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(11)EP 2 131 618 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
21.10.2015 Bulletin 2015/43

(21)Application number: 09152646.7

(22)Date of filing:  12.02.2009
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
H04W 28/04(2009.01)
H04W 72/08(2009.01)

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Transmission apparatus, reception apparatus, transmission system which combines these, and transmission and reception method thereof

Übertragungsvorrichtung, Empfangsvorrichtung, diese beiden kombinierendes Übertragungssystem und Übertragungs- und Empfangsverfahren dafür

Appareil de transmission, appareil de réception, système de transmission les combinant et procédé de transmission et de réception correspondant


(84)Designated Contracting States:
DE GB NL

(30)Priority: 03.06.2008 KR 20080052090

(43)Date of publication of application:
09.12.2009 Bulletin 2009/50

(73)Proprietor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 443-742 (KR)

(72)Inventors:
  • Lee, Sang-soo
    Seoul (KR)
  • Lim, Jong-tae
    Seoul (KR)
  • Jang, Hyun-young
    Gyeonggi-do (KR)

(74)Representative: Appleyard Lees 
15 Clare Road
Halifax HX1 2HY
Halifax HX1 2HY (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A1- 1 011 203
US-A1- 2007 080 781
US-A1- 2005 272 467
  
  • "Broadband Radio Access Networks (BRAN); 5 GHz high performance RLAN; Harmonized EN covering essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive; ETSI EN 301 893", IEEE, LIS, SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS CEDEX, FRANCE, vol. BR, no. V1.3.1, 1 August 2005 (2005-08-01), XP014031732, ISSN: 0000-0001
  • "COMMISSION DECISION of 11 July 2005 on the harmonised use of radio spectrum in the 5 GHz frequency band for the implementation of wireless access systems including radio local area networks (WAS/RLANs)", , 19 July 2005 (2005-07-19), XP055066001, Retrieved from the Internet: URL:http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/Le xUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2005:187:0022:0024:EN :PDF [retrieved on 2013-06-10]
  • KLEPSER B-U ET AL: "5-GHz and 2.4-GHz dual-band RF-transceiver for WLAN 802.11 a/b/g applications", 2003 IEEE RADIO FREQUENCY INTEGRATED CIRCUITS (RFIC) SYMPOSIUM. DIGEST OF PAPERS. PHILADELPHIA, PA, JUNE 8 - 10, 2003; [IEEE RADIO FREQUENCY INTEGRATED CIRCUITS SYMPOSIUM], NEW YORK, NY : IEEE, US, 8 June 2003 (2003-06-08), pages 37-40, XP010646590, DOI: 10.1109/RFIC.2003.1213888 ISBN: 978-0-7803-7694-6
  
Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


Description

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


1. Field of the Invention



[0001] Apparatuses and methods consistent with the present invention relate to a transmission apparatus, a reception apparatus, a transmission system which combines these, and a transmission and reception method thereof, and more particularly, to a transmission apparatus, a reception apparatus, a transmission system combining these which can transmit and receive data without data interruptions in a wireless environment in which interference exists, and a transmission and reception method thereof.

2. Description of the Related Art



[0002] In general, a wireless environment provides greater convenience than a cable environment since installation and movement in the wireless environment are easy and space restrictions are less severe. However, since there are diverse forms of wave interferences in a wireless environment, the transmission quality of each channel may fluidly change according to the presence or absence of interference and the strength or weakness of the interference.

[0003] Interference generally occurs due to conflicts with other devices which use the same frequency band, and also may occur due to regulation standards such as Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) which allocates use permission by radar according to priority. In the latter case, not only does the transmission quality deteriorate, but a channel used to transmit data must also be emptied.

[0004] When radar interference occurs while a user is receiving data, the data cannot be continuously provided to the user. Such a problem increases when the data are image data, audio data, or broadcast data to be transmitted in real time.

[0005] Therefore, there is a need for methods to provide the user with data without data interruptions when interference occurs due to conflicts between devices or regulation standards.

[0006] US 2007/0080781 describes devices, systems and methods of coordination among wireless transceivers. An apparatus includes first and second wireless transceivers, wherein the first wireless transceiver is to enter a non-transmission mode for a pre-defined time period in response to an indication from the second wireless transceiver, and wherein one of the first and second wireless transceivers is to operate in a synchronous network and the other of the first and second wireless transceivers is to operate in a non-synchronous network.

