Bridge Type Patents (Class 363/132)
  • Patent number: 10320278
    Abstract: There is provided a semiconductor device capable of decreasing a switching loss. The semiconductor device has first semiconductor elements (Su)-(Sw) and second semiconductor elements (Sx)-(Sz) connected in series, in which the first semiconductor element includes a low switching loss semiconductor element having a switching loss which is smaller than a switching loss of the second semiconductor element and the second semiconductor element includes a low conduction loss semiconductor element having a conduction loss which is smaller than a conduction loss of the first semiconductor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ryu Araki
  • Patent number: 10314126
    Abstract: The invention relates to a chip (1) for use in an operating device for lighting means, wherein the chip (1) is designed to control a processing block (2) of an operating device for lighting means, wherein the chip (1) can control a plurality of different processing blocks (2) which differ in their function, wherein the chip (1) is designed to select on the basis of at least one signal applied to the chip (1) what type of processing block (2) should be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TRIDONIC GMBH & CO KG
    Inventors: Stefan Kohlgrüber, Florian Moosmann
  • Patent number: 10312826
    Abstract: In a power conversion apparatus, a controller calculates a duty ratio being a ratio of an on-duration of each of bridge-circuit switches configured by first to fourth switches to a switching period, and outputs a gate signal to each of the bridge-circuit switches. The controller adjusts the duty ratio of each of the bridge-circuit switches such that a switch-current difference becomes closer to a value obtained by multiplying an input-current difference by the predetermined target ratio that is a value greater than 0 and less than 1. The switch-current difference is a difference between a first switch current and a second switch current or a difference between a third switch current and a fourth switch current detected by a switch-current sensor at predetermined timings in the switching period. The input-current difference is a difference between input currents detected by an input-current sensor simultaneously with detection timings of switch currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaya Takahashi, Nobuhisa Yamaguchi, Masaki Kanesaki, Shoichi Takemoto
  • Patent number: 10306732
    Abstract: A bidirectional switch is switched so as to conduct and interrupt a bidirectional current between a pair of input terminals. A power supply is electrically connected between the pair of input terminals and produces control power by electric power from an AC power supply. A controller receives the control power from the power supply to be activated. The controller causes the bidirectional switch to be in an off-state from a start point of a half cycle of AC voltage to a first time point when first time elapses. The controller causes the bidirectional switch to be in an on-state from the first time point to a second time point when second time according to the dimming level elapses. The controller causes the bidirectional switch to be in an off-state from the second time point to an end point of the half cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyosi Gotou, Tomohiro Miyake, Takeo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10305399
    Abstract: A control method implemented for an electric motor control installation, the control installation including a first converter having controlled switching arms for applying first voltage edges to a first electric motor connected to the first converter by first output phases, a second converter having controlled switching arms for applying second voltage edges to a second electric motor connected to the second converter by second outlet phases, the control method including a step of synchronizing first voltage edges with second voltage edges in order to minimize the common-mode currents generated by the installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER TOSHIBA INBERTER EUROPE SAS
    Inventors: Hocine Boulharts, Mehdi Messaoudi, Arnaud Videt
  • Patent number: 10296033
    Abstract: A substrate voltage control circuit comprising: a first connection terminal; a second connection terminal; a substrate voltage control terminal; a first switch having a first source, a first drain, and a first gate, the first source being connected to the substrate voltage control terminal, the first drain being connected to the first connection terminal; a first resistor connected between the first gate and the second connection terminal; a second switch having a second source, a second drain, and a second gate, the second source being connected to the substrate voltage control terminal, the second drain being connected to the second connection terminal; and a second resistor connected between the second gate and the first connection terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Adachi
  • Patent number: 10298113
    Abstract: A filter for a power converter provided in-line with at least one live line of a power network. The filter has an input section with an input inductance provided at an input of the power converter and an output section with an output inductance provided at an output of the power converter. A neutral inductance provided between the power converter and a neutral line of the power network such that the neutral inductance is not in-line with the neutral line of the power network. The neutral inductance is shared by the input section and the output section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HTIP Limited
