Impedance Or Current Regulator In The Supply Circuit Patents (Class 315/224)
  • Patent number: 11291100
    Abstract: A lamp driver circuit for driving a lamp is provided. The lamp driver circuit includes: an under voltage protection circuit; a control circuit coupled to the under voltage protection circuit; and a driver transistor coupled to the control circuit for driving the lamp under the control of the control circuit. The under voltage protection circuit detects an operation voltage. When the operation voltage is lower than a threshold, the under voltage protection circuit outputs an enable signal. The control circuit receives the enable signal to shut down the control circuit and shut down the driver transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventor: Chih-Hsiang Wu
  • Patent number: 11291092
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to PWM dimming circuit with low stand-by power. A lighting apparatus driver is provided, comprising: a power supplier to supply power to a lighting load; and a discrete PWM dimming circuit, the PWM dimming circuit is to receive PWM signal, and to control the switching of the power supplier based on the PWM signal, wherein the power supplier is capable of being turned off by the PWM dimming circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Savant Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Dong Xing, Aijun Wang, Weihu Chen, Xin Zhou, Fanbin Wang
  • Patent number: 11282418
    Abstract: A voltage regulation system, a driving circuit, a display device and a voltage regulation method are disclosed. The voltage regulation system, applicable to an electronic device, including a power supply circuit, a determination circuit and a regulation circuit. The power supply circuit is connected with the regulation circuit, and the power supply circuit is configured to provide a reference voltage and provide a first voltage inputted into the electronic device; the determination circuit is connected with the power supply circuit, and the determination circuit is configured to, according to the reference voltage and the first voltage, output a compensation voltage; and the regulation circuit is connected with the determination circuit so as to receive the compensation voltage, and the regulation circuit is configured to output a third voltage, according to the compensation voltage and a second voltage, in a case where the compensation voltage is not within a preset range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignees: Hefei Xinsheng Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd., BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuanyuan Liu, Shuai Liu, Xianfeng Yuan, Zejun Chen, Min Wang
  • Patent number: 11284487
    Abstract: A LED driving circuit includes a DALI module, a linear voltage luminance adjusting module, a DIP luminance adjusting module, a control module, a power source, a constant current driving module and an output module. The DALI module generates a PWM signal. The linear voltage luminance adjusting module generates a second PWM signal. The DIP luminance adjusting module generates a switch signal. The control module generates a drive PWM signal using the first PWM signal, the second PWM signal and the switch signal. The power source provides power. The constant current driving module generates a constant-current drive voltage using the provided power and the drive PWM signal. The output module generates a drive current that responds to the constant-current drive voltage. And the output module drives an external LED device using the drive current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Shuisheng Wen, Liping Lin, Xiaodeng Chen
  • Patent number: 11271388
    Abstract: A light-emitting diode (LED) luminaire comprising an emergency-operated portion is used to replace a luminaire operated only with alternate-current (AC) mains. The emergency-operated portion comprises a rechargeable battery with a terminal voltage, a self-diagnostic circuit, and a transceiver circuit. The LED luminaire can auto-switch from the AC mains to an emergency power or the other way around according to availability of the AC mains and whether a rechargeable battery test is initiated. The self-diagnostic circuit comprises a clock and is configured to initiate self-diagnostic tests and to auto-evaluate battery performance according to test schedules with the terminal voltage examined and test results stored. The LED luminaire further comprises a remote controller configured to initiate remote control signals with phase-shift keying (PSK) signals transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Aleddra Inc.