[0007] US 2005/0272467 describes a wireless transmission module that comprises: a first transceiver used to broadcast and to receive signals in a first frequency band; a second transceiver used to broadcast and to receive signals in a second frequency band; a switching circuit used to provide a single path of transmission and to control the its switches between the first transceiver and the second transceiver; and a processing unit used to control the switching circuit to switch the path of transmission from the first transceiver to the second transceiver when using the first frequency band of signal to communicate with a wireless device is not possible. The document "Broadband Radio Access Networks (BRAN); 5 GHz high performance RLAN; Harmonized EN covering essential requirements of article 3.2 of the R&TTE Directive; ETSI EN 301 893", IEEE, LIS, SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS CEDEX, FRANCE, is part of a set of standards designed to fit in a modular structure to cover all radio and telecommunications terminal equipment under the R & TTE Directive, Directive 1999/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 1999 on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment and the mutual recognition of their conformity.
The "COMMISSION DECISION of 11 July 2005 on the harmonised use of radio spectrum in the 5 GHz frequency band for the implementation of wireless access systems including radio local area networks (WAS/RLANs)", 19 July 2005 describes how WAS/RLAN equipment must be implemented to meet European legislation relating to the avoidance of harmful interference to other users of the if spectrum.
The paper KLEPSER B-U ET AL: "5-GHz and 2.4-GHz dual-band RF-transceiver for WLAN 802.11 a/b/g applications", 2003 IEEE RADIO FREQUENCY INTEGRATED CIRCUITS (RFIC) SYMPOSIUM, describes a fully monolithic dual-band radio transceiver chip for 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g applications presented in a 0.25µm 40GHz BiCMOS technology. The transceiver chip contains a complete receiver chain with low noise amplifier, mixer, programmable gain amplifier, CCK and OFDM channel filters. In the transmit path, a direct-modulation transmitter with integrated anti aliasing filters and programmable gain control is implemented. The frequency synthesizer consists of a fully integrated VCO, a reference oscillator and a phase locked loop for both supported frequency bands of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. For a 3 V power supply, the overall power consumption for 802.11a receive-mode and transmit-mode are 600 mW and 450 mW, respectively.

[0008] EP 1011203 describes a receiver and a receiving method, both for use in a broadcasting system in which analog broadcast signals and digital broadcast signals are transmitted in adjacent frequency bands. The receiver has an analog processing circuit for receiving and processing analog broadcast-wave signals to extract audio signals; a digital signal processing circuit for receiving and processing digital broadcast-wave signals to extract audio signals; a changeover circuit for selecting either the audio signals supplied from the analog processing circuit or the audio signals supplied from the digital signal processing circuit; a control circuit for controlling the application of an operating power-supply voltage to the digital processing circuit; and detecting means for detecting that a digital broadcast station has been selected. The control circuit applies the operating power-supply voltage to the digital processing circuit only when the detecting means detects that a digital broadcast station has been selected. Thus, it is possible to reduce the power consumption.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



[0009] Exemplary embodiments of the present invention aim to address at least the above problems and/or disadvantages and other disadvantages not described above. Also, the present invention is not required to overcome the disadvantages described above, and an exemplary embodiment of the present invention may not overcome any of the problems described above.

[0010] According to the present invention there is provided an apparatus and method as set forth in the appended claims. Other features of the invention will be apparent from the dependent claims, and the description which follows.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0011] For a better understanding of the invention, and to show how embodiments of the same may be carried into effect, reference will now be made, by way of example, to the accompanying diagrammatic drawings in which:

FIG. 1 illustrates a transmission system for wireless data transmission related to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a detailed block diagram illustrating the transmission system including a reception apparatus according to the exemplary embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 3 illustrates center frequencies of channels in the 5GHz band based on the IEEE 802.11n standard, and center frequencies of channels in the 2.4GHz band based on the IEEE 802.11 g standard;

FIG. 4 is a flow chart illustrating a broadcast transmission method related to the exemplary embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a flow chart illustrating a broadcast reception method according to the exemplary embodiment of the present invention;

FIGS. 6A and 6B illustrate a transmission system which may include a reception apparatus or perform a reception method according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention; and

FIG. 7 illustrates a transmission system which selects and transmits one of a broadcast received from a broadcast station and an externally input image.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION



[0012] Certain exemplary embodiments of the present invention will now be described in greater detail with reference to the accompanying drawings.

[0013] FIG. 1 illustrates a transmission system 100 for wireless data transmission. The transmission system 100 receives broadcasts from a broadcast station and provides viewers with the broadcasts. As illustrated in FIG. 1, the transmission system 100 includes a set-top box (STB) 200 and a digital television (DTV) 300.

[0014] The STB 200 is a kind of a broadcast reception apparatus that receives broadcasts from a broadcast station wirelessly or using a cable. The STB 200 tunes to, demodulates, and decodes a broadcast received from the broadcast station, and transmits it wirelessly to the DTV 300.

