Using Choke And Switch Across Source Patents (Class 323/222)
  • Patent number: 10784671
    Abstract: A power supply control device includes a first overvoltage detection circuit including a first determination element and a second determination element. The first overvoltage detection circuit is configured to detect an overvoltage state of an output voltage using an AND value of an output of the first determination element and an output of the second determination element. The first determination element is configured to determine that a feedback voltage detected by the first detection element is below a first reference voltage, and the second determination element is configured to determine that an overvoltage detection voltage detected by a second detection element exceeds a second reference voltage. The second detection element is connected in parallel to the first detection element and is configured to detect the output voltage as the overvoltage detection voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Eiichirou Shigehara, Takeshi Hirano, Akira Tokumasu
  • Patent number: 10775876
    Abstract: A method and apparatus control power consumption of at least one functional unit on an integrated circuit by determining that a change in a first performance state is required for the at least one functional unit, and changing the first performance state to a second performance state that sets voltage for the functional unit to be at an under-voltage margin setting with respect to a nominal product minimum voltage of the functional unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Gibney, Sonu Arora
  • Patent number: 10778088
    Abstract: In some examples, a controller controls a switch of a power factor correction circuit, where the controller includes a first node configured to receive a first signal indicating an input voltage of the power factor correction circuit. The controller also include processing circuitry configured to determine, based on the first signal, a value for an electrical current through one or more capacitors of the PFC circuit. The processing circuitry is further configured to determine an on-time for the switch based on the value for the electrical current and to toggle the switch based on the on-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventor: Shu Fan Lim
  • Patent number: 10778099
    Abstract: A device includes a power converter having an input coupled to a first node and an output coupled to an output terminal adapted to couple to a battery. A blocking transistor is coupled between a second node and the first node. A regulator has inputs coupled to the first node and the second node and an output coupled to a control node of the blocking transistor. The regulator is configured to control the blocking transistor to regulate a voltage drop across the blocking transistor based on a voltage between the first node and the second node. The regulator is also configured to turn off the blocking transistor in response to a voltage at the first node exceeding a voltage at the second node by at least a threshold to block boost-back current flowing from the output terminal to the second node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Austin James Womac, Siew Kuok Hoon, Orlando Lazaro
  • Patent number: 10770969
    Abstract: A digital controller for controlling an average-current-mode voltage regulator with an output connected to a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: B. G. Negev Technologies and Applications Ltd., at Ben-Gurion University
    Inventor: Mor Mordechai Peretz
  • Patent number: 10770972
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an asymmetric switching capacitor regulator that is capable of providing an output voltage, covering a wide voltage range, with a high efficiency. The disclosed switching capacitor regulator is configured to generate a wide range of an output voltage by differentiating a voltage across one or more switching capacitors from a voltage across the rest of the switching capacitors in the switching capacitor regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Lion Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventors: John Crossley, Hanh-Phuc Le, Alberto Alessandro Angelo Puggelli
  • Patent number: 10770966
    Abstract: A PFC circuit is provided. A first bridge rectifier receives an AC voltage. A power converter includes a switch and receives an output of the first bridge rectifier, converts the output to a first DC voltage, and supplies the first DC voltage to a DC bus to power a compressor. A second bridge rectifier receives the AC voltage and bypasses at least one of the first bridge rectifier, a choke and a diode of the PFC circuit to provide a rectified AC voltage out of the second bridge rectifier to the DC bus to power the compressor. A control module controls operation of a driver to transition the switch between open and closed states to adjust a second DC voltage on the DC bus, where the second DC voltage, depending on the AC and second DC voltages, is based on the first DC voltage or the rectified AC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph G. Marcinkiewicz, Kraig Bockhorst, Charles E. Green
  • Patent number: 10761050
