Patents Represented by Attorney Sidley Austin LLP
  • Patent number: 8345171
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for changing digital broadcast channels. In one implementation, upon receiving a request for switching to a new channel in a digital broadcast receiving device, the device switches from a power saving mode, in which the device processes time-slices only for the currently selected broadcast channel, to a channel changing mode, in which broadcast data is buffered for more than one broadcast channels in anticipation of channel surfing. In another implementation, the user's perception of the channel change delay is mitigated by displaying channel information about the newly selected channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Frazier Watson, Gary Todd Masilko
  • Patent number: 8341659
    Abstract: Disclosed is a user history based multimedia service system, wherein user history data include a multimedia consumption type and/or consumption behavior of the user. The consumption type data includes a start time or end time of the multimedia content consumption (i.e., simple view data), content recording time and format, content backup time and format, and content transfer time and format. The consumption behavior data includes a content access/play data such as a normal finish, skimmed, skipped, slowed, or replay, and a stopped data of the content access/play. The consumption type or consumption behavior data include information on program identification and information on access to the consumption type/consumption behavior data. The respective data is provided for each user and program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoung Ro Yoon, Jin Soo Lee, Sung Bae Jun
  • Patent number: 8320140
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a power converter system includes an input terminal for receiving a DC input voltage. The power converter system delivers AC power to a load at an output terminal. A transformer is coupled between the input terminal and the output terminal. The transformer has a first winding, a second winding, and a third winding. The output terminal is coupled to the second winding. A half-bridge circuit, coupled between the input terminal and the first winding of the transformer, includes a first switch and a second switch coupled at a common node. The first and second switches are operable to be turned on and off for causing current to flow in the transformer during operation of the power converter system. Circuitry is close coupled to the first winding of the transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen Li
  • Patent number: 8305009
    Abstract: An inverter driver controls an inverter that supplies driving voltages to a plurality of discharge lamps. The inverter driver includes a first amplifier having an output terminal, a second amplifier having an output terminal connected to the output terminal of the first amplifier, and a capacitor connected between the output terminal and a ground source. The first amplifier outputs only a negative current corresponding to the maximum value among the driving voltages supplied to the plurality of discharge lamps, and the second amplifier outputs a current corresponding to the maximum value among the driving currents flowing through the plurality of discharge lamps. Such inverter driver controls the inverter according to a voltage of the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: FAIRCHILD KOREA SEMICONDUCTOR, Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Hun Lee, Jae-Soon Choi
  • Patent number: 8277631
    Abstract: Devices and methods are described for converting a carbon source and a hydrogen source into hydrocarbons, such as alcohols, for alternative energy sources. The influents may comprise carbon dioxide gas and hydrogen gas or water, obtainable from the atmosphere for through methods described herein, such as plasma generation or electrolysis. One method to produce hydrocarbons comprises the use of an electrolytic device, comprising an anode, a cathode and an electrolyte. Another method comprises the use of ultrasonic energy to drive the reaction. The devices and methods and related devices and methods are useful, for example, to provide a fossil fuel alternative energy source, store renewable energy, sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, counteract global warming, and store carbon dioxide in a liquid fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Principle Energy Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig D. Eastman, Douglas R. Hole
  • Patent number: 8279645
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a power converter system includes a plurality of variable frequency power converters and a plurality of synchronization circuits. Each variable frequency power converter has a switching frequency. Each synchronization circuit is associated with a respective one of the plurality of variable frequency power converters. A control circuit is coupled to and coordinates the plurality of synchronization circuits. The plurality of synchronization circuits and the control circuit are operable to synchronize the switching frequencies of the variable frequency power converters to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher D. Bridge, Laszlo Balogh
  • Patent number: 8250098
    Abstract: A user preference information structure having a multiple hierarchical structure in which an information is provided to a user according to a user preference in a multi-media environment consisting of an information provider and an information user, comprising user use information by using information desired by the user; user preference information of information desired by the user; and individual user preference information that is differently set depending on situations in which the user is put and positioned in a sub-tree of the user preference information. The hierarchical data structure is able to provide the user preference for providing information desired by the user is provided depending on the environment, based on which various information can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoung Ro Yoon, Jung Min Song, Sung Bae Jun
  • Patent number: 8242758
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a converter and a driving method thereof. The converter includes a switch controller that controls switching operation of a master switch and a slave switch. The switch controller detects a center point of one switching operation period of the master switch by using an internal triangular wave having a period that is the same as that of the one switching operation period, and starts the switching operation of the slave switch at the detected point. The internal triangular wave signal has a waveform that varies within one period, and detects a crossing point of an average value of the internal triangular wave and the internal triangular wave as a center point of one switching operation period of the master switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Fairchild Korea Semiconductor, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hang-Seok Choi, Gwan-Bon Koo, Young-Bae Park
  • Patent number: 8237421
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is provided for delivering optimal charge bursts in a voltage regulator under light load conditions. The method includes: in an initial period, determining an optimal turn-on time for a high-side switch of the voltage regulator to produce a desired voltage ripple; and in steady-state operation, turning on the high-side switch for approximately the optimal turn-on time, thereby delivering optimal charge bursts for the desired voltage ripple in the voltage regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Arvin R. Shahani
  • Patent number: 8206711
    Abstract: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) may be treated with antibodies directed against the CD20 antigen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignees: Biogen Idec Inc., Genentech, Inc.
