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20130088094APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER IN PORTABLE TERMINAL - An apparatus performs a power control method for a portable terminal. The power control method includes measuring humidity around the portable terminal using a humidity sensor, and determining whether a flooding condition occurs based on the measured humidity. The method also includes turning off power of the portable terminal by releasing a connection with a battery that supplies power to the portable terminal when it is determined that the flooding condition occurs.04-11-2013
20110278954ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONDITIONALLY POWER SUPPLYING - An electronic apparatus for conditionally power supplying is provided. In the electronic apparatus, an external connection port is embedded on a surface of a case for electrically connecting to an external device, and includes plural exposed terminals including one power pin. First and second detection electrodes are disposed on the surface of the case and normally maintain in broken-circuit. When the first and the second detection electrodes are in a wetting condition, the first and the second detection electrodes are in short-circuit. A switch is electrically connected to a power module and the power pin. A control module detects that the first and the second detection electrodes are in short-circuit or in broken-circuit, and drives the switch to make the power module output power to the power pin when the first detection electrode and the second detection electrode are in broken-circuit.11-17-2011
20130140912SOLID STATE BILGE PUMP SWITCH - A switch for a bilge pump of a boat includes a pair of probes for providing a probe signal indicating the presence of fluid at the probes, a current sensor for providing a sensor signal indicating electric current of the pump; and a controller programmed to energize the pump when a threshold level of the probe signal indicates the presence of fluid and to de-energize the pump when a threshold level of the sensor signal indicates that the pump is not pumping fluid. The controller can also be programmed to dynamically change the threshold level of the probe signal based on a prior probe signal that indicates changing probe conditions.06-06-2013
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20110198941Power Switch Ramp Rate Control Using Daisy-Chained Flops - In an embodiment, an integrated circuit may include one or more power managed blocks and a power manager circuit. The power manager circuit may be configured to generate a block enable for each power managed block and a block enable clock. The power managed block may generate local block enables to various power switches in the power managed block, staggering the block enables over two or more block enable clock cycles. In particular, the power managed block may include a set of series-connected flops that receive the block enable from the power manager circuit. The output of each flop may be coupled to a respective set of power switches and may enabled those switches. The change in current flow due to enabling and/or disabling the power managed block may thus be controlled. In an embodiment, the frequency of the block enable clock may be set to a defined value independent of process, voltage, and temperature conditions in the integrated circuit.08-18-2011
20130026853POWER OUTLET CAPABLE OF PROVIDING POWER IN A CONTROLLED MANNER AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING THE SAME - A power outlet capable of providing power in a controlled manner is disclosed. The power outlet may include a notification unit, a power input unit for receiving a power, a power output unit for outputting the power, a switching unit having a controlled switch for controlling the whether the power input unit is connected to the power output unit, in order to control a power supply mode of the power outlet, a configuration unit for generating a configuration signal, and a control unit, according to the configuration signal, for setting up an initial time value, driving the notification unit to generate a first notification signal, and counting down from the initial time value.01-31-2013
20130076157DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ENABLING AN ORTHOPEDIC TOOL FOR PARAMETER MEASUREMENT - A system for enabling a medical device. The system includes a cradle having a magnet for generating a magnetic field. The cradle supports and aligns the medical device in a predetermined orientation. Medical device placed in the cradle exposes a magnetic sensitive switch to the magnetic field of the magnet that produces a change in state of the magnetic sensitive switch. Medical device further includes a switch, indicator, logic circuitry, delay circuit, and detect circuit for coupling a power source to electronic circuitry. In a first mode of operation the medical device can be turned on and then turned off. In a second mode of operation the medical device cannot be turned off after being turned on.03-28-2013
20110193422SECURE NON-CONTACT SWITCH - A redundant non-contact switch reports a status as closed or open for a first member and a second member that move relative to each other between an open state and a closed state. In some embodiments, the redundant non-contact switch includes a wireless authentication (WA) pair and a magnetic pair. The WA pair may include a WA responder attached to one of the first member and the second member, and a WA interrogator attached to the other of the first member and the second member. The WA pair may be configured to register a WA status of closed or open, depending on a WA authentication between the WA responder and the WA interrogator. The magnetic pair may include a magnet attached to one of the first member and the second member, and a magnet sensor attached to the other of the first member and the second member. The magnetic pair may be configured to register a magnetic status of closed or open, depending on whether a magnet distance between the magnet and magnet sensor is beyond a threshold magnet distance. In some instances, the redundant non-contact switch reports the status as closed only if both the WA status is registered as closed and the magnetic status is registered as closed.08-11-2011
