By External Command Patents (Class 713/310)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9743355
    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: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lvxi Yang, Yanhong Chen, Yunbo Li
  • Patent number: 9727363
    Abstract: In some examples, prior to a source cloud migrating one or more virtual machines to a destination cloud, a migration controller may establish one or more migration agreements between at least two of a client, a provider of the source cloud, and a provider of the destination cloud. The migration controller may further sort the virtual machines that execute on the source cloud based on a usage frequency and select an instance of each of the virtual machines to migrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: Xingyuan Wang
  • Patent number: 9720469
    Abstract: A method of performing automated discovery and mapping of the topology of a network is provided, wherein the networked modules include discovery and mapping-enabled modules and standard modules that are not discovery and mapping-enabled and wherein the network connections include both data connections and power connections. The method comprises the following steps: a) powering up all discovery and mapping-enabled modules on the network with current trips set to maximum level; b) powering up all standard modules; c) determining what modules are on the network; d) determine the topology of the network, including where the modules are connected within the network; e) using the determined topology to determine power requirements for the modules on the network; and f) adjusting the power distribution on the network to accommodate the identified power needs of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Veedims, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew P. Sargent, Jeffrey N. Seward, Jonathan S. Fick
  • Patent number: 9715222
    Abstract: A data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system having an infrastructure control fabric (ICF) subsystem for enabling a manager component of an independent computing device to communicate directly with the DCIM system. The DCIM system, in one embodiment, may have a manageability subsystem engine for monitoring data being transmitted from the independent computing device. A domain model may be included that has an extension relating to information on the independent computing device. A services server may be used which provides a shared services infrastructure layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Avocent Huntsville, LLC
    Inventors: Arnaldo Zimmermann, Fanny Wakizaka, Marcelo E. Peccin, Vibhor Kalley, Steven Geffin, Bharat A. Khuti, Sean Nicholson
  • Patent number: 9710034
    Abstract: A method and apparatus using temperature margin to balance performance with power allocation. Nominal, middle and high power levels are determined for compute elements. A set of temperature thresholds are determined that drive the power allocation of the compute elements towards a balanced temperature profile. For a given workload, temperature differentials are determined for each of the compute elements relative the other compute elements, where the temperature differentials correspond to workload utilization of the compute element. If temperature overhead is available, and a compute element is below a temperature threshold, then particular compute elements are allocated power to match or drive toward the balanced temperature profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel D. Naffziger, Michael Osborn, Sebastien Nussbaum
  • Patent number: 9710051
    Abstract: A method of power supply unit rotating in an information handling system (IHS) may include a control unit dividing a power loading of an IHS into N sections, where N corresponds to a number of power supply units coupled to the IHS. The control unit may configure a first power supply unit to an active state and configure one or more remaining power supply units to a suspended state during a first time period. The control unit may configure the first power supply unit to the suspended state and configure a second power supply unit to the active state in response to a second time period being reached. The control unit may rotate the active state among the power supply units in response to sequential time periods being reached. In an embodiment the control unit may rotate the active state sequentially between each of the subsequent power supplies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark A. Muccini, Mehran Mirjafari, William Draper, Ashish Razdan, Lei Wang, John Evren Jenne, Stuart Allen Berke
  • Patent number: 9696864
    Abstract: Computer-implemented method for providing access control to a function of an analyzer is presented. A user's log-in data is received from a first data entry terminal. Information descriptive of a position of the first data entry terminal is obtained. It is determined whether the position of the first data entry terminal is within a physical operating (PO) area of the analyzer. A user activatable position sensitive (PS) GUI element is displayed on the first data entry terminal if the position of the first data entry terminal is determined to be within the PO area. The activatable PS GUI element triggers, upon activation, the execution of the function. The execution of the function comprises the execution of a physical action by the analyzer. The display of the user activatable PS GUI element is otherwise prohibited or a non-activatable PS GUI element indicative of the function is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jens Lippmann, Christopher Schofield, Urs Suter, Bernard Von Allmen
  • Patent number: 9693308
    Abstract: A method for estimating a battery consumption state of a mobile communication terminal is provided. The method includes building a database with battery characteristic information changing according to at least one of a temperature and an aging characteristic of a battery supplying power to the mobile communication terminal, and estimating a power consumption of the mobile communication terminal and a battery drain rate based on the battery characteristic information and displaying estimated information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong-Hoe Koo, Sunghyun Choi, Won-Bo Lee, Yong-Seok Park, Ok-Seon Lee, Young-Ki Hong
  • Patent number: 9680930
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a data communication system for storage management, the system comprises a storage management apparatus, an expander enclosure SCSI enclosure services (SES), the expander enclosure SES is connected to the storage management apparatus through a communication line, and a mainboard baseboard management controller (BMC), the mainboard BMC is connected to the expander enclosure SES through a communication medium, wherein each of the expander enclosure SES and the mainboard BMC has a instruction converting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: CELESTICA TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANCY (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kangzhen Lou, Huaiye Wang
