Impedance Or Current Regulator In The Supply Circuit Patents (Class 315/224)
  • Patent number: 10535303
    Abstract: The present application discloses an organic light emitting display panel, a driving method thereof and an organic light emitting display apparatus. The organic light emitting display panel comprises: a pixel array, comprising pixel regions in M rows and N columns; a plurality of pixel driving circuits each comprising a light emitting diode and a driving transistor for driving the light emitting diode, the light emitting diode being arranged in one of the pixel regions; and a plurality of pixel compensation circuits, each configured to provide a compensated light emitting control signal for a gate of the driving transistor to correct brightness of the light emitting diode in one of the plurality of pixel driving circuits. According to the present disclosure, the final light emitting current may be unrelated to the threshold voltage of the driving transistor, the carrier mobility and aging of the light emitting diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI TIANMA AM-OLED CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dongxu Xiang, Yue Li, Renyuan Zhu, Tong Wu, Dong Qian, Zeyuan Chen, Gang Liu
  • Patent number: 10508798
    Abstract: In accordance with various embodiments, lighting systems features multiple inter-connectable light panels each having multiple light-emitting elements thereon. One or more of the light panels features one or more connectors, and associated conductors, for the transmission of power, communication signals, and/or control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: COOLEDGE LIGHTING INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Tischler, Paul Palfreyman
  • Patent number: 10499467
    Abstract: An LED lamp with constant current dimming drive circuit based on PWM input includes a PWM variable power supply input end, a PWM matching circuit, a voltage rectifying circuit, a DC-DC constant current output circuit and an LED lamp, and the voltage signal of the PWM variable power supply input end is provided by the PWM voltage output power supply, and the PWM variable power supply input end is respectively connected with the PWM matching circuit and the voltage rectifying circuit, and the PWM matching circuit is connected with the enable end of the DC-DC constant current output circuit, and the voltage rectifying circuit is connected to the power supply end of the DC-DC constant current output circuit, and the voltage of the voltage rectifying circuit changes according to the duty ratio of the voltage of the PWM variable power supply input end, and the voltage of the PWM variable power supply input end passes through the voltage dividing resistor of PWM matching circuit and output PWM control signal, and PW
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Self Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qiming Wang
  • Patent number: 10499474
    Abstract: A driver circuit and a driving method with low inrush current are provided. The driving method includes steps of: supplying a charging current smaller than a high inrush current; outputting a pulse signal from a pulse generating circuit; enabling a light driving circuit to receive the charging current by the pulse signal and allowing the charging current to flow to an storage capacitor; turning on a switch component and a light-emitting assembly by the pulse signal; supplying an auxiliary current smaller than the high inrush current; enabling the light driving circuit to receive the auxiliary current and allowing auxiliary current to flow sequentially to the switch component and the light-emitting assembly; and emitting light by the light-emitting assembly with the discharging current of the storage capacitor and the auxiliary current of input power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ANPEC ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chih-Ning Chen, Chih-Heng Su, Hung-Wen Lu
  • Patent number: 10483837
    Abstract: The present embodiments are directed to an improved switched capacitor (SC) converter topology that does not include an inductor. In particular, the topology includes a ladder SC circuit configured as a cap divider, with a gate driving signal being generated to initiate the charging and discharging of the capacitor. In this specific topology, an unregulated output voltage is produced that is a certain fraction of an input voltage of a power source such as a battery. The present embodiments further include a variable frequency modulation (VFM) scheme based on the current-sensing techniques for the gate driving signal generation of the switched capacitor converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics America Inc.