[0015] The DTV 300 is a kind of a broadcast output apparatus that receives broadcasts from the STB 200 wirelessly and outputs them. The DTV 300 processes signals of a broadcast wirelessly received from the STB 200 so that video and audio can be provided to viewers.

[0016] FIG. 2 is a detailed block diagram illustrating the transmission system 100 including a reception apparatus according to the exemplary embodiment of the present invention.

[0017] As illustrated in FIG. 2, the STB 200 includes a broadcast reception unit 210, a decoding unit 220, an encryption unit 230, a transmission unit 240, and a transmission control unit 250.

[0018] The broadcast reception unit 210 tunes to one of broadcasts received via a cable, demodulates the tuned broadcast, and outputs the demodulated broadcast to the decoding unit 220.

[0019] The decoding unit 220 decodes a broadcast signal received from the broadcast reception unit 210, and outputs the decoded broadcast signal to the encryption unit 230.

[0020] The encryption unit 230 encrypts the decoded broadcast signal so as to prevent illegal copying of a broadcast which may occur while wirelessly transmitting the broadcast. That is, when the STB 200 wirelessly transmits a broadcast to the DTV 300, unauthorized viewers or third parties may extract and view the broadcast. In order to prevent such a problem, the encryption unit 230 encrypts the broadcast and transmits it to the transmission unit 240. Such an operation of the encryption unit 230 is controlled by the transmission control unit 250. Such an encryption may be copy protection (CP) encryption.

[0021] The transmission unit 240 wirelessly transmits the encrypted broadcast to the DTV 300 using channels in a plurality of frequency bands at the same time. In greater detail, the transmission unit 240 wirelessly transmits the encrypted broadcast via one of the channels in the 5GHz band based on the IEEE 802. 11n standard, and at the same time, via one of the channels in the 2.4GHz band based on the IEEE 802. 11g standard.

[0022] In order to wirelessly transmit the encrypted broadcast via two channels in different frequency bands, the transmission unit 240 may include a first transmission unit 240-1 and a second transmission unit 240-2.

[0023] The first transmission unit 240-1 wirelessly transmits the encrypted broadcast via one of the channels in the 5GHz band based on the IEEE 802. 11n standard.

[0024] The second transmission unit 240-2 wirelessly transmits the encrypted broadcast via one of the channels in the 2.4GHz band based on the IEEE 802. 11g standard.

[0025] Transmission in the 5GHz band provides a higher image quality than transmission in the 2.4GHz. The 5GHz wireless local area network provides data rates faster than the 2.4GHz wireless local area network. Accordingly, the users can wirelessly be provided with a high capacity of multimedia such as Internet broadcasts and games, and wirelessly view a TV with high definition (HD) quality. Consequently, if a broadcast is transmitted in the 2.4GHz band, a standard definition (SD) quality of images are transmitted, and if a broadcast is transmitted in the 5GHz band, an HD quality of images are transmitted.

[0026] That is, the first transmission unit 240-1 wirelessly transmits an HD quality of broadcast to the DTV 300, and the second transmission unit 240-2 wirelessly transmits an SD quality of broadcast, which is the same as that transmitted by the first transmission unit 240-1, to the DTV 300.

[0027] Hereinafter, channels via which an encrypted broadcast is wirelessly transmitted are described in detail with reference to FIG. 3.

[0028] FIG. 3 illustrates center frequencies of channels in the 5GHz band based on the IEEE 802.11n standard, and center frequencies of channels in the 2.4GHz band based on the IEEE 802.11g standard.

[0029] In FIG. 3, the frequency bands and center frequencies of channels are categorized according to regulation standards such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETRI). For convenience of description, a method for wirelessly transmitting an encrypted broadcast using the frequency bands and center frequencies of channels according to the FCC regulation is described.

[0030] The first transmission unit 240-1 transmits an encrypted broadcast to the DTV 300 via one of the channels having center frequencies of 5180MHz, 5200MHz, 5220MHz, 5240MHz, 5260MHz, 5280MHz, 5300MHz, 5320MHz, 5500MHz, 5520MHz, 5540MHz, 5560MHz, 5580MHz, 5600MHz, 5620MHz, 5640MHz, 5660MHz, 5680MHz, 5700MHz, 5745MHz, 5765MHz, 5785MHz, 5805MHz, and 5825MHz.

[0031] The second transmission unit 240-2 transmits the encrypted broadcast to the DTV 300 via one of the channels having center frequencies of 2412MHz, 2417MHz, 2422MHz, 2427MHz, 2432MHz, 2437MHz, 2442MHz, 2447MHz, 2452MHz, 2457MHz, and 2462MHz.