    Inventors: Richard McMahon, Thomas George Logan
  • Patent number: 10298115
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes self-arc-extinguishing elements and a clamp circuit. Each of the self-arc-extinguishing elements has a control terminal and main electrode terminals. The clamp circuit clamps, at the time of turnoff of one of the self-arc-extinguishing elements, the voltage between the main electrode terminals of the self-arc-extinguishing element at a clamp voltage set equal to or lower than 70% of a static withstand voltage that the self-arc-extinguishing element has. The self-arc-extinguishing elements are connected in series with each other. The clamp circuit may be provided between the control terminal and the main electrode terminal of the self-arc-extinguishing elements. The clamp circuit may include a circuit formed by connecting Zener diodes in series such that an anode of one of the Zener diodes is connected to a cathode of another Zener diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Uemura
  • Patent number: 10291136
    Abstract: A control device applied to a flyback converter including an auxiliary switch includes: a current detector configured to detect an amplitude of a current of the flyback converter to obtain an amplitude of a negative magnetizing current of the flyback converter; and a comparator controller configured to compare the amplitude of the negative magnetizing current obtained by the current detector with a reference value, and turn off the auxiliary switch according to a comparison result. According to the present disclosure, it is able to achieve zero-voltage switching of a primary-side switch of the flyback converter with variable outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Delta Electronics (Shanghai) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Haibin Song, Jinfa Zhang, Daofei Xu
  • Patent number: 10291129
    Abstract: In operation of a flybuck converter, a first output capacitor is charged and, after this charging, charge is transferred from the first output capacitor to a second output capacitor. The charge transferring includes closing a switch to establish a first current path through which the first output capacitor discharges current that induces, in a second current path, current that charges the second output capacitor. While the switch is closed during the charge transfer, a current limit condition in the switch is detected. In response to detection of the current limit condition, the switch is opened, and is thereafter closed again before attempting to charge the first output capacitor again, thereby to resume transferring charge from the first output capacitor to the second output capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Vijay Choudhary, Jose Vidal, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10279759
    Abstract: An electric system of an aircraft includes a power stabilizing device connected to a primary AC bus and a secondary battery. The secondary battery has a rated voltage which allows the secondary battery to absorb regenerative power from a control surface actuator. Based on a voltage and a frequency in the primary AC bus, charging/discharging of the secondary battery is controlled to stabilize the electric system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Atsushi Iwashima, Kazushige Sugimoto, Kazuya Matsuo, Joseph S. Breit, Farhad Nozari
  • Patent number: 10277026
    Abstract: A power converter connected between a direct current power supply and a load, the power converter including a switching unit energizing the load based on inputted control signal, a voltage detector detecting a voltage of the direct current power supply, and a protection operation portion detecting a steep elevation of the voltage and performing protection operation to stop a switching operation by the switching unit, wherein the protection operation portion includes an addition circuit adding a predetermined voltage to the voltage detected by the voltage detector and a delay time generator connected to an output of the addition circuit, and wherein the protection operation is performed when a difference between the voltage detected by the voltage detector and an output voltage of the delay time generator reaches a certain value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Hiroki Murayama, Naoto Shinohara, Daisuke Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 10277074
    Abstract: A wireless power transmitter includes a common bridge circuit configured to apply a first alternating current (AC) voltage to a terminal of each of a first resonator and a second resonator of the resonators, a first sub-bridge circuit configured to apply a second alternating current (AC) voltage to another terminal of the first resonator while the first alternating current (AC) voltage is being applied to the terminal of the first resonator, and a second sub-bridge circuit configured to apply a third alternating current (AC) voltage to another terminal of the second resonator while the first alternating current (AC) voltage is being applied to the terminal of the first resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Se Joo Kim, Sang Ho Cho, Hyo Young Kim, In Wha Jeong, Ki Hong Kim, Young Woon Choi
  • Patent number: 10277144
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a four-level voltage source converter topology including two intermediate converter branches connecting two intermediate voltage levels to a load terminal, and including a interconnect switch coupling the two intermediate branches. The interconnect switch replaces two controlled switches present in corresponding four-level prior art topologies. The four-level converter thus requires, for a full bidirectional implementation, only five active switches. The reduced number of active switches/gate drivers and the four available output voltage levels make this solution interesting for lower cost power electronics with improved reliability, good power quality and minimized filtering requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Thiago-Batista Soeiro, Francisco Canales
