Patent Number: 7,088,868

Title: Compression and decompression coding scheme and apparatus

Abstract: In a compression and decompression coding method, arrangement and computer program product, a data signal containing a number of symbols is converted into a series of codewords. A set of codewords is established and the data signal is monitored to determine the most frequently occurring symbols therein and/or sequences of symbols therein containing at least two symbols. A codeword is then allocated to each of the most frequently occurring of the symbols and/or symbol sequences. At least one codeword is reserved for indicating uncompressed data. When compressing a signal, the incoming symbols are first checked to determine if they correspond to a codeword. If a symbol corresponds to more than one codeword, further symbols are read until a symbol occurs which corresponds to one codeword only. That codeword is then transmitted. Any symbol that does not correspond to a codeword is supplemented with a codeword indicative of no compression and is then transmitted.

Inventors: Lidman; Johan (Stockholm, SE)

Assignee: St. Jude Medical AB

International Classification: G06K 9/46 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018