Patents by Inventor Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner

Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11496060
    Abstract: Pulse sharing control to enhance performance in multiple output power converters is described herein. During a switching cycle, an energy pulse is provided to more than one port (i.e., output) using pulse sharing transfer. Pulse sharing transfer may enhance performance by reducing audible noise due to subharmonics and by reducing a root mean square current of one or more secondary currents. A primary switch is closed to energize an energy transfer element via a primary current. Energy may be shared among a first load port on a first circuit path via a first secondary current and among a second load port on a second circuit path via a second secondary current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Li, Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner, David Michael Hugh Matthews
  • Patent number: 11342856
    Abstract: A switched mode power converter has an energy transfer element that delivers an output signal to a load. A power switching device coupled to the primary side of the energy transfer element regulates a transfer of energy to the load. A secondary controller is coupled to receive a feedback signal and output a pulsed signal in response thereto. A primary controller is coupled to receive the pulsed signal and output a drive signal in response thereto, the drive signal being coupled to control switching of the power switching device. A compensation circuit generates an adaptively compensated signal synchronous with the pulsed signal. The adaptively compensated signal has a parameter that is adaptively adjusted in response to a comparison of the feedback signal with a threshold reference signal. The parameter converges towards a final value that produces a desired level of the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: POWER INTEGRATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Giao Minh Pham, Vikram Balakrishnan, Arthur B. Odell, Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner, Karl Moore, Matthew David Waterson
  • Publication number: 20220158564
    Abstract: Pulse sharing control to enhance performance in multiple output power converters is described herein. During a switching cycle, an energy pulse is provided to more than one port (i.e., output) using pulse sharing transfer. Pulse sharing transfer may enhance performance by reducing audible noise due to subharmonics and by reducing a root mean square current of one or more secondary currents. A primary switch is closed to energize an energy transfer element via a primary current. Energy may be shared among a first load port on a first circuit path via a first secondary current and among a second load port on a second circuit path via a second secondary current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Publication date: May 19, 2022
    Applicant: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Li, Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner, David Michael Hugh Matthews
  • Patent number: 11211870
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for sequencing outputs in a multi-output power converter system are disclosed herein. During start-up multiple CC/CV outputs may be sequenced so that energy is first provided to a highest voltage secondary output and subsequently provided to a lowest voltage secondary output. Additionally, control may be exerted so as to concurrently and monotonically increase voltages during at least part of the start-up transient; and concurrent control may be further implemented using control circuitry and a variable reference generator. In some embodiments a variable reference may be generated from a capacitor voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: POWER INTEGRATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Karl Moore, Matthew David Waterson, Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner
  • Patent number: 11108331
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for continuous conduction mode operation in multi-output power converters are described herein. During a switching cycle, secondary current may be delivered via a diode to a secondary output. Prior to beginning a subsequent switching cycle, a diverting current may be provided to a lower voltage secondary output on a parallel path. In this way diode current may be reduced to substantially zero prior to the subsequent switching cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: POWER INTEGRATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Karl Moore, Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner
  • Publication number: 20210152093
    Abstract: A power converter includes a primary winding and multiple output windings to provide multiple independently controlled and regulated outputs with a common return line. The outputs are coupled to independently regulate constant current, constant voltage, or both constant current and constant voltage outputs. A secondary control block is coupled to control a synchronous rectifier switch coupled to the common return line to synchronize switching with a primary side power switch to provide complementary conduction of the primary winding and the multiple output windings. A plurality of controlled power pulse switches is coupled to the multiple output windings. A request of a power pulse from each of the outputs is transferred through the secondary control block to a primary switch control block to turn on the primary side power switch to transfer a power pulse to the multiple output windings and through controlled power pulse switches to the outputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Applicant: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner, Matthew David Waterson, Yuncong Alex Jiang, Roland Sylvere Saint-Pierre
  • Patent number: 10965219
    Abstract: A controller for use in a power converter with multiple outputs includes a discharge detect circuit coupled to receive a voltage signal from a transformer winding of the power converter to output a discharge signal in response to the voltage signal. A multi-output signal process and interface block is coupled to output request signals to the output selection drive and idle ring visibility logic circuit. An output selection drive and idle ring visibility logic circuit is coupled to receive the discharge signal from the discharge detect circuit and the output request signals from the multi-output signal process and interface block. An idle ring detection circuit is coupled to one of the plurality of output switches and coupled to output an idle ring output signal to generate a next request pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner, Manoj Bhasin, Matthew David Waterson, Karl Moore
