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20130027009Switching Regulator with Increased Light Load Efficiency - A switching regulator includes a multiphase converter which includes a plurality of main phases configured to covert a power supply voltage to a lower voltage for application to an electronic device at different load conditions. The switching regulator also includes an auxiliary phase configured to operate in a pulse frequency modulation mode during a light load condition so that power is supplied to the electronic device by at least the auxiliary phase during the light load condition.01-31-2013
20100019745Multiple switch node power converter control scheme that avoids switching sub-harmonics - A method of and system for modulating buck and boost modulation ramps of a multiple switch node power converter without overlap. As the pulse width or duty cycle of the signal to a modulated complementary switching pair approaches a pre-established reference pulse width or duty cycle, plural fixed-width or fixed duty cycle pulses are generated and introduced to a nonmodulated complementary switching pair. A controller detects proximity to the pulse width or duty cycle limit and, correspondingly, initiates prematurely a pseudo-buck-boost mode in the power converter by generating fixed-width or fixed duty cycle pulses to the nonmodulated complementary switching pair while the duty cycles or pulse widths to the modulated complementary switching pair are still controlled by the appropriate modulation ramp. The net effect is that the power converter reaches its optimal operating point without overlap and eliminates any sub-harmonic switching.01-28-2010
20100127673Power feed system and voltage stabilization method - A voltage stabilizing circuit is provided between an insulated converter and a non-insulated converter. When an input voltage Vin from the insulated converter rises, a base current Ib is caused to flow into a transistor via a capacitor, thereby causing a collector current Ic that is hfe times larger than the base current Ib to flow into a collector of the transistor. As a result, a capacitance C of the capacitor is caused to produce approximately the same effect as that produced in a case where a capacitor whose capacitance is equivalent to a value obtained by multiplying the capacitance by the current amplification factor hfe of the transistor is inserted between a power supply line and a ground.05-27-2010
20110193537NON-LINEAR PWM CONTROLLER FOR DC-TO-DC CONVERTERS - A controller for switching power supplies includes a nonlinear controller component capable of providing a duty cycle to a pulse width modulator. The duty cycle corresponds to at least one predetermining switching power supply state variable. A nonlinear controller component receives as inputs at least one predetermined switching power supply state variable. A relationship between duty cycle and at least one predetermined switching power supply state variable is obtained by a predetermined method. The nonlinear controller component comprises memory for access by an application component. The memory includes a data structure stored in memory and a plurality of duty cycles. Each of the plurality of duty cycles has a corresponding at least one predetermined switching power supply state variable. Each duty cycle, when provided to the pulse width modulator of the switching power supply, provides a predetermined switching power supply output.08-11-2011
20080297126Combined type transformer and buck-boost circuit using the same - Combined type transformer includes: a transformer core; first and second coils provided with respect to the transformer core; first and second inductor cores provided around the first coil; and third and fourth inductor cores provided around the second coil. The transformer core and the first and second coils constitute a transformer, the first coil and the first and second inductor cores constitute a first inductor, and the second coil and the third and fourth inductor cores constitute a second inductor.12-04-2008
20130076322POWER CONVERSION CIRCUIT, MULTIPHASE VOLTAGE REGULATOR, AND POWER CONVERSION METHOD - Disclosed is a power conversion circuit that suppresses the flow of a through current to a switching element based on a normally-on transistor. The power conversion circuit includes a high-side transistor and a low-side transistor, which are series-coupled to each other to form a half-bridge circuit, and two drive circuits, which complementarily drive the gate of the high-side transistor and of the low-side transistor. The high-side transistor is a normally-off transistor. The low-side transistor is a normally-on transistor.03-28-2013
20130076320INTERNAL CAPACITOR LINEAR REGULATOR WITH TRANSIENT DIP COMPENSATOR FOR INTERNAL-SWITCH SWITCHING REGULATOR - A switching regulator arrangement utilizes internal capacitors rather than external capacitors for driving output power transistors. Low-dropout linear voltage regulators together with a dip compensation circuit provide an intermediate supply voltage for driving power transistors under circumstances in which a supply voltage is greater than a gate drive voltage of the power transistor, allowing for a more efficient absorption of transient current.03-28-2013
20130076321DC-DC CONVERTER AND DC-DC CONVERSION METHOD - A DC-DC converter has a plurality of DC-DC converting units, a plurality of inductor elements, a plurality of duty detection circuits, and a duty adjustment circuit configured to compare output signals from two detection circuits as each group, and to adjust the duty ratio of the DC-DC converting unit connected to one of the two duty detection circuits based on a result of comparing the output signals so that the duty ratio of the square wave voltage of each group becomes equal.03-28-2013
20130033243DRIVE CIRCUIT OF POWER UNIT, AND POWER UNIT - A drive circuit of a power unit, which includes a high-side transistor and a low-side transistor connected in series between a high potential power-supply line and a low potential power-supply line, and an inductor provided between a connection node of both of the transistors and an output terminal, and which drives both of the transistors, the drive circuit has: a first gate driver which drives a gate of the high-side transistor; and a second gate driver which drives a gate of the low-side transistor. In a transitional period of changing from a first state where the high-side transistor is ON and the low-side transistor is OFF to a second state where the high-side transistor is OFF and the low-side transistor is ON, the first gate driver drives the gate of the high-side transistor to a first voltage which is lower than a potential of the low potential power-supply line.02-07-2013
20130043850SWITCHING REGULATOR AND CONTROL METHOD FOR SAME - A switching regulator and control method for the same. The switching regulator employs a hybrid mode. A ramp voltage signal is added to the current sense signal to make the ramp voltage signal overtake the current information when the duty cycle becomes low.02-21-2013
20130043849Voltage Converter Including Variable Mode Switching Regulator And Related Method - According to one embodiment, a voltage converter comprises a switching regulator, a driver, and a power stage receiving an input voltage and producing a converted output voltage. The switching regulator is configured to utilize a voltage control path and a current control path to provide feedback to the driver corresponding to a load condition of a load in the power stage, allowing the driver to adjust the converted output voltage in response to the feedback. In one embodiment, the switching regulator utilizes the voltage control path and the current control path to transition control of the voltage converter between a fixed frequency mode control, such as a current-programmed mode (CPM) control, and a variable frequency mode control, such as a hysteretic mode control.02-21-2013
20130038302CONTROL CIRCUIT OF A DC/DC CONVERTER AND THE METHOD THEREOF - A control circuit of a DC/DC converter, wherein the DC/DC converter further comprises a high-side switch and a low-side switch, and wherein the DC/DC converter provides an output signal to a load. The control circuit comprises: an amplifier configured to receive a feedback signal and a reference signal to provide an error signal; a ramp generator configured to provide a ramp signal; a comparator configured to receive the ramp signal and the error signal to provide a comparison signal; and a COT generator configured to receive the comparison signal, to provide a COT signal to control the high-side switch and the low-side switch.02-14-2013
20130038301CONVERTER CIRCUIT AND ASSOCIATED METHOD - A converter control circuit for converting an input voltage to an output voltage comprises: an error amplifier, coupled to an output voltage or a feedback output signal from the output voltage, and a reference signal, operable to generate an error signal accordingly; a ramp signal generator, generating a first ramp signal and a second ramp signal; a first comparator, coupled to the error signal and the first ramp signal, operable to generate a first comparing signal accordingly; a second comparator, coupled to the error signal and the second ramp signal, operable to generate a second comparing signal accordingly; and a control signal generator, coupled to the first comparing signal and the second comparing signal, operable to generate a control signal to turn switches in the converter circuit ON and OFF accordingly.02-14-2013
20130038300SWITCHING REGULATOR, CONTROL CIRCUIT THEREOF, CONTROL METHOD THEREOF AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - A control circuit for controlling a switching transistor of a switching regulator includes a hysteresis comparator circuit comparing a feedback voltage according to an output signal of the switching regulator with a reference voltage and a threshold voltage and outputting a pulse width modulation signal as an output signal of the hysteresis comparator circuit, where the threshold voltage has a hysteresis according to the pulse width modulation signal. The control circuit further includes a driver driving the switching transistor based on the pulse width modulation signal, a phase comparator generating a phase difference signal based on a phase difference between a reference clock signal and a pulse signal corresponding to the pulse width modulation signal, and a loop filter generating a control voltage by filtering the phase difference signal. The hysteresis comparator circuit is further configured to control a response speed thereof depending on the control voltage.02-14-2013
20130038303CONTROLLER AND A METHOD FOR A DC CONVERTER, AND ALSO A DC CONVERTER - A controller (02-14-2013
20130082670VOLTAGE REGULATOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EFFICIENCY OPTIMIZATION USING DUTY CYCLE MEASUREMENTS - A method and system control the adding or dropping of phases in a multiphase voltage regulator. The regulator has an efficiency and this efficiency of the regulator is calculated for a given number of phases being activated from an output voltage, input voltage, output current, and duty cycle of the regulator. The efficiency of the regulator is also calculated if a phase is added using the derivative of the duty cycle as a function of the output current. The efficiency of the regulator is further calculated if a phase is dropped using the derivative of the duty cycle as a function of the output current. From these operations of calculating, a phase is either added, dropped, or the phase is maintained at its current value to thereby optimize the efficiency of the regulator.04-04-2013
20130082669SCALABLE MULTIPHASE-REGULATOR POWER-INTEGRATED CIRCUIT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING SCALABLE POWER TO THE SAME - In one embodiment, a modular master chip includes an output module, a phase control module in communication with the output module, the phase control module including a master chip switch, wherein the phase control module is adapted for regulating the master chip switch at one or more interleaved clock speeds with one or more phase shifts, and a control module in communication with the output module and the phase control module, the control module being adapted for monitoring an amount of current drawn by a current load, determining one or more interleaved clock speeds, sending the one or more interleaved clock speeds, and regulating a scalable amount of current supplied to the current load by adjusting a number of output modules contributing to the scalable amount of current supplied to the current load. More methods and systems are described according to other embodiments.04-04-2013
20120212198SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A semiconductor device includes: a high-side switching element having a first switching element connected between an input voltage line and an inductive load; and a low-side switching element having a second switching element and a third switching element that are connected in parallel between the inductive load and a reference voltage line. A surge current is discharged through the third switching element to the reference voltage line when a surge is applied to a terminal connected to the inductive load in the low-side switching element.08-23-2012
20090079404SINGLE-INDUCTOR MULTIPLE-OUTPUT DC/DC CONVERTER METHOD - A method of configuring a DC/DC converter having a plurality of outputs for providing a regulated voltage to each output electrically coupled to an error amplifier of a plurality of error amplifiers and an inductor includes configuring a plurality of controllable switches coupled to the plurality of error amplifiers to operate using a plurality of duty cycles according to D03-26-2009
20120181997METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HYSTERESIS CONTROL OF A POWER CIRCUIT - A device for providing electric power to a load, having two switch members (Z07-19-2012
20120181996MULTI CHIP MODULE, METHOD FOR OPERATING THE SAME AND DC/DC CONVERTER - A multi chip module having a current sensing circuit and a semiconductor half bridge configuration having two vertically stacked field effect transistor dies that are connected by horizontally extending tap clips at respective opposite sides of their channels, wherein the current sensing circuit is coupled to two checkpoints, at least one being located on one of the tap clips so as to measure a voltage drop over a predetermined portion of the tap clip acting as a shunt resistor for sensing a current that is provided to a switching node of the half bridge configuration.07-19-2012
20120181995VOLTAGE REGULATOR AND VOLTAGE REGULATION METHOD - A voltage regulator includes a voltage output unit configured to output an output voltage to a voltage output terminal; a first resistance divider configured to regulate a divided resistance value in response to a first series of control signals; and a second resistance divider configured to regulate the divided resistance value, which is determined in the first resistance divider, in response to a second series of control signals. A voltage level of the output voltage output through the voltage output terminal is regulated according to a ratio of the divided resistance value determined through the first resistance divider and the second resistance divider and a resistance value of a reference resistor.07-19-2012
20130049717SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT AND CONTROL METHOD THEREFOR - A switching power supply circuit includes a PWM drive circuit (02-28-2013
20130049715FEEDBACK CONTROL OF A DC/DC POWER CONVERTER - A current mode power conversion system and method operates in cycles. Each cycle includes an on time and an off time. The system includes an inductor connected to store energy during the on time of each cycle and use the energy during the off time of each cycle. The system provides a stable output voltage and a maximum-limited output current to a load during constant load conditions. The system comprises a feedback control linearly operable so as to control the output voltage across the load during constant load conditions, and non-linearly operable so as to control the output voltage across the load during certain detected changes in load conditions as a function of the derivative of the current in the inductor so as to speed up the transient response of the power conversion system when a fault condition exists.02-28-2013
20130049720VOLTAGE REGULATOR CONTROLLER AND RELATED REFERENCE VOLTAGE ADJUSTING METHOD - A voltage regulator controller is disclosed including: a reference voltage generator for generating a reference voltage; a comparison circuit, coupled with the reference voltage generator, for comparing the reference voltage with an output voltage of a voltage regulator; and a control circuit, coupled with the reference voltage generator and the comparison circuit, for controlling the reference voltage generator to stepwise lower the reference voltage when a power saving command is received by the voltage regulator controller.02-28-2013
20130049716DC-DC CONVERTER, CONTROL CIRCUIT AND INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM - A DC-DC converter includes: an inductor provided between a power input node and a power output node; a plurality of switching elements which switch an input route of a power toward the inductor and a discharge route of the power from the inductor; a first pulse generation circuit which generates a first pulse based on a feed-back signal according to an output of the output node; a second pulse generation circuit which generates a second pulse having a second frequency being equal to or higher than a first frequency set as an upper limit of a human audible frequency band; a driver which drives the switching element based on one of the first pulse and the second pulse; and a control circuit which supplies the first pulse or the second pulse to the driver based on a load state of a load coupled to the output node.02-28-2013
20130049714PWM Control Circuit of A Converter And the Control Method Thereof - A PWM control circuit of a power converter includes an upper-bridge element Q02-28-2013
20130088209SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CURRENT LIMITING A DC-DC CONVERTER - A DC-DC voltage converter has a pair of switching transistors to provide an output voltage and are alternately switched in a boost mode of operation responsive to control signals. An inductor is connected to the pair of switching transistor and has an inductor current flowing there through. A current sensor monitors an input current and generates a current sense signal responsive thereto. Control circuitry generates the control signals to the second pair of switching transistors responsive to the current sense signal, the output voltage and a current limit signal, wherein when the current limit signal indicates the inductor current exceeds a current limit the control signals configure the pair of switching transistors to decrease the inductor current.04-11-2013
20130088208SWITCHING REGULATOR AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCORPORATING SAME - A switching regulator switch between an input terminal and an output terminal; a second switch between the output terminal and ground; a switching-time control circuit to generate a first signal when a first period corresponding to a ratio of ON-period of the first switch to a sum of those of the switches has elapsed from a reset-release timing and a reset signal when a second period longer than the first period has elapsed from the rest-release timing; a comparator to generate a second signal when a feedback voltage is smaller than a reference voltage; and a switch control circuit to control the switches so that the first switch is turned off and the second switch is turned on in response to the first signal, and the second switch is turned off and the first switch is fumed on in response to the second signal.04-11-2013
20130049718CLASS D AMPLIFIER AND CONTROL METHOD - A Class D power amplifier is for driving a load between first and second output nodes defined between two bridges. A controller is adapted to derive an amplifier hold signal when an overcurrent state is detected in an output bridge, and to prevent switching of the other output bridge between the two main output states.02-28-2013
20130069607VOLTAGE REGULATOR - A voltage regulator having good transient response characteristics and maintaining stable operation is provided. The voltage regulator includes: a first MOS transistor having a gate terminal connected to an output terminal of the differential amplifier circuit; a first constant current source provided between the first MOS transistor and a ground terminal; an output MOS transistor having a gate terminal connected to a drain terminal of the first MOS transistor via a phase compensation circuit; a second MOS transistor having a gate terminal to which an output of the differential amplifier circuit is input and a drain terminal connected to the gate terminal of the output MOS transistor; and a second constant current source provided between the second MOS transistor and a ground terminal.03-21-2013
20100134078STEP-DOWN SWITCHING REGULATOR - A step-down switching regulator includes a switching device coupled to an input terminal to which an input voltage is applied, an inductor having a first end and a second end, the first end being connected to the switching device, a smoothing unit having an output terminal and configured to smooth a voltage at the second end of the inductor and generate an output voltage at the output terminal, a rectifier configured to flow a current to the inductor when the switching device is in an OFF state, and a control circuit configured to drive the switching device so that the output voltage becomes equal to a set target voltage. The control circuit detects a difference voltage between the input voltage and the output voltage or a difference voltage between the input voltage and the set target voltage, and causes the switching device to be in an ON state when the difference voltage is lower than or equal to a predetermined voltage value.06-03-2010
20120217942SEMICONDUCTOR CIRCUIT AND SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS - The power supply apparatus realizes a high-speed response, a stable operation, and a low output ripple with low power consumption. The first stage switching regulator receives an input voltage and forms a first voltage. The second stage switching regulator receives the first voltage and forms a second voltage. The second stage switching regulator includes an N-phase (N is two or more) switching regulator, and the first voltage is set to be N times a target value of the second voltage. The input voltage is set to be higher than the first voltage.08-30-2012
20120217941CONTROL CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR A RIPPLE REGULATOR SYSTEM - A control circuit and method for a ripple regulator system generate a ripple signal in-phase and synchronous with an inductor current of the ripple regulator system, and extract a ripple information proportional to the amplitude of the ripple signal. The ripple signal is used for triggering control in PWM signal generation to make the ripple regulator system have small ripples and better loop stability simultaneously. The ripple information is used to improve the output offset of the ripple regulator system that is caused by the ripple signal.08-30-2012
20120217940DELAY COMPENSATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DC TO DC CONVERTERS - A control system for a DC to DC converter includes a predicted state generator module, a voltage estimation module, an error module, and a pulse width modulation (PWM) module. During a prior sampling period, the predicted state generator module generates a predicted capacitor voltage and a predicted capacitor current for a current sampling period. The voltage estimation module generates an estimated value of an output voltage of the DC to DC converter during the current sampling period based on the predicted capacitor current, the predicted capacitor voltage, a delay value, and a duty cycle value for the prior sampling period. The error module generates a voltage error value based on difference between a measured value of the output voltage and the estimated value. The PWM module controls the duty cycle of the DC to DC converter based on the voltage error value.08-30-2012
20130057241POWER SWITCHING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING CURRENT SENSE ACCURACY - A power switching apparatus having a mechanism for improving current sense accuracy is provided. The power switching apparatus includes an output arranged to provide a sense current depending on a load current, a power switching device, a sense device, and a difference amplification device. The difference amplification device includes a first and a second amplifier input, at least one amplifier output connected to a current sense feedback loop arranged to reduce a difference of potentials between the first and the second amplifier input. A terminal of the power switching device and a terminal of the sense device are connected to an input and another terminal of the power switching device and a second terminal of the sense device are coupled to a first cross-coupling switching module.03-07-2013
