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20120173784INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND FUNCTIONALITY EXPANSION APPARATUS - An information processing system is disclosed which includes: an information processing apparatus proper configured to include an optical communication connection portion establishing optical communication connection; a first functionality expansion apparatus configured to have an optical communication connection portion optically communicating with the information processing apparatus proper, and a first processing function portion processing or storing data for use by the information processing apparatus; and a second functionality expansion apparatus configured to have an optical communication connection portion optically communicating with the first functionality expansion apparatus, and a second processing function portion.07-05-2012
20130086291SWITCHING LOGIC MODULE - The innovation applies to a switch logic module (04-04-2013
20120265911MOBILE DEVICE AUTO DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD - This application discusses, among other things, multiple interface detection circuits configured to connect with a mobile electronic device connector. In an example, a multiple interface detection circuit can include a first comparator to compare a bus voltage of the mobile electronic device connector with a first threshold and to provide a first control signal, a second comparator to compare the bus voltage of the mobile electronic device connector with the first threshold and to provide a second control signal, a third comparator to compare the bus voltage of the mobile electronic device connector with a second threshold and to provide a third control signal, and a switch control configured to switch one or more signals of the connector.10-18-2012
20100042768DATA TRANSMISSION BASE AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A data transmission base is used to transmit data for a data transmission device. The data transmission device has a data transmission body and a cover. The data transmission body has a first transmission interface. The data transmission base includes a transmission connection body and a cover connection body. The transmission connection body has a second transmission interface for connecting the first transmission interface. The cover connection body, which is connected to the transmission connection body, is used for connecting the cover.02-18-2010
20100042767Method and Apparatus for Connecting USB Devices to a Remote Computer - A method and apparatus are provided to enable a plurality of standard USB peripheral devices, utilizing the USB specification, to be distributed at various nodes across a network, wherein communications across the network may take advantage of any pre-existing network connectivity of a standard, non-modified USB host computer. In particular, a reflector function is added in order to reflect data communications towards a pre-existing transceiver. As a result, the host computer establishes a first profile and second profile for data communication purposes, and uses these profiles to communicate across the network using pre-existing data communication components.02-18-2010
20100064086Method for providing path failover for multiple SAS expanders operating as a single sas expander - A failed link is detected between a first SAS expander and a device. A data transfer of the first SAS expander connected to the device via the failed link is re-routed to a second SAS expander connected to the device via a functional link. The first SAS expander is connected to the SAS expander via the phys of the first SAS expander and the phys of the second SAS expander for inter-expander communications.03-11-2010
20130073767INPUT/OUTPUT (I/O) EXPANSION RESPONSE PROCESSING IN A PERIPHERAL COMPONENT INTERCONNECT EXPRESS (PCIE) ENVIRONMENT - A system for implementing non-standard input/output (I/O) adapters in a standardized I/O architecture, comprising an I/O hub communicatively coupled to an I/O bus and a plurality of I/O adapters, the I/O hub including logic for implementing a method comprising receiving a request from a requester to perform an operation on one of the plurality of I/O adapters. The method further comprising determining that the request is in a format other than a format supported by the I/O bus, determining that the requester requires a completion response for the request, transforming the request into the format supported by the I/O bus, transmitting the request to the I/O adapter, receiving the completion response from the I/O adapter, the completion response comprising an indicator that the request has been completed, the completion response in the format supported by the I/O bus and transmitting the completion response to the requester.03-21-2013
20130073766INPUT/OUTPUT (I/O) EXPANSION RESPONSE PROCESSING IN A PERIPHERAL COMPONENT INTERCONNECT EXPRESS (PCIE) ENVIRONMENT - Embodiments of the invention relate to non-standard input/output (I/O) adapters in a standardized I/O architecture. An aspect of the invention includes implementing non-standard I/O adapters in a standardized I/O architecture. A request is received at an I/O adapter from a requester to perform an operation on one of the I/O adapters. It is determined that the request is in a format other than a format supported by an I/O bus and that the requester requires a completion response for the request. The request is transformed into the format supported by the I/O bus, and is transmitted to the I/O adapter. The completion response is received from the I/O adapter, and includes an indicator that the request has been completed. The completion response is in the format supported by the I/O bus. The completion response is transmitted to the requester.03-21-2013
20130060983Administering Computing System Resources In A Computing System - Administering computing system resources in a computing system, the computing system comprising at least one slot adapted to receive an electrical component having a set of pins, the slot configured to couple pins of the electrical component to the computing system, installed within the slot a presence detectable baffle, the presence detectable baffle comprising a passive chassis having a form factor consistent with the electrical component and a presence detectable pin set connected to the passive chassis, the pin set consistent with the electrical component, including: identifying, by a system manager, the presence detectable baffle; and managing, by the system manager, computing system operating attributes in dependence upon presence detectable baffle attributes.03-07-2013
20110022760SATISFYING A REQUEST FOR A PHYSICAL IMPORT/EXPORT SLOT WITH A SLOT THAT IS NOT A PHYSICAL IMPORT/EXPORT SLOT - A request for a physical import/export (I/E) slot is satisfied using a tape library slot that is not a physical I/E slot. According to one embodiment, the request for the physical I/E slot, that is associated with the tape library, is received. A different slot, which is not any of the physical I/E slots associated with the tape library, is used to satisfy the request.01-27-2011
20090006697Label switched routing in SAS expanders - The attaching of labels to an OPEN frame and applying label switched routing to SAS expanders is disclosed to eliminate the need for large routing tables in SAS networks. A label stack is inserted into the OPEN frame by the initiator, prior to the OPEN frame being transmitted. Each label contains the egress port for a SAS expander in the transmit path. Each SAS expander to be participating in the connection reads the labels to determine the egress port to connect to and through which data is to be sent. The SAS expander marks its label invalid or discards it and forwards the OPEN frame to the egress port where the next SAS expander will look for the first valid label. The process repeats until the OPEN frame reaches the edge device, at which time all labels are discarded and the OPEN frame is forwarded to the end device.01-01-2009
20080294827SLOT INTERFACE ACCESS DEVICE AND SLOT INTERFACE ACCESS METHOD - A slot interface access device including a slot management module; a slot control module; and a physical slot to management slot contrast table, the slot management module, the slot control module, and the physical slot to management slot contrast table being provided between an input and output control module and a slot interface lower than the input and output control module. The input and output control module accesses the slot interface using virtual slot identification information. The slot management module converts the virtual slot identification information into physical slot identification information while referring to the physical slot to management slot contrast table, and accesses the slot control module corresponding to the physical slot identification information, thereby realizing a physical access of the input and output control module to the slot interface. The slot interface access device is higher in CPU capability than other devices each including the slot interface.11-27-2008
20110296070MOTHERBOARD AND COMPUTER USING SAME - A motherboard includes a main board, a CPU seat, and at least one CPU expansion interface. The first CPU seat is seated on the main board. The at least one CPU expansion interface is formed on the main board abutting the first CPU seat for providing an expansion accessing terminal to add another CPU to the motherboard.12-01-2011