20100045116Method and Device for Detecting an Unexpected Disconnection of Connectors in a Circuit Carrying Electrical Current - A device and method for detecting the imminent disconnection of electrical connectors before such an event occurs, thereby minimizing or eliminating the production of an electrical arc upon disconnection. The method detects the imminent disconnection of the connectors by use of a device located in the connector to signal the power source to cease sending electrical current through the connectors prior to the actual disconnecting event.02-25-2010
20110298301APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD HAVING A WI-FI COMPATIBLE ALTERNATING CURRENT (AC) POWER CIRCUIT MODULE - An apparatus, system, and method includes a housing having at least one inlet plug suitable for connection to an alternating current (AC) power outlet and at least one outlet receptacle suitable receiving an AC plug connected to a load device. An AC measurement module is contained within the housing and is coupled to the inlet plug and the outlet receptacle to measure AC voltage and AC current usage of the load device connected to the outlet receptacle. A communication module is operative to transmit AC power values calculated based on the measured AC voltage and AC current in accordance with the IEEE 802.11 wireless networking standard (Wi-Fi) to a wireless network access point.12-08-2011
20110298300Power Outlet for Air Conditioning Appliance and Method of Operation - A power outlet device for regulating the operation of an appliance, such as a window mounted air conditioner is provided. The device includes a power inlet and a power outlet coupled to a switch. A controller having a communications device controls the state of the switch. The controller is connected to a temperature sensor that measures the ambient temperature of the room. A user interface allows the user to define a maximum temperature for the room. In response to the receipt of a signal via the communications device, the controller regulates the flow of electrical power to the appliance based on the defined maximum temperature. A timer is also provided that minimizes short time period cycling of the appliance.12-08-2011
20090315407Circuit Arrangement and Method for Actuating an Electrical Load - A circuit arrangement (12-24-2009
20110260555ENERGY SAVING CABLE ASSEMBLIES - A cable assembly for use with any power cable for an electrical device, the cable assembly including a remotely locatable switch for connecting or disconnecting the electrical device from power draw. Also, a cable assembly for a power device such as a charger for providing output power to an electronic device is disclosed, the cable assembly including two pairs of wires wherein a first pair provides output power for the electronic device and a second pair includes a switch for turning off the charger. The cable assembly allows the switch to be located remotely from a charger housing for the converter circuitry and remotely from a power source such as an outlet, and allows the switch to be generally co-located with and operable at the connector for connecting the power device with the electronic device.10-27-2011
20110198943PROGRAMMABLE ELECTRONIC TIMER - A device and method to control a programmable portable electronic timer to selectively provide AC power to an external electrical device by selecting a plurality of varying start times and stop times for each of at least two days, where each start time and stop time may be unique, and whereby the start/stop times define a period of timer operation to provide AC power to an external electrical device. An uninterrupted “count down” of timer information stored within the timer while AC power is unavailable to the timer is also provided, such that when AC power is restored to the timer, the providing of AC power to the external electrical device is not skewed by any period of time that the AC power is unavailable to the timer.08-18-2011
20110062793TRANSMISSION-GUARD SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AN INDUCTIVE POWER SUPPLY - A transmission-guard is disclosed for preventing an inductive power outlet from transmitting power in the absence of an inductive power receiver. A transmission lock is associated with an inductive power outlet and a transmission key is associated with an inductive power receiver. The transmission lock is configured to prevent a primary inductor from connecting to the power supply unless triggered by a release signal via the transmission key.03-17-2011
20110062792POWER-SUPPLY CONTROL DEVICE AND POWER-SUPPLY CONTROL METHOD - According to one embodiment, a power-supply control device includes a connecting unit to which another electric apparatus different from the electric apparatus can be connected; an apparatus discriminating unit that discriminates whether the electric apparatus is a controlling-side electric apparatus that controls supply of electric power to the other electric apparatus; a switching unit that switches supply and interruption of electric power supplied from the commercial power supply to the other electric apparatus connected to the connecting unit; and a control unit that controls the supply and the interruption of electric power by the switching unit when the apparatus discriminating unit discriminates that the electric apparatus is the controlling-side electric apparatus.03-17-2011
20090284085Energy conservation and control systems - Energy conservation and control systems, devices, processes and methods are disclosed. The conservation and control systems, devices, processes and methods may be used or performed in combination with one or more electronic devices and systems comprising a plurality of devices, such as but not limited to entertainment systems and other appliance systems. The invention comprises in some embodiments control systems, devices, processes and methods, alone or in combination with or performed with the electronic devices or accessory devices generally, such as remote controls or other accessory hardware. The invention in some embodiments are conservation and control retention devices, as well as methods and processes thereof, having an accessory device retention element and a conservation function element configured with the accessory device retention element. The conservation and control retention device and methods and processes provide functionality such that when the user of an accessory device inserts the accessory device into the accessory device retention element, not only is the accessory device retained but the conservation function element removes power to the one or more electronic devices.11-19-2009
