Selectively Actuated Patents (Class 307/115)
  • Patent number: 10410815
    Abstract: A driver circuit configured to control an operation of a relay includes: a voltage output electrically connected with the relay; a first voltage input selectively electrically connected to the voltage output; a buck boost converter including an input and a first output; and a system basis chip including an output terminal connected to the input of the buck boost converter and configured to provide a voltage. The first output of the buck boost converter is electrically connected to the first voltage input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Markus Pretschuh, Maximilian Hofer
  • Patent number: 10396593
    Abstract: A photovoltaic system includes groups of solar cells that can be switched in and out of the photovoltaic system. In response to detecting initiation of rapid shutdown, a control circuit controls a switch device to switch out a group of solar cells to lower the output voltage of the photovoltaic system below a safety level. In response to detecting a release trigger that indicates resumption of normal operation, the control circuit controls the switch device to switch back the group of solar cells to restore the output voltage of the photovoltaic system to a normal operating level. Solar cells may be switched out by disconnecting them from the photovoltaic system and switched back by reconnecting them into the photovoltaic system. Solar cells may also be switched out by shorting them out of the photovoltaic system and switched back in by removing the short.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SUNPOWER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zachary S. Judkins, Jonathan L. Ehlmann
  • Patent number: 10342105
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a device including relay circuitry and light sensor circuitry. The relay circuitry is configured to selectively deliver alternating current (AC) power to a load. The light sensor circuitry is configured to detect one or more modulated light signals, wherein the device is configured to join a group including a plurality of devices based at least in part on the one or more modulated light signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael James Harris
  • Patent number: 10313146
    Abstract: A communication method includes: performing communication with a server via the Internet; acquiring from the server a command for causing an electrical appliance to perform a predetermined operation; storing the command and an association information item associated with the command; displaying the association information items on a display unit; receiving a selection of an association information item among the displayed association information items; determining whether or not the electrical appliance is capable of performing the predetermined operation according to the command associated with the association information item the selection of which is received; and when it is determined that the electrical appliance is capable of performing the predetermined operation according to the command associated with the association information item the selection of which is received, transmitting the command to the electrical appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mahbub Rashid, Masaru Yamaoka, Yasuaki Kanari
  • Patent number: 10276035
    Abstract: A system and method for providing temporary power to an intermittent unit of a fire alarm system device. The intermittent unit is intermittently activated. The fire alarm system device includes a power storage unit for providing temporary power to the intermittent unit and a voltage converter for providing power at a voltage required by the intermittent unit. The fire alarm system device also includes a power control circuit for discharging the power storage unit through the intermittent unit when the intermittent unit first is activated and then switching to enable the voltage converter to power the intermittent unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Feltham, Martin Chiarizio
  • Patent number: 10261531
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a control circuitry of a smart wall switch. The control circuitry includes a primary step-down sub-circuitry, a secondary step-down sub-circuitry, an output control sub-circuitry, a microcontroller, an OTA (Over-the-Air) sub-circuitry, a three-way switch, a three-way switch conversion sub-circuitry, and a wireless communication sub-circuitry. An input terminal of the primary step-down sub-circuitry is connected to a power supply, an output terminal of the primary step-down sub-circuitry is connected to an input terminal of the secondary step-down sub-circuitry, and an output terminal of the secondary step-down sub-circuitry is connected to the microcontroller, an input terminal of the output control sub-circuitry is connected to the microcontroller, a first output terminal of the output control sub-circuitry is connected between the power supply and the primary step-down sub-circuitry, and a second output terminal of the output control sub-circuitry is connected to a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NIE-TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jianghai Nie
  • Patent number: 10205330
