JP2008271515A - Mobil communication terminal, and control method thereof - Google Patents

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JP2008271515A
JP2008271515A JP2008046674A JP2008046674A JP2008271515A JP 2008271515 A JP2008271515 A JP 2008271515A JP 2008046674 A JP2008046674 A JP 2008046674A JP 2008046674 A JP2008046674 A JP 2008046674A JP 2008271515 A JP2008271515 A JP 2008271515A
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Ryuta Fujisawa
Tetsuya Takenaka
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<P>PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a mobile communication terminal which can effectively execute multi-mode communication corresponding to a battery voltage without causing an unanticipated situation for a user, and to provide a control method thereof. <P>SOLUTION: The mobile communication terminal includes: first radio communication means 102 corresponding to a first radio communication system; an interface 107 which corresponds to a second radio communication system and can detachably connect second radio communication means consuming less power than the first radio communication means 102; battery voltage detection means 104 which detects the battery voltage of a power source unit 103 including a battery; and control means 111 which sets the first radio communication means 102 to a use-stop state if the first radio communication means 102 and second communication means 202 are communicating and the battery voltage detected by the battery voltage detection means 104 is not greater than a prescribed value Vth1. <P>COPYRIGHT: (C)2009,JPO&INPIT

Description

  The present invention relates to a mobile communication terminal and a control method thereof.

  Conventionally, various mobile communication systems such as PDC (Personal Digital Cellular), W-CDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access), cdma2000 1x, PHS (Personal Handy-phone System), wireless LAN (Local Area Network), Bluetooth, etc. Wireless communication systems are being operated. Also, standardization of high-speed wireless communication such as WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is being promoted. Each of these wireless communication systems has different characteristics.

  For example, since the PHS has a small cell area, the PHS has an advantage that the number of usable terminals per unit area can be increased and the frequency utilization efficiency is high. In addition, the PHS terminal only needs to receive the individual call signal (PCH: Paging Channel) while capturing the base station (CS: Cell Station), and since the interval is long, the advantage is that the standby time is long. There is also. However, since the area covered by one cell is small, there is a drawback that communication is likely to be interrupted if communication is performed while moving at a high speed.

  On the other hand, for example, since W-CDMA has a large cell area, it can be used while moving over a wide range at high speed. However, since the W-CDMA terminal performs despreading processing and the like in incoming call monitoring, cell signal level monitoring, and the like, the standby time is significantly shorter than that of the PHS terminal.

  Furthermore, the wireless LAN represented by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) 802.11b, which is widely used, has hot spots arranged in coffee shops and public facilities, and can perform communication of up to 11 Mbps. it can. However, since this wireless LAN is assumed to be used indoors, the cell area is as small as about 10 m in radius.

  Recently, multi-mode portable communication terminals that can seamlessly use different wireless communication systems have been studied. For example, a mobile communication terminal that switches a wireless communication system according to the moving speed of the terminal or switches between wireless communication systems by determining the length of standby time in a plurality of wireless communication systems based on the remaining battery level is known. (For example, refer to Patent Document 1).

JP 2004-235863 A

  Conventionally proposed multi-mode mobile communication terminals are premised on incorporating a plurality of wireless communication means corresponding to a plurality of wireless communication systems in the terminal.

  On the other hand, as a multi-mode compatible mobile communication terminal as described above, a wireless communication unit of a main wireless communication system (hereinafter also referred to as a main system as appropriate) is built in, and a wireless communication such as a wireless LAN or Bluetooth as a subordinate. A wireless communication means of the system (hereinafter also referred to as a sub system as appropriate) may be configured to be added via an interface by inserting an SD card (Secure Digital card), USB (Universal Serial Bus) connection, or the like.

  In the mobile communication terminal having such a configuration, since the secondary system is added via an interface, generally, power consumption required for communication in the secondary system is less than power consumption required for communication in the main system. However, since each communication system is an independent system, communication can be performed simultaneously. For this reason, especially when the battery voltage is low, communication was possible in either one of the systems, but communication in both systems was performed at the same time. May occur, the terminal is turned off, and both cannot communicate.

  For example, when a call is made to make a call in the main system while browsing in the sub system, the power may be turned off. In this case, browsing in the secondary system may be continued unless the main system that consumes more power than the secondary system is activated. Similarly, the power may be turned off when a call from the main system is answered while browsing in the sub system. In this case as well, browsing in the secondary system may continue unless the main system that consumes more power than the secondary system is activated.