    Abstract: A molecular detection apparatus according to an embodiment includes: a distributor which ionizes a target containing substances to be detected, applies voltage to ionized substances, and extracts the substances to be detected according to a time-of-flight based on the speed; a detector which detects the substance to be detected dropped from the distributor; and a discriminator which discriminates the substance to be detected. The detector includes: a plurality of detection units including field effect transistors using graphene layers; and a plurality of organic probes which are provided on the graphene layers, and at least some of which have different bond strengths with the substances to be detected. The substance to be detected is discriminated depending on a signal pattern based on intensity differences of the detection signals generated by differences in the bond strengths between the organic probes and the substances to be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Ko Yamada, Hirohisa Miyamoto, Norikazu Osada, Mitsuhiro Oki, Yasuko Noritomi
  • Patent number: 10763749
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first stage comprising a first active switch, a first resonant inductor, and a resonant capacitor and a second stage comprising a second active switch, a second resonant inductor, and a filter capacitor. The first and second stages form a non-isolated multi-resonant converter for converting a DC input voltage to a DC output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC
    Inventors: Douglas Paul Arduini, Joel Richard Goergen, Sung Kee Baek
  • Patent number: 10763748
    Abstract: Disclosed examples include inverting buck-boost DC-DC converter circuits with a switching circuit to alternate between first and second buck mode phases for buck operation in a first mode, including connecting an inductor and a capacitor in series between an input node and a reference node to charge the inductor and the capacitor in the first buck mode phase, and connecting the inductor and the capacitor in parallel between an output node and the reference node to discharge the inductor and the capacitor to the output node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Ivan Shumkov, Erich Bayer, Joerg Kirchner, Ruediger Ganz, Michael Lueders, Martin Priess, Nicola Rasera
  • Patent number: 10752119
    Abstract: An intelligent power distributing system for charging station includes at least one charging module; an intelligent switching unit coupled to the at least one charging module; at least two charging guns coupled to the intelligent switching unit; and at least two system controlling and monitoring units coupled to the at least two charging guns respectively, each of the at least two system controlling and monitoring units being coupled to the at least one charging module, one of the at least two system controlling and monitoring units transmitting instructions to the intelligent switching unit according to the power outputting states of the at least two charging guns, such that the intelligent switching unit dynamically distributes the charging power of the at least one charging module to one or more of the at least two charging guns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: PHIHONG TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Chun-Chen Chen, Jian-Hsieng Lee, YingChieh Yeh, Hsiao-Tung Ku
  • Patent number: 10756551
    Abstract: A charging system with a sensor diagnosis function is provided. The system includes an AC input voltage sensor that detects a voltage of an input end with an AC power applied thereto and a resistor that is connected to the input end. A power factor correction circuit unit adjusts and outputs a power factor of AC power applied through the resistor. An output voltage of the power factor correction circuit unit is applied to a capacity of the system. A controller then diagnoses the AC input voltage sensor based on a value of current passing through the resistor, a value of a voltage of the capacitor, and a resistance value of the resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ho Joong Lee, Han Shin Youn, Jee Heon Kim, Dong Jun Lee, Hye Seung Kim
  • Patent number: 10749431
    Abstract: A DC-DC converter and corresponding method for transitioning between a discontinuous conduction mode, DCM, and a continuous conduction mode, CCM, wherein the DC-DC converter is configured to power a signal processing system within an integrated circuit, is provided. The method comprises receiving input data, wherein the input data is for inputting into the signal processing system; determining an amplitude of the input data; and transitioning between DCM and CCM based on the amplitude of the input data. A DC-DC converter and respective method for transitioning from CCM to DCM comprising determining an estimated current representative of an inductor current through an inductor of the DC-DC converter; and transitioning from CCM to DCM based on the estimated current, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ullas Pazhayaveetil, Sarang Vadnerkar, Theodore M. Burk, Jeffrey May
  • Patent number: 10749436