    Abstract: A programmable battery protection system. Implementations may include a battery protection integrated circuit (IC) with an array of fuses, a plurality of latches coupled with the array of fuses, a plurality of MOSFETs coupled with the plurality of latches, and a plurality of resistors coupled in series and in parallel with each one of the plurality of MOSFETs. The IC may also include a comparator coupled with the plurality of resistors and with a battery control circuit. Whether any one of the array of fuses is open or closed (remains closed) may be set by a fuse trimming signal from the battery control circuit. A voltage supplied to the comparator by the plurality of resistors during operation may be one of a discharge overcurrent threshold voltage, a charge overcurrent threshold voltage, or a short current threshold voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Hiroshi Saito, Keiji Amemiya, Mutsuki Niki, Yasuaki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10204751
    Abstract: A method automatically parameterizes bay controllers and/or protective devices of a switching arrangement. The method includes automatically detecting the topology of the switching arrangement on the basis of topology information, and automatically determining interlocking and/or enabling conditions for at least one device on the basis of the topology. Communication connections for the at least one device are automatically specified while taking into account the interlocking and/or enabling conditions determined for this device. The at least one device is parameterized with the interlocking and/or enabling conditions and the communication connections and the topology determined for this device, so that interlocking or enabling of a switching action in the at least one device is controllable during the operation of the switching arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Chochole, Dieter Kramer, Jan Moeller, Markus Wache
  • Patent number: 10199831
    Abstract: In a circuit arrangement for in-line supply of voltage to an electrical or electronic apparatus located in the region of a DC line, a parallel circuit of two diodes oriented in anti-parallel is arranged in the line. When a direct current is flowing between terminals of the circuit arrangement, the anti-parallel diodes permit a small voltage drop between the terminals, irrespective of the direction of flow of the current, which voltage drop is limited to the forward voltage of the diode that is currently forward biased. The voltage drop across the anti-parallel diodes is tapped by a supply subcircuit. A semiconductor switch can be connected in parallel with the anti-parallel diodes, which switch is controlled by a voltage-reduction subcircuit to minimize the power dissipation of the circuit arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SMA Solar Technology AG
    Inventor: Markus Hopf
  • Patent number: 10198094
    Abstract: Apparatus for determining user operation of an actuator, based on determining a time constant of a state circuit coupled to the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Ran Sahar
  • Patent number: 10157506
    Abstract: A system includes a machinery protection monitoring system. The machinery protection monitoring system includes a memory configured to store a plurality of alarm escalation rules associated with an operational protection function of an industrial machine, and a processor communicatively coupled to the memory and configured to utilize the plurality of alarm escalation rules. The processor is also configured to receive an indication that the operational protection of the industrial machine is at least partially suspended, compare the measurement of the one or more operational parameters to at least one of the plurality of alarm escalation rules, and generate an alarm signal based at least in part on whether the at least one of the plurality of alarm escalation rules is satisfied. The alarm signal includes an indication of an adverse operational condition of the machinery protection monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Alan Tart, Thomas Franklin Kalb, Kyle Allan Farwell, Curtis Lee Hoffman, Paul Foster Richetta
  • Patent number: 10125962
    Abstract: A security light assembly that is mountable to a junction box and connectable to a power source via electrical cable comprises a housing comprising a base and a cover having a lens and a window portion. A sub-assembly comprises a first bracket attached to the base, a second bracket attached to the first bracket at a first location and selectively moveable about the first location between at least a first position and at least a second position that is different from the first position. When in the first position, the second bracket at least partially obstructs access to an access port, and when in the second position the second bracket does not at least partially obstruct access to the access port to enable connection of the electrical cable to the connection in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: MAXLITE INC.
    Inventor: Aymen Chami
  • Patent number: 10123398
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides lighting control system multi-switch apparatuses and methods. The apparatuses include a lighting control module including at least three electrical terminals. The lighting control module is configured to cause a transmission of a quantity of electrical energy to a lighting circuit of a light fixture electrically connected to the lighting control module. The apparatus includes a detector circuit positioned in the lighting control module. The detector circuit is electrically coupled to the traveler terminal and is configured to detect a grounding of the traveler terminal. The apparatus includes a controller in electrical communication with the detector circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Noon Home, Inc.
