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Patent Application Titled "External Boost of Processing through a Data Processing Device" Published Online

May 27, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Jadhav, Mahesh Sambhaji (Sangli, IN); Chirde, Rupesh Deorao (Yavatmal, IN), filed on November 7, 2012, was made available online on May 15, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "A data processing device (e.g., a personal computer, a laptop computer, a notebook, a netbook, an ultrabook, a mobile device such as a mobile phone) may be limited in processing capability by a processor (e.g., Central Processing Unit (CPU)) thereof. In order to boost processing capability (e.g., graphics capability), a user of the data processing device may have to make a motherboard level modification in hardware in order to accommodate a supplementary processor (e.g., a graphics processor in a graphics card) by providing, for example, a Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) interface or an Advanced Graphics Port (AGP). Even when the aforementioned interfaces are provided in the motherboard, the user (or, service personnel) may have to manually insert the graphics card into an appropriate slot of the motherboard, which may prove to be tedious."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Disclosed are a method, a device and/or a system of externally boosting processing through a data processing device.

"In one aspect, a method includes providing a non-motherboard level Input/Output (I/O) interface in a data processing device including a processor communicatively coupled to a memory, and providing a driver component of an external processor in the memory of the data processing device and/or a memory associated with the external processor. The method also includes installing the driver component in the data processing device to render the data processing device compatible with the external processor, and coupling the external processor to the data processing device through the non-motherboard level I/O interface to provide boosting of processing through the data processing device, thereby dispensing with a need to make a motherboard level modification in the data processing device therefore.

"In another aspect, a system includes a data processing device and an external processor. The data processing devices includes a memory, a processor communicatively coupled to the memory, and a non-motherboard level I/O interface. The external processor includes a memory associated therewith. The memory of the data processing device and/or the memory associated with the external processor include a driver component of the external processor therein. The driver component is installed in the data processing device to render the data processing device compatible with the external processor. The external processor is configured to be coupled to the data processing device through the non-motherboard level I/O interface to provide boosting of processing through the data processing device, thereby dispensing with a need to make a motherboard level modification in the data processing device therefore.

"In yet another aspect, a system includes a data processing device and an external processing boosting device. The data processing device includes a memory, a processor communicatively coupled to the memory, and a non-motherboard level I/O interface. The external processing boosting device includes an external processor having a memory associated therewith. The memory associated with the external processor includes a driver component of the external processor stored therein. When the external processing boosting device is coupled to the data processing device through the non-motherboard level I/O interface, device information of the external processing boosting device is read through an operating system executing on the data processing device in conjunction with the processor thereof.

"The operating system of the data processing device in conjunction with the processor thereof is configured to assign a unique identifier to the external processing boosting device following the reading of the device information. The driver component is loaded from the memory associated with the external processor into the memory of the data processing device following the assignment of the unique identifier. The driver component is configured to be installed from the memory of the data processing device to enable identification of the external processor during a subsequent coupling thereof to the data processing device through the non-motherboard level I/O interface, thereby enabling the external processing boosting device to provide boosting of processing through the data processing device, with a need to make a motherboard level modification in the data processing device therefore being dispensed with.

"The methods and systems disclosed herein may be implemented in any means for achieving various aspects, and may be executed in a form of a machine-readable medium embodying a set of instructions that, when executed by a machine, cause the machine to perform any of the operations disclosed herein. Other features will be apparent from the accompanying drawings and from the detailed description that follows.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The embodiments of this invention are illustrated by way of example and not limitation in the figures of the accompanying drawings, in which like references indicate similar elements and in which:

"FIG. 1 is a schematic view of a data processing device, according to one or more embodiments.

"FIG. 2 is a schematic view of an external processor of FIG. 1, according to one or more embodiments.

"FIG. 3 is a schematic and a perspective view of an example external processing boosting device including the external processor of FIG. 1.

"FIG. 4 is a schematic and a perspective view of an example external processor of FIG. 1 having a heat sink associated therewith.

"FIG. 5 is a schematic view of an example data processing device of FIG. 1 with the external processor being coupled thereto through a Thunderbolt.TM. interface.

"FIG. 6 is a process flow diagram detailing the operations involved in externally boosting processing through the data processing device of FIG. 1, according to one or more embodiments.

"Other features of the present embodiments will be apparent from the accompanying drawings and from the detailed description that follows."

For more information, see this patent application: Jadhav, Mahesh Sambhaji; Chirde, Rupesh Deorao. External Boost of Processing through a Data Processing Device. Filed November 7, 2012 and posted May 15, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=469&p=10&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140508.PD.&OS=PD/20140508&RS=PD/20140508

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Information Technology, Information and Data Processing.

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