  • Patent number: 10270331
    Abstract: A power supply apparatus includes a boosting converter, an inrush current limiting element, a detection circuit, a switch element, and a control circuit. The inrush current limiting element is configured to limit an inrush current to the boosting converter. The detection circuit is configured to detect whether an output voltage of the boosting converter has reached a set voltage. The switch element is configured to short-circuit the inrush current limiting element. The control circuit is configured to operate the switch element according to the detection to short-circuit the inrush current limiting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Shohta Andoh
  • Patent number: 10268846
    Abstract: A high voltage inductive adder is disclosed. In some embodiments, the high voltage inductive adder comprising a first adder circuit and a second adder circuit. The first adder circuit including a first source; a first switch electrically coupled with the first source; a first transformer core; and a first plurality of primary windings wound about the first transformer core and electrically coupled with the first switch. The second adder circuit including a second source; a second switch electrically coupled with the second source; a second transformer core; and a second plurality of primary windings wound about the second transformer core and electrically coupled with the second switch. The high voltage inductive adder comprising one or more secondary windings wound around both the first transformer core and the second transformer core and an output coupled with the plurality of secondary windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: EAGLE HARBOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Miller, James R. Prager, Timothy M. Ziemba, John G. Carscadden, Christopher Matthew Bowman, Ilia Slobodov
  • Patent number: 10270360
    Abstract: A switching power supply device includes: a plurality of power supply circuits which include a first power supply circuit and a second power supply circuit and respectively correspond to a plurality of phases of a multiphase AC power supply; a switching circuit; an inrush current prevention (ICP) circuit; and a control circuit. The control circuit causes the switching circuit to switch a phase to be connected to the second power supply circuit to a phase corresponding to the first power supply circuit, and causes the ICP circuit to function so that initial charge of electrolyte capacitors included in the respective power supply circuits is performed. After the initial charge is completed, the control circuit causes the switching circuit to switch the phase to be connected to the second power supply circuit to the phase corresponding to the second power supply circuit, and causes the ICP circuit to turn off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shintaro Tazaki, Shinta Kato, Shigenori Arai, Ryo Ichiki
  • Patent number: 10263516
    Abstract: Circuits and methods are provided for using a switching voltage converter to convert an input voltage into an output voltage. The voltage converter includes multiple switch stages, and the switch stages are coupled to each other both galvanically and magnetically. Power is transferred among the switch stages magnetically via magnetic coupling elements (e.g., transformer windings) that are coupled to each of the switch stages. The magnetic power transfer allows the voltage converter to support high power transfers, while the galvanic connections between the switch stages allows for relatively simple control of switches within the switch stages. Inductances associated with the magnetic coupling elements, may provide zero-voltage switching (ZVS) of the switches. Due to the simple switch control, magnetic power transfer, and ZVS, the provided voltage converters support relatively high power transfers in an efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventor: Chris Josef Notsch
  • Patent number: 10256729
    Abstract: Circuits and methods are provided for voltage conversion within a switched-capacitor converter (SCC). The SCC includes multiple switch stages cascaded together. Each switch stage includes two half bridges connected in parallel. Each half bridge has a high and low-side switch connected at a switching node. The switching nodes of each half bridge of each switch stage are coupled to corresponding switching nodes of some other switch stage via capacitors. The switches are controlled such that during a first interval, a phase A capacitor attached to each switch stage is charged while a phase B capacitor is discharged. During a second interval, the phase B capacitor is charged while the phase A capacitor is discharged. By alternating the intervals thusly, one of the capacitors coupled to each switch stage is nearly always discharging such that it can provide current to an output of the SCC or some adjacent switch stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventor: Chris Josef Notsch
  • Patent number: 10256727
