Patents Examined by Dedei K Hammond
  • Patent number: 10999910
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a light-emitting diode (LED) driver circuit are provided. Aspects include a charge pump comprising a plurality of diodes and a plurality of capacitors, a phase sequencer configured to provide a plurality of control inputs, wherein the plurality of control inputs are coupled to the charge pump, a set of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) coupled to the charge pump, and a power supply coupled to an input of the charge pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Rajkumar Sengodan
  • Patent number: 10999909
    Abstract: A device for supplying at least two LED chains with electricity detects and then signals an interruption in the current path through the LED chains. A sub-device, in the event of a short circuit of an LED within a first LED chain, brings about a detection and/or a subsequent signalling of an interruption of the current path within another LED chain of these at least two LED chains. The associated method comprises the steps of detecting the short circuit of an individual LED in a first LED chain and of interrupting, as a result, the flow of current through at least one other LED chain and subsequently detecting this interruption of the flow of current through the other LED chain by means of the interruption detection system already existing as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Andre Sudhaus, Niyant Patel
  • Patent number: 10999914
    Abstract: A power management system for lighting circuit may include a grid shifting controller that includes a processor and a connection to an external power source. The power management system may also include a communication interface associated with the grid shifting controller. The grid shifting controller may be configured to provide control information to a processor of at least one grid shifting electrical fixture over the communication interface, the control information being configured to direct the at least one grid shifting electrical fixture on the use of power from the external power source and an energy storage device associated with the at least one grid shifting electrical fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael V. Recker, David B Levine
  • Patent number: 10991551
    Abstract: A cleaning method is provided. In the cleaning method, a cleaning gas is supplied into a processing chamber, a radio frequency (RF) power for plasma generation is applied to one of a first electrode on which a substrate is to be mounted and a second electrode disposed to be opposite to the first electrode in the processing chamber, and a negative voltage is applied to an edge ring disposed to surround the substrate. Further, plasma is generated from the cleaning gas and a cleaning process using the plasma is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Mohd Fairuz Bin Budiman, Shinya Morikita, Toshifumi Nagaiwa
  • Patent number: 10986713
    Abstract: A retrofit lamp is to be used with a ballast. A shunt switch is provided in parallel with an output load and is adapted to shunt input terminals of the lamp using pulse width control so as to tune the current through the lighting element. This current control is used to enable compatibility with different ballasts and to provide dimming control. A detection circuit is used to detect an abnormal drive condition of the retrofit lamp and the pulse width control of the shunt switch can then be overridden by holding the shunt switch at a stable state for a certain duration. This prevents overload conditions and avoids DC signals in the event of component failures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dmytro Viktorovych Malyna, Luna X. Zhang, Yuangiang Liu, Gu Yuan Chen, Yun Fei Duan, Tijmen Cornelis Van Bodegraven, Jie Fu, Zhi Quan Chen, Shiguang Sun, Raimundo De Heer Galisteo, Marcus Cornelis Van Meel
  • Patent number: 10986710
    Abstract: A circuit for adjusting a luminance of a backlight is provided. The backlight includes a plurality of partitions that are independent of one another. Each of the partitions includes a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) arranged in an array and connected in series. The circuit includes a plurality of LED drivers each configured to supply a respective drive current to the plurality of LEDs of a respective one of the plurality of partitions, and a plurality of programmable voltage generators configured to receive respective control commands and to supply respective reference voltages to the plurality of LED drivers based on the respective control commands. Each of the LED drivers is further configured to set a level of the drive current supplied by the LED driver in response to the reference voltage supplied to the LED driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Shuo Chen
  • Patent number: 10981498
    Abstract: An LED lighting assembly (1) comprising a cassette (2), a lens, a printed circuit board, PCB, (6) having at least one LED light source mounted thereon, the lighting assembly comprising an LED driver circuit arranged to maintain conduction in the circuit, the PCB using a first amount of power and wherein the LED driver circuit is arranged to simulate use of a second amount of power, the second amount being lower than the first amount. The LED lighting assembly comprises a capacitor arranged to be activated when a voltage across the LED driver circuit is below a first predetermined level. A resistor or resistor/capacitor combination is connectable to a trickle sensor in a passenger service unit (PSU).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Sean O'Kell, Robert Trundle