  Furthermore, while browsing in the secondary system, the main system started receiving data of a broadcast / multicast service (Broadcast / Multicast Services: hereinafter abbreviated as BCMCS as appropriate) according to the schedule. In some cases, the power is turned off. In this case, it is difficult to acquire BCMCS data to the end because the original battery level is low, and it will be necessary to acquire data by unicast later, and it is easy to predict that browsing will be redone. It is beneficial to be able to use the service that the user wants to use now. In this case, if reception of BCMCS data by the main system is refrained, browsing in the sub system can be continued without turning off the terminal.

  As described above, in a mobile communication terminal to which a secondary system can be added, an unexpected situation occurs for the user, such as the power supply of the terminal itself being turned off depending on the operating status of the main system and the secondary system depending on the battery voltage There is concern about inviting.

  Therefore, an object of the present invention made in view of such a point is to provide a mobile communication terminal capable of efficiently executing multi-mode communication according to the battery voltage without causing an unexpected situation to the user, and a control method thereof. There is.

The invention of the mobile communication terminal according to claim 1 that achieves the above object is as follows:
First wireless communication means corresponding to the first wireless communication system;
An interface corresponding to a second wireless communication system and capable of detachably connecting a second wireless communication means that consumes less power than the first wireless communication means;
Battery voltage detection means for detecting the battery voltage of the power supply unit including the battery;
When the first wireless communication means and the second wireless communication means are communicating and the battery voltage detected by the battery voltage detection means is equal to or lower than a first predetermined value, the first wireless communication means is used. Control means for controlling to a stop state;
It is characterized by having.

The invention according to claim 2 is the portable communication terminal according to claim 1,
When the battery voltage detected by the battery voltage detection means is equal to or greater than a second predetermined value greater than the first predetermined value when the communication of the second wireless communication means is terminated, the control means The first wireless communication means is controlled to start a standby process of the first wireless communication system.

The invention according to claim 3 is the portable communication terminal according to claim 1,
When the first wireless communication means is carrying out a voice call, the control means performs a calling process using the second wireless communication means to a destination corresponding to the voice call, and When a response to is detected, the first wireless communication unit is controlled to be in a use stop state.

The invention according to claim 4 is the portable communication terminal according to claim 1,
When the first wireless communication means is carrying out a voice call, the control means performs a calling process using the second wireless communication means to a destination corresponding to the voice call, and The first wireless communication means is controlled to be disabled when a predetermined time elapses.

Furthermore, the invention of the mobile communication terminal according to claim 5 that achieves the above object is as follows:
First wireless communication means corresponding to the first wireless communication system;
An interface that allows external devices to be detachably connected;
Determining means for determining whether or not the external device connected to the interface is a second wireless communication means compatible with the second wireless communication system and consuming less power than the first wireless communication means; ,
Battery voltage detection means for detecting the battery voltage of the power supply unit including the battery;
When the determination means determines the connection of the second wireless communication means, the battery voltage detected by the battery voltage detection means is a predetermined value when the first wireless communication means is in communication mainly receiving. Control means for controlling the first wireless communication means to a use stop state when
It is characterized by having.

Furthermore, the invention of the method for controlling a mobile communication terminal according to claim 6 that achieves the above object is a second wireless communication device that is detachably connected to the first wireless communication means corresponding to the first wireless communication system via an interface. In controlling a mobile communication terminal having a second wireless communication unit corresponding to a wireless communication system and a power supply unit including a battery,
A communication state detecting step of detecting a communication state of the first wireless communication unit and the second wireless communication unit;
A battery voltage detecting step for detecting a battery voltage of the power supply unit;
When the communication state detection step detects that the first wireless communication means and the second wireless communication means are communicating, and the battery voltage detected in the battery voltage detection step is less than or equal to a first predetermined value, A control step of controlling the first wireless communication means to a use stop state;
It is characterized by including.

The invention according to claim 7 is the method for controlling the mobile communication terminal according to claim 6,
In the control step, the battery voltage detected in the battery voltage detection step is larger than the first predetermined value when it is detected in the communication state detection step that the second wireless communication means has ended communication. When the value is equal to or greater than the second predetermined value, the first wireless communication means controls to start standby processing of the first wireless communication system.

The invention according to claim 8 is the method of controlling a mobile communication terminal according to claim 6,
When the control step detects that the first wireless communication means is carrying out a voice call in the communication state detection step, the control step uses the second wireless communication means for a counterpart corresponding to the voice call. When the call processing is performed and a response to the call is detected, the first wireless communication unit is controlled to be in a use suspension state.

The invention according to claim 9 is the method for controlling the mobile communication terminal according to claim 6,
When the control step detects that the first wireless communication means is carrying out a voice call in the communication state detection step, the control step uses the second wireless communication means for a counterpart corresponding to the voice call. The call processing is performed, and when a predetermined time has elapsed from the call, the first wireless communication unit is controlled to be in a use stop state.