[0032] The channels in the 5GHz band can transmit broadcasts using channel bonding. Channel bonding is a technique by which data are transmitted using a combination of a plurality of channels so that the data transmission rate may be higher than data transmission using a single channel.

[0033] If a broadcast is transmitted using channel bonding, the first transmission unit 240-1 transmits the encrypted broadcast to the DTV 300 via a bonded channel having one of the center frequencies of 5190MHz, 5230MHz, 5270MHz, 5310MHz, 5510GHz, 5550MHz, 5590MHz, 5630MHz, 5670MHz, 5755MHz, 5795MHz, and 5815MHz. The bandwidth of the bonded channels is double the bandwidth of a non-bonded channel.

[0034] For example, if channels having center frequencies of 5260MHz and 5280MHz in the 5GHz are available and a channel having a center frequency of 2417MHz in the 2.4GHz is available, the first transmission unit 240-1 transmits a broadcast via a bonded channel having a center frequency of 5270MHz and the second transmission unit 240-2 transmits the same broadcast via the channel having a center frequency of 2417MHz.

[0035] Again, in FIG. 2, the transmission control unit 250 controls the overall operation of the STB 200. In particular, the transmission control unit 250 controls the broadcast received through the broadcast reception unit 210 to be transmitted to the DTV 300 via one of the channels in the 5GHz band and one of the channels in the 2.4GHz band.

[0036] In addition, the transmission control unit 250 determines whether interference by radar is sensed in the channel in the 5GHz band by which the broadcast is transmitted to the DTV 300.

[0037] In general, there are use restrictions by the DFS regulation in the channels in the 5GHz band. The DFS is a regulation for allocating use permission to some channels in the 5GHz band according to priority by radar.

[0038] The channels to which the DFS is applied are channels having center frequencies of 5260MHz, 5280MHz, 5300MHz, 5320MHz, 5500MHz, 5520MHz, 5540MHz, 5560MHz, 5580MHz, 5660MHz, 5680MHz, and 5700MHz.

[0039] Accordingly, if interference by radar is sensed, devices using these channels must empty these channels within a predetermined period of time and cannot use these channels for a predetermined period of time.

[0040] The transmission control unit 250 determines whether interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation is sensed, and controls the first transmission unit 240-1 not to transmit the encrypted broadcast if interference is sensed.

[0041] For example, it is assumed that channels having center frequencies of 5260MHz and 5280MHz in the 5GHz are available and a channel having a center frequency of 2417MHz in the 2.4GHz is available. If interference by radar is sensed in the channels having center frequencies of 5260MHz and 5280MHz, the first transmission unit 240-1 stops transmitting a broadcast via a bonded channel having a center frequency of 5270MHz and the second transmission unit 240-2 keeps transmitting the same broadcast via the channel having a center frequency of 2417MHz.

[0042] The transmission control unit 250 determines if the predetermined time during which use is restricted by interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation has passed, and thereby decides whether the first transmission unit 240-1 restores transmission of the broadcast. In addition, the transmission control unit 250 determines if there are any available channels in the 5GHz band which are not related to interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation.

[0043] If there are any available channels in the 5GHz band which are not related to interference by radar as defined by the the DFS regulation, the transmission control unit 250 controls the first transmission unit 240-1 to restore transmission of the broadcast via one of the available channels.

[0044] For example, (1) if the predetermined time during which use of a bonded channel having a center frequency of 5270MHz is restricted by interference by radar has passed, or (2) if there are any other available channels in the 5GHz band, such as 5310MHz, the transmission control unit 250 (1') restores transmission via the bonded channel having a center frequency of 5270MHz, or (2') controls the first transmission unit 240-1 to start transmission via any other available channel in the 5GHz band, such as 5310MHz.

[0045] In the meantime, there are no use restrictions in accordance with the DFS regulation to the channels in the 2.4GHz band.

[0046] Therefore, the transmission control unit 250 controls the second transmission unit 240-2 to keep transmitting the broadcast via a channel in 2.4GHz, regardless of whether interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation occurs in the channels of the 5GHz band.

[0047] In this example, the transmission unit 240 includes the two transmitters 240-1 and 240-2, but this is merely a simplified example for convenience of description. Accordingly, the transmission unit 240 may include three or more transmitters, and it is also possible that the three or more transmitters each wirelessly transmits a broadcast via different channels in different bands or in the same band.