    Abstract: A switched-mode power converter and a method for operation is presented. The switched-mode power converter has a high side switching element, a low side switching element, and an inductor. Both the high side switching element and the low side switching element are coupled to an input terminal of the inductor. A zero cross comparator generates a trigger signal for opening the low side switching element. A sampling unit samples, at a time when the low side switching element is switching, an inductor voltage at the input terminal of the inductor. An integrating unit determines an offset voltage by integrating the sampled inductor voltage. Finally, an input voltage of the zero cross comparator is adjusted by subtracting the determined offset voltage from the inductor voltage. As a result, the switching behavior of the switched-mode power converter is optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Shafqat Ali
  • Patent number: 10746000
    Abstract: A power supply can regulate the power from a wide-input power source. The power supply can provide regulated voltage and current and can work in either a constant-current mode or a constant-voltage mode. The power supply includes a switchable charging path and a switchable discharging path, each coupled to the output in series with a current sensor and in parallel with a voltage sensor, wherein the current sensor and voltage sensor provide signals to a control circuit for controlling the switchable charging path and the switchable discharging path. The power supply can rapidly and dynamically switch between a charging state, a freewheeling state, and a discharging state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jianying Chu
  • Patent number: 10749434
    Abstract: A converter circuit and related technique for providing high power density power conversion includes a reconfigurable switched capacitor transformation stage coupled to a magnetic converter (or regulation) stage. The circuits and techniques achieve high performance over a wide input voltage range or a wide output voltage range. The converter can be used, for example, to power logic devices in portable battery operated devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: David M. Giuliano, David J. Perreault, Robert C. N. Pilawa-Podgurski
  • Patent number: 10742128
    Abstract: A parallel power supply device includes a plurality of DC/DC converters connected in parallel, and each DC/DC converter includes: first and second switching circuits with a transformer therebetween; first and second reactors; and a control circuit. The control circuit generates a duty cycle so that a deviation between voltage of a load and target voltage becomes 0. Correction is performed such that, when the magnitude of the duty cycle is smaller than a set value Vth, the magnitude is fixed at 0, and otherwise, the magnitude is decreased by the set value Vth. Then, the phase shift amounts for drive signals for the first and second switching circuits are determined, and the first and second switching circuits are subjected to phase shift control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Higaki, Ryota Kondo
  • Patent number: 10734885
    Abstract: A method may include controlling switching behavior of switches of a switch-mode power supply based on a desired physical quantity associated with the switch-mode power supply, wherein the desired physical quantity is based at least in part on a slope compensation signal, generating the slope compensation signal to have a compensation value of approximately zero as seen by a compensation control loop of the switch-mode power supply, and modifying the slope compensation signal on successive switching cycles of the switch-mode power supply to account for differences in an output of the compensation control loop and an average current of an inductor of the switch-mode power supply in at least one phase of a switching period of a switching cycle of the switch-mode power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. King, Siddharth Maru, Thomas Hoff, Graeme G. Mackay
  • Patent number: 10727742
    Abstract: A power converter including a load transient enhancing module and associated method for improving load transient response of the power converter. The load transient enhancing module detects whether load transient is occurring in a load of the power converter, and turns the secondary switch off and locks the secondary switch at “OFF” state to turn on a body diode of the secondary switch once load transient is occurring in the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Chengdu Monolithic Power Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Changjiang Chen, Lei Li
  • Patent number: 10727735
    Abstract: A circuit arrangement, signal processor, and method for interleaved switched boundary mode power conversion are disclosed. The circuit arrangement comprises at least an input for receiving an alternating input voltage from a power supply; an output to provide an output voltage to a load; a first interleaved circuit comprising: a first energy storage device; and a first controllable switching device; and one or more secondary interleaved circuits, each comprising: a secondary energy storage device; and a secondary controllable switching device; and a signal processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Santosh Manjunath Bhandarkar, Alex Dumais
  • Patent number: 10727697
