Patents Examined by Thai Pham
  • Patent number: 11564305
    Abstract: To detect a malfunction of a light-emission driving unit that drives a light emitting element in a light-emission driving device. A malfunction detection device is provided to the light-emission driving device including the light-emission driving unit that supplies a light-emission current for causing the light emitting element to emit light during a light-emission period during which the light emitting element is caused to emit light. The malfunction detection device provided to this light-emission driving device detects, on the basis of a voltage of an output terminal, a malfunction of the light-emission driving unit, the output terminal being a terminal in the light-emission driving unit that supplies the light-emission current for causing the light emitting element to emit light during the light-emission period, the terminal supplying the light-emission current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Shoubu, Hayato Kamizuru
  • Patent number: 11564294
    Abstract: A method of controlling an LED system with a control signal having a first control scheme may include providing a lighting module including a control module, an LED driver connected to the control module, and at least one LED connected to the LED driver; receiving, at the control module, the control signal having a first control scheme; comparing the first control scheme to a predetermined second control scheme; when the comparing determines that the first control scheme is the same as the predetermined second control scheme, transmitting to the LED driver a driver control signal including the predetermined second control scheme; and when the comparing determines that the first control scheme is different from the predetermined second control scheme, translating, with the control module, the first control scheme into the predetermined second control scheme and then transmitting to the LED driver a driver control signal including the predetermined second control scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Bridgelux, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Cumpston, Shiva Rai, Linden Willis-Kilgroe, Sudeep Reddy Dodda
  • Patent number: 11553569
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an LED driving technique. The present disclosure provides a technique of measuring a time for reaching a forward voltage of a currently driven LED by comparing a forward voltage sensed in a previous scan line and an LED voltage sensed in a current scan line and for compensating for an ON period of a PWM (pulse width modulation) signal by the measured time for reaching the forward voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Silicon Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji Hwan Kim, Kyeong Rok Lee, Jong Hyun Yoon
  • Patent number: 11532871
    Abstract: An antenna assembly and an electronic device are provided. The antenna assembly includes a metal main body, a first metal connecting part, a second metal connecting part, and eight radiating elements disposed on the metal main body. The metal main body includes a first end, a second end opposite to the first end, a third end, and a fourth end opposite to the third end. The first metal connecting part and the second metal connecting part are respectively connected to the third end and the fourth end. The antenna assembly is configured to be operated as an 8×8 5G MIMO antenna system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Lin Zhou, Liang Gu
  • Patent number: 11532896
    Abstract: An antenna according to one embodiment comprises: a substrate; a radiator attached to the substrate and radiating an electromagnetic signal; a metal plate antenna disposed to be spaced apart from the radiator in the vertical direction of the radiator; a fixing rod for supporting the metal plate antenna; and a sub patch antenna comprising a first surface attached to the fixing rod and a second surface attached to the substrate, wherein a partial region of the metal plate antenna and a partial region of the radiator overlap in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sae Won Oh, Young Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 11527813
    Abstract: A communication system in a housing including a first communication device and a second communication device has, in at least one of the first communication device and the second communication device, an antenna structure installed at a position between a device arrangement surface and a specific surface. The housing has an inside member arranged substantially in parallel with a battery arrangement surface at a position at least one of above and below the antenna structure. The inside member has, formed thereon, at least one opening that opens in a vertical direction. The at least one of the first communication device and the second communication device serving as a specific communication device include an antenna having directivity set in a predetermined direction range including at least a direction in which the opening of the inside member is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sho Matsumoto, Jungaun Lee, Youichi Hayase
  • Patent number: 11522271
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, an electronic device may comprise: a housing comprising a front plate, a rear plate facing in the opposite direction to the front plate, and a side surface member surrounding the space between the front plate and the rear plate, the side surface member comprising a first side surface extending in a first direction and having a first length, a second side surface extending in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction and having a second length larger than the first length, a third side surface extending in parallel with the first side surface and having the first length, and a fourth side surface extending in parallel with the second side surface and having the second length; a display arranged between the front plate and the rear plate, at least a partial area of the display being exposed through the front plate, the display comprising a conductive plate; a printed circuit board arranged between the display and the rear plate, the printed circuit hoard comprisin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventors: Jaehyung Kim, Donghwan Kim, Taegyu Kim, Minseok Park, Changha Yu, Jiyeon Yun, Bumjin Cho, Donguk Choi