    Inventor: Chungho Hsia
  • Patent number: 11259385
    Abstract: A load control device may be configured to control an electrical load, such as a lighting load. The load control device may include a first terminal adapted to be coupled to an alternating-current (AC) power source, and a second terminal adapted to be coupled to the electrical load. The load control device may include a bidirectional semiconductor switch, a filter circuit, and a control circuit. The bidirectional semiconductor switch may be coupled in series between the first terminal and the second terminal, and be configured to provide a phase-control voltage to the electrical load. The filter circuit may be coupled between the first terminal and the second terminal. The control circuit may be configured to render the bidirectional semiconductor switch conductive and non-conductive to control an amount of power delivered to the electrical load, and be configured to adjust the impedance and/or filtering characteristics of the filter circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: Robert C. Newman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11234306
    Abstract: A stabilizing system includes an AC power supply, a TRIAC dimmer circuit, a load conversion circuit and a current controller. The TRIAC dimmer circuit dynamically generates a drive power. The load conversion circuit filters noises off the drive power and drives an external LED unit using the filtered drive power. The current controller detects an activating phase of the AC power supply's AC voltage from the drive power. The current controller keeps a sum of a buffer current of the current controller and a load current of the load conversion circuit to approximate a predetermined critical current value and to exceed an operating current of the TRIAC dimmer circuit in response to the detected activating phase of the AC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: XIAMEN LEEDARSON LIGHTING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Shihhsueh Yang, Chunchieh Kuo, Yihsiung Lin
  • Patent number: 11220212
    Abstract: A circuit arrangement for the electrical wiring of a light unit of a headlight for a vehicle, having a control unit which is connected to a power supply, the light unit having at least one semiconductor light source and a temperature measurer, wherein the semiconductor light source has a cathode and wherein the temperature measurer has a cathode, and wherein the light unit has an equipotential bonding contact. In the light unit, the cathodes are electrically connected to one another and/or at least one of the cathodes is electrically connected to the equipotential bonding contact in the light unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Boris Niemann
  • Patent number: 11224105
    Abstract: System and method for voltage conversion to drive one or more light emitting diodes with at least a TRIAC dimmer. For example, the system includes: a phase detector configured to receive a first rectified voltage generated based at least in part on an AC input voltage processed by at least the TRIAC dimmer, the phase detector being further configured to generate a digital signal representing phase information associated with the first rectified voltage; a voltage generator configured to receive the digital signal and generate a DC voltage based at least in part on the digital signal; and a driver configured to receive the DC voltage and affect, based at least in part on the DC voltage, a current flowing through the one or more light emitting diodes; wherein the current changes with the phase information according to a predetermined function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: On-Bright Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiqing Yang, Zhuoyan Li, Liqiang Zhu, Jun Zhou
  • Patent number: 11217175
    Abstract: A pixel-driving circuit includes: a write-compensation sub-circuit coupled to a signal scanning terminal, a data terminal and a driving sub-circuit, and configured to, controlled with voltage from the signal scanning terminal, provide voltages of the data terminal to the driving sub-circuit for compensation; the light-emission control sub-circuit is coupled with the light-emission terminal, the first power source terminal and the driving sub-circuit and configured to provide voltages of the first power source terminal to the first terminal of the driving transistor controlled with voltage from the light-emission control terminal; the reset sub-circuit is coupled with the reset signal terminal, the initial voltage terminal, and the driving sub-circuit and to provide voltages of the initial voltage terminal to the gate of the driving transistor controlled with voltage from the reset signal terminal, causing the driving transistor to be in ON and OFF states respectively during the first and second initialization
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wanpeng Teng, Xueling Gao
  • Patent number: 11206015
    Abstract: System and method for controlling one or more light emitting diodes. For example, the system for controlling one or more light emitting diodes includes a current generator configured to generate a first current flowing through one or more light emitting diodes. The one or more light emitting diodes are configured to receive a rectified voltage generated by a rectifying bridge coupled to a TRIAC dimmer. Additionally, the system includes a bleeder configured to receive the rectified voltage, and a controller configured to receive a sensing voltage from the current generator and output a control signal to the bleeder. The sensing voltage indicates a magnitude of the first current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: On-Bright Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Liqiang Zhu, Jun Zhou
