Automatic Regulation Patents (Class 315/307)
  • Patent number: 11346881
    Abstract: In some examples, a device includes a control circuit configured to deliver driving signals to a switch. The device also includes a testing circuit configured to cause the control circuit to toggle the switch at a first instance and determine a parameter magnitude at the switch at a second instance after toggling the switch at the first instance by at least determining a voltage magnitude at the switch at the second instance. The testing circuit is also configured to cause the control circuit to toggle the switch after the second instance and determine a parameter magnitude at the switch at a third instance after toggling the switch after the second instance. The testing circuit is further configured to generate an output based on the determined parameter magnitudes at the switch at the second and third instances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Denis Bilstein, Michael Asam
  • Patent number: 11350504
    Abstract: An LED drive circuit can include: a transistor and an LED load coupled in series, and being configured to receive a direct current bus voltage, and to generate an input current; and a control circuit configured to generate a drive signal to control an operation state of the transistor to control a distribution range of the input current by controlling an amount of accumulated charge of the input current during a half power frequency period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventors: Qingliang Zheng, Qiukai Huang, Jianxin Wang
  • Patent number: 11330689
    Abstract: A display device is provided. The display device includes a plurality of light-emitting modules. The at least one of the plurality of light-emitting modules includes a light-emitting unit group. The light-emitting unit group includes a plurality of light-emitting units coupled to each other in series. The first current source is coupled to the light-emitting unit group, and configured to provide a first current to drive the plurality of light-emitting units. The bypass unit includes a plurality of first switch units. The bypass unit is coupled to the light-emitting unit group in parallel. The plurality of first switch units are coupled to the plurality of light-emitting units in parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Innolux Corporation
    Inventors: Ming Chun Tseng, Chin-Lung Ting, Ker-Yih Kao, Kung-Chen Kuo, Lien-Hsiang Chen
  • Patent number: 11322067
    Abstract: A display device includes: a screen body, including a first display area and a second display area; and a display driving chip; wherein the display driving chip includes: a first preset grayscale generation module, configured to generate a first preset grayscale voltage; a second grayscale generation module, configured to calculate the grayscale required by each pixel unit in the second display area according to image data, and generate a grayscale voltage range including a plurality of grayscale voltages; a grayscale driving module and configured to select the grayscale voltage corresponding to the grayscale required by each pixel unit in the second display area from the grayscale voltage range; and, a first control module, electrically connected to the grayscale driving module, configured to control the grayscale driving module to allocate the first preset grayscale voltage to all pixel units in the first display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Yungu (Gu'au) Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xinquan Chen, Xiaobao Zhang, Zheng Wang, Wei Ding
  • Patent number: 11314671
    Abstract: A circuit for an I/O module, the circuit having a communication unit for receiving process data, which is connectable to a bus for communication purposes, a microcontroller which is connected to the communication unit, a load, a digital/analog converter, which includes a current output driver for outputting an output current to the load, and a first DC/DC converter. The microcontroller is connected to the digital/analog converter via a digital interface and is configured to set the output current of the digital/analog converter via the digital interface based on the received process data. The microcontroller is configured to output a control signal to a first DC/DC converter via the control interface for setting the first supply voltage based on the output current and the digital voltage value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: WAGO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Walter Bindseil, Sebastian Schulze
  • Patent number: 11310888
    Abstract: A method of controlling a lighting device is disclosed. The method comprises: detecting a first location of a user in an area, obtaining a second location of the lighting device and/or its light effect in the area, obtaining object information about an object, the object information comprising at least dimensions of the object and a third location of the object in the area, determining, based on the first, second and third location and the object dimensions, if the object is located between the user and the lighting device and/or its light effect, and controlling the lighting device based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Jan Goor
  • Patent number: 11309735
    Abstract: An electromagnetic energy harvester circuit to obtain unrealized potential energy employs an E-I inductor having a primary coil winding and a secondary coil winding. A capacitor is electrically coupled to a main power source and upper lead to the primary coil winding, wherein a lower lead of the primary coil winding is coupled to a primary AC load. The secondary coil winding has an upper lead coupled to a first input of a secondary load and a lower lead coupled to a second input of the secondary load. The circuit harvester's electrical current produced through the windings to allow operation of the secondary load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Global Energy Applications, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Cook, Mark M. Turner
