Patents by Inventor Brett A. Smith

Brett A. Smith 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: 20180159324
    Abstract: Disclosed are advances in the arts with novel methods and apparatus for detecting faulty connections in an electrical system. Exemplary preferred embodiments include monitoring techniques and systems for monitoring signals at one or more device loads and analyzing the monitored signals for determining fault conditions at the device loads and/or at the main transmission lines. The invention preferably provides the capability to test and monitor electrical interconnections without fully activating the host system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Applicant: TRIUNE IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne Chen, Brett Smith, James Kohout
  • Patent number: 9906018
    Abstract: Disclosed are advances in the arts with novel methods and apparatus for detecting faulty connections in an electrical system. Exemplary preferred embodiments include monitoring techniques and systems for monitoring signals at one or more device loads and analyzing the monitored signals for determining fault conditions at the device loads and/or at the main transmission lines. The invention preferably provides the capability to test and monitor electrical interconnections without fully activating the host system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith, James Kohout
  • Patent number: 9853441
    Abstract: Disclosed are advances in the arts with novel and useful voltage transient protection circuitry in configurations which include a bridge circuit in combination with one or more voltage reference, load to ground circuit, and/or snub circuit such that the output node is held at a selected voltage level, preferably mid-rail, and potentially damaging transient voltages are avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith
  • Patent number: 9843314
    Abstract: Disclosed are advances in the arts with novel and useful electronic circuitry with pop and click noise reduction. A load circuit is connected with a full or single-ended half-H bridge circuit and another circuit mechanism in a configuration by which a signal may be used to selectably bring the load circuit terminals to a selected voltage level when an externally applied signal is not present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith
  • Publication number: 20170302074
    Abstract: Advances in the arts are disclosed with novel methods and circuit systems for controlling power in an energy harvesting system. Techniques and related systems for controlling power output of an energy harvesting device provide for monitoring at least one power parameter at a power source and monitoring at least one power parameter at a load such as a storage medium. The power source output is adjusted in order to optimize energy harvesting and/or storage based on real-time performance parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. CHEN, Brett Smith
  • Publication number: 20170302102
    Abstract: The disclosed invention provides examples of preferred embodiments including systems for harvesting energy from variable output energy harvesting apparatus. The systems include energy harvesting apparatus for providing energy input to a switched mode power supply and a control loop for dynamically adjusting energy harvesting apparatus input to the switched mode power supply, whereby system output power is substantially optimized to the practical. Exemplary embodiments of the invention include systems for harvesting energy using solar cells in boost, buck, and buck-boost configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. CHEN, Brett Smith, Erick Blackall
  • Patent number: 9793814
    Abstract: An AC to DC converter system is disclosed in which a conversion circuit for converting an AC input signal to a DC output signal is operably coupled with an enabling circuit designed for sensing and output parameter indicative of the presence or absence of a load at the DC output. The system is designed so that the conversion circuit operates in an inactive standby state when there is no load, and in an active state for supplying DC power when a load is present. The enabling circuit is configured to operate using low power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Brett Smith, Amer Atrash, Wayne Chen
  • Patent number: 9740224
    Abstract: The disclosed invention provides apparatus and methods for dynamic biasing in electronic systems and circuits. The apparatus and methods disclosed provide non-linear biasing responsive to monitored load conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: TRIUNE IP LLC
    Inventors: Amer Atrash, Ross E. Teggatz, Brett Smith
  • Patent number: 9722420
    Abstract: Advances in the arts are disclosed with novel methods and circuit systems for controlling power in an energy harvesting system. Techniques and related systems for controlling power output of an energy harvesting device provide for monitoring at least one power parameter at a power source and monitoring at least one power parameter at a load such as a storage medium. The power source output is adjusted in order to optimize energy harvesting and/or storage based on real-time performance parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: TRIUNE IP, LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith
  • Patent number: 9653944
    Abstract: The disclosed invention provides examples of preferred embodiments including systems for harvesting energy from variable output energy harvesting apparatus. The systems include energy harvesting apparatus for providing energy input to a switched mode power supply and a control loop for dynamically adjusting energy harvesting apparatus input to the switched mode power supply, whereby system output power is substantially optimized to the practical. Exemplary embodiments of the invention include systems for harvesting energy using solar cells in boost, buck, and buck-boost configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Teggatz, Wayne Chen, Brett Smith, Eric Blackall
  • Patent number: 9599660
