Patents Examined by Christopher J Clark
  • Patent number: 10886725
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a switching power supply, an over-temperature control and protection method, and a power control method. The switching power supply includes: a converter module including at least one main power switch; a direction detection module configured to obtain installation direction information of the switching power supply; and a process module configured to perform a preset operation in accordance with the installation direction information of the switching power supply. The present disclosure may realize power control of the switching power supply and meet over-temperature protection requirements under various installation directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Delta Electronics (Shanghai) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Dezhi Jiao, Baohua Wang
  • Patent number: 10879005
    Abstract: In electronic devices, as a result of miniaturization, the distance between a mounting board and an upper board or a shield case and the like, or the distance between the mounting board and other electronic components mounted adjacent thereto has become smaller. An electronic component is provided with: an element body internally containing a circuit element; and a terminal formed on the element body. The terminal is formed over an end surface of the element body and a surface adjacent to the end surface. An insulating film covering the terminal is formed on the element body. The terminal is exposed from the insulating film at least at a mounting surface of the element body, and a plating film containing tin is formed on a portion of the terminal exposed from the insulating film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Maki, Hirotsugu Tomioka, Shinichiro Izumi, Eiji Iso
  • Patent number: 10879341
    Abstract: Some features pertain to a device package that includes a die and a package substrate. The die includes a first switch. The package substrate is coupled to the die. The package substrate includes at least one dielectric layer, a primary inductor, and a first secondary inductor coupled to the first switch of the die. The first secondary inductor and the first switch are coupled to a plurality of interconnects configured to provide an electrical path for a reference ground signal. The primary inductor is configurable to have different inductances by opening and closing the first switch coupled to the first secondary inductor. In some implementations, the primary inductor is configurable in real time while the die is operational. In some implementations, the die further includes a second switch, and the package substrate further includes a second secondary inductor coupled to the second switch of the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Young Kyu Song, Sangjo Choi, Jong-Hoon Lee, Paragkumar Ajaybhai Thadesar
  • Patent number: 10873182
    Abstract: This application relates to an electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection circuit, includes: a first switch, electrically coupled to a first node through a control end, electrically coupled to a ground node through a first end, and electrically coupled to a signal input node through a second end; a capacitor electrically coupled between the first node and the signal input node; a second switch, electrically coupled to a low level line through a control end and a first end, and electrically coupled to the signal input node through a second end; and a third switch, electrically coupled to a high level line through a control end, and electrically coupled to the first node through a first end, being electrically coupled to the low level line through a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: HKC CORPORATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Huailiang He
  • Patent number: 10870334
    Abstract: An ionic wind delivery device includes a first discharge electrode; a reference electrode arranged separate from the first discharge electrode; a first power supply circuit configured to output a voltage to induce a corona discharge between the first discharge electrode and the reference electrode; a control electrode arranged on a delivery path of an ionic wind of ions that are generated by the corona discharge induced between the first discharge electrode and the reference electrode; a second discharge electrode arranged between the reference electrode and the control electrode; and a second power supply circuit configured to output a voltage to accelerate the ions generated by the corona discharge induced between the first discharge electrode and the reference electrode and to induce a corona discharge between the second discharge electrode and the control electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, SOKEN, INC.
    Inventors: Noboru Maeda, Koji Ito
  • Patent number: 10868529
    Abstract: A system and method for an overcurrent detector includes a device. The device includes a threshold generation circuit, and an overpower determination circuit. The threshold generation circuit is configured to produce a threshold value based on an output of a temperature sensor proximate to a power transistor, and a maximum power dissipation in the power transistor. The overpower determination circuit is configured to determine an overpower state of the power transistor based on the threshold value and a switch voltage. The switch voltage is detected between a source and a drain or a collector and an emitter of the power transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Karl Norling, Erwin Huber
  • Patent number: 10868419
    Abstract: A safety shutoff system for protecting a photovoltaic system. The safety shutoff system includes a control signal generator and a switching modules. The control signal generator includes an oscillator for generating a time-varying control signal and a DC-signal separator for transmitting the time-varying control signal via a DC power line. Each switching module includes a DC-signal separator for receiving the time-varying control signal; a rectifier and power storage block configured to store power of the control signal and to supply the stored power to other components of the switching module; a control signal detector for determining a presence of the time-varying control signal; and a switch connectable between terminals of the PV module, wherein the switch is a normally-open switch. The control signal detector, when powered by the power storage block, is configured to close the switch upon detecting an absence of the time-varying control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: CENTRUM BADAN I ROZWOJU TECHNOLOGII DLA PRZEMYSLU S.A., HANPLAST SP. Z O.O.