Further, the invention of the control method of the mobile communication terminal according to claim 10 for achieving the above object comprises: a first wireless communication unit corresponding to the first wireless communication system; an interface capable of detachably connecting an external device; In controlling a mobile communication terminal having a power supply unit including a battery,
A determination step of determining whether or not the external device connected to the interface is a second wireless communication unit that is compatible with the second wireless communication system and consumes less power than the first wireless communication unit; ,
A communication state detection step of detecting a communication state of the first wireless communication means;
A battery voltage detecting step for detecting a battery voltage of the power supply unit;
When the connection of the second wireless communication means is determined in the determination step, the communication state detection step detects that the first wireless communication means is in communication mainly receiving, and is detected in the battery voltage detection step. When the battery voltage is less than or equal to a predetermined value, the control step of controlling the first wireless communication means to a use stop state;
It is characterized by including.

  According to the present invention, the battery voltage can be increased without causing an unexpected situation to the user depending on the operation status with the first wireless communication unit (main system) by adding the second wireless communication unit (sub system). It is possible to efficiently execute the corresponding multi-mode communication. In particular, when the battery voltage drops below the first predetermined value while the first wireless communication means and the second wireless communication means are simultaneously communicating, the first wireless communication means with high power consumption is Since the communication by the second wireless communication means with low power consumption is prioritized as the use stop state, it is possible to prevent both communication from being abnormally terminated at the same time and to increase the use time of the terminal.

  Hereinafter, embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings.

  FIG. 1 is a functional block diagram showing a configuration of a main part of a mobile communication terminal according to an embodiment of the present invention. The mobile communication terminal 100 is a mobile phone terminal, which includes an antenna 101, a wireless unit 102, a power supply unit 103 including a battery, a battery voltage detection unit 104 that measures the battery voltage of the power supply unit 103, and an operation unit 105 such as an input key or a touch panel. , LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) and OEL (Organic Electro Luminescence) display unit 106, SD I / F 107 to insert SD I / F compatible card, SD I / F compatible card inserted into SD I / F 107 detected An external slot detection unit 108, a ROM 109 and a RAM 110 for writing software and the like, and a control unit 111 for controlling the overall operation.

  The wireless unit 102 is a first wireless communication unit (hereinafter referred to as main communication unit as appropriate) corresponding to a first wireless communication system (main system) such as cdma2000 1x or W-CDMA which is a wireless communication system provided by a communication carrier. The transmission means, the reception means, and the like are built-in, and radio waves can be transmitted and received via the antenna 101. Here, for convenience of explanation, it is assumed that the main system performs cdma2000 1x communication involving transmission and reception (hereinafter, abbreviated as 1x communication as appropriate) and communication using cdma2000 1xEV-DO. BCMCS (Broadcast / Multicast Services) is performed by receiving data by cdma2000 1xEV-DO.

  Further, the SD wireless card 200 can be inserted into and removed from the SD I / F 107 as an SD I / F compatible card. The SD wireless card 200 corresponds to the second wireless communication system (sub system), and the SD I / F 201 and second wireless communication means (hereinafter referred to as sub communication means as appropriate) for communication by the sub system. A radio unit 202 and an antenna 203, a ROM 204 and a RAM 205 for writing software and the like of the sub system, and a control unit 206 for controlling the overall operation are included.

  The SD wireless card 200 is connected to the mobile communication terminal 100 by being inserted into the SD I / F 107 of the mobile communication terminal 100, and is supplied with power from the power supply unit 103, whereby the sub system independently of the main system is used. Communication can be executed. Therefore, the main communication unit and the sub communication unit can execute communication at the same time. Here, for convenience of explanation, it is assumed that the SD wireless card 200 performs wireless LAN communication.

  In the present embodiment, the current consumption during 1x communication of the main system is, for example, 40 mA at the demodulator, 70 mA at the maximum in the modulator, and 450 mA at the maximum in the transmitter. Therefore, if the battery voltage when the power supply voltage is reduced is 3.4 V, for example, the power consumption at this time is 3.4 × (40 + 70 + 450) = 1904 (mW). On the other hand, the SD wireless card 200 of the sub wireless system is driven at 3.3 V, for example, and the current consumption during wireless LAN communication is 110 mA in the transmission mode and 50 mA in the reception mode, for example. Therefore, if the average current is 80 mA, the power consumption is 3.3 × 80 = 264 (mW), which is less than that of 1 × communication. Further, the total current consumption of the wireless communication terminal 100 when 1x communication and wireless LAN communication are performed simultaneously is, for example, about 700 mA.

