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1. WO2007148261 - DUAL BAND RECEIVER WITH CONTROL MEANS FOR PREVENTING SIGNAL OVERLOADING

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CLAIMS:

1. Dual band receiver (D) for a mobile equipment, comprising a first antenna (ANl), a second antenna (AN2), a two-states switching means (SW) connected to said first (ANl) and second (AN2) antennas and arranged to deliver either first signals comprised into a first band when it is set into a first state or second signals comprised into a second band when it is set into a second state, at least one low noise amplifier (Al, A2) arranged to amplify the signals delivered by said switching means (SW), and a processing means (PM) arranged to process the signals outputted by said low noise amplifier(s) (A1,A2) either in a first mode or in a second mode, characterized in that it also comprises a control means (CM) arranged, when said processing means (PM) works in the second mode, to determine which of said first (ANl) and second (AN2) antennas induces a best reception quality into said processing means (PM), and to set said switching means (SW) in the state which allows it to deliver the signals received by the determined antenna.

2. Dual band receiver according to claim 1, characterized in that said control means (CM) comprises a triggering means (TM) arranged to set the state of said switching means (SW), and an analysis means (AM) arranged, when said processing means (PM) works in the second mode, i) to order to said triggering means (TM) to set said switching means (SW) in its first state in order to determine at least a first parameter value
representative of the amplitude of the signals outputted by said low noise amplifier(s) (Al, A2) consecutively to the setting in the first state, then ii) to order to said triggering means (TM) to set said switching means (SW) in its second state in order to determine at least a second parameter value representative of the amplitude of the signals outputted by said low noise amplifier(s) (Al, A2) consecutively to the setting in this second state, then iii) to compare at least said first parameter value with said second parameter value in order to determine the smallest one, and then iv) to order to said triggering means (TM) to set said switching means (SW) in the state which induces the smallest of said first and second parameter values.

3. Dual band receiver according to claim 1, characterized in that said control means (CM) comprises a triggering means (TM) arranged to set the state of said switching means (SW), and an analysis means (AM) arranged, when said processing means (PM) works in the second mode, i) to order to said triggering means (TM) to set said switching means (SW) in its second state in order to determine at least a first parameter value representative of the amplitude of the signals outputted by said low noise amplifier(s) consecutively to the setting in this second state, then ii) to order to said triggering means (TM) to set said switching means (SW) in its first state in order to determine at least a second parameter value representative of the amplitude of the signals outputted by said low noise amplifier(s) consecutively to the setting in this first state, then iii) to compare said first parameter value with said second parameter value in order to determine the smallest one, and then iv) to order to said triggering means (TM) to set said switching means (SW) in the state which induces the smallest of said first and second parameter values.

4. Dual band receiver according to one of claims 2 and 3, characterized in that said parameter value is the amplitude of the signals outputted by said low noise amplifier(s).

5. Dual band receiver according to claim 1, characterized in that said processing means (PM) comprises at least one calculation means (GC) arranged to compute at least a parameter value representative of the reception quality, and in that said control means (CM) comprises a triggering means (TM) arranged to set the state of said switching means, and an analysis means (AM) arranged, when said processing means (PM) receives second signals and works in the second mode, i) to determine at least the current parameter value computed by said calculation means (GC), then ii) to compare said current parameter value with a chosen threshold, and iii) to order to said triggering means (TM) to set said switching means (SW) in said first state when said current parameter value is smaller than said threshold.

6. Dual band receiver according to claim 5, characterized in that said calculation means (GC) is a radiofrequency automatic gain controller (GC) arranged to compute a gain control value defining said parameter value and intended to be used by said processing means (PM).

7. Dual band receiver according to claim 1, characterized in that said processing means (PM) comprises at least one first calculation means (GC) arranged to compute at least a primary parameter value representative of the reception quality, and in that said control means (CM) comprises a triggering means (TM) arranged to set the state of said switching means (SW), and an analysis means (AM) arranged, when said processing means (PM) works in the second mode, i) to order to said triggering means (TM) to set said switching means (SW) in its first state in order to determine at least a first primary parameter value computed by said first calculation means (GC) and a first secondary parameter value also representative of the reception quality, consecutively to the setting in the first state, then ii) to order to said triggering means (TM) to set said switching means (SW) in its second state in order to determine at least a second primary parameter value computed by said calculation means (GC) and a second secondary parameter value also representative of the reception quality, consecutively to the setting in the second state, and then iii) either to stop to intervene if the second secondary parameter value is equal to a chosen value or, if said second secondary parameter value is different from said chosen value, to compare said second primary parameter value with a chosen threshold and either to stop to intervene if the second primary parameter value is greater than said threshold, or to order to said triggering means (TM) to set said switching means (SW) in its first state if said second primary parameter value is smaller than said threshold and if said first secondary parameter value is equal to said chosen value.

8. Dual band receiver according to claim 7, characterized in that said first calculation means (GC) is a radiofrequency automatic gain controller (GC) arranged to compute a gain control value defining said primary parameter value and intended to be used by said processing means (PM).

9. Dual band receiver according to one of claims 7 and 8, characterized in that said secondary parameter value is a value of a parameter called "Uncorrectable Packet Count".

10. Dual band receiver according to one of claims 1 to 9, characterized in that it comprises cascaded first (Al) and second (A2) low noise amplifiers.

11. Equipment, characterized in that it comprises a dual band receiver (D) according to one of claims 1 to 10.

12. Equipment according to claim 11, characterized in that it is chosen in a group comprising a mobile telephone, a laptop, a personal digital assistant, a portable media player and a television set intended for equipping a vehicle.