    Abstract: Techniques for wireless power transfer are disclosed. An example of an apparatus for receiving power in a wireless power transfer system includes a power receiving element, a tuning and current doubler circuit operably coupled to the power receiving element, a power flow controller circuit operably coupled to the tuning and current doubler circuit, and a controller operable coupled to the power receiving element and the power flow controller circuit and configured to detect a signal in the power receiving element and to synchronize the power flow controller circuit based on the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Pavlovsky, Felix Weidner, Nicholas Athol Keeling
  • Patent number: 10727744
    Abstract: The system and method creates a substantially constant output voltage ripple in a buck converter in discontinuous conduction mode by varying the on-time of a pulse width modulator (PWM) signal driving the buck converter when the buck converter is operating in discontinuous conduction mode. A first signal is generated that is a function of the switching frequency of the buck converter. This signal is low-pass filtered and compared with a second signal that is a function of the switching frequency of the buck converter when operating in continuous conduction mode and with constant PWM on-time. The output signal generated by the comparator is a signal that is equal to the ratio of the first signal and the second signal. The on-time of a voltage controlled oscillator is controlled by the output signal, the oscillator signal causing the on-time of the PWM signal to vary in a controlled fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Intersil Americas LLC
    Inventors: Michael Jason Houston, Steven Patrick Laur
  • Patent number: 10727747
    Abstract: A power converter and a method to convert between a first voltage at a first node and a second voltage at a second node is presented. The power converter has a flying capacitor, an inductor, a first switch, a second switch, a third switch, a fourth switch, and a fifth switch. Furthermore, the power converter has a control unit to control the first, second, third, fourth and fifth switches in a first sequence of operation phases to provide step-up conversion between the first voltage and the second voltage; and in a second sequence of operation phases to provide step-down conversion between the first voltage and the second voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Nicola Macri
  • Patent number: 10720833
    Abstract: A DC-DC converter includes a capacitive power converter connected to a first terminal side, an LC circuit connected to a second terminal side and including an inductor and a second capacitor, and a control circuit that performs switching of a plurality of switch elements. The control circuit performs the switching at a switching frequency equal to or higher than a resonant frequency determined by the capacitance of the capacitive power converter and the capacitance and the inductance of the LC circuit, steps down an input DC voltage inputted to the first terminal, and outputs an output DC voltage from the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunori Tsuda, Masanari Tago
  • Patent number: 10720835
    Abstract: A method may include monitoring a current through a power inductor of a boost converter and detecting when a mathematical integral of a difference between the current as monitored and a desired average current for the power inductor is equal to zero. Another method may include in a first mode of operation of a boost converter, controlling switching behavior of switches of the boost converter to regulate an output voltage generated by the boost converter and in a second mode of operation of the boost converter, controlling switching behavior of switches of the boost converter to regulate an input current received by the boost converter. Another method may include monitoring a current through a power inductor of a boost converter and detecting when the current as monitored exceeds a maximum current for the power inductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. King, Eric B. Smith
  • Patent number: 10715033
    Abstract: A method of enhancing a power factor during a half-line cycle of a power factor correction (PFC) converter includes generating an input voltage signal representative of a value of an input voltage of the PFC converter. A variable multiplication factor is adjusted to be greater than one for a first part of the half-line cycle and less than one for a second part of the half-line cycle. A pre-distortion signal is generated to be representative of the value of the input voltage of the PFC converter times the variable multiplication factor. An input current of the PFC converter is sensed. A first signal is generated in response to a sensed input current of the PFC converter multiplied by the pre-distortion signal. An on-time of a switch of the PFC converter is ended in response to the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Colbeck
  • Patent number: 10707764
    Abstract: A power apparatus includes a power circuit configured to receive an input voltage and generate an output voltage, a memory, and a processor coupled to the memory and the processor configured to calculate an integral value of an error between the output voltage and a target voltage of the power circuit, calculate a duty ratio based on the integral value, the power circuit being controlled according to the calculated duty ratio so that the output voltage becomes the target voltage, calculate a slope of the integral value with respect to an output current of the power circuit, and generate a first warning signal when the calculated slope exceeds a first warning threshold in a case where the calculated slope is different from an initial value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Fujio Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10700600
