With Transistor Control Means In The Line Circuit Patents (Class 363/97)
  • Patent number: 10541623
    Abstract: A circuit topology and switching scheme for a circuit that includes an input voltage divider configured to provide a divided voltage that may be approximately half of a supply voltage. The circuit also includes a switching circuit with a first half-bridge that includes a first switching node and a second half-bridge that includes a second switching node. One or more switches are configured to connect the divided voltage to the first switching node and the second switching node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Vratislav Michal
  • Patent number: 10476269
    Abstract: A method for independent real and reactive power flow control without sensing receiving end voltage in a power flow controller (PFC) includes calculating a first reference phase angle, calculating a first reference voltage, modifying the first reference phase angle calculated using a first phasor modifier, calculating a first reference current for a first terminal, calculating a second reference phase angle for current through the first terminal, calculating a second reference voltage across a second CMI by subtracting voltages at the first terminal and a second terminal, and controlling the first CMI and the second CMI for controlling the power flow through the PFC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Fang Z. Peng, Shuitao Yang, Deepak Gunasekaran
  • Patent number: 10270387
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module includes: a solar cell module including a plurality of solar cells; and a junction box including a capacitor unit attached to one face of the solar cell module and that to stores DC power supplied from the solar cell module, and a dc/dc converter unit to convert the level of the stored DC power and output the same. Thus, power may be easily supplied through the junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kiok Lee, Myonghwan Kim
  • Patent number: 10234880
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an active clamp circuit for a power semiconductor switch and a power converter using the same. The active clamp circuit includes: a discharging circuit, a first terminal of the discharging circuit being electrically connected to a collector of the power semiconductor switch; an unidirectional blocking circuit; a first voltage regulator diode connected in series with the unidirectional blocking circuit to form a series branch, a first terminal of the series branch being electrically connected to the collector of the power semiconductor switch; and a resistance-capacitance RC circuit, a first terminal of the RC circuit, a second terminal of the discharging circuit, and a second terminal of the serial circuit being electrically connected, a second terminal of the RC circuit being electrically coupled to a gate of the power semiconductor switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Delta Electronics (Shanghai) CO., LTD
    Inventors: Wuying Li, Xin Wang, Lifeng Qiao, Chenyu Lai, Jianping Ying
  • Patent number: 10122260
    Abstract: A switched-mode power converter with current limit circuits for limiting the input current into the power converter and/or the output current is presented. The power converter contains a feedback loop for controlling the output voltage of the converter. A first voltage comparison unit within the feedback loop compares an output voltage with a reference voltage and outputs an error voltage based on the comparison. The power converter also contains a current control unit for limiting the input/output current. The current control unit contains a current comparison unit and a connection unit. The current comparison unit compares the input/output current with a current threshold and outputs an intermediate voltage based on the comparison. The connection unit connects the output of the current comparison unit and the output of the current comparison unit to the output of the first voltage comparison unit if the input/output current exceeds the current threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Marcus Weis
  • Patent number: 10003269
    Abstract: A switching power converter is provided that cycles a power switch during a group pulse mode of operation to produce a train of pulses within a group period responsive to a control voltage being within a group mode control voltage range. Depending upon the control voltage, the number of pulses in each train of pulses is varied to provide a linear power delivery to the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: DIALOG SEMICONDUCTOR INC.