    Inventors: William Lark, Jr., Ryan Aylward, Peng Li
  • Patent number: 10083597
    Abstract: A personally installable home emergency alert system, for alerting aid responders and to guide them to a residence where an individual has suffered a personal incident, and having a bulb having a globe portion containing a plurality of low voltage response lights, a base portion attached to the globe containing a plurality of response circuits and connectable to a domestic conventional power supply and adapted to activate the response lights, fastening means on the base portion whereby it is adapted to be received in a conventional domestic electrical lamp receptacle, and, a radio frequency remote controller adapted to communicate with the response circuits in the base portion operable to activate the low voltage response lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Nader Nowzari
  • Patent number: 9990022
    Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) is disclosed herein for adaptive power multiplexing with a power distribution network. In an example aspect, the integrated circuit includes a first power rail, a second power rail, and a load power rail. The integrated circuit also includes multiple power-multiplexer tiles and power-multiplexer control circuitry. The multiple power-multiplexer tiles are coupled in series in a chained arrangement and configured to jointly perform a power-multiplexing operation. Each power-multiplexer tile is configured to switch between coupling the load power rail to the first power rail and coupling the load power rail to the second power rail. The power-multiplexer control circuitry is configured to control a direction of current flow to prevent cross-conduction between the first power rail and the second power rail during the power-multiplexing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mong Chit Wong, Nam Dang, Rajeev Jain, Sassan Shahrokhinia, Yu Huang, Lipeng Cao
  • Patent number: 9966671
    Abstract: RF circuitry, which includes a first main RF switching circuit and a second main RF switching circuit, is disclosed. The first main RF switching circuit is capable of providing an RF signal path between a first main RF port and a first selected one of a first RF antenna and a second RF antenna. The second main RF switching circuit is capable of providing an RF signal path between a second main RF port and a second selected one of the first RF antenna and the second RF antenna. The first main RF switching circuit includes a first pair of RF switches coupled in series between the first RF antenna and the first main RF port; a second pair of RF switches coupled in series between the second RF antenna and the first main RF port; a first shunt RF switch; and a second shunt RF switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Qorvo US, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Tombak, Marcus Granger-Jones
  • Patent number: 9949338
    Abstract: A device to allow a two-way switch to be used in an electrical circuit comprising multiple switches. Using the invention device, the two-way switch can operate as either a three-way switch or a four-way switch in a multiple-switch electrical circuit using AC mains voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Phillip C. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9941421
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) module safety shutdown system includes a module-on switch coupled with a PV module coupled with an alternating current (AC) mains panel through an inverter. A system monitor couples with the module-on switch and with the AC mains panel and generates a system-on signal. A module discharge switch couples with an inherent capacitance of the inverter and with the system monitor. The module discharge switch discharges the inherent capacitance, by coupling the inherent capacitance with a discharge element, in response to the system monitor not generating the system-on signal. In implementations a module short switch shorts the PV module in response to a passage of a predetermined amount of time after the module discharge switch is switched on. The module-on switch, module discharge switch, and module short switch may be included in a junction box of the PV module and coupled with the system monitor through multiple opto-isolators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Helios Focus LLC
    Inventors: Randy R. Dunton, Geoffrey Sutton
  • Patent number: 9928975
    Abstract: Devices and methods comprise a relay coupled between conductors and rectifier circuits. A converter is coupled between the rectifier circuits and a radio frequency (RF) device. Control signals are coupled to the RF device. A physical switch is coupled to the RF device, and the control outputs of the physical switch form a multi-way switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Johnson, Kenneth Egan
  • Patent number: 9927821
    Abstract: The inventive subject matter provides a system and a method for automatically controlling appliances via a mechanical controller. In one aspect of the invention, the system includes a first circuitry communicatively coupled with one or more sensors and configured to generate a motor controlling signal based in part on a reading from the sensor. The system also includes a mechanical device in contact with a lever of the mechanical controller. The system also includes a second circuitry configured to cause the mechanical device to move the lever as a function of the signal received from the first circuitry to control the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: INNOVATIVE BUILDING ENERGY CONTROL
    Inventor: Gangyi Zhou
  • Patent number: 9904269
    Abstract: An apparatus including devices, a network operations center (NOC), and control nodes. Each of the devices consumes a portion of a resource when turned on, and performs a corresponding function within an acceptable operational margin by cycling on and off. The NOC is disposed external to a facility, and determines an energy lag for the facility based upon fine-grained energy consumption baseline data. The NOC employs the energy lag to generate a plurality of run time schedules that coordinates run times for the each of the devices to control the peak demand of the resource. Each of the plurality of control nodes is coupled to a corresponding one of the plurality of devices. The plurality of control nodes transmits sensor data and device status to the NOC via the demand coordination network for generation of the plurality of run time schedules, and executes selected ones of the run time schedules to cycle the plurality of devices on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ENERNOC, INC.