20130057238AMPLIFICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH NOISE REDUCTIONS - System and method for amplifying an input signal to generate an output signal. The system includes a current generator, an oscillator, and a comparator. The current generator is configured to receive a first voltage signal, and generate a first current signal based on at least information associated with the first voltage signal and the first reference signal. The oscillator is configured to receive at least the first current signal and a second reference signal, and to generate a second voltage signal based on at least information associated with the first current signal and the second reference signal, the second voltage signal being associated with a modulation frequency. Additionally, the comparator is configured to receive the second voltage signal and a third voltage signal, and to generate a modulation signal related to the modulation frequency based on at least information associated with the second voltage signal and the third voltage signal.03-07-2013
20130057240SWITCHING VOLTAGE REGULATOR - A switching voltage regulator includes a comparison module configured to receive a reference voltage and a feedback voltage and to generate a comparison signal based on a difference between the reference voltage and the feedback voltage, and a control module configured to generate a gain control threshold signal based on at least one of the reference voltage and the feedback voltage. The control module may be configured to control a duration of a PWM pulse based on the at least one of the reference voltage and the feedback voltage. The feedback voltage may a regulated output voltage of the switching voltage regulator. The switching voltage regulator may be implemented in an analog or a digital manner.03-07-2013
20130057237MULTI-PHASE SWITCHING REGULATOR AND DROOP CIRCUIT THEREFOR - The present invention discloses a multi-phase switching regulator and a droop circuit therefor. The droop circuit includes: multiple first resistors, which are coupled to corresponding phase nodes respectively to sense current through the phase nodes; a second resistor, which is coupled to the multiple first resistors; an error amplifier circuit, which has an inverting input end and a non-inverting input end, wherein the inverting input end is coupled to the second resistor and an output end of the error amplifier circuit, and the non-inverting input end is coupled to an output node; and a droop capacitor, which is coupled between the second resistor and the output node; wherein the droop circuit provides the droop signal according to a voltage drop across the second resistor or current through the second resistor.03-07-2013
20130057239Multi-Phase Power Block For a Switching Regulator for use with a Single-Phase PWM Controller - A multi-phase power block for a switching regulator includes a phase control circuit, N power cells and a current sharing control circuit. The phase control circuit is configured to receive a single phase PWM clock signal and generate N clock signals in N phases. Each of the N power cells includes a pair of power switches, gate drivers, a control circuit receiving one of the N clock signals and generating gate drive signals for the gate drivers, and an inductor. The current sharing control circuit is configured to assess the inductor current at the inductor of the N power cells and to generate duty cycle control signals for the N power cells. The duty cycle control signals are applied to the control circuits to adjust the duty cycle of one or more clock signals supplied to the power cells to balance a current loading among the N power cells.03-07-2013
20130162232SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT - A switching power supply circuit includes a pair of input nodes to which an input voltage is applied, a pair of output nodes from which an output voltage is outputted and to which a load is connected, a cascode element and a coil connected between the input node and the output node, and a control circuit outputting a drive signal that controls a conduction state of the cascode element. The control circuit controls the conduction state of the cascode element in response to a potential of a point connecting a normally-on type transistor and a normally-off type transistor that constitute the cascode element.06-27-2013
20120223687METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOW STANDBY CURRENT SWITCHING REGULATOR - A regulator controller which controls conversion of an input voltage to an output voltage, including a switching regulator, a low dropout (LDO) regulator, and a mode controller. The switching regulator develops a pulse control signal to regulate the output voltage when enabled. The LDO regulator also regulates the output voltage when enabled. The mode controller enables or disables the switching regulator and the LDO regulator based on a load condition. The switching regulator is enabled and the LDO regulator is disabled during normal operation. The LDO regulator is enabled when the low load condition is detected, such as a skipped pulse on the pulse control signal. The switching regulator is disabled when the pulse control signal reaches a minimum level. The LDO regulator is disabled and the switching regulator is re-enabled based on threshold conditions of the current output of the LDO regulator.09-06-2012
20130063104ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DC-DC CONVERSION WITH LOW POWER MODE - The invention relates to an electronic device and a method for DC-DC-conversion. The electronic device includes energizing switch and a commutating switch coupled at a switching node. The switching node is configured to be coupled to an inductor. The electronic device is configured to repeatedly suspend the regular synchronous switching of the commutating switch during a load detection period, to sense the voltage at the output node during the load detection period and to determine a high-load condition or a light-load condition of the DC-DC-conversion based on the sensed voltage at the output node.03-14-2013
20130063108DC-DC CONVERTER CONTROL CIRCUIT AND DC-DC CONVERTER INCLUDING SAME - A DC-DC converter control circuit, to control a DC-DC converter having an inductor and two switching elements, including a first feedback circuit to generate a first feedback voltage indicating a DC component of an inductor current of the inductor based on an output current of the DC-DC converter; a second feedback circuit to generate a second feedback voltage indicating an AC component of the inductor current; a synthesis circuit to add the first and second feedback voltages to generate a third feedback voltage; a comparator to compare the third feedback voltage with a reference voltage to output a control signal; and a driving circuit to control the switching elements. The second feedback voltage is generated based on a difference between input and output voltages of the DC-DC converter when the control signal from the comparator is low and based on the output voltage when the control signal is high.03-14-2013
20130063106DC-DC CONVERTER CONTROL CIRCUIT AND DC-DC CONVERTER INCLUDING SAME - A DC-DC converter control circuit, to control a DC-DC converter having an inductor and two switching elements, including a first feedback circuit to generate a first feedback voltage indicating a DC component of an inductor current of the inductor based on an output voltage of the DC-DC converter; a second feedback circuit to generate a second feedback voltage indicating an AC component of the inductor current; a synthesis circuit to add the first and second feedback voltages to generate a third feedback voltage; a comparator to compare the third feedback voltage with a reference voltage to output a control signal; and a driving circuit to control the switching elements. The second feedback voltage is generated based on a difference between input and output voltages of the DC-DC converter when the control signal from the comparator is low and based on the output voltage when the control signal is high.03-14-2013
20130063105DC-DC CONVERTER CONTROL CIRCUIT AND DC-DC CONVERTER INCLUDING SAME - A DC-DC converter control circuit, to control a DC-DC converter having an inductor and two switches, including a first feedback circuit; a second feedback circuit; a synthesis circuit to add a first feedback voltage indicating a DC component of an inductor current based on an output voltage of the DC-DC converter and a second feedback voltage indicating an AC component thereof to generate a third feedback voltage; a comparator to compare the third feedback voltage with a reference voltage to output a comparison result; and an on-time adjusting circuit to adjust on/off time of the switches based on the comparison result for outputting a control signal depending on the adjusting result. The second feedback voltage is generated based on a difference between input and output voltages of the DC-DC converter when the control signal is low and based on the output voltage when the control signal is high.03-14-2013
20130063107DC-DC CONVERTER CONTROL CIRCUIT AND DC-DC CONVERTER INCLUDING SAME - A DC-DC converter control circuit, to control a DC-DC converter having an inductor and two switches, including a first feedback circuit; a second feedback circuit; a synthesis circuit to add a first feedback voltage indicating a DC component of an inductor current based on an output current of the DC-DC converter and a second feedback voltage indicating an AC component thereof to generate a third feedback voltage; a comparator to compare the third feedback voltage with a reference voltage to output a comparison result; and an on-time adjusting circuit to adjust on/off time of the switches based on the comparison result for outputting a control signal depending on the adjusting result. The second feedback voltage is generated based on a difference between input and output voltages of the DC-DC converter when the control signal is low and based on the output voltage when the control signal is high.03-14-2013
20090237045APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR A SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY WITH HIGH EFFICIENCY NEAR ZERO LOAD CONDITIONS - An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for a switching power supply with high efficiency near zero load conditions. A power detection module detects power provided to a load. The switching power supply is capable of operating in a zero voltage switching mode. The power detection module detects when the load power falls below a minimum power threshold. A low load power control module operates the switching power supply in a low load mode if the power detection module detects that the power to the load is below the minimum power threshold. The low load mode includes operating the power supply in zero voltage switching mode in response to an output voltage of the power supply falling below a regulation voltage threshold. The low load mode includes turning off switching of the power supply in response to the output voltage of the power supply rising above the regulation voltage threshold.09-24-2009
20110018507SWITCHED POWER REGULATOR - A regulator circuit comprising an input for receiving an input voltage; an output stage, configured to switch between said input voltage and a reference voltage to generate an output voltage, in dependence on a modulated signal; a controller, configured to receive an error signal (V01-27-2011
20130162231VOLTAGE REGULATOR - Provided is a voltage regulator including a soft-start circuit having a small area and capable of suppressing an inrush current by causing a reference voltage circuit to rise gently with time. In the soft-start circuit, a capacitor is connected to an output of a reference voltage circuit driven by a constant current of a constant current circuit, and hence the soft-start circuit can raise a reference voltage gently to prevent an inrush current with a small area. After the end of a soft-start period, the constant current circuit is disconnected, and the reference voltage circuit is driven by a power source. Thus, the operation becomes stable.06-27-2013
20120235654SWITCHING MODE POWER SUPPLY COMPRISING ASYNCHRONOUS LIMITER CIRCUIT - The invention relates to a switching mode power supply device comprising at least one MOS power transistor made on an integrated circuit and operating in switching mode, the drain and the source of said at least one MOS power transistor being connected, via connecting members having a non-null inductance, to one or several external circuits to said integrated circuit. According to the invention, the device further comprises a limiter circuit able to limit the current variations in at least one of said connecting members during the switching of said MOS power transistor. This limiter circuit enables to maintain the drain-source voltage of the MOS power transistor below a predetermined threshold value when it commutes.09-20-2012
20120235653Zero Current Detecting Circuit and Related Synchronous Switching Power Converter - A zero current detecting circuit is disclosed. The zero current detecting circuit includes a first zero current comparator for determining current variation on an inductor of a synchronous switching power converter so as to accordingly turn off a down-bridge transistor of the synchronous power converter; a second zero current comparator for determining whether the first zero current comparator turns off the down-bridge transistor too early or too late and outputting a comparison result, and a counter coupled to the second zero current comparator for ascending or descending a control bit according to the comparison result.09-20-2012
20130162230DC-DC CONVERTER AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING DC-DC CONVERTER - A DC-DC converter includes a drive circuit configured to drive a first switching element, and a second switching element coupled between a low potential power terminal of the drive circuit and a first node corresponding to the input voltage or the output voltage. A current detecting section detects a load current flowing in the output terminal. A control circuit turns on a third switching element, which is coupled between the low potential power terminal of the drive circuit and a second node having a potential lower than both the input voltage and the output voltage, in a case where a difference between the input voltage and the output voltage is lower than a threshold. The control circuit controls the second and third switching elements based on a detection result of the current detecting section in a case where the difference is equal to or greater than the threshold.06-27-2013
20110285365DC TO DC CONVERTER - A DC to DC converter comprising an inductor, first and second electrically controllable switches and a controller, wherein the first electrically controllable switch is interposed between an input node and a first terminal of the inductor and the second electrically controllable switch extends between a second terminal of the inductor and a common node or a ground, and where a first rectifier extends between the common node or ground and the terminal of the inductor and a second rectifier connects the second terminal of the inductor to an output node, wherein the controller controls the operation of the first and second switches to perform voltage step down or step up, as appropriate, to achieve a desired output voltage and wherein a decision about when to switch the first electrically controlled switch is made as a first function of a voltage error between the output voltage and a target output voltage, and an estimate of the current flowing in the inductor.11-24-2011
20120112716POWER REGULATION FOR LARGE TRANSIENT LOADS - Methods and circuits for power supply arrangement and control are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a power supply can include: (i) an input capacitor coupled to an input terminal that is coupled to a power source, where the power source provides power that is constrained by a predetermined limit; (ii) an output capacitor coupled to an output terminal that is coupled to a load, where the load has a first load condition or a second load condition; (iii) a first regulator to convert an input voltage at the input terminal to an output voltage at the output terminal to power the load; (iv) a second regulator coupled to the first regulator; and (v) an energy storage element coupled to the second regulator, where the second regulator delivers energy from the energy storage element to the first regulator to maintain regulation of an output voltage at the output terminal when in the second load condition.05-10-2012
20120112715SNUBBER CIRCUIT FOR BUCK CONVERTER - A snubber circuit for decreasing a voltage spike of a buck converter includes a resistor unit, a capacitor unit, a detecting unit, and a control unit. The resistor unit provides multiple groups of resistance values. The capacitor unit provides multiple groups of capacitance values. The detecting unit detects voltage spikes of the buck converter corresponding to each group of resistance values and capacitance values. The control unit selects each group of resistance and capacitance to respectively connect to the buck converter and determines a group of resistance and capacitance corresponding to a lowest voltage spike by comparing the detected voltage spikes with each other.05-10-2012
20110279101SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM PROVIDED WITH UNDER VOLTAGE LOCK OUT CIRCUIT - A switching power supply system controlling switching operations of switching devices by a control circuit to convert an input voltage into a desired output voltage, the system being provided with a under voltage lock out circuit including: an input voltage detection unit detecting an input voltage and producing an input voltage digital signal corresponding to the input voltage Vin; and a voltage level comparison unit carrying out digital comparison of the input voltage digital signal with each of two voltage detection level data and outputting the results of the comparisons as an output signal, in which by changing voltage detection level data stored in two registers, desired voltage detection levels and hysteresis characteristic are easily actualized.11-17-2011
20110279100POWDER CORE MATERIAL COUPLED INDUCTORS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A multi-phase coupled inductor includes a powder core material magnetic core and first, second, third, and fourth terminals. The coupled inductor further includes a first winding at least partially embedded in the core and a second winding at least partially embedded in the core. The first winding is electrically coupled between the first and second terminals, and the second winding electrically is coupled between the third and fourth terminals. The second winding is at least partially physically separated from the first winding within the magnetic core. The multi-phase coupled inductor is, for example, used in a power supply.11-17-2011
20120286748BUCK CONVERTER - A buck converter includes an input terminal, two MOSFETs, a PWM module and a control module. The input terminal is coupled to a power source to provide power to the buck converter. The PWM module is coupled to the gates of the two MOSFETs to alternately turn on and turn off the two MOSFETs. The control module is configured to shut down the power source if a drain-source resistance or a gate-source resistance in either one of the two MOSFETs is not within normal values when the two MOSFETs are turned off.11-15-2012
20130021008POWER CONVERTER APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH COMPENSATION FOR LIGHT LOAD CONDITIONS - A switch mode power converter provides high efficiency at light and no load conditions by utilizing a variable inductance swinging choke at the output of a synchronous rectifier. The use of the swinging choke with a synchronous rectifier eliminates power inefficiencies caused by currents that circulate from the output capacitance to the input capacitance during no load conditions.01-24-2013
20100171474TRANSIENT VOLTAGE COMPENSATION APPARATUS AND POWER SUPPLY USING THE SAME - A transient voltage compensation apparatus and a power supply using the same are provided. The power supply mainly uses a compensation circuit coupled between an input terminal and an output terminal of a power converter. When a load of the power supply is switched in a very short time, a power coupled to the compensation circuit is retrieved to compensate the output of the power supply, such that the output voltage is kept steady, and the transient response of the power supply is increased.07-08-2010
20100171473POWER CONVERTER - A high-side MOSFET (07-08-2010
20130021009POWER CONVERTER APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH COMPENSATION FOR CURRENT LIMIT/CURRENT SHARE OPERATION - A power converter provides current limit/current share functionality, allowing use in a point-of-load architecture and/or in parallel with one or more other power converters. An inner current control loop may sense output current over only a portion of a duty cycle, for example at a low side active switch. The resulting signal is compensated, and may be level shifted, for example via a resistor divider network, and supplied to a current control amplifier. An outer voltage control loop may sense output voltage, and provide a voltage error signal from a voltage error amplifier to the resistor divider network. Power converters are operable as masters or slaves, and include sense input and trim input terminals.01-24-2013
20090167265CURRENT ZERO CROSSING DETECTOR IN A DIMMER CIRCUIT - A method and circuit for controlling the delivery of power having a current component to a load having an inductive component, the method comprising selectively switching power to the load with a switch, wherein the switch is caused to operate at the threshold of saturation during a conduction state such that the switch self commutates to its off state when the magnitude of the current through the load is substantially zero. The method and circuit may be used in a number of applications for detecting a current zero crossing and may be applied to circuits such as dimmer circuits.07-02-2009
20110291625Low Power Regulator - A voltage regulator may derive current from a bias circuitry having a constant-transconductance. The bias circuitry may generate the bias current using three NMOS devices. The temperature coefficient of the bias current may be within a specified, desired range. The bias current may be mirrored to low-power regulator circuitry to bias a diode-connected transistor in the low-power regulator circuitry to operate in the strong inversion region. A ratioed current based on the output load current may be injected into a bipolar junction transistor (BJT) device to cause the gate-source voltage (V12-01-2011
20110291626SWITCHING POWER SOURCE DEVICE - A switching power source device disclosed in this specification includes a switching power source portion of nonlinear control method to generate an output voltage from an input voltage by performing an ON/OFF control of a switch element according to a comparison result between a feedback voltage and a reference voltage, wherein a ripple component is injected to either one of the feedback voltage and the reference voltage, and an offset control portion to adjust either one of the feedback voltage and the reference voltage for cancelling a DC offset of the output voltage caused by the ripple component.12-01-2011
20110291624SWITCH DRIVING CIRCUIT AND SWITCH DRIVING METHOD - The present invention relates to a switch driving circuit and a driving method thereof that are capable of preventing hard switching.12-01-2011
20110291623METHOD AND MEANS TO IMPLEMENT A CURRENT FOLLOWER OPERATION OF A BUCK MODE, SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY - A buck mode power supply monitors the pulse load current for use as a scaled reference for comparison to a measured output current from each stage of the supply. A correction signal is generated for each stage by comparing the reference to the measured output currents. This result is compared to a second reference created from the system clock. A resulting second correction signal is used to alter the threshold reference voltage in a manner that provides proportional pulse width control to the supply output.12-01-2011
