Apple had 76 patents in mobile during Q1 2024. Apple Inc has filed patents for a configurable computer system that can disable processing blocks for different computing platforms, a device for multiplexed NOMA transmissions with FEC coding and joint modulation schemes, a head-worn device that detects heart activity using ultrasonic waves, a UE for multi-TRP with out of order delivery of PDSCH, PUSCH, and DL ACK/NACK, and a MN and SN for setting up PDU session resources based on the manner of the PDU session to be served. GlobalData’s report on Apple gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Apple grant share with mobile as a theme is 48% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

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Application: Functional circuit block harvesting in computer systems (Patent ID: US20240103074A1)

The patent filed by Apple Inc. describes a configurable computer system that includes processing blocks and programmable registers. These registers can be disabled by a harvesting command to configure the system for different computing platforms. Hardware circuits perform tasks using the processing blocks, and a power control circuit temporarily disables the blocks after tasks are completed to configure the system for the selected platform. The system can be configured for different performance classes by selectively disabling processing blocks, and the programmable registers are one-time programmable to support different sets of peripherals on various computing platforms.

The apparatus and method described in the patent allow for the customization of a computer system for different computing platforms by selectively disabling processing blocks using programmable registers. Tasks are performed using the processing blocks, and once completed, the power control circuit temporarily disables the blocks to configure the system accordingly. This flexibility in configuration allows for efficient use of resources and optimization for different performance classes and computing platforms, such as television set-top boxes and smartphones. The system can be implemented on a single integrated circuit or multiple co-packaged integrated circuits, providing versatility in design and functionality.

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