20120293014POWER SUPPLY - A power supply includes an alternating current (AC)/direct current (DC) converter, a control unit, and a selection switch. The AC/DC converter is connected to an AC power source to convert an AC voltage into a DC voltage. The control unit includes a controller and a switch. The selection switch is connected to the controller, and connected between the AC converter and the power module of a motherboard to connect the AC converter to either the power module or the controller. When the AC/DC converter is connected to the controller, the controller receives the DC voltage to be started, the controller turns on the switch for a predetermined connection time to make the DC voltage be input to the power module, and then turns off the switch for a predetermined disconnection time to make the DC voltage fail to be input to the power module.11-22-2012
20110198942Power Switch Ramp Rate Control Using Programmable Connection to Switches - In an embodiment, an integrated circuit includes a power gated block and a power manager circuit. The power manager circuit is configured to provide a block enable signal and at least one select signal to the power gated block. The power manager may generate the select signal responsive to various parameters that affect the speed of the integrated circuit, such as power supply voltage magnitude, operating temperature, and/or process corner. The power gated block may control the rate at which power switches are enabled based on the select signal or signals. For example, the power switches may be enabled in a more parallel or more serial fashion and/or the drive strength of block enable buffering to the power switches may be varied. In another embodiment, the power manager circuit may assert multiple block enables to the power gated block (which are connected to separate sets of power switches), and may control the timing of assertion of the enables to control the rate at which power switches are enabled.08-18-2011
20080218000Power-Off System and Method - There is provided a power-off system including a connector (09-11-2008
20100264752POWER SUPPLY CONTROL SOCKET - A power supply control socket comprises a casing, socket apertures, a power supply control device including a fingerprint scanning unit, a fingerprint matching unit and a control unit connected together in series and a micro switch. The fingerprint scanning unit collects and transmits fingerprint information of users to the fingerprint matching unit. The fingerprint matching unit compares the fingerprint information to fingerprint templates pre-stored in the power supply control device. The control unit controls power supply according to comparison results. The micro switch is provided behind the socket apertures for closing a circuit when a plug is inserted to the socket apertures to enable the control of the control unit. The invention controls power supply to the socket by means of fingerprint authentication and the micro switch, which could greatly improve electrical safety. Thus, it is not necessary to worry about leakage of electricity even when children touch the socket.10-21-2010
20100141045INTERACTIVE APPLIANCES, APPLIANCE SYSTEMS AND APPLIANCE CONTROL METHODS, AND CONTROLS THEREFOR - An appliance control circuit has an occupancy sensor, a control signal receiver, a control signal transmitter, a control element, and a power supply. In operation, when the occupancy sensor senses an occupant, the occupancy sensor outputs a signal to cause the control element 06-10-2010
20130214617POWER MANAGEMENT MONITOR APPARATUS - Power management monitor apparatus for managing an output power supply from an input power supply including: 08-22-2013
20120068556SAFETY SENSOR DEVICE - A safety sensor device for an appliance detects burning conditions and shuts off power to the appliance. The device includes a sensor unit positioned near an exhaust of the appliance, and a relay unit connected along a power supply path to the appliance. The relay and sensor units are linked. The sensor unit includes a sensor for monitoring exhaust air from the appliance. The relay unit includes a circuit that electrically connects the appliance with a power source while in an ON state and electrically disconnects the appliance from the power source while in an OFF state, the circuit being responsive to the sensor unit to transition from the ON state to the OFF state if the sensor detects burning conditions.03-22-2012
20090167098SWITCHING DEVICE AND METHOD - Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a method and device for operating a circuit. In particular, embodiments of the present invention are directed to a method and device that may allow an observant Jew to operate a circuit on the Sabbath or on the Jewish holidays. Embodiments of the present invention may include a combination of mitigating factors which may allow an observant Jew to operate a circuit on the Sabbath or on a Jewish holiday.07-02-2009
20120194003BYPASS AND PROTECTION CIRCUIT FOR A SOLAR MODULE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING A SOLAR MODULE - A bypass and protection circuit for a solar module includes an input for connecting the solar module, an output, a bypass element connected in parallel to the output, and a separating element connected between the input and the output and configured to control the connection between the input and the output. The separating element is configured to control a connection between the input and the output in dependence on whether the solar module associated with the circuit is completely or partially shaded, or whether the solar module associated with the circuit is to be switched on or off.08-02-2012
20100237711Occupancy Sensing With Device Clock - An occupancy sensing system includes a device clock included in an assembly with a device such as a switching device or an occupancy sensor. The device clock enables time tracking functionality to be combined with occupancy sensing to control lighting and other loads. A display and/or interface may be included to enable a user to a set the time-of-day, day-of-week and program and configure the device clock.09-23-2010