20120098507CONVERTER CONTROL DEVICE - Provided is a converter control device which detects an on-failure of an auxiliary switch constituting an auxiliary circuit of a soft switching converter and can prevent element failures. A current sensor for detecting the current flowing in a coil is provided between a fuel cell and the. A controller sequentially detects current by use of the current sensor and makes a judgment as to whether or not the detected has exceeded an overcurrent threshold value stored in a memory (not shown). When the controller judges that the current has exceeded the overcurrent threshold value, the controller judges that a second switching element has an on-failure, and performs a fail-safe operation by stopping the driving of a converter (for example, a U-phase converter) of an auxiliary circuit provided with this second switching element.04-26-2012
20090108820Topology for a positive buck-boost switching regulator - A new topology for a buck-boost switching regulator is provided herein. Embodiments provide an efficient buck-boost switching regulator that provides a regulated output voltage from an unregulated input voltage. Embodiments include a buck-boost switching regulator topology, where the operating mode is determined separately from the pulse-width modulated (PWM) control signal. This topology, in one embodiment, provides a better transient response than typical buck-boost switching regulator topologies, where PWM control circuitry and operating mode circuitry are combined. Furthermore, embodiments provide a buck-boost switching regulator that allows for high efficiency when the output voltage is close to the input voltage.04-30-2009
20120187927VOLTAGE REGULATION CIRCUITRY AND RELATED OPERATING METHODS - Apparatus for voltage regulation circuits and related operating methods are provided. An exemplary voltage regulation circuit includes a voltage regulation arrangement that provides a regulated output voltage based on an input voltage reference, a phase compensation arrangement coupled to the voltage regulation arrangement and configured to increase a phase margin of the voltage regulation arrangement, and detection circuitry coupled to the phase compensation arrangement. The detection circuitry is configured to disable the phase compensation arrangement in response to detecting an output current that is less than a threshold value.07-26-2012
20120187928Synchronous Buck Converter Including Multi-Mode Control for Light Load Efficiency and Related Method - According to one embodiment, a synchronous buck converter comprises a multi-mode control circuit for detecting a load condition of a variable load, an output stage driven by the multi-mode control circuit, wherein the variable load is coupled to the output stage, and a feedback circuit connected between the output stage and the multi-mode control circuit. The multi-mode control circuit is configured to adjust a current provided by the output stage to the variable load based on the load condition. In one embodiment, the multi-mode control circuit selectably uses one of at least a first control mode and a second control mode according to the load condition, wherein the first control mode is a pulse-width modulation (PWM) mode selected for switching efficiency when the load condition is heavy and the second control mode is an adaptive ON-time (AOT) mode selected for switching efficiency when the load condition is light.07-26-2012
20090153110Control method for multi-phase DC-DC controller and multi-phase DC-DC controller - A multi-phase DC-DC controller. The multi-phase DC-DC controller comprises converter channels, a channel control device and a power control device. Each converter channel comprises a switch device, a first output node and an inductor coupled between the switch device and the first output node. The channel control device generates adjusted pulse width modulation signals according to control signals of the converter channels to respectively control operation of the switch device in each converter channel. The power control device generates the control signals according to sensed currents in the converter channels so as to dynamically turn on or off each converter channel according to the sensed currents.06-18-2009
20110169464DC-DC CONVERTER - A DC-DC converter to convert an input voltage into a predetermined voltage includes a first switching device to provide energy for an inductor; a second switching device to discharge the energy from the inductor to an output terminal; an error amplifier to amplify an error voltage between a first reference voltage and a monitoring voltage obtained by dividing an output voltage output from the output terminal; a set signal generation circuit including a first comparator into which a second reference voltage and an output of the error amplifier are input; a reset signal generation circuit; a control circuit into which an output from the set signal generation circuit and an output from the reset signal generation circuit are input; and a detection circuit to detect a switching frequency of an electric power supply, wherein a characteristic of the first comparator is changed according to the switching frequency.07-14-2011
20110169463ADJUSTABLE DRIVER VOLTAGE SOURCE FOR A SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY AND METHOD FOR ADJUSTING DRIVER VOLTAGE IN A SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY - An adjustable driver voltage source for a switching power supply uses a linear regulator to provide a driver voltage, and a modulator to adjust the driver voltage according to the loading change of the switching power supply. The modulator may lower the driver voltage at light load to reduce the switching loss and thereby increase the power efficiency of the switching power supply.07-14-2011
20090146623DC to DC converter - A DC to DC converter comprising an inductor, first and second electrically controllable switches and a controller, wherein the first electrically controllable switch is interposed between an input node and a first terminal of the inductor and the second electrically controllable switch extends between a second terminal of the inductor and a common node or a ground, and where a first rectifier extends between the common node or ground and the terminal of the inductor and a second rectifier connects the second terminal of the inductor to an output node, wherein the controller controls the operation of the first and second switches to perform voltage step down or step up, as appropriate, to achieve a desired output voltage and wherein a decision about when to switch the first electrically controlled switch is made as a first function of a voltage error between the output voltage and a target output voltage, and an estimate of the current flowing in the inductor.06-11-2009
20080284390DC-DC CONVERTER - A DC-DC converter includes a series circuit of a switch element Q11-20-2008
20110062920POWER SUPPLY, TEST APPARATUS, AND CONTROL METHOD - A power supply that outputs an output voltage corresponding to a specified voltage through an output terminal includes a plurality of switches that selects which of a high voltage and a low voltage is coupled to the output terminal, a multi-phase pulse width modulating section that controls a pulse width of the high voltage output from each of the plurality of the switches to cause the output voltage to approach the specified voltage, and a changing section that changes a voltage difference between the high voltage and the low voltage according to the specified voltage or the output voltage.03-17-2011
20130049719VOLTAGE CLAMP CIRCUIT, A SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, A SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICE, AND A VOLTAGE LEVEL CONVERSION CIRCUIT - A voltage clamping circuit which operates in a stable manner and a switching power source device which enables high-speed operation. In the switching power source device, one source/drain route is connected to an input terminal to which an input voltage is supplied, a predetermined voltage to be restricted is supplied to a gate, and using a MOSFET which provides a current source between another source/drain route and a ground potential of the circuit, a clamp output voltage which corresponds to the input voltage is obtained from another source/drain route. The switching power source device further includes a first switching element which controls a current in an inductor and a second switching element which clamps a reverse electromotive voltage generated in the inductor. The voltage clamping circuit is used in a feedback route for setting a dead time.02-28-2013
20090206805Converter and Driving Method Thereof - The present invention relates to a converter and a driving method thereof. The converter includes a switch controller that controls switching operation of a master switch and a slave switch. The switch controller detects a center point of one switching operation period of the master switch by using an internal triangular wave having a period that is the same as that of the one switching operation period, and starts the switching operation of the slave switch at the detected point. The internal triangular wave signal has a waveform that varies within one period, and detects a crossing point of an average value of the internal triangular wave and the internal triangular wave as a center point of one switching operation period of the master switch.08-20-2009
20120194148POWER MODULE AND THE METHOD OF PACKAGING THE SAME - A power module includes a substrate; a conductive path layer formed on the substrate with a specific pattern as an inductor; a connection layer being formed on the substrate and electrically connected to a first terminal of the inductor; and a first transistor, electrically mounted on the substrate through the connection layer.08-02-2012
20130099762SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COUNTERACTING OVERVOLTAGE EVENTS - This disclosure involves methods and systems for reducing the voltage by a circuit such as a switching regulator during an overvoltage event by draining current from a voltage source when voltage exceeding a desired level is generated.04-25-2013
20130099763SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SUPPRESSING UNDESIRABLE LIMIT CYCLES IN SWITCHING REGULATORS - This disclosure involves methods and systems for suppressing undesired limit cycles in switching regulators by determining when a limit cycle causes the inductor to charge for a time greater than the clock period and destabilizing such cycles.04-25-2013
20090039841Controlling Switching Regulator for Maintaining High Efficiency for Wide Input Voltage Range - This disclosure relates to a voltage regulator system where duty cycle value of an input voltage is measured, where the input voltage is supplied to a regulator circuit that provides a regulated output voltage. Based on a calculated ideal duty cycle, which is derived from the measure duty cycle, a determination is made as to whether the regular circuit operational mode is to be changed to achieve greater efficiency.02-12-2009
20120293144VOLTAGE/CURRENT CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHOD - A voltage/current control apparatus and method are disclosed. The apparatus includes a low-side field effect transistor (FET) having a source, a gate and a drain, a high-side field effect transistor (FET) having a source, a gate and a drain, a gate driver integrated circuit (IC), a sample and hold circuit, and a comparator configured to produce a trigger signal at the output when a sum of the first and second input signals is equal to a sum of the third and fourth input signals, wherein the trigger signal is configured to trigger a beginning of a new cycle by turning the gate of the high-side FET “on” and the gate of the low-side FET “off”.11-22-2012
20110204859SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS - A switching power supply apparatus has a power circuit unit, the power circuit unit including a first switching element connected at a first end to a first end of a power supply, an inductor connected at a first end thereof to a second end of the first switching element, a second output terminal connected to a second end of the inductor, a capacitor connected between a first output terminal and the second output terminal, and a second switching element connected between a second end of the power supply and a second end of the first switching element. The switching power supply apparatus has an optimal response multi-mode digital current program mode control unit, the optimal response multi-mode digital current program mode control unit including an error signal generator which generates an error signal according to a potential difference between an output voltage and a preset voltage, and an inductor current detector which detects and amplifies an inductor current.08-25-2011
20110267016SWITCHING REGULATION CONTROLLER, SWITCHING REGULATOR AND CONTROLLING METHOD FOR SWITCHING REGULATION - A switching regulation controller for driving a switch circuit included in a switching regulator which converts an input voltage to a target voltage, and outputs the target voltage. The switching regulation controller detects an error between the output voltage and the target voltage, and uses the detected error and a control amount generated before to generate a control amount for controlling the switch circuit so that the output voltage is coincident with the target voltage according to a given transfer function. When the detected error reaches below a given value, the switching regulation controller generates the control amount using a candidate value smaller than the control amount instead of the control amount generated before. With switching regulation controller, the switching regulator, and the controlling method for switching generation, the overshoot at the rise of an output voltage is reduced without sacrificing the rising time of the output voltage.11-03-2011
20120091977MASTER/SLAVE POWER SUPPLY SWITCH DRIVER CIRCUITRY - A power supply circuit can be configured to include a first circuit and a second circuit. Each circuit can be substantially identical to each other but provide different functionality depending on how they are configured. For example, each of the first circuit and second circuit can be chips having substantially the same pin layout and internal circuitry. However, the functionality provided by the circuits varies depending on whether a respective circuit is configured as a master or slave. The first circuit is configured as the master and generates multiple phase control signals. The first circuit uses a portion of the multiple phase control signals to control a first set of phases. The first circuit transmits a second portion of the multiple phase control signals to the second circuit configured as a slave. The second circuit is configured to receive and use the second portion of control signals to control a second set of phases.04-19-2012
20080238383Power converter and multiport power converter - The DC/DC converter is that which is constituted so as to have a failure detecting circuit in which a first capacitor and a second capacitor are connected in series, a plurality of switches are switched according to a predetermined operating mode to select an inductor, the first capacitor and the second capacitor, allowing them to function, thereby performing any one of the boost, buck, and conducting operations of input voltage.10-02-2008
20080278125APPARATUS FOR OPTIMIZING DIODE CONDUCTION TIME DURING A DEADTIME INTERVAL - Deadtime optimization techniques and circuits are provided which implement closed loop feedback to reduce a duration of a deadtime interval by reducing a diode conduction time (DCT) to an optimized or minimized value. Information regarding DCT is fed back to continuously adjust the relative delay between a first driver path which drives a first transistor and a second driver path which drives a second transistor. For instance, information regarding DCT can be measured and stored, and then used to generate a control signal which continuously adjusts (e.g., increases or decreases) a variable delay associated with a delay element in one of the driver paths of one of the transistors. The delay is adjusted to a value which drives the DCT towards an optimum value. By continuously changing the relative delay between the first driver path and the second driver path, the DCT can be driven to an optimum value11-13-2008
20120139512DC-DC CONVERTER - The present invention provides a DC-DC converter including: a first series circuit which is connected to the two ends of a direct-current power source Vi, and in which a first switching element Q06-07-2012
20080315848VOLTAGE REGULATOR FOR AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - A voltage regulator is disclosed. The voltage regulator includes a comparator for providing a gated output signal; and a state machine for receiving the gated output signal. The voltage regulator further includes at least one switch cell controlled by the state machine, for delivering charge to a load. Accordingly, a voltage regulator in accordance with the present invention yields N times (where N is an integer greater than one) the linear efficiency over typical linear regulators without requiring any external components. Therefore improved regulator efficiency is provided for low power devices.12-25-2008
20080272751PARAMETER CONTROL CIRCUIT AND METHOD THEREFOR - In one embodiment, a single input terminal of a parameter control circuit is utilized to form two different parameters of the parameter control circuit.11-06-2008
20120105032SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AN ACTIVE CURRENT ASSIST WITH ANALOG BYPASS FOR A SWITCHER CIRCUIT - A system and method are disclosed for providing an active current assist with analog bypass for a switcher circuit. An active current assist circuit is coupled to a buck regulator circuit, which includes a switcher circuit, an inductor circuit and a capacitor circuit. The active current assist circuit includes an active current analog bypass control circuit and a current source. The active current analog bypass control circuit receives and uses current limit information, voltage error information, and drop out information to determine a value of assist current that is appropriate for a current operational state of the buck regulator circuit. The active current analog bypass control circuit causes the current source to provide the appropriate value of assist current to the buck regulator circuit.05-03-2012
20130119953DC-DC CONVERTER - A DC-DC converter operates as a step-down chopper using a main switch element, a sub switch element, an inductor and a capacitor. A sub switch control signal generating circuit discharges a capacitor with a voltage that is proportional to a difference between a voltage of a power supply input unit and a voltage of a power supply output unit when a PGATE signal is at an “L” level, and charges the capacitor with a voltage that is proportional to the voltage of the power supply output unit when an NGATE signal is at an “H” level. The sub switch element is forcibly turned off and reverse flow of an inductor current is prevented even at the time of a light load as a result of the voltage of the capacitor being generated as an NCTL signal. Thus, reverse flow of an inductor current is prevented and a high-efficiency DC-DC converter is provided without the use of a high-speed comparator or any other kind of comparator.05-16-2013
20120105031SWITCHING POWER-SUPPLY UNIT - A switching power-supply unit which controls current flowing through an inductor in a switchable manner and outputs a voltage different from input voltage, the unit including: a terminal-potential detecting circuit which monitors terminal potential of the inductor and outputs a predetermined signal; a comparator which compares an output feedback voltage with a threshold voltage; and a logic circuit which generates a signal for controlling a switching element based on an output from the comparator and an output from the terminal-potential detecting circuit, wherein the comparator compares a first threshold voltage with the feedback voltage in a period in which the output voltage rises, and compares a second threshold voltage which is lower than the first threshold voltage with the feedback voltage in a period in which the output voltage drops.05-03-2012
20120105030CONTROL CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR A CURRENT MODE CONTROLLED POWER CONVERTER - A control circuit and method for a current mode controlled power converter to convert an input voltage into an output voltage, dynamically adjust the peak or the valley of a ramp signal depending on either or both of the input voltage and the output voltage. Under different conditions of the input voltage and the output voltage, the current mode controlled power converter can generate stable output voltages with an invariant inductor and an invariant compensation circuit, without sub-harmonic which otherwise may happen.05-03-2012
20120105029SWITCHING REGULATOR - A switching regulator includes: switching transistors configured to perform switching according to a control signal; an inductor connected to the switching transistors; a control mode switch unit configured to switch between a first control mode and a second control mode based on a direction in which a current flows through the inductor; an amplifier configured to operate as an error amplifier or a comparator; and a phase compensation unit connected to the amplifier by a switch unit, wherein, in the first control mode, the control mode switch unit connects the amplifier and the phase compensation unit by turning on the switch unit so as to cause the amplifier to operate as the error amplifier, and in the second control mode, the control mode switch unit turns off the switch unit so as to cause the amplifier to operate as the comparator.05-03-2012
20110221407DC-DC CONVERTER AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - A DC-DC converter according to an aspect of the present invention includes an error generator, a mode selection reference voltage generator, an operation mode selector, and a driver controller. The error generator generates an error signal based on a direct-current output voltage. The mode selection reference voltage generator generates a first mode selection reference voltage and a second mode selection reference voltage lower than the first mode selection reference voltage. The first and second mode selection reference voltages vary based on amplitude of an alternating-current component included in the error signal. The operation mode selector compares the error signal with the first and second mode selection reference voltages. The driver controller switches a generating method of the direct-current output voltage from one of a PWM method and a PFM method to the other according to the result of the comparison.09-15-2011
20120068677RESONANT POWER CONVERTER DRIVING AN INDUCTIVE LOAD LIKE A DISCHARGE LAMP - A resonant power converter (03-22-2012
20120068675Voltage generation circuit - A voltage generation circuit includes a voltage detection circuit that generates a detection voltage according to an output voltage, a reference voltage generation circuit that generates a reference voltage which changes periodically, a comparison circuit that generates a control signal according to a result of a comparison between the detection voltage and the reference voltage, wherein control pulses each having a pulse width according to the detection voltage are sequentially appeared in the control signal, and a driving pulse generation circuit that generates a driving pulse corresponding to the control pulse and supplies the generated driving pulse to a transistor connected to a DC power source when the pulse width of the control pulse exceeds a predetermined width, and stops generating the driving pulse when the pulse width of the control pulse becomes smaller than the predetermined width.03-22-2012
20120068674MULTIPHASE CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL UNIT - A multiphase control system is provided, which is adapted to convert power of an input power source into an output voltage for outputting through an output terminal. The multiphase control system comprises a plurality of control units connected in series to form a loop. Each of the control units receives a sequential input signal from an adjacent control unit connected there before through a multiphase input terminal, and generates a control signal to control power transmission from the input power source to the output terminal when determining that the output voltage is lower than a predetermined voltage value, and generates a sequential output signal at a multiphase output terminal for outputting to an adjacent control unit connected there after.03-22-2012
