Having Synchronous Rectifier Patents (Class 363/21.06)
  • Patent number: 10324502
    Abstract: A speaker module includes a DC-DC converter device including a switching circuit device and a choke coil connected to the switching circuit device and a speaker device that converts an electric signal generated using output voltage from the DC-DC converter device into sound. A magnetic substrate which includes the choke coil and on which the switching circuit device is mounted is disposed between the switching circuit device and the speaker device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Yazaki
  • Patent number: 10298124
    Abstract: A power converter to convert power between a first converter voltage at a first converter port and a second converter voltage at a second converter port is presented. It contains a first capacitor network, an inductor and a first switching matrix to arrange the first capacitor network and the inductor within different states. One of the states is a bypass state enabling current to flow from the first converter port or from ground through the first capacitor network to the second converter port without going through the inductor. Another state is an inductor state enabling current to flow from the first converter port or from ground through the inductor to the second converter port. The power converter also includes a control unit to control the first switching matrix repeatedly in a recurrent sequence of the different states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Holger Petersen, Jiri Ledr
  • Patent number: 10256676
    Abstract: A method of wireless power transfer includes providing a primary rail voltage to a primary coil via a primary transistor network, driving the primary transistor network with a primary PWM signal, inducing a secondary current on a secondary coil, providing a secondary rail voltage to a load via a secondary transistor network, generating a voltage signal from the secondary current via a current sense amplifier, phase-locking the voltage signal to the secondary current, adjusting a phase shift and amplitude of the voltage signal based on the impedance of the load, thereby generating a driving voltage, converting the driving voltage to a secondary PWM signal, and driving the secondary transistor network with the PWM signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: Conor Gray
  • Patent number: 10256744
    Abstract: In an example, a controller device for a resonant converter includes processing circuitry configured to output a first switching signal and a second switching signal. A switching module is configured to electrically couple a primary side winding of a transformer to a voltage source during an activated state of the first switching signal and to electrically couple the primary side winding to a reference node during an activated state of the second switching signal. The processing circuitry is further configured to determine a first synchronous rectification signal and a second synchronous rectification signal. A synchronous rectification module is configured to generate a first channel for a first secondary side winding of the transformer during an activated state of the first synchronous rectification signal and to generate a second channel for a second secondary side winding of the transformer during an activated state of the second synchronous rectification signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Weifu Yu, Tong Bao, Ming Ping Mao, Yaw Hann Thian
  • Patent number: 10205398
    Abstract: In this invention we introduce the concept of a fundamental switching cell with complimentary switchers s and a controlled dead time which is one of the embodiments of this invention. This fundamental switching cell can be used in isolated DC-DC Converter applications and also used for totem pole bridgeless power factor correction applications. One of the main embodiments of this invention describes a circuit wherein such a fundamental switching cell is used to transfer the power across a transformer towards secondary while providing power factor correction for the input line current while extracting the energy from the line and steering the low frequency ripple of the input current towards the bulk capacitor and regulating the voltage in the secondary of the transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ROMPOWER TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Ionel Jitaru
  • Patent number: 10186948
    Abstract: According to an implementation, a resonant converter for burst mode control includes an oscillator configured to control switching operations of at least one power switch, and a burst mode controller configured to control a burst mode by determining a start of a burst pulse of the burst mode using a first internal signal and determining an end of the burst pulse of the burst mode using a second internal signal. The burst mode controller is configured to stop the switching operations during the burst pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Sangcheol Moon, Jintae Kim, Hangseok Choi
  • Patent number: 10181797
    Abstract: The invention relates to a voltage converter comprising: an isolated DC/DC converter circuit having at least one first isolation transformer and switches whose opening and closing successions with at least one duty ratio make it possible to transmit energy through the isolated DC/DC converter by way of said first transformer; a circuit for regulating the input voltage of the isolated DC/DC converter circuit; the regulating circuit being configured to control the output voltage of the isolated DC/DC converter circuit by modifying the voltage delivered to the isolated DC/DC converter circuit, the duty ratio of the isolated DC/DC converter circuit remaining constant, and in said converter, the output of the regulating circuit is connected to a branch of the isolated DC/DC converter circuit comprising said first transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Hicham Sadki, Larbi Bendani
  • Patent number: 10177663
    Abstract: A multi-phase power controller coupled to resonant power converting circuits providing an output voltage is disclosed. The multi-phase power controller includes a current sensing unit, a frequency adjusting circuit and a duty cycle adjusting circuit. The current sensing unit, coupled to a first resonant power converting circuit, provides a first sensing current. The frequency adjusting circuit includes an error amplifier and a first ramp signal generation circuit. The error amplifier provides an error signal according to the output voltage and a reference voltage. The first ramp signal generation circuit provides a first ramp signal according to the error signal. The duty cycle adjusting circuit provides a first PWM signal to the first resonant power converting circuit according to a default voltage and the first ramp signal. The change of the duty cycle of the first PWM signal is related to the first sensing current, the default voltage and the first ramp signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: UPI SEMICONDUCTOR CORP.