  • Patent number: 11302273
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a liquid crystal panel; and a source driver configured to output an image signal to the liquid crystal panel. The source driver may include a digital-to-analog converter (DA converter) configured to convert digital image data into an image signal of normal polarity and an image signal of inversion polarity; a plurality of multiplexers each of which receives the image signal of the normal polarity and the image signal of the inversion polarity from the DA converter, and outputs the image signal of the normal polarity and the image signal of the inversion polarity as they are or cross outputs the image signal of the normal polarity and the image signal of the inversion polarity; and an inversion controller configured to output a control signal to each of the plurality of multiplexers through a plurality of output terminals respectively connected to the plurality of multiplexers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung-Jin Lim, Ji Hye Kim
  • Patent number: 11297697
    Abstract: An LED driver for light modulation control includes a power converter circuit, a feedback circuit, a buffer circuit, an energy recovery circuit, and a controller. The power converter circuit is configured to provide an output current to an LED load coupled thereto. The feedback circuit is configured to generate an error signal which is fed back to the power converter circuit for maintaining the power converter circuit in a constant current output state. The buffer circuit is coupled to the LED load and configured for quick turn off of the LED load and for temporary storage of power. The energy recovery circuit is configured to reuse the power stored in the buffer circuit before relying on an external power source to power the controller and the feedback circuit. The controller is configured to control at least one aspect of each of the circuits of the LED driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Xiong, Travis L. Berry
  • Patent number: 11297698
    Abstract: An LED driver for light modulation control includes a power converter circuit having a controller, a buffer circuit, and an energy recovery circuit. The controller is configured to selectively enable and disable both buffer control signals and gate drive signals depending on a sensed modulation control signal corresponding to a modulation-on stage and a modulation-off stage. In the modulation-on stage, the buffer control signals are enabled and the gate drive signals are disabled. In the modulation-off stage, the buffer control signals are disabled and the gate drive signals are enabled. The buffer circuit is configured for quick turn off of an LED load and for temporary storage of power from an output capacitor. The energy recovery circuit is configured to reuse the power stored in the buffer circuit before relying on an external power source to power the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Wei Xiong
  • Patent number: 11283347
    Abstract: A control circuit of the present invention includes a drive circuit for outputting a gate drive signal, a charging circuit for generating a charging current when the drive circuit is started up, and a Vcc control circuit for, upon receiving an output from the charging circuit, outputting a control signal for supplying Vcc for the drive circuit, wherein the drive circuit, the charging circuit, and the Vcc control circuit are provided in one chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsutaka Hano
  • Patent number: 11277012
    Abstract: A plurality of switching units is provided for each of a plurality of batteries. The switching units switch between a connected state where the corresponding battery is connected in series with another battery and a non-connected state where series connection between the corresponding battery and the other battery is disconnected. A control unit controls the switching unit corresponding to the battery to switch to the non-connected state when it is determined that the corresponding battery reaches a charge end voltage during charging or a discharge end voltage during discharging. The control unit changes the charge end voltage such that the charge end voltage of the battery deteriorated is lower than the charge end voltage of the battery not deteriorated, or changes the discharge end voltage such that the discharge end voltage of the battery deteriorated is higher than the discharge end voltage of the battery not deteriorated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chihiro Ono, Takahiro Syouda
  • Patent number: 11268724
    Abstract: A controlling method of an indoor air environment quality cooperation and control system includes: sensing whether there is an indoor person; if not, turning off an air conditioner system and a purification system, judging the values monitored by an outdoor pollutant sensor and an indoor pollutant sensor, if the value monitored by the outdoor pollutant sensor is greater than that monitored by the indoor pollutant sensor, turning off a fresh air system, otherwise starting the fresh air system; if an indoor person is sensed, calculating an IAQI according to values transmitted by a temperature and humidity sensor and the indoor pollutant sensor; calculating a ratio R of a ?IAQI and an energy consumption increase value ?P, and selecting a regulation mode with the maximum ratio R to coordinate a quality of the indoor environment; and returning and executing the sensing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Chongqing University