    Inventors: Fuqiang Shi, Kai-Wen Chin, Cong Zheng, Jianming Yao, Yong Li
  • Patent number: 9997991
    Abstract: A switched-mode power converter with current limit circuits for limiting the input current into the power converter and/or the output current is presented. The power converter contains a feedback loop for controlling the output voltage of the converter. A first voltage comparison unit within the feedback loop compares an output voltage with a reference voltage and outputs an error voltage based on the comparison. The power converter also contains a current control unit for limiting the input/output current. The current control unit contains a current comparison unit and a connection unit. The current comparison unit compares the input/output current with a current threshold and outputs an intermediate voltage based on the comparison. The connection unit connects the output of the current comparison unit and the output of the current comparison unit to the output of the first voltage comparison unit if the input/output current exceeds the current threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Marcus Weis
  • Patent number: 9991807
    Abstract: Provided is apparatus and a method for driving synchronous rectifiers, which relate to the field of power supplies for communications. The apparatus includes: detection circuits, wherein each of the detection circuits is configured to detect drain and source voltages of one of synchronous rectifiers to obtain a detection signal for indicating a current direction in the one of the synchronous rectifiers; an isolated driving circuit, configured to generate isolated driving signals for driving the synchronous rectifiers according to the detection signals output by the detection circuits; and the synchronous rectifiers, configured to synchronously rectify input signals from a main transformer by using the isolated driving signals. The present disclosure can obtain the isolated driving signals of the synchronous rectifiers simply and effectively, and has a superior protective feature in case of shoot-through and other abnormalities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fengfu Du, Jie Fan, Yaoguang Gao
  • Patent number: 9971315
    Abstract: An electronic circuit comprising an ACRF comprising an active component, an energy storage unit, an input port and an output port. The electronic circuit comprises a control unit to control the ACRF. A detector detects a short circuit at the input port or the absence of an energy supply at the input port. The control unit controls the ACRF to function as an ACRF if the detector detects a power supply connected to the input port or that there is no short circuit at the input port, and controls the ACRF to stop functioning as an ACRF and to discharge energy from its energy storage unit to its output port if the detector detects a short circuit at the input port or no power supply connected to the input port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Jörgen Olsson, Mikael Appelberg, Martin Svensson
  • Patent number: 9627980
    Abstract: Disclosed are a power conversion apparatus and a photovoltaic module. The power conversion apparatus includes a converter unit configured to convert a direct current (DC) voltage from a solar cell module, a clamp unit configured to limit a surge voltage in the converter unit, and a controller configured to control the converter unit. Through this configuration, the power conversion apparatus is capable of limiting a surge voltage depending on operation of the converter unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Giyob Park, Youngbok Jung, Heungchan Oh
  • Patent number: 9608585
    Abstract: A zero-crossing amplifier unit for use in high speed analog-digital-converters. A gain stage compares a sampling voltage at an input node with a provided threshold voltage to obtain a gain stage output signal. A voltage controlled current source provides a load current depending on a time window between an initial slope and an end slope of the gain stage output signal. A slope control means increases a duration of a rise and/or fall time of at least one of the initial and end slopes of the gain stage output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lukas Kull, Thomas Toifl
  • Patent number: 9601997
    Abstract: Operation of a switching power converter having an output capacitor having a small equivalent series resistance (ESR) is stabilized and jitter reduced by sensing capacitor current with gain and combining the resulting signal with the output voltage signal to provide a feedback signal to control switching of the power converter. capacitor current can be sensed without interfering with operation of the filter capacitor by providing a branch circuit having a time constant matched to the output or filter capacitor but an arbitrarily high impedance so as to be effectively lossless. The gain provided in the capacitor current signal can be tuned to provide optimally short settling time after load transients; generally within one switching cycle. Matching of time constants and/or tuning of gain can be performed automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Yingyi Yan, Pei-Hsin Liu, Fred C. Lee
  • Patent number: 9564820
    Abstract: Switching regulator methods and systems for supplying output current at a regulated voltage level to a load. The regulator has a primary side that is galvanically isolated from a secondary side. The regulator includes a transformer having a primary winding on the primary side and a secondary winding on the secondary side, coupled to a load. A switch, coupled to the primary winding, controls current flow through the primary winding. A first feedback control loop, responsive only to primary side signal values, regulates a constant average voltage at the output node. An optional second feedback control loop, responsive only to primary side signal values, reduces voltage ringing at the output node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Linear Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Anthony DiGiacomo, Michael George Negrete