    Inventor: Yen-Mo Chen
  • Patent number: 10476355
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling a converter connected to an electric machine by a cable (Cx) via a filter (F), said method consisting in determining at least one sequence of a plurality of voltage pulses forming a square wave signal to be applied to each conductor so as to minimize an overvoltage level, said sequence comprising a number 2N of successive pulses, N being greater than or equal to 1, each pulse being defined by a distinct rank n, said sequence being generated such that each increasing voltage pulse of rank n exhibits a pulse width that is identical to that of a decreasing voltage pulse of rank equal to 2N+1?n, and the method includes the following steps in particular: determining the number of successive pulses of said sequence; determining the width of each pulse of the sequence made suitable for minimizing the overvoltage level across the terminals of the electric machine (M).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Schneider Toshiba Inverter Europe SAS
    Inventors: Hocine Boulharts, Rudolf Fehringer
  • Patent number: 10455659
    Abstract: A load control device for controlling the amount of power delivered to an electrical load is able to operate in a normal mode and a burst mode. The load control device may comprise a control circuit that activates an inverter circuit during active state periods and deactivates the inverter circuit during inactive state periods. The control circuit may operate in the normal mode to regulate an average magnitude of a load current conducted through the electrical load to be above a minimum rated current. The control circuit may operate in the burst mode to adjust the average magnitude of the load current to be below the minimum rated current. The control circuit may adjust the average magnitude of the load current by adjusting the length of the inactive state periods while holding the length of the active state periods constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: Stuart W. DeJonge
  • Patent number: 10438789
    Abstract: A light source is composed of a discharge lamp, a resistor and a reflector container. The discharge lamp is provided as a source of light. The resistor increases a resistance in elevation of a temperature thereof, and reduces the resistance in lowering of the temperature thereof. The reflector container is a constituent element to which the discharge lamp and the resistor are attached. Additionally, the resistor is caused to heat an outer surface of the reflector container in accordance with elevation of a temperature of the discharge lamp in activation of lighting of the discharge lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: PHOENIX ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomihiko Ikeda, Kouichi Odani
  • Patent number: 10433378
    Abstract: A controller circuit is configured to drive a switching element to establish a channel that electrically couples a source to an inductive element of a buck converter and generate a minimum current sample. In response to current at the switching element exceeding a target peak current threshold of a set of control parameters for the buck converter, the controller circuit is configured to generate a peak current sample, calculate a mean current using the minimum current sample and the peak current sample, and modify the set of control parameters using the mean current. In response to the switching element satisfying an off time of the set of control parameters, the controller circuit is configured to drive the switching element to establish the channel that electrically couples the source to the inductive element during an on state for a subsequent switching period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Paolo Del Croce, Albino Pidutti, Andrea Baschirotto, Osvaldo Gasparri
  • Patent number: 10412805
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus is provided including a lighting unit arranged to emit light; a switching device disposed between a power source and the lighting unit; and a controller configured to set a drive signal based on a target luminance level of the lighting unit and control a switching operation of the switching device via a drive signal to regulate a supply of electric power from the power source to the lighting unit. The controller monitors a voltage of the power source and periodically adjusts the drive signal based on the voltage of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Schwarz, Michael J. Schaub, Crystal G. Young
  • Patent number: 10375793
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to transmit a data encoded power signal to addressable devices. A data signal includes address and command data that varies between logical states. A controller provides a low loss rectified power signal. The controller further provides data within the power signal by forming a positive polarity rectified power waveform corresponding to data in a first state and a negative polarity rectified waveform signal corresponding to data in a second state using substantially loss-less circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Hunter Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter John Woytowitz
  • Patent number: 10361752
