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OPTION SELECT RECOGNITION SCHEME UTILIZING OPTICAL INTERCONNECT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007699D
Original Publication Date: 1996-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Apr-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 100K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Henry Bogut: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This invention allows the radio to select an exter- nal option class (external speaker, external micro- phone, external RI?. .) by sensing the amplitude or amount of light allowed to pass through or reflected by the accessory to the radio. This optical option select scheme has various advantages such as: 1) It avoids the problems with sensing an impedance con- trolled voltage to determine an option class, 2) It eliminates I/O pin connections on the universal con- nector for the accessory and the radio, 3) It elimi- nates the associated static protection and filtering needed for those I/OS, 4) It eliminates interference from RF sources that cause desensing in conven- tional accessory option select schemes, 5) It elimi- nates the problem associated with voltage drops caused by extended wire lengths when reading volt- ages to determine option types and, 6) It allows mod- ification of operating characteristics of microphones, such as for use in high/low noise environments, by changing the step density filter at the connector. The signal gains for the microphones would be adjusted in the radio via software.

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MmROLA Technical Developments

OPTION SELECT RECOGNITION SCHEME UTILIZING OPTICAL INTERCONNECT

by Henry Bogut and Joseph PatiAo

  This invention allows the radio to select an exter- nal option class (external speaker, external micro- phone, external RI?. .) by sensing the amplitude or amount of light allowed to pass through or reflected by the accessory to the radio. This optical option select scheme has various advantages such as: 1) It avoids the problems with sensing an impedance con- trolled voltage to determine an option class, 2) It eliminates I/O pin connections on the universal con- nector for the accessory and the radio, 3) It elimi- nates the associated static protection and filtering needed for those I/OS, 4) It eliminates interference from RF sources that cause desensing in conven- tional accessory option select schemes, 5) It elimi- nates the problem associated with voltage drops caused by extended wire lengths when reading volt- ages to determine option types and, 6) It allows mod- ification of operating characteristics of microphones, such as for use in high/low noise environments, by changing the step density filter at the connector. The signal gains for the microphones would be adjusted in the radio via software.

  Refer to Figure I. This invention uses a fixed intensity light source located preferably in the radio communication equipment, such as a mobile two

way radio, portable two way radio or a vehicular adapter for portable radios, This light is then piped through the accessory and back into the radio and read by a variable light amplitude detector. This light source travels through a step density filter contained in the accessory that attenuates the amplitude of the light signal by a fixed amount. Each accessory option class will have a distinct step density filter associate...