    Abstract: An interleaved multi-phase power supply with a plurality of DC-DC converter ICs. Each DC-DC converter IC has a current sharing pin, and the current sharing pins of the plurality of DC-DC converter ICs are connected together. Each DC-DC converter IC receives a feedback voltage signal to compare with a reference voltage signal to generate an error voltage signal as a reference of an output current of the corresponding DC-DC converter IC. And each DC-DC converter IC has a mismatch voltage regulation module regulating the error voltage signal to be equal to an average of error voltage signals of the plurality of DC-DC converter ICs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Chengdu Monolithic Power Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wanke Tao, Tianzhu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10250179
    Abstract: A power converter for converting an electric power for a motor that has three-phase winding wires includes an inverter and a controller. The controller controls the electric power supplied for the three-phase winding wires. The controller either (i) sets a two-phase modulation period for performing a two-phase modulation control when a third-order harmonic frequency that is calculated as triple the frequency of a fundamental frequency of the phase currents is smaller than an audible lower limit frequency of a human audible frequency range, or (ii) performs a three-phase modulation control, when the third-order harmonic frequency is equal to or greater than the audible lower limit frequency. In such manner, a heat generation from the maximum heat generating portion of the power converter is mitigated, and acoustical noise that is generated in the audible frequency range is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10250162
    Abstract: A transformerless DC to AC inverter providing an AC output at a power line voltage and at a power line frequency suitable for driving AC loads or appliances and having DC bias measurement circuitry for continuously assessing the magnitude of any DC bias component on the AC output, such as due to fault conditions or non-linear loads, and operative to eliminate or reduce any unwanted DC bias component from the AC output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: KOOLBRIDGE SOLAR, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Wilkinson Dent
  • Patent number: 10250152
    Abstract: A flyback converter implements a Forced Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS) timing control by detecting a positive current excursion of the secondary winding current as the synchronous rectifier turn off trigger. The synchronous rectifier switch is turned on near the end of the switching cycle or the on duration is extended to develop a current ripple on the secondary winding current. The control circuit of the flyback converter detects a positive current excursion on the secondary winding current to turn off the synchronous rectifier and to start the next switching cycle. At this point, the voltage across the primary switch has been discharged and the primary switch can be turned on with zero drain-to-source voltage. In other embodiments, zero voltage switching for the off-transition of the primary switch is realized by coupling a capacitor across the primary switch or by coupling a capacitor across the primary winding, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Incorporated
    Inventors: Kuang Ming Chang, Lin Chen, Qihong Huang
  • Patent number: 10243370
    Abstract: A system for integrating energy storage into a modular power converter includes at least one energy storage unit coupled to a first converter for converting a first direct current (DC) voltage of the at least one energy storage unit into a first high frequency alternating current (AC) voltage. At least three phase legs of the modular power converter generate three phase AC voltages. Each phase leg includes a plurality of switching modules connected in series. The switching modules have a plurality of fully controllable semiconductor switches, an energy storage device, and a second converter coupled to the respective energy storage device for converting a second DC voltage of the energy storage device into a second high frequency AC voltage. In the system, three similarly positioned switching modules of the three phase legs form one power unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Luis Jose Garces, Rui Zhou, Zhi Zhou, Di Zhang
  • Patent number: 10236780
    Abstract: A converter includes a switching circuit, a resonant circuit, a rectifying circuit, and a transformer including a primary winding, and a secondary winding. The switching circuit is configured to convert a DC input voltage to a switching signal. The resonant circuit is electrically coupled to the switching circuit and configured to receive the switching signal to provide a primary current. The primary winding is coupled to the resonant circuit. The rectifying circuit is coupled to the secondary winding and configured to rectify a secondary current outputted by the secondary winding so as to provide an output voltage. The resonant circuit includes a variable inductor to adjust the characteristic curve of the converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Wen-Chang Lee
  • Patent number: 10236786
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include inverter devices and systems. In one aspect, an inverter includes: a case; a capacitor within the case having a first terminal and a second terminal; a first bus bar including a first portion within the case and a second portion extending from the case to contact a first transistor; a second bus bar including a first portion situated in the case and a second portion extending from the case to contact a second transistor; and a phase-out bus bar including a first portion situated in the case, a second portion extending from the case to contact the first transistor, and a third portion extending from the case to contact the second transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: GALATECH, INC.
