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).

  • Patent number: 8441866
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for programming a floating gate. A floating gate tunneling device is used with an analog comparing device in a circuit having a floating reference node and an offset-mitigating feedback loop for iteratively programming a floating gate, or multiple floating gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Triune IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Eric Blackall, Brett Smith
  • Patent number: 8373436
    Abstract: An apparatus for consolidated data services comprising a plurality of devices, a plurality of data services and a content application programming interface (API). A user API provides user identification for each of the plurality of devices. A feedback API configured to receive data from each of the plurality of devices. A device API configured to provide a client system to one or more of the plurality of devices using one or more of a plurality of device API methods. An update API configured to provide an updated client system to one or more of the plurality of devices using one more of a plurality of update API methods. A web service consolidator configured to control interactions between the content API, the user API, the feedback API, the device API, the update API, a plurality of data services and the plurality of devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Triune Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Amer Atrash, Ross Teggatz, Brett Smith, Wayne Chen
  • Publication number: 20130028441
    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: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Wayne T. Chen, Ross E. Teggatz, Brett Smith
  • Publication number: 20130027986
    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: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Amer Atrash, Wayne Chen, Ross Teggatz, Brett Smith
  • Publication number: 20130010396
    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: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Wayne T. Chen, Ross E. Teggatz, Brett Smith
  • Publication number: 20120293021
    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: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: TRIUNE IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith, Eric Blackall
  • Patent number: 8300375
    Abstract: Systems, circuits, and methods are described for providing efficient, monitoring capabilities for providing output reactive to monitored conditions. According to the disclosed methods, steps are included for providing a floating gate monitoring circuit in association with a monitored circuit and programming the floating gate to a selected charge level. The programmed floating gate charge level is then compared with a signal level in a monitored circuit. In an additional step, selected comparison criteria are used for selectably activating output. Exemplary embodiments of methods and associated circuits and systems employing the methods are also disclosed, in which protection for a monitored circuit is provided in the event of undervoltage, undercurrent, overvoltage, or undervoltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Triune IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith
  • Publication number: 20120242164
    Abstract: Coupled inductor signal transfer systems are disclosed in which transmitter and receiver coils are inductively coupled in a configuration for wirelessly transferring power and/or data signals. In preferred implementations, the systems may be used for transmitting both power and data. Preferred embodiments of the invention have at least one multi-tap coil on the primary side and/or secondary side of the system. The selection of taps enables the effective size and/or number of coils to be dynamically changed according to operational needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: TRIUNE IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith, Eric Blackall
  • Publication number: 20120235601
    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: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: TRIUNE IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross Teggatz, Wayne Chen, Amer Atrash, Brett Smith, Narasimhan Trichy, James Kohout, Jonathan Knight
  • Publication number: 20120188673
    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 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: TRIUNE IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith, James Kohout
  • Publication number: 20120104962
    Abstract: The invention provides integrated power supplies, circuit drivers, and control methods for relatively high-current drivers, usable with common battery power sources. Preferred embodiments include one or more high series resistance super-capacitors electrically connected with a power. A low resistance driver circuit regulates power supplied from the super-capacitors to the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: Triune IP LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Chen, Jonathan Knight, Ross Teggatz, Brett Smith, Narasimhan Trichy Rajagopal
  • Publication number: 20120087187
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for programming a floating gate. A floating gate tunneling device is used with an analog comparing device in a circuit having a floating reference node and an offset-mitigating feedback loop for iteratively programming a floating gate, or multiple floating gates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith, Eric Blackall
  • Publication number: 20120038025
    Abstract: The invention provides advances in the arts with useful and novel integrated packaging having inductor elements and adjacent magnetic material enhancing the inductance characteristics of the packaged inductor. Preferably the integrated packages also contain one or more ICs operable coupled to the inductor(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: TRIUNE IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross Teggatz, Wayne Chen, Brett Smith
  • Publication number: 20120025752
    Abstract: The invention provides advances in the arts with useful and novel battery charger circuits and methods providing improved energy conservation, harvesting, and utilization efficiencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: TRIUNE IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross Teggatz, Eric Blackall, Brett Smith, Wayne Chen, Jonathan Knight
  • Patent number: 8102713
    Abstract: The invention provides circuits, systems, and methods for monitoring a non-volatile memory (NVM) cell, or an array of NVM cells. The monitor is capable of switching from a normal operating state to an evaluation state, monitoring for one or more particular characteristics, and returning to the normal operating state. Alternative embodiments of the invention are disclosed using various triggers and producing outputs capable of reporting or feeding back to influence the operation of the monitoring systems and methods, the NVM circuitry, or an external system. The invention includes an energy conservation feature, in that no power is consumed in the normal operating state, and low power in the evaluation state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Triune IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith
  • Patent number: 8102718
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for programming a floating gate. A floating gate tunneling device is used with an analog comparing device in a circuit having a floating reference node and an offset-mitigating feedback loop for iteratively programming a floating gate, or multiple floating gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Triune IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Wayne T. Chen, Brett Smith, Eric Blackall
  • Publication number: 20110241445
    Abstract: A transceiver interface is disclosed in which a true positive node and a true ground node are maintained with three adaptive terminals. The adaptive terminals each have pairs of isolation elements linking them to the true positive node and true ground node, whereby, each of the adaptive terminals can function as a positive terminal, ground terminal, and transceiver terminal, in response to how the interface is connected to external equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: TRIUNE IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross Teggatz, Wayne Chen, Brett Smith
  • Patent number: 7982492
    Abstract: A system for receiving data is provided. The system includes an inductive data device, such as a device that receives high-speed data over an inductive coupling. An adjustable impedance is coupled to the inductive data device, where the adjustable impedance is used for dynamically controlling ringing in the inductive data device, such as by damping ringing signals generated by circuit inductances or capacitances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Triune Systems, LP
    Inventors: Amer Atrash, Ross Teggatz, Brett Smith, Wayne Chen
  • Publication number: 20110169523
    Abstract: A system for receiving data is provided. Too system includes an inductive data device, such as a device that receives high-speed data over an inductive coupling. An adjustable impedance is coupled to the inductive data device, where the adjustable impedance is used for dynamically controlling ringing in the inductive data device, such as by damping ringing signals generated by circuit inductances or capacitances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Amer Atrash, Ross Teggatz, Brett Smith, Wayne Chen
  • Publication number: 20110122666
    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: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: Triune IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross Teggatz, Brett Smith, Amer Atrash, Wayne Chen