Thursday, May 03, 2007

DEI Patent Application for Versatile Docking Station for Portable Electronic Devices

DEI had a patent application disclosed today for a Versatile Docking Station for Portable Electronic Devices. It is intended for satellite radios, music players, video players, and the like.


United States Patent Application 20070101039
Kind Code A1
Rutledge; Mark E. ; et al. May 3, 2007

Versatile docking station for portable electronic devices

Abstract

A docking station provides supporting functions for multiple portable devices, such as music players, satellite radio receivers, games, and video players. The supporting functions may include providing power, audio amplifier, speakers, and video screen. To couple to a variety of portable devices, the docking station uses various adaptive cradles. In a typical configuration, a portable device is plugged into a cradle, which in turn is plugged into the docking station. The docking station recognizes the type of portable device plugged into the station, and adjust the power supply voltage to power the device through a connector. The docking station may further configure itself to accommodate the requirements of the portable device. Such configuring may include varying input impedance of the docking station's internal audio amplifier to match the portable device. In this way, the station can be used with a variety of portable devices, including devices from different manufacturers.


Inventors: Rutledge; Mark E.; (Murietta, CA) ; Durbin; John; (San Diego, CA)
Correspondence Name and Address:
    Directed Electronics
One Viper way
Vista
CA
92081
US
Assignee Name and Adress: DEI HEADQUARTERS, INC.

Serial No.: 265331
Series Code: 11
Filed: November 2, 2005

U.S. Current Class: 710/303
U.S. Class at Publication: 710/303
Intern'l Class: G06F 13/00 20060101 G06F013/00



















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