20090001947Low power optimized voltage regulator - Methods and apparatus relating to low power optimized voltage regulators are described. In one embodiment, a voltage regulator controller may cause leakage current from a load to drain a capacitor (e.g., coupled in parallel with the load) during a reduced power state. Other embodiments are also disclosed.01-01-2009
20090015219Voltage Regulator Pole Shifting Method and Apparatus - A voltage regulator comprises first and second amplifier stages, a common-source output stage and a feedback path. The output stage drives a capacitive load with a regulated voltage responsive to a signal applied to the output stage. The capacitive load sets the dominant pole of the voltage regulator. The first amplifier stage amplifies the difference between the regulated voltage and a reference voltage. The second amplifier stage drives the output stage with a signal corresponding to the difference between the regulated voltage and the reference voltage. The feedback path couples an output node of the second amplifier stage to an input node of the second amplifier stage for reducing the output resistance of the second amplifier stage to shift a non-dominant pole of the voltage regulator set by the second amplifier stage.01-15-2009
20090001948Programmable Power Limiting for Power Transistor System - Various systems, methods and apparatuses are provided herein for limiting power dissipation in a switch. As one example, a method for limiting power dissipation is disclosed. The method includes monitoring current through the switch, and based at least in part on detecting that the current is at least as great as a predetermined current limit, regulating the current to the predetermined current limit. The method also includes measuring an amount of power dissipated in the switch while the current is being regulated, and opening the switch when the amount of power has reached a predetermined power limit.01-01-2009
20090015220Switching power supply device, semiconductor intergrated circuit device and power supply device - A switching power supply device performs a stable operation with fast response for a semiconductor integrated circuit device. A capacitor is provided between the output side of an inductor and a ground potential. A first power MOSFET supplies an electric current from an input voltage to the input side of the inductor. A second power MOSFET turned on when the first power MOSFET is off allows the input side of the inductor to be of a predetermined potential. A first feedback signal corresponding to an output voltage obtained from the output side of the inductor and a second feedback signal corresponding to an electric current flowed to the first power MOSFET are used to form a PWM signal. The first power MOSFET has plural cells of a vertical type MOS-construction.01-15-2009
20110227546DC-DC CONVERTER - To eliminate the problem that a magnetic deflection is caused in a transformer even when a coupled inductor converter is in a stationary operation state, provided is a DC-DC converter including a first series circuit portion formed by a first switching transistor, a first capacitor, a first inductor, and a second capacitor which are connected to a DC power in series in this order, and a second series circuit portion formed by a second switching transistor and a second inductor which are connected in series in this order, the second series circuit portion is connected in parallel to the first capacitor and the first inductor, and the first inductor and the second inductor constitute a coupled inductor having a plurality of windings and a common magnetic core.09-22-2011
20090079405Linearized controller for switching power converter - A linearized controller to operate a switching power converter which includes an inductor having its first terminal coupled to a first voltage (V03-26-2009
20110140676Mismatch-Free Charge Pump and Method Thereof - The charge-pump apparatus is disclosed having a substantially fixed current source for outputting a first current of a first polarity; a variable current source for outputting a second current of a second polarity opposite to the first polarity; a first current steering network for steering the first current into either an output node or a termination node in accordance with a first control signal; a second current steering network for steering the second current into either the output node or the termination node in accordance with a second control signal; a voltage follower for receiving a first voltage associated with the output node and outputting a second voltage at an internal node; a current sensor inserted between the termination node and the internal node for sensing a current flowing between the termination node and the internal node; and a feedback network for adjusting the variable current source in accordance with an output of the current sensor.06-16-2011
20110221406REFERENCE VOLTAGE GENERATION CIRCUIT - Disclosed is a reference voltage generation circuit comprising a reference voltage generation and comparison unit, a drive unit, and M drive unit candidate circuits. The reference voltage generation and comparison unit generates reference voltage. An output voltage output from the reference voltage generation circuit is input into the reference voltage generation and comparison unit as a negative feedback voltage. After being compared with the reference voltage, the output voltage is output from the reference voltage generation and comparison unit to the drive unit and the M drive unit candidate circuits. When power supply voltage of the reference voltage generation circuit varies, after being driven by the drive unit and the drive unit candidate circuits, the output voltage is output to an output terminal of the reference voltage generation circuit so that the output voltage can be stabilized at the level of the reference voltage.09-15-2011
20080303493Boost regulator startup circuits and methods - Embodiments of the present invention include a method of starting a boost regulator comprising during an initial phase beginning when the boost regulator is powered off, coupling a first current from the input node to the output node to increase a voltage on the capacitor to a first voltage level, during a second phase following the first phase, switching the PMOS transistor and the NMOS transistor, during a third phase following the second phase, turning said PMOS off and switching said NMOS transistor, and during a fourth phase, synchronously switching the PMOS transistor and NMOS transistor.12-11-2008
20090256536INTEGRATED SWITCH WITH INTERNALLY ADJUSTED CONDUCTION TIME - An apparatus and method of providing a pulse width modulated signal that is responsive to a current are disclosed. An integrated circuit according to aspects of the present invention regulates an output of a power supply and includes a switch coupled to receive an external current. The integrated circuit also includes a controller coupled to the switch to control a switching of the external current by the switch in response to an external control signal and an internal current sense signal. The internal current sense signal is proportional to a current in the switch. The output of the power supply is also regulated in the absence of the internal current sense signal.10-15-2009
20090121691Voltage supply device and nonvolatile memory device having the same - A voltage supply device comprises: a charge pump configured to boost a power voltage and to supply the boosted power voltage to a output line; and a voltage control circuit configured to maintain a voltage level of the output line at a target voltage level; wherein the voltage control circuit comprises a reach-through element including a first region and a second region provided in a well, the reach-through element configured to control the voltage level of the output line, using a reach-through function between the first region and the second region.05-14-2009
20120032658Buck-Boost Converter Using Timers for Mode Transition Control - A DC-to-DC, buck-boost voltage converter includes a duty cycle controller configured to generate control signals for a buck driver configured to drive first and second buck switching transistors at a buck duty cycle and to generate control signals for a boost driver configured to drive first and second boost switching transistors at a boost duty cycle. The duty cycle controller includes at least a duty cycle timer and an offset timer where the duty cycle controller applies the duty cycle timer and the offset timer to control transitions between the buck, the buck-boost and the boost operation modes of the voltage converter.02-09-2012
20100259234Power FET gate charge recovery - A circuit for recovering charge at the gate of an output transistor arranged to drive the output of a switching circuit such as a switching regulator or controller. A substantial portion of the charge for each switching cycle is recovered under a wide range of load conditions for the switching circuit, e.g., no load, partial load, or full load. Also, charge recovery operates effectively with a switching circuit that is arranged to switch in a synchronous or asynchronous manner. Additionally, if the output voltage of a switching circuit is 12 or more volts, the amount of charge that can be saved can be relatively substantial.10-14-2010
20130214749DC CONVERTER - A DC converter is provided for converting a first supply voltage into a second supply voltage. The first supply voltage is higher than the second supply voltage. The DC converter includes a driving stage and an output stage. The driving stage includes a modulation circuit, a pull-up driving unit, a pull-up unit, a pull-down driving unit, and a pull-down unit. The modulation circuit generates a control signal according to the second supply voltage. The pull-up driving unit generates a first P-type driving signal and a second P-type driving signal to the pull-up unit according to the control signal. The pull-down driving unit generates a first N-type driving signal and a second N-type driving signal to the pull-down unit according to the control signal.08-22-2013
20130214750Voltage Converter and Voltage Conversion Method - A voltage converter includes a first converter stage including a unipolar transistor coupled to a first inductive storage element, where the first converter stage is configured to provide a first output power signal including a first output current. Also, the voltage converter includes a second converter stage including a bipolar transistor coupled to a second inductive storage element, where the second converter stage is configured to provide a second output power including a second output current, and where a third output current is a sum of the first output current and the second output current. Additionally, the voltage converter includes a control circuit configured to control a power converter including the first output current and the second output current, where the first output current is higher than the second output current when the third output current has a first range of output current.08-22-2013
20090102441DC to DC converter - A DC to DC converter comprising: an inductor; a plurality of switches for controlling current flow in the inductor such that the inductor is connected to a supply in a first phase of operation such that the inductor receives energy from the supply, and such that the inductor is connected to an output in a second phase of operation in order to deliver energy to the output; and a controller arranged to monitor the current flow in the inductor at the end of the second phase of operation and to modify the relative duration of the second phase compared to the first phase as a function of the current flow.04-23-2009
20100237838SWITCH-MODE POWER SUPPLY (SMPS) CONTROLLER INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DETERMINING OPERATING CHARACTERISTICS FROM FILTER COMPONENT INFORMATION - A switch-mode power supply (SMPS) controller integrated circuit (IC) provides ease of integration and SMPS designs. Value and/or types of components external to the controller IC that affect the SMPS control loop response are provided to the IC and an internal conversion block determines coefficients for a digital compensator in conformity with the provided value/type information. The conversion block may be a look-up table, processor or dedicated logic, and the component value/type information may be provided via terminals of the controller IC via logic state, attached resistance/capacitance or from external storage. Alternatively, the component values may be programmed into non-volatile storage within the controller IC.09-23-2010
20110175582METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROL OF SWITCHES IN POWER REGULATORS/POWER AMPLIFIERS - A system includes a first switch connected to a voltage input and a switching node. A second switch is connected to the switching node and a reference potential. A first circuit generates first rising edges and first falling edges by comparing a voltage at the switching node to a first voltage reference. The first voltage reference is between the reference potential and the voltage input. A second circuit generates second rising edges and second falling edges by comparing the switching node voltage to a second voltage reference. The second voltage reference is less than the reference potential. The controller calculates delay times based on the first rising edges, the first falling edges, the second rising edges and the second falling edges. The controller generates drive signals for the first switch and the second switch based on a duty cycle and the delay times.07-21-2011
20130127428DC-DC CONVERTER - A DC-DC converter includes a first switching element and a second switching element; a pulse signal generating circuit which generates a pulse signal used to control on/off periods of the switching elements; a limiting circuit which generates a minimum pulse width signal; a selector configured to select one of the pulse signal and the minimum pulse width signal, and a driver circuit switches the first and second switching element and a reverse current detecting circuit detects a reverse current. The driver circuit controls the first or second switching element, when the reverse current is detected. The selector selects the pulse signal when the reverse current is not detected, and selects the minimum pulse width signal when the reverse current is detected.05-23-2013
20090072800Circuit and Method for a Fully Integrated Switched-Capacitor Step-Down Power Converter - A circuit and method for providing a fully integrated DC-DC converter using on-chip switched capacitors is disclosed. A switched capacitor matrix is coupled as a digitally controlled transfer capacitor. A pair of non-overlapping, fixed frequency clock signals is provided to a switched capacitor circuit including the switched capacitor matrix and a load capacitor coupled to the output terminal. A DC input voltage supply is provided. A hysteretic feedback loop is used to control the voltage at the output as a stepped-down voltage from the input by digitally modulating the transfer capacitor using switches in the switch matrix to couple more, or fewer, transfer capacitors to the output terminal during a clock cycle. A coarse and a fine adjustment circuit are provided to improve the regulation during rapid changes in load power. A method of operating the regulator is disclosed.03-19-2009
20090115381AUTOMATIC FREQUENCY CONTROL FOR SERIES RESONANT SWITCHED MODE POWER SUPPLY - A switched mode power supply comprises a half bridge circuit or a full bridge circuit. A resonant circuit is connected to the bridge circuit and comprises an inductive element (05-07-2009
20110127975SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE AND SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT - The present invention provides a switching power source and a semiconductor integrated circuit which realize an acquisition a sufficient driving voltage of a high-potential side switching element M1 even when a power source voltage VDD is low. In a switching power source which controls a current which flows in an inductor through a switching element which performs a switching operation in response to a PWM signal, and forms an output voltage by a capacitor which is provided in series in the inductor, a booster circuit which is constituted of a bootstrap capacity and a MOSFET is provided between an output node of the switching element and a predetermined voltage terminal, the boosted voltage is used as an operational voltage of a driving circuit of the switching element, another source/drain region and a substrate gate are connected with each other such that when the MOSFET is made to assume an OFF state, and a junction diode between one source/drain region and the substrate gate is inversely directed with respect to the boosted voltage which is formed by the bootstrap capacity.06-02-2011
20110241633SWITCHING CONVERTER CONTROL CIRCUIT - A DC-DC converter has a control circuit for controlling a high-side power transistor and a low-side power transistor connected in series between supply terminals to which an input supply voltage is applied. The converter has a switching node at the interconnection of the power transistors for connection of an inductor to which a load is connected. The control circuit has a feedback loop that provides a pulse width modulated control signal, logic circuitry to which the pulse width modulated control signal is applied and gate drivers with inputs connected to outputs of the logic circuitry and outputs applying gate drive signals to the gates of the power transistors. A digital signal is obtained which is indicative of whether the converter switching node is at a potential above or below a zero reference at the time of the turn-off edge of the low-side gate drive signal. The turn-off edge of the low-side gate drive signal is advanced or delayed by a predetermined amount in response to the value of the digital signal.10-06-2011
20110241634METHOD AND SYSTEMS FOR CONDUCTION MODE CONTROL - Methods for selecting between the two modes (states) of operation, continuous conduction and discontinuous conduction, are disclosed. Systems that are capable of selecting the operating mode and operating in the continuous conduction mode or the discontinuous conduction mode are also disclosed.10-06-2011
20110241635SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND BOOSTER CIRCUIT INCLUDING THE SAME - A semiconductor integrated circuit includes: a first transistor and a second transistor connected in series between a first voltage and a second voltage; a first inverter configured to control the first transistor; a second inverter configured to control the second transistor; and a current source, wherein the current source is connected in series with at least one of the first inverter or the second inverter.10-06-2011
20120032657REDUCING SHOOT-THROUGH IN A SWITCHING VOLTAGE REGULATOR - Methods, apparatuses, and devices for a voltage regulator are provided. In certain examples, a method for preventing shoot-through in a voltage regulator includes determining whether an output stage for a voltage regulator is operating in a continuous-conduction mode (CCM) or a discontinuous conduction mode (DCM); and setting the voltage regulator in one of adaptive dead time mode and programmable dead time mode based on whether the output stage is operating in CCM or DCM.02-09-2012
20110115450SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING START UP OF A VOLTAGE REGULATOR SYSTEM WITH INDEPENDENT VOLTAGE REGULATION - A multichannel voltage regulator includes a plurality of voltage regulator modules for generating a regulated output voltage responsive to an input voltage and a feedback voltage. Synchronization circuitry controls a release of PWM signals during soft start within each of the plurality of voltage regulator modules. The PWM signals release are synchronized to occur substantially at a same point in time.05-19-2011
20110084673OPERATING PHASE NUMBER DEPENDENT COMPENSATION OF A MULTI-PHASE BUCK CONVERTER - A multi-phase buck converter has a digital compensator to select a set of compensation coefficients depending on the operating phase number of the multi-phase buck converter, or including different compensators for each operation phase number to improve the loop gain bandwidth, transient response and stability of the multi-phase buck converter. The multi-phase buck converter operates with more phase circuits for higher loading and operates with fewer phase circuits for lower loading. The compensation varies with the number of the operated phase circuits so to be adaptive to the operation condition with an optimized control-to-output voltage transfer function.04-14-2011
20090033298Voltage regulator with a hybrid control loop - A voltage regulator circuit and method are provided for regulating a voltage accurately in response to rapid variations in the regulator's load. The voltage regulator utilizes a hybrid loop; an embodiment of such utilization is exemplified by circuit 02-05-2009
20090066301Buck-boost switching regulator - A buck-boost switching regulator which includes a first switch, a first diode, an inductor, a second switch, a second diode, and a controller for controlling the first switch and the second switch, the controller being configured to receive a current signal indicative of a inductor current flowing in the inductor, and generating a signal indicative of an average current flowing in the inductor, the average current being utilized to control the first switch and the second switch, wherein the controller includes a first compensator circuit for outputting a voltage error signal, a second compensator circuit for outputting a current error signal and a modulator circuit to output a first control signal to control the first switch and a second control switch to control the second switch.03-12-2009
20110127974SWITCHING CONTROL CIRCUIT AND POWER SUPPLY APPARATUS - A switching control circuit includes: a drive circuit configured to turn on/off a transistor according to a duty ratio of a drive signal so as to generate an output voltage of a target level from an input voltage, the transistor configured to be applied with the input voltage at an input electrode thereof; and a drive signal generation circuit configured to change the duty ratio of the drive signal based on a reference voltage and a feedback voltage corresponding to the output voltage, to generate the drive signal having the duty ratio which is changed so that the feedback voltage becomes equal in level to the reference voltage, and which is changed so that the output voltage is reduced with a rise in temperature.06-02-2011
20110210707PULSE MODULATION CONTROL IN A DC-DC CONVERTER CIRCUIT - In a device, a pulse modulation switching logic is provided to generate switching signals of a pulse modulator so as to generate a pulse modulated signal with a first pulse modulation control parameter and a second pulse modulation control parameter. The first pulse modulation control parameter is controlled on the basis of a first control signal, and the second pulse modulation control parameter is controlled on the basis of a second control signal. A first control loop is provided to generate the first control signal from an output signal derived from the pulse modulated signal. A second control loop is provided to generate the second control signal on the basis of the output signal. The first and second control signals are applied to concurrently control the first and second pulse modulation control parameters.09-01-2011
20090224732POWER SUPPLY UNIT - To provide a power supply unit capable of realizing a multiphase power supply at low cost. For example, each of a plurality of semiconductor devices DEV[09-10-2009
20110148371SWITCHED-MODE POWER SUPPLY - A switched-mode power supply (SMPS) uses an equivalent inductor of bonding wire(s) and lead frame(s) to replace a traditional external inductor. A current-controlled pulse width modulation (PWM) modulator and a current-controlled pulse frequency modulation (PFM) modulator are optionally employed for high frequency switching, so as to mate a low inductance value of the bonding wire(s) and lead frame(s) and achieve reduced cost, low power consumption and low complexity.06-23-2011
20120146600POWER CIRCUIT AND CIRCUIT BOARD, ELECTRICAL DEVICE USING THE SAME - A power circuit includes a control unit, a logic control circuit, a first driver amplifier, a second driver amplifier and a logic determination circuit. The control unit is used to output a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal and an enable (EN) signal. The logic control circuit receives the PWM signal and the EN signal, and outputs a first voltage signal and a second voltage signal. The first driver amplifier receives the first voltage signal, and outputs a first gate (UGATE) drive signal. The second driver amplifier receives the second voltage signal, and outputs a second gate (LGATE) drive signal. The logic determination circuit receives the PWM signal and the first and second gate drive signals. When the PWM signal and the first and second gate drive signals meet an abnormal logical relation, the logic determination circuit disables the logic control circuit.06-14-2012
