DSP Group Patent Grants

Two port speaker acoustic modulator

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9736595
A two-port air pump speaker that includes at least two active, phase-modulated, bi-directional shutters and an ultrasonic pumping chamber having at least two ports; a first port facing towards the listener, the forward port, and a second port facing another direction, the backward port which may be behind an acoustic baffle or inside a speaker enclosure. A two-port speaker with two active steering shutters can create continuous bi-directional airflow which leads to low distortion…

Beacon jitter prediction for wireless local area network (LAN) devices

Granted: June 13, 2017
Patent Number: 9681373
A method for activating a wireless communication device, the method may include receiving, by the wireless communication device, a sequence of periodic transmissions; estimating, for each periodic transmission of the sequence of periodic transmissions and before a reception of the periodic transmission, an expected time of arrival of the periodic transmission; calculating, for each periodic transmission, a timing difference attribute that is responsive to at least a difference between a…

Low latency glitch-free chip interface

Granted: June 6, 2017
Patent Number: 9673820
A scheme is described that provides for a low latency, glitch free chip interface that does not require a clock. This invention handles input transitions that are skewed and also input transitions that are momentary. A change in an input state initiates a pulse that propagates through the system and samples the new input state after a delay. If there is a difference between the sampled input state and the present input state, then a new pulse is initiated in order to avoid any illegal…

Linear row array integrated power combiner for RF power amplifiers

Granted: May 30, 2017
Patent Number: 9667206
A novel and useful radio frequency (RF) front end module (FEM) circuit that provides high linearity and power efficiency and meets the requirements of modern wireless communication standards such as 802.11 WLAN, 3G and 4G cellular standards, Bluetooth, ZigBee, etc. The configuration of the FEM circuit permits the use of common, relatively low cost semiconductor fabrication techniques such as standard CMOS processes. The FEM circuit includes a power amplifier made up of one or more…

Suppying an output voltage using unsynchronized direct current to direct current converters

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9653989
A system that may include a first direct current to direct current (DC) converter that is arranged to determine at a first determination rate whether to alter a parameter of operation of the first DC to DC converter and to selectively alter the parameter of operation of operation of the first DC to DC converter in response to the determination; and a second switched-mode DC to DC converter that is arranged to determine at a second determination rate whether to alter the parameter of…

Energy efficient charge reuse in driving capacitive loads

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9648417
A method of charge reuse, the method may include repeating the steps of: electrically coupling a first group of capacitive loads to a second group of capacitive loads; wherein the capacitive loads of the first group and of the second group are Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) capacitive loads or Nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS) capacitive loads; charging the second group with a first charge provided from the first group; electrically disconnecting the first group from the second…

Radio frequency front end module circuit incorporating an efficient high linearity power amplifier

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608577
A novel and useful radio frequency (RF) front end module (FEM) circuit that provides high linearity and power efficiency and meets the requirements of modern wireless communication standards such as 802.11 WLAN, 3G and 4G cellular standards, Bluetooth, ZigBee, etc. The configuration of the FEM circuit permits the use of common, relatively low cost semiconductor fabrication techniques such as standard CMOS processes. The FEM circuit includes a power amplifier made up of one or more…

Method and apparatus for ultra-low power switching microphone

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9602920
A scheme is described to switch the power supply to the MEMS microphone on and off in a cyclic manner that is synchronized with the associated ADC sampling rate. In this way the MEMS microphone amplifier, whether it is a J-FET transistor or an operational amplifier, is off most of the cycle time, and is turned on only for a few micro-seconds prior to the sample-and-hold timing of the ADC device. By this method, the average power consumption of an existing analog MEMS microphone can be…

Equalization and power control of bone conduction elements

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9596534
Methods and systems are provided for controlling bone conduction, in which a bone conduction element may be used to output acoustic signals when it is in contact with a user. A bone conduction sensor may also be made in contact with the user, and used to obtain feedback relating to the outputting of the acoustic signals via the bone conduction element. The outputting of the acoustic signals may then be adaptively controlled based on processing of the feedback. The adaptive controlling…

Dynamic sensitivity control for wireless devices

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9596702
A wireless communication device that includes an interface and a processor; wherein the interface is arranged to receive input signals; wherein the processor is arranged to: calculate an input signal's attribute; and determine an attribute of a collision avoidance scheme in response to the input signal's attribute.

