US 11,055,657 B2
Methods and apparatuses for determining real-time location information of RFID devices
Jeremy Chritz, Seattle, WA (US); and John Schroeter, Bainbridge Island, WA (US)
Assigned to Micron Technology, Inc., Boise, ID (US)
Filed by MICRON TECHNOLOGY, INC., Boise, ID (US)
Filed on Mar. 2, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/447,893.
Prior Publication US 2018/0253679 A1, Sep. 6, 2018
Int. Cl. G06Q 10/08 (2012.01); H04W 4/02 (2018.01); H04W 4/80 (2018.01); G06F 3/06 (2006.01); H04L 29/08 (2006.01); H01Q 1/22 (2006.01)
CPC G06Q 10/087 (2013.01) [G06F 3/06 (2013.01); H04W 4/02 (2013.01); H04W 4/80 (2018.02); G06F 3/067 (2013.01); H04L 67/10 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An apparatus comprising:
a first antenna array of a mobile device configured to detect one or more radio frequency (RF) signals from one or more radio emitters of a radio frequency identifier (RFID) device;
an integrated circuit chip implemented on the mobile device coupled to the first array of antennas, the integrated circuit chip comprising:
a first plurality of processing elements configured to determine and transmit location information about the one or more emitters of the RFID device using the one or more RF signals, wherein the first plurality of processing elements are further configured to generate a set of data comprising the location information about the one or more radio emitters of the RFID device based on the one or more RF signals;
one or more switches configured to communicate the received set of data comprising the location information about the one or more radio emitters of the RFID device from the first plurality of processing elements to a second plurality of processing elements; and
the second plurality of processing elements configured to receive and process the set of data comprising the location information about the one or more radio emitters of the RFID device into one or more cellular signals for communication via a cellular network, wherein the second plurality of processing elements are further configured to:
convert the location information about the one or more radio emitters of the RFID device into information packets, wherein the information packets are formatted for transmission in the cellular network; and
generate the one or more cellular signals comprising the information packets; and
a second array of antennas coupled to the second plurality of processing elements and configured to communicate the one or more cellular signals comprising the information packets to a cellular node via the cellular network.