Hayward, CA, United States
Hayward, CA, United States

Dust Networks, Inc. is a company specializing in the design and manufacture of wireless sensor networks for industrial applications including process monitoring, condition monitoring, asset management, Environment, Health and Safety monitoring and power management. They are headquartered in Hayward, California.Dust Networks works with industry and standards groups such as WirelessHART, IETF, ISA, and WINA to help drive the adoption of interoperable wireless sensor networking products. Wikipedia.

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The stability of a channel in a wireless network is evaluated at a node. Upon transmitting a packet from the node on a network channel, a first counter associated with the channel is incremented. Upon receiving an acknowledgment packet responsive to the transmitted packet, a second counter associated with the channel is incremented. A stability metric for the channel is computed based on values stored in the first and second counters. Additionally, interference on a channel of the network is measured at a node. Upon determining that no packet is received during a predetermined time-period on the channel, a received signal strength (RSS) is measured on the channel at an end of the predetermined time-period. Alternatively, upon determining that a packet is received during the predetermined time-period on the channel, the RSS is measured on the channel following completion of the transmission of the packet on the channel.


Patent
Dust Networks | Date: 2015-05-15

A baseband signal-conditioning architecture applicable to radio receivers uses switched-capacitor techniques to provide high-performance signal conditioning in low-voltage, deep-submicron processes (e.g., 65 nm and below). In the architecture, a first mixer is coupled to an antenna receiving the signal, and outputs a first mixer output signal based on the signal received by the antenna. A buffer coupled to an output of the first mixer outputs a buffer signal based on the first mixer output signal. A first charge pump is coupled to an output of the buffer, and produces a first charge pump output signal based on the buffer signal. In some examples, a second charge pump is coupled to the output of the first mixer and produces a second charge pump output signal based on the first mixer output signal, and the buffer input is coupled to an output of the second charge pump.


Patent
Dust Networks | Date: 2014-03-26

Phase noise in a first clock signal is measured using a time to digital converter (TDC) by determining variations in the phase delay between the first clock signal and a second clock signal. The TDC can include first and second series interconnections of delay elements, first and second sets of latches, and processing circuitry coupled to the latches and configured to determine the phase delay. The TDC can include a series interconnection of delay elements, latches, and circuitry configured to selectively adjust the control signal connected to the delay elements based on the output of the latches. The phase noise measurement can be used in a sampling circuit, so as to produce a second data signal from a first data signal based on the first clock signal and the measured phase noise.


Patent
Dust Networks | Date: 2015-02-06

A frequency synthesizer directly generates phase modulated radio-frequency (RF) signals. The frequency synthesizer includes a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) producing a synthesized frequency signal having a frequency controlled based on a signal received at an input of the VCO. A digitally adjustable frequency divider produces a reduced frequency signal from the synthesized frequency signal. A phase digital-to-analog converter (DAC) produces a delayed version of a timing signal (e.g., the reduced frequency signal, or a reference clock signal) that is delayed according to a digital control signal. A phase detector (PD) produces a phase control signal from the reduced frequency signal and/or the delayed timing signal. A digital signal converter controls the digitally adjustable frequency divider and the phase DAC so as to cause a phase or frequency of the synthesized frequency signal output by the VCO to track a desired phase or frequency trajectory encoded in a digital signal.


A sampling circuit, such as the sampling circuit of a successive approximation analog-to-digital converter (ADC), provides anti-aliasing filtering of a sampled input signal. The circuit samples the input signal using multiple capacitors, wherein each capacitor samples the input signal at a distinct time during a sampling time interval. The circuit combines the samples stored on different capacitors during a conversion time interval, and generates a digital output signal using the combined samples. In one example, a first bit of the output signal is generated using a sample stored on a first capacitor, and second bit of the output signal is generated using a sample stored on a second capacitor. In another example, the circuitry performs finite or infinite impulse response (FIR or IIR) filtering of the input signal, where a filter characteristic is determined by the relative sizes of the capacitors used for sampling.


Patent
Dust Networks | Date: 2014-01-22

A method and device for receiving a wireless signal is provided. The device includes a passive mixer having a first input node, a second input node, and at least one output node. An oscillator is coupled to the first input node of the mixer. The output of a buffer is coupled to the second input node of the mixer. An antenna is operatively coupled to the input node of the buffer. The buffer is configured to provide isolation from the mixer.


Patent
Dust Networks | Date: 2015-04-08

A wireless mesh network is provided with equipment and methods for monitoring and enforcement of license terms. The network includes a plurality of wireless network nodes, a wireless access point, and a network manager in communication with the access point and with the network nodes via the access point. At least one of the network nodes and the access point includes license information embedded in the device hardware, and the network manager provides services to the wireless network subject to license terms determined based on the license information embedded within the network node or access point. Additionally, the network manager is in communication with a user application external to the network, and relays communication between the user application and the wireless network. The network manager modulates communications relayed between the user application and the wireless network subject to the license information embedded within the network node or access point.


Patent
Dust Networks | Date: 2014-12-30

A system for synchronizing nodes in a wireless network comprises a first node and a second node. The first node comprising a transmitter, a receiver, and a first time keeper. The second node comprising a transmitter, a receiver, a second time keeper, a timing error measurer for making a timing error measurement between the first time keeper and the second time keeper. The second timekeeper is adjusted to target minimizing the timing error measurement.


Patent
Dust Networks | Date: 2014-10-27

A device reduces its energy consumption using a relatively lower frequency and lower power secondary oscillator to maintain timing information when a higher frequency and higher power primary oscillator is inactivated. The secondary oscillator maintains timing information at a higher resolution than the period of the oscillator, so as to conserve synchronization when the higher frequency, higher power primary oscillator is inactivated. In some embodiments, a microsequencer is programmably configured to control an integrated radio receiver and transmitter using less power than an associated microprocessor would use to perform the same functions. In other embodiments, flexible event timing facilitates the merging of wake-up events to reduce the energy consumed by wake-up operations in the device.


Patent
Dust Networks | Date: 2014-10-28

A device reduces its energy consumption using a relatively lower frequency and lower power secondary oscillator to maintain timing information when a higher frequency and higher power primary oscillator is inactivated. The secondary oscillator maintains timing information at a higher resolution than the period of the oscillator, so as to conserve synchronization when the higher frequency, higher power primary oscillator is inactivated. In some embodiments, a microsequencer is programmably configured to control an integrated radio receiver and transmitter using less power than an associated microprocessor would use to perform the same functions. In other embodiments, flexible event timing facilitates the merging of wake-up events to reduce the energy consumed by wake-up operations in the device.

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