    Inventors: Hsien-Cheng Liu, Zhao-Wai Liu, Liang-Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 10079537
    Abstract: A resonant converter includes: a rectifier bridge; a first capacitor coupled across output terminals of the rectifier bridge; a diode with its anode coupled to a first terminal of the first capacitor; a second capacitor with a first terminal coupled to the cathode of the diode, and a second terminal coupled to a second terminal of the first capacitor; a first transistor having a first terminal coupled to the first terminal of the second capacitor; a second transistor having a first terminal coupled to a second terminal of the first transistor, and a second terminal coupled to the second terminal of the first capacitor; a resonant tank having a first input terminal coupled to the first terminal of the first capacitor, and a second input terminal coupled to the second terminal of the first transistor and the first terminal of the second transistor; and a rectifying and filtering circuit coupled across output terminals of the resonant tank, and configured to provide an output signal to a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Hangzhou MPS Semiconductor Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Naixing Kuang
  • Patent number: 10079536
    Abstract: The rectifier includes a rectification MOSFET; a comparator having the non-inverted input terminal connected to a drain of the rectification MOSFET and the inverted input terminal connected to a source of the rectification MOSFET, and the control circuit controlling ON and OFF of the rectification MOSFET by an output of the comparator. The control circuit includes the shutoff MOSFET for performing shutoff between the drain of the rectification MOSFET and the non-inverted input terminal of the comparator and the shutoff control circuit performing electrical shutoff between the drain of the rectification MOSFET and the non-inverted input terminal of the comparator by turning off the shutoff MOSFET when a voltage of the drain of the rectification MOSFET is equal to or higher than a first predetermined voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi Power Semiconductor Device, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ishimaru, Shinichi Kurita, Takeshi Terakawa
  • Patent number: 10056818
    Abstract: A series-parallel converter system includes: a first set of parallel circuitries including a plurality of first circuitries in parallel with each other; a second set of parallel circuitries including a plurality of second circuits in parallel with each other, the second circuit being controlled in a second control method; wherein an input end of the first set of parallel circuitries and an input end of the second set of parallel circuitries are connected in series with an input power supply; and wherein the first circuitry in the first set of parallel circuitries includes: a first circuit being controlled in a first control method; and a first control circuitry electrically connected with the first circuit and configured to generate a first control signal for controlling the first circuit based on a variable intercept compensation, and an input voltage, a first output current and a virtual impedance of the first circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Delta Electronics (Shanghai) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Guojin Xu, Guoqiao Shen, Jinfa Zhang
  • Patent number: 10056845
    Abstract: A power conversion apparatus and a synchronous rectification (SR) controller thereof are provided. The SR controller includes a first control circuit, a second control circuit and a third control circuit. The first control circuit compares a drain voltage on a drain terminal of a SR transistor with a first voltage. When the drain voltage is lower than the first voltage, the first control circuit outputs a driving voltage to turn on the SR transistor. The second control circuit generates the driving voltage according to the drain voltage and a second voltage so as to control the SR transistor. The third control circuit compares the drain voltage with a third voltage. When the drain voltage is higher than the third voltage, the third control circuit outputs the driving voltage to turn off the SR transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Power Forest Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Kwan-Jen Chu
  • Patent number: 10008949
    Abstract: A switching power supply includes an output circuit connected to a secondary coil of a transformer via a secondary switching element and a synchronous rectification control circuit controlling ON/OFF of the secondary switching element based on a detected source-drain voltage of the secondary switching element. The synchronous rectification control circuit includes a voltage detection circuit detecting the source-drain voltage, a switch driving circuit switching the secondary switching element ON/OFF based on the detected source-drain voltage, an auxiliary power supply circuit generating an auxiliary supply voltage from said source-drain voltage, a voltage decrease detection circuit detecting an abnormal voltage drop in a DC output voltage of the output circuit, and a power supply switching circuit switching a power supply for the voltage detection circuit and switch driving circuit from the DC output voltage to the auxiliary supply voltage when the abnormal voltage drop is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takato Sugawara
  • Patent number: 10003297
