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Method For Performing A Field Upgrade From A PC to Any Device or Appliance

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000048580D
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 28K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method that enables a PC to download a field upgrade to any device or appliance that has flash memory. Benefits include reduced product return rates, low-cost defect repair, and improved customer satisfaction.

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Method For Performing A Field Upgrade From A PC to Any Device or Appliance

              Disclosed is a method that enables a PC to download a field upgrade to any device or appliance that has flash memory. Benefits include reduced product return rates, low-cost defect repair, and improved customer satisfaction.

              More and more appliances/devices around the office and in the home depend on small processors and flash memory to work properly. In an effort to be first to market, some appliances/devices are shipped with errors. Fixing these errors usually requires the customer to send back the device. Not all appliances/devices have a way for the user to input/output data.

              The disclosed method enables a manufacturer to send a binary file via email to the user who can then use their PC to upgrade/fix any household or business appliance/device.

              As radios become smaller, less expensive, and easier to integrate, appliances and devices can contain a radio at little to no extra cost. In addition, PCs may be equipped with radio devices and software. This technology is the prerequisite for the disclosed method.

              The wireless radio medium exchanges the file and requests the device to upgrade itself. Industry standards already exist that define the data types, state machines, and commands. However, these standards rely on existing transport layers. A new standard is required for the radio transport layer.

              Control flow for the disclosed meth...