  • Patent number: 10855191
    Abstract: A power converter includes a primary winding and multiple output windings to provide multiple independently controlled and regulated outputs with a common return line. The outputs are coupled to independently regulate constant current, constant voltage, or both constant current and constant voltage outputs. A secondary control block is coupled to control a synchronous rectifier switch coupled to the common return line to synchronize switching with a primary side power switch to provide complementary conduction of the primary winding and the multiple output windings. A plurality of controlled power pulse switches is coupled to the multiple output windings. A request of a power pulse from each of the outputs is transferred through the secondary control block to a primary switch control block to turn on the primary side power switch to transfer a power pulse to the multiple output windings and through controlled power pulse switches to the outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner, Matthew David Waterson, Yuncong Alex Jiang, Roland Sylvere Saint-Pierre
  • Patent number: 10811956
    Abstract: A controller for a multiple output power converter, including an error amplifier configured to generate an error signal based on a difference between an output signal of a multiple output power converter and a reference signal. A switch request circuit is configured to generate a request signal in response to the error signal. The switch request circuit is further configured to control a switching of a power switch of the multiple output power converter to transfer energy from an input of the multiple output power converter to an output of the multiple output power converter. A power limit fault circuit is configured to receive the request signal and the error signal, the power limit fault circuit further configured to generate a first fault signal in response to detection of an output overload or short circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Moore, Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner
  • Publication number: 20200313561
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for continuous conduction mode operation in multi-output power converters are described herein. During a switching cycle, secondary current may be delivered via a diode to a secondary output. Prior to beginning a subsequent switching cycle, a diverting current may be provided to a lower voltage secondary output on a parallel path. In this way diode current may be reduced to substantially zero prior to the subsequent switching cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Moore, Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner
  • Publication number: 20200106365
    Abstract: A controller for use in a power converter with multiple outputs includes a discharge detect circuit coupled to receive a voltage signal from a transformer winding of the power converter to output a discharge signal in response to the voltage signal. A multi-output signal process and interface block is coupled to output request signals to the output selection drive and idle ring visibility logic circuit. An output selection drive and idle ring visibility logic circuit is coupled to receive the discharge signal from the discharge detect circuit and the output request signals from the multi-output signal process and interface block. An idle ring detection circuit is coupled to one of the plurality of output switches and coupled to output an idle ring output signal to generate a next request pulse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: ANTONIUS JACOBUS JOHANNES WERNER, Manoj Bhasin, Matthew David Waterson, Karl Moore
  • Patent number: 10574145
    Abstract: A method of dynamically adjusting a storage time of a bipolar junction transistor (BJT) in a switched mode power converter during a switching cycle includes generating a storage time reference signal responsive to an input voltage signal. A collector off signal is generated responsive to a comparison of a current sense signal to a collector off reference threshold signal. The current sense signal is representative of a switch current of the BJT. A base off reference threshold signal is generated responsive to the storage time reference signal and the collector off signal. A base off signal is generated responsive to a comparison of the current sense signal and the base off reference threshold signal. Charging of a base terminal of the BJT is discontinued responsive to the base off signal, and the base terminal of the BJT is discharged responsive to the collector off signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner, Manoj Bhasin, Matthew David Waterson, Adrian Kirilov Lefedjiev
  • Patent number: 10554134
    Abstract: A controller for use in a power converter with multiple outputs includes a discharge detect circuit coupled to receive a voltage signal from a transformer winding of the power converter to output a discharge signal in response to the voltage signal. A multi-output signal process and interface block is coupled to output request signals to the output selection drive and idle ring visibility logic circuit. An output selection drive and idle ring visibility logic circuit is coupled to receive the discharge signal from the discharge detect circuit and the output request signals from the multi-output signal process and interface block. An idle ring detection circuit is coupled to one of the plurality of output switches and coupled to output an idle ring output signal to generate a next request pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: POWER INTEGRATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner, Manoj Bhasin, Matthew David Waterson, Karl Moore
  • Publication number: 20190372470
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for sequencing outputs in a multi-output power converter system are disclosed herein. During start-up multiple CC/CV outputs may be sequenced so that energy is first provided to a highest voltage secondary output and subsequently provided to a lowest voltage secondary output. Additionally, control may be exerted so as to concurrently and monotonically increase voltages during at least part of the start-up transient; and concurrent control may be further implemented using control circuitry and a variable reference generator. In some embodiments a variable reference may be generated from a capacitor voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Moore, Matthew David Waterson, Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner
