Patents Examined by Jared Fureman
  • Patent number: 11569729
    Abstract: Provided is a resonant power conversion apparatus including a gate control circuit that controls a first switch to enter an On state and a second switch to enter an Off state at a first stage and controls the first switch to enter the Off state and the second switch to enter the On state at a second stage, a first current transformer that applies current to the first switch at the first stage and applies current to the second switch at the second stage, a load connected to the first current transformer in series, a second current transformer connected to the second switch, and a microcontroller unit (MCU) that determines whether to be zero voltage switching or non-zero voltage switching based on a current flowing in the first current transformer and the second current transformer in a process of transitioning from the first stage to the second stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seonho Jeon, Seongho Son, Younghwan Kwack, Chuhyoung Cho, Jongseong Ji
  • Patent number: 11569652
    Abstract: A switch assembly that is part of a transformer in an underground residential power distribution circuit and that provides fault isolation and restoration. The switch assembly includes first and second switching devices each having an outer housing, a transformer interface electrically coupled to the transformer, a connector interface electrically coupled to a first connector and a first vacuum interrupter having a fixed contact and a movable contact, where the fixed contact is electrically coupled to the connector interface and the movable contact is electrically coupled to the transformer interface. A control board controls the first and second switching devices, where the control board is responsive to voltage signals from capacitors in the first and second switching devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Desmond, John French, Konstantin Lakirovich, Michael Quinlan, Alejandro Montenegro, David G Porter, Joseph W Milton, Thomas J Dyer
  • Patent number: 11569658
    Abstract: High voltage clamps with transient activation and activation release control are provided herein. In certain configurations, an integrated circuit (IC) includes a clamp electrically connected between a first node and a second node and having a control input. The IC further includes a first resistor-capacitor (RC) circuit that activates a detection signal in response to detecting a transient overstress event between the first node and the second node, an active feedback circuit that provides feedback from the first node to the control input of the clamp in response to activation of the detection signal, a second RC circuit that activates a shutdown signal after detecting passage of the transient overstress event based on low pass filtering a voltage difference between the first node and the second node, and a clamp shutdown circuit that turns off the clamp via the control input in response to activation of the shutdown signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Srivatsan Parthasarathy, Javier Alejandro Salcedo, James Zhao
  • Patent number: 11569657
    Abstract: The protection circuit includes a detection circuit and a discharge circuit. The detection circuit is coupled to first and second power bonding pads and detects whether an ESD event or an EOS event occurs at the first power bonding pad. The detection circuit controls a detection voltage on a detection node according to a detection result. The first and second power bonding pads belong to different power domains. The discharge circuit is coupled to the detection node and the first power pad. In response to the ESD event occurring at the first power bonding pad, the discharge circuit provides a discharge path between the first power bonding pad and a ground terminal according to the detection voltage. In response to the EOS event occurring at the first power bonding pad, the detection circuit activates a second discharge path between the first power bonding pad and the ground terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Shao-Chang Huang, Ching-Ho Li, Hsien-Feng Liao, Chieh-Yao Chuang, Yeh-Ning Jou
  • Patent number: 11565608
    Abstract: A system and method are arranged to control a low voltage DC converter of a fuel cell vehicle, in which, although a CAN communication timeout where the low voltage DC converter does not receive an off command from a vehicle control unit or a CAN communication failure occurs, when an output current of the low voltage DC converter is lowered by at least a predetermined value, the low voltage DC converter is turned off by itself by determining that a post-treatment operation of a fuel cell system is completed, and after the low voltage DC converter is turned off, a relay of a high voltage battery is opened, thereby preventing the relay of the high voltage battery from fusing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Kyu Lee, Tae Woo Kim, Se La Lim, Won Seok Jin
  • Patent number: 11565821
    Abstract: A power system of an aircraft includes a hybrid energy storage system with at least two energy storage subsystems each having a different power-energy density. The power system also includes one or more electric motors operably coupled to the hybrid energy storage system and to an aircraft engine. The power system further includes a means for controlling one or more electric power flows of the hybrid energy storage system to/from the one or more electric motors based on a modeled electric power demand associated with an engine load of one or more spools of the aircraft engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zubair Ahmed Baig, Neil Terwilliger, Sorin Bengea
  • Patent number: 11565606
    Abstract: To prevent incorrect information from being given to a driver regarding the estimation of a degradation state of a secondary battery. A diagnostic device (100) for diagnosing a battery (40) provided in an electric vehicle (10), includes an estimation unit (301) that estimates a degradation state of the battery (40); a derivation unit (302) that derives an index value indicating validity of data used for the estimation of the degradation state; and a notification unit (303) that notifies, when accuracy of an estimated value is determined to be low based on the index value, a cause of a decrease in the accuracy of the estimated value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shuichi Kazuno