    Inventors: Christine A. White, Antonio J. Grillo-Lopez, John G. Curd, Susan Desmond-Hellmann
  • Patent number: 8194425
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a frequency modulation device and a switching mode power supply using the frequency modulation device. To prevent electro-magnetic interference (EMI), it is required to slightly vary a switching operation frequency in an SMPS operation. In some embodiments, at least one first signal having a predetermined cycle is generated, a second signal corresponding to a level of a first signal is generated at a turn-off time of a switch, a first reference voltage having at least two different levels is generated according to the second signal, and an oscillator signal for increasing along a first slope during a first period and decreasing along a second slope during a second period between the first reference voltage and a second reference voltage having a level that is different from the first reference voltage is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Fairchild Korea Semiconductor, Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Bae Park, Gwan-Bon Koo
  • Patent number: 8193718
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a diagnostic device and a lamp ballast circuit. The lamp ballast circuit includes a first power switch, a second power switch, a lamp driven according to switching operations of the first and second power switches, a controller for controlling the switching operations of the first and second power switches, and a diagnostic device. The diagnostic device senses a voltage waveform applied to the lamp to determine an end of lamp life (EOLL) condition and an over-voltage, senses a filament voltage of the lamp to determine a filament connection state of the lamp, and determines an over-voltage of a voltage applied to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Fairchild Korea Semiconductor, Ltd.
    Inventors: Gye-Hyun Cho, Young-Sik Lee
  • Patent number: 8183824
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a system includes a power stage component operable to generate an output voltage from a power source and to provide the output voltage to an electrical device. The power stage component is capable of operating in a plurality of modes depending on a level of the power source. An adaptive mode change component, coupled to the power stage, is operable to track at least one variation which affects the voltage across the electrical device and to generate at least one control signal for changing among the plurality of operating modes of the power stage component in response to the tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Integrated Memory Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Necdet Emek, Mario Chunhwa Huang
  • Patent number: 8184416
    Abstract: An inverter driver controls an inverter that supplies driving voltages to a plurality of discharge lamps. The inverter driver senses the abnormal operation of the plurality of discharge lamps based on a plurality of first feedback voltages corresponding to the plurality of driving voltages supplied to the discharge lamps and a plurality of second feedback voltages corresponding to the current flowing through the plurality of discharge lamps. The inverter driver is formed in a single integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Fairchild Korea Semiconductor, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Soon Choi, Dong-Hun Lee
  • Patent number: 8174961
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a switch controlling apparatus. The switch controlling apparatus controls a main switch by using a first signal that corresponds to a current flowing to the main switch. The switch controlling apparatus includes a PWM controller for generating a control signal to control turning on/off of the main switch by using the first signal and a clock signal, and a TSD unit for changing the control signal corresponding to heat generated from the main switch. The TSD unit changes a response speed for the heat of the main switch by using the clock signal and the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Fairchild Korea Semiconductor, Ltd.
    Inventors: Gwan-Bon Koo, Young-Bae Park, Sung-Won Yun
  • Patent number: 8169802
    Abstract: Disclosed are a switch controller, a switch control method, a converter using the same, and a driving method thereof. A first voltage is generated by using a voltage that is input to an input terminal, and a soft start signal is generated by using the first voltage during a soft start duration. A switching operation is controlled by using the soft start signal during the soft start duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Fairchild Korea Semiconductor, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-Tae Kim, Gwan-Bon Koo, Hang Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 8154346
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes: detecting one of a short-to-ground condition and a short-to-supply condition at an output node; selectively activating a feedback control transistor according to the detecting; detecting a first current passing through a first transistor using a second transistor sized to be smaller than the first transistor; mirroring the detected current using a plurality of transistors to form a feedback current; and providing the feedback current to a gate electrode of the first transistor according to the selectively activating the feedback control transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: IML International Ltd
    Inventor: Chiayao S. Tung
  • Patent number: 8144486
    Abstract: In a power converter, a primary coil receives an input voltage, and a switch includes a first electrode, a second electrode coupled to the primary coil, and a control electrode. An output unit includes a secondary coil, and outputs an output voltage. The primary coil and the secondary coil form a transformer, and the input voltage is converted to the output voltage by the transformer. A controller receives a sensing voltage corresponding to a switch current flowing between the first electrode and the second electrode of the switch, detects a valley point of a voltage between the first electrode and the second electrode of the switch based on the sensing voltage, and transmits a control signal to the control electrode of the switch in accordance with the valley point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Fairchild Korea Semiconductor, Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang-Cheol Moon, Gwan-Bon Koo, Jin-Tae Kim, Young-Bae Park
  • Patent number: 8129959
    Abstract: In one embodiment, circuitry is provided for startup of a power converter. The circuitry includes a bias capacitor operable to be charged for providing energy to a controller of the power converter. A divider circuit is coupled to a voltage source. Current flows through the divider circuit. A switch, coupled to the divider circuit, is operable to be turned on and off to divert current flow in the divider circuit for charging the bias capacitor. This provides energy to the controller of the power converter at startup without employing an external bias source or high value bleeder resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Laszlo Balogh
  • Patent number: 8115466
    Abstract: A converter is disclosed for using at least one switch to convert an input signal to a square wave signal, and using the square wave signal to generate an output voltage. The converter converts the square wave signal by a switching operation of a switch and generates the output voltage, and includes a switch controller for controlling the switching operation. The switch controller generates a first signal VCT having a first period that varies according to an output voltage, controls the switching operation of the switch by using the first signal, detects the output voltage, a first current Ids2 flowing through the switch, and a level of the first signal, and controls a burst mode according to the detection results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Fairchild Korea Semiconductor, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hang-Seok Choi, Young-Bae Park, Jae-Hwoan Chi, Gwan-Bon Koo