    Abstract: Some embodiments include apparatus and methods for using a direct-current to direct-current (DCDC) converter and a control unit coupled to the DCDC converter. The DCDC converter includes a first node to receive an input signal, a second node to couple to a terminal of an inductor, and a third node to couple to an output node. The DCDC converter includes a driver controlled by a signal. The control unit is arranged to generate control information based on a duty cycle of the signal to control the duty cycle range of the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Holger Wenske, Stephan Henzler
  • Patent number: 10700611
    Abstract: A current fed power supply circuit, a method for producing DC voltages from a current source, and a power delivery system are provided herein. One embodiment of a current fed power supply circuit includes: (1) input terminals, (2) an energy storage device having a first end coupled to the input terminals, (3) power switching circuitry coupled to a second end of the energy storage device and including a transformer having a primary winding and a plurality of secondary windings, and (4) multiple output terminals that are each uniquely coupled to one of the plurality of secondary windings, wherein the power switching circuitry converts a current received at the input terminals to a plurality of regulated voltages at the multiple output terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: George David Goodman
  • Patent number: 10700612
    Abstract: A PFWM control method for a combination power supply of the boost converter and the bridge type DC-DC converter which also includes BUCK. A method of using the PFWM to control both boost and DC-DC converters simultaneously. A monitor module senses the bridge type DC-DC converter's output voltage, current or power, to obtain the frequency of PFM for driving switching components; predetermined a duty by design and use a frequency to adjust the boost output so as to adjust the DC-DC output voltage, current or power. Another monitor module senses the input instant voltage and the boost output voltage to obtain a maximum duty which is used to prevent the boost inductor from saturation. Combine above frequency and duty into at least a pair of complement PFWM driving signals, to directly or indirectly drive the combination power supply of boost converter and bridge type DC-DC converter's switching components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SHANGHAI TUITUO TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Renhong Li, Zhuo Shen
  • Patent number: 10693378
    Abstract: A circuit assembly for a power converter includes a substrate, power stage integrated circuit (IC) dies, and output inductors that connect switch nodes of the power stage IC dies to an output node of the power converter. The power stage IC dies are mounted on one side of the substrate and the output inductors are mounted on an opposing side of the substrate. Two output inductors go through a magnetic core. A heatsink is attached to surfaces of the power stage IC dies. A power stage IC die has a pair of switching transistors, and a switch node formed by the switching transistors is connected by an output inductor to the output node of the power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jinghai Zhou, Chia-Hsin Chang
  • Patent number: 10693307
    Abstract: A system for charging a battery from various three phase or single phase grid supply voltages includes a full wave bridge rectifier for receiving the AC supply voltage, two DC to DC converters for receiving unregulated DC output voltage from the rectifier, a first switch connected to a first input line of a first one of the two converters and a second switch connected to a first input line of a second one of the two converters, wherein each of the switches is set to a first position when the supply voltage is at a lower one of the varying voltage levels and to a second position when the supply voltage is at a higher one of the varying voltage levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: VOLVO TRUCK CORPORATION
    Inventors: James McLaughlin, Amrita Rane, Julien Richer
  • Patent number: 10693373
    Abstract: A hybrid power converter includes a switching circuit, an LC circuit, and a detection circuit. The switching circuit includes three or more switching transistors in series that may turn on or off according to a switching cycle to generate a series of voltage pulses at an output port across one of the switching transistors. The LC circuit may be coupled to the output port of the switching circuit to receive the series of pulses and to generate an inductor current in the LC circuit. The inductor current may charge a capacitor of the LC circuit to generate an output voltage of the hybrid power converter. The detection circuit may be coupled to the switching circuit and may generate a low frequency portion of the inductor current based on one or more currents of the switching transistors to adjust the switching cycle based at least on the low frequency portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Linear Technology Holding LLC