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Voltage converter (100) for converting an input voltage (V10) to an output voltage (V20) comprising an input circuitry (102) for receiving the input voltage (V10) from a power supply (112), wherein the input circuitry includes chopper means (110) for chopping a voltage (V12) derived from the input voltage (V10) at a chopper frequency to a chopped voltage (V14), an inductive transformer unit (106) for transforming the chopped voltage (V14) to a chopped AC voltage (V16), and an output circuitry (104) for converting the chopped AC voltage (V16) of the inductive transformer unit (106) to the output voltage (V20) having a lower frequency than the chopper frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Gerardus Lucien Mathildus Jansen, Funda Sahin Nomaler, Can Nemlioglu, Ronald Hans Van Der Voort
  • Patent number: 10332450
    Abstract: An electro-optical device includes a first data transfer line that intersects a scan line, a second data transfer line, a first transistor that controls coupling between the first data transfer line and the second transfer line. The two or more second data transfer lines are respectively coupled to the first data transfer line via first capacitors, and when a collection of pixel circuits that are coupled to the same first data transfer line via the second data transfer lines is referred to as a pixel string, the second data transfer lines are provided to pixel circuits less than the pixel circuits included in the pixel string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hitoshi Ota, Takeshi Koshihara
  • Patent number: 10314135
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an LED retrofit lamp (1) for being connected to a high frequency electronic ballast (26), the high frequency electronic ballast (26) being adapted for providing a voltage and a current to the LED retrofit lamp (1). The LED retrofit lamp (1) comprises an LED unit (4), an adapting unit (30) for adapting the voltage and the current provided by the high frequency electronic ballast (26) to a voltage and a current for operating the LED unit (4), a detecting unit (40) for detecting an electrical value that depends on the current provided by the high frequency electronic ballast (26), and a ballast protection unit (60) for performing, in dependence of the detected electrical value, an operation for protecting the high frequency electronic ballast (26) from an overcurrent situation. This allows avoiding an unsafe situation, such as when the high frequency electronic ballast (26) is overheated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Borong Su, Bernhard Christiaan van Dijk, William Peter Mechtildis Marie Jans, Haimin Tao
  • Patent number: 10306716
    Abstract: A control signal switching system generates a light emitting module control signal for controlling a light emitting module, and the control signal switching system has a switching module and a transmission module. The switching module receives a switching control signal, a first control signal and a second control signal and output one control signal selected from the first control signal and the second control signal according to the switching control signal. The transmission module is connected to the switching module for receiving the one control signal selected from the first control signal and the second control signal and generates the light emitting module control signal for transmitting to the light emitting module. Therefore, the light emitting module is in operation according to the light emitting module control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: THERMALTAKE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Pei-Hsi Lin
  • Patent number: 10285230
    Abstract: Driver for an LED lamp, including an LED driver for driving an LED, a voltage input port adapted to connect the driver to a multi switch as a power source, a voltage output port connecting the LED to the LED driver, and a bleeder circuit suppressing leakage current provided by the multi switch, wherein the bleeder circuit is connected in series between the voltage input port and the LED driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: LEDVANCE GMBH
    Inventors: Yang Liu, Kun Xiong
  • Patent number: 10285231
    Abstract: The invention relates to a switching regulator for operating luminaires, comprising a control circuit (4). The control circuit (4) is designed to operate, by triggering the switch (5) that is coupled to a coil, the switching regulator (3) in a limit mode of operation when the load generated by the luminaire (2) is so high that the resulting switching-off threshold exceeds a predefined minimum switching-off value, and operate the switching regulator in a discontinuous mode of operation at the minimum switching-off value when the load generated by the luminaire (2) is so low that the switching-off threshold in a limit mode of operation would lie below the predefined minimum switching-off value. The signal representing the current is fed to the control circuit (4) in both the limit mode of operation and the discontinuous mode of operation without being subjected to any external mean value generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: TRICONIC GMBH & CO KG
    Inventors: John Schönberger, Thomas Dumka, Andre Mitterbacher, Lukas Saccavini
  • Patent number: 10278244