    Inventors: Hong Liu, Baizhan Li, Wei Yu, Runming Yao, Yuxin Wu, Lexiang Wang, Nan Li, Chenqiu Du, Shaoxing Zhang
  • Patent number: 11263985
    Abstract: A power supply circuit and a display device are provided, belonging to the field of display technologies. The power supply circuit includes a boosting sub-circuit and a driving sub-circuit. The boosting sub-circuit may boost the voltage of the power signal provided by the power source; the driving sub-circuit may drive the load to work normally while ensuring that the capacitance of the capacitor in the driving sub-circuit is small when supplying power to the load with the power signal of which the voltage is boosted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignees: Chongqing BOE Smart Electronics System Co., Ltd., BOE Technology Group Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Lichun Chen, Bo Liu, Yunyan Xie
  • Patent number: 11265988
    Abstract: Circuitry 31 for a solid-state lighting arrangement 20 designed for as a replacement for a gas discharge lamp used in a lighting fixture having a ballast. The circuitry 31 unsafe flow of current through the solid-state lighting arrangement 20, under non-operational conditions and during installation of the lighting arrangement, so as to provide compatibility with safety standards for use with discharge lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: ELB ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Xiaoxiang Cheng, Dennis Stephens
  • Patent number: 11263931
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a display substrate including: a first flexible substrate; a second flexible substrate; and a bonding layer between the first flexible substrate and the second flexible substrate and bonding the first and second flexible substrates to each other; wherein the second flexible substrate includes a plurality of first support parts and a second support part spacing the plurality of first support parts apart from each other; a side of each first support part distal to the first flexible substrate is provided thereon with a display unit; the second support part includes a first part and a second part other than the first part, and a signal line configured to connect display units is disposed on a side of the first part distal to the first flexible substrate; and a thickness of the second part is smaller than a thickness of the first support part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jingkai Ni, Weijie Wang, Wenqi Liu, Zhongyuan Sun, Xiaofen Wang, Xiang Zhou
  • Patent number: 11252798
    Abstract: Controlling the color temperature of a composite light source including at least one discrete-spectrum light source is disclosed. For example, the color temperature of a composite light source including at least one discrete-spectrum light source may be determined and/or adjusted based on one or more of the ambient color temperature of a space, the actual temperature of the space, the relative brightness of the space, the occupancy of the space, a time clock, a demand response command (e.g., from an electrical utility), the absolute location of the composite light source, the location of the composite light source relative to other light sources, inputs from a camera or other external devices, the operation of appliances or other machines in the vicinity of the composite light source, media content being utilized in the vicinity of the composite light source, and/or other sensor inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Thomas M. Shearer, Arya Abraham, Ethan C. Biery, Timothy P. Gredler, Juha Mikko Hakkarainen
  • Patent number: 11252800
    Abstract: Methods for controlling power consumption and temperature in an LED luminaire are disclosed. The LED luminaire has one or more sets of LED light engines disposed on a printed circuit board (PCB), some or all of which are activated in response to an instruction or set of instructions. The instruction or set of instructions are processed to derive an indication of power consumption for each of the one or more sets of LED light engines. Power allocations for the one or more sets of LED light engines are adjusted to meet targets. This can be done by, e.g., ramping up or down the duty cycle of active sets of LED light engines by a uniform factor until the targets are met. Temperature control methods similarly ramp down the duty cycle of active sets of LED light engines uniformly over time if the measured temperature of the PCB exceeds limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Elemental LED, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Irons, Matthew Dillon
  • Patent number: 11252801
    Abstract: The present application provides a control circuit and a control method with fixed bleed time, a trigger signal is obtained and transmitted via a detection module; a timing module starts timing upon receiving the trigger signal, and outputs an end-of-timing signal when a preset time is reached; a control module outputs a control signal according to the end-of-timing signal; a bleeder module bleeds off a current within the preset time according to the control signal; and when the control circuit is powered off, the detection module, timing module, control module and bleeder module automatically perform a power-off reset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SHENZHEN SUNMOON MICROELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhaohua Li
  • Patent number: 11234320