    Abstract: According to embodiments, a drive circuit includes a control portion configured to, when a duty ratio is set to a first predetermined value, and a load apparatus is in an overload state, set the duty ratio to a second predetermined value smaller than the first predetermined value during a predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Shen Wang
  • Patent number: 9998019
    Abstract: A DC-DC converter includes a transformer, a switching circuit provided on the primary side of the transformer, and a rectifier circuit provided on the secondary side of the transformer. The rectifier circuit includes a first rectifier part that is serially connected body of a first transistor and a second transistor having a first electrode connected to a second electrode of the first transistor. The first and second transistors each include a parasitic diode connected forward between the second and first electrode, and the withstanding voltage between the first and second electrodes of the first transistor is higher than the withstanding voltage between the first and second electrodes of the second transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Komiya, Takeshi Shiomi, Masaru Nomura, Akihide Shibata, Hiroshi Iwata
  • Patent number: 9997946
    Abstract: A charging system for a battery of an electronic device is described. The charging system comprises an adapter configured to derive a transfer current at a transfer voltage from a power source. Furthermore, the charging system comprises a battery charger configured to charge a battery of the electronic device with a battery current at a battery voltage using the transfer current at the transfer voltage. In addition, the charging system comprises power transmission means configured to transmit the transfer current at the transfer voltage to the battery charger. In addition, the charging system comprises communication means configured to transmit feedback information which is indicative of the battery voltage and/or battery current from the battery charger to the adapter. The adapter is configured to set the transfer voltage and/or transfer current in dependence of the feedback information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Manfred Kogler, Holger Petersen
  • Patent number: 9948004
    Abstract: It is presented a hybrid coil circuit comprising: a transformer; a common mode choke, wherein all choke windings are magnetically coupled; an impedance matching device connected on a middle choke winding, the impedance matching device being connected to ground; a first port being provided between a first choke winding and the impedance matching device; a second port being provided between a third choke winding and the impedance matching device; a third port being provided between either end of a second transformer winding; a first inductor arranged between the impedance matching device and the first port; and a second inductor arranged between the impedance matching device and the second port, wherein the first inductor and the second inductor are magnetically coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Elmar Trojer, Per-Erik Eriksson, Chenguang Lu, Lukas Sandström, Miguel Berg
  • Patent number: 9917504
    Abstract: A synchronous rectifier applied to a power converter includes a gate coupling effect suppressing unit. The gate coupling effect suppressing unit is used for suppressing an induced voltage coupled to a gate of a metal-oxide-semiconductor transistor coupled to a secondary side of the power converter to ensure that the metal-oxide-semiconductor transistor is turned off when the power converter operates in a start-up condition and a power switch of the power converter is turned on. When the power converter operates in the start-up condition, a driving voltage of the secondary side of the power converter for driving the synchronous rectifier is not enough to drive the synchronous rectifier yet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Leadtrend Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Chung-Wei Lin, Yang-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 9893639
    Abstract: A synchronous rectifier control circuit and the control method thereof for controlling a switching power supply which includes a transformer, a first switch transistor and a second switch transistor. According to one embodiment to the present invention, the control circuit comprises a conducting detection module, a voltage averaging module, a voltage-second balance module and a logic-controlled module. The conducting detection module is comprised of a first reference potential and a conduction signal. The voltage averaging module includes an averaged circuit and outputs a second reference potential. The voltage-second balance module includes a first reference current, a second reference current, a voltage-second balance switch, a voltage-second balance comparator and a timing capacitor, and outputs a reset signal. The logic-controlled module includes a logic circuit to control the second switch transistor to turn on or off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Gem-Micro Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventor: Cheng-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 9887632