20100201206Power Control Apparatus - A power control apparatus comprises a transducer having an output (08-12-2010
20100295380Broadcasting Receiver and Television Apparatus - This broadcasting receiver includes a power supply portion supplying power, a power receptacle portion capable of being connected with a power plug of a peripheral device, a switch portion for making a connection and disconnection between the power supply portion and the power receptacle portion and a control portion. The control portion controls the switch portion to make a disconnection between the power supply portion and the power receptacle portion when having determined that it is not necessary to supply power to the peripheral device.11-25-2010
20110115306DOMESTIC APPLIANCE, ESPECIALLY A DISHWASHER OR WASHER - A domestic appliance having a control device to control device components of the domestic appliance during execution of a program, wherein the device components have electrical loads. The domestic appliance also has a switch to at least partly de-energize the control device after the program has finished executing.05-19-2011
20100164300Wireless Communication Apparatus and Control Method for the Same - According to one embodiment, a wireless communication apparatus includes a power supply controller configured to transmit a first command, to an electronic equipment using the wired communication module, for instructing to transmit setting message showing whether the electronic equipment is set to be activated in response to an activation command transmitted from the wired communication device, to transmit a second command, to the electronic equipment using the wired communication module, for instructing to transmit a state message showing whether the electronic equipment is in operation when the setting message shows that the electronic equipment is set to be activated in response to the activation command, to determine whether the electronic equipment is in operation based on the state message, and to instruct the power supply module to stop supplying the drive power to the wireless communication module when it is determined that the electronic equipment is not being activated.07-01-2010
20100033025Power adator having power-saving circuit - A power adaptor for converting AC/DC current to DC current and providing the converted DC current to a portable device. The power adaptor includes a converter and switching means. The converter includes input ports for receiving the input current therethrough and output ports for flowing the output current therethrough. The switching means are coupled to the input ports and operative to control the flow of the input current. The switching means are adapted to be connected to and operated by the portable device such that the input current flows only when the portable device is coupled to the power adaptor.02-11-2010
20120200173MAGNETIC CONNECTOR FOR DATA AND POWER TRANSFER - A mobile computing device is disclosed. The mobile computing device comprises a connector with a plurality of contacts and a processing resource. The connector is structured mate with different types of connectors. The mobile computing device also includes a data switching component that is configured to detect a type of connector that is mated to the connector. Based on the detected mated connector, the data switching component selects a signal path from the connector to the processing resource along either a first data path or a second data path.08-09-2012
20100244586MULTI-GANG CAPACITIVE TOUCH SWITCH PLATE - An apparatus is provided and includes two or more sensor assemblies, each including a sensing unit at a front face thereof, and each being communicatively interconnected and power sharing, a cover plate, mounted adjacent to the front face of the sensor assemblies to entirely cover the sensing units, through which user commands are transmittable, and a wall box, onto which the sensor assemblies and the cover plate are mountable, including a housing in which a space is defined for housing of one or more devices, each device being controllable by the sensor assemblies in accordance with the user commands, and each device being disposed to fit within the space and to be in signal communication with at least one of the sensor assemblies.09-30-2010
20110148223Mechanically Energized eService Connector System - A system for receiving an eService, such as a thermal service, an illumination service or an acoustic service, from an eService source. A service switch is provided for selectively transferring the eService from a host or other eService source to an eService consumer. The service switch is activated to transfer the eService from the eService source to the eService consumer in response to movement of a component associated with the eService source.06-23-2011
20090140578ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH COMPOUND AUDIO INTERFACE AND POWER ADAPTER - An exemplary electronic device includes a power module having an anode and a cathode; an audio module having an audio signal terminal and a ground terminal; an audio socket having an audio signal terminal and a ground terminal; a first relay-switch; a second relay-switch; and a power adapter having an audio plug, wherein the audio terminal of the audio socket is selectively connected to the anode of the power module and the audio signal terminal of the audio module via the first relay-switch, the ground terminal of the audio socket is selectively connected to the cathode of the power module and the ground terminal of the audio module via the second relay-switch, the audio terminal and the ground terminal of the audio socket are connected to the anode and cathode of the power module when the audio plug is plugged into the audio socket.06-04-2009
20100320845Power saving apparatus and method for a portable appliance - A power saving apparatus for a portable appliance includes a sensor unit and a control unit. When the portable appliance is raised up, the sensor unit presents a first sensor mode, and then the control unit outputs a first control signal to command the portable appliance to enter into power saving mode which prevents the damages of electronic elements and of the data caused by the vibration from the raise of the portable appliance.12-23-2010