    Inventors: Husain Al-Mohssen, Angela S. Bassa, Richard R. Paradis, Randy C. Willig
  • Patent number: 9907136
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the disclosed technology include a decorative lighting system that can be integrated with an artificial tree. The decorative lighting system may include a white light emitting diode (LED) light string and a variable-color LED light string. The variable-color LED light string may employ LED lamps having embedded Red, Green, and Blue (RGB) LEDs. The RGB LED lamps may include an embedded integrated circuit (IC) configured to communicate with and control the energizing of each of the corresponding RGB LEDs to create a multitude of colors and color combinations that can vary with time to create a light show. An electronic controller in communication with the LED lamps may allow a user to select the mode for the light show and further may provide a periodic reset signal to restart or re-synchronize the light show.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: POLYGROUP MACAU LIMITED (BV)
    Inventors: Chi Yin Alan Leung, Chi Kin Samuel Kwok
  • Patent number: 9812969
    Abstract: A dimmer is provided for controlling power to a load, the dimmer having a ground leakage power supply deriving power from a connection of the dimmer to ground. The power supply may be a switching-mode power supply that can be the sole or primary power supply to power operation of the dimmer, including operation of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Levan Papismedov, Alfred Lombardi, Michael Ostrovsky, Ozgur Keser
  • Patent number: 9791970
    Abstract: A system for a capacitive sensing device includes transmitter electrodes configured to transmit transmitter signals, receiver electrodes configured to receive resulting signals including effects corresponding to the transmitter signals. The system further includes dual nodes corresponding to a first capacitive coupling between the transmitter electrodes and the receiver electrodes, and primary nodes corresponding to a second capacitive coupling between the transmitter electrodes and the receiver electrodes. The first capacitive coupling is less than the second capacitive coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Synaptics Incorporated
    Inventor: David Hoch
  • Patent number: 9783142
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electric circuit suitable for cutting off an electric power supply of an electrical device, said electric circuit receiving as input at least two discrete electrical signals, the values of which condition the power supply of the electrical device, the discrete electrical signals having a high state if the electrical device needs to be supplied: the electric circuit including a voltage source; a first cut-off unit connected between the electrical device and the voltage source, the first cut-off unit having an open or closed state in accordance with the discrete electrical signals; a second cut-off unit connected to the intersection between the electrical device and the first cut-off unit, and to an earth line, the second cut-off unit having a state that complements the first cut-off unit if the discrete electrical signals are in identical states, said first and second cut-off units being controlled such as to generate a short-circuit in the event of a divergence between the discrete
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SAGEM DEFENSE SECURITE
    Inventors: Patrick Valette, Francois Guillot
  • Patent number: 9783069
    Abstract: A battery voltage control device includes a step-up module that steps up a voltage of a battery and applies the voltage to a driving motor, an image analysis processing module that acquires and analyzes a piece of image information of an outside of a vehicle that is obtained through imaging, and driving state forecast module that forecasts a driving state including starting or stopping of the vehicle based on a piece of environment information of the outside of the vehicle that is obtained through analysis of the piece of image information and controls step-up by the step-up module based on the forecast driving state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomohiro Morita
  • Patent number: 9756740
