Global Patent Index - EP 1254523 A2

EP 1254523 A2 2002-11-06 - SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MODULARIZING THE FUNCTIONALITY OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Title (en)

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MODULARIZING THE FUNCTIONALITY OF AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Title (de)

SYSTEM UND VERFAHREN ZUR MODULARISIERUNG DER FUNKTIONALITÄT EINES ELEKTRONISCHEN GERÄTS

Title (fr)

SYSTEME ET PROCEDE PERMETTANT DE MODULARISER LA FONCTIONNALITE D'UN DISPOSITIF ELECTRONIQUE

Publication

EP 1254523 A2 (EN)

Application

EP 01907089 A

Priority

  • US 0103989 W
  • US 49926800 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO0158039A2] A system for modularizing the functionality of an electronic device (10). The system includes a first mechanism for separating different functional blocks of the electronic device into spatially separable hardware modules (12, 14, 16). A second mechanism interfaces the hardware modules via spatially reconfigurable communications links (38, 40). In a specific embodiment, the spatially reconfigurable communications links are infrared links or optical links. The system of the present invention provides for the construction of an integrated (10) device that includes a wireless transceiver (34) and a first circuit (16) that provides a user-interface to receive input signals and to provide output signals. A second circuit (18) processes the input signals and delivers the output signals to the first circuit. A third circuit establishes local wireless communications between the first circuit and the second circuit. In the illustrative embodiment, the first circuit (16) receives voice-input signals and the second circuit processes the voice-input signals. The first circuit includes a speaker that outputs voice signals and a fourth circuit (14) that provides an optical user-interface. The third circuit establishes local wireless communications between the first, second, third, and/or fourth circuits. The second circuit (12) includes a mechanism for providing call processing (34) and diagnostic services (28). The third circuit includes a point-to-point local transport system such as BlueTooth.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

H04B 5/00; H04B 1/38; H04M 1/60; H04M 1/737

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

H04B 10/00 (2006.01); H04B 1/20 (2006.01); H04B 1/38 (2006.01); H04B 10/22 (2006.01); H04M 1/00 (2006.01); H04M 1/60 (2006.01); H04M 1/725 (2006.01); H04Q 7/32 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

H04B 1/3833 (2013.01); H04B 1/202 (2013.01); H04M 1/6091 (2013.01); H04M 1/7253 (2013.01); H04M 2250/02 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 0158039A3

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE TR

EPO simple patent family

WO 0158039 A2 20010809; WO 0158039 A3 20020502; AU 3491401 A 20010814; EP 1254523 A2 20021106; JP 2003525540 A 20030826

INPADOC legal status


2007-09-19 [18D] APPLICATION DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20070331

2006-10-25 [17Q] FIRST EXAMINATION REPORT

- Effective date: 20060920

2002-11-06 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 20020819

2002-11-06 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A2

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH CY DE DK ES FI FR GB GR IE IT LI LU MC NL PT SE TR

2002-11-06 [AX] REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT TO:

- Free text: AL;LT;LV;MK;RO;SI