  • Patent number: 9678559
    Abstract: A decision engine executing on an electronic device may determine, using sensor data captured by multiple sensors of the device, whether a user is present in an environment that includes the device. If the user is determined to be present in the environment, the device may transition from a first state to a second state. The first state may be a first power state of the device in which the device is powered off or an idle or dormant state in which the device is powered on but a display of the device is powered off. Correspondingly, the second state may be a second power state of the device in which the device and the display are powered on and content is being rendered on the display. If the decision engine cannot make a determination based on the sensor data, a context engine may adjudicate the user presence determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David William Devries, Stewart Robin Shearer, Amit Singh Chhetri, Serkan Hatipoglu, Omar Sze Leung, Michael Serge Devyver, Leo Benedict Baldwin, Noam Sorek
  • Patent number: 9671851
    Abstract: Systems and methods for prediction of activity session for mobile network use optimization and user experience enhancement are disclosed. In one aspect, embodiments of the present disclosure include a method, which may be implemented on a system for enhancing user experience with a mobile application on a mobile device including, using user activity characteristics at a mobile device and server activity characteristics of a host server to anticipate a future activity session at the mobile device and transferring impending content from the host server the mobile device to pre-cache content on the mobile device to support predicted data activity for the future activity session that has been predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Seven Networks, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Luna, Ari Backholm
  • Patent number: 9639145
    Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure, a computing device is provided. The computing device includes an interface module and a power management module. The interface module is to provide a user interface that facilitates enabling and disabling of an always on feature, and further facilitates configuration of a permissible advanced configuration and power interface (ACPI) S3 state period. The power management module to receive a request to enter an ACPI S3 state, determine whether the always on feature is enabled, and in response to determining that the always on feature is enabled, determine whether the computing device is within a user-defined permissible ACPI S3 state period. In response to determining that the computing device is within the user-defined permissible ACPI S3 state period, the power management module is to set a wake event and cause the computing device to enter the ACPI S3 state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert C Brooks, Michael R Durham, Mark A Piwonka, Gregory P Ziarnik
  • Patent number: 9625988
    Abstract: A Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C connector subsystem is described herein. An integrated circuit (IC) chip device includes a Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C subsystem. The USB Type-C subsystem is to operate an Ra termination circuit that consumes no more than a first predetermined amount of current after the Ra termination circuit is applied to a Vconn line of the Type-C subsystem, or to operate a standby reference circuit in a low power mode of the device to perform detection on a Configuration Channel (CC) line of the Type-C subsystem, where the device consumes no more than a second predetermined amount of current in the low power mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Rishi Agarwal, Nicholas Alexander Bodnaruk, Pavan Kumar Kuchipudi, Suresh Naidu Lekkala
  • Patent number: 9619348
    Abstract: According to an aspect of an embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a save unit, a stopping unit and a reserve power supply unit. The save unit saves, in a device including an uninterruptible power supply device, first information including information stored in a memory allocated to a virtual machine operated by the information processing apparatus and information stored in a register allocated to the virtual machine at a time of a power outage. The stopping unit stops the virtual machine when the save of the first information is completed. The reserve power supply unit supplies power needed for the processing performed by the save unit and the stopping unit at the time of the power outage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Mikio Uehara
  • Patent number: 9619015
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to implementing a power down state in a computing device. A sleep command is issued to place a computing device in a sleep state in response to receipt of a power off command at the computing device. Content of memory of the computing device is written to non-volatile storage of the computing device and the computing device is placed in a power off state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Louis B. Hobson
  • Patent number: 9613193
    Abstract: A computer system, portable electronic device, and method are provided for preventing accidental enabling of a disabled display and/or graphical user interface (GUI) of the display screen. The computer, device, and method hereof enable the display screen by first detecting the difference between an accidental or unintended touch on the display screen and a purposeful user interaction. An accidental touch actuation can cause a button to appear on the display, yet the display and GUI remain disabled or “locked”. It is not until the user actuates the button for a predetermined amount of time will the display and GUI be restored to an enabled or “unlocked” state. If purposeful user interaction is detected, the display screen is immediately transitioned from a disabled to enabled state to quickly awaken the computer system or portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Motion Computing, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Harter
  • Patent number: 9600641