    Abstract: An electronic device is for identifying a LED driver which is a switched mode power supply. For example the LED driver is part of an LED luminaire. An interface (24) is adapted to be coupled to a high frequency power commutation component of the switched mode power supply, for sensing the high frequency power commutation of the switched mode power supply in driving the LED. A mapping is made between identifications of LED drivers which are switched mode power supply and characteristics of the high frequency power commutations in driving the LED of a respective switched mode power supply. Thus, a LED driver which uses a switched mode power supply can be identified corresponding to extracted characteristics of the high frequency power commutations in driving the LED. This identification can be used for energy monitoring and fault diagnosis purposes, for use in a universal low cost LED driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Liang Shi, Gang Wang, Wei Hong Zhao, Peiliang Dong
  • Patent number: 11202016
    Abstract: An imaging device according to an embodiment includes an imaging circuit, a variable-voltage power source, a light-emitting element, a constant current-driving circuit, and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to turn on the light-emitting element in a period during which the imaging circuit performs imaging. The control circuit is configured to turn off the light-emitting element in a period during which the imaging circuit does not perform imaging. The control circuit is configured to control voltage applied to the light-emitting element by the variable-voltage power source on the basis of voltage of an input terminal of the constant current-driving circuit when the light-emitting element is turned on. The control circuit is configured to control the variable-voltage power source and apply predetermined voltage greater than or equal to compliance voltage of the light-emitting element to the light-emitting element when the light-emitting element is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takumi Soga
  • Patent number: 11184964
    Abstract: A lighting system includes a solid state lighting device capable of generating mixed light and a controller. The solid state lighting device includes light sources for producing mixed light and a sensor configured to detect light from one of the light sources. The controller controls two or more of the light sources based on output from the sensor. The controller can communicate with the sensor to provide closed-loop control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Anil Tipirneni, Rui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11175532
    Abstract: Provided is a light-emitting device having an excellent light emission performance irrespective of its small thickness. The light-emitting device includes a base having a surface; one or more light sources that are provided on the surface of the base, and each have an optical axis; a reflective lens provided to interpose the light source between the reflective lens and the base; a reflective sheet that is provided to surround the light source along the surface of the base, and includes a first surface that makes a first angle relative to a plane that is substantially orthogonal to the optical axis to allow the first surface to be away also from the base as the first surface is away from the light source; and a light diffusion member provided to interpose the light source, the reflective lens, and the reflective sheet, between the light diffusion member and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Kawase, Yohei Takakuwa, Roger Corn
  • Patent number: 11175372
    Abstract: The systems, devices, and processes described herein may identify a beam of a voice-controlled device that is directed toward a reflective surface, such as a wall. The beams may be created by a beamformer. An acoustic echo canceller (AEC) may create filter coefficients for a reference sound. The filter coefficients may be analyzed to identify beams that include multiple peaks. The multiple peaks may indicate presence of one or more reflective surfaces. Using the amplitude and the time delay between the peaks, the device may determine that it is close to a reflective surface in a direction of the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Folwell Barton, Kenneth Edgar Hild, II, Ramya Gopalan, Kavitha Velusamy, Amit Singh Chhetri
  • Patent number: 11172550
    Abstract: A dual-control dimming system is disclosed. The dual-control dimming system is configured to automatically change control of an LED between two control loops as an LED output is adjusted over a dimmable range. A first control loop may take control of the LED output in a first portion of the dimmable range, while the second loop may take control of the LED output in a second portion of the dimmable range. In this way, the LED may be powered efficiently in the first portion, while providing stable (i.e., flicker-free) output in the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Henry Frazier Pruett
  • Patent number: 11147281
    Abstract: A system to illuminate fruit and/or vegetables in the food storage facility, comprising a lamp (8) and a controller (12). The lamp is operable to provide the illumination with a first light output and a second light output, the first light output having a higher intensity and at least a red-bias spectrum relative to the second light output. Further, the system comprises a controller for controlling the illumination of the fruit and/or vegetables in the food storage facility by controlling the lamp. The controller is configured to apply the illumination in a sequence comprising a period of darkness, followed by the first light output for a first period, then followed by the second light output for a second period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: CĂ©line Catherine Sarah Nicole, Daniel Willem Elisabeth Schobben
