Apple receives patent to help detect aging circuitry, adjust firmware to accommodate old hardware

Apple receives patent to help detect aging circuitry, adjust firmware to accommodate old hardware
As our gadgets get older and the software gets newer, invariably, we notice a degradation of performance. Some of it is wear and tear, some of it is simply old technology having trouble dealing with the new tech.

Among those conflicts at a physical layer is literally the age of the equipment. The circuit board may have been originally built around a set of tolerances related to power and current. As firmware updates, those factors can change, affecting performance.

Apple was granted patent number 8,671,170, “Modifying operating parameters of a device based on aging information.” Basically, it is a way for the firmware to determine if the transistors in your old iPhone are too old to handle things as programmed, and then adjust to meet those needs, like voltage threshold.

Think of it as digital crowd-sourcing. A remote server could develop profiles for groups of older equipment and then the firmware can be adjusted for those devices to ensure optimal performance. It would be a natural assumption that this would further the life of such devices. It is another way to make circuitry more resilient against time.

source: The Register

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12 Comments

1. c.sonnen

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

apple - another day another patent samsung - another day another galaxy HTC - another day another leak

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Seems about right.

3. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia- another day no new lumia..

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Nokia- another day another weird video

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That's LG.

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Why not uspto revoke all existing patents and grant them to apple, once for all...

11. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

+ 1 lol

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Another futuristic patent Apple will probably never make first, but be happy to sue someone if they did.

5. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

another day another basher

7. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

This is actually cool. I can see the practicality of this. Good job apple.

10. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Good job for what? I won't sit there and bash their products and services, but they do stuff like this all the time. Rarely does any of this stuff actually get created and it's just done in the form of a patent to hoard and hinder technological innovation. This is along the lines of the hydrogen battery they patented that's supposed to power a device for weeks at a time

12. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Uh, no. Plenty of devices like ssd's already do this. Another bullsht patent from apple, and they aren't the only ones that do it so plenty of hate to go around.

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