Vibrating Relay Patents (Class 307/132V)
  • Patent number: 6075690
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling relays. The method may comprise receiving one or more input commands for a plurality of relays, with the plurality of relays including a first relay, and a last relay, initiating actuation of the first relay after receiving the input relay commands, and initiating actuation of the last relay after initiating actuation of the first relay. Initiating actuation of the last relay does not wait for a debounce of the first relay. The method waits a debounce period after initiating actuation of the last relay. The debounce period operates to debounce the last relay and the first relay. One or more second relays may also be included in the debounce sequence. The relays may be latching or non-latching relays. The method may determine if another relay is required to be actuated after initiating actuation of each relay. One of the input commands may include a debounce mode input. A delayed debounce mode debounces the plurality of relays only after the last relay has been actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: National Instruments Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Hormuth, Cory A. Runyan, Brian M. Tyler, Scott B. Kovner