Patents Examined by Gary L. Laxton
  • Patent number: 11368101
    Abstract: First to n-th (n is an integer of 2 or more) power conversion devices are connected in parallel to a load. First to n-th fuses are provided in first to n-th wirings, respectively. Each of the first to n-th power conversion devices includes a converter, an inverter, and a DC bus supplying a DC voltage from the converter to the inverter, and capacitors connected to the DC bus. An i-th (1?i?n?1) wiring includes the DC bus of an i-th power conversion device and the DC bus of an (i+1)-th power conversion device. The n-th wiring is connected between the DC bus of the n-th power conversion device and the DC bus of the first power conversion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Kazuki Nishimura
  • Patent number: 11368107
    Abstract: A multi-level switched capacitor boost inverter includes a series connection of a two-switched capacitor circuit, a source module and at least one one-switched capacitor circuit. Level-shifted pulse width modulation is used to apply gate pulses to the switches. The multi-level switched capacitor boost inverter uses only three capacitors and a single DC voltage source to generate thirteen voltage levels at load terminals with a voltage gain of three. The capacitors of the two-switched capacitor circuit are self-balancing. Additional one-switched capacitor circuits can be added in series with the inverter. Each additional one-switched capacitor circuit increases the number of levels and increases the gain by one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz University
    Inventors: Hussain Bassi, Muhyaddin Rawa, Saad Mekhilef, Marif Daula Siddique, Noraisyah Binti Mohamed Shah
  • Patent number: 11362583
    Abstract: A method for generating a current set point value for a charging device connected to an electrical network includes measuring at least one electrical voltage, calculating a filtered voltage according to the measured voltage and a value of electrical pulsation of the electrical network, estimating a frequency and the amplitude of the measured voltage according to the at least one measured voltage and the at least one filtered voltage, calculating a consolidated voltage according to the measured voltage and the filtered voltage, and generating a current set point value according to the consolidated voltage and the estimated amplitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Renault s.a.s.
    Inventors: Mohamad Koteich, Nadim Sakr, Najib Rouhana
  • Patent number: 11362595
    Abstract: For power converter pre-charge with line synchronization, a method magnetizes a power transformer of a power converter with a supply voltage from a variable voltage variable frequency supply. The method pre-charges power cells of the power converter fed from the power transformer to a specified voltage with the supply voltage. The method further modifies a primary amplitude, a primary phase, and a primary frequency of a primary winding of the power converter with the supply voltage to match a main amplitude, a main phase, and a main frequency of a main voltage of a main power source. In response to matching the primary amplitude, the primary phase, and the primary frequency to the main amplitude, the main phase, and the main frequency, the method connects the main power source to the power transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marius G. Chis, Zhong Y. Cheng, Navid R. Zargari
  • Patent number: 11362593
    Abstract: A control circuit for a resonant converter has a communication interface, a memory, and a primary switching control circuit. The memory provides a frequency setting signal capable of being programmed through a communication interface, the primary switching control circuit provides a first control signal to control a high-side switch and a second control signal to control a low-side switch. When the resonant converter works in an open loop mode, a frequency of the first control signal and the second control signal is determined by the frequency setting signal, an on-time period of the high-side switch equals an on-time period of the low-side switch, less than half of a resonant period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Chengdu Monolithic Power Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qian Ouyang
  • Patent number: 11355629
    Abstract: A silicon carbide semiconductor device includes a diffusion protective layer provided below a gate insulating film, a gate line provided on an insulation film on the bottom face of a terminal trench and electrically connected to a gate electrode, the terminal trench being located more toward the outer side than the gate trench, a gate pad joined to the gate line in the terminal trench, a terminal protective layer provided below the insulation film on the bottom face of the terminal trench, and a source electrode electrically connected to a source region, the diffusion protective layer, and the terminal protective layer. The diffusion protective layer has first extensions that extend toward the terminal protective layer and that are separated from the terminal protective layer. This configuration inhibits an excessive electric field from being applied to the gate insulating film provided on the bottom face of the gate trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Sugawara, Yutaka Fukui, Kohei Adachi, Hideyuki Hatta
  • Patent number: 11356028