Speech intelligibility detection

Granted: February 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9564145
Methods and systems are provided for enhancing speech intelligibility in electronic devices. During outputting of acoustic signal via an electronic device, measurement of forces applied by user of the electronic device against the device (or enclosure thereof) may be obtained. The force measurements may be used to assess and/or estimate the listening intelligibility experienced by the user. Further, the force measurements may be used to control or adjust a listening intelligibility stage…

Managing ultra low energy (ULE) devices using a base station capable of entering a no emission mode (NEMO)

Granted: February 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9565632
A method that includes operating a base station at a first operational mode thereby preventing the base station from a periodically transmitting a beacon; detecting, by the base station, a transmission from a first wireless communication device; determining, by the base station and in response to the transmission from the first wireless communication device, whether to continue operating in the no emission mode or to enter a emission mode during which the base station is allowed to…

Method and system for motion detection using digital enhanced cordless telecommunicaiton (DECT) signals

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9544788
A digital enhanced cordless telecommunication (DECT) base station, the DECT base station may include a transmitter that is arranged to transmit, at different points of time, downlink transmitted DECT signals to another DECT device that differs from the DECT base station; a receiver that is arranged to receive from the other DECT device downlink reception information indicative of attributes of downlink received DECT signals that were received by the other DECT device as a result of the…

Integrated circuit package

Granted: December 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9514957
A method that may include of at least partially surrounding with an insulating encapsulation lead frames, an integrated circuit attachment and wire bonding while preventing the insulating encapsulation from contacting at least one area of a base element; and at least partially surrounding an exterior of the insulating encapsulation with a conductive coating that contacts at least one area of the base element.

RF transformer based TX/RX integrated RF switch

Granted: November 1, 2016
Patent Number: 9484977
The present invention is a novel and useful RF transformer based transmit/receive (TX/RX) integrated RF switch. In one embodiment of the invention, the TX/RX RF switch circuit is based on the use of an RF transformer which functions as (1) the PA output transformer during TX mode and (2) as a series inductance in an LNA matching network during receive mode. Thus, the RF transformer plays a dual function or role. Antenna diversity is achieved by having multiple antennas each having an…

Amplifier linearization using predistortion

Granted: October 18, 2016
Patent Number: 9473077
A device and method of predistortion linearization that account for both EVM and spectral mask are disclosed. The device and method are based on transforming the predistorter optimization problem from the time domain to the frequency domain, and weighting the equations according to one or more desired objectives. One objective focuses on abiding by the spectral mask, whereas another objective focuses on improving the EVM.

Method and an apparatus for coherency control

Granted: September 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9448954
The subject matter discloses a method for data coherency; the method comprising receiving an interrupt request for interrupting a CPU; wherein the interrupt request is from one of a plurality of modules; wherein the interrupt request notifying a writing instruction of a first data by the one of the plurality of modules to a shared memory; and wherein the shared memory is accessible to the plurality of modules through a shared bus; suspending the interrupt request; validating a completion…

DC-DC converter incorporating trim cell

Granted: August 23, 2016
Patent Number: 9425749
A novel and useful radio frequency (RF) front end module (FEM) circuit that provides high linearity and power efficiency and meets the requirements of modern wireless communication standards such as 802.11 WLAN, 3G and 4G cellular standards, Bluetooth, ZigBee, etc. The configuration of the FEM circuit permits the use of common, relatively low cost semiconductor fabrication techniques such as standard CMOS processes. The FEM circuit includes a power amplifier made up of one or more…

Apparatus and method for correcting IQ imbalance

Granted: August 9, 2016
Patent Number: 9413294
The subject matter discloses an apparatus residing within an RF chip, comprising: a detection unit for detecting IQ mismatch in an IQ signal; an analog calibration module comprising a first analog calibration mechanism for calibrating IQ mismatch in the phase component and a second analog calibration mechanism for calibrating IQ mismatch in the amplitude component; and a control unit for determining a calibration sequence of the IQ signal.

Efficient linear integrated power amplifier incorporating low and high power operating modes

Granted: August 9, 2016
Patent Number: 9413303
A novel and useful radio frequency (RF) front end module (FEM) circuit that provides high linearity and power efficiency and meets the requirements of modern wireless communication standards such as 802.11 WLAN, 3G and 4G cellular standards, Bluetooth, ZigBee, etc. The configuration of the FEM circuit permits the use of common, relatively low cost semiconductor fabrication techniques such as standard CMOS processes. The FEM circuit includes a power amplifier made up of one or more…