Patents by Inventor John L. Melanson

John L. Melanson 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: 20220393576
    Abstract: A battery management system configured to electrically couple to a battery may include a boost converter comprising a plurality of switches arranged to provide a boosted output voltage at an output of the boost converter from a source voltage of the battery and a bypass switch coupled between the battery and the output, wherein the battery management system is operable in a plurality of modes comprising a bypass mode wherein the source voltage is bypassed to the output and when the battery management system is in the bypass mode, at least one switch of the plurality of switches is enabled to increase a conductance between the battery and the output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Publication date: December 8, 2022
    Applicant: Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric J. KING, John L. MELANSON, Graeme G. MACKAY, Lingli ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20220376618
    Abstract: This application relates to methods and apparatus for driving a transducer. A transducer driver has a switch network is operable to selectively connect a driver output to any of a first set of at least three different switching voltages. which are, in use, maintained throughout a switching cycle of the driver apparatus. The switch network is also operable to selectively connect the driver output to flying capacitor driver. A controller is configured to control the switch network and flying capacitor driver to generate a drive signal at the driver output based on an input signal, wherein in one mode of operation the driver output is switched between two of the first set of switching voltages with a controlled duty cycle and in another mode of operation the driver output is connected to the flying capacitor driver which is switched between first and second states with a controlled duty cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Publication date: November 24, 2022
    Applicant: Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventors: Yongjie CHENG, Lingli ZHANG, John L. MELANSON, Thomas H. HOFF, Eric J. KING, Zhaohui HE
  • Patent number: 11507199
    Abstract: A system may include a resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor, a driver configured to drive the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor with a plurality of driving signals, each driving signal of the plurality of driving signals having a respective driving frequency, and a measurement circuit communicatively coupled to the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor and configured to measure a first value of a physical quantity associated with the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor in response to a first driving signal of the plurality of driving signals, wherein the first driving signal has a first driving frequency; measure a second value of the physical quantity associated with the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor in response to a second driving signal of the plurality of driving signals, wherein the second driving signal has a second driving frequency; measure a third value of the physical quantity associated with the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor in response to the first driving signal; measure a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: John L. Melanson
  • Publication number: 20220368325
    Abstract: This application relates to methods and apparatus for driving a transducer with switching drivers. A switching driver has first and second supply node for receiving supply voltages and includes an output bridge stage, a capacitor and a network of switches. The network of switches is operable in different switch states to provide different switching voltages to the output bridge stage. A controller is configured to control the switch state of the network of switches and a duty cycle of output switches of the output bridge stage based on an input signal to generate an output signal for driving the transducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventors: Axel THOMSEN, Eric J. KING, Thomas H. HOFF, John L. MELANSON, Angus BLACK, Ross C. MORGAN, Malcolm BLYTH
  • Patent number: 11489606
    Abstract: Calibration of devices communicating on a shared data bus may improve data integrity on the shared data bus by reducing duty cycle distortion. Duty cycle distortion may be reduced by adjusting timing of a transceiver in a device for communicating on the shared data bus using calibration codes. The calibration codes may be loaded into memory and used to reconfigure the transceiver timing on the shared data bus with reconfiguration occurring within one or more unit-intervals of time. The calibration code may be used, for example, to adjust a PMOS or NMOS trim circuit at the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Louviere, John L. Melanson, Gabriel Vogel
  • Patent number: 11489534
    Abstract: Digital-to-analog converter (DAC) architecture, comprising: a matrix DAC array comprising a plurality of cells arranged in a first dimension and a second dimension, each cell comprising a local decoder configured to transition the cell between at least two states; and decoding circuitry configured to: receive a digital input signal; and control the plurality of local decoders based on a received digital input signal, wherein each incremental change in the digital input signal results in a transition of a single cell of the plurality of cells such that the plurality of cells transition in sequence, the sequence of transitions of the plurality of cells defining a path through the DAC array; wherein when the path proceeds in the first dimension, the path proceeds to an adjacent cell of the plurality of cells at least 50% of the time; and wherein when the path proceeds in the second dimension, the path proceeds to an adjacent cell of the plurality of cells at least 50% of the time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Seung Bae Lee, Sunny Bhagia, Jaiminkumar Mehta, Anindya Bhattacharya, John L. Melanson
  • Publication number: 20220344958
    Abstract: A battery management system, may include an input configured to couple to a power supply, an output configured to couple to a battery, and battery management circuitry coupled between the power supply and the battery and configured to deliver electrical energy to the output at a significantly higher peak-to-average power ratio than receipt of electrical energy to the input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Publication date: October 27, 2022