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling a power converter are provided herein. For example, apparatus can include a series resonant circuit including transformer with a primary side winding directly coupled to a DC bridge drive and a control system connected to the series resonant circuit and configured to measure a voltage at the primary side winding for determining a bias signal that can be applied to a resonant capacitor voltage at a secondary side winding of the transformer for restoring a DC content of the DC bridge drive to about zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Enphase Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Damon Charles Cayford, James Ormrod
  • Patent number: 11356027
    Abstract: A polarity-selectable high voltage direct current power supply including a first drive assembly that transforms a first low voltage DC input into a first medium voltage alternating current output; a first HV output assembly that transforms the first LV AC output into a first HV DC output, wherein the first HV output assembly defines a first input stage; a polarity selector coupled between the second output junction of the first drive assembly and the first and second input stages of the first HV output assembly, the polarity selector operable between a first configuration and a second configuration; wherein in the first configuration the first HV DC output has a positive polarity; and wherein in the second configuration the first HV DC output has a negative polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Accion Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Fogel, Mikhail Filippov
  • Patent number: 11349388
    Abstract: A multi-phase power factor converter is disclosed. In embodiments, each phase of the power factor converter includes a voltage measurement circuit, a boost coil, a current measurement circuit, and a comparator. The voltage measurement circuit is configured to detect an input voltage. The current measurement circuit configured to detect a current in the boost coil. The comparator configured to compare the input voltage to the current in the boost coil, and a plurality of transistors (e.g., forming a MOSFET bridge) are driven by an output of the comparator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Herbert Venderbosch, Jorge Antonio Pacheco Morocho
  • Patent number: 11349395
    Abstract: A conversion apparatus includes: a conversion module having plural phases, each including a converter and a sensor, in which the plural phases are electrically connected in parallel, and a controller. The controller includes a first unit for determining a basic duty ratio common to all of the plural phases, so that an input or an output of the conversion module becomes equal to a target voltage or a target current, a second unit for determining a correction duty ratio and correcting the basic duty ratio for each of the plural converters, and a generator for generating the control signal based on the basic duty ratio and the correction duty ratio. The second unit determines the correction duty ratio based on a difference between plural phase currents respectively flowing in the plural converters. The basic duty ratio is equal to or greater than an absolute value of the correction duty ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Hashino, Masaaki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 11349389
    Abstract: A boost converter with high power factor includes a bridge rectifier, a divider and filter circuit, a capacitive adjustment circuit, an induction circuit, a multiplier, a power switch element, a PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) IC (Integrated Circuit), an output stage circuit, and a feedback circuit. The bridge rectifier generates a rectified voltage according to a first input voltage and a second input voltage. The divider and filter circuit generates a divided voltage according to the rectified voltage. The output stage circuit generates an output voltage. The feedback circuit generates a feedback voltage according to the output voltage. The multiplier generates a product voltage difference according to the divided voltage and the feedback voltage. The capacitive adjustment circuit is enabled or disabled according to the feedback voltage. The induction circuit selectively provides a compensation current according to the product voltage difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Tzu-Tseng Chan
  • Patent number: 11349387
    Abstract: A switched mode power supply (SMPS) includes a filter, a power factor correction (PFC) circuit, and a control circuit configured to determine various electrical parameters of the SMPS. In some embodiments, the control circuit is configured to determine a power line frequency and an AC input voltage based on an AC line voltage and an AC neural voltage. In other embodiments, the control circuit is configured to determine an AC input current based on a reactive current flowing through the filter and a PFC AC current. In further embodiments, the control circuit is configured to report a value of an electrical parameter if value is determined to be accurate. Other example switch mode power supplies, control circuits and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Astec International Limited
    Inventors: XunJiang Dai, XiaoLin He, PengFei Li, Liang Meng, HaiJun Zhang
  • Patent number: 11336185
    Abstract: A flyback converter includes a transformer, a sensing impedance, a switch and a control circuit. The sensing impedance is coupled between the transformer and an output terminal of the flyback converter. The switch is coupled to the transformer. The transformer is charged when the switch activates. The transformer is discharged when the switch deactivates. The control circuit is arranged to detect if the sensing impedance is bypassed, and further arranged to adjust an operating frequency of the switch when the sensing impedance is bypassed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Guan-Yu Lin, Yu-Ming Chen, Tien-Chi Lin, Tin-Wei Chen, Hsiang-Chung Chang, Yueh-Ping Yu