20120200172AUDIO ACCESSORY TYPE DETECTION AND CONNECTOR PIN SIGNAL ASSIGNMENT - An electronic audio host device has an audio accessory connector with multiple pins. An ultrasonic test signal source has an output coupled to a first pin of the connector. A programmable switch circuit couples a second or third pin of the connector, to a ground of the audio host device. A controller measures a signal on one of the pins of the connector while the test signal source is on, and compares the measured signal to a predetermined, stored signature. The signature is associated with one of several different accessory plug pin assignments for the connector, which can be configured using the programmable switch circuit. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.08-09-2012
20110260554CONTROL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRIGGERING PASSENGER PROTECTION MEANS FOR A VEHICLE - A control device and a method for triggering a passenger protection arrangement for a vehicle are provided, an interface being provided that is used to receive at least one signal whose amplitude is a function of the vehicle battery voltage or a substitute voltage that takes its place. Furthermore, a trigger circuit is provided that triggers the passenger protection arrangement as a function of at least one signal. The interface has a circuit that derives at least one switching threshold from a supply voltage produced in the control device (substitute voltage that is retained for a certain amount of time in the autarchy case/under-supply case/contact problems) to detect the at least one signal, and one switching threshold that is directly derived from the battery voltage (standard), or from the amplitude of the bus voltage.10-27-2011
20120146429BATTERY PACK FOR ELECTRIC BICYCLE AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Provided is a battery pack for electric bicycle and a control method of the battery pack, and the battery pack may prevent the electric bicycle from moving abnormally. The electric bicycle includes a motor and a motion sensor. The battery pack includes a battery, a main switch and a controller. The main switch controls supply of a power which is supplied from the battery to the electric bicycle. The controller outputs a motor hold signal to put the motor in a hold state, when an abnormal motion sensing signal is received from the motion sensor.06-14-2012
20100026102Apparatus And Method For Reducing The Energy Consumption Of A Machine Or System - An apparatus for reducing the energy consumption of a machine has a deactivation device and a monitoring device. The deactivation device is embodied for providing a deactivation signal in response to a pre-defined deactivation event. The monitoring device is embodied for switching the machine to an energy-saving mode in response to the deactivation signal in accordance with a pre-defined deactivation rule.02-04-2010
20110304223PORTABLE TERMINAL - A portable terminal is provided that can carry out adjustment of reception sensitivity with ease. A portable terminal (12-15-2011
20120038226SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING PILL TAKING - Systems and methods are disclosed for operating electronic components in a device by separating the devices into a high power group and a low power group; constantly powering the low power group; providing a movable device coupled to power when the device is moved; and providing power to the high power group when the device is moved.02-16-2012
20080278007EMERGENCY SHUTDOWN METHODS AND ARRANGEMENTS - Methods and arrangements to shut down equipment in response to voice command(s) are disclosed. More specifically, embodiments interpret voice command(s) from a person in the vicinity of equipment and respond by deactivating equipment. In some embodiments, a voice interpreter couples with a receiver located at the equipment to determine whether a person has voiced a command to shut down the equipment. In further embodiments, persons in the vicinity of equipment have transmitters to re-transmit the command to the equipment. In other embodiments, a voice interpreter is provided to those persons. In several embodiments, voice command(s) may shut down more than one piece of equipment and, in some embodiments, logic identifies pieces of equipment to shut down based upon, e.g., the location of the person, other equipment that may be affected, or the like. Some embodiments are preprogrammed to recognize “STOP” or a panicked scream in the voice of equipment operators.11-13-2008
20120205990ENERGY ACCESS CONTROL - A method of controlling access to an electrical power network, comprising: receiving a power network access rule from a power network, the power network access rule defining an access condition which permits a device to access the power network; receiving a device usage rule, the device usage rule being a condition when the device is permitted use of the power network; comparing the device usage rule with the received power network access rule; and permitting the transfer of energy between the power network and the device upon a positive comparison between the device usage rule and the power network access rule.08-16-2012
20110050000BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - A battery management system capable of safely disconnecting a charge/discharge current line from a battery pack in an over-charge condition is provided. The battery management system includes a charge/discharge relay including a relay switch coupled to a charge/discharge current path of a battery pack and a driving coil for driving the relay switch, a relay driving unit for controlling the driving coil, a motor control unit (MCU) for controlling the relay driving unit, the MCU being coupled to the relay driving unit, a switching device being coupled between the driving coil and the relay driving unit, and a switching control unit for controlling on/off operations of the switching device to control a current of the relay driving unit.03-03-2011