    Inventors: Grzegorz Putynkowski, Wojciech Andrysiewicz, Pawel Balawender, Krzysztof Wozny, Aleksander Majchrowicz
  • Patent number: 10861843
    Abstract: Semiconductor devices including a diode and a resistor are disclosed herein. An example of a semiconductor device includes a substrate having a surface. A first doped semiconductive region is disposed in the substrate below the surface. A second doped semiconductive region is disposed in the substrate and extends between the surface and the first doped semiconductive region. The second doped semiconductive region is at least partially in contact with the first doped semiconductive region. The first doped semiconductive region and the second doped semiconductive region together define an isolation tank. A third doped semiconductive region is disposed in the isolation tank and is in contact with the surface. The second doped semiconductive region and the third doped semiconductive region form a diode. At least one opening in the isolation tank forms a resistive path for current to flow between the substrate and the third doped semiconductive region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Mariano Dissegna
  • Patent number: 10861845
    Abstract: In certain configurations, an input/output (IO) interface of a semiconductor chip includes a pin, an interface switch connected to the pin, and an overstress detection and active control circuit that controls a resistance of the interface switch with active feedback. The overstress detection and active control circuit increases a resistance of the interface switch in response to detection of a transient overstress event between a first node and a second node. Accordingly, the overstress detection and active control circuit provides separate detection and logic control to selectively modify the resistance of the interface switch such that the interface switch operates with low resistance during normal operating conditions and with high resistance during overstress conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Javier Alejandro Salcedo, Srivatsan Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 10847965
    Abstract: A thermal protection switch device may include: a power circuit that includes a phase line and a neutral line; a current sensor electrically connected to the phase line to detect the current flow in the phase line; a temperature sensor thermally coupled to the phase line to detect the temperature of the phase line; and another temperature sensor thermally coupled to the neutral line to detect the temperature of the neutral line. The device also includes a trip circuit configured to interrupt the phase line when activated and a controller configured to receive output signals from the above current and temperature sensors. The controller may activate the trip circuit to interrupt the phase line in response to determining that certain conditions have occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Lin Yang, Tao Xiong, Chuanchuan Zhuang, Xianzhen Zhang, Fengguo Zhang
  • Patent number: 10847970
    Abstract: A system for controlling inrush current between a power source and a load includes an output capacitor configured to be coupled in parallel with the load. The system also includes a transistor having a gate, a collector configured to be coupled to the power source, and an emitter configured to be coupled to the load. The system also includes a collector resistor coupled between the collector of the transistor and the gate of the transistor. The system also includes an emitter capacitor coupled between the gate of the transistor and the emitter of the transistor to facilitate current flow from the power source through the collector resistor and the emitter capacitor to charge the output capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frank Z. Feng, Randall Bax, Ryan W. Schmid, Huazhen (Harry) Chai
  • Patent number: 10840700
    Abstract: An embodiment electronic circuit includes an electronic switch comprising a load path, and a control circuit configured to drive the electronic switch. The control circuit is configured to operate in one of a first operation mode and a second operation mode based at least on a level of a load current of the electronic switch. In the first operation mode the control circuit is configured to generate a first protection signal based on a current-time-characteristic of the load current and drive the electronic switch based on the first protection signal. The control circuit is configured to generate a status signal such that the status signal has a wakeup pulse when the operation mode changes from the second operation mode to the first operation mode and, after the wakeup pulse, a signal level representing a level of the load current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Robert Illing, Christian Djelassi, Markus Ladurner, David Jansson
  • Patent number: 10833502
    Abstract: A system for controlling inrush current between a power source and a load includes an output capacitor coupled in parallel with the load, and a transistor having a gate, a collector configured to be coupled to the power source, and an emitter configured to be coupled to the load. The system also includes a supply resistor configured to be electrically coupled between the power source and the load and to provide a resistor charging current from the power source to the output capacitor to charge the output capacitor in response to initial power being provided by the power source. The system also includes a gate resistor having a first terminal coupled to the gate of the transistor to cause the transistor to operate in a linear mode in response to the initial power being provided by the power source to increase a speed of charging the output capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frank Z. Feng, Randall Bax, Ryan W. Schmid, Huazhen (Harry) Chai
  • Patent number: 10815695