  • Patent number: 11197361
    Abstract: A split-type in-wall smart switch module comprises a switching signal generation unit, a mechanical switch, a switching signal receiving and processing unit, a wireless module unit, a switching unit and a load, wherein the switching signal generation unit is connected to a live wire in mains electricity, the mechanical switch and the switching signal receiving and processing unit, respectively; the switching signal receiving and processing unit is also connected to the wireless module unit and a neutral wire in mains electricity respectively; the other end of the wireless module unit is connected to the switching unit; the other end of the switching unit is connected to the load; and the other end of the load is connected to the neutral wire in mains electricity. The switch can realize the control of turning-on and turning-off by means of a switch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: FOCALCREST LIMITED
    Inventors: Zhenyu Liu, Shanghua Xie
  • Patent number: 11089663
    Abstract: A light-emitting element driving device includes: a first amplifier configured, with respect to each of a plurality of light-emitting element strings, to control a first transistor connected in series with the light-emitting element string based on the current passing through the light-emitting element string; and a second amplifier configured, with respect to each of at least part of the plurality of light-emitting element strings, a second transistor, which is included in a series circuit composed of the second transistor and a first resistor and connected in parallel with the first transistor, based on the current passing through the light-emitting element string and the current passing through the second transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshito Nishigami, Masaaki Nakayama
  • Patent number: 11081064
    Abstract: A display compensation circuit includes a driver circuit including a digital-to-analog converter (DAC), the driver circuit configured to drive pixels of a display panel; and a compensation circuit including a current-mode sensing circuit and a reference current generator circuit, the compensation circuit configured to determine a value to compensate for pixel variations across the display panel, the reference current generator circuit configured to generate a reference current using the DAC of the driver circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Amir Amirkhany, Younghoon Song, Ranick Ng
  • Patent number: 11070131
    Abstract: Examples to control timing for current-mode boost converters are disclosed. An example device to control timing includes a first input terminal to receive an input voltage of a current-mode boost converter a second input terminal to receive an output voltage of the current-mode boost converter, a generator to generate a first timing signal from the input voltage and the output voltage, a third input terminal to receive a second timing signal from the current-mode boost converter, a selector to select between the first on_off time signal and the second on_off time signal to generate a third on_off time signal based on a comparison of a first off time duration of the first on_off time signal and a second off time duration of the second on_off time signal, and an output terminal to control off times of the current-mode boost converter based on the third on_off time signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jian Liang, Weiwei Xiong
  • Patent number: 11054095
    Abstract: Techniques for smart light and lighting drywall are provided. A system and/or method can comprise a smart light comprising at least one light bulb; and a lighting drywall comprising: a power source; a mesh configured to provide power from the power source using a wireless power transfer mechanism; wherein the smart light is removably attachable to a plurality of locations on the lighting drywall and configured to receive the power using the wireless power transfer mechanism at respective locations of the plurality of locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: RESILIENCE MAGNUM IP, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Rosen, Ronald Cozean, Eric Allen, David Edward Mordetzky, Megan Horvath, Anthony John Pyros, John Elwood, Michael Chang, Elie Attarian
  • Patent number: 11051386
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for commissioning and controlling a lighting system, and tracking mobile devices. The lighting system comprises a plurality of system nodes including smart nodes and light fixtures. The smart nodes communicate with the mobile devices and the light fixtures to facilitate configuration and adjustment of the lighting system. The smart nodes may also receive signals from legacy control devices, and map the received control signals to control signals that are compatible with the light fixtures. The smart nodes may transmit beacon signals having unique identifiers that are received by the mobile devices. The mobile devices may in turn communicate received signal strengths for the beacon signals back to the smart nodes. The smart nodes may store this tracking data in a database to determine where and how long the mobile devices are in a location and to provide location-based services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: LSI Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Bobby Duane Taylor
  • Patent number: 11038369