  FIG. 2 is a diagram showing an example of the discharge rate-voltage characteristics of the battery constituting the power supply unit 103 shown in FIG. Here, if the main communication means is waiting for an incoming call (when waiting), if only the sub-communication means is executing wireless LAN communication (when using a wireless LAN), only the BCMCS data reception is executed by the main communication means (When BCMCS), only 1x communication is executed by the main communication means (when 1x is used), 1x communication is executed by the main communication means, and at the same time wireless LAN communication is executed by the sub communication means (1x + wireless LAN) When in use). When the wireless LAN is used, the main communication means is waiting for an incoming call. In addition, the above “in use” indicates a state in which communication is performed.

  As is clear from FIG. 2, the battery generally has a lower voltage as the discharge rate becomes higher, and a voltage drop increases as the current increases. In addition, a mobile phone terminal normally uses a lithium-ion battery with a rating of 3.7V, and in the case of a 1x system mobile phone terminal, for example, the battery voltage cannot be communicated at around 3.4V. It is designed to automatically turn off the power of the terminal itself when it becomes 3V or less. For this reason, in the 1x system mobile phone terminal, in order to show the remaining battery level to the user, the remaining battery level is predicted from the battery voltage and displayed on the display unit with 1 to 3 lights, or the battery voltage is 3.4 V or lower. Or “Low Batt” is displayed.

  In the present embodiment, for example, a lithium-ion battery having a rating of 3.7 V is used as the battery accommodated in the power supply unit 103, and the first threshold value (Vth1), the second threshold value (Vth2), and the third value are compared with the battery voltage. A threshold value (Vth3) and a fourth threshold value (Vth4) are set, and the operation is controlled based on a comparison between these threshold values and the battery voltage detected by the battery voltage detection unit 104.

  Here, Vth1 is the first predetermined value of the present invention and is a voltage at the limit of use. Vth2 is the second predetermined value of the present invention, and is a voltage that becomes Vth1 or less when 1x communication is performed when the wireless LAN is used or in standby. Vth3 is a voltage that is equal to or lower than Vth1 when BCMCS data is received when the wireless LAN is used or in standby. Vth4 is a predetermined value of the present invention, and is a voltage that becomes Vth1 or less when wireless LAN communication is performed during 1x communication (when 1x is used), standby, or BCMCS data reception. Vth1, Vth2, Vth3, and Vth4 are voltages indicating the above concept. In practice, it is preferable to use a voltage (predetermined value) having a slightly higher margin than the above-described voltages. . In the present embodiment, these threshold values are stored in advance in the ROM 109 or RAM 110 as Vth1 <Vth4 <Vth3 <Vth2.

  Further, the battery voltage of the power supply unit 103 is constantly detected by the battery voltage detection unit 104 and compared with a required threshold value by the control unit 111 or detected at a predetermined cycle, and the detected battery voltage is stored in the RAM 110. In the control unit 111, the latest battery voltage stored in the RAM 110 is compared with a required threshold value.

  Next, an operation example of the mobile communication terminal 100 according to the present embodiment will be described with reference to the flowcharts shown in FIGS.

  FIG. 3 is a flowchart showing an operation example including detection of insertion of a card into the SD I / F 107. First, the external slot detection unit 108 monitors whether or not a card has been inserted into the SD I / F 107 (step S101). When the external slot detection unit 108 detects insertion of a card, the control unit 111 determines whether the card is a communication card having a wireless function (step S102). Therefore, the control unit 111 also constitutes a determination unit that determines whether the external device connected to the SD I / F 107 includes a sub communication unit corresponding to a sub system that consumes less power than the main system.

  As a result, if it is not a communication card, for example, in the case of a memory card, a sequence corresponding to the memory card is operated (step S103). On the other hand, in the case of the SD wireless card 200, the control unit 111 checks the communication state whether or not the main communication means is in 1x communication (for example, browsing) (step S104).

  Here, when the main communication means is performing 1x communication, the control unit 111 next determines whether or not the battery voltage measured by the battery voltage detection unit 104 is equal to or lower than Vth4 (step S105). As a result, when the battery voltage is equal to or lower than Vth4, the control unit 111 displays on the display unit 106 that communication by the main communication means is stopped (step S106), and thereafter an operation such as removing the SD wireless card 200. If there is no (step S107), the main communication means is suspended while the 1x communication (browsing) application is running (step S108). Thereafter, the control unit 111 waits for an operation of the application (step S109), and when there is an operation that requires communication, starts wireless LAN communication by the sub system. As a result, the browsing performed by the 1x communication of the main system is continued on the wireless LAN of the sub system (step S110).