  • Patent number: 9515595
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein include one embodiment that provides a motor drive that includes driver circuitry that controls operation of an inverter in the motor drive to output power to a motor, control circuitry that controls operation of the driver circuitry, and a switched mode power supply that supplies electrical power to the driver circuitry, the control circuitry, or both. The switched mode power supply includes a primary coil, in which a primary controller stores electrical energy in the primary coil by selectively connecting the primary coil to a power source, and a secondary coil electrically isolated from the primary coil, in which the secondary coil outputs electrical power based at least in part on the electrical energy stored in the primary coil, in which a secondary controller controls the electrical power supplied to the driver circuitry, the control circuitry, or both by selectively connecting the secondary coil to a power output of the switched mode power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Center Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Clare Siew Ling Loke
  • Patent number: 9407155
    Abstract: A controller of an isolated switching converter includes an error amplifying circuit, a modulation signal generator, a first comparison circuit, a primary off detection circuit, a secondary logic circuit, an isolation circuit and a primary logic circuit. The error amplifying circuit generates a compensation signal based on the difference between a reference signal and a feedback signal. The first comparison circuit compares the compensation signal with a modulation signal generated by the modulation signal generator and generates a first comparison signal. The primary off detection circuit detects whether the primary switch is off and generates a primary off detection signal. The secondary logic circuit generates a secondary control signal to control the secondary switch based on the first comparison signal and the primary off detection signal. The isolation circuit receives the first comparison signal and generates a synchronous signal electrically isolated from the first comparison signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Chengdu Monolithic Power Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Siran Wang, Eric Yang, John Wiggenhorn, Qiming Zhao
  • Patent number: 9397583
    Abstract: An inverter control is used to control the output of a distributed power generating station, such as a photovoltaic (PV) solar power station, connected to a power grid. The power station is connected to an inverter output. Pulse width modulation is used to shape the output in order to maximize power output within power quality parameters and provides control of a switching frequency of the inverter responsive to a sensed parameter. The technique allows an increase in output efficiency and provides for adjustment of power output to meet power quality parameters to an extent required in order to connect to the power grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: William L Erdman, Jackson Moore
  • Patent number: 9397609
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module includes: a solar cell module including a plurality of solar cells; and a junction box including a capacitor unit attached to one face of the solar cell module and that to stores DC power supplied from the solar cell module, and a dc/dc converter unit to convert the level of the stored DC power and output the same. Thus, power may be easily supplied through the junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Kiok Lee, Myonghwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9385628
    Abstract: An inverter comprises a first boost apparatus, a second boost apparatus, a first converting stage coupled to the first boost apparatus, wherein the first converting stage is configured such that a first three-level conductive path is formed when a voltage at a dc source is greater than an instantaneous value of a voltage at an output of the inverter and a first five-level conductive path is formed when the instantaneous value of the voltage at the output of inverter is greater than the voltage at the dc source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dianbo Fu
  • Patent number: 9357595
    Abstract: A light emitting diode driver includes a power supplying unit receiving an alternating current (AC) power and outputting a transformed power according to a predetermined ratio, a rectifying unit rectifying the output power from the power supplying unit, and a double voltage unit receiving the rectified power from the rectifying unit and generating an output voltage such that the level of the output voltage is variable, and has constant duty and frequency thereof even the variance of the voltage level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Solum Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keun Wook Lee, Byoung Woo Ryu
  • Patent number: 9350192
    Abstract: An on-board charger for charging a battery of an eco-friendly vehicle and a method for charging a battery using the on-board charger are provided. The on board charger reduces an output current ripple by improving a snubber circuit unit of the on-board charger for charging a battery in plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. In addition, the on-board charger for charging a battery of an eco-friendly vehicle reduces a surge voltage generated in a rectifier diode and reduces an output current ripple by arranging two capacitors and three diodes in a transformer secondary rectifier of the on-board charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Dae Woo Lee, Byeong Seob Song, Jin Young Yang, Woo Young Lee
  • Patent number: 9343189