    Inventors: Wenjun Liu, Robert James Ramm
  • Patent number: 10236778
    Abstract: System and method are provided for protecting a power converter. The system includes a first comparator, and an off-time component. The first comparator is configured to receive a sensing signal and a first threshold signal and generate a first comparison signal based on at least information associated with the sensing signal and the first threshold signal, the power converter being associated with a switching frequency and further including a switch configured to affect the primary current. The off-time component is configured to receive the first comparison signal and generate an off-time signal based on at least information associated with the first comparison signal. The off-time component is further configured to, if the first comparison signal indicates the sensing signal to be larger than the first threshold signal in magnitude, generate the off-time signal to keep the switch to be turned off for at least a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: On-Bright Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lieyi Fang
  • Patent number: 10236792
    Abstract: A first drive circuit Da includes a temperature information transmission unit that transmits a binary output signal changing between High and Low and an abnormality information transmission unit that transmits an output signal fixed to Low, and a second drive circuit Db includes the abnormality information transmission unit. A temperature information signal and an abnormality information signal from the first drive circuit Da are subjected to OR operation on the side nearer the first drive circuit Da than to a magnetic coupler Ma so the abnormality information signal takes precedence when the abnormality information signal represents an abnormality, or on the side nearer a control unit than to the insulation elements Da and Db so the output signal from the insulation element Db takes precedence when the abnormality information signal from the second drive circuit Da represents an abnormality, and then the logical sum is output to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomotaka Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10224807
    Abstract: A power conversion apparatus and a power conversion method are provided for heat treatment. The power conversion apparatus includes a rectifier configured to convert AC power to DC power, a smoothing filter configured to control the DC power received from the rectifier to be constant, an inverter configured to convert the DC power received from the smoothing filer into high-frequency power by turning the DC power on and off using a switching device made of an SiC semiconductor, and a control unit configured to control the rectifier and the inverter. A rating of output power output from the inverter is determined in accordance with a frequency of the high-frequency power output from the inverter, a current-applying time, and an operation rate obtained by dividing the current-applying time by a sum of the current-applying time and a non-current-applying time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NETUREN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiko Kanai, Masato Sugimoto, Haruki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10224267
    Abstract: A first switching element and a second switching element are thermally connected to each other since the first switching element and the second switching element are fixed on a second substrate. An upper arm is capable of increasing the current capacity of the semiconductor device because of the parallel connection of the first switching element and the second switching element. The lower arm is capable of increasing the current capacity of the semiconductor device because of the parallel connection of the first switching element and the second switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Shintaro Araki, Mitsunori Aiko, Takaaki Shirasawa, Khalid Hassan Hussein
  • Patent number: 10224830
    Abstract: A method for controlling a back-to-back three-phase three-level converter having a grid-side AC/DC converter and a machine-side DC/AC converter connected by a split DC link which defines a DC link midpoint. The method includes controlling the grid-side converter to convert AC power from a grid into DC power of the DC link, controlling the machine-side converter to convert DC power from the DC link to AC power to feed a low frequency machine, and concurrently performing common mode voltage injection for the machine-side converter so as to at least partially compensate midpoint voltage ripple caused by the machine-side converter. The method further includes performing common mode voltage injection for the grid-side converter so as to at least partly further compensate the portion of the midpoint voltage ripple which remains uncompensated by controlling the machine-side converter. A control system implementing the control method and a power conversion system utilizing same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: GE ENERGY POWER CONVERSION TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
    Inventors: Duro Basic, Kai Alexander Rothenhagen, Niels Weitendorf
  • Patent number: 10211672