  If the control unit 111 determines in step S104 that the main communication means is not in 1x communication (in use), the control unit 111 proceeds to step S109 to execute the application by the wireless LAN of the sub system. If the battery voltage exceeds Vth4 in S105, the process proceeds to step S109, and independent simultaneous communication between both systems is permitted. In addition, when the control unit 111 performs an operation of removing the SD wireless card 200 from the SD I / F 107 in Step S107 (Yes in Step S107), the control unit 111 continues browsing by the main communication unit.

  As described above, when the secondary communication unit is added during communication (browsing) by the main communication unit, the mobile communication terminal 100 according to the present embodiment has a main voltage when the battery voltage becomes Vth4 or less. The application that the communication means is communicating does not end, and the main communication means that consumes more power than the sub-communication means is deactivated, and the application that the main communication means is communicating with becomes the main communication means. It will be handed over to the sub-communication means with lower power consumption. Thus, by using both at the same time, it is possible to prevent the mobile communication terminal 100 from being unintentionally disabled, so that an unexpected situation is not caused to the user, and the use of the mobile communication terminal 100 is prevented. The time can be extended. For example, since the total current consumption of the wireless communication terminal 100 when 1x communication and wireless LAN communication are performed simultaneously is about 700 mA as described above, the current consumption is reduced by 70% or more when the main communication means is stopped. It becomes possible to do.

  Similarly, even when the SD wireless card 200 has been inserted and the wireless LAN is used, the mobile communication terminal 100 becomes unusable due to the start of communication of the sub-communication means by performing the processing after step S104. Can be prevented, and the same effect can be obtained.

  FIG. 4 is a flowchart showing an operation example when 1x communication by the main communication unit and wireless LAN communication by the sub communication unit are performed simultaneously. First, the control unit 111 monitors whether or not the battery voltage measured by the battery voltage detection unit 104 is equal to or lower than the first predetermined value Vth1 (step S201). And the communication state of whether or not the sub-communication means is communicating is checked (step S202). Here, when the main communication means and the sub-communication means are in communication (Yes in step S202), the control unit 111 displays on the display unit 106 that the main communication means must be stopped and displays the main communication. Stop communication by means to make it out of service area. As a result, the main communication means with high power consumption notifies the user of the fact that the use is stopped (step S203).

  Thereafter, when the wireless LAN communication (for example, browsing) by the sub-communication unit is completed (step S204), the control unit 111 checks the remaining battery level by the battery voltage detection unit 104 (step S205). Here, the main communication means is stopped, and the sub-communication means is not communicating, so it is assumed to approximate the battery voltage at the time of standby. It is determined whether or not the battery voltage is equal to or lower than a second predetermined value Vth2 (step S206). As a result, if it is not less than Vth2, the control unit 111 automatically searches for the main communication means and waits for it, or allows the user to select whether or not communication of the main communication means is possible (not shown). FIG. 4 shows a case in which standby is performed by automatically searching, whereby the standby of the main communication means is resumed, and a notification to that effect is given to the user (step S207). Note that if the battery voltage is determined to be Vth2 or less in step S206, the control unit 111 does not return the main communication unit to the standby state. Further, in the above description, Vth2 is used as an approximation to the battery voltage at the time of standby. However, a new threshold value may be stored and set, and determination may be performed using the new threshold value and battery voltage. In step S202, when one of the main communication means and the sub communication means is communicating (No in step S202), a shutdown sequence of the communicating means in communication is executed (step S208).

  As a result, while the 1x communication by the main communication unit and the wireless LAN communication by the sub communication unit are simultaneously performed, the power supply unit 103 is turned off due to a decrease in the battery voltage, and both communication are abnormally terminated simultaneously. Instead, when the battery voltage drops below Vth1, which is the first predetermined value, browsing by the sub-communication means with low power consumption can be continued. Therefore, the function as a communication device can be utilized to the maximum and the usage time of the mobile communication terminal 100 can be extended.

  FIG. 5 shows a case where the battery voltage drops below Vth1 when the 1 × communication (voice call) by the main communication means and the wireless LAN communication (for example, browsing) by the sub communication means described in FIG. It is a flowchart which shows the operation example in the case of implement | achieving the voice call by a main communication means with a subcommunication means with little power consumption. First, the control unit 111 monitors whether or not the battery voltage measured by the battery voltage detection unit 104 is equal to or lower than Vth1 (step S301). When the voltage is equal to or lower than Vth1, the main communication unit and the sub communication unit communicate with each other. The communication state is checked whether it is in the middle (step S302).