    Abstract: Provided herein is a fusion energy extraction circuit (FEEC) device having a grid-tied bidirectional converter and a resonant converter. The resonant converter can include an inverse cyclotron converter with two or more or quadruple plates and a plurality of circuit switches. The bidirectional converter can include a three-phase grid-tied converter. The FEEC device is capable of decelerating plasma particle beams, thereby extracting the energy from the deceleration, converting the extracted energy to electric energy, and sending the electric energy to a power grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Keyue Smedley, Frank J. Wessel, Mingying Gu, In Wha Jeong
  • Patent number: 9331583
    Abstract: A switch mode power supply having an output terminal configured to provide an output voltage, the switch mode power supply has a first switch and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to provide a switching control signal to control the first switch. The control circuit is configured to provide the switching control signal based on a first pulse signal having a first frequency and a second frequency for a light load condition, and the control circuit is configured to provide the switching control signal based on a second pulse signal for a non-light load condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Chengdu Monolithic Power Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junming Zhang, Hao Long, Hui Li
  • Patent number: 9331586
    Abstract: A controller and a method for controlling a power converter includes a sample block coupled to generate a first, second, and third sample by sampling an input sense signal that is representative of an input voltage of the power converter. An enable signal is asserted when a first difference between the first sample and the second sample exceeds a first threshold. An edge signal is asserted when both the enable signal is asserted and a second difference between the first sample and the third sample exceeds a second threshold. A drive circuit is coupled to output a drive signal in response to the edge signal. The drive signal is for controlling a switch coupled to regulate an output of the power converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventors: Mingming Mao, Tiziano Pastore, Ricardo Luis Janezic Pregitzer, Peter Vaughan
  • Patent number: 9312746
    Abstract: A DC/DC converter system includes gate control circuitry, a transformer, a second stage, and soft start control circuitry. The gate control circuitry is configured to generate a first and a second gate control signal configured to open and close first and second switches of an inverter circuitry, respectively, to generate an AC signal from a DC input signal. The transformer transforms the AC signal and the second stage rectifies the AC signal to a DC output signal. The soft start control circuitry generates a signal to delay a closing of the first switch during an initial portion (Td) of a first cycle of the first switch. A method of soft-starting a DC/DC converter includes generating first and second gate control signals and delaying closing of the first switch during Td.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Hangseok Choi
  • Patent number: 9285848
    Abstract: Provided is a power reception device in which power consumption at the time of wireless power supply is reduced. A power reception device is provided with a power reception control device capable of temporarily stopping supply of power supply voltage to a communication control unit for controlling communication in a break period of communication intermittently performed between a power transmission device and a power reception device. In the structure, a clock signal is generated on the basis of a power receiving signal transmitted from the power transmission device, and a period of communication intermittently performed can be measured using the clock signal. Further, a structure may be employed in which supply of power supply voltage to the communication unit in the power reception control device can be stopped in the break period of the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Misako Miwa, Yutaka Shionoiri
  • Patent number: 9281753
    Abstract: A resonant power converter system includes an output load and a rectifier stage that provides a DC output voltage to the output load from an AC intermediate voltage. The resonant power converter system also includes a resonant inverter stage that provides the AC intermediate voltage from a DC input voltage, wherein an inverter gain is controlled by switching between full-bridge and half-bridge topologies based on an external variable of the resonant power converter system. The resonant power converter system further includes a controller that controls the resonant power converter system. Additionally, a method of operating a power converter includes rectifying an AC intermediate voltage to provide a DC output voltage and providing the AC intermediate voltage by inverting a DC input voltage, wherein an inversion gain of the AC intermediate voltage is controlled by switching between full-bridge and half-bridge inversion topologies based on an external variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Raghothama Reddy
  • Patent number: 9263958
    Abstract: An example power supply includes an energy transfer element, a switch, and a controller. The switch is coupled to the energy transfer element to control a transfer of energy from an input to a galvanically isolated output of the power supply. The controller includes a delayed ramp generator, an integrator, an arithmetic operator, and a drive signal generator. The integrator generates a first signal responsive to integrating an input current of the power supply. The arithmetic operator generates a second signal responsive to the first signal and responsive to a ratio of a rectified input voltage to a dc output voltage of the power supply. The drive signal generator generates a drive signal in response to a delayed ramp signal and the second signal to control switching of the switch to provide power factor correction of the power supply and to provide a regulated current at the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Power Integrations, Inc.