    Abstract: A multifunctional universal driver (210) for an electric load (228) is disclosed. The driver (210) comprises a switching driver circuit (220) operatively connected to said load (228), a programmable integrated circuit (298) operatively connected to said switching driver circuit (220) to generate a control signal for control of said load (228), a user control means (234) operatively connected to said programmable integrated circuit (298) for user control of said control signal, said user control means (234) comprising a wireless receiver (200); a wireless remote controller platform (204) comprising a remote user control (434) for wirelessly transmitting control instructions to said wireless receiver (200) wherein said wireless receiver (200) is a transceiver and said driver (210) comprises means for transmitting the power consumption of said load (228), its status, or other information to said remote controller platform (204) in response to a query received from said remote controller platform (204).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Farhad Bahrehmand
  • Patent number: 10277685
    Abstract: A method for interfacing a communication terminal (1) connected to a communication network (2) with object devices (4), comprising the steps of: —determining required services of an application executable from the communication terminal, —determining services provided by a plurality of objects devices connected to the communication network (2), —comparing the required services to the provided services so as to determine a missing service required by the application, —determining an upgradable object device among the plurality of object devices for a missing service, the upgradable object device belonging to an object type having a hardware capability (6) associated to said missing service, —searching a software resource repository (10) for a software module adapted so as to be downloaded to the upgradable object device to enable the upgradable object device to provide the missing service, —triggering a transfer of the software module from the software resource database to the upgradable object device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Jose Jean, Alain Pastor
  • Patent number: 10269291
    Abstract: An apparatus is described that includes an LED driver circuit having a series of frequency dividers to divide a clock signal's frequency to produce a frequency divided clock signal. The series of frequency dividers are coupled to a frequency multiplier circuit. The frequency multiplier circuit is to multiply the frequency divided clock signal's frequency by an amount proportional to a desired LED intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Sachin Devegowda, Henrik Leegaard
  • Patent number: 10270335
    Abstract: A switching converter having an input for receiving an input voltage, an output for supplying an output voltage, and a converter device which includes an inductance, a capacitance, a diode and a switching device developed as a current source, for converting the input voltage into the output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Rainer Gschwind-Schilling
  • Patent number: 10257894
    Abstract: A phase cut dimmer, coupled between an AC power source and a load, to control the amount of power delivered from the power source to the load, comprising: a dimmer switch to turn on and off the current from the power source to the load; the dimmer switch being an AC switch formed of a first MOSFET and a second MOSFET connected in anti-series; the two source electrodes of the MOSFETs being connected together to form a common source terminal and the two gate electrodes of the MOSFETs being connected together to form a switch control terminal; a line filter bypassing very low current at the line frequency; a rectifier to convert the AC voltage from the power source to pulsating DC voltage which is coupled to the dimmer switch; a very low power unipolar zero detector extracting a zero marker signal from the pulsating DC voltage; the unipolar zero detector comprising a voltage-controlled bleeder impedance, a comparator, a pulse generator, wherein the voltage-controlled bleeder impedance is coupled to the pulsating
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: King Kuen Hau
  • Patent number: 10250127
    Abstract: A power converter comprises a power structure receiving, as input, an AC voltage comprising at least one phase and delivering, as output, a DC voltage, the output power of the power structure being regulated by a multiplier receiving, as input, a current control signal and a signal proportional to the output voltage of the power structure, the current control signal being generated by a current correction module receiving, as input, a signal proportional to the difference between the output current of the power structure and a current setpoint signal. Electrical network comprising such a power conversion circuit is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Benoit Morel, David Le Bars, Hervé Stephan
  • Patent number: 10251231
    Abstract: A load control device (e.g., an LED driver) for controlling the intensity of a lighting load (e.g., an LED light source) may provide a wide output range and flicker-free adjustment of the intensity of the lighting load. The load control device may comprise a load regulation circuit, a control circuit, and a filter circuit (e.g., a boxcar filter circuit) that operates in a different manner in dependence upon a target current. When the intensity of the lighting load is near a low-end intensity, the control circuit may adjust an operating frequency of the load regulation circuit in response to the target current, and may control the filter circuit to filter a current feedback signal during a filter window that repeats on periodic basis. When the intensity of the lighting load is near a high-end intensity, the control circuit may control the filter circuit to constantly filter the current feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Stuart W. DeJonge, Steven J. Kober, Mark S. Taipale