[0048] As described above, the DTV 300 is a kind of a broadcast output apparatus which wirelessly receives a broadcast from the STB 200 and outputs it. The DTV 300 processes signals of the broadcast received from the STB 200 and provides the viewer with them.

[0049] As illustrated in FIG. 2, the DTV 300 according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a reception unit 310, a decryption unit 320, a multiplexer (MUX) 330, an image processing unit 340, a reception control unit 350, and an output unit 360.

[0050] The reception unit 310 wirelessly receives broadcasts from the transmission unit 240 of the STB 200. The reception unit 310 includes a first reception unit 310-1 which wirelessly receives broadcasts via channels in the 5GHz band, and a second reception unit 310-2 which wirelessly receives broadcasts via channels in the 2.4GHz band.

[0051] That is, the first reception unit 310-1 of the DTV 300 wirelessly receives a HD quality of broadcasts from the first transmission unit 240-1 of the STB 200 via a channel in the 5GHz band, and the second reception unit 310-2 of the DTV 300 wirelessly receives a SD quality of broadcasts from the second transmission unit 240-2 of the STB 200 via a channel in the 2.4GHz band.

[0052] The first reception unit 310-1 and the second reception unit 310-2 provide the decryption unit 320 with the received broadcasts.

[0053] The decoding unit 320 receives the encrypted broadcast from the first reception unit 310-1 and the second reception unit 310-2, decrypts the broadcasts, and outputs the decrypted broadcast to the MUX 330.

[0054] The MUX 330 selects one of the decrypted broadcasts, which were received through the first reception unit 310-1 and the second reception unit 310-2. Which broadcast is selected is determined according to control of the reception control unit 350. The MUX 330 outputs the selected broadcast to the image processing unit 340.

[0055] The image processing unit 340 performs image signal processing of the selected broadcast, such as color signal processing and image enhancement processing. The image processing unit 340 outputs the processed broadcast to the output unit 360, and the output unit 360 displays the images on a display.

[0056] The reception control unit 350 controls the overall operation of the DTV 300. In particular, the reception control unit 350 controls the MUX 330 to select one of the broadcasts received through the first reception unit 310-1 and the second reception unit 310-2. Selecting which receiver a broadcast is received through depends on whether interference by radar is sensed.

[0057] In more detail, the reception control unit 350 determines whether interference by radar is sensed in a channel in the 5GHz band for receiving a broadcast through the first reception unit 310-1.

[0058] As described above, since there are use restrictions by the DFS regulation in the channels of the 5GHz band, the reception control unit 350 determines whether interference by radar is sensed. If there are no use restrictions by the DFS regulation in the channel in the 5GHz band, the reception control unit 350 may control the MUX 330 to select the HD quality of the broadcast received through the first reception unit 310-1.

[0059] Alternatively, if there are use restrictions by the DFS regulation in the channel in the 5GHz band, the reception control unit 350 controls the MUX 330 to select the broadcast received through the second reception unit 310-2.

[0060] While controlling the MUX 330 to select the broadcast received through the second reception unit 310-2, if the reception control unit 350 determines that a broadcast is received via a channel in the 5GHz band where interference is not sensed, the reception control unit 350 may control the MUX 330 to select the broadcast received via the channel in the 5GHz band where interference is not sensed.

[0061] In addition, if a broadcast is not received through one of the first reception unit 310-1 and the second reception unit 310-2, the reception control unit 350 may control the MUX 330 to select one of the first reception unit 310-1 and the second reception unit 310-2 which receives the broadcast.

[0062] In this exemplary embodiment, the reception unit 310 includes the two receivers 310-1 and 310-2, but this is merely a simplified example for convenience of description. Accordingly, the reception unit 310 may include three or more receivers, and it is also possible that the three or more receivers each wirelessly receive a broadcast via different channels in different bands or in the same band.

[0063] The number of receivers does not need to be identical to the number of transmitters, and the technical idea of the present invention can be applied even when the number of receivers is different from the number of transmitters.

[0064] FIG. 4 is a flow chart illustrating a broadcast transmission method. As illustrated in FIG. 4, the transmission control unit 250 controls the first transmission unit 240-1 to transmit a broadcast via the 5GHz band, and controls the second transmission unit 240-2 to transmit a broadcast via the 2.4GHz band. Accordingly, the first transmission unit 240-1 wirelessly transmits the broadcast via one of the channels in the 5GHz band, and the second transmission unit 240-2 wirelessly transmits the broadcast via one of the channels in the 2.4GHz band (S410).

