Google, the 700 Mhz Spectrum Auction, and Patents

When I’m not writing about broadband, I like to study SEO (search engine optimization). In my SEO quest, I found an article that outlines Google’s 10 Oddest Patents. Some of the patents were just plain strange – such as the instrument for medical purposes but some seemed to tie in nicely with their potential bid for Spectrum.

Here are some of the more interesting patents: – from t e spectrum perspective

Methods to deposit metal alloy barrier layers – this is somehow related to semiconductors. The patent used to belong to Intel.

Application of a pseudo-randomly shuffled hadamard function in a wireless CDMA system – CDA stands Code Division Multiple Access; it’s a type of wireless technology and Google has a patent in for something that would improve this process.

Baseband direct sequence spread spectrum transceiver – Again this seems to relate to CDMA but provides a way for the same antenna to receive incoming baseband RF signals as well as transmit baseband RF signals, thereby providing full duplex operation.

Cellular telephone case – it’s a waterproof cellular case. (I need that!!)

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11 thoughts on “Google, the 700 Mhz Spectrum Auction, and Patents

  1. lol i hate to disappoint .Wcdma is the one which provides faster data transfer as well as voice.Gsm is what the iphone works off of and is not used by as many carriers

  2. Im not sure if i mentioned to you we have completed 3 deployments in mexico and we are planning 4 more .They want to have a nomadic solution and we can provide it easily .We placed 802.16e solutions which has them fully ready for the mobile capabilites when products are released for such in early 2008.As i have been saying the world wants a mobile solution which can be used at home as well as anyplace .Amazingly if you had a wimax solution over here then u wouldnt have had to worry about getting a connection there as it would work on theres also

  3. I should explain also as i think some people think im against a wired service,and thats totally wrong as there is a place for wired.I use wired as backhaul and promote it as such.The only thing i like to make sure of is that people realize there is as good a services using what we provide or others in the field,for us we use fiber as backhaul where it is available .But we do not need it as we can use microwave also.If some would like to see a service running milbank south dakota has it .And a small bit of advertising ,we will provide 1Mb service as well as phone services for as low as 40 to 60 per month with full 24/7 services which isnt taken down if a storm takes out a wire or an accident takes out a pole.

  4. also keep an eye on the companies who make wireless products and how there stock values go up.As news of wimax grows the companies providing the products grows also .If u keep an eye out on this you will see its the main service growth in the market.An example is nokia seimens.And also check intel

  5. I think it’s great that there are so many options available. I remember working 10-12 years ago when there were no options – so many communities, especially in rural Minnesota were completely dependent on their local telephone company. Some companies did a good job and some didn’t. It was completely luck of the draw as far as the customer was concerned.

    There are still some areas where choice is an issue – but solutions like wireless are opening doors. One of the things I really like about the Open Access Networks is that it keeps the doors open for a wide variety of services for the end customers.

  6. well i would like to help those regions out and give them services.Actually we are looking at hitting many regions.Choice and cost is a huge factor and we will offer breaks on both.

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