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide for user permissions based control of pooled FoD activation keys. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for user permissions based control of pooled FoD activation keys is provided. The method includes pooling one or more authorization codes for access by different end users in activating different features of a set of hardware components using FoD. The method also includes responding to an FoD request to activate one of the features by a particular one of the end users by determining whether or not a pre-defined code usage policy permits the particular one of the end users to use a pooled one of the authorization codes and if permitted according to the pre-defined code usage policy, generating an FoD activation key with the pooled one of the authorization codes and activating the one of the features with the FoD activation key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Fred Bower, David D. Chudy, James G. McLean, Cristian Medina, Michael T. Shelton
  • Patent number: 9596364
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive an output instruction to output data; a calculator configured to calculate an index value indicating a cost or an environmental burden when data subjected to output are output in a first output condition specified by the output instruction, and the index value when the data are output in a second output condition differing from the first output condition; and a display controller configured to display a screen to display a calculation result obtained by the calculator and to receive an output instruction based on one of the first and the second output conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Itogawa
  • Patent number: 9575791
    Abstract: An information handling system includes a processor configured to trap system management interrupts (SMIs) via a system management mode transfer monitor (STM), a first system resource, a SMI handler configured to operate within the STM, launch a first system management mode (SMM) virtual machine, load first SMM code for a first driver into the first SMM virtual machine, and associate the first SMM virtual machine with the first system resource and not with the second system resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Ricardo L. Martinez, Allen C. Wynn
  • Patent number: 9576113
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide for user permissions based control of pooled FoD activation keys. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for user permissions based control of pooled FoD activation keys is provided. The method includes pooling one or more authorization codes for access by different end users in activating different features of a set of hardware components using FoD. The method also includes responding to an FoD request to activate one of the features by a particular one of the end users by determining whether or not a pre-defined code usage policy permits the particular one of the end users to use a pooled one of the authorization codes and if permitted according to the pre-defined code usage policy, generating an FoD activation key with the pooled one of the authorization codes and activating the one of the features with the FoD activation key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Fred Bower, David D. Chudy, James G. McLean, Cristian Medina, Michael T. Shelton
  • Patent number: 9560680
    Abstract: In the present invention, a first terminal device is provided with an address request means that makes a request to a second terminal device for a unique address allocated to the second terminal device that belongs to a prescribed network segment. The second terminal device is provided with an address notification means that notifies the first terminal device of the unique address requested by the address request means. Also, the first terminal device is provided with a first unique ID generation means that generates a first unique ID on the basis of the unique address notified by the second terminal device. Also, the second terminal device is provided with a second unique ID generation means that generates a second unique ID on the basis of the own unique address of the second unique ID generation means. The first terminal device and the second terminal device establish a mutual wireless communication connection in a case where the first unique ID and the second unique ID match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: CLARION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9544156
    Abstract: A system is provided for adjusting power provided over a channel to a device. The system can include power sourcing equipment and a sub-system. The power sourcing equipment can provide power to a powered device via a channel. The sub-system can determine an amount by which to increase the power based on a resistance of the channel. The power sourcing equipment or the powered device can adjust the power (or load) in response to a command from the sub-system. The sub-system can include at least one measurement device and a processor. The measurement device can measure an output voltage of the power sourcing equipment, an input voltage of the powered device, and a current on the channel. The processor can determine the resistance of the channel based on the output voltage, the input voltage, and the current. The processor can output a command specifying an increase or decrease in the level of power supplied by the power sourcing equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Roger A. Hunter, Jr., Donald R. McAllister, Christopher G. Ranson, Thomas Kummetz
  • Patent number: 9535770
    Abstract: An electronic system includes: a storage unit configured to store a usage profile; a control unit, coupled to the storage unit, configured to retrieve the usage profile for a profile period, prepare an application during the profile period, and determine a power level from the usage profile for executing or offloading the application during the profile period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Hoon Ahnn, Juhan Lee
  • Patent number: 9524680
    Abstract: An information handling system is disclosed and includes a display, a lamp back lighting the display, and a lamp control system coupled to the lamp. The lamp control system is configured to boost a maximum luminance of the lamp as the lamp ages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventors: Jaeik Lee, James Alan Yasukawa
  • Patent number: 9521191
    Abstract: A method for distributing load among interconnected computing devices, each computing device having a designated position in each dimension of an array of designated positions, the method comprising, individually, at one or more computing devices per position in a series of positions in one dimension of n-dimensions, in which one dimension and one direction is assigned as a load transfer direction, executing a process including: obtaining an indication of current capacity for additional load at each member of a group of computing devices from among the computing devices; transferring load from the executing computing device to a member of the group at which it is indicated that there is capacity for additional load; where membership of the group is restricted to a computing device on the load transfer direction side of the executing computing device in the one dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Jose Albornoz
