Patent Number: 8,718,029

Title: Method and apparatus for wireless arbiter power saving

Abstract: A circuit processes requests to access an antenna, the requests from a plurality of wireless communication protocols components including (i) a first wireless communication protocol component and (ii) a second wireless communication protocol component. The circuit causes a switch to provide the second wireless communication component with access to the antenna while the circuit is in a power saving mode of operation, and, upon the circuit exiting the power saving mode of operation, determines whether the second wireless communication component is utilizing the antenna. The circuit, upon the circuit exiting the power saving mode of operation, applies a first set of arbitration rules when it is determined that the second wireless communication component is utilizing the antenna, and, upon the circuit exiting the power saving mode of operation, applies a second set of arbitration rules when it is determined that the second wireless communication component is not utilizing the antenna.

Inventors: Wong; Gladys Yuen Yan (Fremont, CA), Yeung; Ken (Cupertino, CA)

Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.

International Classification: H04H 20/67 (20080101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018