  • Patent number: 10243474
    Abstract: An asymmetric electronic half-bridge converter includes a positive input terminal and a negative input terminal for receiving a DC voltage, and two output terminals for providing a regulated output voltage or a regulated output current. The electronic converter moreover includes a half-bridge, a transformer and a rectification and filter circuit. The half-bridge includes a first and second electronic switch, connected in series between the two input terminals, wherein a respective capacitance and a respective diode are associated with the first and second electronic switch. A first terminal of the primary winding is connected to the intermediate point between the first and second electronic switch, and a second terminal of the primary winding is connected via a first capacitor to the positive or negative input terminal. The rectification and filter circuit is connected between the secondary winding and the output terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM GmbH
    Inventors: Daniele Luccato, Giancarlo Pellizzari
  • Patent number: 10237521
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the invention, a discharge lamp driving device includes a discharge lamp driving section, a control section, and a voltage detecting section. The control section is configured to execute a first discharge lamp driving for executing a first control and a second control for supplying a driving current including a direct current and an alternating current to a discharge lamp. In the first discharge lamp driving, the control section executes the first control when the interelectrode voltage is equal to or smaller than a first threshold voltage at predetermined setting timing and executes the second control when the interelectrode voltage is larger than the first threshold voltage at the predetermined setting timing. A rate of the direct current in the second control is larger than a rate of the direct current in the first control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shun Sato, Tetsuo Terashima, Yoichi Nakagomi
  • Patent number: 10237710
    Abstract: A control system for hazardous environments decreases flame paths, decreases punctures to the control system when installing interfaces, and increases safety. The control system may be characterized as a “one size fits all” controller that is able to automatically recognize a plurality of user interfaces. The controller has an enclosure to which the interfaces can be attached. The interfaces may interact with control electronics wholly contained in the enclosure using a variety of “wireless” mechanisms. Such mechanisms include reflecting light waves, infrared (IR) communication, radio-frequency identification, inductive coils, short-range wireless communication, camera images, piezoelectricity, and magnetism, and the like. The interfaces may include switches, indicator lights, smoke detectors, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Manahan, Adikaramge Asiri Jayawardena, Stephan Iannce, Benjamin Avery Freer
  • Patent number: 10228092
    Abstract: A lighting device (100) and a method of manufacturing a lighting device, wherein the lighting device comprises at least one light source (110) arranged to generate light. The lighting device further comprises a light-transmissive envelope (120) enclosing the at least one light source and being arranged to transmit the light generated from the light source. The lighting device further comprises a driver unit (130) arranged for electrical supply to the at least one light source, the driver unit comprising a primary driver circuit (140) connectable to an electric energy source, at least one secondary driver circuit (150) connected to the at least one light source, and a transformer (160) arranged to transfer electrical energy between the primary driver circuit and the at least one secondary driver circuit, wherein at least the transformer and the at least one secondary driver circuit driver unit are arranged within the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Guy Louis Paul De Bondt, Coen Theorodus Hubertus Fransiscus Liedenbaum, Christian Hattrup, Georg Sauerländer, Adrianus Sempel, Henricus Franciscus Bonekamp, Theodorus Johannes Petrus Van Den Biggelaar
  • Patent number: 10225901
    Abstract: LED driver apparatus and methods may include a sensing circuit for adjusting an output based on either a pulse width modulation dimming control or an analog dimming control. An LED driver apparatus and methods may also include a sensor for a parameter such as temperature and for recording such parameter, for example as a function of time. A setting unit for an LED driver apparatus can be used to sense and/or adjust settings in the LED apparatus even when the LED apparatus is not independently powered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: FULHAM COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Shiyu Liu, Xu Wang, Jianwei Cao, Alvaro Garcia, Kamran Sarmadi
  • Patent number: 10205392