  • Patent number: 10980099
    Abstract: A wearable wireless device may be configured for control of a parameter of a load control device. The load control device may be responsive to a network device, for example, to provide fine tune adjustment of the parameter. The wearable wireless device may include a touch-responsive visual display for displaying feedback of the parameter of the load control device. The visual display may be configured to be actuated to receive a user input to adjust the parameter of the load control device. An actuation of the visual display of the wearable wireless device may adjust the parameter by a greater percentage than the fine tune adjustment provided by the network device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin F. Bard, Erica L. Clymer, Jason C. Killo, Jeremy B. Kleinberg
  • Patent number: 10980091
    Abstract: A light source device includes: a power supply circuit, having a first voltage terminal and a second voltage terminal; a light source circuit, having a common terminal and multiple branch terminals, the common terminal being electrically connected to the first voltage terminal, the light source circuit including multiple light sources for emitting lights of different colors, first terminals of the light sources being electrically connected to the common terminal, and second terminals of the light sources being electrically connected to the branch terminals respectively; and a light adjusting circuit, including multiple electrical paths and being electrically connected to the second voltage terminal and the branch terminals via the electrical paths so that the light sources are connected in parallel between the first and second voltage terminals. A resistance of at least one of the electrical paths is adjustable to set branch currents respectively flowing through the light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Xiaolei Zhu, Xiaoming Zhao, Francis Daw Heng Wong
  • Patent number: 10973097
    Abstract: A system for generating a light pulse causes fluorescence in an object. The system includes a light emitting diode (“LED”) light source to emit light onto the object. The light source has an operational radiant flux. The system also includes an imaging sensor to sense light emitted due to fluorescence in the object. The system further includes a controller electrically coupled to the light source. The controller is able to drive the light source to produce a pulse of light at a pulse radiant flux. The controller is also able to inhibit the light source after the pulse for a darkness period. The pulse radiant flux of the light produced by the light source is higher than the operational radiant flux of the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Bennette
  • Patent number: 10973102
    Abstract: The control device for the luminaire of a vehicle has an operating power input (401) for receiving operating power, an illumination output (402) for supplying illumination power to one or more light sources (403), and a power converter (404) coupled between said operating power input (401) and said illumination output (402) for converting received operating power into illumination power, which is directed outside. The power converter (404) has a control connection (405). The control device has a control data connection (406) for transmitting control data, and a controller circuit (407) coupled between said control data connection (406) and said control connection (405). The control device has a control power input (408) separate from said operating power input (401) for receiving control power to said controller circuit (407) independently of said operating power, as well as a galvanic isolation (409) between said control circuit (407) and said power converter (407).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Teknoware Oy
    Inventors: Matti Alava, Harri Mattila
  • Patent number: 10971342
    Abstract: A power converter is capable to convert an electrical input power into a bipolar output power and to deliver the bipolar output power to at least two independent plasma processing chambers. The power converter includes: a power input port for connection to an electrical power delivering grid, at least two power output ports each for connection to one of the plasma processing chambers, and a controller configured to control delivering the bipolar output power to the power output ports, using at least one control parameter. The controller is configured to obtain a full set of desired values for the control parameter for the power output ports, calculate whether the power converter is capable of delivering every desired value to every output port, and if so, calculate a sequence of pulses of power delivery to the output ports to supply the power to plasma processes in the plasma processing chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: TRUMPF Huettinger Sp. z o. o.