    Abstract: An electrical switch assembly for an electrical appliance having an electrical load such as a motor, includes a housing with an opening, switch terminals, and an on/off mechanical switching module. The switch assembly includes an electronic control module operable with a semiconductor switching device to control operation of the load, and a heat sink in thermal contact with the switching device for dissipating heat. The heat sink is electrically conductive and is in electrical circuit connection with a first terminal of the switching device and one of the switch terminals. The heat sink closes the opening and forms part of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Defond Components Limited
    Inventor: Chiu Keung Loong
  • Patent number: 9728960
    Abstract: Multimode distribution systems and methods are described. A multimode distribution system includes a first source interface for coupling to a first power source, a second source interface for coupling to a second power source, and a first selection device to be coupled via a first connection matrix and the first source interface with the first power source to provide main power to one or more power consumption devices. The multimode distribution system includes a second selection device to be coupled via a second connection matrix and the first source interface with the first power source to provide main power to one or more additional power consumption devices. The second selection device is to be coupled via the second connection matrix and the second source interface with the second power source to provide alternative power to the additional power consumption devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Excalibur IP, LLC
    Inventors: Mozan Totani, Jesus Lalo Suarez, Barry C. Bianculli, Thomas Trevino, Bob Lytle, Norman Holt
  • Patent number: 9703349
    Abstract: An energy saving device that has an electrical inlet which connects to a general power outlet, and has at least one monitored electrical outlet connecting to a computing device, the energy saving device having at least one switched electrical outlet which connects to, and supplies electrical power to, at least one peripheral device, which in a preferred embodiment is a computer monitor. The energy saving device includes a switch to control electrical connection of the inlet to the switched electrical outlet, and thus to control supply of electric power to the peripheral devices. Other peripherals may include printers, speakers and desk lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Embertec Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Giuseppe Antonio Gelonese
  • Patent number: 9705232
    Abstract: The present invention relates to encased receptacle embodiments for mounting to recessed electrical boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas DeCosta
  • Patent number: 9672664
    Abstract: A system includes a machinery protection monitoring system. The machinery protection monitoring system includes a memory configured to store a plurality of alarm escalation rules associated with an operational protection function of an industrial machine, and a processor communicatively coupled to the memory and configured to utilize the plurality of alarm escalation rules. The processor is also configured to receive an indication that the operational protection of the industrial machine is at least partially suspended, compare the measurement of the one or more operational parameters to at least one of the plurality of alarm escalation rules, and generate an alarm signal based at least in part on whether the at least one of the plurality of alarm escalation rules is satisfied. The alarm signal includes an indication of an adverse operational condition of the machinery protection monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Alan Tart, Thomas Franklin Kalb, Kyle Allan Farwell, Curtis Lee Hoffman, Paul Foster Richetta
  • Patent number: 9625531
    Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and a method for calculating a precharge resistance of a battery pack. The apparatus for calculating a precharge resistance of a battery pack according to the present invention includes: a load resistor configured to be connected between a battery pack and a precharge resistor in series; a voltage measuring unit configured to measure a no-load voltage in a no-load state in which the load resistor is not installed in the battery pack or a load voltage applied to the load resistor when the load resistor has a predetermined current value in a load state in which the load resistor is installed in the battery pack; and a precharge resistance calculating unit configured to calculate the precharge resistor of the battery pack using the no-load voltage of the battery pack, the load voltage, and the predetermined current value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Sung Kwon, Jin Hwee Choi