    Abstract: The subject disclosure relates to power failure simulations, for example to test lighting systems, such as emergency lighting units or lighted signage. In some aspects, a method of the disclosed technology includes steps for receiving an interrupt command, terminating power delivery from a first power supply to a lighting array in response to the interrupt command, and measuring one or more power characteristics of the second power supply. Methods and machine-readable media are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: HEXMODAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Hariz, Utkarsh Shah
  • Patent number: 11005441
    Abstract: An audio/video power processor for an audio/video playback device, and an audio/video playback system. The audio/video power processor for an audio/video playback device includes: a box having a grounded metal shell; an electric power input port for receiving AC electric power, the electric power input port comprising a first live line terminal and a first null line terminal; an electric power output port for outputting electric power to the audio/video playback device, the electric power output port comprising a second live line terminal and a second null line terminal; a first capacitor unit electrically connected between the first live line terminal and the first null line terminal; a first inductor electrically connected between the first live line terminal and the second live line terminal; and a second inductor electrically connected between the first null line terminal and the second null line terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Tsz Cheung Fung
  • Patent number: 10994035
    Abstract: A system includes multiple devices configured to emit and detect germicidal radiation. Each of the multiple devices operates in emitting mode when connected to a drive source in a forward bias configuration and operates in detecting mode when disconnected from the drive source or when connected to the drive source in a reverse bias configuration. Cycling circuitry generates a sequence of control signals that control switching circuitry to change the connections of the devices to the drive source in a cycle in which one or more of the multiple devices are switched to detecting mode and senses radiation emitted by one or more of the multiple devices simultaneously operating in emitting mode. Each device operating in detecting mode generates a signal in response to the sensed radiation. Detection circuitry detects signals of the devices operating in detecting mode and generates a detection output in response to the detected signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Rajeev Dhiman, Michael E. Griffin, Robert E. Astle, Michael N. Cormier
  • Patent number: 10999903
    Abstract: System controller and method for a lighting system according to certain embodiments. For example, the system controller includes a first controller terminal configured to receive a first signal, and a second controller terminal coupled to a first transistor terminal of a transistor. The transistor further includes a second transistor terminal and a third transistor terminal. The second transistor terminal is coupled to a first winding terminal of a winding, and the winding further includes a second winding terminal coupled to a capacitor. Additionally, the system controller includes a third controller terminal coupled to the third transistor terminal of the transistor, and a fourth controller terminal coupled to a resistor and configured to receive a second signal. The second signal represents a magnitude of a current flowing through at least the winding, the third controller terminal, the fourth controller terminal, and the resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: On-Bright Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhuoyan Li, Liqiang Zhu, Xueyou Ling, Jun Zhou, Lieyi Fang
  • Patent number: 10992142
    Abstract: A device and method are provided for saving power and electricity in a charging device including external power supplies and battery chargers having a primary circuit and a secondary circuit where a switch is located in the primary circuit and a current sensing device in the secondary circuit to sense when there is a drop in current in the secondary circuit or no current in the secondary circuit because the load such as a cell phone or tablet is charged and when this occurs the switch in the primary circuit is opened and the primary circuit no longer draws power from the source of power until the switch in the primary circuit is closed by either a user activating a switch to reenergize the charging device, where the switch may be powered by an on-board battery to close the primary circuit, or where a control circuit is activated by a program in the load or device to be charged, such that the charging device will cycle on and off according to an external app program residing on the device to be charged or some
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Robert M. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10985598
    Abstract: An emergency converter according to the invention is used in lighting applications for operation from an energy storage device in case of mains failure. The converter device comprises a charger circuit configured to charge the energy storage device and a microcontroller circuit configured to control the charger circuit. The driver circuit is preferably implemented in a coupled inductor boost circuit topology. The microcontroller circuit is further configured to control the switch based on a zero crossing of a measured inductor current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TRIDONIC GMBH & CO KG
    Inventors: Deepak Makwana, Jagjitpati Shukla