    Inventors: Jan Peter Engelstaedter, Moritz Heintze, Jakub Swiatnicki
  • Patent number: 10973109
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for installing an executable computer program in an illumination system having a plurality of illumination devices which are controlled by means of a particular computer unit and have a lighting device and a transmitting device arranged in or directly on the lighting device, wherein the transmitting device wirelessly emits a signal having an item of identification information specific to the transmitting device, in which: data corresponding to the computer program to be installed are provided by a data source, the data are transmitted to the illumination devices and the computer program is automatically installed in the respective computer units of the illumination devices on the basis of the transmitted data, wherein a first of the illumination devices receives the data via a communication link, and in order to install the computer program in at least one second of the illumination devices, the first of the illumination devices transmits the data to the at least one second o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventors: Henry Feil, Christoph Peitz, Michel Stutz, Karl-Heinz Wallwitz, Andrej Wallwitz
  • Patent number: 10966306
    Abstract: A cloud connected lighting system may include a wireless lighting network of coordinated lighting devices and a bridge to provide connectivity to external devices such as a cell phone, home automation system or security system. The cloud connected lighting system may be implemented locally with a cell phone communicating with the bridge for control, status and alerts. The cloud connected lighting system may operate over the cloud via an Internet connection allowing the bridge to communicate with a server on the Internet that may implement software for the interface with the wireless lighting network and to capture data regarding activity detected by motion sensor associated with the wireless lighting network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael V. Recker, David B. Levine
  • Patent number: 10952383
    Abstract: The present invention provides a plant cultivation system that is possible to continue stable irradiation of an appropriate amount of light regardless of the weather condition and the like while utilizing the sunlight. Further, the present invention provides a plant cultivation system that is possible to prevent the humans from being exposed to a visual stress when the humans approach the place where the light suited for growing the plants is irradiated. The present invention relates to a plant cultivation system, comprising: a light measure that measures an amount of photons of sunlight; a light controller that controls an amount of photons to be irradiated to a plant according to the measured amount of photons; and a light irradiator that irradiates light to the plant in the controlled amount of photons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Suiko Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10952300
    Abstract: Disclosed an LED driving controller and a driving circuit. The LED driving controller comprises: a power transistor having a control terminal for receiving a switching control signal, a first terminal and a second terminal; zero-crossing detection circuit for generating a zero-crossing detection signal; a first comparison circuit, configured to compare a reference voltage with a sampling voltage to generate a first control signal; a control circuit being coupled to the zero-crossing detection circuit and the comparison circuit and configured to generate a switching control signal in accordance with the zero-crossing detection signal and the first control signal; an overvoltage protection circuit configured to generate an overvoltage protection signal in accordance with an off-time provided by the control circuit and a reference voltage; a shielding circuit configured to shield the overvoltage protection signal is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Cheng, Youping Jia
  • Patent number: 10952303
    Abstract: A light control system comprises a light control device and a sensor module configured to detect a motion pattern of a user's hand relative to the entranceway and a light control device. The light control device includes a housing, a proximity sensor configured to detect a position of a door in a vicinity of the entranceway, and a light controller disposed in the housing and communicated with the sensor module and the proximity sensor. The light controller is configured to control the light strip in response to a detected position of the door by the proximity sensor; and control the light strip in response to the motion pattern detected by the sensor module when the door is not detected at a preset opening position or no door is present at the entranceway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Luminook Lighting, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher F. Stubbs
  • Patent number: 10946789
    Abstract: A system includes at least one sensor; a plurality of lamps fixed relative to the sensor; at least one vehicle component attached to the lamps; and a computer communicatively coupled to the lamps, the at least one sensor, and the at least one vehicle component. The computer is programmed to sequentially activate the lamps, determine that an intensity for at least one of the lamps is below a respective intensity threshold based on data from the sensor during the sequential activations of the lamps, and actuate the at least one vehicle component in response to one of the intensities being below the respective intensity threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Herman, Ashwin Arunmozhi
  • Patent number: 10945323
    Abstract: This disclosure includes systems, methods, and techniques for controlling a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). For example, a circuit includes a switching device, where the switching device is electrically connected to an LED of the plurality of LEDs, and where the switching device is configured to control whether the LED receives an electrical signal from a power source. Additionally, the circuit includes processing circuitry configured to determine that the LED is associated with a bright failure condition by attempting to prevent the LED from receiving the electrical signal from the power source using the switching device and disable the LED in response to detecting the bright failure condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Adolfo De Cicco, Michael Weis, Gernot Unterweger, Rosario Chiodo, Dietrich Bonart
  • Patent number: 10939523
    Abstract: Systems, software, and methods are provided for efficient, dynamic lighting control. In an embodiment, a two-channel LED lighting system is dynamically controlled to emulate dimming of an incandescent fixture. In an example, a lighting fixture may include red, green, blue, and white emitting LED modules. The lighting fixture may be controlled such that it produces generally white light from about 2150K candle light color to 5500K daylight white color with only 4 LEDs. Furthermore, the white LED may be controlled such that the white LED CRI is approximately 95 to ensure optimal results when mixed with red and green. In another embodiment, a dynamic two-channel LED lighting system is controlled to emulate dimming of an incandescent fixture. Specific dimming protocol can allow for efficient dimming which helps minimize the height of a linear light fixture and maintain diffusion with multiple colored point sources at minimal pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Aion LED, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Hanslip