  • Patent number: 9502810
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a recessed electrical box for locating a pre-wired electrically isolated power source or electrically isolated electronic equipment interior to a wall. The recessed box allows for mounting externally to the enclosure, to create space internal to the enclosure, and for visual isolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas DeCosta
  • Patent number: 9490664
    Abstract: A power strip assembly may include a power strip having a housing that includes multiple sockets for receiving power plugs and that includes a connection interface. Multiple control modules are interchangeably attached to the connection interface, each configured to control a different function or functions with respect to the sockets. One such function may include providing timing for a period of time for which power is supplied to a socket. Another function may include to meter or record power consumed by respective sockets, or to provide remote control capability of the sockets. Multiple switches may be connected with respective sockets that determine whether the power strip or a connected control module controls a function with respect to the respective sockets. A control actuator may be connected with each switch, that when actuated, forces control to pass from the main power source to the control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Kimberlitian Foundation Limited
    Inventors: Hoi Bor Lo, Chi Ming Yuen
  • Patent number: 9461537
    Abstract: A switch control circuit may be utilized for a sequence of switching events: a first event to activate a first switch and deactivate a second switch, wherein a current of an inductor coupled to the first switch and the second switch increases during the first event and has a positive value at an end of the first event; a second event to deactivate the first switch and activate the second switch, wherein the current of an inductor coupled to the first switch and the second switch decreases during the second event; and an impedance event during one of the first event and the second event such that during one of the first event and the second event, the impedance event causes an impedance of the one of the first switch and the second switch to decrease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Xin Zhao, Ku He, John L. Melanson, Xiaofan Fei
  • Patent number: 9459634
    Abstract: An HVAC switching circuit may comprise a current source circuit charging a capacitor used to power an HVAC DC power relay coil. The power relay coil terminal is connected to an activation control circuit which comprises at least one of (1) each of (a) a threshold circuit which activates a first transistor to energize the power relay coil when the voltage across the threshold circuit reaches a first threshold value and (b) a regenerative feedback circuit configured to lower the first threshold value to a second threshold voltage, and (2) a voltage divider connected between a first terminal on the power relay coil and the negative DC supply, and a programmable shunt regulator, configured as a level triggered switch, programmed by the voltage divider and connected between the second power relay coil terminal and the negative DC supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: William Randall Erwin, Bradley Thomas Wilson
  • Patent number: 9461666
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for dynamic power switching in current-steering digital-to-analog converters (DACs). A DAC circuit may be configured to apply digital-to-analog conversions based on current steering, and to particularly incorporate use of dynamic power switching during conversions. The DAC circuit may comprise a main section, which may connect a main supply voltage to a main current source. The main section may comprise a positive-side branch and a negative-side branch, which may be configured to steer positive-side and negative-side currents, such as in a differential manner, to effectuate the conversions. The dynamic power switching may be applied, for example, via a secondary section connecting a main current source in the DAC circuit to a secondary supply voltage. The secondary supply voltage may be configured such that it may be less than the main supply voltage used in driving the current steering in the DAC circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: MAXLINEAR, INC.