  • Patent number: 11139782
    Abstract: An amplification apparatus as the embodiment of the present invention includes a switching amplifier and an adjuster. The switching amplifier is driven on the basis of a control signal and amplifies an input signal to be amplified to generate an amplified signal. The adjuster adjusts at least one of the signal to be amplified and the control signal before being input into the switching amplifier. In addition, the adjuster adjusts so that timing when the control signal turns from LOW to HIGH aligns with timing when the signal to be amplified turns from LOW to HIGH, or aligns with timing when the signal to be amplified turns from HIGH to LOW.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS & SOLUTIONS CIRPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamaoka, Keiichi Yamaguchi, Yuuki Funahashi
  • Patent number: 11129247
    Abstract: System and method for providing at least an output current to one or more light emitting diodes. The system includes a control component configured to receive at least a demagnetization signal, a sensed signal and a reference signal and to generate a control signal based on at least information associated with the demagnetization signal, the sensed signal and the reference signal, and a logic and driving component configured to receive at least the control signal and output a drive signal to a switch based on at least information associated with the control signal. The switch is connected to a first diode terminal of a diode and a first inductor terminal of an inductor. The diode further includes a second diode terminal, and the inductor further includes a second inductor terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: On-Bright Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lieyi Fang, Jun Zhou
  • Patent number: 11100884
    Abstract: This application discloses a booster circuit of a display panel, a boost control method and a display device. The booster circuit of the display panel includes: a potential boosting circuit, used for boosting a potential of an input signal to generate a drive signal; a current detection circuit, used for detecting a real-time current value of the drive signal and outputting a corresponding detection signal; and a main control circuit in control connection with the potential boosting circuit, the potential boosting circuit outputting the drive signal to an output end of the booster circuit, and the main control circuit controlling the booster circuit to stop outputting the drive signal when the detection signal output by the current detection circuit satisfies a preset condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: HKC CORPORATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Bin Qiu
  • Patent number: 11083056
    Abstract: A load regulation device, such as an LED driver, may be configured to control the intensity of a light source based on an analog control signal and a preconfigured dimming curve. The LED driver may sense a magnitude of the analog control signal and determine a new low-end and/or high-end control signal magnitude that falls outside of the input signal range of the dimming curve. The LED driver may rescale the preconfigured dimming curve according to new low-end and/or high-end control signal magnitudes and dim the light source based on the rescaled dimming curve. Multiple LED drivers controlled by the same analog control signal may communicate with each other regarding the magnitude of the analog control signal sensed by each LED driver, and match their target intensity levels despite sensing different analog control signal. A controller may be provided to coordinate the operation of the multiple LED drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Knauss, Christopher G. Udall
  • Patent number: 11074872
    Abstract: A backlight driving circuit includes a pulse width modulator, at least one time-delay sub-circuit and a driving sub-circuit. The pulse width modulator is configured to transmit a control signal including a plurality of pulses. The at least one time-delay sub-circuit is configured to delay at least one pulse of the control signal from the pulse width modulator that is transmitted to the at least one time-delay sub-circuit by a set time. The driving sub-circuit is coupled to the at least one time-delay sub-circuit, and the driving sub-circuit is configured to drive at least one of a plurality of light-emitting devices in a backlight module to be turned on or off according to a control signal from the at least one time-delay sub-circuit obtained after the at least one pulse is delayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Enhui Guan, Ran Duan, Lihua Geng, Xianzhen Li, Qingguo Yang
  • Patent number: 11076463
    Abstract: A current driving device includes a switch, a current generator and a brightness divider. The switch is coupled between the current generator and a light emitting element, and switches between conduction and non-conduction based on a pulse signal. Based on a magnitude control signal, the current generator generates a drive current that has a magnitude related to the magnitude control signal, and that flows through the light emitting element when the switch conducts. The brightness divider is coupled to the switch and the current generator, and generates the pulse signal and the magnitude control signal based on a brightness value such that average brightness of the light emitting element is related to the brightness value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: MACROBLOCK, INC.