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide a UPS comprising a plurality of DC busses configured to receive DC power from a converter, the plurality of DC busses including a positive DC bus configured to maintain a positive DC voltage level, a mid-point DC bus, and a negative DC bus configured to maintain a negative DC voltage level, a 3-level inverter coupled to the plurality of DC busses and configured to convert the DC power from the plurality of DC buses into output AC power, and a controller configured to monitor the positive and negative DC voltage levels, identify an imbalance between the positive and negative DC voltage levels, and selectively control, based on the imbalance, the 3-level inverter to operate in a 2-level mode of operation and a 3-level mode of operation to transfer energy between the positive and negative DC busses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jonas Sonsby Mouridsen
  • Patent number: 10211642
    Abstract: An electric-power converting device having an inverter circuit of a 4-parallel configuration is realized by a combination of four first to third power semiconductor module devices. In each of module device groups, a single unit of the first power semiconductor module device and a single unit of the second power semiconductor module device are mixedly disposed so as to be alternately disposed. Furthermore, the first to third power semiconductor module devices have circuit element groups which have a common point that each circuit element group includes at least one of first and second transistors and first and second diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuya Nishida
  • Patent number: 10205377
    Abstract: A method and controller for controlling a converter are provided. The converter is operated in a first phase in which controller logic asserts a first gate drive signal to cause a first transistor of the converter to be conductive and deasserts a second gate drive signal to cause a second transistor of the converter to be non-conductive. In a first deadtime phase and a second phase, the controller logic deasserts both the first and second gate drive signals to cause leakage energy from a leakage inductance of a primary winding of the converter to be transferred to a clamp capacitance of the converter. After the leakage energy is transferred, the converter is operated in a third phase in which the logic asserts the second gate drive signal and deasserts the first gate drive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Bianco, Claudio Adragna
  • Patent number: 10199941
    Abstract: In order to set the output voltage of a resonant converter to a desired value by means of a simple additional circuit while the resonant converter is in open circuit operation, it is intended that at least one capacitor each (C1, C2) is connected in parallel to the electrical switching elements (S1, S2) of the secondary side of the resonant converter (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FRONIUS INTERNATIONAL GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Magerl, Franz Peter Musil, Robert Eberl, Friedrich Steinmaurer
  • Patent number: 10199924
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method are provided involving a converter circuit. The converter circuit includes an inductor including a first terminal configured to be coupled to a power source, and a second terminal. Also included is a pair of serially-coupled transistors coupled to the second terminal of the inductor. The pair of serially-coupled transistors have a transistor intermediate node therebetween. Further included is a pair of serially-coupled diodes coupled to the second terminal of the inductor. The pair of serially-coupled diodes have a diode intermediate node therebetween. A first capacitor is coupled in parallel with the serially-coupled transistors and the serially-coupled diodes. Further, the converter circuit includes a sub-circuit having a second capacitor serially-coupled with an auxiliary transistor. The sub-circuit is coupled between the transistor intermediate node and the diode intermediate node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dianbo Fu, Fei Ye, Lei Shi
  • Patent number: 10199819
    Abstract: A resonant converter includes a first switch on the primary side and a second switch coupled to the first switch, a synchronization rectification switch on a secondary side configured to conduct during a conduction period in response to a switching operation of the first switch, and a switch control circuit configured to determine an operating region of the resonant converter to be below resonance based on a result of a comparison between the conduction period and an on period of the first switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Won-Tae Lee, Ji-Hoon Jang, Hyeong Seok Baek, Hang-Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 10200030
    Abstract: A circuit includes first and second half bridges, a first inductor, a second inductor, and a main inductor. The half bridges each include a high side switch, a low side switch, and a gate driver configured to apply switching signals to the high side switch and the low side switch. The first inductor has one side electrically connected to an output node of the first half bridge between the high side switch and the low side switch. The second inductor has one side electrically connected to an output node of the second half bridge between the high side switch and the low side switch. The main inductor is coupled to a node between the other sides of the first and second inductors. The main inductor has a greater inductance than each of the first and second inductors, and the first and second inductors are inversely coupled to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Transphorm Inc.