    Applicant: Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventors: John L. MELANSON, Eric J. KING, Emmanuel MARCHAIS
  • Publication number: 20220341973
    Abstract: A system may include an output power stage driver comprising a plurality of parallel-coupled field-effect transistors and a current sensor comprising a sense field-effect transistor matched to a matched field-effect transistor of the plurality of parallel-coupled field-effect transistors and gate-coupled and source-coupled to the matched field-effect transistor. The current sensor may be configured to measure a reference voltage across the sense field-effect transistor, measure a sense voltage across the matched field-effect transistor, and determine a current through the output power stage driver based on a comparison of the reference voltage to the sense voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Publication date: October 27, 2022
    Applicant: Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventors: Yongjie CHENG, Ruoxin JIANG, Lingli ZHANG, John L. MELANSON
  • Patent number: 11476759
    Abstract: A system may include a power converter comprising at least one stage having a dual anti-wound inductor constructed such that its windings generate opposing magnetic fields in its magnetic core and a current control subsystem for controlling an electrical current through the dual anti-wound inductor. The current control subsystem may be configured to minimize a magnitude of a magnetizing electrical current of the dual anti-wound inductor to prevent core saturation of the dual anti-wound inductor and regulate an amount of output electrical current delivered by the power converter to the load in accordance with a reference input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason W. Lawrence, John L. Melanson, Eric J. King
  • Publication number: 20220329212
    Abstract: An amplification system with an output driver stage for providing an output signal to acoustic output transducers such as speakers or haptic output devices removes signal distortion caused by output stage non-linearities by pre-distorting an input signal. The system includes the output driver stage, an input stage for receiving the input signal, and a processing block that receives the input signal and provides an output signal to the output driver stage. The processing block includes a pre-distortion circuit that applies a pre-distortion function to the input signal to generate the output signal if a signal level of the input signal is greater than a threshold amplitude, and if the signal level is less than or equal to the threshold amplitude, generates the output signal from the input signal by bypassing the pre-distortion circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Inventors: Amar Vellanki, Xin Zhao, Jing Bai, John L. Melanson, Ku He, Wai-Shun Shum, Xiaofan Fei, Alan M. Morton
  • Publication number: 20220329155
    Abstract: A single-inductor multiple output (SIMO) switched-power DC-DC converter for a class-D amplifier provides outputs that are symmetric about a common-mode input voltage of the amplifier, while remaining asymmetric about a return terminal of the amplifier and switching converter. The DC-DC converter includes an inductive element, a switching circuit that energizes the inductive element from an input source, and a control circuit that controls the switching circuit. The control circuit may have multiple switching modes, and in one of the multiple switching modes, the switching circuit may couple the inductive element between outputs of the converter so that stored energy produces a differential change between the voltages of the outputs. The control circuit may implement a first control loop that maintains a common mode voltage of the pair of outputs at a predetermined voltage independent of the individual voltages of the pair of outputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Inventors: Xin Zhao, Jun Yan, Xiaofan Fei, Mark May, John L. Melanson
  • Publication number: 20220329216
    Abstract: A multi-path audio amplification system that provides an output drive signal to electromechanical output transducers provides improved undistorted headroom, reduced path switching noise, and/or improved frequency response performance. Multiple signal amplification paths receive an audio input signal and have corresponding multiple output stages that have differing output impedances. A mode selector selects an active one of the multiple signal amplification paths is selected to supply the output drive signal. Outputs of the multiple output stages are coupled to the electromechanical transducer to provide the output drive signal and at least one of the multiple signal amplification paths includes an equalization filter for filtering the audio input signal to compensate for phase or gain differences referenced from the input to the outputs of the multiple output stages due to interaction between the differing output impedances and an impedance of the electromechanical transducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2021
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Inventors: Leyi Yin, John L. Melanson, Eric Lindemann, Amar Vellanki, Jianhao Chen, Venugopal Choukinishi, Wai-Shun Shum, Xiaofan Fei
  • Patent number: 11469661
    Abstract: A battery management system configured to electrically couple to a battery may include a boost converter comprising a plurality of switches arranged to provide a boosted output voltage at an output of the boost converter from a source voltage of the battery and a bypass switch coupled between the battery and the output, wherein the battery management system is operable in a plurality of modes comprising a bypass mode wherein the source voltage is bypassed to the output and when the battery management system is in the bypass mode, at least one switch of the plurality of switches is enabled to increase a conductance between the battery and the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. King, John L. Melanson, Graeme G. MacKay, Lingli Zhang
  • Publication number: 20220317778