20110101932DC-DC CONVERTER AND DC VOLTAGE CONVERSION METHOD - It is desired to provide a DC-DC converter realizing proper slope compensation when an output voltage is dynamically changed with low power consumption, high efficiency and stable operation. Such DC-DC converter includes: a circuit converting an input voltage being switched in response to a drive signal to an output voltage; an amplifier generating an error signal based on an error between a target output voltage and the output voltage; a comparator generating a PWM signal based on the error signal, a current feedback signal corresponding to a current value between the input and output, and a slope compensation signal of a current value between the input and output; a circuit generating the drive signal based on the PWM signal and a period signal; a register recording a set voltage value corresponding to the target output voltage; and a circuit generating the slope compensation signal corresponding to the set voltage value.05-05-2011
20110101934Power Converter with Controller Operable in Selected Modes of Operation - A power converter and method of controlling the same for selected modes of operation. In one embodiment, the power converter includes a first power switch coupled to a source of electrical power and a second power switch coupled to the first power switch and to an output terminal of the power converter. The power converter also includes a controller configured to control an operation of the first and second power switches during selected modes of operation.05-05-2011
20110101933Power Converter with Controller Operable in Selected Modes of Operation - A power converter and method of controlling the same for selected modes of operation. In one embodiment, the power converter includes a first power switch coupled to a source of electrical power and a second power switch coupled to the first power switch and to an output terminal of the power converter. The power converter also includes a controller configured to control an operation of the first and second power switches during selected modes of operation.05-05-2011
20110248691Method Of Starting DC/DC Converter Using Synchronous Freewheeling MOSFET - A DC/DC converter including an inductor and a capacitor is started by connecting an input voltage to the inductor and shunting a current around the inductor so as to pre-charge the capacitor to a predetermined voltage.10-13-2011
20120200274MULTIPHASE POWER REGULATOR WITH ACTIVE TRANSIENT RESPONSE CIRCUITRY - A multiphase power regulator includes a multiphase pulse width modulator, an output stage and an active transient response circuit. The output stage includes a high side transistor, a low side transistor and an inductor. The output stage is configured to supply power to a load responsive to signals generated by the multiphase pulse width modulator. The active transient response circuit is coupled between the output stage and the multiphase pulse width modulator and configured to detect the voltage level at the output stage and provide a signal to the multiphase pulse width modulator that is a function of the amplitude of the deviation of the detected voltage level from a target voltage.08-09-2012
20120200273SWITCH CONTROLLER AND CONVERTER INCLUDING THE SAME - The present invention relates to a switch controller and a converter including the same.08-09-2012
20100277143POWER SUPPLY UNIT - To provide a power supply unit capable of realizing a multiphase power supply at low cost. For example, each of a plurality of semiconductor devices DEV[1]-DEV[n] comprises a trigger input terminal TRG_IN, a trigger output terminal TRG_OUT, and a timer circuit TM that delays a pulse signal input from TRG_IN and outputs it to TRG_OUT. DEV[1]-DEV[n] are mutually coupled in a ring shape by its own TRG_IN being coupled to TRG_OUT of one semiconductor device other than itself. Each of DEV[1]-DEV[n] performs switching operation by using the pulse signal from TRG_IN as a starting point, and feeds a current into an inductor L corresponding to itself. Moreover, DEV[1] generates the above-described pulse signal only once during startup by a start trigger terminal ST being set to a ground voltage GND, for example.11-04-2010
20080211467Method and circuit for reducing switching ringing in switching regulator - The present invention discloses a method and a circuit for reducing switching ringing in a switching regulator. The switching regulator comprises two transistors, and the two transistors are never simultaneously OFF. A phase lock loop may be provided to fix the output signal frequency of a PWM control circuit to a set frequency.09-04-2008
20110163731THRESHOLD VOLTAGE MONITORING AND CONTROL IN SYNCHRONOUS POWER CONVERTERS - A method of providing threshold voltage monitoring and control in synchronous power converters is provided. The method includes establishing a threshold voltage level for at least one of a gate drive voltage for an upper and a lower power switch in a synchronous power converter, each threshold voltage level controlling a switching delay time for one of the upper and lower power switches. The method further includes detecting body diode conduction levels for at least one of the upper and lower power switches and adjusting the threshold voltage level for at least one of the upper and lower power switches, based on the detected body diode conduction levels, to fine-tune a body diode conduction time around an equilibrium for the at least one of the upper and lower power switches.07-07-2011
20110133709VOLTAGE REGULATOR WITH LOW AND HIGH POWER MODES - A voltage regulator comprising at least first and second regulator elements connected between an output node and a supply rail for supplying load current to a load connected to the output node. The voltage regulator comprises first and second control modules for controlling the first and second regulator elements respectively to maintain the output node at a regulated voltage in the presence of a variable impedance presented by the load to the output node, the second regulator element and the second control module having a smaller load current capacity and smaller leakage current than the first regulator element and the first control module. The voltage regulator also comprises a mode selector for de-activating the first regulator element and the first control module in a first operational mode in response to a load current less than a threshold value, for activating the first regulator element and the first control module in a second operational mode in response to a load current greater than a threshold value, and an additional current-carrying path for carrying supplementary current for the first control module at least during a transition from the first operational mode to the second operational mode.06-09-2011
20110095736Monolithic III-nitride power converter - A power arrangement that includes a monolithically integrated III-nitride power stage having III-nitride power switches and III-nitride driver switches.04-28-2011
20110175581Switching Power Supply Circuit - A switching power supply circuit comprises: a differential amplification stage for outputting an error signal representing a difference voltage between a preset reference voltage and a voltage based on an output voltage; an ON-time generation circuit for defining a period of time during which a main switching element is kept ON; a flip-flop circuit which is set by a set signal based on the error signal and reset by a reset signal being an output of the ON-time generation circuit; current information means for detecting current information representing a current flowing to a subordinate switching element; current information detecting means for supplying a current information detecting signal, which makes an adjustment based on the current information so as to delay the timing of the rise of the set signal, to the output side or the interior of the differential amplification stage; and current information holding means for holding the current information detected by the current information means at a moment when the subordinate switching element is turned on, and supplying a current information holding signal, which makes an adjustment so as to advance the timing of the rise of the set signal, to the output side or the interior of the differential amplification stage.07-21-2011
20110260703SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION AND COMPENSATION OF AGGRESSIVE OUTPUT FILTERS FOR SWITCHED MODE POWER SUPPLIES - A controller for a switched mode power supply converting an input voltage to a regulated output voltage according to one embodiment includes a control network and a detection network. The control network develops a pulse width control signal for regulating a level of the output voltage. The detection network detects a phase lag of the output voltage and adjusts operation of the control network based on the phase lag. The phase lag may be determined from any parameter incorporating phase shift, such as the output voltage or the compensation voltage. Various alternative schemes are disclosed for adjusting the control loop, including, but not limited to, adding slope compensation, adjusting window resistance or window current, adding adjustment current to adjust ripple voltage, adjusting ripple transconductance, and adjusting ripple capacitance. Digital and analog compensation adjustment schemes are disclosed.10-27-2011
20110133708SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY UNIT - A switching power supply unit of a non-insulated, synchronous rectification type converts a voltage input to an input terminal into a predetermined voltage and outputs the voltage. The unit includes an inductor, a plurality of output switching elements, a plurality of rectifying switching elements, a switching element control circuit, a switching regulator integrated circuit, and a plurality of buffer circuits. The output switching elements, the rectifying switching elements, the switching element control circuit and the buffer circuits are integrated on the switching regulator integrated circuit.06-09-2011
20110187335CONTROL OF A HALF RESONANT CONVERTER FOR AVOIDING CAPACITIVE MODE - This invention relates to improved methods of preventing MOSFET damage in a resonant switched mode power converter (08-04-2011
20110148370VOLTAGE CONVERSION APPARATUS AND ELECTRICAL LOAD DRIVING APPARATUS - The present invention is related to a voltage conversion apparatus having a first loop circuit and a second loop circuit which share an inductance component, in which a current passes through the first and second loop circuits alternately in accordance with ON/OFF operation of a first switching element provided in the first loop circuit, characterized in that a direction of a magnetic field through the first loop circuit generated at the ON operation of the first switching element in the first loop circuit is the same as a direction of a magnetic field through the second loop circuit generated at the OFF operation of the first switching element in the first loop circuit subsequent to the ON operation.06-23-2011
20100026250MULTIMODE VOLTAGE REGULATOR CIRCUIT - A multimode voltage regulator circuit includes a linear regulator sub-circuit configured to supply current to a load in a low-current mode, responsive to a first control signal from a first control path, as well as a switching regulator sub-circuit configured to supply current to the load in a high-current mode, responsive to a second control signal from a second control path. The circuit further comprises a shared error amplifier configured to generate an error signal based on the difference between a reference voltage and a feedback signal coupled from the load, and a switch configured to selectively route the error signal to the first control path in the low-current mode and to the second control path in the high-current mode.02-04-2010
20100188062HYBRID ANALOG/DIGITAL POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT - According to example configurations as described herein, a power supply system includes a unique circuit including an analog summer circuit, an analog-to-digital converter, and a digital controller. An output voltage feedback control loop of the power supply system feeds back the output voltage to the analog summer circuit. The analog summer circuit generates an analog error voltage signal based on: i) the output voltage received from the output voltage feedback loop, ii) an analog reference voltage signal, and iii) an analog reference voltage adjustment signal. The analog reference voltage adjustment signal varies depending on a magnitude of current provided by the output voltage to the dynamic load. Accordingly, the analog summer circuit can be configured to support adaptive voltage positioning. The analog-to-digital converter converts the analog error voltage signal into a digital error voltage signal. A controller generates output voltage control signal(s) based on the digital error voltage signal.07-29-2010
20120146599COMPARATOR, CONTROL CIRCUIT OF SWITCHING REGULATOR USING THE SAME, SWITCHING REGULATOR, AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT - The present invention provides a comparator with novel output logic. The comparator makes a comparison between an input voltage and a reference voltage. A differential amplifying circuit includes a first input transistor with a control terminal applied with the reference voltage and a second input transistor with a control terminal applied with the input voltage. An output section receives an export signal of the differential amplifying circuit and outputs an output signal that corresponds to the export signal and denotes a result of the comparison. A feedback circuit receives the output signal of the output section, and if the output signal is changed from a first level to a second level, the output signal feeds back to the differential amplifying circuit or the output section while it is restored to the negated level.06-14-2012
20120306463RESONANT-RECOVERY POWER-REDUCTION TECHNIQUE FOR BOOST CONVERTERS - The disclosed embodiments relate to a power converter system. This power converter system includes an inductor which is coupled between an input that receives an input voltage V12-06-2012
20110068757Switching converter having a plurality N of outputs providing N output signals and at least one inductor and method for controlling such a switching converter - This invention provides a switching converter having a plurality N of outputs providing N output signals and at least one inductor, comprising a first controlling device for controlling the total energy flowing over the inductor to the N outputs dependent on a first control signal, at least a second controlling device for distributing the total energy between the N outputs by means of at least a second control signal, wherein the first controlling device is coupled to all N outputs for receiving a number M of the respective feedback output signals of the N outputs, M≦N, wherein the first controlling device comprises first means for weighting the M feedback output signals and second means for providing the first control signal dependent on the weighted M feedback output signals.03-24-2011
20110050185DC-DC CONVERTERS - Methods and apparatus for control of DC-DC converters, especially in valley current mode. The DC-DC converter is operable so that a low side supply switch may be turned off, before the high side supply switch is turned on. During the period when both switches are off the current loop control remains active and the change in inductor (L) current is emulated. One embodiment uses a current sensor for lossless current sensing and emulates the change in inductor current by holding the value of the output of the current sensor (ISNS) at the time that the low side switch turns off and adding an emulated ramp signal (VISLP) until the inductor current reaches zero. Embodiment employing a pulse-skip mode of operation based on a minimum conduction time are also disclosed. The invention enables a seamless transition from Continuous Conduction Mode the Discontinuous Conduction Mode and Pulse Skipping and provide converters that are efficient at low current loads.03-03-2011
20110316502FEEDBACK FOR CONTROLLING THE SWITCHING FREQUENCY OF A VOLTAGE REGULATOR - Disclosed are devices, apparatus, circuitry, components, mechanisms, modules, units, systems, and processes for controlling the switching frequency of a voltage regulator. Frequency monitoring and adjustment circuitry is coupled to sense a switching frequency of a power switch coupled to an output filter of the voltage regulator. The frequency monitoring and adjustment circuitry is configured to provide a frequency adjustment signal based on the sensed switching frequency. Power switch control circuitry is coupled to receive the frequency adjustment signal and is configured to control switching of the power switch based on the frequency adjustment signal.12-29-2011
20120043949SWITCHING POWER SOURCE APPARATUS - A switching power source apparatus includes a high-side MOSFET 02-23-2012
20090146624SHUNT REGULATOR HAVING OVER-VOLTAGE PROTECTION CIRCUIT AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME - A shunt regulator includes a control circuit, a bypass circuit and a protection circuit. The control circuit is coupled between a first node and a ground, and generates a gate control signal in response to a voltage of the first node and a reference voltage. The bypass circuit forms a first current path between the first node and the ground in response to the gate control signal. The protection circuit has an MOS transistor that is filly turned on in response to a current flowing through the bypass circuit, and forms a second current path between the first node and the ground. Therefore, the shunt regulator occupies a relatively small area in an integrated circuit.06-11-2009
20120062191DC-TO-DC CONVERTER - In general, according to one embodiment, a DC-to-DC converter includes a high-side switch, a low-side switch, a diode, a high-side controller and a low-side controller. The low-side switch is connected in series with the high-side switch. The diode is connected in parallel with the low-side switch. The high-side controller has a detector for detecting a current of the high-side switch and controls the high-side switch to be turned on or off in accordance with an output of the detector. The low-side controller controls the low-side switch to be turned off when the high-side switch is ON and controls the low-side switch to be turned on or off in accordance with a peak value of the output of the detector when the high-side switch is OFF.03-15-2012
20120062190DC-DC CONVERTERS - This application relates to switch mode DC-DC converter circuitry having a power switch operably connected between a supply node and an inductor node. The DC-DC converter has switch control circuitry for driving the power switch which is configured to controllably vary the rate of at least one of turn-on or turn-off of the first power switch. The rate may be based on the operational conditions of the converter, e.g. inductor current, one or more supply voltages and/or operating mode or activity level of a host device. By increasing the rate at which the switch turns-on or off switch transition power losses can be reduced. However a faster switching speed can lead to an increased voltage stress on the circuitry. Embodiments of the present invention varying the rate or turn-on and/or turn-off of the switch to reduce power losses but remain with the safe operating limits for the circuitry.03-15-2012
20110156669DC-DC CONVERTER - A DC-DC converter includes a bootstrap circuit including a capacitor which is configured to be charged when a low-side switch is an on-state, and being configured to pull up an on-drive voltage of the high-side switch by a charged voltage of the capacitor, a control circuit configured to perform switching control of the high-side switch and the low-side switch, and a predetermined-time trigger circuit configured to cause an output to be active for a predetermined time, when a break signal for instructing switching control of the high-side switch and the low-side switch to be halted is inactive. The control circuit performs switching control to turn the high-side switch off and the low-side switch on, when the output of the predetermined-time trigger circuit is active.06-30-2011
20120001603VOLTAGE REGULATOR WITH ADAPTIVE HYSTERETIC CONTROL - A voltage regulator with adaptive hysteretic control. The voltage regulator may include a top switch (e.g., MOSFET) configured to couple a power supply supplying an input voltage to a load. An adaptive hysteretic control circuit of the voltage regulator may turn on the top switch when the feedback voltage reaches the low threshold and turn off the top switch when the feedback voltage reaches the high threshold. The adaptive hysteretic control circuit may adjust the upper and lower threshold to make the voltage regulator working like a constant on time control circuit in steady state. When a step down transient happens, the top switch could be turned off when the output voltage reaches the upper threshold, and when a step up transient happens, the top switch could be turned on when the output voltage reaches the lower threshold, it makes the voltage regulator working like a hysteretic control circuit.01-05-2012
20120056605Integrated circuit device for switching regulator and designing method therefor - An integrated circuit device for a switching regulator, includes: a controller configured to generate a digital duty signal for a current mode control of the switching regulator based on an output voltage to be supplied from the switching regulator to a load circuit; and a switching pulse generating section configured to set a time ratio of a switching pulse signal for controlling turning-on and turning-off of a switching circuit which is provided in the switching regulator, based on the digital duty signal. The controller is a digital circuit which operates based on a master clock of the same frequency as a switching frequency of the switching circuit.03-08-2012
20120062189Switching regulator and control circuit and control method thereof - The present invention discloses a switching regulator, and a control circuit and method for controlling a switching regulator. The switching regulator includes a power stage driven by a driver voltage outputted from a driver circuit. The present invention detects an input current to generate an input current detection signal, and adjusts an operation voltage supplied to the driver circuit according to the input current detection signal.03-15-2012
20120007571POWER SUPPLY, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR SUPPLYING ELECTRICAL POWER TO A LOAD - A power supply adapted for supplying electrical power to a load (01-12-2012
20120013316DC-DC CONVERTER - According to one embodiment, a DC-DC converter includes a mounting substrate and a semiconductor device. The semiconductor device includes a first switch element, a second switch element, a first interconnect layer receiving an input potential, a second interconnect layer connected with an inductor, a third interconnect layer receiving a reference potential, and a fourth interconnect layer connected with the inductor. These layers are disposed side by side in one direction on one layer. The mounting substrate includes a fifth interconnect pattern receiving an input potential and disposed adjacently on one side of a mounting region of the semiconductor device, a sixth interconnect pattern receiving a reference voltage and disposed adjacently on the one side of the mounting region, and a seventh interconnect pattern disposed adjacently on one other side opposite to the one side of the mounting region.01-19-2012
20120153908POWER MANAGEMENT CIRCUIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE EMPLOYING THE SAME - A power management circuit for managing power of an electronic device includes a regulator and a protection circuit. The regulator converts an input voltage into a corresponding rated voltage and includes an enable pin and an output pin. The enable pin receives a voltage signal to enable or disable the regulator, and the output pin selectively outputs the rated voltage. When the electronic device is implemented as a slave universal serial bus (USB) device and the enable pin receives a low voltage signal, the regulator is disabled, and the protection circuit receives an output voltage. When the electronic device is implemented as a USB host and the enable pin receives a high voltage signal, the regulator is enabled, and the output protection circuit outputs the rated voltage.06-21-2012