    Inventor: Zhan Wang
  • Patent number: 10199159
    Abstract: An insulation type step-down converter includes first and second step-down transformers each of which includes an input-side coil and an output-side coil. First, second, third, and fourth rectifier elements are connected in series with first, second, third, and fourth series coils, respectively, the first, second, third, and fourth series coils each having the output-side coil of the first step-down transformer and the output-side coil of the second step-down transformer connected in series. The first to fourth series coils are connected to smoothing coils. The connection is such that electric currents flow simultaneously only in one of the first and second series coils and one of the third and fourth series coils in an alternate manner, and electric currents flowing simultaneously in one of the first and second series coils and one of the third and fourth series coils are opposite in direction to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Nakajima, Takashi Kumagai, Yuji Shirakata, Yujiro Kido
  • Patent number: 10193389
    Abstract: A power supply with a multi-bridge topology configured to provide multiple different bridge topologies during operation. The power supply includes a plurality of half-bridge circuits connected to a controller. The controller can selectively configure the power supply between a plurality of different bridge topologies during operation by controlling the half-bridge circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Moes, Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua B. Taylor, Colin J. Moore
  • Patent number: 10193463
    Abstract: The invention concerns an isolated DC/DC converter comprising an isolated circuit having: a first arm having a first switch, in series with a second switch; a magnetic component having two primary circuits and a secondary circuit that are separated by at least one electrical isolation barrier, said magnetic component being configured so as, during the conversion of an input voltage of the isolated DC/DC converter into an output voltage, to operate as a transformer from the primary circuits to the secondary circuit and as an impedance that stores energy in the primary circuits, and in which: the first arm comprises a first capacitance in series with the two switches and situated between the two switches, one of said primary circuits, called the second primary circuit, is connected between a first end terminal of the first arm and the connection point, called the second connection point, between the second switch of the first arm and the first capacitance, the first end terminal of the first arm correspondin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: VALEO SYSTEMES DE CONTROLE MOTEUR
    Inventor: Luis De Sousa
  • Patent number: 10193465
    Abstract: A DC/DC conversion apparatus includes a DC voltage source that outputs a DC power supply voltage, an oscillation circuit electrically connected to the DC voltage source, switch elements, a switch controller that connects or disconnects electrical connection between the DC voltage source and the oscillation circuit by switching turn-on and turn-off of the switch elements, and switches a direction of a voltage applied to the oscillation circuit between a first direction and a second direction, and a transformation circuit that outputs a current generated in the oscillation circuit and converts the current into a DC current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiale Dai, Yu Cao, Kezhi Wang
  • Patent number: 10193458
    Abstract: Power converters, e.g., AC/DC and DC/DC, typically have unique circuitry for a proper graceful start-up and to develop correct operating voltage biases. Typically this unique circuitry is incorporated in a primary-side controller. This primary-side controller could also be the primary means of control of the power converter once started. However, a secondary-side controller is typically needed for more exact output voltage regulation, duplicating circuitry already present in the primary-side controller. Complication is typically added by linear communication between the two controllers across an isolation barrier. A simplified primary-side start-up controller is envisioned providing minimal circuitry to power up a converter until a secondary-side controller activates and takes control by sending discrete PWM commands across the isolation barrier instead of a linear signal. The start-up controller can provide voltage and current protection if the secondary-side controller fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Thomas Quigley
  • Patent number: 10186984
    Abstract: An inverter control device is disclosed. The device is configured: for determining a fundamental-wave magnitude of a phase-voltage corresponding to a modified voltage; for performing a proportional-integral (PI) operation of an error between the fundamental-wave magnitude of the phase-voltage and a magnitude of a reference voltage, and for outputting a compensation voltage; configured for adding the compensation voltage to the reference voltage to obtain an output; and for over-modulating the output and for outputting the over-modulated output as the modified voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-Cheol Choi, Hak-Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 10186971
