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UTILIZING PAGER EEPROM AS A FIELD PERFORMANCE RECORDER

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000006122D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Dec-05
Document File: 2 page(s) / 59K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Pete Kahn: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Most new paging receiver designs include the use of an EEPROM to store customer signaling addresses and option information. A section of this same EEPROM could be reserved to collect information about a pager's field performance. The pager can collect data and periodically store it in the EEPROM. A few examples of useful information are listed below: 1) Run Time - Elapsed time the pager is on. 2) Pages -How many pages have been received. 3) Page Quality-Bit error rates on received pages. 4) Battery Life-Run time between battery changes.

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MOTOROLA INC. Technical Developments Volume 12 April 1991

UTILIZING PAGER EEPROM AS A FIELD PERFORMANCE RECORDER

by Pete Kahn, Daniel Peana and Daniel Yeaple

  Most new paging receiver designs include the use of an EEPROM to store customer signaling addresses and option information. A section of this same EEPROM could be reserved to collect information about a pager's field performance. The pager can collect data and periodically store it in the EEPROM. A few examples of useful information are listed below:

1) Run Time - Elapsed time the pager is on.
2) Pages -How many pages have been received.
3) Page Quality-Bit error rates on received pages.
4) Battery Life-Run time between battery changes.

5) Environmental-With additional temperature sensor record min and max temperatures pager has been subject to.
6) Shock History - Input from a built-in accelerometer.

  A pager manufacturer can realize many advantages by utilizing the EEPROM as a field performance recorder. The information collected in the EEPROM can supply more complete and accurate data to engineers analyzing field failures. Also, EEPROM information can be used as a basis for warranty based repairs (run-time based warranty system).

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MOTOROLA INC. Technical Developments Volume 12 April 1991

PAGER EFiPROM AS A FIELD PERFORMANCE RECORDER

Thermocouple

EEPROM, Paging Adresses

Diagnostic Info RunTime

Tie since battery

Pages Received C...