  • Patent number: 11522269
    Abstract: A chip antenna includes: a dielectric material block including a plurality of sides including a first side, a second side, and a third side that are different from each other; a first antenna portion including a first conductor pattern disposed on the first side; a second antenna portion including a second conductor pattern disposed on the second side; and a third antenna portion including a third conductor pattern disposed on the third side. The first conductor pattern, the second conductor pattern, and the third conductor pattern are respectively isolated on the first side, the second side, and the third side, and are independently positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin Mo Kim, Sungyong An
  • Patent number: 11510302
    Abstract: A light-emitting apparatus can reduce flicker and retain power efficiency. A method can include driving, by a light emitting element (LEE) driver circuit, first, second, and third LEEs using a pulse width modulation (PWM) driving scheme to generate light of a first color, the first, second, and third LEEs configured to emit different colors, alternating, by the LEE driver circuit, between driving the first, second, and third LEEs using a hybrid driving scheme and the PWM driving scheme, and after alternating between driving the first, second, and third LEEs in the hybrid and PWM driving schemes, driving, by the LEE driver circuit, the first, second, and third LEEs using the hybrid driving scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Yifeng Qiu, Alan Andrew McReynolds
  • Patent number: 11510293
    Abstract: An automatic driver-dimming-mode detection protocol includes subjecting, via a dimming bus, a luminaire driver to a first driver control signal of test analog voltages. Forcing the luminaire driver, via the first driver control signal, into a power output response that includes: (a) a constant output power mode, or (b) at least two discernable different output power levels. Detecting a dimming mode of the luminaire driver. The step of detecting the dimming mode of the luminaire driver includes: measuring, via a power metering circuit, a power metering measurement corresponding to the power output response; and based on the power metering measurement of the luminaire driver being: (a) the constant output power mode, determining that the luminaire driver is a digital dimming mode type (e.g., DALI), or (b) the at least two discernable different output power levels, determining that the luminaire driver is an analog dimming mode type (e.g., 0-10V).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Stefan-Cristian Rezeanu, James Robert Burt, Vaske Mikani
  • Patent number: 11503684
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and structures for controlling characteristics of light being projected from a light source. In one embodiment, the method includes selecting a color setting of light to be projected by a light engine having at least one light emitting diode; and monitoring temperature of the light engine with a thermistor. The changes in resistance measurements taken from the thermistor are correlated to changes in the temperature of the light engine. The method for controlling characteristics of light being projected from the light source may further include setting characteristics of the electrical signal to energize the light emitting diodes of the light engine to provide the color setting selected at the temperature of the light engine measured using the thermistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: LEDVANCE LLC
    Inventors: Ming Li, Yuhao Liu
  • Patent number: 11493194
    Abstract: An objective of the present application is to provide an improved lighting device comprising a module for enabling wireless connectivity. The invention provides a lighting device comprising a light source, a housing and a module for enabling wireless connectivity of the lighting device, wherein the module comprises: an enclosure having a first main wall opposite to a second main wall; an antenna for wireless communication, wherein the antenna is contained within the enclosure, wherein the antenna is adjacent to the first main wall; a controller in connection with said antenna for enabling the wireless connectivity of the lighting device; mounting means arranged for mounting the module to the housing in a first position wherein the first main wall abuts the housing, or in a second position wherein the second main wall abuts the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Lambertus Adrianus Marinus De Jong, Jan De Graaf, Franciscus Jacobus Vossen
  • Patent number: 11490481
    Abstract: A pulse width modulation (PWM) driver and an operation method thereof are provided. The PWM driver includes a PWM generating circuit and multiple driving channels. The PWM generating circuit generates multiple PWM signals. The driving channels drive multiple light emitting elements of a light emitting element array. Each of the driving channels includes a PWM selection circuit. The PWM selection circuits are coupled to the PWM generating circuit to receive the PWM signals. Each of the PWM selection circuits selects a PWM signal from the PWM signals according to corresponding sub-pixel data. The selected PWM signal is output to at least one corresponding light emitting element among the light emitting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Novatek Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Jen-Chung Chang, Yi-Nung Hu
  • Patent number: 11490480