20110296071BLADE SERVER AND METHOD FOR ADDRESS ASSIGNMENT IN BLADE SERVER SYSTEM - A blade server and a method for auto-assigning a unique communication address for a blade server system. The blade server system includes a plurality of blade servers and a mainboard with a plurality of slots. The plurality of blade servers is received in the mainboard operating in the blade server system. The blade server includes at least one processor, a memory and a bus. The blade server connects the memory to the at least one processor by the bus and assigns a unique slot identification to the receiving slot. The blade server detects the unique slot identification of receiving slot of the mainboard. Then, the blade server assigns the unique communication address to the memory of the blade server according to the unique slot identification of the receiving slot.12-01-2011
20110219158STORAGE ASSEMBLY, A PHYSICAL EXPANDER AND A METHOD - A storage assembly includes a physical expander for connection in use to two or more SCSI initiators, and two or more storage devices, wherein the expander is controlled such that it presents plural virtual expanders. A method for connecting two or more storage devices to two or more SCSI initiators within a storage assembly, includes providing a physical expander for connection in use to the two or more SCSI initiators, and two or more storage devices, and controlling the single expander such that it presents plural virtual expanders.09-08-2011
20100169529PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND CONNECTION METHOD THEREFOR - A portable electronic apparatus and a connection method therefore are disclosed. The portable electronic apparatus comprises a connector, a processing circuit, and a switch module. After a plug is plugged into the connector, the processing circuit reads a voltage value of the plug via the switch module. When determining that the voltage value of the plug is within a first voltage range, the processing circuit outputs switch signals to the switch module, so that an input signal of the plug is able to be transmitted to the processing circuit via the connector and the switch module. When determining that the voltage value of the plug is within a second voltage range, the processing circuit outputs other switch signals to the switch module, so that an output signal of the processing circuit is able to be transmitted to the plug via the switch module and the connector.07-01-2010
20100100657COMPUTER CAPABLE OF AUTOMATIC BANDWIDTH CONFIGURATION ACCORDING TO I/O EXPANSION CARD TYPE - A computer capable of automatic bandwidth configuration according to I/O expansion card (e.g., PCI-Express expansion card) type is provided. A motherboard of the computer includes an I/O expansion slot, a chipset, and a configuration setting circuit. When the I/O expansion slot supports different types of I/O expansion cards having multiple interface card slot combinations, a corresponding bandwidth configuration message is generated on the I/O expansion card. The bandwidth configuration message is used to indicate the type of the I/O expansion card that is being used and thereby control the configuration setting circuit to adjust the bandwidth configuration in the chipset.04-22-2010
20120185629MOBILE PHONE - A mobile phone includes an earphone and a main body. The earphone includes a first universal serial bus (USB) interface, a first USB audio module connected to the first USB interface, a battery module connected to the first USB interface, a speaker module connected to the first USB audio module, a first BLUETOOTH module connected to the speaker module and the battery module, a microphone module connected to the first BLUETOOTH module, and a first antenna module connected to the first BLUETOOTH module. The main body includes a second USB interface, a second USB audio module connected to the USB interface, a control module connected to the second USB audio module, a detecting module connected to the second USB interface and the control module, a second BLUETOOTH module connected to the control module, and a second antenna module connected to the second BLUETOOTH module.07-19-2012
20090187692Stick-On USB Drive Holder - A holder for a USB drive is disclosed. The holder can be used as a stand-alone product, or as a retrofit to notebooks and binders, or as an integrated part of such a binder. A holder includes a backing, a pouch coupled to the backing and defining with the backing a cavity for receiving a USB drive such that a portion of the USB drive extends out of the cavity. The holder can include a tab, a leaf spring, a combination spring-loaded plunger and holding plate, or a securable flap for securing the USB drive in the cavity.07-23-2009
20080294828SLOT INTERFACE ACCESS DEVICE, SLOT INTERFACE ACCESS METHOD, AND PROGRAM THEREFOR - A slot interface access device including a slot management module; a slot control module; and a physical slot to management slot contrast table, the slot management module, the slot control module, and the physical slot to management slot contrast table being provided between an input and output control module and a slot interface lower than the input and output control module. The input and output control module accesses the slot interface using virtual slot identification information. The slot management module converts the virtual slot identification information into physical slot identification information while referring to the physical slot to management slot contrast table, and accesses the slot control module corresponding to the physical slot identification information obtained by conversion, thereby realizing a physical access of the input and output control module to the slot interface.11-27-2008
20120297102SERVER AND MOTHERBOARD - A server includes a motherboard and a fan system. The motherboard includes a circuit board, on which are mounted a first and a second groups of expansion slots, a central processing unit (CPU) and a group of memory slots. The fan system is arranged near a side of the circuit board, and the disposition of the fan system and the components on the circuit board is such that the airflow from the fan system does not blow pre-heated air from one component over a second component.11-22-2012
20120185630COMMUNICATION NETWORK FOR A LOW VOLTAGE ELECTRIC SWITCHBOARD - A communication network for a low-voltage switchboard comprising three types of communication bus.07-19-2012
20110271025COMPUTER MOTHERBOARD - A computer motherboard includes a printed circuit board which includes a central processing unit (CPU) socket and a group of memory slots. The group of memory slots includes an in-line type memory slot and a surface mounted device (SMD) type memory slot. The in-line type memory slot includes a number of plated through holes. The SMD type memory slot is set between the in-line type memory slot and the CPU socket. The through holes of the in-line type memory slot are connected to the CPU socket through traces, pads of the SMD type memory slot are connected to corresponding through holes of the in-line type memory slot having the same pin definition.11-03-2011
20080244139DISK ARRAY SUBSYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - This disk array subsystem includes a data input/output unit for inputting and outputting data in and from the network, a connecting unit for connecting the data input/output unit and a plurality of storage apparatuses, and a control unit for controlling the input and output of data in and from the network. The control unit includes a logical link setting unit for zoning at least one or more physical links among a plurality of physical links for inputting and outputting data between the data input/output unit and the connecting unit, or between the connecting unit and the connecting unit into at least one or more logical links, and setting a plurality of logical links to one physical link; and a link unit for simultaneously multiplexing the data to a plurality of the logical links set with the logical link setting unit, and linking the data to the physical link.10-02-2008
20080250179Discrete Computer Processor System and Peripherals System - A discrete, self-contained computer processing system includes a housing, a motherboard carried by the housing, a central processing unit operatively connected to the motherboard, a volatile memory operatively connected to the motherboard, and one or more connectors operatively connected to the motherboard to selectively operatively connect a peripheral device to the motherboard to operate with the device. No other computer-operated components and no computer-operated peripheral devices, are carried by the housing. A discrete peripherals unit operatively connectable to the processing system includes one or more computer-operated peripheral devices and does not include a motherboard, a central processing unit and volatile memory.10-09-2008
20100036989SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEMORY HUB-BASED EXPANSION BUS - A system memory includes a memory hub controller, a memory module accessible by the memory hub controller, and an expansion module having a processor circuit coupled to the memory module and also having access to the memory module. The memory hub controller is coupled to the memory hub through a first portion of a memory bus on which the memory requests from the memory hub controller and memory responses from the memory hub are coupled. A second portion of the memory bus couples the memory hub to the processor circuit and is used to couple memory requests from the processor circuit and memory responses provided by the memory hub to the processor circuit.02-11-2010
20120084478STACKED DIE WITH VERTICALLY-ALIGNED CONDUCTORS AND METHODS FOR MAKING THE SAME - Stacked die having vertically-aligned conductors and methods for making the same are disclosed for providing a non-volatile memory, such as flash memory (e.g., NAND flash memory), for use in an electronic device.04-05-2012