  Here, when the main communication means and the sub-communication means are in communication (Yes in step S302), the control unit 111 refers to the address of the partner terminal that is making a voice call using the main communication means. (Step S303), it is determined whether or not VoIP communication is possible in the secondary system (Step S304). As a result, when the VoIP communication is possible at the partner terminal, the control unit 111 calls the partner by the sub system (step S305). Thereafter, when the other party responds, the control unit 111 starts VoIP communication in the sub system (step S306), and the main communication means ends the voice call and leaves the service area. As a result, the main communication means that consumes a large amount of power is suspended, and the user is notified of this fact (step S307). Note that the control unit 111 similarly executes step S307 when it is determined in step S304 that the VoIP communication cannot be performed by the sub-communication means, or when the partner does not respond to VoIP for a predetermined time in step S306.

  Thereafter, when the wireless LAN communication (VoIP or browsing) by the sub-communication means is completed (step S308), the control unit 111 checks the remaining battery level by the battery voltage detection unit 104 (step S309). Here, the main communication means is stopped, and the sub-communication means is not communicating, so it is assumed to approximate the battery voltage at the time of standby. It is determined whether or not the battery voltage is Vth2 or less (step S310). As a result, if it is not less than Vth2, the control unit 111 automatically searches for the main communication means and waits for it, or allows the user to select whether or not communication of the main communication means is possible (not shown). FIG. 5 shows a case in which standby is performed by automatically searching, as in the case of FIG. 4, whereby the standby of the main communication means is resumed and a notice to that effect is given to the user (step S311). Note that if the battery voltage is determined to be Vth2 or less in step S310, the control unit 111 does not return the main communication unit to the standby state. Further, in the above description, Vth2 is used as an approximation to the battery voltage at the time of standby. However, a new threshold value may be stored and set, and determination may be performed using the new threshold value and battery voltage. In step S302, when one of the main communication means and the sub communication means is communicating (No in step S302), a shutdown sequence of the communicating means in communication is executed (step S312).

  As a result, while the voice communication by the main communication means and the browsing by the sub-communication means are simultaneously performed, the power supply unit 103 is turned off due to a decrease in the battery voltage, and both communications are not terminated abnormally at the same time. When the battery voltage drops below the first predetermined value Vth1, it becomes possible to continue the voice call by the main communication means using the sub-communication means with low power consumption. Therefore, the function as a telephone can be utilized to the maximum.

  FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing an operation example when the remaining battery level becomes Vth2 or less when wireless LAN communication (for example, browsing) is performed using the sub-communication means. First, when the battery voltage measured by the battery voltage detection unit 104 becomes Vth2 (step S401), the control unit 111 notifies the user that the standby in the main communication means is ended by the display unit 106 or the like (step S401). S402). Further, the control unit 111 terminates the power supply to the transmission unit (not shown) of the wireless unit 102, and does not return a message such as Ack to the base station even if there is an incoming call. As a state, the transmission by the main communication means is prohibited and the use is stopped (step S403).

  Thereafter, when the browsing by the sub-communication means is completed (step S404), the control unit 111 checks the remaining battery level by the battery voltage detection unit 104 (step S405). Here, the main communication means is stopped, and the sub-communication means is not communicating, so it is assumed to approximate the battery voltage at the time of standby. It is determined whether or not the battery voltage is equal to or lower than Vth2 (step S406). As a result, if it is not less than Vth2, the control unit 111 causes the user to select whether or not to wait for the main communication means to be resumed (step S407). The area search is performed (step S408) to return to the standby state (step S409). Note that the control unit 111 does not return the main communication unit to the standby state when it is determined in step S406 that the battery voltage is equal to or lower than Vth2 or when standby restart is not selected in step S407. If the battery voltage is determined to be Vth2 or higher, the standby of the main communication means may be automatically resumed (not shown). Further, in the above description, Vth2 is used as an approximation to the battery voltage at the time of standby. However, a new threshold value may be stored and set, and determination may be performed using the new threshold value and battery voltage.

  According to this operation example, for example, when the battery voltage drops to Vth2 or lower during browsing by the sub-communication means, the main communication means becomes in a disabled state, so that the standby main communication means is idle handoff (base station switching). It is possible to prevent the wireless communication terminal 100 from being unusable because the power supply unit 103 is turned off due to the start of a process involving transmission of an incoming call response or the like. Thereby, browsing by the sub-communication means with low power consumption can be normally terminated.