20120056494CURRENT SENSING LOAD DEMAND APPARATUS AND METHODS - An apparatus supplies AC power to a load. The apparatus includes a set output terminals, a primary circuit, and a load sensing circuit. The primary circuit is electrically coupled to a source of AC power and to the output terminals for selectively providing power at a low voltage at the output terminals or electronically coupling the source of AC power directly to the output terminals. The load sensing circuit coupled to the primary circuit and the source of AC power for determining a resistance associated with the load at initial application of the load and controlling the primary circuit to electronically couple the source of AC power directly to the output terminals if a proper load is detected.03-08-2012
20120056493CURRENT SENSING LOAD DEMAND APPARATUS AND METHODS - An apparatus supplies AC power to a load. The apparatus includes a set output terminals, a primary circuit, and a load sensing circuit. The primary circuit is electrically coupled to a source of AC power and to the output terminals for selectively providing power at a low voltage at the output terminals or electronically coupling the source of AC power directly to the output terminals. The load sensing circuit coupled to the primary circuit and the source of AC power for determining a resistance associated with the load at initial application of the load and controlling the primary circuit to electronically couple the source of AC power directly to the output terminals if a proper load is detected.03-08-2012
20120056491CONNECTING APPARATUS WITH A COMBO PORT - Provided is a connecting apparatus with a combo port. The connecting apparatus particularly supports two or more connecting terminals in compliance with various types, especially the RJ-45 and RJ-11 connectors. According to one of the embodiments, the apparatus with combo port includes a detecting circuit and a connector control unit. The apparatus is preferably functioned to detect the electrical signals from a connecting source, and perform an automatic switching among the wires. After the signaling type of an insertion of any connector is detected, the connector control unit performs a route switching to define a combination of the wires according to a control signal.03-08-2012
20120062041SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MORE ACCURATE TEMPERATURE SENSING USING THERMISTORS - A system includes a first module, a second module, and a third module. The first module determines a first temperature and a first power dissipation value of a thermistor based on a resistance of a first resistor connected in series with the thermistor. The second module, after disconnecting the first resistor and connecting a second resistor in series with the thermistor, determines a second temperature and a second power dissipation value of the thermistor based on a resistance of the second resistor. The third module determines a thermal dissipation factor based on the first and second temperatures and the first and second power dissipation values, and corrects temperature sensed by the thermistor based on the thermal dissipation factor.03-15-2012
20110181125METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A CONNECTION SYSTEM OPERABLE TO SINK AND SOURCE SUPPLY POWER - Aspects of a method and system for a connection system operable to sink and source supply power are provided. In this regard, one or more circuits within a connector that resides in a networking enabled device may be operable to determine whether the networking enabled device is to operate as a powered device or as a power supplying device. Based on a result of the determination, the one or more circuits may be operable to couple power pins of the connector to either a first power rail of the networking enabled device or a second power rail of the networking enabled device. The determination of whether the networking enabled device is to operate as a powered device or as a power supplying device may be based on a voltage on a sense pin of the connector and/or based on mechanical characteristics of the connector.07-28-2011
20120161546POWER CONTROLLER, EXTERNAL DEVICE, AND OPERATING METHOD THEREOF - An external device including a communication device, a power supply, and a power controller is provided. The communication device communicates with a host system through an interface and the power supply provides power to the communication device. The power controller determines an operation of the power supply as one among a normal operation mode, a power saving mode, and a power cut-off mode based on whether there is a signal through the interface.06-28-2012
20120133218PORTABLE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - When portable electronic equipment drops, CPU stops power supply to a prescribed unit. A prescribed unit is a unit that is not necessary for the continuous operation of the portable electronic equipment. When the portable electronic equipment collides with the floor or the ground, the battery terminal may be momentarily detached from the connector. In this case, instantaneous voltage drop or momentary power failure may occur. Power supply to a prescribed unit is stopped while power supply to CPU and RAM is continued. Therefore, power supply to CPU and RAM can be continued with electric charge stored in a capacitor inside the portable electronic equipment.05-31-2012
20090058193Wall switch for lighting load management system for lighting systems having multiple power circuits - A wall switch is provided for an automatic lighting control system for a space equipped with multiple lamps for illuminating the space and multiple power circuits for supplying power to different groups of said lamps. The wall switch includes at least one sensor detecting conditions or events that indicate that increased illumination of the space by the lamps is needed or decreased illumination of the space by the lamps is allowable. Normal control of the electric lighting is thus automatic to a large degree. But, at least two manually operable switches are coupled to the microcontroller to provide the microcontroller with ON and OFF command signals for at least two of the lamp groups powered by different power circuits. A separate status indicator light for each of the switches is controlled by the wall switch and provides an indication of whether the lamp group associated with each manual switch is currently ON or OFF as a safety and economy feature.03-05-2009