    Abstract: A control system for transitioning a DC-DC voltage converter from a buck operational mode to a safe operational mode is provided. A microcontroller performs a first scheduled task including executing first and second applications. The task deadline monitoring application sets a task deadline flag to a first fault value when a time interval associated with performing the first scheduled task is greater than a threshold time interval. The hardware abstraction layer inhibits operation of a disable pin of a watchdog IC when the task deadline flag is equal to the first fault value, which induces the watchdog IC to transition the DC-DC voltage converter to the safe operational mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kerfegar K. Katrak
  • Patent number: 10205314
    Abstract: A rectifier includes a rectification MOSFET that performs rectification, a comparator formed by connecting a drain of the rectification MOSFET to a non-inverting input terminal and a source to an inverting input terminal, and a control circuit that performs an on/off control of the rectification MOSFET using an output of the comparator. The control circuit includes a shut-off MOSFET that disconnects a drain of the rectification MOSFET and a non-inverting input terminal of the comparator from each other, and a shut-off circuit that turns off the shut-off MOSFET to electrically disconnect the drain of the rectification MOSFET and the non-inverting input terminal of the comparator from each other when the drain voltage of the rectification MOSFET is equal to or higher than a predetermined first voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ishimaru, Mutsuhiro Mori, Shinichi Kurita
  • Patent number: 10189721
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for automatically operating a high voltage resonance circuit. An embodiment of the system includes one or more coils each coil can be an alternating current (AC) coil or a direct current (DC) coil. An embodiment of the system further includes a microprocessor that issues commands to control amplitude and frequency of pulses of the one or more coils to reach and maintain a resonant condition for water treatment. The microprocessor determines whether a coil is an AC coil or a DC coil by detecting whether a capacitor is connected in series with the coil. An embodiment of the system further includes one or more sensors that measure the quality of water and provide feedback to the microprocessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Griswold Water Systems
    Inventor: Andrew L. Smith
  • Patent number: 10187943
    Abstract: A direct drive LED lighting circuit includes a LED current control circuit with a power switching device; a current sensing device, an averaging circuit, and an error amplifier. A LED chain circuit is formed by connecting several LEDs in series with a capacitor connecting in parallel with the series of LEDs, with a current flowing in side as a positive terminal, and a current leaving terminal as a negative terminal. The LED chain circuit and the LED current control circuit are connecting in series and the whole circuit is connected between the positive and negative terminals of a rectified AC power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Mosway Semiconductor Ltd.
    Inventors: Chiu Sing Celement Tse, On Bon Peter Chan, Chi Keung Tang
  • Patent number: 10186719
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack assembly comprises fuel cells disposed in a stacked configuration, each cell substantially parallel to an x-y plane and including a tab extending laterally from an edge of a plate in the cell in the x-direction to form an array of tabs extending along a side face of the fuel cell stack in a z-direction orthogonal to the x-y plane. A connector engages with the tabs of the fuel cell stack. The connector comprises a support region and engagement regions, each engagement region bounded by the support region and configured to receive one of the array of tabs by engagement in the x-direction. The connector has flexible conductors, each of the flexible conductors laterally extending from the support region over at least a portion of one of the engagement regions and configured to be deflected away from the support region by a received tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Intelligent Energy Limited
    Inventor: Paul Leonard Adcock
  • Patent number: 10178743
    Abstract: A portable lamp, such as a headlamp, comprising wireless bidirectional communication means for exchanging configuration instructions, parameters and/or data with at least one mobile information processing system. This mobile processing system establishes a downlink for the transmission of said configuration instructions, parameters and/or data to the lamp. The lamp can establish an uplink for the transmission of configuration instructions, parameters and/or data from the lamp to said mobile information processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Zedel
    Inventors: Raphael Bortolotti, Christophe Marie
  • Patent number: 10178719
    Abstract: An electronic system includes a feedback voltage regulator circuit including input terminals receiving a rectified alternating input voltage signal and a feedback input terminal receiving a feedback voltage that is generated based on a load current through an electric load. A sensing element senses the load current through the electric load and generates sensed voltage based upon the sensed load current. A current transducer receives the sensed voltage and provides the feedback voltage based upon the sensed voltage. A current generator receives the alternating input voltage signal and provides a biasing current signal that is a function of the alternating input voltage signal to modulate the feedback voltage on the feedback input terminal based upon the alternating input voltage signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Fulvio Ottavio Lissoni, Domenico Attianese, Stefano Signoria