  FIG. 7 is a flowchart showing an operation example in the case where BCMCS data reception by the main communication unit and wireless LAN communication (for example, browsing) by the sub communication unit are performed simultaneously. First, during reception of BCMCS data, the external slot detection unit 108 monitors whether or not a card is inserted into the SD I / F 107 (step S501). When the external slot detection unit 108 detects insertion of a card, the control unit 111 determines whether or not the card is a communication card having a wireless function (step S502). As a result, if it is not a communication card, for example, in the case of a memory card, a sequence corresponding to the memory card is operated (step S503). On the other hand, in the case of the SD wireless card 200, the control unit 111 monitors whether or not the battery voltage measured by the battery voltage detection unit 104 has become equal to or lower than a predetermined value Vth4 (step S504). As a result, if Vth4 or less, the control unit 111 displays on the display unit 106 that the main communication unit must be stopped (step S505), stops communication by the main communication unit, and the main communication unit. Is suspended (step S506).

  Thereafter, when the browsing by the sub-communication unit is completed (step S507), the control unit 111 checks the remaining battery level by the battery voltage detection unit 104 (step S508). Here, the main communication means is stopped, and the sub-communication means is not communicating, so it is assumed to approximate the battery voltage at the time of standby. It is determined whether or not the battery voltage is equal to or lower than the second threshold value Vth2 (step S509). As a result, if it is not Vth2 or less, the control unit 111 causes the user to select whether or not communication is resumed by the main communication unit (step S510), and when communication resumption is selected, the communication (standby) of the main communication unit is selected. ) Is resumed (step S511). If the battery voltage is determined to be Vth2 or less in step S509, or if the communication restart of the main communication unit is not selected in step S510, the control unit 111 keeps the main communication unit in the use stop state. To do. If the battery voltage is determined to be Vth2 or higher, the standby of the main communication means may be automatically resumed (not shown). Further, in the above description, Vth2 is used as an approximation to the battery voltage at the time of standby. However, a new threshold value may be stored and set, and determination may be performed using the new threshold value and battery voltage.

  As a result, during the simultaneous reception of BCMCS data by the main communication means and browsing by the sub-communication means, the power supply unit 103 is turned off due to a decrease in battery voltage, and both communications are terminated abnormally at the same time. However, when the battery voltage drops below the predetermined value Vth4, only browsing by the sub-system with low power consumption can be continued.

  As described above, in the present embodiment, when a sub communication unit that consumes less power than the main communication unit is added, priority is given to the communication by the sub communication unit according to the battery voltage. Abnormal termination of the main communication means and the sub-communication means due to a decrease in battery voltage can be prevented, and as a result, the standby time of the mobile communication terminal 100 can be extended. In addition, when the communication by the main communication means is stopped, the fact is displayed on the display unit 106, so that the convenience for the user can be improved.

  In addition, this invention is not limited only to the said embodiment, Many deformation | transformation or a change is possible. For example, the communication system by the main communication means is not limited to a system that receives cdma2000 1x or BCMCS data, but can be other wireless communication systems, and the sub system by the sub communication means is not limited to a wireless LAN, Any communication system different from the system can be used. Further, the number of sub-communication means is not limited to one, and the present invention can be applied effectively when a plurality of sub-communication means with different communication systems can be connected. Further, the external device is not limited to the SD card, and may be a device connected by USB.

It is a functional block diagram which shows the structure of the principal part of the mobile communication terminal which concerns on one embodiment of this invention. It is a figure which shows an example of the discharge rate-voltage characteristic of the battery which comprises the power supply part shown in FIG. 6 is a flowchart showing an operation example including detection of insertion of a card into the SD I / F of the mobile communication terminal shown in FIG. 3 is a flowchart showing an operation example of the mobile communication terminal shown in FIG. 1 when 1x communication by a main communication unit and wireless LAN communication by a sub communication unit are performed simultaneously. In FIG. 4, it is a flowchart which shows the operation example in case communication of a main communication means is implement | achieved by a subcommunication means. 3 is a flowchart illustrating an operation example of the mobile communication terminal shown in FIG. 1 when the remaining battery level becomes Vth2 or less during browsing by the sub-communication means. 3 is a flowchart showing an operation example of the mobile communication terminal shown in FIG. 1 when BCMCS data reception by a main communication unit and wireless LAN communication by a sub communication unit are performed simultaneously.

