Patents by Inventor Biljana Beronja

Biljana Beronja 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).

  • Publication number: 20170256532
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices, circuits, components, mechanisms, and processes in which a switching mechanism can be coupled between components. The switching mechanism is configured to have an on state or an off state, where the on state allows current to pass along a current path. A monitoring mechanism has one or more sensing inputs coupled to sense an electrical characteristic at the current path. The electrical characteristic can be a current, voltage, and/or power by way of example. The monitoring mechanism is configured to output a reporting signal indicating the sensed electrical characteristic. The monitoring mechanism can be integrated with the switching mechanism on a chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Ognjen Djekic, Ion Elinor Opris, Budong You, Anthony J. Stratakos, Alexander Ikriannikov, Biljana Beronja, Trey Roessig
  • Patent number: 9679885
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices, circuits, components, mechanisms, and processes in which a switching mechanism can be coupled between components. The switching mechanism is configured to have an on state or an off state, where the on state allows current to pass along a current path. A monitoring mechanism has one or more sensing inputs coupled to sense an electrical characteristic at the current path. The electrical characteristic can be a current, voltage, and/or power by way of example. The monitoring mechanism is configured to output a reporting signal indicating the sensed electrical characteristic. The monitoring mechanism can be integrated with the switching mechanism on a chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Volterra Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Ognjen Djekic, Ion Opris, Budong You, Anthony J. Stratakos, Alexander Ikriannikov, Biljana Beronja, Trey Roessig
  • Patent number: 9407145
    Abstract: A regulated, power supply system is described using multiphase DC-DC converters with dynamic fast-turnon, slow-turnoff phase shedding, early phase turn-on, and both load-voltage and drive-transistor feedback to pulsewidth modulators to provide fast response to load transients. In an embodiment, a system master can automatically determine whether all, or only some, slave phase units are fully populated. The programmable system includes fault detection with current and voltage sensing, telemetry capability, and automatic shutdown capability. In an embodiment, these are buck-type converters with or without coupled inductors, however some of the embodiments illustrated include boost configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Volterra Semiconductor LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Burstein, Sombuddha Chakraborty, Yali Xiong, Michael D. McJimsey, Trey A. Roessig, Luigi Panseri, Paul H. Choi, Theodore V. Burmas, Biljana Beronja, Giovanni Garcea, Ilija Jergovic, Andrea Pizzutelli, Anthony J. Stratakos
  • Patent number: 8907642
    Abstract: A regulated, power supply system is described using multiphase DC-DC converters with dynamic fast-turnon, slow-turnoff phase shedding, early phase turn-on, and both load-voltage and drive-transistor feedback to pulsewidth modulators to provide fast response to load transients. In an embodiment, a system master can automatically determine whether all, or only some, slave phase units are fully populated. The programmable system includes fault detection with current and voltage sensing, telemetry capability, and automatic shutdown capability. In an embodiment, these are buck-type converters with or without coupled inductors, however some of the embodiments illustrated include boost configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Volterra Semiconductor LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Burstein, Sombuddha Chakraborty, Yali Xiong, Michael D. McJimsey, Trey A. Roessig, Luigi Panseri, Paul H. Choi, Theodore V. Burmas, Biljana Beronja, Giovanni Garcea, Ilija Jergovic, Andrea Pizzutelli, Anthony J. Stratakos
  • Publication number: 20120293017
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices, circuits, components, mechanisms, and processes in which a switching mechanism can be coupled between components. The switching mechanism is configured to have an on state or an off state, where the on state allows current to pass along a current path. A monitoring mechanism has one or more sensing inputs coupled to sense an electrical characteristic at the current path. The electrical characteristic can be a current, voltage, and/or power by way of example. The monitoring mechanism is configured to output a reporting signal indicating the sensed electrical characteristic. The monitoring mechanism can be integrated with the switching mechanism on a chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: VOLTERRA SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Ognjen Djekic, Ion Opris, Budong You, Anthony J. Stratakos, Alexander Ikriannikov, Biljana Beronja, Trey Roessig
  • Patent number: 7859238
    Abstract: A multi-phase, coupled-inductor, DC-DC voltage converter operates in discontinuous conduction mode (DCM) when the system is operated at low output power demand. An embodiment of the converter switches to operating in continuous conduction mode (CCM) when the system is operated at high output power demand. Operation in single-drive and rotating phase DCM operation at low power are described. An alternative embodiment operates in a multiple-drive, rotating-phase, discontinuous conduction mode during at least one condition of output power demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Volterra Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Stratakos, Jieli Li, Biljana Beronja, David Lidsky, Michael McJimsey, Aaron Schultz, Charles R. Sullivan, Charles Nickel
  • Patent number: 7830688
    Abstract: A voltage regulator coupled to an unregulated DC input voltage source by an input terminal, and to a load by an output terminal is disclosed. The voltage regulator converts an input voltage at the input terminal to an output voltage at the output terminal. The voltage regulator includes one or more slaves, and each slave includes a switching circuit. During each switching period of the switching circuit, the current for the slave is checked; namely, after the beginning of a low-side conduction period, and before the beginning of a high-side conduction period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Volterra Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron M. Schultz, Andy Burstein, Biljana Beronja
  • Patent number: 7548046
    Abstract: A multi-phase, coupled-inductor, DC-DC voltage converter operates in discontinuous conduction mode (DCM) when the system is operated at low output power demand. An embodiment of the converter switches to operating in continuous conduction mode (CCM) when the system is operated at high output power demand. Operation in single-drive and rotating phase DCM operation at low power are described. An alternative embodiment operates in a multiple-drive, rotating-phase, discontinuous conduction mode during at least one condition of output power demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Volterra Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Stratakos, Jieli Li, Biljana Beronja, David Lidsky, Michael McJimsey, Aaron Schultz, Charles R. Sullivan, Charles Nickel
  • Patent number: 7522436
    Abstract: A voltage regulator coupled to an unregulated DC input voltage source by an input terminal, and to a load by an output terminal is disclosed. The voltage regulator converts an input voltage at the input terminal to an output voltage at the output terminal. The voltage regulator includes one or more slaves, and each slave includes a switching circuit. During each switching period of the switching circuit, the current for the slave is checked; namely, after the beginning of a low-side conduction period, and before the beginning of a high-side conduction period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Volterra Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron M. Schultz, Andy Burstein, Biljana Beronja
  • Patent number: 7317305
    Abstract: A multi-phase, coupled-inductor, DC-DC voltage converter operates in discontinuous conduction mode (DCM) when the system is operated at low output power demand. An embodiment of the converter switches to operating in continuous conduction mode (CCM) when the system is operated at high output power demand. Operation in single-drive and rotating phase DCM operation at low power are described. An alternative embodiment operates in a multiple-drive, rotating-phase, discontinuous conduction mode during at least one condition of output power demand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Volterra Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Stratakos, Jieli Li, Biljana Beronja, David Lidsky, Michael McJimsey, Aaron Schultz, Charles R. Sullivan, Charles Nickel
  • Publication number: 20070076453
    Abstract: A voltage regulator coupled to an unregulated DC input voltage source by an input terminal, and to a load by an output terminal is disclosed. The voltage regulator converts an input voltage at the input terminal to an output voltage at the output terminal. The voltage regulator includes one or more slaves, and each slave includes a switching circuit. During each switching period of the switching circuit, the current for the slave is checked; namely, after the beginning of a low-side conduction period, and before the beginning of a high-side conduction period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Publication date: April 5, 2007
    Inventors: Aaron Schultz, Andy Burstein, Biljana Beronja