    Abstract: A step-up ripple free converter applied to achieve a characteristic of zero-ripple voltage, which ripple voltage is near zero, includes a ripple-regulating component, a power isolating and converting unit, a power switch, first to fourth capacitors, an auxiliary inductor, a first rectifying switch, and a second rectifying switch. The power isolating and converting unit is electrically connected to the ripple-filtering inductor, and includes a plurality of windings for separating the step-up ripple free converter into an input stage and an output stage. The power switch, the first capacitor, and the second capacitor are arranged at the input stage and are electrically connected to the power isolating and converting unit. The third capacitor, the fourth capacitor, the first rectifying switch, and the second rectifying switch are arranged at the output stage and are electrically connected to the power isolating and converting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignees: ALLIS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ching-Tsai Pan, Ming-Chieh Cheng
  • Patent number: 9871454
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an isolated power supply and a method of controlling the isolated power supply. The isolated power supply includes a primary side circuit and a secondary side circuit. The primary side circuit includes a first switch with a first voltage thereon, an auxiliary winding with a second voltage thereon, and a controller. The secondary side circuit includes a second switch and a pulse transformer. The method includes: retrieving the first voltage or the second voltage as a specific voltage; sensing an oscillation waveform of the specific voltage after the second switch is turned off at a first timing point in a first cycle; retrieving a second timing point based on the oscillation waveform; and controlling the pulse transformer to adaptively adjust a third timing point for turning off the second switch in a second cycle based on the second timing point retrieved in the first cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Sync Power Corp.
    Inventors: Hsian-Pei Yee, Ya-Wu Chung, Chun-Jen Huang
  • Patent number: 9853563
    Abstract: The present invention provides an isolated synchronous rectification control circuit, a control device, and a control method. The control circuit includes a power supply module, a reference module, a comparator module, a primary side turn-on determination unit, a secondary intermittent burst estimation unit, a logic unit, and a driver unit. The control device includes a transformer, a bypass capacitor configured to provide a stable voltage, a time constant setting resistor configured to configure a primary side turn-on time constant and a secondary intermittent burst time estimation determination, a synchronous rectification control circuit configured to determine the primary side turn-on based on the current flowing into a time setting terminal, predict a secondary side intermittent burst time, and generate logic control signals to drive the turn-on or turn-off of the synchronous rectifier, and an output capacitor connected to the rectification control circuit to provide an output capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZHEN CHIP HOPE MICRO-ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Qiang Zong, Shouhua Wu, Lei Guan, Zhong Yin
  • Patent number: 9847620
    Abstract: A laser driver for a laser, which includes an adjustable DC-DC power source, an optical power control loop, and a power source voltage regulator. The adjustable DC-DC power source is coupled to the optical power control loop and the power source voltage regulator, in order to provide a working current for the laser. The optical power control loop is configured to adjust the output optical power of the laser to a set value for optical power by adjusting a working voltage of the laser, and to generate a power source voltage state indicator voltage. The power source voltage regulator is used to generate the power source setting voltage, so that the power source voltage state indicator voltage is greater than or equal to a first preset threshold, or less than or equal to a second preset threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: InnoLight Technology (Suzhou) LTD.
    Inventors: Xiangzhong Wang, Meng Fang
  • Patent number: 9847710
    Abstract: A two-stage power converter architecture including an isolation transformer and rectification of the isolation transformer output by an LLC resonant circuit and methodology for operating the same feeds an output voltage back to a circuit for generating waveforms for controlling a totem pole circuit to provide output voltage regulation as well as rectification of AC input voltage. The circuit for controlling the totem pole circuit may also be responsive to the AC input power waveform to provide power factor correction (PFC), in which case, the feedback signal provides additional pulse width modulation of the PFC signals. Bus capacitor size may also be reduced by injecting harmonics of the AC input waveform into the feedback signal which also serves to substantially maintain efficiency of the (preferably LLC) resonant second stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred C. Lee, Xiucheng Huang, Qiang Li
  • Patent number: 9793705
    Abstract: A DC-to-DC converter for transporting energy between two networks includes two or more converter circuits connected in parallel, wherein a first semiconductor switch that can be actuated as a function of a voltage drop across the first semiconductor switch is arranged in series to each converter circuit or a second semiconductor switch that can be actuated as a function of a voltage drop across the second semiconductor switch is arranged in series to each converter circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.