[0065] The transmission control unit 250 determines whether interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation is sensed (S420). If interference by radar as defined as the DFS regulation is sensed (S420-Y), the transmission control unit 250 controls the first transmission unit 240-1 to stop wireless transmission of the broadcast via the 5GHz band (S430). Consequently, wireless transmission of the broadcast by the first transmission unit 240-1 is interrupted and only transmission of the broadcast by the second transmission unit 240-2 is continued.

[0066] Subsequently, the transmission control unit 250 determines whether there are any available channels in the 5GHz band (S440). If there are any available channels in the 5GHz band, the transmission control unit 250 controls the first transmission unit 240-1 to wirelessly transmit the broadcast via the available channel. As a result, the first transmission unit 240-1 wirelessly transmits the broadcast via one of the channels in the 5GHz band, and the second transmission unit 240-2 wirelessly transmits the broadcast via one of the channels in the 2.4GHz band (S410).

[0067] Hence, broadcasts can be provided to the viewers without data interruption by radar interference as defined by the DFS regulation, and the HD quality of broadcasts can be provided at the same time.

[0068] FIG. 5 is a flow chart illustrating a broadcast reception method according to the exemplary embodiment of the present invention. As illustrated in FIG. 5, the reception control unit 350 controls the first reception unit 310-1 to receive a broadcast via the 5GHz band, and controls the second reception unit 310-2 to receive a broadcast via the 2.4GHz band. Accordingly, the first reception unit 310-1 wirelessly receives the broadcast via one of the channels in the 5GHz band, and the second reception unit 310-2 wirelessly receives the broadcast via one of the channels in the 2.4GHz band (S510).

[0069] The reception control unit 350 determines whether interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation is sensed (S520).

[0070] If interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation (S520-N) is not sensed, the reception control unit 350 controls the MUX 330 to select the broadcast which is wirelessly transmitted via the channel in the 5GHz band (S550) so that the user can view the HD quality of the broadcast which is wirelessly transmitted via the channel in the 5GHz band.

[0071] If interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation is sensed (S520-Y), the reception control unit 350 controls the MUX 330 to select the broadcast which is wirelessly transmitted via the channel in the 2.4GHz band (S530) so that the user can view the SD quality of the broadcast which is wirelessly transmitted via the channel in the 2.4GHz band.

[0072] Subsequently, the reception control unit 350 determines whether a broadcast is received via any available channels in the 5GHz band (S540). The reception control unit 350 controls the MUX 330 to select the broadcast which is wirelessly transmitted via the channel in the 2.4GHz band until a broadcast is wirelessly received via any available channels in the 5GHz band.

[0073] If a broadcast is wirelessly received via any available channels in the 5GHz band (S540-Y), the reception control unit 350 controls the MUX 330 to select the broadcast which is received wirelessly via any available channels in the 5GHz band. Consequently, the MUX 330 selects the HD quality of the broadcast which is received wirelessly via any available channels in the 5GHz band so that the DTV 300 provides the viewer with the selected HD quality of the broadcast.

[0074] In the above exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the STB 200 to transmit broadcasts is an example of the transmission apparatus, and the DTV 300 to output images is an example of the reception apparatus, but this is merely an exemplary embodiment for convenience of description. The technical idea of the present invention can be applied even when different kinds of transmission apparatus or reception apparatus are used. FIGS. 6A and 6B illustrate a transmission system according to a second embodiment of the present invention.

[0075] FIG. 6A illustrates that the technical idea of the present invention can be applied even in a case when broadcasts are not transmitted or received, and FIG. 6B illustrates that the technical idea of the present invention can be applied even in the case of interference as defined by regulations other than the DFS or interference by conflicts with other devices occurs.

[0076] Referring to FIG. 6A, the digital versatile disk recorder (DVDR) 610 wirelessly transmits images via a channel in the 5GHz band, and wirelessly transmits the same images via a channel in the 2.4GHz band. The mobile phone 630 sets the channel in the 5GHz bands to be a default channel, and displays images received via the channel in the 5GHz band.

[0077] If interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation is sensed, the DVDR 610 stops transmitting images via the channel in the 5GHz band, and the mobile phone 630 receives and displays images via the channel in the 2.4GHz band.

[0078] Therefore, the high quality of images can be provided to the viewers without data interruption.

[0079] Referring to FIG. 6B, the MP3 player (MP3P) 650 wirelessly transmits audio via a channel in a first band, and wirelessly transmits the same audio via a channel in a second band. The headset 670 sets the channel in the first band to be a default channel, and outputs audio received via the channel in the first band.

[0080] If interference due to conflict with a printer 690 is sensed in the channel in the first band, the MP3 player 650 stops transmitting audio via the channel in the first band, and the headset 670 outputs the audio received via the channel in the second band.