    Inventor: Jianyu Zhu
  • Patent number: 9440541
    Abstract: An in-vehicle control system is mounted in a vehicle, which is connectable with a charging station through a charging cable and provided with a battery chargeable from the charging station through the charging cable. The vehicle includes a double-wire type communication line provided with a charger-side terminal circuit. The in-vehicle control system includes a first communication line and a second communication line, which are connectable to the communication line of the charging cable and provided with three terminal circuits. The in-vehicle control system further includes a first ECU and a second ECU, which are connected to the first communication line and the second communication line. When a charging plug is connected to a charging port, the first ECU and the second ECU validate the first terminal circuit and invalidate the second terminal circuit and the third terminal circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoto Sakai
  • Patent number: 9439253
    Abstract: A light string power module is provided for providing power to light strings while replicating a lighting pattern from a first light string in providing said power. The illumination pattern of the first light string, which is not powered by the light string power module, is detected by examining the voltage polarities presented on the leads of a first connector to which the first light string is attached. These detected polarities are replicated by a switching module at matching leads on a second connector to which a second light string is attached. A power processing module accepts input power and provides output DC power to the switching module such that the second light string is powered by said output DC power in concert with the replicated voltage polarities so as to replicate the light pattern presented by the first light string on the second light string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Michael M McRae
  • Patent number: 9406174
    Abstract: A system includes a machinery protection monitoring system. The machinery protection monitoring system includes a memory configured to store a plurality of alarm escalation rules associated with an operational protection function of an industrial machine, and a processor communicatively coupled to the memory and configured to utilize the plurality of alarm escalation rules. The processor is also configured to receive an indication that the operational protection of the industrial machine is at least partially suspended, compare the measurement of the one or more operational parameters to at least one of the plurality of alarm escalation rules, and generate an alarm signal based at least in part on whether the at least one of the plurality of alarm escalation rules is satisfied. The alarm signal includes an indication of an adverse operational condition of the machinery protection monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Alan Tart, Thomas Franklin Kalb, Kyle Allan Farwell, Curtis Lee Hoffman, Paul Foster Richetta
  • Patent number: 9397655
    Abstract: A discharge circuit includes a pulse width modulator (PWM) chip, a first and second electronic switch, and a resistor. The first electronic switch receives a voltage creep from the PWM chip. When the voltage creep is less than a voltage making the first electronic switch to turned on, the voltage creep is discharged through the resistor and the second electronic switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hai-Qing Zhou, Yi-Xin Tu
  • Patent number: 9368307
    Abstract: A safety switching device for fail-safely switching on and off an electrical load, and to a system comprising at least two safety switching devices which interact in a fail-safe manner via a single-channel. The safety switching device comprises a fail-safe control unit, a first and a second electronic switching element connected with a first and a second output terminal; and at least one input terminal for receiving a first switching signal that causes a switching of said switching elements. Said first and second switching elements each comprise an output which provides depending on the first switching signal an output signal having a first or second potential. A third output terminal connects said safety switching device to a second safety switching device, providing a clocked signal depending on the first switching signal and being monitored by said control unit for performing a cross fault detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Germany GMBH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dirk Lorenz, Norbert Machuletz, Rudolf Papenbreer, Thomas Helpenstein
  • Patent number: 9367044
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cleaning appliance, wherein in order to access same, an access authorization stored on an authorization carrier is required, the appliance including two or more authorization carriers with access authorizations stored thereon which are linked to different authorization profiles, and a detection unit for detecting the access authorization of an authorization carrier, wherein a range of functions dependent on the authorization profile linked to the access authorization can be provided to an operator by the cleaning appliance. In order to provide such a cleaning appliance which is more user-friendly in operation, it is proposed that each authorization carrier comprises an identification device for providing an identifier which is associated with the particular authorization profile of the authorization carrier and which is perceivable by the operator using a sensory organ, wherein identifiers associated with different authorization profiles are different from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gilles Troff, Frank Stadelmann, Bernd Noller, Rainer Schaefer
  • Patent number: 9276395