    Inventor: Wolfgang Daub
  • Patent number: 9755529
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flyback power converter and a control circuit thereof. The flyback power converter includes a transformer, a power switch, a driver, a synchronous rectification (SR) switch, a controller, and a signal coupler circuit. The transformer has a primary winding and a secondary winding. The power switch controls the conduction time of the primary winding; and the SR switch controls the conduction time of the secondary winding. The controller controls the SR switch and generates an ON pulse signal and an OFF pulse signal in a normal operation mode. When an output voltage reaches a lower limit voltage, the flyback power converter operates in the normal operation mode. The driver generates a switching signal according to the ON pulse signal and the OFF pulse signal in the normal operation mode, to determine a start conduction time point and an end conduction time point of the primary winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: RICHTEK TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu-Chang Chen, Li-Di Luo, Tzu-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 9742304
    Abstract: Provided is a driver board capable of miniaturizing itself while ensuring insulation voltage resistance performance. In the driver board: a transformer 114 is configured, so as to cross a first insulating region 120a, such that a primary side terminal 114a is connected to a primary side circuit 112a and a secondary side terminal 114b is connected to a secondary side circuit 113a; a power supply control IC 115 is configured, so as to cross a insulating region 120b, such that a primary side terminal 115a is connected to a primary side circuit 112b and a secondary side terminal 115b is connected to a secondary side circuit 113b; and the insulating region 120a and the insulating region 120b are formed so as to at least partially face each other via an insulating board 111 such that the primary side circuit 112a and the secondary side circuit 113b do not face each other via the insulating board and the primary side circuit 112b and the secondary side circuit 113a do not face each other via the insulating board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Kato, Masashige Tsuji, Satoshi Hiranuma
  • Patent number: 9699852
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling an isolated switch are disclosed. The apparatus and the method for controlling an isolated switch according to the present invention, configure a circuit so as to maintain a light emitting diode (LED) included in an isolated switch in an OFF state at normal times and control the LED in an ON state when an event occurs in an isolated switch such as a photo MOS relay to reduce power consumed for emitting the LED by decreasing a duration for which the LED is maintained in an emission state and improve durability of a system adopting the isolated switch by improving a life-span of the isolated switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Taejoong Lee, Sang Hoon Lee, Younghwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9641364
    Abstract: Various aspects of the present disclosure involve communications, and more specifically wireless communications with modulation. As may be implemented in accordance with one or more embodiments, a rectifier having a plurality of active circuits operates in first and second modes to modulate signals communicated via an antenna as follows. The first mode is at least a half-active mode in which at least one of the active circuits passes the signal, and the second mode consumes less power than the first mode. A modulator modulates a waveform of the signal by selectively operating at least one of the plurality of active circuits, therein setting an impedance of the rectifier and modulating an amplitude of the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Michael Joehren
  • Patent number: 9621047
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a power supply unit may include one or more stages including an output stage configured to generate a direct-current output voltage at an output of the power supply, an OR-ing metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) coupled between the output stage and the output, and a controller. The controller may be configured to measure a signal indicative of a voltage associated with the OR-ing MOSFET and determine an estimated output current of the power supply based on the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ralph J. Johnson, III, Shiguo Luo, Wayne Kenneth Cook, Mehran Mirjafari, Hang Li, Kejiu Zhang, Lei Wang
  • Patent number: 9614453
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises an isolated power converter coupled between an input dc power source, wherein the isolated power converter comprises a first switch network coupled to a first transformer winding through a first resonant tank and a second switch network coupled to a second transformer winding through a second resonant tank and a dc/dc converter coupled to the second switch network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Heping Dai, Liming Ye, Dianbo Fu, Daoshen Chen
  • Patent number: 9548662
    Abstract: A switching power-supply circuit includes a transformer, a first switching element, a first rectifying/smoothing circuit generating a first output voltage by rectifying and smoothing the output of a first secondary winding, a second rectifying/smoothing circuit generating a second output voltage by rectifying and smoothing the output of a second secondary winding, a first feedback circuit generating a feedback signal according to the first output voltage, and a first switching control circuit. When the voltage of the second secondary winding is greater than the second output voltage and the second output voltage is less than the voltage of a reference-voltage circuit, a second rectifier circuit turns on a rectifier switch element, and stabilizes the second output voltage by controlling the number of pulses per unit time in a pulse current flowing through the second rectifier circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Hosotani
