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Rockwell Collins : Patent Issued for N Virtual Channel Radio

07/16/2014 | 03:50pm US/Eastern

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Defense & Aerospace Week -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventors Haan, Benjamin J (Marion, IA); Smith, Aaron J (Marion, IA); Herlocker, James M (Cedar Rapids, IA); Clark, Joe E (Cedar Rapids, IA), filed on July 29, 2011, was published online on July 8, 2014.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8774709 is Rockwell Collins, Inc. (Cedar Rapids, IA).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Modern radio communication involves numerous transmission modes. Each mode may require specialized hardware. In some contexts a single user may wish to utilize multiple modes to accomplish a single task; for example, in a battlefield situation, a soldier may need to communicate with individuals locally and with a strategic coordination system through a satellite.

"With appropriate hardware and software, a single radio can operate in more than one mode, but no single portable radio can operate in all of the modes necessary for modern radio communication. The hardware necessary to operate in even a few modes may be prohibitively expensive, and the resulting radio too heavy to be easily mobile.

"In many circumstances a number of radios may be organized into a radio network. Radio networks may include radios having all of the necessary modes of transmission, but those radios may be dispersed over a large area such that an individual operator may not have access to every radio.

"Consequently, it would be advantageous if a system and apparatus existed that is suitable for conveniently utilizing various transmission modes available in a radio network from anywhere else in the network."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Accordingly, the present invention is directed to a novel system and apparatus for conveniently utilizing various transmission modes available in a radio network from anywhere else in the network.

"One embodiment of the present invention includes a radio configured to communicate with other radios and send a request to those other radios to re-transmit a signal whenever a user wishes to transmit a signal by a certain mode or frequency beyond the capabilities of the radio. The radio may also be configured to receive requests from those other radios to re-transmit signals by a certain mode or frequency beyond the capabilities of those other radios but within that radio's own capabilities.

"Another embodiment of the present invention includes a network of radios configured to communicate with each other and share transmission capabilities as though such capabilities where native to each radio. Requests to re-transmit a signal may relay through multiple nodes in the network to reach a radio having the desired capabilities.

"Another embodiment of the present invention includes a method of transmitting a signal by a certain mode or frequency by relaying the signal through a network of radios to a radio having the desired transmission capabilities.

"It is to be understood that both the foregoing general description and the following detailed description are exemplary and explanatory only and are not restrictive of the invention claimed. The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of the specification, illustrate an embodiment of the invention and together with the general description, serve to explain the principles."

For additional information on this patent, see: Haan, Benjamin J; Smith, Aaron J; Herlocker, James M; Clark, Joe E. N Virtual Channel Radio. U.S. Patent Number 8774709, filed July 29, 2011, and published online on July 8, 2014. Patent URL:

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