    Abstract: A power control system for use with an electric lock mechanism having an actuator comprises a power supply to output an output voltage to the actuator. A credential device signals the power supply to output the voltage upon receiving an authorized code. A microcontroller controls the power supply, the credential device, and the actuator and may operate in an Access Mode or a Dog Mode. When in Access Mode, the actuator is unpowered and the credential device is powered until an authorized code is received and the power supply powers the actuator. The Dog Mode has an awake mode where the actuator is powered and the credential device is unpowered after the actuator remains in the powered state for a length of time. A sleep mode has the actuator unpowered and the credential device powered until an authorized code is received and the power supply powers the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Shaffer, David Corbin
  • Patent number: 10819101
    Abstract: An over-current protection apparatus constituted of: a transistor disposed on a substrate; a first thermal sense device arranged to sense a temperature reflective of a junction temperature of the transistor; a second thermal sense device arranged to sense a temperature reflective of a temperature of a casing surrounding the substrate; and a control circuitry, arranged to alternately: responsive to the sensed temperature by the first thermal sense device and the sensed temperature of the second thermal sense device being indicative that the temperature difference between the transistor junction and the substrate casing is greater than a predetermined value, switch off the transistor; and responsive to the sensed temperature by the first thermal sense device and the sensed temperature by the second thermal sense device being indicative that the temperature difference between the transistor junction and the substrate casing is not greater than the predetermined value, switch on the transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Microsemi Corporation
    Inventors: Pierre Irissou, Etienne Colmet-Daage
  • Patent number: 10804259
    Abstract: An electrostatic protection circuit, a display panel, and a display apparatus are disclosed. The electrostatic protection circuit comprises a switch control unit, a first electrostatic storage unit configured to store charges, and a second electrostatic storage unit configured to store charges, wherein the first electrostatic storage unit has a first terminal connected to a driving line and a second terminal connected to the switch control unit, and the second electrostatic storage unit has a first terminal connected to the switch control unit and a second terminal connected to a common electrode trace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xueguang Hao, Yong Qiao, Hongfei Cheng, Xinyin Wu
  • Patent number: 10804891
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to diagnose an abnormality detecting circuit that detects an abnormality, such as an overcurrent of a power semiconductor, with the number of insulating elements to be additionally provided, inhibited from increasing. There are provided: a drive circuit configured to output a gate signal to a power semiconductor; an abnormality detecting circuit configured to detect an abnormality of the power semiconductor; and a diagnosis signal applying circuit configured to apply a diagnosis signal to the abnormality detecting circuit. The diagnosis signal applying circuit applies the diagnosis signal, on the basis of the gate signal output by the drive circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoichi Inada, Teppei Hirotsu, Hideyuki Sakamoto, Kouichi Yahata, Keiji Kadota
  • Patent number: 10804695
    Abstract: A first circuit and a second circuit, which have different operating voltages, are connected through a level shifter, and a combination circuit below is provided in the level shifter. An enable signal, which is switched between active and inactive states according to whether or not a potential is supplied to a second high potential power line, is applied to the combination circuit. The combination circuit outputs a first signal and a second signal, which is acquired by logically inverting the first signal, to a level shift circuit according to an output signal of the first circuit, in a case where the enable signal is active, and causes both the first signal and the second signal to be at a low level in a case where the enable signal is inactive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeo Kitazawa
  • Patent number: 10784256
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a plurality of semiconductor switching elements disposed on a single semiconductor substrate comprising a semiconductor having a bandgap that is wider than that of silicon; and a plurality of electrode pads that are disposed in a predetermined planar layout on a front surface of the semiconductor substrate, the plurality of electrode pads each being electrically connected to the plurality of semiconductor switching elements. A plurality of terminal pins to externally carry out voltage of the electrode pads is bonded through a plated film to all of the plurality of electrode pads by solder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Shiigi, Shoji Yamada, Yuichi Harada, Yasuyuki Hoshi
  • Patent number: 10777973
    Abstract: An arrangement of stack spark gaps, whereby a stack spark gap has multiple electrodes and insulating elements that are arranged between the electrodes, with a first electrically conductive clamping element and a second electrically conductive clamping element, whereby the two clamping elements are arranged opposite to the front ends of the stack spark gaps, with at least one connecting element, by which the two clamping elements are connected to one another, and with connection elements for electrical connection to the stack spark gaps. A device is provided for holding the stack spark gaps together and having them make contact. Three stack spark gaps are arranged beside one another between the two clamping elements, at least one of which is electrically conductive, and the two clamping elements are connected to one another electrically via the connecting element and are arranged with the spark gaps so as to form a star circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Meyer, Hannes Sagebiel