[0081] Audio can thereby be provided to the user without interruption.

[0082] The technical idea of the present invention can be applied even when one of data provided from two or more sources is selected and transmitted. FIG. 7 illustrates a transmission system which selects and transmits one of a broadcast received from a broadcast station and an externally input image.

[0083] A broadcast reception unit 210, a decoding unit 220, an encryption unit, 230 and the transmission unit 240 of the STB 200 in FIG. 7 are operated in the same way as those of the STB 200 in FIG. 2, and can be inferred from those of the STB 200 in FIG. 2, so detailed description is not repeated here. A DTV 300 in FIG. 7 are operated in the same way as that in FIG. 2, and can be inferred from that of the STB 200 in FIG. 2, so detailed description is not repeated here.

[0084] Accordingly, description of an external input unit 260 and a switch unit 270 is given here.

[0085] The external input unit 260 receives image signals from external devices which are connected thereto. The external input unit 260 includes a plurality of external input terminals, through which diverse types of external devices are connected to the external input unit 260.

[0086] The external input terminals of the external input unit 260 may be of diverse different types such as composite input terminals, component input terminals, S-video input terminals, or High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) input terminals.

[0087] The switch unit 270 performs switching so that one of signals output by the broadcast reception unit 210 and signals output by the external input unit 260 can be transmitted to the decoding unit 140.

[0088] The transmission control unit 250 controls the switch unit 270 to select one of the broadcast received from the broadcast station and the externally input image.

[0089] As described above, the technical idea of the present invention can be applied even when one of data provided from two or more sources is selected and transmitted. Consequently, broadcasts or images can be selectively provided to the user without data interruption by interference.

[0090] In the above exemplary embodiments of the present invention, the transmission control unit 250 and the reception control unit 350 sense interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation, but these are merely exemplary embodiments for convenience of description. The technical idea of the present invention can be applied even when the first transmission unit 240-1, the second transmission unit 240-2, the first reception unit 310-1, and the second reception unit 310-2 each sense interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation.

[0091] For example, the first transmission unit 240-1 determines whether interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation is sensed, and stops transmission via a channel in the 5GHz band if interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation is sensed. Regardless of whether interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation is sensed, the second transmission unit 240-2 keeps transmission via a channel in the 2.4GHz band.

[0092] Furthermore, the first reception unit 310-1 determines whether interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation is sensed, and if interference by radar as defined by the DFS regulation is sensed, the first reception unit 310-1 reports it to the reception control unit 350. Subsequent to the report, the reception control unit 350 controls the MUX 330 to select a broadcast received through the second reception unit 310-2. In this case, the technical idea of the present invention can be applied.

[0093] In the above exemplary embodiments of the present invention, the MUX 330 selects one of the broadcasts decrypted by the decryption unit 320, but this is merely an example. The technical idea of the present invention can be applied even when the MUX 330 selects one of the broadcasts received by the first reception unit 310-1 and the broadcasts received by the second reception unit 310-2, and the decryption unit 320 decrypts only the selected broadcast.

[0094] In the above exemplary embodiments of the present invention, a broadcast is encrypted and transmitted directly by the transmission unit 240, but it may be possible that a broadcast is encrypted, encoded, and transmitted by the transmission unit 240. In this case, the broadcast received through the reception unit 310 is decompressed by decoding and the decompressed broadcast is decrypted.

[0095] As can be appreciated from the above description, data can be transmitted and received continuously even when interference occurs due to conflicts between devices or regulation standards. Therefore, the users can provide the data without data interruption.


Claims

1. A reception method, comprising:

receiving data via a channel in a first band (S510);

receiving data via a channel in a second band (S510); and

determining whether interference is sensed and thereby selecting one of the data received via the channel in the first band and the data received via the channel in the second band (S520-S550), characterised in that:

in the selecting operation (S530-S550), the data received via the channel in the first band are selected if interference is not sensed in the channel in the first band, and

the data received via the channel in the second band are selected if interference is sensed in the channel in the first band; and

further, in the selecting operation (S530-S550), if data are received via a channel in the first band, after selecting the data received via the channel in the second band, the data received via the channel in the first band are selected.


 
2. The reception method of claim 1, wherein in the selecting operation (S530-S550), if the data are not received through one of the channel in the first band and the channel in the second band, the data received through the other one of the channel in the first band and the channel in the second band are selected.
 
3. The reception method of claim 1 or 2, wherein in the selecting operation (S530-S550), the data received via the channel in the second band are selected, if interference is sensed in the channel in the first band, regardless of whether interference is sensed in the channel in the second band.
 