20080201512SERIAL ATTACHED SCSI BACKPLANE AND DETECTION SYSTEM THEREOF - A serial attached SCSI (SAS) backplane and detection system thereof are provided. When a first SAS backplane is not serially connected to a second SAS backplane, a logic signal with first status value provided by a signal unit of first SAS backplane is output to a master control unit through a second pin. When the first SAS backplane is serially connected to the second SAS backplane, a logic signal with second status value provided by a signal unit of second SAS backplane is transmitted to a first pin of the first SAS backplane though a third pin of second SAS backplane and output to the master control unit through the second pin of first SAS backplane. Therefore, the master control unit determines whether the first SAS backplane is serially connected to the second SAS backplane according to the received logic signal with the first or the second status value.08-21-2008
20090164684Throttling A Point-To-Point, Serial Input/Output Expansion Subsystem Within A Computing System - Methods, systems, and apparatus are disclosed for throttling a point-to-point, serial I/O expansion subsystem within a computing system that include: receiving, by a link configuration module, an external environmental parameter value representing a condition of an environment external to the computing system; determining, by the link configuration module, a link configuration of a communication link for an I/O adapter in a point-to-point, serial I/O expansion subsystem within the computing system in dependence upon the external environmental parameter value; and configuring, by the link configuration module, the communication link for the I/O adapter in dependence upon the link configuration.06-25-2009
20090327557SERVICE BUS LINKING METHOD AND SERVICE BUS - A service bus linking method for linking a plurality of service buses together includes inputting to a service bus to be added a node identifier and a position of an existing service bus to be connected, and registering a node identifier and a position of the existing service bus in a bus node table to store identifiers and positions of the service bus to be added and an adjacent service bus; second a bus node table updating notification from the service bus to be added to the existing service bus; and registering a node identifier and a position of the service bus to be added in a bus node table of the existing table, in response to the bus node table updating notification.12-31-2009
20090198851EXTENDED COMPUTING UNIT WITH STAND-ALONE APPLICATION - An extended computing unit includes a connection module, memory, and hardware. The memory is operable to store one or more computer-level user applications, one or more exclusive extended computing unit user applications, an exclusive extended computing unit operating system, and an operating system extension of a computer-level operating system. When the connection module is not coupled to a handheld computing unit, the hardware is operable to execute the extended computing unit exclusive operating system, detect a request for activation of an extended computing unit exclusive user application of the one or more extended computing unit exclusive user applications, and execute a least a portion of the extended computing unit exclusive user application.08-06-2009
20090049222PCI Express-Compatible Controller And Interface For Flash Memory - A PCI Express-compatible flash device can include one or more flash memory modules, a controller, and an ExpressCard interface. The controller can advantageously provide PCI Express functionality as well as flash memory operations, e.g. writing, reading, or erasing, using the ExpressCard interface. A PIO interface includes sending first and second memory request packets to the flash device. The first memory request packet includes a command word setting that prepares the flash device for the desired operation. The second memory request packet triggers the operation and includes a data payload, if needed. A DMA interface includes sending the second memory request from the flash device to the host, thereby triggering the host to release the system bus for the DMA operation.02-19-2009
20110145463SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEMORY HUB-BASED EXPANSION BUS - A system memory includes a memory hub controller, a memory module accessible by the memory hub controller, and an expansion module having a processor circuit coupled to the memory module and also having access to the memory module. The memory hub controller is coupled to the memory hub through a first portion of a memory bus on which the memory requests from the memory hub controller and memory responses from the memory hub are coupled. A second portion of the memory bus couples the memory hub to the processor circuit and is used to couple memory requests from the processor circuit and memory responses provided by the memory hub to the processor circuit.06-16-2011
20090198852COMPUTING DEVICE WITH HANDHELD AND EXTENDED COMPUTING DEVICES - A handheld computing unit includes a processing module, memory, a transceiver, a first extended computing unit interface, a second extended computing unit interface, and an interconnection structure operably coupled to the processing module, the memory, the transceiver, and the first and second extended computing unit interfaces. The first extended computing unit interface couples to a first extended computing unit and the second extended computing unit interface coupled to a second extended computing unit such that the handheld computing unit and the extended computing units constitute a computing device.08-06-2009
20090248937System debug of input/output virtualization device - An adapter card for testing the functionality of a particular interface configuration may include an interface core. The interface core may comprise an electric circuit including electronic components and control logic for interfacing with an information handling system device. The adapter card may include a front end data channel coupled with the interface core for transmitting data between the electronic components and the information handling system device. The adapter card may include firmware for setting an indicator and causing the control logic to report a memory requirement to the information handling system device larger than a programmed memory space expected by the control logic.10-01-2009
20090248936CHIP INTERCONNECT SWIZZLE MECHANISM - A front side bus swizzle mechanism modifies the front side (address and data) bus on a chip so that, when the chip is positioned on one side of a printed circuit board, connection to a second chip located on the opposite side of the printed circuit board is simplified. The simplified connection may result in less complexity and minimize the consumption of additional printed circuit board real estate.10-01-2009
20100228900SCALABLE COMPUTER NODE HAVING AN EXPANSION MODULE THAT IS SOCKET-COMPATIBLE WITH A CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT - A scalable computer node includes a first central processing unit (CPU), a memory subsystem, and a socket that is configured to receive a second CPU. An expansion module is mounted in the socket instead of the second CPU, where the expansion module is socket-compatible with the second CPU. The expansion module has a CPU interface to communicate with the first CPU, a memory interface to communicate with the memory subsystem, and a fabric interface to communicate over a communications fabric with an expansion electronic subsystem to expand a capacity of the computer node.09-09-2010
20100217908MOTHER BOARD, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE WORK OF THE MOTHER BOARD - A mother board is disclosed. The mother board includes a first processor and a controlling module. A second processor is electrically coupled to the mother board. The controlling module includes a utilization ratio comparing unit and a controlling unit. The utilization ratio comparing unit is configured for comparing a current utilization ratio of the first processor with a predetermined first utilization ratio, and comparing a current utilization ratio of the second processor with a predetermined second utilization ratio. The controlling unit is configured for controlling the first processor and the second processor to process data together when the current utilization ratio of the first processor is lower than the predetermined first utilization ratio and the current utilization ratio of the second processor is higher than the predetermined second utilization ratio.08-26-2010
20100235559Solid-state disk - A solid-state disk comprising a board and a plurality of connecting interfaces is provided. The plurality of connecting interfaces comprise a mini peripheral component interconnect express (Mini PCI Express) interface, a serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) interface and an universal serial bus (USB) interface, wherein the Mini PCI Express interface is placed on a side of the board and connects to a expandable memory, the SATA interface is placed on a side of board and connects to a host, the USB interface is placed on a side of the board and is connects to a host.09-16-2010
20100161865Method and apparatus for improving radio performance of wireless data terminal device - A wireless data terminal device comprises a detachable USB connector and a main circuit board, where at least two redundancy grounding connections are provided between the detachable USB connector and the main circuit board, and the grounding points of the at least two redundancy grounding connections are not adjacent to each other. A method for improving the radio performance of the wireless data terminal device is further provided. With the wireless data terminal device or the method for improving the radio performance of the wireless data terminal device, the connection of the grounding plane of the wireless data terminal device with the grounding plane of a computer is effectively enhanced. Therefore, the radio performance of the wireless data terminal device is improved.06-24-2010