20120025795COMPARATOR AND DC/DC CONVERTER - There is provided a PWM comparator which needs no current detecting differential amplifier in a control circuit constituting a current mode control DC/DC converter. The comparator includes a differential input stage including two pairs of input differential transistors whose sources are commonly connected for each pair; two constant-current sources connected to the common sources of the pairs of input differential transistors, respectively; a load transistor commonly connected to drain sides of the pairs and performing a current-voltage conversion; and an output stage connected to a point where the differential input stage and the load transistor are connected to each other. A feedback voltage of an output voltage and a slope compensating waveform signal are input to terminals, respectively, of one pair, and voltages at both ends of a current detecting resistor, which is connected in series to the inductor, are input to terminals, respectively, of the other pair.02-02-2012
20120025794DRIVE CONTROLLER - A drive controller for driving an inductive load connected to a node between first and second switches connected in series with a direct current voltage source includes a first diode, a series circuit of a second diode and an inductor, and a control circuit. The first diode is a parasitic diode of the first switch and connected in antiparallel with the first switch. The series circuit is connected in parallel with the first diode. The control circuit drives the inductor load by applying a control voltage to the first switch before applying a first ON-voltage to the second switch. The first ON-voltage turns ON the second switch. The control voltage is greater than zero and less than a second ON-voltage. The second ON-voltage turns ON the first switch. The control voltage causes the first switch to operate in weak inversion.02-02-2012
20120025793OFFSET AND DELAY CANCELLATION CIRCUIT FOR A SWITCHING DC-DC POWER SUPPLY - A control circuit and method of a switching DC-DC power supply detects the error between the output voltage of the power supply and a design value of the output voltage and according to the error, determines an offset adjust signal to adjust the offset of an error comparator of the power supply to pull the output voltage toward the design value.02-02-2012
20120025791COUPLED INDUCTORS FOR IMPROVED POWER CONVERTER - The disclosure relates to inductors fabricated on a substrate. A first inductor is formed by depositing conducting material on a first side of the substrate and a second inductor is formed by depositing material on a second side of the substrate. The inductors have the same cross section and the paths of the conducting materials are mirror images and provide magnetic flux on a portion of the substrate when equal currents flow in the inductors.02-02-2012
20120025792CONTROLLERS FOR POWER CONVERTERS - A controller for a power converter includes a first amplification stage and a second amplification stage coupled to the first amplification stage. The first amplification stage generates a first amplified signal at a first terminal of an energy storage element according to an output signal the power converter. The second amplification stage generates a second amplified signal at a second terminal of the energy storage element and varies the second amplified signal in response to a change in the output signal. The second amplification stage further decreases the variation of the second amplified signal based on the first amplified signal.02-02-2012
20120206116ACTIVE VOICE BAND NOISE FILTER - Systems and methods for actively reducing or eliminating conducted noise from power provided to DC circuits include a current sensor, a boost converter, a buck converter, and energy supply capacitors. The current sensor senses the input current provided by the power source. The boost converter increases the voltage level above that provided by the power source while maintaining current at or near the level sensed by the current sensor, and while also maintaining a charge on the energy supply capacitors. The buck converter is powered by the output from the boost converter and provides an output voltage to a load. The operation of the boost converter and the buck converter may be controlled to maintain a continuous and low ripple current from the power source and to maintain a continuous and low ripple voltage to the load.08-16-2012
20120153909HYBRID FAST-SLOW PASSGATE CONTROL METHODS FOR VOLTAGE REGULATORS EMPLOYING HIGH SPEED COMPARATORS - Voltage regulator circuits and methods implementing hybrid fast-slow passgate control circuitry are provided to minimize the ripple amplitude of a regulated voltage output. In one aspect, a voltage regulator circuit includes a comparator, a first passgate device, a second passgate device, and a bandwidth limiting control circuit. The comparator compares a reference voltage to a regulated voltage at an output node of the voltage regulator circuit and generates a first control signal on a first gate control path based on a result of the comparing. The first and second passgate devices are connected to the output node of the regulator circuit. The first passgate device is controlled in a bang-bang mode of operation by the first control signal to supply current to the output node. The bandwidth limiting control circuit has an input connected to the first gate control path and an output connected to the second passgate device. The bandwidth limiting control circuit generates a second control signal based on the first control signal, wherein the second control signal is a slew rate limited version of the first control signal, and wherein the second passgate is controlled by the second control signal to supply current to the output node.06-21-2012
20110089915HYSTERETIC CONTROLLED BUCK-BOOST CONVERTER - An apparatus includes a buck boost converter for generating a regulated output voltage responsive to an input voltage. The buck boost converter includes an inductor, a first pair of switching transistors responsive to a first PWM signal and a second pair of switching transistors responsive to a second PWM signal. An error amplifier generates an error voltage responsive to the regulated output voltage and a reference voltage. A control circuit generates the first PWM signal and the second PWM signal responsive to the error voltage and a sensed current voltage responsive to a sensed current through the inductor. The control circuit controls switching of the first pair of switching transistors and the second pair of switching transistors using the first PWM signal and the second PWM signal responsive to the sensed current through the inductor and a plurality of offset error voltages based on the error voltage.04-21-2011
20120119716POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT - A power supply circuit is disclosed in embodiments of the present invention, which includes: a voltage output device, configured to generate an output voltage; a parasitic resistance, connected between an output end of the voltage output device and an external load, where two ends of the parasitic resistance generate a voltage drop; and a compensation circuit, connected to the output end of the voltage output device and configured to generate a compensation voltage, where the compensation voltage is loaded onto the voltage output device, so as to offset the voltage drop generated by the parasitic resistance, so that a voltage obtained at an input end of the load is roughly equal to the output voltage generated by the voltage output device. The circuit is applicable to improving load regulation of a power supply.05-17-2012
20120161728SWITCHING VOLTAGE REGULATORS WITH HYSTERETIC CONTROL FOR ENHANCED MODE-TRANSITION SPEED AND STABILITY - Switching voltage regulator embodiments are provided with hysteretic control to thereby switch between pulse-width modulation and pulse-frequency modulation operational modes. The switching is in response to different levels of an error voltage V06-28-2012
20120249100HIGH BOOST RATIO DC CONVERTER - Disclosed is a high boost ratio DC converter, wherein the first and second switches are controlled by a control chip and the control chip controls the first and second switches in the following sequence: the first and second switches both conduct; the first switch conducts and the second switch is cut off; the first and second switches both conduct; the first switch is cut off and the second switch conducts thus making a first and second inductors and a first and second clamp capacitors charge to a first and second output capacitors. Then the first and second output capacitors discharge a load. Therefore, the load voltage output from the DC power supply will be boosted owing to the discharged load from the first and second output capacitors. The boost ratio is 4/(1−D).10-04-2012
20100244789INTERLEAVED CONVERTER - The present invention includes: an input voltage detector detecting an input voltage of a parallel converter and outputting an input voltage signal; an output voltage detector detecting an output voltage of the parallel converter; and a controller. The controller includes an error amplifier comparing the output voltage signal and a reference voltage and outputting an error amplification signal; an arithmetic operator generating an ON time signal and an OFF time signal based on the input and output voltage signals and the error amplification signal; a phase signal generator generating plural phase signals having different phases based on the ON and OFF time signals and the error amplification signal; a pulse generator generating plural pulse-train signals synchronized with the respective phase signals based on the ON time signal, the error amplification signal and the phase signals; and a driver driving the switching units in accordance with the pulse-train signals.09-30-2010
20120126760LOW DROPOUT REGULATOR - A low-drop out (LDO) regulator circuit is provided having a gate of a pass transistor coupled to an output of an operational transconductance amplifier, the LDO regulator exhibiting a non-dominant pole at an output of the LDO. A dynamic zero-compensation circuit is coupled in parallel to the pass transistor. A compensation control circuit is coupled and configured to adjust a frequency, at which a zero is generated, and cause the generated zero to track with the non-dominant pole.05-24-2012
20120212197System and Method for Providing Power Via a Spurious-Noise-Free Switching Device - A method of generating spurious-noise-free power from a switching device. The method includes generating an oscillating signal in the form of a series of pulse trains, and randomly changing the switching frequency, or the on-time, or both the switching frequency and the on-time of the switching device. The method further includes causing the switching device to change from a first frequency to a second frequency only at the end of a pulse train of the first frequency, and causing the second frequency to start at the beginning of its first pulse train such that no switching duty-cycle disturbance at the time of the change from first to second frequency. In a particular embodiment, the method further generates spurious-noise-free power from a switching device by implementing a relationship between the different switching frequencies involved such that spurious-noise-free operation is achieved.08-23-2012
20120212196SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, AC POWER SUPPLY DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS - A switching power supply device includes a switching power supply integrated circuit that includes a dead time generating unit that generates high-side and low-side drive signals having a dead time based on a PWM signal, a drive signal generating unit that generates first and second PWM signals based on the drive signals and a voltage of an output terminal, and a driver that includes high-side and low-side switch elements driven by the PWM signals; a filter that is connected to the output terminal; a first diode having a cathode connected to the source of the high-side switch element and an anode connected to the output terminal; and a second diode having a cathode connected to the source of the low-side switch element and an anode connected to the output terminal. The first and second diodes are arranged outside the switching power supply integrated circuit.08-23-2012
20120212195CONTROL CIRCUIT, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY - A control circuit arranged in a power supply including first and second switches to control an output voltage of the power supply. The control circuit includes a first control circuit that switches the first and second switches in a complementary manner in accordance with a comparison result of a first reference voltage and a feedback voltage corresponding to the output voltage of the power supply. A first comparison circuit compares the output voltage or feedback voltage with a second reference value. A second comparison circuit compares a coupling point current flowing through a coupling point between the first and second switches with a third reference value. A second control circuit disables complementary switching of the first and second switches in accordance with an output signal from the first comparison circuit and enables the complementary switching in accordance with an output signal of the second comparison circuit.08-23-2012
20120133344SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE - A switching power supply device of a nonlinear control manner is provided, which includes: a reference voltage generation portion, for generating a reference voltage; a ripple injection portion, for using a switch voltage at one end of a switch element to generate a ripple component, and injecting the ripple component into the reference voltage to generate a ripple reference voltage; a comparator, for comparing a feedback voltage corresponding to an output voltage with the ripple reference voltage; a switching control portion, for performing on/off control on the switch element based on an output signal of the comparator; and an offset adjustment portion for generating an offset voltage corresponding to the switch voltage, and setting any of the reference voltage, the feedback voltage, and the ripple reference voltage to the offset voltage.05-31-2012
20120235652SWITCHING MODE POWER SUPPLY WITH VIRTUAL CURRENT SENSING AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - The present technology is related generally to a switching mode power supply with virtual current sensing. The switching mode power supply comprises a power stage that includes a first power switch and a second power switch coupled in series. The switching mode power supply senses a first current flowing through the first power switch during on-time and provides a virtual current sense signal that is proportional to a second current flowing through the second power switch during on-time. The switching mode power supply further combines the real current sense signal and the virtual current sense signal to form a current sense signal, which is sent to the controller to realize desired control.09-20-2012
20090058380MULTIPLE OUTPUT AMPLIFIERS AND COMPARATORS - An amplifier/comparator includes a multitude of output stages all sharing the same input stage. One or more of the output stages are amplification stages and have compensated output signals. A number of other output stages are not compensated and provide comparison signals. Each uncompensated output stage is adapted to switch to a first state if it detects a first input signal as being greater than a second signal, and further to switch to a second state if it detects the first input signal as being smaller than the second signal. By varying the channel-width (W) to channel-length (L) ratio (W/L) of the transistors disposed in the output stages, the trip points of the comparators and/or the electrical characteristics of the amplifiers are selectively varied.03-05-2009
20120169310ADAPTIVE INTEGRATED ANALOG CONTROL SYSTEM COMPENSATION - An analog closed-loop, negative feedback system that adapts feedback compensation during operation thereof to improve dynamic performance thereof. Using a pure analog control loop with digital assist provides speed and simplicity of an analog control loop with the flexibility of digital control. Adapting the compensation allows the system to accurately predict and adjust, at all DC operating points, (1) the margin of stability of the converter, against closed loop oscillation, and (2) the frequency-domain and time-domain responses to perturbations in the input voltage and/or the output current. Operational transconductance amplifiers (OTAs) and digitally controlled digital-to-analog converters (IDACs) are used to dynamically change the operating parameters of the analog closed-loop of the negative feedback system. The negative feedback system may be a switch mode power supply (SMPS).07-05-2012
20120169309CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR SHORT CIRCUIT PROTECTION - A boost converter includes an input terminal and an output terminal. A first switch is connected between a first intermediate node and a reference potential node. An inductive component is connected between the input terminal and the first intermediate node. A rectifying component is connected between the first intermediate node and a second intermediate node. A multi-state module is connected between the second intermediate node and the output terminal, and has at least a low resistance state and a high resistance state. A control module is coupled to the output terminal, the first switch and the multi-state module, and is operable in response to an output voltage to control the first switch and the multi-state module so that the first switch is open and the multi-state module is in the high resistance state if the output voltage is lower than a threshold value.07-05-2012
20120169308RELATIVE EFFICIENCY MEASUREMENT IN A PULSE WIDTH MODULATION SYSTEM - A pulse width modulation (PWM) power conversion system has improved efficiency over a wide operating input voltage and load range. Being able to measure relative efficiency of an analog PWM system allows enhanced control while maintaining the benefits of analog control. An analog low pass filter produces an average value of the PWM pulse train, then this analog average value is converted into digital values with an analog-to-digital converter and stored so that relative efficiencies of the PWM power conversion system may be compared for various combinations of operating parameters.07-05-2012
20120169307SIDO POWER CONVERTER AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF - The present invention relates to a Single Inductor Double Output (SIDO) power converter, which comprises a power-stage circuit, a current detector, a slope compensation device, at least two error amplifiers, a comparing unit, a mode exchange circuit, a logical device and a driver. The SIDO current converter achieves an optimal SIDO power converting efficiency by controlling a full-current mode. Furthermore, different power transferring modes, under a variety of loadings, are used to address the issue of cross regulation and at meanwhile solving output voltage ripples and transient response to ensure the SIDO power converter a more flexible usage environment and better output performance.07-05-2012
20120169306VOLTAGE REGULATOR STRUCTURES AND METHODS WITH BOOTSTRAPPED BIAS CAPACITOR - Voltage regulator structures and methods embodiments are provided which employ a high-side N-type switching transistor to thereby enhance system efficiency and also reduce the die area required by these regulator structures. This structure and its advantages, however, require a gate drive signal higher than the input voltage of the voltage regulator. The embodiments resolve this need with a bias capacitor in a bootstrapped arrangement and a control loop arranged to maintain a bias voltage across the capacitor sufficient to always insure rapid switching of the high-side switching transistor during a pulse-width modulation (PWM) operational mode. The embodiments further include a second control loop arranged to insure sufficient voltage across the capacitor during a pulse-frequency modulation (PFM) operational mode.07-05-2012
20110204860DC-DC CONVERTER WITH AUTOMATIC INDUCTOR DETECTION FOR EFFICIENCY OPTIMIZATION - A DC-DC converter has high-side power and low-side power transistors connected in series between supply terminals, an inductor connected between the power transistors and an output terminal. A comparator compares the output voltage with a reference voltage. A detector detects when inductor current approaches zero. A timer is configured to determine a minimum ON time of the high-side power transistor optimized for a particular value inductor. A current detector detects current flow in the back-gate diode of the low-side power transistor. timer is configured to determine an overriding ON time in response to the back-gate current detector. Logic provides control signals to gate power transistors in response to the comparator and the longer one of the minimum ON time and the overriding ON time. The minimum ON time for the high-side power transistor is adjusted in response to the actual inductance of the inductor.08-25-2011
20120176108DC-TO-DC CONVERTER - According to one embodiment, a DC-to-DC converter includes a high-side switch, a low-side switch, a high-side controller, and a low-side controller. The low-side switch is connected to the high-side switch in series. The high-side controller is configured to control the high-side switch. The low-side controller includes a first detector and an offset canceller. The first detector is configured to detect a current of the low-side switch. The offset canceller is configured to hold an output of the first detector as an offset voltage when the low-side switch is off and compensate an output of the first detector by the offset voltage when the low-side switch is on. The low-side controller is configured to compare a compensated output of the first detector with a reference voltage and turn off the low-side switch.07-12-2012
20120176107LDO LINEAR REGULATOR WITH IMPROVED TRANSIENT RESPONSE - An LDO regulator system has first and second current mirror circuits connected to its output terminal. A load attached to the output terminal is supplied with a constant voltage. Variations in the load that cause variations in the magnitude of the output voltage trigger one of the first or second current mirror circuits to generate a current that varies the magnitude of a gate voltage of a pass-transistor. The variation in the gate voltage in turns varies the drain current of the pass-transistor, which varies the output voltage to counter the change in the magnitude of the output voltage. Using the first and second current mirror circuits avoids the need for a large load capacitor and very high bandwidth of a conventional LDO regulator.07-12-2012
20120176106SWITCHING SUPPLY CIRCUITS AND METHODS - In one embodiment the present invention includes a switching circuit. The circuit comprises a first transistor, a second transistor, and a boost circuit. The first transistor couples a first power source to a first intermediate node during a first phase of operation and the second transistor couples a second intermediate node to the first intermediate node during a second phase of operation. The boost circuit is coupled to the second intermediate node and provides a second power source by a transferring of energy from the first power source. The transferring of energy includes an inductor receiving energy from the first power source during the first phase of operation and providing a portion of said energy to the boost circuit during the second phase of operation. The boost circuit provides a biasing to enable deactivation of the second transistor during the first phase of operation.07-12-2012
20120074916Switch-Mode Voltage Regulator - The invention concerns a switch-mode voltage regulator, comprising : an inductor (L); a generator for producing a voltage ramp (03-29-2012
20120313595Power Converter Package Structure and Method - An embodiment power converter package comprises a semiconductor die, an output inductor, a plurality of input capacitors and output capacitors. The semiconductor die, the output inductor and the plurality of capacitors are mounted on a lead frame and connected one to another through various pads on the lead frame. The semiconductor die comprises a high side switch, a low side switch and a driver. The power converter package is electrically coupled to an external pulse width modulation controller through a variety of input and output pads.12-13-2012
