Patents by Inventor Mark Anthony Belch

Mark Anthony Belch 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: 10038365
    Abstract: A control circuit for a step-up converter includes a soft start module configured to control states of N transistor pairs of the step-up converter, where N is an integer greater than two. A driver module is in communication with the soft start module and configured to generate a first signal when N transistor pairs of the step-up converter are ready to switch. A first charging circuit is configured to charge (N-1) capacitors of the step-up converter to an input voltage of the step-up converter in response to the first signal and to generate a second signal when charging is complete. A second charging circuit is configured to sequentially charge the (N-1) capacitors of the step-up converter to (N-1) predetermined voltage values in response to the first signal and the second signal and before operation of the step-up converter begins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Serhii Mikhailovich Zhak, Mark Anthony Belch, Brett A. Miwa, David Harrington, Jonathan King
  • Patent number: 9893622
    Abstract: A multi-level, step-up converter circuit includes an inductor including one terminal in communication with an input voltage supply. N transistor pairs are connected in series, where N is an integer greater than one. First and second transistors of a first pair of the N transistor pairs are connected together at a node. The node is in communication with another terminal of the inductor. Third and fourth transistors of a second pair of the N transistor pairs are connected to the first and second transistors, respectively. (N?1) capacitors have terminals connected between the N transistor pairs, respectively. An output capacitor has a terminal in communication with at least one transistor of the N transistor pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Serhii Mikhailovich Zhak, Mark Anthony Belch, Brett A. Miwa, David Harrington, Jonathan King
  • Publication number: 20170250607
    Abstract: A multi-level, step-up converter circuit includes an inductor including one terminal in communication with an input voltage supply. N transistor pairs are connected in series, where N is an integer greater than one. First and second transistors of a first pair of the N transistor pairs are connected together at a node. The node is in communication with another terminal of the inductor. Third and fourth transistors of a second pair of the N transistor pairs are connected to the first and second transistors, respectively. (N?1) capacitors have terminals connected between the N transistor pairs, respectively. An output capacitor has a terminal in communication with at least one transistor of the N transistor pair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Serhii Mikhailovich ZHAK, Mark Anthony Belch, Brett A. Miwa, David Harrington, Jonathan King
  • Publication number: 20170237336
    Abstract: A control circuit for a step-up converter includes a soft start module configured to control states of N transistor pairs of the step-up converter, where N is an integer greater than two. A driver module is in communication with the soft start module and configured to generate a first signal when N transistor pairs of the step-up converter are ready to switch. A first charging circuit is configured to charge (N-1) capacitors of the step-up converter to an input voltage of the step-up converter in response to the first signal and to generate a second signal when charging is complete. A second charging circuit is configured to sequentially charge the (N-1) capacitors of the step-up converter to (N-1) predetermined voltage values in response to the first signal and the second signal and before operation of the step-up converter begins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Serhii Mikhailovich ZHAK, Mark Anthony BELCH, Brett A. MIWA, David HARRINGTON, Jonathan KING
  • Patent number: 9653986
    Abstract: A multi-level, step-up converter circuit includes an inductor including one terminal in communication with an input voltage supply. N transistor pairs are connected in series, where N is an integer greater than one. First and second transistors of a first pair of the N transistor pairs are connected together at a node. The node is in communication with another terminal of the inductor. Third and fourth transistors of a second pair of the N transistor pairs are connected to the first and second transistors, respectively. (N?1) capacitors have terminals connected between the N transistor pairs, respectively. An output capacitor has a terminal in communication with at least one transistor of the N transistor pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Serhii Mikhailovich Zhak, Mark Anthony Belch, Brett A. Miwa, David Harrington, Jonathan King
  • Patent number: 9608512
    Abstract: A control circuit for a step-up converter includes a soft start module configured to control states of N transistor pairs of the step-up converter, where N is an integer greater than two. A driver module is in communication with the soft start module and configured to generate a first signal when N transistor pairs of the step-up converter are ready to switch. A first charging circuit is configured to charge (N?1) capacitors of the step-up converter to an input voltage of the step-up converter in response to the first signal and to generate a second signal when charging is complete. A second charging circuit is configured to sequentially charge the (N?1) capacitors of the step-up converter to (N?1) predetermined voltage values in response to the first signal and the second signal and before operation of the step-up converter begins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Serhii Mikhailovich Zhak, Mark Anthony Belch, Brett A. Miwa, David Harrington, Jonathan King
  • Publication number: 20140266135
    Abstract: A multi-level, step-up converter circuit includes an inductor including one terminal in communication with an input voltage supply. N transistor pairs are connected in series, where N is an integer greater than one. First and second transistors of a first pair of the N transistor pairs are connected together at a node. The node is in communication with another terminal of the inductor. Third and fourth transistors of a second pair of the N transistor pairs are connected to the first and second transistors, respectively. (N?1) capacitors have terminals connected between the N transistor pairs, respectively. An output capacitor has a terminal in communication with at least one transistor of the N transistor pair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Serhii Mikhailovich Zhak, Mark Anthony Belch, Brett A. Miwa, David Harrington, Jonathan King
  • Publication number: 20140266134
    Abstract: A control circuit for a step-up converter includes a soft start module configured to control states of N transistor pairs of the step-up converter, where N is an integer greater than two. A driver module is in communication with the soft start module and configured to generate a first signal when N transistor pairs of the step-up converter are ready to switch. A first charging circuit is configured to charge (N?1) capacitors of the step-up converter to an input voltage of the step-up converter in response to the first signal and to generate a second signal when charging is complete. A second charging circuit is configured to sequentially charge the (N?1) capacitors of the step-up converter to (N?1) predetermined voltage values in response to the first signal and the second signal and before operation of the step-up converter begins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Serhii Mikhailovich Zhak, Mark Anthony Belch, Brett A. Miwa, David Harrington, Jonathan King
  • Patent number: 7893665
    Abstract: During burst mode operation of a four switch buck-boost converter, the input voltage and an output voltage can be detected and a preset peak charging current threshold level can be modulated when the difference between the input voltage and output voltage is within a prescribed range. A burst mode charging cycle will progress until the modulated peak charging threshold level is attained and cut off at the set peak level. A charge transfer cycle and discharge cycle may proceed thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Linear Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Belch