    Inventors: Ting-Ta Chiang, Wen-Ger Wong
  • Patent number: 11057976
    Abstract: A short to ground protecting circuit for an LED driver for providing a power supply voltage for N LED strings. The LED driver has an output terminal for providing a power supply voltage for the N LED strings and N feedback terminals having N detecting voltages respectively. For each i from 1 to N, the ith LED string is coupled between the output terminal and the ith feedback terminal, and the ith feedback terminal is configured to have the ith detecting voltage. The short to ground protecting circuit receives a short threshold voltage and N open fault signals, and generates N short indicating signals. And on the premise of the ith open fault signal is valid, and if the ith detecting voltage is less than the short threshold voltage for a preset time period, the ith short indicating signal is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Chengdu Monolithic Power Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shufa Jiang, Junxin Tan, Bo Yu
  • Patent number: 11051374
    Abstract: The present invention provides a self-adaptive dimming driving system, comprising: a lamp base, a driving circuit, a lamp identification circuit, and a controller. The lamp base, where an LED lamp is able to be mounted, comprises an LED power port electrically connected to a power input port of the LED lamp. The driving circuit is connected or coupled to the LED power port and configured to modulate power to be output to the LED lamp and output the modulated power to the LED lamp. The lamp identification circuit outputs a test current to the LED power port in order to turn on an identification resistor of the LED lamp, and receives a voltage parameter of the identification resistor as feedback in order to output a detection signal according to the voltage parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Idesyn Semiconductor Corp.
    Inventor: Shih-Hsueh Yang
  • Patent number: 11026308
    Abstract: A power converter can include: a rectifier circuit; a silicon controlled dimmer coupled between an AC input terminal and an input terminal of the rectifier circuit; and a bleeder circuit coupled to an output terminal of the rectifier circuit, and being configured to provide a bleeder current after the silicon controlled dimmer is turned off. A method of controlling a power converter, can include: generating a bleeder current flowing though output terminals of a rectifier circuit of the power converter after a silicon controlled dimmer is turned off; and where the silicon controlled dimmer coupled to the rectifier circuit receives an AC input voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventors: Huiqiang Chen, Zhishuo Wang, Jianxin Wang
  • Patent number: 11026312
    Abstract: A single-input and single-output touch phase-cut dimming controller includes an AC input terminal, a dimming output terminal, voltage dependent resistors, rectifiers, diodes, Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBT), resistors, a sampling circuit, a power supply circuit, a driver circuit, a single-chip microcomputer processor, a touch circuit, an over-current protection circuit, and a brightness regulator. The components on each circuit unit are correspondingly connected to and adapt to each other according to the functional requirements of the circuit design. The controller allows full current to be delivered to the control circuit while lowering overall power consumption and improving convenience and compatibility. The new touch dimmer is not limited to mechanical endurance, and has functions such as soft start, over-current protection and current-limiting protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: ZHUHAI SHENGCHANG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dehua Zheng, Gengzhen Chen
  • Patent number: 11019702
    Abstract: A driver is provided for driving at least two sets of solid state lighting elements. A switched capacitor power converter is provided, and a switch arrangement is used for selectively connecting a first set and a second set of solid state lighting elements in series connection at the output of the power converter or connecting the first set of solid state lighting elements at the output of the power converter without the second set of solid state lighting elements. A first duty cycle of the switched capacitor power converter and a second duty cycle control of the switch arrangement are both controlled. In this driver design, a switched capacitor power converter and a switch arrangement are independently controlled using a duty cycle approach. The switched capacitor power converter is used to provide current control, and the switch arrangement is used to control whether the second set of lighting elements is connected to the output or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Julia Delos Ayllon
  • Patent number: 11013094
