Patents by Inventor Kuang-Yao Cheng

Kuang-Yao Cheng 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: 20210242779
    Abstract: A system includes a load and a switching converter coupled to the load. The switching converter includes at least one switching module and an output inductor coupled to a switch node of each switching module. The switching converter also includes a controller coupled to each switching module, where the controller is configured to adjust a pulse clock rate and a switch on-time for each switching module. The controller comprises a pulse truncation circuit configured to detect a voltage overshoot condition and to truncate an active switch on-time pulse in response to the detected voltage overshoot condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: Kuang-Yao Cheng, Muthusubramanian Venkateswaran, Dattatreya Baragur Suryanarayana, Preetam Charan Anand Tadeparthy
  • Patent number: 11031868
    Abstract: A system includes a load and a switching converter coupled to the load. The switching converter includes at least one switching module and an output inductor coupled to a switch node of each switching module. The switching converter also includes a controller coupled to each switching module, where the controller is configured to adjust a pulse clock rate and a switch on-time for each switching module. The controller comprises a pulse truncation circuit configured to detect a voltage overshoot condition and to truncate an active switch on-time pulse in response to the detected voltage overshoot condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kuang-Yao Cheng, Muthusubramanian Venkateswaran, Dattatreya Baragur Suryanarayana, Preetam Charan Anand Tadeparthy
  • Publication number: 20210099084
    Abstract: A system includes a load and a switching converter coupled to the load. The switching converter includes at least one switching module and an output inductor coupled to a switch node of each switching module. The switching converter also includes a controller coupled to each switching module, where the controller is configured to adjust a pulse clock rate and a switch on-time for each switching module. The controller comprises a pulse truncation circuit configured to detect a voltage overshoot condition and to truncate an active switch on-time pulse in response to the detected voltage overshoot condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Inventors: Kuang-Yao CHENG, Muthusubramanian VENKATESWARAN, Dattatreya Baragur SURYANARAYANA, Preetam Charan Anand Tadeparthy
  • Publication number: 20200348706
    Abstract: A voltage regulator system includes a switch system including a power switch to conduct an output current through an inductor based on an input voltage and a switching signal to generate an output voltage at a load. A feedback system generates a PWM signal based on the output voltage and based on a variable reference voltage. A gate driver system generates the switching signal based on the PWM signal. The gate driver system controls the switch system to increase the output voltage at output voltage slopes in each of startup stages during startup of the voltage regulator system. A sampling system samples the output current and the output voltage during the startup of the voltage regulator system to measure each slope of the output voltage slopes at each of the respective startup stages during the startup of the voltage regulator system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Kuang-Yao Cheng, Wenkai Wu, Preetam Tadeparthy, Shuhua Zhang
  • Publication number: 20200202042
    Abstract: A power supply control circuit includes serial communication circuitry, non-volatile memory, and a controller circuit. The serial communication circuitry is configured to receive configuration information. The configuration information includes a data structure containing validation information identifying a controller. The non-volatile memory is configured to store the configuration information, and to store identification information that identifies the power supply control circuit. The controller circuit is configured to compare the validation information to the identification information, and to apply the configuration information to configure the power supply control circuit responsive the comparison indicating that the validation information is the same as the identification information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew John Ascher SCHURMANN, Preetam Charan Anand TADEPARTHY, Kuang-Yao CHENG
  • Patent number: 10666279
    Abstract: A circuit includes a phase control logic, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and digital logic. The phase control logic is configured to couple to a plurality of power phases of a multi-phase power supply. The digital logic is configured to couple to the phase control logic and the ADC, to receive an instruction to operate in a self-calibration mode of operation, receive a first message including a value associated with a calibrated load configured to couple to the plurality of power phases, perform a self-calibration sub-routine for each power phase of the plurality of power phases based at least partially on the received instruction, the received first message, and a signal received from the ADC, and receive a second message instructing the digital logic to store a result of the self-calibration in a memory of the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Matthew John Ascher Schurmann, Mayank Jain, Wenkai Wu, Preetam Charan Anand Tadeparthy, Kuang-Yao Cheng
  • Publication number: 20200144922
