US Patent No. 10,172,146

WI-FI AND BLUETOOTH COEXISTENCE


Patent No. 10,172,146
Issue Date January 01, 2019
Title Wi-fi And Bluetooth Coexistence
Inventorship Yong Liu, Campbell, CA (US)
Christiaan A. Hartman, San Jose, CA (US)
Siegfried Lehmann, Sunnyvale, CA (US)
Assignee Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,172,146

1. A wireless station, comprising:at least one antenna;
at least one radio configured to perform Wi-Fi communication with a Wi-Fi access point and one or more neighboring wireless stations and Bluetooth communication with a first neighboring wireless station of the one or more neighboring wireless stations;
at least one processor coupled to the at least one radio, wherein the wireless station is configured to perform voice and/or data communications;
wherein the wireless station is configured to:
schedule a Bluetooth communication in one or more time slots with the first neighboring wireless station, wherein the Bluetooth communication has an end time;
determine a change to the end time of the Bluetooth communication;
transmit, in response to determining that the change to the end time shortens the Bluetooth communication, a first peer-to-peer Wi-Fi communication to a second wireless station of the one or more wireless stations during the one or more time slots, wherein the first peer-to-peer Wi-Fi communication indicates that at least a portion of the one or more time slots is available for Wi-Fi communications; and
transmit, in response to determining the change to the end time lengthens the Bluetooth communication, a second peer-to-peer Wi-Fi communication to the second neighboring wireless station during the one or more time slots, wherein the second peer-to-peer communication indicates that an additional one or more time slots subsequent to the one or more time slots is not available for Wi-Fi communication.