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Dean R DeVolpi: Multi-speed multi-direction analog pointing device. William J Quinn, Cornelius P Quinn, Quinn & Quinn P C, June 15, 1999: US05912612 (143 worldwide citation)

A low-cost pad pointing device with improved performance, reliability and durability, that can be used as a cursor pointing device for computers, remote controls, web TV, TV guide browsers, video games, consumer electronics, industrial controllers, medical, automotive and other applications. A protr ...


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Keith Reynolds Wehmeyer: Accessing control method for identifying a recording medium in a jukebox. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Joseph S Tripoli, Peter M Emanuel, Frank Y Liao, March 7, 2000: US06034925 (143 worldwide citation)

A controller and media-reader are used to identify various physical or logical characteristics of data stored on a pre-recorded medium. These characteristics may include, e.g., the kind of medium, the kind of data, the way the data is segmented or separated, the size of any data segments, the total ...


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John William Chaney, Billy Wesley Beyers Jr, Michael Wayne Johnson, James Edwin Hailey, Kevin Elliott Bridgewater, Michael Scott Deiss, Raymond Scott Horton: Consumer interface for a digital television system. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Joseph S Tripoli, Peter M Emanuel, Robert D Shedd, June 24, 1997: US05642153 (143 worldwide citation)

A television system for receiving a plurality of digitally-encoded television programs includes circuitry for selecting a particular digital data transmission channel from a plurality of digital data transmission channels containing a desired digitally-encoded television program in response to a con ...


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Wehmeyer Keith Reynolds, Reavis Jeffrey Philip, Miller Robert Howard, Crosby Sheila Renee, Morrison Hugh Boyd, Brown Megan Louise: A scheduler apparatus for use in a television receiver. Thomson Consumer Electronics, May 21, 1997: EP0774866-A2 (142 worldwide citation)

In a television system in which at least program title information for programs which are to be transmitted in the future is transmitted in advance to form a channel guide listing, apparatus is provided for searching for specific television programs which satisfy certain criteria concerning a user's ...


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David L McLaren: Encoding system and method for scrolling encoded MPEG stills in an interactive television application. Sun Microsystems, Thompson Consumer Electronics, Jeffrey C Hood, Louis H Iselin, Conley Rose & Tayon, February 2, 1999: US05867208 (141 worldwide citation)

A system and method for scrolling in a picture which is larger than MPEG standard in length or width or both in a video system, such as an interactive television system. In the preferred embodiment, the interactive television system comprises a video delivery system for providing video content, and ...


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Douglas M Keenan: Favorite channel selection using extended keypress. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Joseph S Tripoli, Peter M Emanuel, Thomas F Lenihan, May 31, 1994: US05317403 (133 worldwide citation)

A television receiver provides a "favorite channel" selection function for up to ten favorite channels without the addition of a dedicated array of keys. According to the present invention, a user holds-down a digit key for an extended period of time (preferably 3 seconds), and circuitry in the tele ...


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Kumar Ramaswamy: Apparatus and method for processing a Quadrature Amplitude Modulated (QAM) signal. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Joseph S Tripoli, Eric P Herrmann, Ronald H Kurdyla, October 12, 1999: US05966412 (131 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and method for receiving a QAM signal using a backward compatible hierarchical coding scheme to increase data transmission using finer constellations, while maintaining compatibility with existing Direct Broadcasting Satellite (DBS) systems. The apparatus employs multiple stages of decoder ...


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Michel Kerdranvat: Method and device for estimating and hierarchically coding the motion of sequences of images. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Oblon Spivak McClelland Maier & Neustadt, September 27, 1994: US05351095 (131 worldwide citation)

A method for estimating motion which calculates a priori for a current image a first field of motion for blocks of a first level resulting from a partition of the image into blocks of a so-called maximum size, on the basis of a symmetric estimation algorithm, using the preceding and following images ...


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Sanford Eisenhandler, Tayyab Chaudhry, Xiaoyang Lee, Ping S Lam, Yosuke Fujita: Combination brouter and cluster controller. Panasonic Technologies, Ratner & Prestia, September 19, 1995: US05452291 (129 worldwide citation)

An apparatus for transmitting data from a first device to a second device is provided. The invention is suitable for use in a system having first and second communications media. The apparatus includes a network interface coupled to the first medium for receiving and examining data from the first de ...


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Nathaniel H Ersoz, Karl F Horlander, Timothy W Saeger: Luminance processing system for compressing and expanding video data. Thomson Consumer Electronics, Joseph S Tripoli, Joseph J Laks, Harvey D Fried, May 10, 1994: US05311309 (123 worldwide citation)

A circuit for compressing and expanding video data comprises a FIFO line memory and an interpolator. A timing circuit generates control signals for writing data into the line memory and for reading data from the line memory to compress and expand the data. The interpolator smooths the data expanded ...



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