  • Patent number: 10973101
    Abstract: A single-stage driver for an LED device, configured to be coupled between a power supply and the LED device, comprises: a rectifier, a DC-to-DC converter, a resistor and a controller. The rectifier is configured to be coupled to the power supply and convert an alternating voltage from the power supply into a first direct voltage. The DC-to-DC converter, which comprises at least two switches, is coupled between the rectifier and the LED device and configured to receive the first direct voltage and provide a constant current to the LED device. The resistor is configured to be coupled in series with the LED device. The controller is coupled between the resistor and the at least two switches, and configured to keep the current through the LED device stable around a predetermined current value by controlling the switches based on a voltage across the resistor, wherein all the at least two switches are turned on or off synchronously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CURRENT LIGHTING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Zhu Mao, Min Fang, Zhangji Zhou, Shuyi Qin, Fanbin Wang
  • Patent number: 10962205
    Abstract: Systems for emergency exit LED lighting are described herein. The emergency exit lighting systems comprise structures for housing at least one LED light, an LED driver electronically coupled to the LED light(s), a continuous power source, a backup power source, and a test switch. The fixtures, in various configurations, may be mounted to an existing T-grid or to a wall or ceiling. The fixture may be tested remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Nicole Bagozzi, Scott Evans, Nicholas Garthright, Joseph Marino, Lee Marino
  • Patent number: 10959307
    Abstract: A load control device coupled between an AC power source and an electrical load may operate in a three-wire mode or a two-wire mode based on whether the load control device is connected to a neutral side of the AC power source. The load control device may further comprise first and second zero-cross detect circuits to be respectively used in the two-wire mode or the three-wire mode, and a neutral wire detect circuit configured to generate a neutral wire detect signal indicating whether the load control device is connected to the neutral side of the AC power source. A control circuit of the load control device may determine whether the load control device should operate in the two-wire mode or in the three-wire mode in response to the neutral wire detect signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Benning, Thomas W. Brenner, Quinn Brogan, Donald F. Hausman, Jr., Peter MacLellan, Matthew Kyle Olsen, Matthew Pennock
  • Patent number: 10952299
    Abstract: A resonant power converter as disclosed herein, e.g., an LED driver, comprises first and second switches in a half-bridge arrangement and responsive at an operating frequency to controlled drive signals. A resonant circuit is coupled between the switch output and an isolation transformer. A negative feedback control loop provides an error signal for regulation of the output current. A reference control circuit is added to the feedback control loop, and configured to sense when the error signal exceeds a threshold value, and further configured in response to control a feedback reference signal wherein the error signal is reset to a value below the threshold value. By resetting the feedback control reference value, loop runaway may be prevented, e.g., for enough time that the LED load may warm up or otherwise stabilize. As a result the LED driver will always maintain negative current closed loop control, and restore normal operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Xiong, Scott Price
  • Patent number: 10944316
    Abstract: A circuit adapted to detect applied voltage and/or voltage based conditions. The circuit comprises a zero-cross detection circuit and a controller. The zero-cross detection circuit is adapted to output a zero-cross signal comprising zero-cross events based on an applied alternating current power signal. The controller is adapted to store a relationship between a pulse width delta, frequency, and voltage. The controller is adapted to sense the zero-cross signal from the zero-cross detection circuit to determine its frequency and pulse width delta by calculating a difference between a high-time and a low-time of the zero-cross signal, and determine the applied voltage based on the stored relationship. The controller can adjust at least one setting of the circuit based on the determined applied voltage, such as the timing of a dimming circuit. In another embodiment, the controller may directly detect voltage based conditions, such as zero-cross delays a dimmer circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Slivka, Martin Koenig
  • Patent number: 10939520
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for a current converter circuit for airfield ground lighting are described herein. In some examples, one or more embodiments include a bi-directional switch, an inductor to store energy in response to the bi-directional switch being on, and an output capacitor to discharge power to an LED, where the bi-directional switch can switch off to cause the inductor to discharge to the output capacitor in response to a voltage across the output capacitor being less than a threshold voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Nipun Kumar Chawda
  • Patent number: 10918747