  • Patent number: 10165631
    Abstract: A device suppresses flicker and improves compatibility of a lamp including at least one solid state light source, the lamp being operably connected to a control circuit, such as a dimmer circuit. The device includes a connector enabling connection of the solid state light source to a lamp socket configured to receive an incandescent light source, and an adapter circuit connected in parallel with the at least one solid state light source when the solid state light source is connected to the socket via the connector. The adapter circuit provides a resistive path for current to pass through the lamp, during all or part of the AC mains cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: James M. Gaines, H. Andrew Mayo, Bertrand Johan Edward Hontele
  • Patent number: 10152919
    Abstract: An electro-optical device includes a first data transfer line that intersects a scan line, a second data transfer line, a first transistor that controls coupling between the first data transfer line and the second transfer line. The two or more second data transfer lines are respectively coupled to the first data transfer line via first capacitors, and when a collection of pixel circuits that are coupled to the same first data transfer line via the second data transfer lines is referred to as a pixel string, the second data transfer lines are provided to pixel circuits less than the pixel circuits included in the pixel string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hitoshi Ota, Takeshi Koshihara
  • Patent number: 10152918
    Abstract: The AMOLED display device includes a light-emitting source and a display screen provided with a plurality of subpixels. Each subpixel includes a driving transistor, and a capacitor arranged between a gate electrode and a source electrode of the driving transistor and connected to a signal line via a switching element. The shutdown controlling method includes: determining whether or not a shutdown signal has been detected; performing a first control operation when the shutdown signal has been detected, so as to control a voltage on the signal line to be in a first voltage state; and performing a second control operation when the shutdown signal has been detected, so as to control the switching element to be in an on state, thereby to enable the capacitor to be discharged completely toward the signal line in the first voltage state via the switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Szuheng Tseng
  • Patent number: 10149356
    Abstract: There was a problem that it was difficult for a semiconductor device in the related art to increase the switching frequency of a step-up circuit, and it was difficult to stabilize an output current and an output voltage. A semiconductor device controls a step-up circuit including an inductor and a drive transistor to drive the inductor. The semiconductor device calculates upper and lower limits which determine the variable range of an input current, based on an output current and an input voltage, controls the switch timing of the drive transistor based on the relation between the upper and lower limits and the magnitude of the input current, and at the same time, corrects the upper and lower limits to be calculated, based on the magnitude of the difference between the output current and a target output current value as an ideal value of the output current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Noriyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10141833
    Abstract: A power management method includes generating a power related value; notifying a power management controller if the power related value has passed a threshold; and performing a power control operation by the power management controller. The power control operation prevents an over current event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Po-Chao Fang, Ying-Ting Yang
  • Patent number: 10141843
    Abstract: A switching converter, including an input interface for providing an input voltage, an output interface for providing at least one output voltage, a voltage conversion device for converting the provided input voltage into one of the at least one output voltage, and a clock generator for providing a working clock, the clock generator being configured in such a way that the clock generator provides a modulated basic clock as the working clock. A control unit including such a switching converter, and a method for operating such a switching converter, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Rainer Gschwind-Schilling
  • Patent number: 10136486
    Abstract: An LED lamp arrangement adapted for fitting in a luminaire. The luminaire is adapted for a fluorescent lamp and having a ballast. The LED lamp arrangement has a plurality of LEDs, and two or more electrodes for releasably connecting to the luminaire and for conducting current from the ballast for supply to the LEDs. The LED lamp arrangement further has a sensor circuit and a protection circuit. The sensor circuit and the protection circuit are adapted to increase the total load impedance of the LED lamp arrangement if the ballast is a constant power electronic ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SILICON HILL B.V.