  • Patent number: 9515571
    Abstract: A current-rectifying device includes a switching component and an impedance transformer. A conductance between first and second nodes of the switching component is controlled based on a voltage between high-impedance control and control-reference nodes of the switching component to determine an amount of current that is permitted to flow between the first and second nodes. The impedance transformer includes a positive input node electrically connected to one of the first and second nodes based on AC voltage swings, a negative input node, a positive output node electrically connected to the high-impedance control node, and a negative output node, and which senses an AC voltage swing derived from the AC input voltage with the positive input node and the negative input node, and provides an AC voltage swing between the high-impedance control and control-reference nodes that is greater than the AC voltage swing derived from the AC input voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Yu-Jiu Wang, I-No Liao, Chao-Han Tsai, Chatrpol Pakasiri
  • Patent number: 9484841
    Abstract: A switching power supply device equipped with an inverter device includes a transformer including a primary winding and a secondary winding, which are magnetically coupled with each other. On the primary side, a capacitor and a switching element are connected in series with the primary winding and a switching element is connected in series the switching element and is connected in parallel with the primary winding and the capacitor. On the secondary side, a bidirectional switching element, which includes FETs, is connected in series with the secondary winding. A control circuit alternately turns the first switching element and the second switching element on, and turns the bidirectional switching element on in an off period of the first switching element or the second switching element. Thus, the inverter device outputs an alternating current output voltage by using a single secondary winding of a transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hajime Shiji
  • Patent number: 9479067
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a method of operating a switched-mode power supply includes detecting a voltage decrease in a secondary winding of a transformer by detecting a first voltage transient using a sensor capacitively coupled to the secondary winding of the transformer. A secondary switch coupled to the secondary winding of the transformer is turned on based on when the first voltage transient is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Xiao Wu Gong, Yong Siang Teo
  • Patent number: 9467059
    Abstract: The invention relates to an activation apparatus (20) for a galvanically decoupled direct voltage converter having a synchronous rectifier, comprising a signal generating device (22), which is designed to generate control signals (22c, 22d) for switch devices of the synchronous rectifier and a reference current signal (22b), a first comparator device (23), which is coupled to the signal generating device (22), and which is designed to detect the secondary-side output current (Jo) of the synchronous rectifier, compare it to the reference current signal (22b) and generate a current control signal in dependence on the comparison, and a pulse width modulation device (25), which is coupled to the signal generating device (22) and the first comparator device (23) and which is designed to generate pulse width modulated activation signals (25a) for the switch devices of the synchronous rectifier on the basis of the control signals (22c, 22d) and the current control signal, wherein the signal generating device (22) is
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Eric Hueckel, Stefan Koch, Florian Lieblang, Stephan Binhack, Tobias Pristl, Michael Zeller, Stephan Mueller, Jian Tian, Ralf Bochat, Ralf-Peter Bergmann
  • Patent number: 9448573
    Abstract: A DC-DC converter control circuit with enhanced driving efficiency while securing circuit stability during light-load driving of the DC-DC converter through variation of an on/off duty ratio of a burst mode according to load. The control circuit includes a detection unit for detecting an amount of current and a voltage at an output stage of a DC-DC converter, and generating and outputting a differential voltage according to a level of the detected voltage, a comparison unit for comparing the differential voltage with a reference voltage having a triangle or sawtooth waveform, thereby generating a duty signal, and a converter controller for generating an on/off control signal corresponding to a duty ratio of the duty signal, and supplying the on/off control signal to the DC-DC converter, to control on/off of the DC-DC converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignees: LG Display Co., Ltd., Postech Academy-Industry Foundation
    Inventors: Kyung-Min Lee, Joung-Woo Lee, Bong-Koo Kang, Chang-Hyun Sung, Ho-Young Yoon
  • Patent number: 9444757