    Abstract: Disclosed are advances in the arts with novel methods and apparatus for detecting faulty connections in an electrical system. Exemplary preferred embodiments include basic, ASIC, AC, DC, and RF monitoring techniques and systems for monitoring signals at one or more device loads and analyzing the monitored signals for determining fault conditions at the device loads and/or at the main transmission lines. The invention preferably provides the capability to test and monitor electrical interconnections without fully activating the host system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TRIUNE IP, LLC
    Inventors: Ross E Teggatz, Wayne T Chen, Brett Smith
  • Patent number: 9559585
    Abstract: The invention provides advances in the arts with useful and novel driver methods. The invention provides circuit driver and control methods for relatively high-current drivers, usable with relatively low-voltage battery power sources. Preferred embodiments include one or more high series resistance capacitors electrically connected with a power source. A low resistance driver circuit regulates power supplied from the capacitors to the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne Chen, Amer Atrash, Brett Smith, Narasimhan Trichy, James Kohout, Jonathan R. Knight
  • Patent number: 9559596
    Abstract: An AC to DC converter system is disclosed in which a conversion circuit for converting an AC input signal to a DC output signal is operably coupled with a communication circuit designed for sensing output indicative of the presence or absence of a load at the DC output. The system is designed so that the conversion circuit operates in an inactive standby state when there is no load, and in an active state for supplying DC power when a load is present. The system is configured to operate using ultra-low power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Amer Atrash, Wayne Chen, Ross E. Teggatz, Brett Smith
  • Publication number: 20160352224
    Abstract: The invention provides advances in the arts with useful and novel driver methods. The invention provides circuit driver and control methods for relatively high-current drivers, usable with relatively low-voltage battery power sources. Preferred embodiments include one or more high series resistance capacitors electrically connected with a power source. A low resistance driver circuit regulates power supplied from the capacitors to the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne Chen, Amer Atrash, Brett Smith, Narasimhan Trichy, James Kohout, Jonathan R. Knight
  • Publication number: 20160274182
    Abstract: Disclosed are advances in the arts with novel methods and apparatus for detecting faulty connections in an electrical system. Exemplary preferred embodiments include basic, ASIC, AC, DC, and RF monitoring techniques and systems for monitoring signals at one or more device loads and analyzing the monitored signals for determining fault conditions at the device loads and/or at the main transmission lines. The invention preferably provides the capability to test and monitor electrical interconnections without fully activating the host system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: Ross E. TEGGATZ, Wayne T. CHEN, Brett SMITH
  • Publication number: 20160248410
    Abstract: Disclosed are advances in the arts with novel and useful electronic circuitry with pop and click noise reduction. A load circuit is connected with a full or single-ended half-H bridge circuit and another circuit mechanism in a configuration by which a signal may be used to selectably bring the load circuit terminals to a selected voltage level when an externally applied signal is not present.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Publication date: August 25, 2016
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith
  • Patent number: 9413237
    Abstract: The invention provides advances in the arts with useful and novel driver methods. The invention provides circuit driver and control methods for relatively high-current drivers, usable with relatively low-voltage battery power sources. Preferred embodiments include one or more high series resistance capacitors electrically connected with a power source. A low resistance driver circuit regulates power supplied from the capacitors to the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne Chen, Amer Atrash, Brett Smith, Narasimhan Trichy, James Kohout, Jonathan R. Knight
  • Patent number: 9354268
    Abstract: Disclosed are advances in the arts with novel methods and apparatus for detecting faulty connections in an electrical system. Exemplary preferred embodiments include basic, ASIC, AC, DC, and RF monitoring techniques and systems for monitoring signals at one or more device loads and analyzing the monitored signals for determining fault conditions at the device loads and/or at the main transmission lines. The invention preferably provides the capability to test and monitor electrical interconnections without fully activating the host system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: TRIUNE IP, LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith
  • Publication number: 20160134191
    Abstract: The disclosed invention provides examples of preferred embodiments including systems for harvesting energy from variable output energy harvesting apparatus. The systems include energy harvesting apparatus for providing energy input to a switched mode power supply and a control loop for dynamically adjusting energy harvesting apparatus input to the switched mode power supply, whereby system output power is substantially optimized to the practical. Exemplary embodiments of the invention include systems for harvesting energy using solar cells in boost, buck, and buck-boost configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Ross Teggatz, Wayne Chen, Brett Smith, Eric Blackall
  • Publication number: 20160134099
    Abstract: Disclosed are advances in the arts with novel and useful voltage transient protection circuitry in configurations which include a bridge circuit in combination with one or more voltage reference, load to ground circuit, and/or snub circuit such that the output node is held at a selected voltage level, preferably mid-rail, and potentially damaging transient voltages are avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith