received by the USB interface with a voltage threshold. The control unit controls the battery either to be charged by the connecting device through the charging circuit or the battery to supply power to the connecting device through the USB interface according to the level signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jia-Ciao Jhong
  • Patent number: 9804619
    Abstract: A USB power supply apparatus supplies electric power to a USB power reception apparatus. A bus line connects the output of the power supply circuit and the USB power reception apparatus. A switch is provided on a path of the bus line. A feedback circuit feedback controls the power supply circuit such that the output voltage VOUT of the power supply circuit approaches a reference voltage VREF. A controller adaptively controls the reference voltage VREF based on an electrical state of the USB power supply apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenichi Motoki
  • Patent number: 9778721
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method for monitoring power consumption of an application in an Android terminal, including that: a behavior of an application is captured via a preset monitoring point; data on power consumption of the behavior of the application are collected; and the power consumption of the application is analyzed according to the data on power consumption, and the result of the analysis is displayed on an Android terminal. The disclosure also provides a corresponding device. With the method and device for monitoring power consumption of an application in an Android terminal, a problem of increased power consumption of an Android terminal caused by a behavior of an application is solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: XI'AN ZHONGXING NEW SOFTWARE CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Huipeng Zeng
  • Patent number: 9762715
    Abstract: The invention refers to a mobile electronic multifunctional device providing at least an interface for at least one first functionality and an interface to a near field communication (NFC) functionality, said device comprising a component providing an interface to said first functionality, and an interface to an NFC-communication component providing said NFC-communication functionality, a battery interface, a battery control circuit, connected to said battery interface, wherein said battery control circuit is provided to control the operation of said mobile electronic multifunctional device in accordance with a battery charging condition of a battery connected to said battery interface, wherein said battery control circuit provides a number of operating conditions for said mobile electronic multifunctional device in accordance with the charging condition of a battery connected to said battery interface, said charging condition including two or more operating conditions from the selection of normal operation c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Mikko Saarisalo
  • Patent number: 9755852
    Abstract: A power adapter comprising a POE connector for receiving electrical power from the power lines of a POE cable, a transformer circuit and a USB connector for delivering electrical power to a USB powered device, wherein a POE cable provides power to the USB powered device. The power adapter can have a POE receptacle for receiving an Ethernet plug, to receive the POE power, and a USB receptacle to receive a USB plug from a USB powered device, or dedicated wires from one or more of the POE power supply and/or the USB powered device. Also, a method for providing USB power comprising the steps of running a POE cable from a power source to an adapter, adapting the POE power from the POE cable to USB power and making the USB power available to one or more USB powered devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FSR Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Fischer
  • Patent number: 9753510
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus which comprises: a first voltage regulator (VR) coupled to first one or more inductors, the first VR is to provide power to a first power domain; and a second VR coupled to second one or more inductors at least one of which is inductively coupled to at least one of the first one or more inductors, the second VR is to provide power to a second power domain separate from the first power domain, wherein there is a non-zero phase angle offset between switching transistors of the first VR relative to the second VR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Krishna Bharath, Srikrishnan Venkataraman, William J. Lambert, Michael J. Hill, Alexander Slepoy, Dong Zhong, Kaladhar Radhakrishnan, Hector A. Aguirre Diaz, Jonathan P. Douglas
  • Patent number: 9746891
    Abstract: A computer is used in a computer. The computer includes a resistor coupled to a motherboard of the computer, a control module, and an output module. The output module is coupled between the resistor and the control module. The control module is configured to control the output module to make a first response when the computer is in a S3/S4 state and control the output module to make a second response when the computer is working at a full speed. The motherboard is configured to output a first voltage to the output module when making the first response and output a second voltage to the output module when making the second response. The first voltage is configured to supply the addition card via the control circuit and the second voltage is configured to supply the addition card via the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: HONG FU PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhong-Gang Wu