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Component selector assembly

Imported: 23 Feb '17 | Published: 22 Oct '02

J. William Whikehart, Terry Robert Altmayer

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A component selector assembly

10 which pseudo-randomly energizes components

40-54 use of received data

60.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a block diagram of a component selector assembly which is made in accordance with the teachings of the preferred embodiment of the invention; and

FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a component selector assembly which is made in accordance with the teachings of a second and alternate embodiment of the invention.

Claims

1. An apparatus for use in combination with generated data, said apparatus comprising:

2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said first and said second portions are substantially identical.

3. The apparatus of claim 2 wherein said first and second portions each comprise eight bits.

4. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said randomizer comprises a pseudo-random number generator.

5. The apparatus of claim 4 wherein said pseudo-random number generator generates a plurality of data, said randomizer further comprising an assembly, coupled to said pseudo-random number generator, which generates a first output value when said plurality of data is below a first threshold value and which generates a second output value when said plurality of data is above said first threshold value.

6. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said data comprises thermometer data.

7. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said elements are substantially identical.

8. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said randomizer stores second data and uses said generated data to selectively energize said at least a first one of said plurality of said signal generating elements.

9. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said randomizer comprises a first and a second pseudo-random number generator which cooperatively produces data.

10. A method for selecting signal generating elements comprising the steps of:

11. The method of claim 10 wherein each of said groups have a substantially equal number of elements.

12. The method of claim 10 wherein said step of pseudo-randomly selecting a first of said signal generating elements from a first of said two groups and pseudo-randomly selecting a second of said signal generating elements from a second of said two groups is performed using a pseudo-random number generator.

13. The method of claim 10 wherein said first group and said second group each comprise four signal generating elements.

14. A method to select components, said method to be used in combination with data, said method comprising the steps of:

15. The method of claim 13 wherein said data comprises thermometer data.

16. The method of claim 14 wherein said first and said second portions have substantially equal number of said selectively energizable components.

17. The method of claim 14 wherein said method further comprises selectively activating at least one of said first portion of said selectively energizable components.

18. The method of claim 14 wherein said data comprises data which is of the digital type.

19. The method of claim 17 wherein said first portion of said selectively energizable components generates data which is of the analog type.