    Abstract: A circuit for a multi-phase power regulator including a power stage with a first phase and a second phase, the circuit including phase management circuitry coupled to the first phase and the second phase to control the first phase and the second phase, a first comparator coupled to an output of the multi-phase power regulator to compare a value of the output of the multi-phase power regulator to a first threshold value to produce a first comparison result, and phase shedding circuitry coupled to the first comparator and the phase management circuitry to control the phase management circuitry to activate or deactivate the second phase based at least partially on the first comparison result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Kuang-Yao Cheng, Wenkai Wu, Preetam Tadeparthy, Nancy Zhang, Dattatreya Baragur Suryanarayana, Naga Venkata Prasadu Mangina
  • Patent number: 10644594
    Abstract: A control circuit for a DC-DC converter and a DC-DC converter are disclosed. The control circuit includes an integrator coupled to receive a first reference voltage and a first voltage that includes an output voltage for the DC-DC converter and to provide an integrated error signal. A first comparator is coupled to receive the first reference voltage and the first voltage and to provide a dynamic-integration signal that adjusts the integration time constant of the integrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kuang-Yao Cheng, Preetam Tadeparthy, Muthusubramanian Venkateswaran, Vikram Gakhar, Dattatreya Baragur Suryanarayana
  • Patent number: 10560023
    Abstract: A circuit for a multi-phase power regulator including a power stage with a first phase and a second phase, the circuit including phase management circuitry coupled to the first phase and the second phase to control the first phase and the second phase, a first comparator coupled to an output of the multi-phase power regulator to compare a value of the output of the multi-phase power regulator to a first threshold value to produce a first comparison result, and phase shedding circuitry coupled to the first comparator and the phase management circuitry to control the phase management circuitry to activate or deactivate the second phase based at least partially on the first comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Kuang-Yao Cheng, Wenkai Wu, Preetam Tadeparthy, Nancy Zhang, Dattatreya Baragur Suryanarayana, Naga Venkata Prasadu Mangina
  • Patent number: 10432093
    Abstract: A multiphase DC-DC converter includes a first phase circuit including a higher inductance inductor and a second phase circuit including a lower inductance inductor. An output of the inductors are tied together providing a Vout. A phase manager and current sharing (PMCS) block receives a feedback signal from a feedback network coupled between Vout and the PMCS block that receives current feedback from phase circuits. The PMCS block generates driver control signals at a first time when a load is requesting a lower load current for controlling the phase circuits to operate with a first current sharing ratio to provide the lower load current, and at a second time when the load is requesting a higher load current controls the phase circuits to operate at a second current sharing ratio that is different from the first current sharing ratio having a higher average second phase circuit current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Kuang-Yao Cheng, Wenkai Wu, Yipeng Su
  • Publication number: 20190190386
    Abstract: A circuit for a multi-phase power regulator including a power stage with a first phase and a second phase, the circuit including phase management circuitry coupled to the first phase and the second phase to control the first phase and the second phase, a first comparator coupled to an output of the multi-phase power regulator to compare a value of the output of the multi-phase power regulator to a first threshold value to produce a first comparison result, and phase shedding circuitry coupled to the first comparator and the phase management circuitry to control the phase management circuitry to activate or deactivate the second phase based at least partially on the first comparison result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Kuang-Yao CHENG, Wenkai WU, Preetam TADEPARTHY, Nancy ZHANG, Dattatreya Baragur SURYANARAYANA, Naga Venkata Prasadu MANGINA
  • Publication number: 20190131872
    Abstract: A control circuit for a DC-DC converter and a DC-DC converter are disclosed. The control circuit includes an integrator coupled to receive a first reference voltage and a first voltage that includes an output voltage for the DC-DC converter and to provide an integrated error signal. A first comparator is coupled to receive the first reference voltage and the first voltage and to provide a dynamic-integration signal that adjusts the integration time constant of the integrator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Kuang-Yao Cheng, Preetam Tadeparthy, Muthusubramanian Venkateswaran, Vikram Gakhar, Dattatreya Baragur Suryanarayana
  • Patent number: 10084307
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an over-current protection circuit. A signal generating block in the over-current protection circuit generates one or more input voltages, a summed voltage and an average voltage in response to one or more differential voltages. A control block generates one or more control signals in response to the one or more input voltages and the average voltage. An analog control loop block generates an initiation signal in response to the summed voltage and an output voltage. A phase control logic block generates one or more PWM (pulse width modulated) signals in response to the initiation signal and the one or more control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Pradeep V S R Pydah, Biranchinath Sahu, Tetsuo Tateishi, Kuang-Yao Cheng, Nandakishore Raimar
  • Publication number: 20180254706