20100301679 SENSOR WITH SELECTABLE SENSING ORIENTATION USED FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRICAL DEVICE - A device designed to be plugged directly into a household power supply socket comprising a sensor for controlling an electrical device, the sensor having selectable sensing orientation and being one of a motion detector, an infrared detector, a photodetector or a sound detector, whereby the sensor generates a control signal to the electrical device, the electrical device being one of a light bulb, a mobile telephone, a security device such as a sound or burglar alarm, or a monitoring device such as a surveillance camera, upon detection of a change in an environment, e.g. movement, ambient light, sound, etc.12-02-2010
20100320846APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REDUCING POWER CONSUMPTION OF ELECTRONIC PRODUCT - Provided is an apparatus and method for reducing power consumption of an electronic product. The apparatus and method reduces unnecessary power consumption by cutting off power for driving a load if a predetermined control condition is satisfied in an electronic product operating for a long time. In the electronic product operating for a long time, power for driving the load is cut off to prevent waste of the power if the predetermined control condition is satisfied, and the load is driven only when the predetermined control condition is not satisfied, thereby efficiently reducing the power consumption of the electronic product.12-23-2010
20120299394ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND POWER CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An electronic device includes a first module including a first conductive component and a power control unit coupled to the first conductive component. The electronic device further includes a second module, a first hinge for pivoting the second module relative to the first module, and a first arm connected to the first hinge. The power control unit controls whether to execute a first power management status according to whether the first arm contacts the first conductive component as the second module pivots relative to the first module at a first angle by the first hinge.11-29-2012
20120319502VIRTUAL SWITCH AND METHOD FOR OPERATING SAME - The invention relates to a method for actuating a virtual switch (12-20-2012
20120267966CIRCUIT BOARD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A circuit board includes a wiring substrate, a circuit that operates with a power from a first power supply and is provided on the wiring substrate, the circuit including a degrading component that degrades by being in a non-electrified state, a second power supply provided on the wiring substrate, an electrification control part that is provided on the wiring substrate and configured to intermittently electrify at least the degrading component by using a power from the second power supply.10-25-2012
20120326530ELECTRONIC DEVICE ENABLED TO DECREASE POWER CONSUMPTION - An electronic device includes an input interface receiving a power signal, a voltage conversion unit converting the power signal into a voltage signal, a processing unit receiving the voltage signal to operate normally, a load unit, and a control unit electrically connected to the processing unit, the voltage conversion unit and the load unit. The processing unit detects whether the load unit stops operating. In response to the processing unit detecting that the load unit stops operating, the processing unit controls the control unit to cut off an electrical connection between the voltage conversion unit and the load unit, and thereby the voltage conversion unit stops providing the voltage signal to the load unit.12-27-2012
20120286590Switch Device of Data Card with Battery and Realization Method for Saving Power Thereof - The present invention discloses a switch device of a data card with a battery comprising a connection detecting module and a battery connection enable switch-off module inside an original battery power supply module. The present invention further discloses a method for saving power of a data card with a battery. Using the switch device of the data card and corresponding method for saving power of the data card, a switch button of the data card can be omitted and static power consumption of the battery can be avoided, thereby saving electric quantity of the battery.11-15-2012
20130020883LIGHTING DEVICE OPERATING AT DIFFERENT POWER LEVELS - The current subject matter relates to a lighting device that can be installed in an already existing fixture in a structure. The lighting device can include a light emitting diode (LED) lighting segment and a fluorescent lighting segment. The LED lighting segment can include a LED lighting source, and the fluorescent lighting segment can include a fluorescent lighting source. The LED lighting source can be activated. Motion sensors and/or occupancy sensors can detect motion and/or occupancy of an occupant in the structure. If there is motion or if the occupancy is more than a predetermined threshold, the fluorescent lighting source can be activated. After each regular interval of time, the detection of motion or occupancy can be re-performed. If there is no detection of motion and/or occupancy, the fluorescent lighting source can be deactivated, after a period of time. Related apparatus, systems, techniques and articles are also described.01-24-2013
20130020882MIC/GND DETECTION AND AUTOMATIC SWITCH - This document discusses, among other things, an audio jack detection switch configured to be coupled to first and second GND/MIC terminals of an audio jack, wherein the audio jack detection switch includes a detection circuit configured to measure an impedance on the first and second GND/MIC terminals and identify each GND/MIC terminal as either a GND pole or a MIC pole using the measured impedance, and wherein the audio jack detection switch includes a switch configured to automatically couple an identified MIC pole to a MIC connection and to automatically couple an identified GND pole to a GND connection using information from the detection circuit.01-24-2013