20090066302BOOST DC/DC CONVERTER - A disclosed boost DC/DC converter includes a direct-current power source, of which a negative terminal is connected to ground; an inductor connected to a positive terminal of the direct-current power source; a first switching element connected between the inductor and ground and having a control node for controlling an on-resistance thereof; a second switching element connected in series to the inductor and having a control node for controlling an on-resistance thereof; a smoothing capacitor connected between the second switching element and ground; a switching circuit configured to select a voltage of the direct-current power source during a start-up phase, and to select an output voltage of the smoothing capacitor after the start-up phase; and a control unit configured to cause the switching circuit to apply the voltage selected by the switching circuit to the control node of each of the first and the second switching elements at a predetermined cycle.03-12-2009
20120313596HIGH-FREQUENCY SUPPLY OF A LOAD WITHOUT IMPEDANCE MATCHING - An energy supplying device for a load has a direct current source, a number of switching stages, and a control device. The switching stages are connected to the direct current source, the load, and the control device such that the control device can drive the switching stages to selectively connect the load to the direct current source. Each switching stage has a field effect transistor and a number of freewheeling diodes connected in opposition to the respective field effect transistor in parallel. The field effect transistors have a maximum operational threshold frequency. Each freewheeling diode has a recovery time. For each switching stage, the recovery times of the respective freewheeling diodes correspond with the reciprocal value of the threshold frequency of the respective field effect transistor. The control device controls the switching stages at least intermittently such that power is reflected back into the switching stages on the basis of a mismatch.12-13-2012
20120256608LINEAR VOLTAGE STABILIZING CIRCUIT - A linear voltage stabilizing circuit includes a main stabilizing unit, a first resistor, a second resistor, and a sub-stabilizing unit. The main stabilizing unit includes a first transistor connected between a signal input terminal and a signal output terminal, and a first comparator controlling the first transistor. The first and the second resistor are connected between the signal input terminal and ground. The voltage between the first resistor and the second resistor is equal to a first reference voltage. The sub-stabilizing unit includes a third resistor, a fourth resistor, a second transistor connected between the signal input terminal and the first transistor, and a second comparator. The third and fourth resistor are connected between the second comparator and ground. The node of the third and fourth resistor is connected to the node between the first and the second resistor. The second comparator controls the second transistor turn on or off.10-11-2012
20120299563POWER CONVERTER AND CONTROL METHOD USING THE SAME - A power converter and a control method using the same are provided. The converter includes a power output stage, a feedback circuit, and an input detecting circuit. The power output stage transfers an input voltage to an output voltage, and adjusts the output voltage according to a feedback signal. The feedback circuit is used for generating the feedback signal associated with the output voltage. The input detecting circuit is used for detecting a variation of the input voltage to produce an input related signal associated with the input voltage. The input related signal is used to influence the feedback signal in linkage, so as to change the output voltage of the power output stage.11-29-2012
20120299562SWITCHING REGULATOR AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCORPORATING SAME - A switching regulator includes a first switching element connected between an input terminal and an output terminal; a second switching element connected between the output terminal and a ground; a switching-time control circuit to generate a first switching-time control signal indicating finish timing of an ON-period of the first switching element, based on a ratio of a length of the ON-period of the first switching element to a sum of lengths of ON-periods of the first and second switching elements; a comparator generate a second switching-time control signal indicating finish timing of the ON-period of the second switching element when a feedback voltage is smaller than a reference voltage; and a switching-element control circuit to control switching of the first and second switching elements so that the first and second switching elements are turned on complementarily based on the first and second switching-time control signals.11-29-2012
20120229106REGULATOR - A regulator includes a first amplifier, a second amplifier, a current control circuit, a first P-type metal-oxide-semiconductor transistor, a second P-type metal-oxide-semiconductor transistor, and a feedback circuit. The current control circuit includes a controller and at least one switch, and a second terminal of the first P-type metal-oxide-semiconductor transistor is coupled to a second terminal of the second P-type metal-oxide-semiconductor transistor. The regulator utilizes the controller to turn off the at least one switch during operation of the regulator in a light load mode, and the regulator utilizes the controller to turn on the at least one switch in turn when the regulator changes from the light load mode to a heavy load mode. Thus, the regulator can quickly recover a load current in the heavy load mode.09-13-2012
20120229107SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CURRENT SENSING WITHIN A VOLTAGE REGULATOR - A current sense amplifier includes a high-side current sense amplifier and a low-side current sense amplifier. The high-side current sense amplifier provides a current sense voltage signal for use with a voltage regulator and generates the current sense voltage signal responsive to a first current sensed through a high-side switching transistor in a first mode when the high-side switching transistor is turned on and the low-side switching transistor is turned off. The high-side current sense amplifier generates the current sense voltage signal responsive to a second current through the low-side switching transistor in a second mode when the low-side switching transistor is turned on and the high-side switching transistor is turned off. The low-side current sense amplifier senses the second current through the low-side switching transistor and generates a current control signal to the high-side current sense amplifier in the second mode.09-13-2012
20120229105Hysteretic Switching Regulator With Reduced Switching Frequency Variation - Embodiments of a hysteretic switching regulator with reduced switching frequency variation over changes in one or more of input voltage, output voltage, and temperature are provided herein. A frequency adjust controller is specifically used to adjust a parameter of an integrator within the hysteretic switching regulator to compensate for changes in one or more of input voltage, output voltage, and temperature to maintain the switching frequency of the regulator within a narrow frequency range. Limiting the potentially wide switching frequency variation makes filtering of electromagnetic interference (EMI) caused by the switching action of the hysteretic switching regulator more effective and simpler to implement.09-13-2012
20080297125VOLTAGE REGULATOR, VOLTAGE REGULATING METHOD THEREOF AND VOLTAGE GENERATOR USING THE SAME - A voltage regulator and a voltage regulating method thereof and a voltage generator using the voltage regulator are disclosed by the present invention. The voltage regulator of the present invention uses a first switching unit and a second switching unit to respectively provide an operational transconductance amplifier (OTA) with different closed-loop feedback paths during a first period and a second period. In this way, an auto-zeroing unit is able to exactly store an input offset voltage presented between the inverting input terminal and the non-inverting input terminal of the OTA.12-04-2008
20120268089LEVEL SHIFTER, CONTROLLER, AND DC-TO-DC CONVERTER - According to one embodiment, a level shifter includes a current generator, a current switch, and a protection circuit. The current generator is connected between a first high potential terminal and a first low potential terminal and configured to generate a first current at a first output line. The current switch is connected between a second high potential terminal and a second low potential terminal. The current switch is configured to receive the first current with a higher current supply capacity than the current generator and pass the first current or cut off the first current in accordance with an input signal. The protection circuit is connected to the first output line between the current generator and the current switch. The protection circuit is configured to limit an electric potential of the first output line.10-25-2012
20120326681POWER SUPPLY UNIT - A power supply unit includes first and second sub-power supply module, each having first and second inductor, first and second switching element which switches current supplied from an input power supply to the first and second inductor, first and second drive control circuit which drives the first and second switching element, and first and second sub-output terminal to which current is output from the first and second inductor respectively; and a common output terminal to which the first sub-output terminal and the second sub-output terminal are coupled, wherein an ON operation of the first switching element is controlled depending on whether or not an output voltage of the common output terminal is lower than a first voltage, and an ON operation of the second switching element is controlled depending on whether or not the output voltage is lower than a second voltage, which is different from the first voltage.12-27-2012
20120319664DC POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - A DC power supply system delivers DC output having a neutral point and higher than the input voltage of a single DC power supply by a circuit with series-connected switching elements. The DC power supply system addresses the problem of imbalance between the voltage between a positive terminal and the neutral point and the voltage between a negative terminal and the neutral point. In operational control of the DC power supply system, a capacitor voltage between the neutral point and the positive terminal and a capacitor voltage between the neutral point and the negative terminal are compared, and four switching elements are operated to equalize the two capacitor voltages.12-20-2012
20120268088DC TO DC BUCK CONVERTING CONTROLLER - A constant on-time period of a DC to DC buck converting controller is adjusted according to a level of a preset output voltage. Therefore, the DC to DC buck converting controller of the present invention is suitable for any applications with different requests of output voltages or different operating mode.10-25-2012
20120268090SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY DEVICE - A switching power supply device of the present invention switches an application of a voltage to a coil. The switching power supply device includes: a switching element that (i) has a normally-on type first switching element and a normally-off type second switching element which are cascode-connected to each other at and (ii) switches the application of the voltage to the coil; and a control circuit that (i) detects a voltage at a cascode connecting point and (ii) controls turning-on of the switching element in accordance with the detected voltage.10-25-2012
20120319662Switching Regulator and Control Circuit and Method Therefor - The present invention discloses a switching regulator, a control circuit and a control method therefor. The switching regulator comprises an upper gate switch, a lower gate switch, and an inductor connected to a switching node. When a current passing through the upper gate switch or the inductor is lower than a threshold, the lower gate switch is kept OFF until a next cycle, and during the cycle wherein the lower gate switch is OFF, the upper gate switch is turned ON for a period of time.12-20-2012
20120319663LOAD-TESTING CIRCUIT FOR USB PORTS - A power supply circuit is configured for simulating the maximum standard load currents for different kinds of USB ports, and each of the USB ports includes a power terminal; the load-testing circuit includes a voltage regulating circuit, a voltage dividing circuit, a first operational amplifier, a first transistor, and a current limiting resistor. The voltage regulating circuit is configured for supplying a reference voltage to the voltage dividing circuit. The reference voltage is divided by sub-circuits of the voltage dividing circuit. When the sub-circuit connected to the voltage regulating circuit and the first operational amplifier is changed, a current flows from the first transistor and the current limiting resistor is changed.12-20-2012
20110210709MULTIMODE VOLTAGE REGULATOR AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A MULTIMODE VOLTAGE REGULATOR OUTPUT VOLTAGE AND AN OUTPUT CURRENT TO A LOAD - A multimode voltage regulator comprises an output for providing a regulator output voltage Vdd and an output current to a load and a low power reference voltage source having a reference voltage output providing the regulator output voltage Vdd, when in a first low power mode the output current is not greater than a threshold value. It may comprise a buffer amplifier having an output providing the regulator output voltage Vdd, when the output current is greater than the threshold value and a first bias voltage input being connected in a second low power mode to the reference voltage output when the output current is greater than the threshold value for less than a predefined time. And it may comprise a mode controller for automatically determining the output current and automatically switching from first low power mode to second low power mode.09-01-2011
20120126761CIRCUITRY FOR CONTROLLING A VOLTAGE - Circuitry configured for controlling a voltage is described. The circuitry includes a transient detector that detects a transient in a first frame. The circuitry also includes a controller coupled to the transient detector. The controller determines a duty cycle during a period upon detection of the transient and promotes a second frame based on the period.05-24-2012
20120081085POWER SUPPLY CONTROLLER, ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER SUPPLY - A comparator type power supply controller that controls an output voltage. The power supply controller includes a comparator that compares a feedback voltage, which corresponds to the output voltage, with a reference voltage, wherein the comparator instructs power supply when the feedback voltage decreases when the feedback voltage decreases from the reference voltage. An offset application circuit is coupled to the comparator. The offset application circuit controls an input offset voltage of the comparator and decreases the input offset voltage as time elapses when the feedback voltage becomes lower than the reference voltage after the power supply ends. An amplifier amplifies a voltage difference of the feedback voltage and the reference voltage. The offset application circuit increases a change speed of the input offset voltage as the voltage difference increases in accordance with an output voltage of the amplifier.04-05-2012
20120091978DC-DC CONVERTER - A DC-DC converter transforms a DC input voltage to generate a DC output voltage by complementary switching control of a main switching transistor and a synchronous rectifying transistor. The DC-DC converter includes a soft-start circuit configured to generate a soft-start voltage rising from an initial voltage at start-up of the DC-DC converter; and a control circuit configured to control switching of the main switching transistor and the synchronous rectifying transistor based on the soft-start voltage to perform soft start of the DC-DC converter. The control circuit brings both of the main switching transistor and the synchronous rectifying transistor to an off state while the soft-start voltage is lower than the DC output voltage.04-19-2012
20120091976BOOTSTRAP CIRCUIT WITHOUT A REGULATOR OR A DIODE - A bootstrap circuit without a regulator and a diode includes a comparator, a first switch, and a capacitor. The comparator has a first terminal for receiving a reference voltage, a second terminal coupled to a bootstrap voltage output terminal of the bootstrap circuit, and a third terminal for outputting a switch control signal. The first switch has a first terminal for receiving an input voltage, a second terminal for receiving the switch control signal, and a third terminal coupled to the bootstrap voltage output terminal. The capacitor is coupled between a voltage switching terminal and the second terminal of the comparator.04-19-2012
20120286747BUCK CONVERTER - A buck converter includes an input terminal, two MOSFETs, a PWM module and a control module. The input terminal is coupled to a power source, the PWM module is coupled to the gates of the two MOSFETs to turn on and turn off the two MOSFETs alternately. The control module is configured to shut down the power source if a drain-source resistance in each one of the two MOSFETs is not within normal values when either MOSFET is turned on.11-15-2012
20120286749STEP-UP/DOWN DC-DC CONVERTER AND SWITCHING CONTROL CIRCUIT - A step-up/down DC-DC converter and switching control circuit are described. According to one implementation, a switching control circuit generates an on/off signal of a first switching device supplying a current to a voltage conversion inductor of a step-up/down DC-DC converter and a second switching device receiving the current from the inductor. The switching control circuit includes an error amplifier circuit, an inverting amplifier circuit, a waveform generator circuit, a first voltage comparator circuit, a second voltage comparator circuit, and a peak-value detector circuit. The peak-value detector circuit detects a peak value of triangle waves generated at the waveform generator circuit and supplies a voltage corresponding to the peak value to the inverting amplifier circuit as a reference voltage.11-15-2012
20130009618VOLTAGE CONVERTER - The present invention relates to a voltage converter, which uses an inductor coupled between a power supply and a reference voltage for providing a supply voltage. A plurality of output capacitors are coupled to both sides of the inductor, respectively, and receive the supply voltage for producing a positive voltage and a negative voltage. A plurality of output switches are coupled to both sides of the inductor, respectively, and control the inductor to charge the plurality of output capacitors. A feedback control circuit produces a control signal according to the positive and negative voltages for controlling the plurality of output switches. Thereby, the present invention can produce positive and negative voltage by means of the inductor. Accordingly, the voltage converter according to the present invention avoids usage of multiple inductors and capacitors in producing voltages with different levels, and thus reducing the circuit area as well as the manufacturing cost.01-10-2013
20130009619Multi-Phase Power System with Redundancy - An integrated circuit device for delivering power to a load includes a controller circuit, a cascade circuit, and a power delivery circuit. The controller circuit generates a plurality of control signals. The cascade circuit receives the control signals from the controller circuit and sequentially outputs the control signals onto a cascade bus. The power delivery circuit receives the control signals from the controller circuit and delivers an amount of current to the load, in response to one of the control signals.01-10-2013
20130009617CONTROL CIRCUITS FOR SWITCHING POWER CONVERTERS AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - The present application discloses a control circuit of a switching power converter, wherein the switching power converter comprises a power switch, and is configured to convert an input voltage into an output voltage, the control circuit comprises: a first time generating circuit configured to generate a first time signal; a phase lock circuit configured to generate a second time signal; and a switching signal generating circuit configured to generate a switching signal to control the ON and OFF switching of the power switch. The phase lock circuit generates the second time signal in accordance with the frequency difference between the switching signal and a reference clock signal, so as to get the frequency of the switching signal to be substantially equal to the frequency of the reference clock signal.01-10-2013
20120242305SWITCHING CIRCUIT AND DC-TO-DC CONVERTER - According to one embodiment, a switching circuit includes a high-side switch, a low-side switch, and a driver. The high-side switch is connected between a power supply terminal and an output terminal. The low-side switch is connected between the output terminal and a ground terminal. The driver is configured to turn off any one of the high-side switch and the low-side switch according to a control signal. The driver is configured to supply a first voltage to a control terminal of one other switch in a first period to turn on the one other switch, and supply a second voltage higher than the first voltage to the control terminal of the one other switch after the first period.09-27-2012
20120242304Source Driver Current Fold-Back Protection - A load current is limited to a safe level with a current protection logic circuit within a first selected interval after detection of a fault condition. The current protection logic circuit returns the load current to a normal level within a second selected interval after correction of the fault condition, wherein said safe level is less than one half of the normal level. The current protection logic circuit is a feature of a high side driver comprising at least two source drivers, each source driver being configured to switch an electrical load to a common power supply, and comprising a respective current protection logic circuit.09-27-2012
20080252271Power conversion device - In a power conversion device having high side and low side switches connected to a coil, a direction of a coil current is determined during a dead time period where the respective switches turn off at the same time to make the increase/decrease ratio of the coil current correspond to a command value. Based on a direction detection signal and a PWM signal of a PWM signal generation unit, an operation mode of a power converter circuit is determined, and a ratio correction value and an offset value of the PWM signal is set with respect to a control period of the PWM signal. As a result, a change in the operation mode of the power converter circuit is detected to allow the increase/decrease ratio of the coil current to correspond to a command switching ratio.10-16-2008
20080238382Anti-ringing switching regulator and control method therefor - The present invention discloses an anti-ringing switching regulator, comprising a variable resistor, a transistor, and an inductor electrically connected to a common node, in which the variable resistor is electrically connected with an input voltage, the transistor is electrically connected to ground, and the inductor is electrically connected to an output terminal, whereby the input voltage is converted and transmitted to the output terminal according to the resistance variation of the variable resistor and the switching of the transistor.10-02-2008
20080224674DC-DC CONVERTER AND POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - A DC-DC converter prevents localization of switching operations at light loads and is able to improve power conversion efficiency. The DC-DC converter of some variations performs pulse frequency modulation control at light loads, and includes a reducing circuit configured to skip an oscillation frequency signal at light loads and to generate a skipped signal.09-18-2008
20080224673Circuit for starting up a synchronous step-up DC/DC converter and the method thereof - The low voltage circuit for starting up a synchronous step-up DC/DC converter, which connects to a voltage source through an inductor, includes a P-type power transistor, an N-type power transistor and a controller. The P-type power transistor includes a body diode, and one end of the P-type power transistor acts as a power source of an oscillator. The N-type power transistor connects the P-type power transistor in series, and both of the power transistors are not enabled at the same time. The oscillator electrically connects to the controller, which enables the P-type power transistor at initialization time, and enables the N-type power transistor a period after the initialization time.09-18-2008