    Abstract: A multiphase DC-DC converter includes a first phase circuit including a higher inductance inductor and a second phase circuit including a lower inductance inductor. An output of the inductors are tied together providing a Vout. A phase manager and current sharing (PMCS) block receives a feedback signal from a feedback network coupled between Vout and the PMCS block that receives current feedback from phase circuits. The PMCS block generates driver control signals at a first time when a load is requesting a lower load current for controlling the phase circuits to operate with a first current sharing ratio to provide the lower load current, and at a second time when the load is requesting a higher load current controls the phase circuits to operate at a second current sharing ratio that is different from the first current sharing ratio having a higher average second phase circuit current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: KUANG-YAO CHENG, WENKAI WU, YIPENG SU
  • Patent number: 9841776
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to improve a transient response of a multi-phase voltage regulator are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a differential amplifier to compare a first voltage to a droop voltage, the first voltage corresponding to a sum of inductor currents in the multi-phase voltage regulator, the droop voltage corresponding to an output voltage of the multi-phase voltage regulator; and output a first control voltage based on the comparison; a differentiator to compute a derivative of the droop voltage and adjust a ramp voltage with the derivative of the droop voltage to generate a second control voltage; and a comparator to compare a reference voltage with a second voltage, the second voltage being a combination of the first control voltage and the second control voltage; and when the second voltage is greater than the reference voltage, output a voltage pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Syed Mustafa Khelat Bari, Kuang-Yao Cheng
  • Publication number: 20170317488
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an over-current protection circuit. A signal generating block in the over-current protection circuit generates one or more input voltages, a summed voltage and an average voltage in response to one or more differential voltages. A control block generates one or more control signals in response to the one or more input voltages and the average voltage. An analog control loop block generates an initiation signal in response to the summed voltage and an output voltage. A phase control logic block generates one or more PWM (pulse width modulated) signals in response to the initiation signal and the one or more control signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Pradeep V S R PYDAH, Biranchinath SAHU, Tetsuo TATEISHI, Kuang-Yao CHENG, Nandakishore RAIMAR
  • Patent number: 9343962
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a power regulator system. The system includes a switch control stage configured to generate at least one activation signal based on a pulse-width modulation (PWM) signal and to control a respective at least one switch to generate an output voltage. The system also includes a feedback stage configured to generate the PWM signal based on a ramp signal and a feedback voltage that is based on the output voltage. The system further includes a ramp generator stage configured to adaptively generate the ramp signal based on the output voltage and based on the at least one activation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Kuang-Yao Cheng, Hal Chen, Wenkai Wu, Weidong Zhu
  • Publication number: 20140266112
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a power regulator system. The system includes a switch control stage configured to generate at least one activation signal based on a pulse-width modulation (PWM) signal and to control a respective at least one switch to generate an output voltage. The system also includes a feedback stage configured to generate the PWM signal based on a ramp signal and a feedback voltage that is based on the output voltage. The system further includes a ramp generator stage configured to adaptively generate the ramp signal based on the output voltage and based on the at least one activation signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: KUANG-YAO CHENG, HAL CHEN, WENKAI WU, WEIDONG ZHU
  • Patent number: 8575911
    Abstract: Stabilization of a switching voltage regulator employing V2 control against ripple oscillation instability when the equivalent series resistance (ESR) of an output capacitor is small is provided by providing both an external ramp and an internal ramp (only the latter of which requires an approximation of inductor current) in the control feedback path, preferably including both inner and outer feedback loops. Approximation of inductor current using such an arrangement is non-critical and may be estimated based on power input voltage. Drift of a circuit providing such an inductor current estimation is preferably avoided by adjusting control duty cycle or slew rate of the positive-going ramp portion of the estimated inductor current triangular waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Kuang-Yao Cheng, Feng Yu, Paolo Mattavelli, Fred C. Lee
  • Patent number: 8400086
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for use with a PMSM detect the fall time or the rise time and the fall time of a motor current in the PMSM under different voltage vectors when the PMSM is in start-up to determine an initial rotor position for the PMSM at standstill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Richtek Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Kuang-Yao Cheng