  • Patent number: 9501291
    Abstract: In an example, in a method for providing a shutdown process for a computer system including an operating system (OS), basic input/output system (BIOS) firmware may capture a request from the OS to hardware of the computer system to enter into a hibernate state. In addition, the BIOS firmware may determine whether a hybrid-shutdown process is in process and in response to a determination that the hybrid-shutdown process is in process, may turn off the computer system instead of entering the computer system into the hibernate state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Hyejung Yi, Vicky He
  • Patent number: 9497298
    Abstract: An apparatus stores address information of a server and transmits information of an apparatus to the server at a regular interval. The apparatus, when shifting from a normal state to a power-saving state, keeps continued regular transmission, by notifying a network interface device of the stored address information and the information of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Shouno
  • Patent number: 9489023
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with secure Wake on LAN with white list are described. According to one embodiment, an apparatus includes memory and sleep manager logic. The memory is configured to store a white list. The white list includes credentials for entities that are authorized to wake a host device from a power-saving sleep mode. The sleep manager logic is configured to receive, from a requesting entity, a request to wake the host device and determine if credentials for the requesting entity are on the white list. The sleep manager logic is configured to wake the host device when credentials for the requesting entity are on the white list and refrain from waking the host device when credentials for the requesting entity are not on the white list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: MARVELL INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Iulian Andrei Ispas
  • Patent number: 9467072
    Abstract: A power converter module for use alone or with other modules in a multiphase power converter. The power converter module has an enclosure that surrounds internal components to prevent radiation of electromagnetic energy, which internal components also limit conduction of electromagnetic energy. The internal components include an EMI filter, a ripple filter, a power converter, and a control interface that communicates with a control system of a power conversion system. The control interface includes a memory that stores information related to the power converter modules so as to improve interchangability of similar power modules with the multiphase power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Northern Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiran Kumar Kulihithalu Channakeshava, Jeffrey K. Petter
  • Patent number: 9455840
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for controlling network devices in a low power consumption state, comprising the steps of: generating a network packet to be transmitted over a network to the network devices, the network packet containing at least a data portion, wherein said data portion comprises a preamble portion, and a sequence of n identical hardware multicast or broadcast address portions. The invention also relates to a method for controlling network devices in a very low power consumption state, comprising the steps of: generating a network packet to be transmitted over a network to the network devices, the network packet containing at least a data portion, wherein said data portion comprises a preamble portion, a sequence of n identical hardware unicast address portions, a password portion and a network and/or device address portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Frank Pohlmann
  • Patent number: 9448824
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for capacity availability aware auto scaling. Capacity event auto scaling rules can be defined that specify how computing resources are to be scaled during a capacity event. The capacity event auto scaling rules can be defined to allow utilization of the computing resources to increase during a capacity event. A probability that capacity will be available for providing computing resources during a capacity event can also be computed. Standard auto scaling rules utilized by an auto scaling component can then be modified based upon the computed probability. Other types of actions might also be taken based upon the computed probability, such as reserving instances of computing resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Fitzgerald, Marvin M. Theimer, Eric J. Brandwine, Benjamin W. Mercier, Jonathan A. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9450488
    Abstract: A control circuit for the switching regulator and a method for regulating electrical signal are disclosed. The control circuit for the switching regulator includes a switching regulator and a clock control unit. The switching regulator regulates an output voltage according to a reference voltage and a feedback voltage. The clock control unit is coupled to the switching regulator, and the clock control unit includes an oscillator and a pulse blanking modulator. The oscillator provides an oscillation signal, and the pulse blanking modulator is configured to generate a control signal that blanks a portion of the oscillation signal. The clock control unit provides the control signal in order to maintain an output electrical signal in a sleep mode of the switching regulator within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: PHISON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Cheng-Hui Chang, Wen-Lung Cheng
  • Patent number: 9442768
    Abstract: The system and method generally relate to reducing heat dissipated within a data center, and more particularly, to a system and method for reducing heat dissipated within a data center through service level agreement analysis, and resultant reprioritization of jobs to maximize energy efficiency. A computer implemented method includes performing a service level agreement (SLA) analysis for one or more currently processing or scheduled processing jobs of a data center using a processor of a computer device. Additionally, the method includes identifying one or more candidate processing jobs for a schedule modification from amongst the one or more currently processing or scheduled processing jobs using the processor of the computer device. Further, the method includes performing the schedule modification for at least one of the one or more candidate processing jobs using the processor of the computer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Dawson, Vincenzo V. Di Luoffo, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Michael D. Kendzierski