    Inventor: Roland Sylvere Saint-Pierre
  • Patent number: 9252681
    Abstract: A power converter includes at least one leg including a first string that includes controllable semiconductor switches, a first connecting node, and a second connecting node and that is operatively coupled across a first bus and a second bus. A second string is operatively coupled to the first string via the first connecting node and the second connecting node. The second string includes a plurality of switching modules wherein each of the plurality of switching modules includes a plurality of fully controllable semiconductor switches and at least one energy storage device. The power converter includes a system controller to control activation of the controllable semiconductor switches and switching modules such that a controlled electrical variable is maintained at a first predetermined reference voltage value and the average internal stored energy of the energy storage devices is maintained at a second predetermined reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Di Zhang, Luis José Garcés, Andrew Allen Rockhill, Rixin Lai
  • Patent number: 9246378
    Abstract: A method and system for extending the power output range of a power converter used for a lighting system is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: James T. Walker
  • Patent number: 9231509
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for operating a power generation system within a battery storage/discharge mode or a dynamic brake mode may generally include a power convertor having a DC link, a switching module coupled to the DC link and a selector switch configured to selectively couple the switching module to one of a storage device or a resistive element of the power generation system. The selector switch may be movable between a first position, wherein the switching module is coupled to the storage device such that power is capable of being directed between the DC link and the storage device via control of the switching module, and a second position, wherein the switching module is coupled to the resistive element such that power is capable of being directed between the DC link and the resistive element via control of the switching module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Gregory Wagoner, David Smith, Ramy Michael Souri
  • Patent number: 9231433
    Abstract: Apparatus for charging an electrical energy store from an AC voltage source. The apparatus includes a rectifier device with a capacitor interconnected in parallel with the rectifier device A current controller device is interconnected with the rectifier device. A converter device is interconnected with the current controller device. The converter device includes at least one first half-bridge having two switches connected in series, An inductor is interconnected with a connection point of the switches of the first half-bridge Depending on the voltage of the AC voltage source and a current through the inductor a switch of the current controller device and one of the switches of the first half-bridge of the converter device are switchable by means of a controller in such a manner that a current for charging the electrical energy store drawn from the AC voltage source and a voltage of the AC voltage source are substantially in phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Bertram Schillinger
  • Patent number: 9221346
    Abstract: A propulsion control apparatus for an electric motor car includes: an inverter apparatus connected to a DC power supply; a motor connected to an output of the inverter apparatus; a converter apparatus connected to an input of the inverter apparatus; and a power storage apparatus connected to an output of the converter apparatus, is configured to charge/discharge a part of power running power or regenerative power of the motor to/from the power storage apparatus. The converter apparatus includes a converter control unit that generates, based on a regeneration state signal as a signal indicating a suppression state of the regenerative power or regenerative torque or regenerative current equivalent to the regenerative power, a charging current command value, generates a charging and discharging current command value of the converter apparatus based on the charging current command value, and performs control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kitanaka, Toshiaki Takeoka, Keita Hatanaka
  • Patent number: 9214815
    Abstract: A power supply system includes an inverter controller which amplifies a deviation between a bus voltage command signal and a bus voltage signal obtained by detecting a bus voltage, inputs the amplified deviation to a first limit unit for limiting output power of a commercial power supply, divides the deviation into a first deviation within a first limit value of the first limit unit and a second deviation which exceeds a range of the first limit value, and controls an inverter on the basis of the first deviation, and a DC/DC converter controller which controls a DC/DC converter on the basis of the second deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: SANYO DENKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Okui
  • Patent number: 9214862
    Abstract: A controller may be configured to generate a control signal to activate and deactivate a switch of a switching power converter in order to control a switching period and a peak current of the switching power converter to maintain a regulated current of the switching power converter at a desired current level such that: if the switching period decreases below a minimum switching period, the controller increases the switching period by a ringing period of a voltage of the switch and increases the peak current to compensate for the increase of the switching period in order to maintain the regulated current, and if the peak current increases above a maximum peak current, the controller decreases the switching period by a ringing period of the voltage of the switch and decreases the peak current to compensate for the decrease of the switching period in order to maintain the regulated current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Philips International, B.V.
    Inventors: Poornima Mazumdar, Mohit Sood, Rahul Singh, Sahil Singh
  • Patent number: 9209702
    Abstract: A flyback converter includes a transformer and a controller operable for controlling a switch coupled in series with a primary winding of the transformer. The controller is configured to operate in multiple modes including a burst mode and a standby mode. In the burst mode, the controller generates a first plurality of discrete pulse groups to turn on the switch and a duration of each pulse in the first plurality of discrete pulse groups is determined by a first reference signal having a first predetermined voltage. In the standby mode, the controller generates a second plurality of discrete pulse groups to turn on the switch and a duration of each pulse in the second plurality of discrete pulse groups is determined by a second reference signal having a second predetermined voltage which is greater than the first predetermined voltage of the first reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: O2Micro Inc.