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for inactivating microorganisms are disclosed. An example method comprises emitting, with a first light source, a first light comprising a first correlated color temperature (CCT), emitting, with a second light source, a second light comprising a second CCT and, varying respective power levels of the first light source and the second light source such that the first light and the second light combine to form white light comprising an intensity associated with light in a 380-420 nanometer (nm) wavelength range sufficient to initiate inactivation of microorganisms on the surface and a third CCT between the first CCT and the second CCT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Vital Vio, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Barron, Jorel Lalicki, James W. Peterson, Nicholas Jones, Cori J. Winslow
  • Patent number: 10904977
    Abstract: A light emitting diode system allows for high current end user LED matrix applications while mitigating internal damage to control circuitry that may be caused by excess current flow. In one example, multiple switches operate in parallel across an LED. When an overvoltage condition is detected in a first switch, a logic circuit determines those switches programmed to operate in parallel and causes them to conduct current. This reduces the amount of current flowing through any one switch and mitigates harm to the device. The parallel configuration of switches may be driven by a single pulse width modulated current. This allows the drive current to be divided between parallel transistors, limiting the damaging effects that can be caused by high currents flowing through the transistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael James Drake, Daniel Ross Herrington, Sumeet Prakash Kulkarni, Vahid Yousefzadeh, James Michael Patterson, James Harbison Masson
  • Patent number: 10887957
    Abstract: An LED drive circuit with a SCR dimmer, a circuit module and a control method therefor are provided. In each cycle of the alternating current, the bleeding current during a time period for turning on the SCR dimmer is distinguished from the bleeding current in a time period from an instant at which the SCR dimmer is turned on to an instant at which the LED load is lit. The bleeder circuit is controlled to perform bleeding at the first current during the time period for turning on the SCR dimmer, and then perform bleeding at the second current which is less than the first current from the instant at which the SCR dimmer is turned on, so that an average bleeding current of the bleeder circuit in each cycle can be reduced, the bleed loss can be reduced, and the efficiency of the LED drive circuit can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: SILERGY SEMICONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGY (HANGZHOU) LTD
    Inventors: Huiqiang Chen, Jianxin Wang
  • Patent number: 10856382
    Abstract: An active preload circuit includes: a rectifier configured to receive an AC input from a TRIAC dimmer and to generate DC power; a preload; and a phase angle controller configured to selectively couple the preload to the DC power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: ERP POWER, LLC
    Inventor: Louis Chen
  • Patent number: 10841991
    Abstract: Methods of operating a dimmer switch interface are described. A method includes receiving a dimmer input voltage, providing a dimmer output signal based on the dimmer input voltage, and detecting a voltage level of the dimmer output signal. The voltage level of the dimmer output signal is compared with the threshold. A transformer is intermittently turned off when the voltage level of the dimmer output signal is below the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventor: Zhi Hua Song
  • Patent number: 10827588
    Abstract: System and method for controlling one or more light emitting diodes. For example, the system for controlling one or more light emitting diodes includes a current regulation circuit coupled to a cathode of one or more light emitting diodes. The one or more light emitting diodes include the cathode and an anode configured to receive a rectified voltage. Additionally, the system includes a control circuit coupled to the cathode of the one or more light emitting diodes. The control circuit is configured to receive a first voltage from the cathode of the one or more light emitting diodes, compare a second voltage and a threshold voltage, and generate a control signal based at least in part on the second voltage and the threshold voltage. The second voltage indicates a magnitude of the first voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: On-Bright Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Liqiang Zhu, Jun Zhou
  • Patent number: 10800317
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp includes: a first light source; a second light source; a first input terminal that receives a first turn-on instruction signal of the first light source; a second input terminal that receives a pulsed second turn-on instruction signal of the second light source; and a turn-on circuit that drives the first light source and the second light source based on the first turn-on instruction signal and the second turn-on instruction signal. The turn-on circuit includes: a drive circuit that becomes active based on the first turn-on instruction signal and the second turn-on instruction signal, and outputs a constant drive current from an output terminal; and a distribution circuit that forms a current path such that the drive current flows to the second light source, and forms a current path such that the drive current flows to the first light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ichikawa, Takuya Serita, Masato Harazaki
  • Patent number: 10790762