    Abstract: Described embodiments provide a method of updating configuration data of a network processor having one or more processing modules and a shared memory. A control processor of the network processor writes updated configuration data to the shared memory and sends a configuration update request to a configuration manager. The configuration update request corresponds to the updated configuration data. The configuration manager determines whether the configuration update request corresponds to settings of a given one of the processing modules. If the configuration update request corresponds to settings of a given one of the one or more processing modules, the configuration manager, sends one or more configuration operations to a destination one of the processing modules corresponding to the configuration update request and updated configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hakan I. Pekcan, Steven J. Pollock, Jerry Pirog
  • Patent number: 9438127
    Abstract: In certain example embodiments, a system is provided that includes a circuit. The system also includes a reverse current control module that provides an isolated power supply in order to protect one or more devices in a power chain during one or more testing activities having one or more requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Analog Devices Global
    Inventors: Yingyang Ou, Qingyi Huang, Renjian Xie, Ling Ren
  • Patent number: 9412762
    Abstract: A DC-DC converter with low power consumption and high power conversion efficiency is provided. The DC-DC converter includes a first transistor and a control circuit. The control circuit includes an operational amplifier generating a signal that controls switching of the first transistor, a bias circuit generating a bias potential supplied to the operational amplifier, and a holding circuit holding the bias potential. The holding circuit includes a second transistor and a capacitor to which the bias potential is supplied. The first transistor and the second transistor include a first oxide semiconductor film and a second oxide semiconductor film, respectively. The first oxide semiconductor film and the second oxide semiconductor film each contain In, M (M is Ga, Y, Zr, La, Ce, or Nd), and Zn. The atomic ratio of In to M in the first oxide semiconductor film is higher than that in the second oxide semiconductor film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Koyama, Kei Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9397517
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and circuits are disclosed delivering a first level of output voltage to a rechargeable battery from a battery charger, the rechargeable battery is coupled to the battery charger by a charging cable. The methods, device, and circuits may further be disclosed applying, in response to an indication of an altered output voltage, a compensation current to one or more elements of the battery charger including a zero crossing (ZC) pin and a selected resistor, the selected resistor is defined by the charging cable coupling the battery charger to the rechargeable battery, and applying the compensation current to the ZC pin and the selected resistor causes an adjustment of the output voltage from the first level of output voltage to a second level of output voltage corresponding to the voltage drop from the impedance of the selected charging cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Yong Siang Teo, Kok Kee Lim
  • Patent number: 9350259
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a power converter circuit and a control circuit. The power converter circuit includes a primary circuit side and a secondary circuit side. The primary circuit side includes a plurality of primary switches, and the secondary circuit side includes a plurality of synchronous rectifiers and an inductor. The control circuit is configured to operate the synchronous rectifiers synchronously with the primary switches when inductor current at the inductor is greater than or equal to a reference inductor current, and operate the synchronous rectifiers in a bidirectional mode when the inductor current is less than the reference inductor current, wherein energy is delivered from the primary side to the secondary side and from the secondary side to the primary side during the bidirectional mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Analog Devices Global
    Inventors: Yingyang Ou, Renjian Xie, Qingyi Huang
  • Patent number: 9312785
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a synchronous rectification circuit can include: (i) a sampling circuit configured to sample a voltage across first and second power terminals of a synchronous rectifier, and to generate a first sampling voltage; (ii) an enable controlling circuit configured to delay the first sampling voltage, and to generate a second sampling voltage, and to activate a ramp voltage when the first sampling voltage is higher than the second sampling voltage; (iii) the enable controlling circuit being configured to generate an enable controlling signal in response to a comparison of the ramp voltage against a reference voltage that represents a predetermined light load condition; and (iv) a driving circuit configured to activate a driving signal to turn on the synchronous rectifier when the enable controlling signal and a synchronous rectification open signal are active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventor: Lingdong Zhang
  • Patent number: 9276482
    Abstract: With the use of a voltage across a secondary winding of a transformer, a DC output voltage and a conduction time width of a current in the DC reactor on the secondary side circuit in an immediately preceding period, the turning-on time width and the turning-off time width of a synchronous rectification MOSFET in the secondary side circuit of the transformer are obtained by calculations, without receiving any signals from a primary side circuit, to thereby carry out control of a synchronous rectification circuit in a forward DC-DC converter with the time in which a current flows in a diode reduced to the minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadahiko Sato