  • Patent number: 11569751
    Abstract: A device for providing power to a server rack includes a first AC input port, a second AC input port, a first relay, a second relay, and an output port. The output port is electrically connected to both the first AC input port and second AC input port. The first relay is electrically between the first AC input port and the output port, and the second relay is electrically between the second AC input port and the output port. The first relay and second relay are configured to compare a first phase of a first voltage from the first AC input port to a second phase of a second voltage from the second AC input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Banha Sok, Brandon Devaul, Chadd Nathaniel Garton, John Joseph Siegler
  • Patent number: 11565592
    Abstract: A utility cart includes a stored energy device that can be in the form of a Lithium Ion battery pack. The battery pack can include a main power output useful to drive high voltage components as well as the electric motor for motive power. The battery pack can also include one or more auxiliary outputs useful to provide auxiliary power to various other components. The auxiliary outputs can be either low and/or high voltage outputs. An auxiliary DC/DC output can be used to step down high voltage of the Lithium ion battery pack to lower voltages. A motor controller supply can also be provided as an auxiliary output to provide some power to a motor controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Club Car, LLC
    Inventors: John Robbins, Todd Steele, Robert Edwards
  • Patent number: 11567522
    Abstract: Disclosed is a voltage reference buffer circuit including a first, second, third, and fourth bias generators and a first, second, third, and fourth driving components. The first, second, third, and fourth bias generators generate bias voltages to control the first, second, third, and fourth driving components respectively. The first, second, third, and fourth driving components are coupled in sequence, wherein the first and second driving components are different types of transistors and jointly output a first reference voltage, the third and fourth driving components are different types of transistors and jointly output a second reference voltage, and the group of the first and second driving components is separated from the group of the third and fourth driving components by a resistance load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Che-Wei Chang, Kai-Yin Liu, Liang-Huan Lei, Shih-Hsiung Huang
  • Patent number: 11564422
    Abstract: An article of apparel, system, and methods optionally include a textile material, a mobile device holder, coupled to the textile material, configured to secure a mobile device with respect to the article of apparel, and an electrical system. The electrical system includes an antenna, configured to communicatively couple with a primary antenna of the mobile device, positioned in relation to the bolder, a power supply, coupled to the antenna, configured to output power based on a current as generated in the antenna when commutatively coupled with the primary antenna, a controller, coupled to the power supply, operable based on the power as output by the power supply, and a sensor, coupled to the textile material, communicatively coupled to the controller via a conductor, configured to detect a sensor condition and output a sensor signal when powered by the power output by the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Malhotra, Holli Pheil, Summer L. Schneider
  • Patent number: 11563225
    Abstract: A method of controlling an air compressor motor for a fuel cell vehicle is provide. The method includes calculating a counter electromotive force constant of the air compressor motor based on a voltage and a current of the air compressor motor for the fuel cell vehicle supplying air to a fuel cell stack and a rotation speed of the air compressor motor. The method additionally includes determining whether a permanent magnet of the air compressor motor is demagnetized based on a result of comparison between the calculated counter electromotive force constant value and a pre-set counter electromotive force constant design value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sung Do Kim, Min Su Kang, Chang Seok You, Dong Hun Lee
  • Patent number: 11562865
    Abstract: A hybrid load protection apparatus (1) comprises a primary power supply path (1A) between input terminal and output terminals (2, 3) and a controllable mechanical switch (5A) connected in series with a primary coil (4A-1) coupled inductively to a secondary coil (4A-2) providing a voltage, UA, corresponding to a current rise speed of the electrical current flowing through the primary path (1A). The voltage, UA, is applied directly to a driver input (IN) of a first driver circuit (6A) to trigger automatically a switch-off of the mechanical switch (5A) within a first switch-off period (?t1) to interrupt the primary power supply path (1A). A secondary power supply path (1B) is provided in parallel to the primary path (1A) and having a further coil (4B) connected in series with a semiconductor power switch (5B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Future Systems Besitz GmbH
    Inventors: Philipp Steinberger, Peter Spiel, Hubert Lenker
  • Patent number: 11563319