20120144082DATA PREFETCH IN SAS EXPANDERS - A SAS expander collects data access information associated with a nexus and determines whether a data prefetch is appropriate. The SAS expander identifies potential data blocks utilizing previous data requests of the nexus. The SAS expander issues a data request to the target for the potential data blocks. The SAS expander stores the potential data blocks within a prefetch cache for future utilization within a data read.06-07-2012
20080288697Memory module having a cover pivotally coupled thereto - A storage device has a memory module and a cover pivotally coupled to a housing of the memory module. In one such storage device, the memory module and cover can pivot with respect to each other to configure the storage device in a first configuration or in each of one or more second configurations. In the first configuration, the cover substantially encloses a connector of the memory module that extends from the housing. In one or more second configurations, the connector is entirely exposed. For one embodiment, opposing light-transmission elements may pass through the cover and extend into an interior of the housing.11-20-2008
20090113102DETACHABLE EXPANSION DEVICE AND HOST - A host having a casing, a motherboard, and at least a detachable expansion device is provided. The casing has at least an expansion bay. The motherboard is disposed in the casing and has at least a bus expansion portion. The detachable expansion device is detachably disposed in the expansion bay and includes a circuit board, at least a bus connector, a panel, and at least a transmission portion. The bus connector is electrically connected to the circuit board and has a connection port. The panel is connected to a first side of the circuit board and exposes the connection port. A surface of the panel and the connection port are exposed outside the casing. The transmission portion is disposed on the circuit board and electrically connected to the circuit board. The bus connector is electrically connected to the bus expansion portion through the transmission portion.04-30-2009
20100306434SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SCALABLE STORAGE MANAGEMENT - Systems and methods for management of scalable storage architectures are disclosed. The system includes one or more storage backplanes, each storage backplane configured to interface with one or more hard disk drives. The system includes a baseboard management controller, which includes an interface to communicate with one or more of the storage backplanes and programmable logic configured to detect the presence of one or more hard disk drives in an interfaced storage backplane and control one or more status indicators, wherein each status indicator is related to at least one of the hard disk drives in the interfaced storage backplane.12-02-2010
20100281199DATA STORAGE DEVICE CARRIER SYSTEM - A data storage device carrier system includes a carrier configured to support one or more data storage devices, a backplane, including one or more coupling connector devices configured to electrically couple with a motherboard, and an interposer board operable to couple a plurality of the data storage devices supported by the carrier with the backplane. In an embodiment, the one or more coupling connector devices are operable to transfer communication signals and electrical power. The interposer board is operable to provide the electrical power from a single port on the backplane to each of the plurality of the data storage devices. The interposer board is also operable to pass communication signals between a primary port on the backplane to a first one of the plurality of the data storage devices, and to pass communication signals between a secondary port on the backplane to a second one of the plurality of the data storage devices.11-04-2010
20130138852ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH BASEBOARD MANAGEMENT CONTROLLER - An electronic device includes an IOM and a BMC. The IOM includes at least one pair of ports, each port capable of being connected to an external device, and each pair of ports is configured for exchanging data between two external devices connected to two ports of the pair. The BMC is electrically connected to the IOM, to respond to a user input to provide an interface for the user to input commands to control a working mode of each pair of ports of the IOM.05-30-2013
20130138853ADJUSTMENT DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING INTERFACE EXPANDER - An adjustment device for automatically adjusting an interface expander with a signal port and a firmware is provided. The adjustment device includes a MCU connected to the signal port, a serial port, and an analysis unit connected to the MCU via the serial port. The MCU receives signals output by the signal port and convert the received signals to serial digital signals, and transmits the serial digital signals to the analysis unit. The analysis unit stores a digital signal reflecting a signal standard of the interface expander, and compare the received serial digital signals with the stored digital signal to determine whether the received serial digital signals accord with the stored digital signal, and produces an adjustment signal to the firmware to adjust a register value of the firmware when determining the received serial digital signals do not accord with the stored digital signal.05-30-2013
20100217907KVM switch expansion device - A KVM switch expansion device includes a box disposed with multiple I/O ports thereon and containing a control component connected to those I/O ports; one or a multiple space is disposed to the box for accommodating expansion module at where other than those I/O ports are provided or the expansion module is separately provided in the form of another box to directly create telecommunication connection with the control component by means of a connection interface for the existing KVM switch to provide new user interface with an expansion module.08-26-2010
20110029708Serial Advanced Technology Attachment Interface Storage Device - A serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) interface storage device. The SATA interface storage device can be used in cooperation with an electrical apparatus and comprises a substrate, a chip set, a SATA interface and a shell. The substrate has a first surface, a second surface corresponding to the first surface and a plurality of connectors between the first surface and the second surface. The chip set is disposed on the first surface. The SATA interface is disposed on the second surface and is electrically connected to the chip set via a part of the connectors so that the electrical apparatus may be electrically connected to the chip set via the SATA interface to access the chip set. The shell has a width and a thickness and defines a receiving space for receiving the substrate, the chip set and the SATA interface, where the width and the thickness conform to a micro-memory card standard.02-03-2011
20110035524Apparatus for Plugging into a Computation System, and Computation System - An apparatus for upgrading a standard PC system to a fail-safe computation system, comprising a plug device for plugging into the computation system, a memory module, a microcontroller, and a first device for generating a first time signal, wherein the microcontroller and the first device interact such that the computation system is provided with the first time signal through the plug device device.02-10-2011
20110040916SYSTEM RECONFIGURATION OF EXPANSION CARDS - A method and computer program product for improving or optimizing the configuration of expansion cards and expansion card slots in a computer system. The slot width of each slot is serially set to two or more link widths supported by the expansion card that is connect in each slot and each of the plurality of expansion cards is retrained at each of the set slot widths. The current link speed and a current link width for each of the plurality of expansion cards may be identified at each of the set slot widths to enable a determination of a configuration of the plurality of expansion cards within the plurality of expansion card slots that will improve collective throughput of the expansion cards. Optionally, the throughput of one expansion card may be prioritized over the throughput of another expansion card, such as those expansion cards or functionalities specified by user preferences or identified by system monitoring of loads placed on the expansion cards.02-17-2011
20110113174PORTABLE DEVICE HAVING PLUG DETECTOR AND CONTROL METHOD OF DETECTING THE PORTABLE DEVICE - A reciprocating plug detector is configured at the connector of a portable device and is pushed to generate a control signal when the portable device is plugged into a host system. A controller of the portable device then performs a command when receiving the control signal. When the portable device is unplugged from the host system, the reciprocating plug detector may also be used for generating the control signal and before the portable device totally leaves the host system, the controller performs other pre-defined command during these few milliseconds. The portable device is implemented with a variety of computer controllability and provided with power-failure protection for data.05-12-2011