  • Publication number: 20190356216
    Abstract: A controller for a multiple output power converter, including an error amplifier configured to generate an error signal based on a difference between an output signal of a multiple output power converter and a reference signal. A switch request circuit is configured to generate a request signal in response to the error signal. The switch request circuit is further configured to control a switching of a power switch of the multiple output power converter to transfer energy from an input of the multiple output power converter to an output of the multiple output power converter. A power limit fault circuit is configured to receive the request signal and the error signal, the power limit fault circuit further configured to generate a first fault signal in response to detection of an output overload or short circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Applicant: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Moore, Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner
  • Publication number: 20190348900
    Abstract: A switched mode power converter has an energy transfer element that delivers an output signal to a load. A power switching device coupled to the primary side of the energy transfer element regulates a transfer of energy to the load. A secondary controller is coupled to receive a feedback signal and output a pulsed signal in response thereto. A primary controller is coupled to receive the pulsed signal and output a drive signal in response thereto, the drive signal being coupled to control switching of the power switching device. A compensation circuit generates an adaptively compensated signal synchronous with the pulsed signal. The adaptively compensated signal has a parameter that is adaptively adjusted in response to a comparison of the feedback signal with a threshold reference signal. The parameter converges towards a final value that produces a desired level of the output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Giao Minh Pham, Vikram Balakrishnan, Arthur B. Odell, Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner, Karl Moore, Matthew David Waterson
  • Publication number: 20190326823
    Abstract: A power converter includes a primary winding and multiple output windings to provide multiple independently controlled and regulated outputs with a common return line. The outputs are coupled to independently regulate constant current, constant voltage, or both constant current and constant voltage outputs. A secondary control block is coupled to control a synchronous rectifier switch coupled to the common return line to synchronize switching with a primary side power switch to provide complementary conduction of the primary winding and the multiple output windings. A plurality of controlled power pulse switches is coupled to the multiple output windings. A request of a power pulse from each of the outputs is transferred through the secondary control block to a primary switch control block to turn on the primary side power switch to transfer a power pulse to the multiple output windings and through controlled power pulse switches to the outputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner, Matthew David Waterson, Yuncong Alex Jiang, Roland Sylvere Saint-Pierre
  • Patent number: 10355583
    Abstract: A controller for use in a power converter includes a comparator that receives an output signal representative of an output voltage of the power converter. The comparator generates a constant voltage signal in response to a comparison of the output signal and a reference signal. A switch request circuit receives the constant voltage signal and a fault signal. The switch request circuit generates a request signal in response to the constant voltage signal and the fault signal to control switching of a power switch of the power converter to control a transfer of energy from an input of the power converter to the output of the power converter. A power limit fault circuit receives the request signal. The power limit fault circuit generates the fault signal to indicate a fault existence in the power converter in response to a rate of consecutive request pulses greater than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl Moore, Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner
  • Patent number: 10298110
    Abstract: A switched mode power converter has an energy transfer element that delivers an output signal to a load. A power switching device coupled to the primary side of the energy transfer element regulates a transfer of energy to the load. A secondary controller is coupled to receive a feedback signal and output a pulsed signal in response thereto. A primary controller is coupled to receive the pulsed signal and output a drive signal in response thereto, the drive signal being coupled to control switching of the power switching device. A compensation circuit generates an adaptively compensated signal synchronous with the pulsed signal. The adaptively compensated signal has a parameter that is adaptively adjusted in response to a comparison of the feedback signal with a threshold reference signal. The parameter converges towards a final value that produces a desired level of the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Giao Minh Pham, Vikram Balakrishnan, Arthur B. Odell, Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner, Karl Moore, Matthew David Waterson
  • Patent number: 10277136
    Abstract: A power converter includes a primary winding and multiple output windings to provide multiple independently controlled and regulated outputs with a common return line. The outputs are coupled to independently regulate constant current, constant voltage, or both constant current and constant voltage outputs. A secondary control block is coupled to control a synchronous rectifier switch coupled to the common return line to synchronize switching with a primary side power switch to provide complementary conduction of the primary winding and the multiple output windings. A plurality of controlled power pulse switches is coupled to the multiple output windings. A request of a power pulse from each of the outputs is transferred through the secondary control block to a primary switch control block to turn on the primary side power switch to transfer a power pulse to the multiple output windings and through controlled power pulse switches to the outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonius Jacobus Johannes Werner, Matthew David Waterson, Yuncong Alex Jiang, Roland Sylvere Saint-Pierre