Patents by Inventor David Lidsky

David Lidsky 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: 10389246
    Abstract: A switched-mode power regulator circuit has four solid-state switches connected in series and a capacitor and an inductor that regulate power delivered to a load. The solid-state switches are operated such that a voltage at the load is regulated by repetitively (1) prefluxing the inductor then charging the capacitor causing an increased current to flow in the inductor and (2) prefluxing the inductor then discharging the capacitor causing increased current to flow in the inductor. The inductor prefluxing steps enable the circuit to provide increased output voltage and/or increased output current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Empower Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Timothy Alan Phillips, Parag Oak
  • Patent number: 10355584
    Abstract: A circuit is disclosed. The circuit includes a power supply node and a system configured to receive current from the power supply node at a regulated voltage and to generate one or more control signals indicating an anticipated change in the current. The circuit also includes a voltage regulator configured to provide the current to the power supply node and to drive the power supply node with the regulated voltage, where the value of the regulated voltage is based at least in part on the one or more control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Empower Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Parag Oak, David Lidsky
  • Publication number: 20190115823
    Abstract: A switched-mode power regulator circuit has four solid-state switches connected in series and a capacitor and an inductor that regulate power delivered to a load. The solid-state switches are operated such that a voltage at the load is regulated by repetitively (1) charging the capacitor causing an increase in current flow in the inductor followed by a decrease in current flow in the inductor and before the current flow in the inductor stops, (2) discharging the capacitor causing an increase in current flow in the inductor followed by a decrease in current flow in the inductor and before the current flow in the inductor stops, repeating (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: EMPOWER SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Timothy Alan Phillips, Parag Oak
  • Patent number: 10186945
    Abstract: A switched-mode power regulator circuit has four solid-state switches connected in series and a capacitor and an inductor that regulate power delivered to a load. The solid-state switches are operated such that a voltage at the load is regulated by repetitively (1) charging the capacitor causing an increase in current flow in the inductor followed by a decrease in current flow in the inductor and before the current flow in the inductor stops, (2) discharging the capacitor causing an increase in current flow in the inductor followed by a decrease in current flow in the inductor and before the current flow in the inductor stops, repeating (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Empower Semiconductor
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Timothy Alan Phillips, Parag Oak
  • Publication number: 20190006933
    Abstract: A switched-mode power regulator circuit has four solid-state switches connected in series and a capacitor and an inductor that regulate power delivered to a load. The solid-state switches are operated such that a voltage at the load is regulated by repetitively (1) charging the capacitor causing an increase in current flow in the inductor followed by a decrease in current flow in the inductor and before the current flow in the inductor stops, (2) discharging the capacitor causing an increase in current flow in the inductor followed by a decrease in current flow in the inductor and before the current flow in the inductor stops, repeating (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Applicant: EMPOWER SEMICONDUCTOR
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Timothy Alan Phillips, Parag Oak
  • Publication number: 20180375431
    Abstract: Devices and techniques for controlling voltage regulation are disclosed. A voltage regulation system may include one or more loads disposed on an integrated circuit, a DC-to-DC voltage regulation device at least partially disposed on the integrated circuit, and a second device disposed external to the integrated circuit and comprising circuitry configured to communicate with the controller of the voltage regulation device. The voltage regulation device may include one or more voltage regulation modules and a controller configured to control the one or more voltage regulation modules. The one or more voltage regulation modules may be configured to supply one or more voltage levels, respectively, to the one or more loads. The controller may be configured to disable at least one of the one or more voltage regulation modules based on a determination that the second device is not suitable for use with the voltage regulation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Timothy Phillips, Gene Sheridan
  • Publication number: 20180309449
    Abstract: Techniques and devices for level-shifting a signal are described. A level-shifting circuit may include an input terminal and components. The input terminal may be configured to receive a logical signal compatible with a first power domain. The components may be configured to convert the logical signal to a second power domain and to provide the converted logical signal at an output terminal. The components may include a resistive device coupled between the output terminal and the input terminal, and/or a capacitive device coupled between the resistive device and the input terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Parag Oak, David Lidsky
  • Publication number: 20180309367
    Abstract: Devices and techniques for controlling voltage regulation are disclosed. A voltage regulation system may include one or more loads disposed on an integrated circuit, a DC-to-DC voltage regulation device at least partially disposed on the integrated circuit, and a second device disposed external to the integrated circuit and comprising circuitry configured to communicate with the controller of the voltage regulation device. The voltage regulation device may include one or more voltage regulation modules and a controller configured to control the one or more voltage regulation modules. The one or more voltage regulation modules may be configured to supply one or more voltage levels, respectively, to the one or more loads. The controller may be configured to disable at least one of the one or more voltage regulation modules based on a determination that the second device is not suitable for use with the voltage regulation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Timothy Phillips, Gene Sheridan
  • Patent number: 10050625
    Abstract: Techniques and devices for level-shifting a signal are described. A level-shifting circuit may include an input terminal and components. The input terminal may be configured to receive a logical signal compatible with a first power domain. The components may be configured to convert the logical signal to a second power domain and to provide the converted logical signal at an output terminal. The components may include a resistive device coupled between the output terminal and the input terminal, and/or a capacitive device coupled between the resistive device and the input terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Empower Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Parag Oak, David Lidsky
  • Patent number: 10044268
    Abstract: Devices and techniques for controlling voltage regulation are disclosed. A voltage regulation system may include one or more loads disposed on an integrated circuit, a DC-to-DC voltage regulation device at least partially disposed on the integrated circuit, and a second device disposed external to the integrated circuit and comprising circuitry configured to communicate with the controller of the voltage regulation device. The voltage regulation device may include one or more voltage regulation modules and a controller configured to control the one or more voltage regulation modules. The one or more voltage regulation modules may be configured to supply one or more voltage levels, respectively, to the one or more loads. The controller may be configured to disable at least one of the one or more voltage regulation modules based on a determination that the second device is not suitable for use with the voltage regulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Empower Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Timothy Phillips, Gene Sheridan
  • Patent number: 9780663
    Abstract: A switched-mode power regulator circuit has four solid-state switches connected in series and a capacitor and an inductor that regulate power delivered to a load. The solid-state switches are operated such that a voltage at the load is regulated by repetitively (1) prefluxing the inductor then charging the capacitor causing an increased current to flow in the inductor and (2) prefluxing the inductor then discharging the capacitor causing increased current to flow in the inductor. The inductor prefluxing steps enable the circuit to provide increased output voltage and/or increased output current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: EMPOWER SEMICONDUCTOR, INC.