    Inventors: Zhimou Ren, Yunning Xie, Jun Ren, Tiesheng Yan
  • Patent number: 9198256
    Abstract: A light driver having a primary side driver configured to convert an input from a mains power supply to a primary side output, and a secondary side driver coupled to the primary side driver and configured to rectify and filter the primary side output to provide a driver output current for driving a light load. A microcontroller controls the light driver at start-up so that the secondary side driver is powered-on and the primary side driver is in a non-powered state during a soft-start period, and subsequent to the soft-start period the secondary side driver is set to be in a low output state when powered-on and thereafter set to a state so that driver output current of the secondary side driver increases the light output from the light load from an initial dim level to a nominal dim level without flicker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Yimin Chen, Nicholaos Hillas, Ajay Tripathi, Kaustuva Acharya, Raman Nair Harish Gopala Pillai
  • Patent number: 9197131
    Abstract: A method for sensing an output voltage in a voltage converter includes at least one switching element and a transformer. A voltage is sampled across an auxiliary winding or a signal obtained from the voltage across an auxiliary winding in order to obtain a plurality of samples after the at least one switching element has assumed a first operation state and until the auxiliary voltage reaches a predefined threshold. The auxiliary winding is inductively coupled with the transformer. At least one sample obtained is evaluated before the auxiliary voltage reaches the predefined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventor: Martin Feldtkeller
  • Patent number: 9184664
    Abstract: A control circuit varies an intermittent oscillation frequency using a period signal. A period signal period signal frequency is set to a frequency lower than the intermittent oscillation frequency, or is set to be higher than the intermittent oscillation frequency and to a frequency other than integer multiples of the intermittent oscillation frequency. The phase difference of the period signal with respect to an intermittent oscillation control signal is set so that the distribution of the intermittent oscillation frequency is dispersed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Saji
  • Patent number: 9178424
    Abstract: In a switched mode inductive DCDC converter having a first mode that conducts a first current path through an inductor and through a first switch, and a second mode that conducts a second current path through the inductor and through a second switch, a detecting component detects a parameter. The detecting component outputs a biasing signal extend the turn OFF time of one of the switches in order to decrease a voltage build up on the other switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Schmeller, Erich Bayer
  • Patent number: 9166492
    Abstract: A control apparatus for use with a voltage source converter includes legs, each of which is configured by a plurality of converter modules each having a capacitor. Each of the legs has a first terminal on a positive side and a second terminal on a negative side. The control apparatus is configured to create command pulses for operating the converter modules. The command pulses have a frequency that is a non-integer multiple of a frequency of a system voltage. The non-integer multiple may be, for example, 3.5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Yamamoto, Masaya Ichinose, Akira Bando, Shigenori Inoue, Toru Yoshihara
  • Patent number: 9152193
    Abstract: A method and system for reducing acoustic power supply noise, specifically acoustic noise related to power supply switching frequencies in a computing device, is disclosed. In one embodiment, a controller can monitor power consumed by the computing device, and an operational state of the computing device can be determined. If the computing device is in a first operational state and the power consumed is greater than a threshold amount, then the power supply can be operated at a first switching frequency or mode of operation, thereby avoiding switching frequencies that can produce acoustic noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Costa, David R. Cox, Bharat K. Patel, Nicholas W. Ruhter, Xiaoyang Zhang, Steve X. Zhou
  • Patent number: 9128499
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method to control peak current mode controlled power converter system using selective noise blanking are disclosed. The control of the peak current mode controlled power converter system using selective noise blanking is implemented by hardware, software and/or combination of both to carry out adjusting a blanking time and a blanking time period to prevent change of an output of a pulse modulated waveform generator starting at the blanking time for the blanking time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Hrishikesh Ratnakar Nene
  • Patent number: 9125281
    Abstract: A method for controlling a voltage transformer for operating a switchable load having at least one inductance and a switch, which is activated by a digital control device. When the switch is closed, a magnetizing current flows through the inductance. When the switch is open, a demagnetizing current flows through the inductance. The method comprises the steps of measuring the demagnetizing time of the inductance and, when a maximum value of the demagnetizing time of the inductance is exceeded, storing such an occurrence as a fault. The load is disconnected by the control device when a predetermined maximum frequency of faults is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: OSRAM Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung
    Inventor: Arwed Storm
  • Patent number: 9071135