    Abstract: The present application relates to an LED system with controllable power supply and control method and device thereof. The control method comprises: detecting output port voltages of a main driving module, and when a number of ports whose voltage is less than a first preset voltage or a number of ports whose voltage is greater than a second preset voltage exceeds a first preset value, coarsely adjusting the power supply; determining by each of cascaded slave driving modules an adjustment strategy according to its own output port voltages and an adjustment strategy from a subsequent slave driving module, and sending its adjustment strategy to a previous slave driving module; determining by the main driving module an adjustment strategy of the power supply according to the adjustment strategy from the slave driving module and the output port voltages of the main driving module, and fine-adjusting the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SUNMOON MICROELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhaohua Li
  • Patent number: 11490478
    Abstract: A high-compatibility dimmer circuit is provided, which includes an impedance inspection avoidance module, a dimming module and an alternating-current input module. The impedance inspection avoidance module is connected to a load via an output end. The dimming module is connected to the impedance inspection avoidance module and includes a control unit. The alternating-current input module is connected to the dimming module, and converts an input alternating voltage into a pulsating direct voltage so as to power the load and the dimming module. When the load is driven, the control unit starts timing and switches the impedance inspection avoidance module after a predetermined time period. In this way, the dimming module can directly power the load and perform dimming for the load according to a dimming signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Xiamen PVTECH Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fuxing Lu, Rongtu Liu, Hao Ye
  • Patent number: 11476837
    Abstract: An active matching network for impedance matching to a miniature antenna, comprising a cross-coupled transistor pair, where each transistor has an emitter, base and collector, the emitter of a first transistor forms an input terminal, the emitter of a second transistor forms on output terminal, the collector of the first transistor coupled to the base of the second transistor, the collector of the second transistor coupled to the base of the first transistor, and a matching circuit coupled between the collectors of the first and second transistors. The matching network is configured to match an impendence near resonance of the high Q miniature antenna to an input impedance using a complex negative impedance comprising resistance, inductance and capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Jihun Choi, Fikadu T. Dagefu, Brian M. Sadler, Kamal Sarabandi
  • Patent number: 11472069
    Abstract: An ultraviolet irradiation device includes a light-emitting element, a temperature control element, and a control circuit. The light-emitting element is configured to emit an ultraviolet light. The temperature control element is configured to control a temperature of the light-emitting element. The control circuit is configured to control the temperature control element based on a voltage of the light-emitting element so as to control a peak wavelength of the ultraviolet light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: NICHIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naohide Miyasaka, Yoshitaka Tanaka, Minoru Kitahara
  • Patent number: 11477875
    Abstract: A lighting system having multiple light sources is provided, which includes a first light source and a second light source. The first light source includes a first control module, a second memory module, a first lighting-emitting module and a first detection module. The second light source includes a second control module. When the first light source and the second light source are electrically connected to a power source, the first control module and the second control module turn off the first light source and the second light source respectively. The first control module reads the data of the first memory module of the first light source to determine whether the first light source malfunctions, and turns on the first light-emitting module when the first control module determines that the first light source does not malfunction. Then, the first detection module keeps detecting whether the first light source malfunctions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Xiamen PVTECH Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fuxing Lu, Rongtu Liu, Hao Ye
  • Patent number: 11476580
    Abstract: An antenna includes a split-ring conductive portion and a ring-inside conductive portion. The split-ring conductive portion is positioned outside a region and is positioned in an area which extends along an outline of the region except for a split. The ring-inside conductive portion is positioned inside the region. The ring-inside conductive portion is continuous with one of parts of the split-ring conductive portion, the split being put between the parts of the split-ring conductive portion. At least a part of the ring-inside conductive portion is bent so as to extend parallel to the split-ring conductive portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: JAPAN AVIATION ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Tatsuya Soma, Keishi Kosaka
  • Patent number: 11470697
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electrical dimmer that upon activation sends a forward-phase modulated test power pulse to a connected load, receives from the load a response pulse, compares the width of the two pulses, and, depending upon the results of the comparison, operates in either forward- or reverse-phase modulation. The dimmer may respond to an intensity target by setting a pulse-width modulation duty cycle, the setting based on an intensity-translation curve. The translation curve may be based on a mapping between luminance and human visual perception of brightness. Some dimmers support a minimum intensity setting, and some dimmers configure themselves to the frequency of the incoming alternating-current power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Boca Flasher, Inc.
    Inventor: Luis Rosado