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Timothy Alan Phillips, Parag Oak
  • Patent number: 9780656
    Abstract: A switched-mode power regulator circuit has four solid-state switches connected in series and a capacitor and an inductor that regulate power delivered to a load. The solid-state switches are operated such that a voltage at the load is regulated by repetitively (1) charging the capacitor causing a current to flow in the inductor and (2) discharging the capacitor causing current to flow in the inductor. The power regulator circuit may be configured to operate with zero current switching at frequencies in the range of 100 MHz, enabling it to be fabricated on a unitary silicon die along with the load that it powers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Empower Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Timothy Alan Phillips
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20160261189
    Abstract: A switched-mode power regulator circuit has four solid-state switches connected in series and a capacitor and an inductor that regulate power delivered to a load. The solid-state switches are operated such that a voltage at the load is regulated by repetitively (1) prefluxing the inductor then charging the capacitor causing an increased current to flow in the inductor and (2) prefluxing the inductor then discharging the capacitor causing increased current to flow in the inductor. The inductor prefluxing steps enable the circuit to provide increased output voltage and/or increased output current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Applicant: EMPOWER SEMICONDUCTOR
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Timothy Alan Phillips, Parag Oak
  • Publication number: 20160261185
    Abstract: A switched-mode power regulator circuit has four solid-state switches connected in series and a capacitor and an inductor that regulate power delivered to a load. The solid-state switches are operated such that a voltage at the load is regulated by repetitively (1) charging the capacitor causing a current to flow in the inductor and (2) discharging the capacitor causing current to flow in the inductor. The power regulator circuit may be configured to operate with zero current switching at frequencies in the range of 100 MHz, enabling it to be fabricated on a unitary silicon die along with the load that it powers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Timothy Alan Phillips
  • Publication number: 20160254815
    Abstract: Techniques and devices for level-shifting a signal are described. A level-shifting circuit may include an input terminal and components. The input terminal may be configured to receive a logical signal compatible with a first power domain. The components may be configured to convert the logical signal to a second power domain and to provide the converted logical signal at an output terminal. The components may include a resistive device coupled between the output terminal and the input terminal, and/or a capacitive device coupled between the resistive device and the input terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Parag Oak, David Lidsky
  • Patent number: 9397571
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, apparatus, circuitry, components, mechanisms, modules, units, systems, and processes for controlling a power switch of a voltage regulator. A capacitor is coupled to an output of the power switch. Charge delivery circuitry is coupled to the capacitor and configured to provide a charging current to the capacitor. Charge control circuitry can be coupled to the charge delivery circuitry and configured to selectively allow the providing of the charging current to the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Volterra Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Joel Tang, Qingxiang Zhang, Seth Kahn, David Lidsky
  • Patent number: 9300210
    Abstract: A switched-mode power regulator circuit has four solid-state switches connected in series and a capacitor and an inductor that regulate power delivered to a load. The solid-state switches are operated such that a voltage at the load is regulated by repetitively (1) charging the capacitor causing a current to flow in the inductor and (2) discharging the capacitor causing current to flow in the inductor. The power regulator circuit may be configured to operate with zero current switching at frequencies in the range of 100 MHz, enabling it to be fabricated on a unitary silicon die along with the load that it powers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Empower Semiconductor
    Inventors: David Lidsky, Timothy Alan Phillips
  • Patent number: 9203301
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, apparatus, circuitry, components, mechanisms, modules, units, systems, and processes for controlling the switching frequency of a voltage regulator. Frequency monitoring and adjustment circuitry is coupled to sense a switching frequency of a power switch coupled to an output filter of the voltage regulator. The frequency monitoring and adjustment circuitry is configured to provide a frequency adjustment signal based on the sensed switching frequency. Power switch control circuitry is coupled to receive the frequency adjustment signal and is configured to control switching of the power switch based on the frequency adjustment signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Volterra Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Joel Tang, Charles Yeoh, Seth Kahn, David Lidsky, Michael McJimsey