  • Patent number: 9270190
    Abstract: A forward converter has a primary side containing a PWM controller for controlling switching of a power switch and has a secondary side coupled to the primary side via a transformer. The secondary side includes a forward transistor and a catch transistor. A secondary side switch controller controls switching of the forward transistor and the catch transistor without communication from the primary side. The secondary side switch controller detects the rising and falling of the voltages at the ends of the secondary winding to control the switching of the forward and catch transistors. A delay locked loop (DLL) is provided in the secondary side switch controller that turns on the catch transistor when the power switch is turned off and turns off the catch transistor at a predetermined time before the power switch is turned on. A separate circuit controls the catch transistor during a discontinuous mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Linear Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Niranjan Ganesh Kumar
  • Patent number: 9263963
    Abstract: An embodiment is an apparatus that includes an energy-storage circuit and a rectifying circuit. The energy-storage circuit is configured to generate a current that flows in a direction, and the rectifying circuit is configured to substantially block the current from flowing in a reverse direction in response to the current. Such an apparatus may be configured to block a reverse current before it begins to flow. For example, such an apparatus may include a transistor disposed in the path of the current, and may be configured to deactivate the transistor while a forward current is still flowing. Furthermore, by being configured to block the current from flowing in a reverse direction in response to the current itself, such an apparatus may better block a reverse current than an apparatus that blocks a reverse current in another manner, such as in response to a voltage across a rectifying transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Intersil Americas LLC
    Inventor: Fred Greenfeld
  • Patent number: 9214869
    Abstract: A converter transformer (7) with a primary winding and a secondary winding, an integrated current transformer arranged to measure a winding current of the converter transformer, and a synchronous rectifier (11, 12) connected to the secondary winding of the converter transformer are provided. A controller is arranged to close respectively to open the synchronous rectifier depending on the measured winding current. The controller is arranged to close and/or to open the synchronous rectifier as a function of the winding current at a later and/or at an earlier time, whereby the time difference between the later and the earlier time is linearly dependent on the winding current difference, particularly to optimize a discharge process, and/or that an auxiliary supply circuit is arranged to provide auxiliary supply power, wherein the auxiliary supply circuit is arranged to derive auxiliary supply power from the integrated current transformer, in particular in overload situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: DET INTERNATIONAL HOLDING LIMITED
    Inventors: Nigel Ian Springett, Wolfgang Bitsch
  • Patent number: 9093916
    Abstract: An example controller for a power converter to provide power to a load through a distribution network includes a control circuit and a cable drop compensator. The control circuit outputs a drive signal to control switching of a switch to regulate an output of the power converter in response to a feedback signal. The cable drop compensator is coupled to adjust the feedback signal in response to a conduction time of an output diode of the power converter to compensate for a distribution voltage dropped across the distribution network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventor: Stefan Bäurle
  • Publication number: 20150138839
    Abstract: An AC-to-DC converter circuit includes DC-to-DC converter that in turn includes a secondary side circuit. The secondary side circuit includes a secondary winding, a pair of bipolar transistor-based self-driven synchronous rectifiers, a pair of current splitting inductors, and an output capacitor. Each of the synchronous rectifiers includes a bipolar transistor and a diode whose anode is coupled to the transistor collector and whose cathode is coupled to the transistor emitter. The current splitting inductors provide the necessary base current to the bipolar transistors at the appropriate times such that the bipolar transistors operate as synchronous rectifiers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: IXYS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kyoung Wook Seok
  • Patent number: 9035585
    Abstract: A motor-drive circuit includes a detection circuit to detect a reverse current to flow in a direction from a first sink-side transistor to a second source-side transistor or in a direction from a second sink-side transistor to a first source-side transistor, a disable circuit to disable a detection output of the detection circuit during a predetermined time period from a start of detection of the reverse current performed by the detection circuit, a first inhibit circuit to inhibit synchronous rectification according to a detection output of the detection circuit when the predetermined time period has elapsed from a start of detection of the reverse current performed by the detection circuit, and a second inhibit circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Takamori, Masashi Muragi