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DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS 100 Portable communication terminal 101 Antenna 102 Radio | wireless part 103 Power supply part 104 Battery voltage detection part 105 Operation part 106 Display part 107 SD I / F
108 External slot detector 109 ROM
110 RAM
111 Control unit 200 SD wireless card 201 SD I / F
202 Radio section 203 Antenna 204 ROM
205 RAM
206 Control unit

Claims (10)

  1. First wireless communication means corresponding to the first wireless communication system;
    An interface corresponding to a second wireless communication system and capable of detachably connecting a second wireless communication means that consumes less power than the first wireless communication means;
    Battery voltage detection means for detecting the battery voltage of the power supply unit including the battery;
    When the first wireless communication means and the second wireless communication means are communicating and the battery voltage detected by the battery voltage detection means is equal to or lower than a first predetermined value, the first wireless communication means is used. Control means for controlling to a stop state;
    A mobile communication terminal characterized by comprising:
  2.   When the battery voltage detected by the battery voltage detection means is equal to or greater than a second predetermined value greater than the first predetermined value when the communication of the second wireless communication means is terminated, the control means 2. The mobile communication terminal according to claim 1, wherein the first wireless communication unit controls the first wireless communication system to start standby processing. 3.
  3.   When the first wireless communication means is carrying out a voice call, the control means performs a calling process using the second wireless communication means to a destination corresponding to the voice call, and 2. The mobile communication terminal according to claim 1, wherein when the response to is detected, the first wireless communication unit is controlled to be in a use stop state.
  4.   When the first wireless communication means is carrying out a voice call, the control means performs a calling process using the second wireless communication means to a destination corresponding to the voice call, and 2. The mobile communication terminal according to claim 1, wherein the first wireless communication unit is controlled to be disabled when a predetermined time elapses.
  5. First wireless communication means corresponding to the first wireless communication system;
    An interface that allows external devices to be detachably connected;
    Determining means for determining whether or not the external device connected to the interface is a second wireless communication means compatible with the second wireless communication system and consuming less power than the first wireless communication means; ,
    Battery voltage detection means for detecting the battery voltage of the power supply unit including the battery;
    When the determination means determines the connection of the second wireless communication means, the battery voltage detected by the battery voltage detection means is a predetermined value when the first wireless communication means is in communication mainly receiving. Control means for controlling the first wireless communication means to a use stop state when
    A mobile communication terminal characterized by comprising:
  6. A first wireless communication unit corresponding to the first wireless communication system; a second wireless communication unit corresponding to a second wireless communication system detachably connected via an interface; and a power supply unit including a battery. In controlling mobile communication terminals,
    A communication state detecting step of detecting a communication state of the first wireless communication unit and the second wireless communication unit;
    A battery voltage detecting step for detecting a battery voltage of the power supply unit;
    When the communication state detection step detects that the first wireless communication means and the second wireless communication means are communicating, and the battery voltage detected in the battery voltage detection step is less than or equal to a first predetermined value, A control step of controlling the first wireless communication means to a use stop state;
    A method for controlling a mobile communication terminal, comprising:
  7.   In the control step, the battery voltage detected in the battery voltage detection step is larger than the first predetermined value when it is detected in the communication state detection step that the second wireless communication means has ended communication. 7. The method of controlling a mobile communication terminal according to claim 6, wherein when the second predetermined value or more is reached, control is performed so that the first wireless communication means starts standby processing of the first wireless communication system. .
  8.   When the control step detects that the first wireless communication means is carrying out a voice call in the communication state detection step, the control step uses the second wireless communication means for a counterpart corresponding to the voice call. 7. The method of controlling a mobile communication terminal according to claim 6, wherein when the call processing is performed and a response to the call is detected, the first wireless communication unit is controlled to be in a use suspension state.
  9.   When the control step detects that the first wireless communication means is carrying out a voice call in the communication state detection step, the control step uses the second wireless communication means for a counterpart corresponding to the voice call. 7. The method of controlling a mobile communication terminal according to claim 6, wherein the call processing is performed, and the first wireless communication unit is controlled to be in a suspended state when a predetermined time has elapsed since the call.
  10. In controlling a mobile communication terminal having a first wireless communication unit corresponding to the first wireless communication system, an interface capable of detachably connecting an external device, and a power supply unit including a battery,
    A determination step of determining whether or not the external device connected to the interface is a second wireless communication unit that is compatible with the second wireless communication system and consumes less power than the first wireless communication unit; ,
    A communication state detection step of detecting a communication state of the first wireless communication means;
    A battery voltage detecting step for detecting a battery voltage of the power supply unit;
    When the connection of the second wireless communication means is determined in the determination step, the communication state detection step detects that the first wireless communication means is in communication mainly receiving, and is detected in the battery voltage detection step. When the battery voltage is less than or equal to a predetermined value, the control step of controlling the first wireless communication means to a use stop state;
    A method for controlling a mobile communication terminal, comprising:
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