20100241779ALLEVIATING BLOCKING CASES IN A SAS SWITCH - A first SAS expander including at least two phys is operably coupled to a first and a second SAS wide port. A second SAS expander including at least two phys is operably coupled to the first and the second SAS wide port. The first and the second SAS wide port each include at least two lanes, one of each at least two lanes designateable as a connection request lane. The connection request lane of each SAS wide port is operably coupled to a different SAS expander.09-23-2010
20090313410BI-DIRECTIONAL MULTI-DROP BUS MEMORY SYSTEM - A bus system includes a plurality of stubs; a plurality of connectors, each of which is serially coupled between a corresponding one of the stubs and a corresponding one of memory modules; a plurality of first serial loads, each of which is serially coupled to a corresponding one of the connectors; and a plurality of second serial loads, each of which is serially coupled to characteristic impedance of a transmission line of a corresponding one of the stubs, wherein the first and the second serial loads are determined to be impedance matched at each transmission line terminal of the stubs.12-17-2009
20100064085Combining multiple SAS expanders to provide single sas expander functionality - At least one first numbered phy of a first SAS expander is grouped with at least one second numbered phy of a second SAS expander physically separate from the first SAS expander into at least one common SAS wide port. An identical SAS address is assigned to the first SAS expander and the second SAS expander for operating the first SAS expander and the second SAS expander to behave and respond as a single, cohesive SAS expander. The first SAS expander is directly connected to the second SAS expander for inter-expander communications.03-11-2010
20100036988MULTIMEDIA PLAYING DEVICE - A multimedia playing device includes a central processing unit, a plurality of sensors electrically coupled to the central processing unit, and an output unit electrically coupled to the central processing unit. The plurality of sensors are operated together with the central processing unit, such that after the sensors detect different hand movements of a user, the central processing unit reads and determines the hand movement and transmits related control signals to the output unit according to different hand movements to achieve the effects of using a hand posture to control related functional movements and enhancing the convenience of using the multimedia playing device.02-11-2010
20100064084Specifying lanes for SAS wide port connections - The optimal lanes of at least one SAS wide port for the data connection are discovered. The allowable lanes for the data connection within the SAS wide ports of each level of the SAS domain are specified. The specified allowable lanes for the data connection are checked. The data connection is created on the specified allowable lanes.03-11-2010
20110087817INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD - According to an aspect of the invention, an information processing apparatus includes a main board, an expanded CPU board connector, an external device connector, a detection unit. A first CPU is mounted on the main board. The expanded CPU board connector is disposed on the main board. An expanded CPU board is connectable to the expanded CPU board connector. A second CPU is mounted on the expanded CPU board. The external device connector is disposed on the main board. An external device is connected to the external device connector. The detection unit detects that the expanded CPU board is installed to the expanded CPU board connector. The first CPU controls the information processing apparatus to change a master of control of the information processing apparatus from the first CPU to the second CPU.04-14-2011
20080228981DESIGN STRUCTURE FOR DYNAMICALLY ALLOCATING LANES TO A PLURALITY OF PCI EXPRESS CONNECTORS - A design structure embodied in a machine readable storage medium for designing, manufacturing, and/or testing a design for dynamically allocating lanes to a plurality of PCI Express connectors is disclosed that include identifying whether a PCI Express device is installed into each PCI Express connector, and assigning a portion of the lanes to each PCI Express connector having a PCI Express device installed into the PCI Express connector. Dynamically allocating lanes to a plurality of PCI Express connectors may also include identifying a device type for each PCI Express device installed into the plurality of PCI Express connectors, creating allocation rules that specify the allocation of lanes to the plurality of PCI Express connectors, and receiving user allocation preferences that specify the allocation of lanes to the plurality of PCI Express connectors.09-18-2008
20090037632RECHARGEABLE WIRELESS PORTABLE DEVICE - A portable device comprises a wireless transceiver adapted to wirelessly communicate with a computing device. The portable device comprises a battery that provides power to the wireless transceiver. The portable device also comprises a first connector adapted to mate with a corresponding second connector on the computing device. The battery receives charging current from the portable computing device via the first connector.02-05-2009
20110113175PORTABLE TERMINAL AND USB DEVICE - The present invention helps to develop a smaller sized portable terminal without reducing the functions available for the user. A USB device which is detachable from the portable terminal is provided with a USB connector which is inserted into a USB port of the portable terminal, a power source terminal which comes into contact with a power supply terminal of the portable terminal, when the USB connector is inserted into the USB port of the portable terminal, and a screw which is engaged with a screw hole of the portable terminal. When the screw is engaged with the screw hole of the portable terminal, a switch inside the screw hole is pushed down due to a contact with the screw. The portable terminal detects mounting of the USB device by an output from the switch, and initiates power supplying from the power supply terminal of the portable terminal to the power source terminal of the USB device. The USB device is started up by this power, and establishes connection with the portable terminal via the USB connector.05-12-2011
20090300251COMPUTER EQUIPMENT - A computer equipment includes a primary body and a secondary body. The primary body includes a primary host for performing computer operations independently and a primary monitor for displaying the computer operations. The secondary body includes a secondary host for performing computer operations independently and a touch monitor for displaying the computer operations. The secondary host is combined with the primary host, and is electrically connected to the primary host. A user can use the primary body as an expansion dock of the secondary body, such that the primary monitor is switched to display an operation status of the secondary host. Or, the user can use the secondary body as an input device of the primary body, such that the touch monitor is switched to control operation of the primary host, and the primary monitor displays an operation status of the primary host.12-03-2009
20090089473Data transmission system and method thereof - The invention uses a SGPIO bus as an optional route for the communication between the two SAS expanders to guarantee high communication performance. Furthermore, two GPIO buses are used respectively as receiver and transmitter of the SGPIO so as to achieve synchronous data transmission between two SAS expanders.04-02-2009
20090172234APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING SYSTEM STYLE - An apparatus and a method for identifying a system style are provided. The apparatus includes a motherboard and a peripheral backplane. The motherboard is suitable for assembling other backplanes. The peripheral backplane is coupled to the motherboard not only through a signal-data interface but also through an inter-integrated circuit (I2C) bus or a system management (SM) bus. The method includes following steps. First, an identification information is stored on the peripheral backplane. Next, the motherboard reads the identification information from the peripheral backplane through the I2C bus or the SM bus. The motherboard then identifies the system style according to the identification information and is then configured accordingly. Thereby, the motherboard needs not to be configured manually and can be directly applied in different chassis systems supported by the motherboard.07-02-2009
20110320666INPUT/OUTPUT (I/O) EXPANSION RESPONSE PROCESSING IN A PERIPHERAL COMPONENT INTERCONNECT EXPRESS (PCIE) ENVIRONMENT - A system for implementing non-standard input/output (I/O) adapters in a standardized I/O architecture, comprising an I/O hub communicatively coupled to an I/O bus and a plurality of I/O adapters, the I/O hub including logic for implementing a method comprising receiving a request from a requester to perform an operation on one of the plurality of I/O adapters. The method further comprising determining that the request is in a format other than a format supported by the I/O bus, determining that the requester requires a completion response for the request, transforming the request into the format supported by the I/O bus, transmitting the request to the I/O adapter, receiving the completion response from the I/O adapter, the completion response comprising an indicator that the request has been completed, the completion response in the format supported by the I/O bus and transmitting the completion response to the requester.12-29-2011
