Method and system for providing a fault tolerant display unit in an electronic device

  • US 8,344,966 B2
  • Filed: 01/31/2006
  • Issued: 01/01/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/31/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of providing display fault tolerance in an electronic device, comprising:

  • receiving one or more commands to display an information on a display unit, the display unit comprising a first display portion including a first plurality of display segments and a first plurality of connectors, a second display portion including a second plurality of display segments and a second plurality of connectors, and a third display portion including a third plurality of display segments and a third plurality of connectors, wherein each connector is connected to a different combination of two or more display segments in one or more of the first display portion, the second display portion, and the third display portion;

    detecting a failure mode of the display unit, the failure mode resulting from failure of at least one connector;

    determining if the failure is related to one or more of the first display portion, the second display portion, and the third display portion; and

    displaying a modified information on the display unit indicating the detected failure mode of the display unit if it is determined that the failure is related to at least one of the first display portion and the second display portion, the modified information represented by a first predetermined number of display segments in each of the first display portion, the second display portion, and the third display portion, the step of displaying including disabling one or more segments represented by a second predetermined number of display segments in each of the first display portion, the second display portion, and the third display portion;

    wherein the first predetermined number of display segments is a subset of the second predetermined number of display segments;

    wherein each display segment that is connected to the failed at least one connector is disabled; and

    wherein if it is determined that the failure is only related to the third display segment, a modified information is not displayed by the display unit.

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