    Inventors: Jian Li, San-Hwa Chee
  • Patent number: 10686316
    Abstract: An energy storage system that comprises an energy reservoir and a system controller. The energy reservoir is charged by DC energy from a DC energy source while discharging DC energy to a DC/AC converter. A system controller regulates the DC energy discharged from the energy reservoir to the DC/AC converter to nearly balance the amount of DC energy charged into the energy reservoir. Because this charging and discharging is nearly balanced, the size of the energy reservoir can be made quite small relative to the amount of charging and discharging. This is advantageous where the flow of charge and discharge is high, as might be the case if the energy reservoir receives charge from all or a substantial portion of a power station, such as a solar power station. With such a controller, the use of an energy reservoir becomes technically feasible even with such large current flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LT LIGHTING (TAIWAN) CORP.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Wen-Tai Shuy, Wen Tien Chang, Chang Horang Li, Zhen Hui Lee, Zheng Zhao Guo, Wen Tsung Lo
  • Patent number: 10686378
    Abstract: A regulated partial power controlled converter is presented, with the partial power controlled converter containing a DC/DC converter receiving an input signal. The regulated partial power converter providing a first converted signal from a first terminal, and providing a second converted signal from a second terminal. The regulated partial power converter also contains a first capacitor connected between an output node and an intermediate node, a second capacitor connected between the intermediate node and a ground, and a charge balance circuit connected to the output node, the intermediate node, and the ground. An output power of the partial power controlled converter is based on a first partial power provided by the DC/DC converter and a second partial power provided by a charge balance circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Heping Dai, Liming Ye, Dianbo Fu
  • Patent number: 10673320
    Abstract: When a magnitude of a voltage between a pair of first voltage points in a main circuit exceeds a first clamp value, a first clamp circuit absorbs electrical energy of the main circuit from the pair of first voltage points to clamp the voltage to the first clamp value. When a magnitude of a voltage between a pair of second voltage points in the main circuit falls below a second clamp value, a second clamp circuit injects electrical energy to the main circuit from the pair of second voltage points to clamp the voltage to the second clamp value. A voltage conversion circuit performs voltage conversion between a first clamp voltage defining a first clamp value and a second clamp voltage defining a second clamp value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Higashiyama, Fumito Kusama
  • Patent number: 10673489
    Abstract: A system configured to provide galvanic isolation of data or power signals between primary and secondary sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TRIUNE IP LLC
    Inventors: Ross E. Teggatz, Eric Blackall, Wayne T. Chen
  • Patent number: 10673542
    Abstract: A method for controlling an electrical load by means of pulse width modulation, (PWM) includes specifying a setpoint switching frequency fsetpoint and a setpoint duty ratio dsetpoint and determining the carrier frequency fch of a radio transmitter. The actual switching frequency fsw of the PWM is adapted to the carrier frequency fch of the radio transmitter in such a way that a multiple k*fsw of the actual switching frequency fsw is equal to the carrier frequency fch with an integer factor k. The actual switching frequency fsw is set to the value closest to the setpoint switching frequency fsetpoint for which the amplitude of the harmonics k*fsw in the harmonic spectrum of the actual switching frequency fsw is smaller than the amplitudes of their closest lower (k?1)*fsw and upper (k+1)*fsw adjacent harmonics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Norbert Hees, Andreas Bendicks, Marc Wiegand, Stephan Frei
  • Patent number: 10667349
    Abstract: The invention discloses an Alternating Current (AC) dimming and emergency power supply method. When there is commercial power, a Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) pulse module controls a relay to switch off dimming AC output by a dual-operational amplification module and an AC signal sent by a central processor module, and at this moment, AC of the commercial power supplies power to a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) illumination module through an LED driving module and simultaneously charges a storage battery through a voltage stabilization charging module; and when there is no commercial power input, the central processor module outputs and transmits a positive power signal to the relay through the dual-operational amplification module, and the relay connects the dimming AC output by the dual-operational amplification module with the AC signal sent by the central processor module, and transmits the positive power signal to the AC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Dongcheng Lu