20120005388HIGH SPEED DATA STORAGE SYSTEM - An exemplary high speed data storage system includes hard disks, a first control panel, a second control panel and a midplane interconnected between each of the first and second control panels and the hard disks. Each of the first and second control panels includes a control chip and a connector. First and second printed circuit wires corresponding to the hard disks are layered on the first and second control panels for electrically connecting the control chip with the connector, respectively. The first printed circuit wires of the first control panel and the second printed circuit wires of the second control panel are arranged symmetrically with respect to each other, and an order of stacking circuit layers of the first printed circuit wires of the first control panel is the reverse of an order of stacking of circuit layers of the second printed circuit wires of the second control panel.01-05-2012
20120005389SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEMORY HUB-BASED EXPANSION BUS - A system memory includes a memory hub controller, a memory module accessible by the memory hub controller, and an expansion module having a processor circuit coupled to the memory module and also having access to the memory module. The memory hub controller is coupled to the memory hub through a first portion of a memory bus on which the memory requests from the memory hub controller and memory responses from the memory hub are coupled. A second portion of the memory bus couples the memory hub to the processor circuit and is used to couple memory requests from the processor circuit and memory responses provided by the memory hub to the processor circuit.01-05-2012
20120017019IN-VEHICLE DISPLAY DEVICE, EXTENSION DEVICE, AND INDIVIDUAL FUNCTIONAL DEVICE - The in-vehicle display device includes a central information display device 01-19-2012
20120023278EXPANDER TO CONTROL MULTIPATHS IN A STORAGE NETWORK - A device is provided including a first SAS expander coupling a SAS initiator and the first port of a SAS target and a second SAS expander coupling the SAS initiator and the second port of the SAS target. The first SAS expander notifies the SAS initiator of a virtual expander address instead of its SAS address and notifies the SAS initiator of a virtual target port address instead of a SAS address of the first port. The second SAS expander notifies the SAS initiator of the virtual expander address instead of its SAS address, and notifies the SAS initiator of the virtual target port address instead of a SAS address of the second port such that the SAS initiator recognizes a single SAS expander coupled to a wide port of the SAS initiator and that the SAS target is connected to the single SAS expander through a single port.01-26-2012
20120059964HIGH DENSITY, LOW JITTER, SYNCHRONOUS USB EXPANSION - A method of providing high density expansion of a USB network, the method comprising: attaching a plurality of USB hubs to adjacent slots in a PXI instrumentation chassis; configuring one of the USB hubs as a primary USB Hub; connecting an upstream port of the primary USB Hub to a USB network; configuring a first downstream port of the primary USB Hub to communicate across a first PXI Local Bus to a first adjacent USB Hub of the USB Hubs other than the primary USB Hub, the first adjacent USB Hub being adjacent to the primary USB Hub; configuring a plurality of other downstream ports of the primary USB Hub to provide expansion of the primary USB Hub; connecting an upstream port of the first adjacent USB Hub to the first PXI Local Bus, wherein the first PXI Local Bus is in the direction of the primary USB Hub; configuring a first downstream port of the first adjacent USB Hub to communicate across a second PXI Local Bus to a second adjacent USB Hub of the USB Hubs other than the primary USB Hub, the second adjacent USB Hub being adjacent to the first adjacent USB Hub; configuring a plurality of other downstream ports of the first adjacent USB Hub to provide expansion of the first adjacent USB Hub; and configuring any other of the USB hubs and the first adjacent USB Hub in like manner.03-08-2012
20110066784Adaptive USB extender - An adaptive USB extender is installed in a computer and includes a USB host controller mounted on a computer motherboard, a USB receptacle mounted on an I/O board, a USB cable interconnecting the I/O board and the USB host controller for transmitting USB-compliant signals, and an active signal driver mounted on the I/O board and connected between the USB receptacle and the USB cable for amplifying and buffering the USB-compliant signals, thereby maintaining the signal integrity of the USB-compliant signals.03-17-2011
20110106997METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR INTERCONNECTING SAS/SATA DEVICES USING EITHER ELECTRICAL OR OPTICAL TRANSCEIVERS - Methods and apparatus for interconnecting Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) devices using either an electrical communication medium or an optical communication medium. Each device includes an out of band (OOB) encoder/decoder (endec) logic component to translate between standard OOB signals used by the devices and digitally encoded OOB signals exchanged over the communication medium. Thus the devices may be coupled using either optical or electrical cabling. The digitally encoded OOB signals may also be scrambled to reduce electromagnetic interference (EMI) generated during OOB communications using the digitally encoded OOB signals. The scrambled digitally encoded OOB signals may comprise information regarding capabilities of the device that generated the underlying OOB signal. Such information may indicate to the other high speed device certain capabilities of the transmitting device—the information to be used in establishing logical connections between devices.05-05-2011
20110106996COMMUNICATIONS CONTROL BUS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING MULTIPLE ELECTRONIC HARDWARE DEVICES - Disclosed is a communications control bus. The bus comprises an IMB slave CPU, at least two registers, and a three bit data connector, which connects the two registers. The connector permits transmission of a three bit data signal between the two registers. A network interconnects the two registers and the IMB slave CPU.05-05-2011
20090132746Universal Device id Registry, Back-End, and Self-Verification Architecture - Modular devices consist of a user-interface shell and a detachable communication cartridge. The shell and cartridge both contain unique serial numbers, user-defined passwords, and secret authentication keys, which can be communicated to cartridges and shells, and to a network. A universal wireless device registry system stores serial numbers of integrated devices, device shells, and device cartridges, and other characteristics associated with devices such as secret keys, passwords, screen size, operating system, service usage, and supply chain information. This registry system is able to track communication devices all around the world and is connected to and shares information with computer servers controlled by service providers, manufacturers, and supply chain companies. When shells and cartridges communicate their numbers to the registry system, the registry system can authenticate shells and cartridges. Service providers can also track and control shells and cartridges (as well as devices) based on information from the registry system. Market research can be done using the information associated with each device on the registry system.05-21-2009
20120166697ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH POWER OUTPUT FUNCTION - An electronic device with power output function includes an interface for connecting with an external power supply or a small electronic device. The electronic device further includes a battery, a boost circuit, a switch circuit, and a charging circuit. When the external power supply is connected to the electronic device through a first cable, the switch circuit is closed to allow the external power supply to charge the battery through the first cable, the interface, the switch circuit, and the charging circuit. When the small electronic device is connected to the electronic device through a second cable, the boost circuit is enabled to boost the power voltage of the battery to allow the battery to charge the small electronic device through the boost circuit, the interface, and the second cable.06-28-2012
20110113176BACK-OFF RETRY WITH PRIORITY ROUTING - A method for back-off retry with priority routing in a single, cohesive SAS expander includes routing a data transfer between an input of a single, cohesive SAS expander and an output of the single, cohesive SAS expander, wherein the single, cohesive expander includes a first SAS expander, and at least one additional SAS expander via at least one inter-expander link (IEL). The routing of data may further include routing a first OPEN request on a direct path through the first SAS expander to a port of a device and routing a second OPEN request on an alternate path from the first SAS expander and through a second SAS expander to the port of the device. The method further includes determining link availability between the second SAS expander and the port of the device, and, upon determination of a failed link or a busy link, re-routing the data transfer from the second SAS expander to the first SAS expander or a third SAS expander, or retrying the data transfer through the second SAS expander.05-12-2011
20120131250Programming Devices and Programming Methods - A programming device includes communication circuitry for communicating with an electronic device. A first set of one or more electrical contacts connected to the communication circuitry and configured to physically contact a corresponding second set of one or more electrical contacts located on a substrate. One or more guides configured to align the first and second sets of electrical contacts when the substrate physically contacts the one or more guides.05-24-2012