    Abstract: The present invention employs a pin of a controller to set an over current protection value and a time period respectively by means of time-division and/or voltage and current. Therefore, the cost of the controller is reduced due to reducing the amount of pins thereof. Furthermore, the time period is not only used to setting a constant on time, but also used to setting a constant off time and an operating frequency for different controlling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: GREEN SOLUTION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ji-Ming Chen, Huan-Wen Chien
  • Patent number: 9071168
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power inverter circuit for coupling a power station to a power supply system. The invention addresses the problem to reduce the risk of damages to components of the power station and the power supply system in the course of coupling action by providing a power inverter circuit for adjusting symmetry of the AC voltage before coupling the inverter output to a load, comprising: first switching means for selectively connecting a positive voltage to the inverter circuit output, second switching means for selectively connecting a negative voltage to the inverter output, and ohmic resistance means coupled in parallel to the inverter output, a controller for selectively switching the first and second switching means with a switching frequency to produce an AC voltage from the positive and negative voltage, wherein the controller is adapted to alter the duty ratio of the switching frequency to adjust the symmetry of the AC voltage produced by the inverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: voltwerk electronics GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Knaup, Karl Koch, Thomas Lenz
  • Patent number: 9059648
    Abstract: There are provided a driving circuit, a driving module, a motor driving apparatus capable of adjusting a driving current driving a power semiconductor device, the driving circuit including a driving unit including a plurality of drivers and selecting a corresponding driver among the plurality of drivers according to a selection signal to determine a current level of a driving signal for driving a semiconductor device, a timing controlling unit detecting a phase shift time of the driving signal transferred to the semiconductor device and comparing the detected time with a preset reference time to control the phase shift time of the driving signal, and a driving controlling unit providing the selection signal for selecting a driver to be driven among the plurality of drivers of the driving unit according a control signal from the outside and a timing control signal of the timing controlling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Jae Heo, Sung Man Pang
  • Patent number: 9060395
    Abstract: A rectifier rectifies an alternating current power to obtain a direct current power. The rectifier sends the direct current power to a driving power and synchronous signal generation apparatus. The driving power and synchronous signal generation apparatus generates a driving power. The driving power and synchronous signal generation apparatus sends the driving power through a transmission line to a plurality of light emitting diode driving apparatuses to drive a plurality of light emitting diodes. The driving power and synchronous signal generation apparatus generates a synchronous signal regularly according to the direct current power. The driving power and synchronous signal generation apparatus sends the synchronous signal through the transmission line to the light emitting diode driving apparatuses. The light emitting diode driving apparatuses drive the light emitting diodes synchronously according to the synchronous signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: SEMISILICON TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventor: Wen-Chi Peng
  • Patent number: 9052676
    Abstract: A high-voltage power source includes a switching unit configured to be driven according to a frequency signal, a voltage resonance unit configured to generate a voltage according to driving of the switching unit, a rectification unit configured to rectify and amplify the voltage generated by the voltage resonance unit, a separation unit configured to separate an alternating current generated by the voltage resonance unit and a direct current generated by the rectification unit from each other, and a current detection unit configured to detect the current generated by the voltage resonance unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Taro Minobe
  • Publication number: 20150146462
    Abstract: When first drive signals are driving signals for applying a short-circuit mode for turning on a plurality of switching elements of the same output phase, the current source power conversion apparatus according to one embodiment generates second drive signals for applying the short-circuit mode to an output phase having the smallest absolute value of a phase voltage, and switches the first drive signals to the second drive signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventor: Katsutoshi YAMANAKA
  • Patent number: 9042134
    Abstract: Disclosed is a grid-connected inverter and a method for filtering AC output thereof. The grid-connected inverter includes an AC output filter which includes two or more switchable filtering modules, with the power capacity of each filtering module corresponding to a different output power of the grid-connected inverter; a monitoring module which is used to perform realtime monitoring on voltage and current outputted by the grid-connected inverter; and a control circuit which is used to calculate an output power grade of the grid-connected inverter according to the voltage and the current monitored by the monitoring module and control switching to the filtering module having a corresponding power capacity according to the power grade, the power grade being selected from a plurality of power grades which are divided according to power capacities of the filtering modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignees: TBEA SUNOASIS CO., LTD., TBEA XI'AN ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Weizeng Liu, Shaohua Ruan, Xintao Zhang