    Abstract: A power adaptor is disclosed, which comprises an input for connection to an AC power supply, a resonant circuit coupled to the input that provides an output suitable for driving a load, at least one half-bridge drive circuit for providing a drive signal to the resonant circuit, and a switch controller for the half-bridge drive circuit. The switch controller is adapted to provide one or more of the following, in at least one mode: (i) to provide the high-side switch and the low-side switch with on-times of different durations, (ii) to provide the high-side switch and the low-side switch with on-times that overlap, and (iii) to provide the high-side switch and the low-side switch with on-times that are synchronous. This may be utilised to control the current delivered to the output without any need to change the frequency at which the resonant circuit is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: ADP CORPORATE LIMITED
    Inventor: David Summerland
  • Patent number: 10757773
    Abstract: A load control device for controlling the intensity of a lighting load, such as a light-emitting diode (LED) light source, may include a power converter circuit operable to receive a rectified AC voltage and to generate a DC bus voltage, a load regulation circuit operable to receive the bus voltage and to control the magnitude of a load current conducted through the lighting load, and a control circuit operatively coupled to the load regulation circuit for pulse width modulating or pulse frequency modulating the load current to control the intensity of the lighting load to a target intensity. The control circuit may control the intensity of the lighting load by pulse width modulating the load current when the target intensity is above a predetermined threshold and control the intensity of the lighting load by pulse frequency modulating the load current when the target intensity is below the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Timothy P. Gredler, Matthew R. Zartman
  • Patent number: 10728985
    Abstract: A lighting circuit of a semiconductor light source includes a light control circuit and a constant current circuit. The light control circuit is configured to generate a pulsed light control signal having a duty ratio corresponding to the input pulse signal and having at least one edge softened in each pulse. The constant current circuit includes a linear regulator. The constant current circuit is configured to stabilize a lamp current flowing into the semiconductor light source to a target amount corresponding to the light control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 10714313
    Abstract: The invention relates to high-frequency amplifier apparatuses suitable for generating power outputs of at least 1 kW at frequencies of at least 2 MHz. The apparatuses include two LDMOS transistors each connected by their source connection to ground. The transistors can have the same design and can be arranged in an assembly (package). The apparatus also includes a circuit board lying flat against a metallic cooling plate and connected to the cooling plate, which can be connected to ground, and the assembly is arranged on or against the circuit board. The apparatuses have a power transformer, whose primary winding is connected to the drain connections of the transistors, and a signal transmitter. A secondary winding of the signal transmitter is connected to the gate connections of the two transistors. Each of the gate connections is connected to ground via at least one voltage-limiting structural element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TRUMPF Huettinger GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Andre Grede, Alexander Alt, Daniel Gruner, Anton Labanc
  • Patent number: 10687401
    Abstract: A linear constant current drive circuit, including a first end of an LED string is connected to one output end of a rectifier bridge, a second end of the LED string is connected to one end of an energy storage capacitor by using a first switch subcircuit, and the other end of the energy storage capacitor is connected to the other output end of the rectifier bridge; one end of a second switch subcircuit is connected to a junction between the first switch subcircuit and the energy storage capacitor, and the other end of the second switch subcircuit is connected to a tap end of the LED string; and one end of a third switch subcircuit is connected to the second end of the LED string, and the other end of the third switch subcircuit is connected to a junction between the rectifier bridge and the energy storage capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI LOOALL ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Yunqi Shao
  • Patent number: 10681782
    Abstract: A light-emitting diode (LED) lighting device has an LED and a power supply including an inductor coupled to the LED. A cathode of the LED is coupled to the inductor opposite an anode of the LED. The inductor is coupled for receiving a first power signal. A transistor includes a conduction terminal coupled to the inductor to enable current through the inductor. A current from the first power signal is switched to generate a second power signal. A first diode includes an anode coupled to the inductor opposite the cathode of the LED. A controller includes a first terminal coupled to a cathode of the first diode and a second terminal coupled to a control terminal of the transistor. A zener diode is coupled to the first terminal of the controller. A capacitor is coupled between the first diode and inductor. A second diode is coupled to the first diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Enertron, Inc.