    Abstract: A full bridge circuit is disclosed. The full bridge circuit includes first and second half bridge circuits each having a midpoint node, and a transmitter tank circuit connected across the midpoint nodes and configured to transmit power based on the transmitter tank current to a load. The full bridge circuit also includes a ZVS tank circuit connected across the midpoint nodes. The ZVS tank circuit generates first and second ZVS tank currents. The first ZVS tank current and the transmitter tank current cooperatively cause the voltage at the first midpoint node to be substantially equal to the voltage of a power or ground node, and the second ZVS tank current and the transmitter tank current cooperatively cause the voltage at the second midpoint node to be substantially equal to the voltage of the power or ground node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Navitas Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Lingxiao Xue, Ju Zhang
  • Patent number: 10186980
    Abstract: A power conversion device includes: a plurality of first power semiconductor modules in each of which a series circuit of a first semiconductor device and a second semiconductor device is built in, each of the plurality of first power semiconductor modules being connected in parallel with a series circuit of a first capacitor and a second capacitor connected in series with a DC power source; and a plurality of second power semiconductor module in each of which a bidirectional semiconductor device is built in, the bidirectional semiconductor device being connected between a connection point between the first capacitor and the second capacitor and one of connection points between the first semiconductor devices and the second semiconductor devices. Each of the first power semiconductor modules and the second power semiconductor modules are arranged on a mounting surface of a cooling body in a staggered arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasunobu Kadota, Yasuaki Furusho
  • Patent number: 10186983
    Abstract: There is described a rectifying circuit and method of control thereof. The circuit comprises four ideal diode elements connected in a bridge configuration; four driver units, each one of the driver units connected to a corresponding one of the ideal diode elements and configured to drive the corresponding one of the ideal diode elements; and a controller connected to the driver units and configured for: acquiring a current measurement flowing across the load and a phase measurement of the source; determining, from the current measurement and the phase measurement, corresponding conducting settings for the four ideal diode elements; and outputting at least one control signal to cause the driver units to drive the ideal diode elements in accordance with the conducting settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: TELCODIUM INC.
    Inventor: Eric Morin
  • Patent number: 10180446
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and to a method for determining a voltage. The voltage to be determined is a direct voltage at the input of a flyback converter. The flyback converter comprises at least a flyback-converter transformer and a switching element on the primary side of the flyback-converter transformer. In order to determine the voltage at the input of the flyback converter, a voltage on the secondary side of the flyback-converter transformer is sensed and evaluated in correlation with the switching state of the switching element on the primary side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Aldinger, Joerg Koniakowsky, Tobias Richter
  • Patent number: 10177679
    Abstract: An inverter circuit, coupled to a two-level DC voltage supply and being able to form a five-level output voltage is described, together with a method for operating the inverter circuit. The inverter circuit comprises a series connection of six unidirectional power semiconductor switches, each coupled to an antiparallel diode, between the positive and negative nodes of the supplying DC voltage. The inverter circuit further comprises a series connection of two internal capacitors between the cathodes of the first and the fifth switches of the series connection, the connection point of the capacitors being coupled to the internal node of the inverter circuit. In use, the unidirectional power semiconductor switches are controlled in order to set the voltage of the output of the inverter circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vacon Oy
    Inventors: Juhamatti Korhonen, William Giewont
  • Patent number: 10177681
    Abstract: A power converter circuit includes a chopper circuit configured to receive an input voltage and generate a chopper voltage with an alternating voltage level based on the input voltage, an autotransformer including at least one tap, the autotransformer being coupled to the chopper circuit and configured to generate a tap voltage at the at least one tap, and a selector circuit configured to receive a plurality of voltage levels. At least one of these the voltage levels is based on the at least one tap voltage. The selector circuit is further configured to generate a selector output voltage based on the plurality of voltage levels such that the selector circuit selects two of the plurality of voltage levels and switches at a switching frequency between the two voltage levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Dominik Neumayr, Dominik Bortis, Mattia Guacci, Johann Kolar, Michael Leibl, Gerald Deboy