Patent Number: 7,786,737

Title: Modeling and calibrating a three-port time-domain reflectometry system

Abstract: A three-port TDR front end comprises numerous components. An exemplary three-port TDR front end is a DSL modem. Information-bearing TDR signals are distorted as they pass through these components. With a perfect model of the response of its front-end, a TDR system usually can compensate for the effects of its front-end. In reality, however, the electrical characteristics of each component vary from design-to-design, board-to-board, and slowly over time The result is imperfect knowledge about the true response of the front-end, errors in the model of the front-end, and degraded TDR performance. At least for this reason it is important to precisely calibrate the response of the TDR front-end through the use of a TDR modeling system.

Inventors: Belge; Murat (Billerica, MA), Cunningham; Christopher C. (Brighton, MA)

Assignee: Aware, Inc.

International Classification: G01R 35/00 (20060101); G01R 27/32 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018