    Inventors: Der Jeou Chou, Ming Yi Chan
  • Patent number: 10665162
    Abstract: A pixel of an organic light emitting diode (OLED) display device may include an organic light-emitting diode; a first transistor configured to control, in response to a voltage of a first node, current flowing from a first driving power source to a second driving power source that is coupled to a second node via the organic light-emitting diode; a second transistor coupled between a data line and the first node, and configured to be turned on when a first scan signal is supplied to a first scan line; a storage capacitor coupled between the first node and the first driving power source; and an auxiliary capacitor coupled between the first driving power source and the second node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyo Chul Lee, Yoon Jung Chai
  • Patent number: 10651813
    Abstract: A method is provided to design a filter. In the method, a difference between a high frequency to be blocked and a resonance frequency of a distributed constant type reference filter is obtained, the reference filter including a reference coil having windings wound at a plurality of pitches having the same length in an axial direction and a capacitor connected in parallel to the reference coil. When the difference is greater than the predetermined value, a split position in the reference coil where the reference coil is divided into a first coil element and a second coil element connected in series and a split distance between the first coil element and the second coil element to reduce the first difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventors: Nozomu Nagashima, Naohiko Okunishi, Eiichiro Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10651726
    Abstract: Techniques for starting up and shutting down a H-bridge are provided. In an example, a method can include ramping an internal reference voltage of the H-bridge between a first level and a second level during a first interval, controlling an output voltage of each of a first half-bridge of the H-bridge and a second half-bridge of the H-bridge independently during the first interval based on the reference voltage, and controlling the first half-bridge and second half-bridge as a full H-bridge during a second timed interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Analog Devices International Unlimited Company
    Inventors: Hai Chen, Gregory J. Hughes
  • Patent number: 10644585
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an alternating current (AC) input node. The apparatus also includes a power factor correction (PFC) circuit with a first inductor coupled between the AC input node and a switch node. The apparatus also includes a switching analysis circuit for the PFC circuit. The switching analysis circuit includes a second inductor inductively coupled to the first inductor. The switching analysis circuit also includes a rectifier coupled to the second inductor. The switching analysis circuit also includes a sensing resistor coupled to the rectifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Zhong Ye
  • Patent number: 10622894
    Abstract: A synchronous converter for driving a load (4) comprises a first switch (M1) coupled in series with a second switch (M2) via a node (x), an inductor (L1) coupled to the node (x), input terminals (10, 11) for receiving an input voltage (Vin) from a power source, output terminals (12, 13) for supplying an output current and an output voltage to the load (4), a first mode wherein the first switch (M1) is in an on state and the second switch (M2) is in an off state, and wherein the first switch and the inductor (L1) form a series arrangement coupled between the input terminals (10, 11), a second mode wherein the first switch (M1) is in the off state and the second switch (M2) is in the on state, and wherein the second switch (M2) and the inductor (L1) form a series arrangement coupled between the output terminals (12, 13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Binghong Wang, Reinhold Elferich
  • Patent number: 10624162
    Abstract: A direct AC LED lighting device is provided with a variable current source and a controller. The controller controls the variable current source to conduct a THD compensation current while an LED string in the direct AC lighting device is not conducting to improve power factor and reduce the THD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: DIALOG SEMICONDUCTOR INC.
    Inventors: Nan Shi, Haiju Li
  • Patent number: 10609788
    Abstract: A load regulation device is adapted to control an electrical load. The load regulation device may be in a low power state, a ready state, and/or an on state. The low power state is characterized by the electrical load being unenergized. The ready state is characterized by a load control device and/or the load regulation device using more power than the low power state and the electrical load being unenergized. The on state is characterized by the electrical load being energized. The load regulation device is configured to receive an indication of a user's presence when the load regulation device is in the low power state. The load regulation device is configured to change from the low power state to the ready state in response to receiving the indication. The load regulation device is configured to wait in the ready state for a change state instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Knauss
  • Patent number: RE48368
    Abstract: Provided is a smart matching step-down circuit, comprising an alternating current input terminal (10), a rectifier filter circuit (20), a switching circuit (30), a high voltage BUCK control step-down circuit (40), a floating zero potential control circuit (41), a voltage detection and feedback circuit (50), a PWM controller (52), a full-bridge DC/AC converter circuit (60), an alternating current output terminal (70), an output voltage detection circuit (62), and a conversion controller (80); the high voltage BUCK control step-down circuit comprises a step-down inductor (L1) and a step-down capacitor (C18); the first end of the step-down inductor is connected to the output terminal of the switching circuit; the second end of the step-down inductor is connected to the positive electrode of the step-down filter capacitor, and is used for stepping down and filtering the pulse voltage, then outputting a second current; the floating zero potential control circuit comprises a flyback diode (D11, D12); the cathode of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Guangdong BESTEK Medical Devices Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xinhua Xu