4. A reception apparatus (300), comprising:

a first reception unit (310-1) which is arranged to receive data via a channel in a first band;

a second reception unit (310-2) which is arranged to receive data via a channel in a second band; and

a reception control unit (350) arranged to cause the reception apparatus (300) to perform the method of any one of claims 1 to 3.


 


Ansprüche

1. Empfangsverfahren, das Folgendes umfasst:

Empfangen von Daten über einen Kanal in einem ersten Band (S510);

Empfangen von Daten über einen Kanal in einem zweiten Band (S510); und

Bestimmen, ob eine Interferenz festgestellt wird, und dadurch Auswählen der über den Kanal im ersten Band empfangenen Daten oder der über den Kanal in dem zweiten Band empfangenen Daten (S520-S550), dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass:

in der Auswahloperation (S530-S550) die über den Kanal im ersten Band empfangenen Daten ausgewählt werden, wenn in dem Kanal in dem ersten Band keine Interferenz festgestellt wird, und

die über den Kanal in dem zweiten Band empfangenen Daten ausgewählt werden, wenn in dem Kanal in dem ersten Band eine Interferenz festgestellt wird; und

wenn des Weiteren in der Auswahloperation (S530-S550) Daten über einen Kanal in dem ersten Band empfangen werden, nach dem Auswählen der über den Kanal in dem zweiten Band empfangenen Daten die über den Kanal im ersten Band empfangenen Daten ausgewählt werden.


 
2. Empfangsverfahren nach Anspruch 1, wobei in der Auswahloperation (S530-S550), wenn die Daten nicht durch einen des Kanals in dem ersten Band oder des Kanals in dem zweiten Band empfangen werden, jene Daten ausgewählt werden, die durch den anderen des Kanals in dem ersten Band bzw. des Kanals in dem zweiten Band empfangen werden.
 
3. Empfangsverfahren nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei in der Auswahloperation (S530-S550) die über den Kanal in dem zweiten Band empfangenen Daten ausgewählt werden, wenn in dem Kanal in dem ersten Band eine Interferenz festgestellt wird, unabhängig davon, ob in dem Kanal in dem zweiten Band eine Interferenz festgestellt wird.
 
4. Empfangsvorrichtung (300), die Folgendes umfasst:

eine erste Empfangseinheit (310-1), die dafür ausgelegt ist, Daten über einen Kanal in einem ersten Band zu empfangen;

eine zweite Empfangseinheit (310-2), die dafür ausgelegt ist, Daten über einen Kanal in einem zweiten Band zu empfangen; und

eine Empfangssteuereinheit (350), die dafür ausgelegt ist, die Empfangsvorrichtung (300) zu veranlassen, das Verfahren nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3 auszuführen.


 


Revendications

1. Procédé de réception, comprenant :

la réception de données via un canal dans une première bande (S510) ;

la réception de données via un canal dans une seconde bande (S510) ; et

la détermination qu'une interférence est détectée et la sélection alors soit des données reçues via le canal dans la première bande, soit des données reçues via le canal dans la seconde bande (S520-S550), caractérisé en ce que :

dans l'opération de sélection (S530-S550), les donnée reçues via le canal dans la première bande sont sélectionnées si aucune interférence n'est détectée dans le canal dans la première bande, et les données reçues via le canal dans la seconde bande sont sélectionnées si une interférence est détectée dans le canal dans la première bande ; et

caractérisé en ce que :

en outre, dans l'opération de sélection (S530-S550), si des données sont reçues via un canal dans la première bande, après la sélection des donnes reçues via le canal dans la seconde bande, les données reçues via le canal dans la première bande sont sélectionnées.


 
2. Procédé de réception selon la revendication 1, dans lequel dans l'opération de sélection (S530-S550), si les données ne sont pas reçues par le biais de l'un du canal dans la première bande et du canal dans la seconde bande, les données reçues par le biais de l'autre du canal dans la première bande et du canal dans la seconde bande sont sélectionnées.
 
3. Procédé de réception selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel dans l'opération de sélection (S530-S550), les données reçues via le canal dans la seconde bande sont sélectionnées, si une interférence est détectée dans le canal dans la première bande, qu'une interférence soit détectée ou non dans le canal dans la seconde bande.
 
4. Appareil de réception (300), comprenant :

une première unité de réception (310-1) agencée pour recevoir des données via un canal dans une première bande;

une seconde unité de réception (310-2) agencée pour recevoir des données via un canal dans une seconde bande ; et

une unité de commande de réception (350) agencée pour amener l'appareil de réception (300) à exécuter le procédé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3.


 




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