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a single integrated circuit chip with a main logic that operates a vehicle component such as a valve driver. Isolated from the main logic within the chip is a safety area that operates to verify proper operation of the main logic. The safety area is internally powered by an internal regulated voltage generated by an internal voltage regulator that generates the internal regulated voltage from an external voltage while protecting against shorts of the external line delivering the external voltage. The safety area includes protection circuits that level shift external analog signals downward in voltage for monitoring within the safety area, the protection circuits serving to protect against shorts of the external line delivering the external analog signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Marco Cignoli, Nicola Errico, Paolo Vilmercati, Stefano Castorina, Enrico Ferrara
  • Patent number: 11563318
    Abstract: A switching device that is part of a transformer in an underground residential power distribution circuit and provides fault isolation and restoration. The switching device includes a transformer interface for coupling the device to the transformer and a connector interface for coupling the device to a connector. The device also includes a vacuum interrupter having a fixed terminal and a movable terminal, where the fixed terminal is electrically coupled to the connector interface and the movable terminal is electrically coupled to the transformer interface. A control rod is coupled to the movable terminal, an actuator assembly is coupled to the control rod and is operable to move the control rod to open and close the vacuum interrupter. A capacitor is electrically coupled to the fixed terminal, and provides an interface for power line communications signals, voltage sensing, help determine power flow direction and help determine the distance to a fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: S&C Electric Company
    Inventors: Alejandro Montenegro, Michael R Maroney, Nicholas Seng, Daniel Desmond, Goran Djogo, Thomas J Dyer, Joseph W Milton, Michael Quinlan
  • Patent number: 11563317
    Abstract: A detector is provided that generates a leakage signal corresponding to a current imbalance between a line conductor and a neutral conductor for a load, and selectively injects a test signal into the neutral conductor. A frequency of the test signal substantially corresponds to a utility frequency. The detector measures a first value of the leakage signal, determines if the first value is less than first threshold value, and begins injection of the test signal into the neutral conductor in response to determining that the that first value is less than the first threshold value. In response to injecting the test signal, the detector measures a second value of the signal, determines if the second value is greater than a second threshold value, and disconnects the line conductor from the load in response to determining that the second value is greater than the second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Chandrashekar Nagawaram, Lucas J. McPhee
  • Patent number: 11562872
    Abstract: A circuit interrupter (100) for interrupting an electric current in an electrical line is disclosed. The circuit interrupter (100) includes a controller (102) for detecting a breaker fault condition. The controller (102) is connected to a first semiconductor switch (114) for energizing a solenoid (104) to trip a circuit breaker on detection of the breaker fault condition, wherein a winding of the solenoid (104) is energized to trip the circuit breaker, and wherein the solenoid (104) is configured with a center tap in the winding, such that there are two parts (106, 108) in the winding separated by the center tap. Further, upon detection of an open condition in a part of the winding, the controller (102) is configured to provide a trip signal to the circuit breaker using the other part of the winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Chandrashekar N
  • Patent number: 11563344
    Abstract: A wireless energy transmitting apparatus includes: a direction-finding and location device configured to determine a position of an energy receiving apparatus based on beacon information of the energy receiving apparatus; an energy generation device configured to generate energy, convert the energy into high-frequency electromagnetic waves having a frequency higher than a predetermined frequency threshold, and transmit the high-frequency electromagnetic waves to the energy receiving apparatus; and a processor configured to control the energy generation device to transmit the high-frequency electromagnetic waves to the energy receiving apparatus based on the position of the energy receiving apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xianqi Lin, Yajun Pan, Shujun Wei, Jian Bai, Tuyou Yuan
  • Patent number: 11563322
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a unipolar power transistor and an RC snubber. The RC snubber has a capacitor between a poly silicon structure and a semiconductor substrate. The capacitor has a p-n junction. The RC snubber has a resistor between a source of the unipolar power transistor and a first layer forming the capacitor. The unipolar transistor and the RC snubber are coupled in parallel. The RC snubber and the unipolar power transistor are formed monolithically on the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Dethard Peters, Thomas Basler, Paul Sochor
  • Patent number: 11557465
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electrostatic chuck includes a ceramic dielectric substrate, a base plate, and first and second electrode layers. The ceramic dielectric substrate includes first and second major surfaces. The first and second electrode layers are provided inside the ceramic dielectric substrate. The second electrode layer is provided between the first electrode layer and the first major surface. The first electrode layer includes first and second portions. The first portion is positioned more centrally of the ceramic dielectric substrate than is the second portion. The first portion includes first and second surfaces. The second portion includes third and fourth surfaces. The third surface is positioned between the first surface and the second electrode layer. An electrical resistance of the first surface is less than an average electrical resistance of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Momiyama, Minoru Suzuki, Hitoshi Sasaki, Tsukasa Shigezumi