20120317324FIRMWARE-DRIVEN MULTIPLE VIRTUAL SAS EXPANDERS ON A SINGLE EXPANDER HARDWARE COMPONENT - The present invention is directed to a method for implementing firmware in an expander system in such a way that a single hardware component (ex.—a chip) of the expander system may be presented as multiple virtual expanders to both upstream connected devices (ex.—HBAs) as well as downstream connected devices (ex.—disk drives).12-13-2012
20110185097Method And System For A Connector With Integrated Shield Detection - A connector comprising one or more circuits and/or processors is operable to determine characteristics of an attached corresponding connector, an attached cable and/or a channel established via the corresponding connector and/or cable. The characteristics are stored in a register on the connector and/or communicated via a pin connection to a host and/or upstream device. Ganged connectors may communicate via a shared pin. Sensing pins in the connector detect presence of a shield on the cable. Cable diagnostics are run on the attached corresponding connector and cable by a PHY device that may be integrated within the connector. The connector may determine characteristics such as cable length, cable grade, presence of shielding, channel characteristics and/or crosstalk on the attached corresponding connector and/or cable. Based on the determined characteristics, a data rate is determined, transmission parameters are auto-negotiated and/or data may be communicated.07-28-2011
20120173785NETWORK INTERFACE CARD, NETWORK SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR BUILDING NETWORK CONNECTIONS WITH A REMOTE NETWORK APPARATUS VIA HDMI - A network interface card includes a receiving unit and a capturing unit. The receiving unit is used for receiving a first hot-plug signal transmitted from a remote network apparatus via an HDMI. The capturing unit is coupled to the receiving unit, for capturing a physical address of the remote network apparatus via the HDMI. After the physical address of the remote network apparatus is captured by the capturing unit, the network interface card communicates with the remote network apparatus by using the HDMI.07-05-2012
20120173783SERIAL INPUT OUTPUT (SIO) PORT EXPANSION APPARATUS AND METHOD - An expander device and method for transmitting serial input/output (SIO) data between an initiator device and a plurality of target devices. The expander device includes a processor/controller configured to receive a master data stream from an initiator device and to transmit a returning master data stream to the initiator device. The expander device includes a plurality of target master ports coupled to the processor/controller and configured to transmit split data streams to corresponding target devices coupled thereto and to receive returning split data streams from the target devices. The processor/controller splits the master data stream, based on its data, into a plurality of split data streams, and directs the split data streams to the target master ports based on the data in the split data streams. The processor/controller also assembles a plurality of returning split data streams into the returning master data stream and transmits the returning master data stream to the initiator device.07-05-2012
20090113101ADAPTER FOR USB INTERFACE - An adapter for USB interfaces, includes a cable, and two interface units respectively electrically connected to ends of the cable. Each of the interfaces includes a main body and two different types of USB interfaces extending from the main body.04-30-2009
20100017552CONVERTER AND CONTROL SYSTEM - A CPCIe switchboard 01-21-2010
20100011143HDMI extender compatible with high-bandwidth digital content protection - A high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) extender compatible with high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) has a data receiver for receiving video/audio data and a data transmitter for transmitting the video/audio data to a display device. An Ethernet cable consisting of eight cores is connected between the data receiver and the data transmitter. When either the video/audio data or the display device complies with the HDCP, a voltage signal with level variation is transmitted between the data receiver and the data transmitter through the Ethernet cable to permit the display device to display the video/audio data.01-14-2010
20120265910Server Input/Output Failover Device Serving Highly Available Virtual Devices - A failover input/output device and corresponding method are provided to manage failover events of input/output controller devices that operate in accordance with a computer expansion card standard, such as the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) standard. The failover input/output device connects to redundant first and second virtualized input/output controller devices each comprising multiple virtual network interfaces that are in an active or standby state at any given time, and to a computing device that hosts one or more processes. The failover input/output device broadcasts transactions in accordance with the computer expansion card standard initiated from the computing device to the first and second virtualized input/output controller devices. The failover input/output device receives signals associated with upstream transaction completions in accordance with the computer expansion card standard for both active and standby virtual network interfaces on the first and second virtualized input/output controller devices. The failover input/output device forwards signals associated with upstream transaction completions for active virtual network interfaces on the first and second virtualized input/output controller devices to the computing device.10-18-2012
20120239843SERIAL ATTACHED SCSI EXPANDER MANAGEMENT AND ALARM REPORTING USING SNMP - Disclosed is a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) expander. The SAS expander is configured with an Ethernet interface and at least one SAS interface. The Ethernet interface is configured to communicate using TCP/IP protocol. The SAS expander is also configured to send an indicator of an alarm condition using Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). The indicator of the alarm condition is sent via the Ethernet interface. Configuration functions and status reads or writes of values stored in the SAS expander, or devices coupled to it may also be exchanged using SNMP.09-20-2012
20120239842HIGH PERFORMANCE EXTENSION DEVICE - An extension device for connecting one or more peripheral devices to a computer, comprising a first bus for connecting to the computer; a second bus for connecting to the computer; a hub coupled to the first bus for connecting the computer to one or more peripheral devices; a controller for connecting the computer to a high-bandwidth device, the controller being switchably coupled to the hub and the second bus; and a switch for switching the controller, from being coupled to the hub, to being coupled to the second bus, when a connection to the computer is detected on the second bus.09-20-2012
20120239845BACKPLANE CONTROLLER FOR MANAGING SERIAL INTERFACE CONFIGURATION BASED ON DETECTED ACTIVITY - According to one aspect, a backplane controller of a storage backplane is disclosed, the storage backplane having a plurality of drive slots configured to operatively connect to a corresponding plurality of mass storage devices. In one embodiment, the backplane controller is operative to perform functions that include detecting activity status on a first serial interface that is configured to operatively connect one or more sets of a plurality of drive slots on the storage backplane to a host bus adapter (HBA), according to a first drive slot assignment. The backplane controller is further operative to detect an activity status on a second serial interface that is configured to operatively connect one or more sets of a plurality of drive slots on the storage backplane to the HBA, according to a second drive slot assignment. The backplane controller is also operative to, if a change in the activity status is detected for at least one of the first serial interface and the second serial interface, modify the first drive slot assignment and the second drive slot assignment.09-20-2012
20120239844DATA STORAGE SYSTEM FOR MANAGING SERIAL INTERFACE CONFIGURATION BASED ON DETECTED ACTIVITY - According to one aspect, a data storage system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the data storage system includes a storage backplane having a plurality of drive slots configured to operatively connect to a corresponding plurality of mass storage devices, a first serial interface operative to communicatively connect one or more sets of the plurality of drive slots to a host bus adapter (HBA), according to a first drive slot assignment, a second serial interface operative to communicatively connect one or more sets of the plurality of drive slots to the HBA, according to a second drive slot assignment, and a backplane controller operatively connected to the first serial interface and the second serial interface, operative to detect the activity status on the first serial interface and the activity status on the second serial interface and, if a change in the activity status is detected for at least one of the first serial interface and the second serial interface, modify the first drive slot assignment and the second drive slot assignment.09-20-2012