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical circuit adapted for cutting off an electrical supply to an electrical equipment, said electrical circuit receiving as input at least two discrete electrical signals xi, i=1, N, the electrical circuit comprising: —a voltage source; —a number N>1 cutoff units Ui connected together, i=1, . . . , N in series between the voltage source and the electrical equipment, and a last cutoff unit UN being connected to the electrical equipment, each cutoff unit Ui exhibiting an open or closed state as a function of an electrical control signal; the cutoff units Uj, j=1, N?1 upstream of the last cutoff unit UN each being controlled by a distinct discrete electrical signal xj, j=1, . . . , N?1, the last cutoff unit being controlled as a function of the state of the cutoff units Uj, j=1, . . . , N?1 upstream and a discrete electrical signal xN different from that controlling the upstream cutoff units Uj, j=1, N?1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: SAGEM DEFENSE SECURITE
    Inventors: Patrick Valette, Francois Guillot
  • Patent number: 9257831
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electric circuit suitable for cutting off an electric power supply of an electric device, the circuit including an electrical device and a supply voltage source of the electrical device, also having as inputs at least two discrete electrical signals, the values of which condition the cutting off of the electric power supply of the device, the electric circuit being characterized in that same includes: at least two modules for cutting of the electric power supply connected between the voltage source and the electrical device, each module tar cutting off the electric power supply being controlled in accordance with the values of the discrete electrical signals; and at least two modules for comparing discrete electrical signals in parallel, in which at least one of the modules for cutting off the electric power supply is controlled by the outputs of the modules for comparing discrete signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: SAGEM DEFENSE SECURITE
    Inventors: Patrick Valette, Francois Guillot
  • Patent number: 9252750
    Abstract: The present invention is made to not only reduce voltage drop when a power supply circuit makes a selection between a power supply voltage from a main power supply and a backup power supply voltage from an auxiliary power supply, but also reduce the power consumption of the auxiliary power supply. The power supply circuit, which is in a semiconductor integrated circuit, includes a measurement circuit, a switch control circuit, and a switch circuit. The switch circuit includes a first switch element and a second switch element. The first switch element is coupled between an output terminal and a first input terminal. The second switch element is coupled between the output terminal and a second input terminal. The measurement circuit operates on the main power supply voltage at the first input terminal and compares the main power supply voltage with the auxiliary power supply voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takehiko Umeyama
  • Patent number: 9240692
    Abstract: A power storage system and a method of driving the power storage system and preventing damages due to possible erroneous operations are disclosed. One inventive aspect includes a power converter that converts power, a power storage device that stores power and a main switch that is configured to switch between a charge path and a discharge path. The power storage system controls the main switch by sensing a connection between the power converter and the power storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyun-Chul Song
  • Patent number: 9230503
    Abstract: A driver apparatus configurable for receiving and processing at least one input signal. The driver apparatus can be coupled to ground potential. The driver apparatus can include a processing portion, a ground potential coupler and a control portion. The processing portion can be configured for receiving and processing the at least one input signal in a manner so as to produce drive signals. The ground potential coupler can couple at least a portion of the processing portion to the ground potential such that the processing portion can be configured to produce the drive signals based on an effective reference potential. The control portion can be coupled to the processing portion and the ground potential coupler. Additionally, the control portion can be configured to receive and process at least a portion of the drive signals in a manner so as to control variance of the effective reference potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Creative Technology Ltd
    Inventor: Jun Makino
  • Patent number: 9166461
    Abstract: To provide a high-quality, high-output, and low-cost automotive alternator by suppressing heat generation through the reduction of current loss in a heat dissipating plate of a rectifier without expanding a space for placing the heat dissipating plate and reducing the cooling performance of the heat dissipating plate. An automotive alternator includes a rectifier, wherein the rectifier is configured such that a heat dissipating plate of positive pole to which the rectifier element of positive pole is mounted is disposed opposite to a heat dissipating plate of negative pole to which a plurality of rectifier elements of negative pole are mounted; wherein the heat dissipating plate of positive pole is made up of a first heat dissipating plate and a second heat dissipating plate, which are made of two different materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Ishikawa, Mitsuaki Izumi, Kunihiro Ohsawa
  • Patent number: 9160199
    Abstract: A system for cutting off standby power of the present invention comprises: a plurality of electronic products that are controlled devices; and a main system commonly controlling the same, wherein each of the plurality of electronic products is equipped with a standby power cut-off unit, which is controlled by the main system to open or cut off the power supply path of the power input of a corresponding electronic product, thereby cutting off standby power, and wherein the main system is equipped with a device selection and actuation unit which controls the action of the standby power cut-off unit of each of the electronic products to supply or cut off power to each of the plurality of electronic products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Chang-Ho Kim