20130169066ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An electronic device has a first terminal and a second terminal and includes a control unit, a silicon controlled rectifier (SCR), and a switch unit. The control unit detects a positive pulse signal from the first terminal of the electronic device. When the positive pulse signal is detected by the control unit, the control unit generates a reset pulse after a predetermined time. The SCR has a first anode terminal, a second anode terminal, a first cathode terminal, and a second cathode terminal. The switch unit provides a plurality of transmission paths. When the switch unit receives the reset pulse, the switch unit cuts off the transmission paths, so that the first anode terminal, the second anode terminal, the first cathode terminal, and the second cathode terminal of the SCR are floating.07-04-2013
20130181544EMERGENCY STOP METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS - An emergency stop system for an autonomous mobile robot includes a base unit connected to the robot and an element engageable by a user extending from the base unit. The element is movably held by the base unit in an operation mode position. The base unit includes a mechanism for detecting the presence of the element in the operation mode position and triggering an emergency stop of the robot when the element is moved out of the operation mode position by the user.07-18-2013
20130140910SENSOR DEVICE - A sensor device has a sensor unit, a control unit; and multiple power supply paths from a power supply to the sensor unit and the control unit. The multiple power supply paths are configured to be switched in accordance with an operation status of the sensor unit. The sensor device further has a wireless communication device for transmitting a measurement result of the sensor unit. The multiple power supply paths are provided to supply power from the power supply to the wireless communication device. The multiple power supply paths are configured to be switched in accordance with an operation status of the wireless communication device.06-06-2013
20110210622HALF-AUTOMATIC SWITCH - A half-automatic switch is operated in concert with a movement detecting sensor, and is also manually driven to supply power to an electric apparatus. The driving of the half-automatic switch is stopped when it is manually turned off or a signal from the movement detecting sensor is not provided. When the driving of the half-automatic switch is stopped, it is again manually driven irrespective of whether the signal from the movement detecting sensor is provided.09-01-2011
20090230778METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR BATTERY REMOVAL DETECTION - The present invention relates to a method for battery removal detection in a portable communication device and also to a portable communication device comprising a detection circuit (09-17-2009
20130187481COUPLING DEVICE TO COUPLE A SUPPLY POWER SOURCE TO A COMMINCATION CABLE - The coupling device comprises a controllable switch unit coupled to an output side of the communication cable, and having a first, a second and a third state. In the first state, a voltage of the communication cable is detected, and the setting of the controllable switch unit is changed from the first state to the second state, if the detected voltage is below a threshold level. In the second state, the communication cable is connected to a controller to check the reception of an identification signal indicating to the controller that a coupling device to couple a load to the cable is connected to the cable. If the identification signal is identified by the controller, the controllable switch unit connects the supply power source to the communication cable.07-25-2013
20120056492CURRENT SENSING LOAD DEMAND APPARATUS AND METHODS - An apparatus supplies AC power to a load. The apparatus includes a set output terminals, a primary circuit, and a load sensing circuit. The primary circuit is electrically coupled to a source of AC power and to the output terminals for selectively providing power at a low voltage at the output terminals or electronically coupling the source of AC power directly to the output terminals. The load sensing circuit coupled to the primary circuit and the source of AC power for determining a resistance associated with the load at initial application of the load and controlling the primary circuit to electronically couple the source of AC power directly to the output terminals if a proper load is detected.03-08-2012
20120056490USER INTERFACE WITH PROXIMITY SENSING - An electronic circuit including a microchip for use as an intelligent user interface also comprises touch sensor technology that differentiates between proximity and physical contact events to activate and control various loads including light bulbs, products with radio frequency circuitry or electric motors. An input to the microchip is connected to a switch or sensing structure that does not form a serial link between the power source and the load. The electronic circuit controls various functions in response to user actions including automatic delayed shut-off functions, find-in-the-dark indicator and power source level/product state indications. The microchip allows the user to select specific functions based on the time duration of activation signals, the time duration between activation signals and the number of activation signals at the input. The microchip is further configured to interpret and react to the signals received from a user in a way that enhances ease of use of the product and to use the indicators to provide information to the user that is influenced by the signals received as well as the state of the product.03-08-2012
20130200724ENERGY-SAVING CONTROL DEVICE AND ENERGY-SAVING CONTROL METHOD AND POWER ADAPTER INCLUDING THE SAME - The present disclosure provides an energy-saving control device, the control method and a power adapter including the energy-saving control device. The energy-saving control device comprises a mechanical switch having a first end and a second end, wherein the second end is an output end of the switch; a controller of which an input terminal is connected to the output end of the mechanical switch and an output terminal outputs a switching control signal; and a power converter for receiving the switching control signal from the controller, wherein the power converter is operated according to the switching control signal. When a connection cable is plugged into or removed from a cable interface, the first end and the second end of the mechanical switch are contacted or separated.08-08-2013
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