    Abstract: A method of lighting control includes detecting, by a control device, whether an AC power is available, where the availability of the AC power is controlled by a switch. The method further includes providing, by a driver, a driver power to a light source if the driver power was not provided to the light source when the AC power was last available. The driver generates the driver power from the AC power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Nam Chin Cho, Brad Edward Paine, Parth Joshi
  • Patent number: 11006490
    Abstract: There is proposed an interface circuit for connecting an electronic ballast to a lighting arrangement, in which control of a coupling configuration of the interface circuit is dependent upon a frequency of the electronic ballast. In particular, a coupling configuration of the interface circuit is controlled by a control arrangement based on the ballast frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Xianhui Zhang, Derek Zheng, Zhi Quan Chen, Huojun Long, Wen Ran, Haimin Tao
  • Patent number: 10998755
    Abstract: A DC to AC converter is configured to convert DC power from a floating DC power source to AC power having a desired voltage and waveform. A plurality of capacitors is charged to discrete voltages from the DC power. A switching network selectively connects the capacitors in series to an AC output node. For selected capacitors, either the associated voltage or the inverse of the associated voltage is summed together (non-selected capacitors contribute zero volts to the sum). The sum voltage is output to the AC output node at two values, and the voltage is jittered between these two values at a high frequency in order to approximate intermediate values. The two values jittered between, and the values and timing of the intermediate values, are controlled to construct a desired waveform, such as an approximation to a sine wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Koolbridge Solar, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Wilkinson Dent
  • Patent number: 10998763
    Abstract: A device may include a power supply module (PSM). The PSM may receive information regarding one or more programmable restrictions associated with a power supply. The PSM may receive a measurement of voltage associated with the power supply. The PSM may determine a current associated with the power supply based on the one or more programmable restrictions, the measurement of voltage, and a first amount of power associated with the power supply. The PSM may cause a load associated with the power supply to be adjusted based on determining the current without removing power for a connection between the power supply and a power source associated with the power supply. The PSM may cause the power supply to provide a second amount of power based on causing the load associated with the power supply to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Okamura, Jaspal S. Gill, Muhammad Sagarwala
  • Patent number: 10999907
    Abstract: Various embodiments include apparatuses enabling a single color-tuning device to select both a correlated color temperature (LED) and a coordinate distance (Duv) to a black body line (BBL) in a color-tuning application. In one embodiment, a color-tuning device is to divide an applied voltage to provide a signal related to parameters selected from at least one of LED and Duv from the BBL. A finite-state machine (LED) is coupled to the color-tuning device to receive the signals therefrom and determine an action to take based on both a current position and a previous position of the color-tuning device. The LED is to be coupled to a light-emitting diode (LED) array. Other apparatuses and devices are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventor: Yifeng Qiu
  • Patent number: 10993388
    Abstract: Various implementations disclosed herein includes a method for operating lighting fixtures in horticultural applications. The method may include receiving a user input of a desired irradiance for a first color channel of one or more lighting fixtures that irradiates a plant bed, in which each of the one or more lighting fixtures comprises at least one light emitting diode (LED) array, determining, for each of the one or more lighting fixtures, a PWM setting of the first color channel such that each of the one or more lighting fixtures irradiate the plant bed at the desired irradiance based on calibration data stored in each of the one or more lighting fixtures, and applying, to each of the one or more lighting fixtures, the determined PWM setting of the first color channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventors: David Hamby, Richard Speer, John Selverian, Alan Sarkisian, Rodrigo Pereyra
  • Patent number: 10993300