  • Patent number: 11323025
    Abstract: A DC capacitor and a leg are connected in parallel to a high-voltage-side power line and a low-voltage-side power line. The leg includes a plurality of semiconductor switching elements connected in series between the power lines with an output end, connected to a load, between the plurality of semiconductor switching elements. An attenuator for attenuating a resonance is connected to a main circuit loop formed of the DC capacitor, the high-voltage-side power line, the low-voltage-side power line, a semiconductor switching element in ON state, and a drain-source parasitic capacitance of a semiconductor switching element in OFF state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Takaaki Takahara, Hiroto Mizutani, Hajime Toyoda, Hiroyasu Iwabuki, Yasunori Otsuka
  • Patent number: 11323019
    Abstract: A switched mode power supply converter comprises a circuit pulse matching circuit configured to negate output voltage disturbance or noise during switching operation of a power conversion. The current pulse matching circuit input is driven by, or from, a power converter switch node of the switched mode power supply converter. The current pulse matching circuit comprises a rate-of-voltage change detection circuit driven by the power converter switch node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Eamon O'Malley, Patrick Meehan, Karl Rinne
  • Patent number: 11323023
    Abstract: A totem-pole single-phase PFC converter which controls low frequency-side node voltage to which an inductor is not connected into a linear shape within two poles of an AC power supply at a timing where a polarity of an input to the AC power supply is reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuru Yamane
  • Patent number: 11309786
    Abstract: Herein provided is a controller for a current inverter. The controller comprises a reference generator configured for obtaining source voltage and current values from an electrical source, generating a voltage error function based on source and reference voltages, and generating a current error function based on source and reference currents. The controller also comprises an output controller for receiving from the reference generator the voltage and current error functions and configured for producing at least one control signal based on the voltage and current error functions. The controller also comprises a state feedback controller configured for: adjusting the at least one control signal, based on parameters of the electrical source, to produce at least one adjusted control signal, and outputting the at least one adjusted control signal to the current inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Houshang Karimi, Masoud Karimi-Ghartemani, Keyhan Sheshyekani
  • Patent number: 11303195
    Abstract: A controller is for use in a power converter having a flyback transformer having a primary winding switched by a primary side transistor and a secondary winding switched by a secondary side transistor. The controller includes a line voltage detection circuit that activates a high line detect signal in response to detecting that an input line voltage is greater than a first threshold, a discontinuous conduction mode detection circuit activates a discontinuous conduction mode signal in response to detecting that the controller is operating in discontinuous conduction mode, and a switching controller coupled to the line voltage detection circuit and to the discontinuous conduction mode detection circuit that controls the primary side transistor and the secondary side transistor using partial zero voltage switching in response to an activation of the high line detect signal and the discontinuous conduction mode signal, and without using partial zero voltage switching otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventors: BongGeun Chung, Souhib Harb, Kai-Fang Wei
  • Patent number: 11303204
    Abstract: A trans-inductor voltage regulator (TLVR) circuit has multiple phases and a switching circuit for each phase. Each switching circuit has a winding of a transformer as an output inductor. The other windings of the transformers are connected in series with a nonlinear compensation inductor. An on-time period of each switching circuit is reduced when a load transient condition occurs or when a load current starts to be stable after the load transient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Zhao, Hang Shao, Dianbo Fu, Daocheng Huang
  • Patent number: 11303222
    Abstract: A multiphase inverter apparatus includes an insulating substrate, a plurality of half bridge circuits and a phase output lead for each half bridge circuit. The substrate includes a conductive redistribution structure on a first surface and having at least one low voltage bus and at least one high voltage bus. Each half-bridge circuit is electrically coupled between a low voltage bus and a high voltage bus and includes: a packaged low side switch; a packaged high side switch; and a phase output electrically coupled with the respective phase output lead. The packaged low side and high side switches are arranged on the first surface of the substrate. The phase output lead is arranged on and electrically coupled to the packaged low side and high side switches such that the low side and high side switches are arranged vertically between the phase output lead and the first surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Tomasz Naeve, Elvir Kahrimanovic, Petteri Palm