  • Patent number: 10658980
    Abstract: A circuit that receives AC power for rectification and analog DC control signals for processing. Two voltages may be noted. A first voltage may be between a supply ground and an internal device ground of a rectifier. A second voltage may be between a terminal of an input control signal source and the internal device ground. To get a control signal value, one may need a differential of those two voltages that can be accomplished with an operational amplifier configured as differential amplifier. A range of an input control signal may be from zero to a particular magnitude of voltage. A reasonably priced operational amplifier might not have an ability provide an output to zero. However, a linearized transistor output stage, having an output that can go to zero, may be connected to an output of the operational amplifier so as to effectively provide an output that goes to zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Petr Senfluk, Petr Gross
  • Patent number: 10658924
    Abstract: A power converter includes an input voltage detection section, a power factor correction (PFC) section, a DC-DC conversion section, and a control section that stops power conversion operation in a case where an input voltage value is greater than or equal to a predetermined value. The control section resumes power conversion operation such that a second input current value lower than a first input current value corresponding to the input voltage value is input into the PFC section after stopping the power conversion operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuhei Chizuwa, Isao Isogai
  • Patent number: 10651724
    Abstract: Various enhancements to grid-interactive inverters in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. One embodiment includes input terminals configured to receive a direct current, output terminals configured to provide an alternating output current to the utility grid, a controller, an output current sensor, and a DC-AC inverter stage comprising a plurality of switches controlled by control signals generated by the controller. In addition, the controller is configured to: generate control signals that cause the switches in the DC-AC inverter stage to switch a direct current in a bidirectional manner; measure the alternating output current; perform frequency decomposition of the output current; and generate control signals that cause the switches in the DC-AC inverter stage to switch current in a way that the magnitude of a plurality of unwanted current components is subtracted from the resulting output current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Chilicon Power, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Richard Jones, Alexandre Rudolph Kral
  • Patent number: 10651802
    Abstract: Envelope trackers providing compensation for power amplifier output load variation are provided herein. In certain configurations, a radio frequency (RF) system includes an antenna, a power amplifier that receives a radio frequency signal and outputs an amplified radio frequency signal to the antenna, a plurality of detectors coupled to the power amplifier and operable to generate a plurality of detection signals, and an envelope tracker that controls a supply voltage of the power amplifier based on an envelope of the radio frequency signal. The envelope tracker processes the plurality of detection signals to generate a load variation detection signal indicating a change in an output load of the power amplifier arising from a change in a voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) of the antenna. Additionally, the envelope tracker adjusts a gain of the power amplifier based on the load variation detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Sabah Khesbak, Serge Francois Drogi
  • Patent number: 10650773
    Abstract: A display device includes a display panel, and a power management circuit including a switching regulator for supplying a power in a discontinuous conduction mode or in a continuous conduction mode, and a sensing circuit for sensing whether the switching regulator is operated in the discontinuous conduction mode, the switching regulator including a comparator for monitoring the supplied power, and an RS latch for receiving an output signal from the comparator, and the sensing circuit including a phase lock loop circuit for generating a first clock signal, a phase delay circuit for generating a second clock signal having a phase delayed from the first, and a determination circuit for outputting a first value when a pulse width of the output signal from the RS latch is small, and for outputting a second value when the pulse width of the output signal from the RS latch is not small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kihyun Pyun, Yu-chol Kim, Minyoung Park, Min-soo Choi
  • Patent number: 10641799