20110276738SENSOR NODE INCLUDING GENERAL-PURPOSE INTERFACE PORT AND PLUG AND PLAY FUNCTION, SENSOR BOARD INCLUDING GENERAL-PURPOSE INTERFACE PORT AND SENSOR DEVICE DRIVER, GENERAL-PURPOSE INTERFACE PORT, AND OPERATION METHOD OF SENSOR NODE, SENSOR BOARD, AND GENERAL-PURPOSE INTERFACE PORT - Provided is a general-purpose interface port that may interface with a sensor board including multiple types of sensor device drivers and download a sensor device driver from the sensor board, and a sensor node that may recognize a type of sensor included in the sensor board using the downloaded sensor device driver, the sensor node including a micro control unit that may process sensing data received from the sensor board, thereby providing a plug and play function between a micro control unit of a sensor node and a sensing unit including a sensor board in a Ubiquitous Sensor Network (USN) or a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN).11-10-2011
20120331198HARD DISK EXPANSION APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE EMPLOYING SAME - A hard disk expansion apparatus includes a printed circuit board (PCB), a connecting finger, and a signal expander. The connecting finger and the signal expander are both positioned on the PCB. The connecting finger receives a group of hard disk signals from a motherboard. The signal expander expands the group of hard disk signals into multiple-group of hard disk signals, and provides the multiple-group of hard disk signals to at least one hard disk.12-27-2012
20120102251SERIAL ATTACHED SMALL COMPUTER SYSTEM INTERFACE (SAS) DOMAIN ACCESS THROUGH A UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS INTERFACE OF A DATA PROCESSING DEVICE - A method, an apparatus and/or a system of serial attached small computer system interface (SAS) domain access through a universal serial bus (USB) interface of a data processing device. A method includes communicatively coupling a serial attached small computer system interface (SAS) domain to the data processing device through the universal serial bus (USB) interface of the data processing device via an expander device. The method also includes accessing a SAS device of the SAS domain and/or the SAS domain through the USB interface of the data processing device via the expander device. The method further includes bridging through a firmware of the expander device between a USB command of the data processing device and a SAS command of the SAS domain to communicate between the data processing device and the SAS domain.04-26-2012
20130024590ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND INPUT METHOD - An electronic device and an input method are provided. The electronic device comprises a first system and a second system; the first system comprises a first hardware system on which a first Operation System (OS) runs, and the first hardware system comprises a first interface and a second interface; the second system comprises a second hardware system, an input device and a display device, a second OS runs on the second hardware system, and the second hardware system comprises a third interface and a fourth interface; the first interface and the third interface support a first data transmission protocol, and the second interface and the fourth interface support a second data transmission protocol; the electronic device has a first connection state and a second connection state; the first connection state is the state in which the first system is connected to the third interface of the second system through the first interface, the display device is used for displaying the running status of the first OS, the input device is used for generating a first operating instruction, and the first OS is used for responding to the first operating instruction; and the second connection state is the state in which the first system is connected to the fourth interface of the second system through the second interface, the input device is used for generating a second operating instruction which is processed by the second OS and transmitted to the first OS after being processed, and the processed second operating instruction is responded to by the first OS. Because the two parts of the electronic device are combined arbitrarily and the respective skilled functions of the two systems are fully used after being combined, user can take full use of all parts of a detachable computer by applying this technical solution.01-24-2013
20130179617HOST BASED ZONE CONFIGURATION - A zone manager to provide a host with a list of storage drives that are not zoned to the host. The zone manager, in response to receipt of a command from the host to perform zone storage configuration for the host, to zone to host storage drives that were selected by the host from the list of storage drives.07-11-2013
20130145067ELECTRONIC DEVICE CAPABLE OF CONNECTING DIFFERENT EXPANDING DEVICES THROUGH SAS EXPANDER AND CONNECTING METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device is capable of connecting different expanding devices. The electronic device includes a Serial Attached Small Computer System interface (SAS) Expander, which includes a storage unit for storing a firmware of the SAS Expander, the firmware accommodating a physical layer attribute of any expanding device to be connected to the SAS Expander. The device further includes a processing unit to detect a physical layer attribute of an expanding device and parameters of the physical layer attribute when the expanding device is first connected to the SAS Expander, determine whether a firmware stored in the storage unit corresponds to the detected physical layer attribute, and write the detected parameters into the storage unit to form a new firmware if there is no firmware stored in the storage unit corresponding to the detected physical layer attribute.06-06-2013
20080215788CONNECTOR WITH OPPOSITE-FACING PORTS - A connector for connecting a host device to one or more peripheral devices includes two ports, for example two USB ports, facing in two different, preferably opposite, directions. The scope of the invention also includes a system board that includes the connector, and a host device, such as a computer, that includes the motherboard.09-04-2008
20130138851METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXPANDER-BASED DATA DUPLICATION - A data-duplicating expander device attachable to a storage topology and a method. The data-duplicating expander device may include a direct-attached SAS expander configured for direct duplication of data from source disks to destination disks by bypassing transfer to or from a host system. The device may include dedicated expander phys and a processor. The device may be configured to receive instructions from an initiator storage-topology-connected device to configure or start a data transfer. The data-duplicating expander device may be configured to receive source data from source disks by utilizing dedicated expander phys and may be configured to transfer destination data directly and simultaneously to the destination disks by utilizing dedicated expander phys, said destination data being associated with the source data. Directly transferring destination data bypasses transfer of the source data or the destination data to or from a host system.05-30-2013
20130132628PLUG-IN MODULE, ELECTRONIC SYSTEM, AND JUDGING METHOD AND QUERYING METHOD THEREOF - The present invention relates to a plug-in module is capable of being inserted in a slot of a motherboard pluggably. The plug-in module includes an addressable element which has a slave address. The addressable element includes an interface address line group and a device-type address line group. When the plug-in module is inserted into the slot of the motherboard, the slot is able to automatically assign a corresponding interface address to the addressable element via the interface address line group. The device type address line group is integrated with a device-type identification code to identify a device type of the plug-in module. The slave address includes the interface address and the device-type identification code. Moreover, the present invention also relates to an electronic system, and a corresponding judging method and a corresponding querying method thereof.05-23-2013
20110219159USB DONGLE DEVICE AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF, DONGLE EXPANDED DEVICE CONNECTED TO USB DONGLE DEVICE - A universal serial bus (USB) dongle device and method support a connection to a dongle expanded device to perform high speed and multiple communications while observing a USB standard form. The USB dongle device includes a body and a plug formed in an edge of one side of the body. The plug includes a basic connection unit corresponding to a USB basic connection port and an expansion connection unit surrounding the basic connection unit, in which at least one signal line is formed.09-08-2011
20130159582Resource Reservation for an External Device that is Not Available at Startup of a Host Computer - A system and method for reserving resources of a host computer for use by an external device configured to be coupled to an expansion bus of the host computer are described. The host computer may be configured to execute device resource software that operates at a startup of the host computer to reserve one or more resources for the external device. The external device may not be available during the startup of the host computer, e.g., because the external device is not powered on or is not physically connected to the host computer. The device resource software may subsequently detect that the external device becomes available after the startup of the host computer. In response, the device resource software may enable the external device to use the one or more resources that were previously reserved at the startup of the host computer.06-20-2013
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