    Inventors: Maarten Willem Segers, Shounak Roy, Paul Steffens, Toon Groenendaal, Jurgen Honold
  • Patent number: 10136481
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lighting lamp system and a power distributor used for the lighting lamp system. The lighting lamp system comprising: a plurality of lighting lamps; a main converter for converting external alternating-current power into direct-current power; a distributor provided to be isolated from the lighting lamps and supplying power for lighting to the plurality of lighting lamps by converting the direct-current power from the main converter; and a controller for controlling the operations of the lighting lamps by controlling the distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: DNCI CO., LTD., TALBOT SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Dong-mook Won, Cheol-Kyun Lee, Myung-Ki You, Yunsil Park
  • Patent number: 10129960
    Abstract: An antenna arrangement for a solid-state lamp is disclosed. Embodiments of the invention provide for improved performance by positioning the antenna for radio frequency (RF) control of the lamp non-parallel to the main driver board and/or the LED board. This positioning can provide distance from the main board circuitry and a ground plane for the antenna. An RF daughter card can be used for the antenna and also possibly for other RF components. In some embodiments, the antenna is substantially perpendicular to the main board. In some embodiments, the lamp is dimensioned as a replacement for a standard incandescent bulb, such as an A, BR, or PAR bulb. In some embodiments, an optically transmissive enclosure and/or a base define the interior cavity of the lamp. A plurality of LEDs can be disposed within the optically transmissive enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Earl, Matthew C. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10129946
    Abstract: A solid-state lighting system includes a light-emitting device connected in series with a variable dim setting resistor, an adjustable regulator, and a current sensor disposed in a feedback loop between an adjust input of the adjustable regulator and the variable dim setting resistor. The voltage dropped across the variable dim setting resistor is forced to remain constant irrespective of the resistance setting of the dim setting resistor. The current sensor measures or senses the current flowing through the variable dim setting resistor and causes the adjustable regulator to adjust its output voltage and the forward voltage drop across the light-emitting device so that the current flowing through the light-emitting device matches the current set by the variable dim setting resistor. Controlling the current in this manner allows dimming to be performed over an extremely wide dimming range, to very low light levels, and without producing light flicker at any dim level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Earl W. McCune, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10129939
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for dimming of solid state lighting reduce ripple and flicker at low load dimming levels (low LED current, lower light levels) yet provide full power to the load at high load dimming levels (high LED current, higher light levels) thereby reducing power loss compared to conventional dimming techniques. When dimming to lower light levels a flicker resisting metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) connected to the LED operates in linear mode such that the relationship of its drain-source voltage to the LED current is resistive to provide flicker reduction. Conversely, at higher light levels the flicker resisting MOSFET is operated in saturation mode such that full power is supplied to the LED as flicker reduction is less needed. The disclosed techniques also reduce undershoot and overshoot of the LED voltage during transitions in dimming control from high to low and low to high respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: DIALOG SEMICONDUCTOR INC.
    Inventors: Chenglong Zhang, Nan Shi
  • Patent number: 10123388
    Abstract: An LED luminaire comprises a rechargeable battery, LED array(s), multiple drivers, and a control circuit. The LED luminaire may be used to replace a fluorescent or a conventional LED lamp connected to AC mains. The multiple drivers comprise a first driver configured to charge the rechargeable battery, a second driver configured to convert a DC voltage from the rechargeable battery to light up the LED array(s) when a line voltage from the AC mains is unavailable, and a third driver configured to operate the LED array(s) when the line voltage from the AC mains is available. The control circuit is configured to manage the multiple drivers in a way that the second driver is disabled when the line voltage from the AC mains is available and that the first driver and the third driver are disabled when a rechargeable battery test is performed, without ambiguity and safety issues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: ALEDDRA INC.
    Inventor: Chungho Hsia
  • Patent number: 10123383
    Abstract: A signal-adjusting module applied to a light emitting diode driving apparatus includes an input terminal, an output terminal, a switch-control unit, and a switch. The switch-control unit is electrically connected to the input terminal for receiving an illuminant-control signal, and the switch is electrically connected to the input terminal, the output terminal, and the switch-control unit. The switch-control unit is configured to turn on the switch when a level of the illuminant-control signal reaches a first threshold level and turn off the switch when the level of the illuminant-control signal reaches a second threshold level, thus a transition time of the illuminant-control signal transits from an upper limit level to a lower limit level is decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SEMISILICON TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventor: Wen-Chi Peng
  • Patent number: RE47402
    Abstract: Disclosed is an LED lamp system designed to fit into a fluorescent lamp fixture and to utilize a fluorescent lamp power supply contained in the fixture and receiving power from AC mains. The LED lamp system includes an LED driver which comprises a power factor corrected driver circuit for achieving a power factor of at least about 0.8. The LED driver further comprises a current control circuit, responsive to the presence of a three-wire magnetic ballast in the fluorescent lamp power supply, for increasing the LED operating current above the nominal rated LED operating current and to a level sufficient to achieve power factor of the LED driver of at least about 0.8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ENERGY FOCUS, INC.
    Inventors: Laszlo A. Takacs, Roger F. Buelow, Tomislav Kralj