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods of current balancing, current sensing and phase balancing, offset cancellation, digital to analog current converter with monotonic output using binary coded input (without binary to thermometer decoder), and compensator for a voltage regulator (VR), are provided. In one example, an apparatus includes: a plurality of inductors coupled to a capacitor and a load; a plurality of bridges, each of which is coupled to a corresponding inductor from the plurality of inductors; and a plurality of current sensors, each of which is coupled to a bridge to sense current through a transistor of the bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Gerhard Schrom, J. Keith Hodgson, Alexander Lyakhov, Chiu Keung Tang, Narayanan Raghuraman, Narayanan Natarajan
  • Patent number: 10644593
    Abstract: A DC-DC converter and corresponding method for transitioning between a discontinuous conduction mode, DCM, and a continuous conduction mode, CCM, wherein the DC-DC converter is configured to power a signal processing system within an integrated circuit, is provided. The method comprises receiving input data, wherein the input data is for inputting into the signal processing system; determining an amplitude of the input data; and transitioning between DCM and CCM based on the amplitude of the input data. A DC-DC converter and respective method for transitioning from CCM to DCM comprising determining an estimated current representative of an inductor current through an inductor of the DC-DC converter; and transitioning from CCM to DCM based on the estimated current, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Ullas Pazhayaveetil, Sarang Vadnerkar, Theodore M. Burk, Jeffrey May
  • Patent number: 10634735
    Abstract: Apparatus including a regulator configured to generate a regulated output and a diagnostic circuit configured to generate a diagnostic signal indicative of whether the regulator is able to maintain regulation is described. The regulator includes an amplifier having a first input responsive to a reference voltage, a second input responsive to a feedback signal associated with the regulated output, and an output at which a control voltage is provided and further includes a pass element controlled by the control voltage and coupled to a node which the regulated output is provided. The diagnostic circuit is responsive to the control voltage and to the reference voltage to generate the diagnostic signal. The regulator may be a voltage regulator or a current regulator and in some embodiments, the diagnostic signal takes the form of a composite signal indicative of whether a voltage regulator and whether a current regulator can maintain regulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Allegro MicroSystems, LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Kravljaca, Virag V. Chaware, Jesse Lapomardo
  • Patent number: 10637353
    Abstract: A system is disclosed which provides feedback voltage DC level cancelling for a configurable output of a DC-DC switching converter. By simplifying the design, the operational amplifier can be used for a wider output voltage range. Extension of the usage case to a Boost DC-DC switching converter can give noticeable performance improvements. Offset introduction using a flying capacitor is attractive because it does not require trimming. The proposal also allows for improvements for DC-DC switching converters designed for lower supply voltages, with no decrease in the differential input signal swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Soichiro Ohyama, Hidechika Yokoyama, Andrey Malinin
  • Patent number: 10637356
    Abstract: A power converter control circuit includes a first ramp generator connected to an input voltage and configured to produce a first ramp signal; a second ramp generator connected to the input voltage and configured to produce a second ramp signal; an error amplifier configured to produce an error amplifier output. The first ramp signal and the error amplifier output are used to produce a first (pulse width modulation) PWM signal and the second ramp signal and the error amplifier output are used to produce a second PWM signal. The first and second PWM signals control an operating state of the circuit. In some embodiments, the first ramp signal includes an extended ramp reset time. In some embodiments, the first ramp generator includes a switching device, a current source, and a capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Integrated Device Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gustavo Mehas, Rui Liu, Lijie Zhao, Siqiang Fan, Tae Kwang Park, Zhitong Guo
  • Patent number: 10622881
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a circuit for providing a current from a source to a load. A commutation cell includes a main switch that controls a voltage applied by the source to the load. An opposite switch maintains the current in the load when the load is disconnected from the source by the main switch. The opposite switch returns the load current to the main switch when the main switch connects again the load to the source. The disclosed circuit configuration reduces recovery current, losses and electromagnetic losses. A synchronizing controller controls opening and closing sequences of the main switch and of the opposite switch. The disclosed circuit can provide a DC-DC voltage converter. Combining two such circuits can provide a DC-AC voltage converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TM4 Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Cyr, Jianhong Xu, Maalainine El Yacoubi, Jean Ricard