    Abstract: A system may include a resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor, a driver configured to drive the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor with a plurality of driving signals, each driving signal of the plurality of driving signals having a respective driving frequency, and a measurement circuit communicatively coupled to the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor and configured to measure a first value of a physical quantity associated with the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor in response to a first driving signal of the plurality of driving signals, wherein the first driving signal has a first driving frequency; measure a second value of the physical quantity associated with the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor in response to a second driving signal of the plurality of driving signals, wherein the second driving signal has a second driving frequency; measure a third value of the physical quantity associated with the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor in response to the first driving signal; measure a
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Applicant: Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventor: John L. MELANSON
  • Publication number: 20220307872
    Abstract: A system may include a plurality of sensors configured to sense a physical quantity and a calibration subsystem configured to perform a calibration comprising: comparing a measured characteristic from each of at least two sensors of the plurality of sensors to determine a sensitivity drift of at least one sensor of the plurality of sensors; based on the measured characteristics of the at least two sensors and stored reference characteristics for the at least two sensors, calculating a normalization factor; and applying the normalization factor to the measured characteristic of the at least one sensor to ensure sensitivity of the plurality of sensors relative to each other remains approximately constant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicant: Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventors: Siddharth MARU, Josh SANZ-ROBINSON, Tejasvi DAS, John L. MELANSON
  • Publication number: 20220308000
    Abstract: A system may include a resonant sensor configured to sense a physical quantity, a measurement circuit communicatively coupled to the resonant sensor and configured to measure one or more resonance parameters associated with the resonant sensor and indicative of the physical quantity using an incident/quadrature detector having an incident channel and a quadrature channel and perform a calibration of a non-ideality between the incident channel and the quadrature channel of the system, the calibration comprising determining the non-ideality by controlling the sensor signal, an oscillation signal for the incident channel, and an oscillation signal for the quadrature channel; and correcting for the non-ideality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicant: Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventors: Tejasvi DAS, Siddharth MARU, John L. MELANSON
  • Publication number: 20220307867
    Abstract: A system may include a resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor configured to sense a physical quantity, and a measurement circuit communicatively coupled to the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor and configured to measure one or more resonance parameters associated with the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor and indicative of the physical quantity and, in order to maximize dynamic range in determining the physical quantity from the one or more resonance parameters, dynamically modify, across the dynamic range, either of reliance on the one or more resonance parameters in determining the physical quantity or one or more resonance properties of the resistive-inductive-capacitive sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Publication date: September 29, 2022
    Applicant: Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventors: Tejasvi DAS, Siddharth MARU, John L. MELANSON
  • Publication number: 20220286046
    Abstract: Driver circuitry for driving a load based on an input signal, comprising: at least one variable boost stage comprising: first and second input nodes configured to receive a first voltage and a second voltage respectively; first and second flying capacitor nodes for connection to a flying capacitor therebetween; a network of switching paths for selectively connecting the first and second input nodes with the first and second flying capacitor nodes; an output stage for selectively connecting a driver output node to each of the first and second flying capacitor nodes; and a controller operable in a first boost mode to: control the output stage to selectively connect the driver output node to the first flying capacitor node; control the network of switching paths to switch connection of the second flying capacitor node between the first and second input nodes at a controlled duty cycle; and in a first charge top-up cycle, control the network of switching paths to connect the first input node to the first flying c
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2021
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Applicant: Cirrus Logic International Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventors: Eric J. KING, Axel THOMSEN, Anthony S. DOY, Thomas H. HOFF, John L. MELANSON
  • Patent number: 11438697
    Abstract: A system may include a digital delta-sigma modulator configured to receive a digital audio input signal and quantize the digital audio input signal into a quantized signal, a filter configured to receive the quantized signal and perform filtering on the quantized signal to generate a filtered quantized signal, the filter having a variable group delay, and a current-mode digital-to-analog converter configured to receive the filtered quantized signal and convert the filtered quantized signal into an equivalent current-mode analog audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Melanson, Wai-Shun Shum, Leyi Yin
  • Patent number: 11437935
    Abstract: A method may include controlling commutation of a plurality of switches of an output stage comprising the plurality of switches in order to transfer charge between an energy storage device and a load to generate an output voltage across the load as an amplified version of an input signal, wherein the load comprises capacitive energy storage and controlling the power converter in order to regulate a cumulative electrical energy present in the system at an energy target, wherein the power converter is configured to transfer electrical energy from a source of electrical energy coupled to an input of the power converter to the energy storage device coupled to the output of the power converter and configured to store the electrical energy transferred from the source of electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. King, John L. Melanson