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Title: US5822718: Device and method for performing diagnostics on a microphone
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Bakis, Raimo; Brewster, NY
Fado, Francis; Highland Beach, FL
Guasti, Peter John; Coral Springs, FL
Nassiff, Amado; Boynton Beach, FL

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY
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Published / Filed: 1998-10-13 / 1997-01-29

Application Number: US1997000790401

IPC Code: Advanced: H04R 29/00;
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IPC-7: H04R 29/00;

ECLA Code: H04R29/00M;

U.S. Class: Current: 702/180; 381/026; 381/058; 381/111; 700/094;
Original: 702/180; 381/058; 381/026; 381/111; 364/400.01;

Field of Search: 364/571.01,400.01,710.12 381/058,59,60,150,26,111,95,122,168 704/200,211,212 345/978

Priority Number:
1997-01-29  US1997000790401

Abstract:     A device and method are disclosed which perform diagnostics on a microphone and display diagnostic information and instructions to a user. The invention uses a processor to create histograms of the PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) signal after removing any dc bias to determine signal and noise levels and ratios, as well as other parameters. Messages are generated and displayed by the device and method to inform a user that the microphone is working correctly or about possible malfunctions, such as low gain. The messages can advise the user on steps to take to correct the malfunctions, for example, to try a different adapter cable or plug.

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Barlow, Jr., John E.; Assouad, Patrick

Maintenance Status: E2 Expired  Check current status

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Family: None

First Claim:
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What is claimed is:     1. A method for performing diagnostics on a microphone connected to a computer, comprising the steps of:
  • converting analog signals received from the microphone to digital samples;
  • computing a range based on said digital samples;
  • creating a plurality of bins based on said range;
  • associating a counter with each of said plurality of bins;
  • placing said digital samples into one of said plurality of bins;
  • forming a histogram based on values of said counter in a predetermined time after the microphone is turned on;
  • determining percentiles from said histogram; and
  • determining diagnostic status of said microphone based on said percentiles.

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Forward References: Show 19 U.S. patent(s) that reference this one

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Foreign References: None

Other References:
  • Lelie, US Statutory Invention Registration H413, "Microphone Output-Level Tester", Jan. 5, 1988.

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