    Abstract: A low power consumption LED constant current drive circuit includes a power source input circuit, a constant current source circuit, an output voltage detection circuit, and a reference current control circuit, having the advantage of lower power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SI EN TECHNOLOGY (XIAMEN) LIMITED
    Inventor: Dongshi Zhao
  • Patent number: 10986720
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an intelligent lighting control system for automated lighting adjustments. The system includes a lighting control module configured to cause a transmission of a quantity of electrical energy to a lighting circuit and a detector circuit positioned in the lighting control module and configured to detect a change in a strength of detected signal, such as wireless signal. The system includes a controller coupled to the detector circuit and the lighting control module. The controller includes a processor configured to determine a time of day and to cause the lighting control module to change the quantity of electrical energy transmitted to the lighting circuit in response to the time of day exceeding a predetermined time threshold and the change in the strength of the wireless signal falling below a predetermined value. The controller can cause the lighting control module to reduce the quantity of electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Racepoint Energy, LLC
    Inventors: William Lark, Jr., Erik Allen Charlton
  • Patent number: 10973104
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides intelligent lighting control systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Racepoint Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Caroline Sofiatti
  • Patent number: 10966297
    Abstract: A method of controlling a power supply electrically coupled to a dimmer and a light source includes receiving a plurality of sample values corresponding to dimmer levels, comparing a sample value of the plurality of sample values with one or more inflection points, the one or more inflection points being associated with a plurality of slew-rates, identifying a particular slew-rate among the plurality of slew-rates based on the comparison, and generating a control signal based on the particular slew-rate for transmission to the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: ERP POWER, LLC
    Inventor: Steven C. Krattiger
  • Patent number: 10959381
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to systems and methods of illuminating plants, in particular, to providing supplemental lighting in addition to natural light to plants, and improving the crop yield when using such supplemental lighting. The invention is well suited for use in horticulture, for instance, in greenhouses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Marcellinus Petrus Carolus Michael Krijn, Gabriel-Eugen Onac
  • Patent number: 10944321
    Abstract: A multi-level switching power converter includes a multi-level power stage circuit which converts an input power to an output power. The power stage circuit includes an inductor, a conversion capacitor and plural power switches. The controller circuit controls the multi-level power stage circuit and includes: a feedback pulse generator circuit which generates a trigger pulse; a first timer circuit and a second timer circuit which determine a first time period and a second time period respectively according to the trigger pulse; and an adjusting circuit which adjusts the first time period according to a difference between the voltage across the conversion capacitor and a reference voltage such that an average of the voltage across the conversion capacitor is substantially equal to a level of the reference voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: RICHTEK TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yung-Chun Chuang, Tsung-Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 10939523
    Abstract: Systems, software, and methods are provided for efficient, dynamic lighting control. In an embodiment, a two-channel LED lighting system is dynamically controlled to emulate dimming of an incandescent fixture. In an example, a lighting fixture may include red, green, blue, and white emitting LED modules. The lighting fixture may be controlled such that it produces generally white light from about 2150K candle light color to 5500K daylight white color with only 4 LEDs. Furthermore, the white LED may be controlled such that the white LED CRI is approximately 95 to ensure optimal results when mixed with red and green. In another embodiment, a dynamic two-channel LED lighting system is controlled to emulate dimming of an incandescent fixture. Specific dimming protocol can allow for efficient dimming which helps minimize the height of a linear light fixture and maintain diffusion with multiple colored point sources at minimal pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Aion LED, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Hanslip