20130200865SWITCH MODE POWER SUPPLY FOR ENVELOPE TRACKING - There is disclosed an envelope tracked power supply comprising a high bandwidth, low delay closed loop switch mode power supply stage comprising: a pulse width modulator for generating a width modulated pulse in dependence on an input signal and an output voltage of the switch mode power supply stage; a wideband transformer, having a winding of a first side connected to receive the modulated pulse, and a winding of a second side; and an output stage connected to the winding of the second side of the transformer, and for generating the output voltage in dependence on the modulated pulse induced in the winding of the second side.08-08-2013
20130141059DYNAMIC BIAS SOFT START CONTROL APPARATUS AND METHODS - Apparatus and methods operate to disable a dynamically biased apparatus and a dynamic bias current source providing dynamic bias current to the apparatus at the beginning of a static bias startup period shortly after power-on. The dynamically biased apparatus is then gradually enabled in a static bias mode of operation during the static bias startup period. Following the end of the static bias startup period, operation of the dynamically biased apparatus in a dynamic transconductance mode is gradually enabled during a dynamic bias startup period. Such startup sequence operates to prevent damaging in-rush currents in a system employing the dynamically biased apparatus in a feedback control loop.06-06-2013
20130141060SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND DC-DC CONVERTER - A DC-DC converter includes a smoothing capacitor connected between a first output terminal connected to a first end of a load and a second output terminal connected to a second end of the load, the smoothing capacitor smoothing an output voltage. The DC-DC converter includes a choke coil having a first end connected to a first end of a battery. The DC-DC converter includes a semiconductor integrated circuit having a switch terminal connected to a second end of the choke coil, a first potential terminal connected to the first output terminal, and a second potential terminal connected to the second output terminal and a second end of the battery.06-06-2013
20130141064VOLTAGE OFFSET LOOP FOR A SWITCHING CONTROLLER - This disclosure relates to radio frequency (RF) power converters and methods of operating the same. In one embodiment, an RF power converter includes an RF switching converter, a low-drop out (LDO) regulation circuit, and an RF filter. The RF filter is coupled to receive a pulsed output voltage from the RF switching converter and a supply voltage from the LDO regulation circuit. The RF filter is operable to alternate between a first RF filter topology and a second RF filter topology. In the first RF filter topology, the RF filter is configured to convert the pulsed output voltage from a switching circuit into the supply voltage. The RF filter in the second RF filter topology is configured to filter the supply voltage from the LDO regulation circuit to reduce a ripple variation in a supply voltage level of the supply voltage. As such, the RF filter provides greater versatility.06-06-2013
20110273151DC-DC CONVERTER CIRCUITS, AND METHODS AND APPARATUS INCLUDING SUCH CIRCUITS - Electrical power from an input voltage supply is converted to first and second output voltages of opposite polarities using a single inductor (L) and only four principal switches (S11-10-2011
20110273150Control Loop for Switching Power Converters - A pulse regulation loop for a clocked switching power converter where the loop is around a bridge converter. The loop features a comparator, a charge pump and a filter in series, feeding a pulse modulator controlling the clock duty cycle of the bridge. Ripple in the bridge converter output is feed to the comparator which causes the charge pump to inject or remove charge from the filter at the clock rate providing control over the modulator that establishes converter efficiency. The charge pump is of the PLL type, having switches responsive to voltage output from the comparator, evaluating the converter ripple relative to a reference voltage.11-10-2011
20120249099BOOT-STRAP REGULATOR FOR GATE DRIVER - Techniques are disclosed relating to supplying a power supply voltage to a gate driver. In one embodiment, an apparatus is disclosed that includes a first transistor configured to raise a voltage at a node and a second transistor configured to lower the voltage at the node. The apparatus further includes a first driver configured to receive a first power supply voltage, and to use the first power supply voltage to control a gate voltage of the first transistor. The apparatus further includes a second driver configured to receive a second power supply voltage, and to use the second power supply voltage to control a gate voltage of the second transistor. In such an embodiment, the apparatus includes a first regulator coupled to the first driver and configured to generate the first power supply voltage based on the second power supply voltage.10-04-2012
20130169248SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING DCM-CCM OSCILLATION IN A CURRENT-CONTROLLED SWITCHING MODE POWER SUPPLY CONVERTER - A constant-frequency current-mode-controlled boost converter circuit provides slope compensation of an inductor current, reduces reverse inductor current in light output load conditions, and reduces oscillation between a discontinuous current mode and a continuous current mode by enabling or disabling an inductor current threshold. The constant-frequency current-mode-controlled boost converter circuit is efficient and stable in light, medium, and heavy output load conditions.07-04-2013
20130200864DC-DC CONVERTER AND VOLTAGE CONVERSION METHOD THEREOF - A DC-DC converter and a voltage conversion method thereof are provided. The DC-DC converter includes an output unit, a control unit and a trigger unit. The output unit converts an input voltage into an output voltage. The control unit generates a control signal according to the input voltage, an output feedback voltage related to the output voltage and a reference voltage, so as to make the output unit generate the output voltage. The trigger unit generates a first trigger signal according to the control signal, the output feedback voltage and the reference voltage. When the output feedback voltage is less than the reference voltage by a preset voltage, the control unit controls the output unit to perform a voltage-regulating process to the output voltage in advance.08-08-2013
20130099761Switching-Mode Power Supply with Ripple Mode Control and Associated Methods - The present invention discloses a SMPS. The SMPS comprises an output port, configured to supply a load; a control signal generator, having an input and an output configured to provide a first control signal; a first switch configured to receive the first control signal and regulate the voltage at the output port; and a ramp signal generator, comprising an input and an output, wherein the input is configured to receive the control signal and the output is configured to provide a current signal simulating an output signal at the output port, and wherein the output of the ramp signal generator is further coupled to the input of the means for generating control signal.04-25-2013
20130099760DIRECT-CURRENT STABILIZED POWER SUPPLY DEVICE - A direct-current stabilized power supply device that drops a voltage from a power supply of a solar cell in which output power is unstable, and supplies a stable voltage necessary for measurement equipment and the like.04-25-2013
20130141062RF POWER CONVERTER - This disclosure relates to radio frequency (RF) power converters and methods of operating the same. In one embodiment, an RF power converter includes an RF switching converter, a low-drop out (LDO) regulation circuit, and an RF filter. The RF filter is coupled to receive a pulsed output voltage from the RF switching converter and a supply voltage from the LDO regulation circuit. The RF filter is operable to alternate between a first RF filter topology and a second RF filter topology. In the first RF filter topology, the RF filter is configured to convert the pulsed output voltage from a switching circuit into the supply voltage. The RF filter in the second RF filter topology is configured to filter the supply voltage from the LDO regulation circuit to reduce a ripple variation in a supply voltage level of the supply voltage. As such, the RF filter provides greater versatility.06-06-2013
20130141058INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED VOLTAGE CONTROLLER - An integrated circuit device has a housing having a plurality of external pins; a central processing unit (CPU) operating at an internal core voltage and being coupled with the plurality of pins; and an internal switched mode voltage regulator receiving an external supply voltage being higher than the internal core voltage through at least first and second external pins of the plurality of external pins and generating the internal core voltage, wherein the internal switched mode voltage regulator is coupled with at least one external component through at least one further external pin of the plurality of external pins.06-06-2013
20130141061BUCK COVERTER WITH OVERCURRENT PROTECTION FUNCTION - A buck converter configured for converting a voltage output from a power supply to a load includes a first switch, a second switch, an inductor, three compensators and a control microchip. The first switch and the second switch are connected in series between two ends of the power supply. A first end of the inductor is connected to a node between the first switch and the second switch; a second end of the inductor serves as an output terminal connected to the load. The compensators are correspondingly connected to the first switch, the second switch and the inductor. The control microchip is electrically connected to the first and second switches and the node. The control microchip controls the first and second switches to turn on or off, and executes a current protective process when output current of the output terminal exceeds a current protective threshold of the load.06-06-2013
20130141063MULTIPLE MODE RF POWER CONVERTER - This disclosure relates to radio frequency (RF) power converters and methods of operating the same. In one embodiment, an RF power converter includes an RF switching converter, a low-drop out (LDO) regulation circuit, and an RF filter. The RF filter is coupled to receive a pulsed output voltage from the RF switching converter and a supply voltage from the LDO regulation circuit. The RF filter is operable to alternate between a first RF filter topology and a second RF filter topology. In the first RF filter topology, the RF filter is configured to convert the pulsed output voltage from a switching circuit into the supply voltage. The RF filter in the second RF filter topology is configured to filter the supply voltage from the LDO regulation circuit to reduce a ripple variation in a supply voltage level of the supply voltage. As such, the RF filter provides greater versatility.06-06-2013
20110210708High Frequency Power Supply Module Having High Efficiency and High Current - A high frequency power supply module (09-01-2011
20080197823CONVERTER CIRCUIT - A multiphase converter comprising a plurality of converter circuits, each converter circuit having series connected high and low side switches connected across a voltage bus with a common node provided therebetween, each of the common nodes connected through a respective inductor to an output node of the converter coupled to a load, the high and low side switches each being controlled by a control circuit to provide a desired output voltage at the output node, the control circuit including a first circuit for disabling and enabling at least one phase in response to a condition of the load, the circuit causing the high side switch to be turned on prior to the lower side switch when a disabled phase is enabled.08-21-2008
20130147445VOLTAGE MULTIPLIER CHARGE PUMP BUCK - DC to DC converter circuitry includes a dual phase charge pump and at least one pair of multiplier phase circuits. The dual phase charge pump is coupled to each one of the at least one pair of multiplier circuits and adapted to receive a DC input voltage and only four control signals, and produce a stepped-up output voltage. Each one of the at least one pair of multiplier phase circuits are adapted to receive the stepped-up output voltage, a cross-coupled control signal from the other multiplier phase circuit in the pair of multiplier phase circuits, and a different one of the control signals and further multiply the stepped-up output voltage to produce a multiplied stepped-up output voltage with a magnitude that is approximately three times that of the DC input voltage or greater.06-13-2013
20120274293MULTIPHASE CONVERTER WITH CONTROLLABLE PHASE SHIFT - In one embodiment, a multiphase converter is disclosed. The multiphase converter may comprise a plurality of phase circuits and a plurality of phase control circuits. Each phase circuit may comprise a switch having a control terminal, and the control terminal of the switch may be configured to receive a drive signal. Each phase control circuit may be corresponding to one of the phase circuits, and each phase control circuit may be configured to provide a phase control signal to adjust an ON-time period or a reference signal for the corresponding phase circuit. The phase control signal may be responsive to the drive signal of the corresponding phase circuit.11-01-2012
20120274292BUCK CONVERTER - A buck converter includes a power supply unit, two MOSFETs and a delay circuit. The PWM module is coupled to the gates of the two MOSFETs to alternatively turn on the two MOSFETs. The delay circuit is coupled between an output terminal and an input node of the PWM module for making sure that a voltage applied to the PWM module is after a voltage applied to a drain the MOSFETs.11-01-2012
20110234183POWER SUPPLY CIRCUIT AND DYNAMIC SWITCH VOLTAGE CONTROL - According to one configuration, a monitor circuit monitors a delivery of power supplied by one or more switch devices to a dynamic load. Based on an amount of power delivered to the load as measured by the monitor circuit, a control circuit produces a voltage control signal. A gate bias voltage generator circuit utilizes the voltage control signal to generate a switch activation voltage or bias voltage. A switch drive circuit uses the switch activation voltage as generated by the bias voltage generator to activate each of the one or more switch devices during a portion of a switching cycle when a respective switch device is in an ON state, and the respective switch device conducts current from a voltage source through the switch device to the load. The control circuit adjusts the voltage control signal to modify a level of the switch activation voltage depending on the dynamic load.09-29-2011
20130154590SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR REGULATING A SWITCHING CONVERTER - Systems and methods for regulating a switching converter are disclosed. One embodiment of the present invention relates to a power supply system that comprises a switching converter that provides an output voltage by alternately turning on and off a high-side transistor and a low-side transistor both coupled to an output inductor through a switching node. The switching converter includes a drive circuit that regulates the output voltage based on a feedback signal. The power supply system also comprises a simulated output generator that generates and provides the drive circuit with a simulated inductor waveform as the feedback signal based on a low-side output waveform of the low-side transistor measured at the switching node during off-times of the switching converter.06-20-2013
20130154591Symmetrical Output Switch-Mode Power Supply - The invention relates to a switched-mode power supply delivering a first (V06-20-2013
20130154589DC TO DC CONVERTER DESIGNED TO MITIGATE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH LOW DUTY CYCLE OPERATION - DC to DC converters are described that include two converters interconnected and operated to mitigate at least some of the effects of low duty cycle operation.06-20-2013
20130181692POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - A power supply system for supplying a power to a device is disclosed. The power supply system includes a solar cell and a regulator coupled with the solar cell. The solar cell receives and converts sunlight into an output voltage. The regulator converts the output voltage into a desired voltage level to be supplied to the device. The regulator is a DC-DC converter.07-18-2013
20090102440Buck-Boost Switching Voltage Regulator - A buck-boost switching regulator includes two buck switches and two boost switches. Two ramp voltages VY and VY are generated. The voltage VY is compared to a voltage VEA04-23-2009
20110298431METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR OPERATING DEVICES WITH SOLAR POWER - Solar power tracking techniques are described herein. In one aspect of the invention, a solar power tracking apparatus includes, but is not limited to, a voltage converter and a controller coupled to the voltage converter. The voltage converter includes an input capable of being coupled to a solar power source and an output capable of being coupled to an electronic load, such as, for example, a portable electronic device. The voltage converter is configured to monitor or detect an amount of power drawn by the electronic load at the output of the voltage converter. In response to the monitored power drawn, the controller is configured to control the voltage converter to reduce amount of power to be drawn subsequently if the monitored amount of power exceeds a predetermined threshold. As a result, the output voltage from the solar power source is maintained within a predetermined range. Other methods and apparatuses are also described.12-08-2011
20130187623SMART DIMMING SOLUTION FOR LED LIGHT BULB AND OTHER NON-LINEAR POWER AC LOADS - A dimmer is provided that includes an MCU, a first power switch, and a pair of second power switches. The MCU is coupled to and configured to control the first power switch and the pair of second power switches, wherein the MCU is configured to activate the first power switch to conduct current to a load during a first continuous period of time. The MCU is also configured to alternately activate the pair of second power switches to conduct current to the load during a second continuous period of time. The MCU is configured to deactivate the pair of second power switches during the entire first period of time, and the MCU is configured to deactivate the first power switch during the entire first period of time. The first and second continuous periods do not overlap in time.07-25-2013
20110316503Control Method for Multi-Phase DC-DC Controller and Multi-Phase DC-DC Controller - A multi-phase DC-DC controller. The multi-phase DC-DC controller comprises converter channels, a channel control device and a power control device. Each converter channel comprises a switch device, a first output node and an inductor coupled between the switch device and the first output node. The channel control device generates adjusted pulse width modulation signals according to control signals of the converter channels to respectively control operation of the switch device in each converter channel. The power control device generates the control signals according to sensed currents in the converter channels so as to dynamically turn on or off each converter channel according to the sensed currents.12-29-2011
20120019219Constant on-time switching regulator, and control method and on-time calculation circuit therefor - The present invention discloses a constant on-time switching regulator, a control method therefor, and an on-time calculation circuit for calculating an on-time period of a constant on-time switching regulator. The on-time calculation circuit calculates on-time according to practical conditions. It includes: a driver gate receiving a gate signal of a power switch in a switching regulator, the driver gate operating between high and low levels of a first reference voltage and ground; a low pass filter receiving an output from the driver gate and generating a second reference voltage, a ratio between the second reference voltage and the first reference voltage being substantially the same as a duty ratio of the gate signal; and an on-time generator comparing the second reference voltage with a ramp signal to determine an on-time of the power switch.01-26-2012
20120019218Constant on-time switching regulator, and control method and on-time calculation circuit therefor - The present invention discloses a constant on-time switching regulator, a control method therefor, and an on-time calculation circuit for calculating an on-time period of a constant on-time switching regulator. The on-time calculation circuit calculates on-time according to practical conditions. It includes: a driver gate receiving a gate signal of a power switch in a switching regulator, the driver gate operating between high and low levels of a first reference voltage and ground; a low pass filter receiving an output from the driver gate and generating a second reference voltage, a ratio between the second reference voltage and the first reference voltage being substantially the same as a duty ratio of the gate signal; and an on-time generator comparing the second reference voltage with a ramp signal to determine an on-time of the power switch.01-26-2012
20130193937SWITCHING REGULATOR AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, a switching regulator includes a switching controller, a driver, a detector, and an adjustment module. The switching regulator outputs a first switch control signal for controlling switching of a high-side transistor and a second switch control signal for controlling switching of a low-side transistor. The driver supplies an output signal for driving the high-side transistor to a gate of the high-side transistor in accordance with the first switch control signal. The detector detects a ringing voltage on a switching node between the high-side transistor and the low-side transistor. The adjustment module adjusts a level of the output signal of the driver so as to decrease the level if the detected ringing voltage exceeds a threshold value.08-01-2013
20130193938DEAD-TIME COMPENSATION IN A POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - One embodiment includes a power supply system. The system includes a pulse-width modulation (PWM) system configured to generate a PWM signal. The system also includes a power stage comprising a gate driver, a high-side switch, and a low-side switch. The gate driver can be configured to alternately activate the high-side and low-side switches to provide an output signal to a load in response to the PWM signal, and to provide an activation dead-time between the alternate activation of the high-side and low-side switches. The system further includes a digital delay system configured to measure the activation dead-time and to add the measured activation dead-time to the activation of the high-side switch.08-01-2013
20130193936Switched-Mode Power Supply - The switched-mode power supply includes a power stage, and a control unit to control the operation of the power stage based on a critical parameter of the power stage, wherein the control unit is configured to control the operation of the power stage to change from a first operational mode to a second operation mode if the critical parameter leaves a pre-defined range, and to change from the second operational mode to the first operational mode based on a measurement of a first time interval.08-01-2013
20120068676VOLTAGE GENERATION CIRCUIT - A voltage generation circuit includes a voltage detection circuit that generates a detection voltage according to an output voltage, a reference voltage generation circuit that generates a reference voltage which changes periodically, a comparison circuit that generates a control signal according to a result of a comparison between the detection voltage and the reference voltage, wherein control pulses each having a pulse width according to the detection voltage are sequentially appeared in the control signal, and a driving pulse generation circuit that generates a driving pulse corresponding to the control pulse and supplies the generated driving pulse to a transistor connected to a DC power source when the pulse width of the control pulse exceeds a predetermined width, and stops generating the driving pulse when the pulse width of the control pulse becomes smaller than the predetermined width.03-22-2012
20120086417CONVERTER CONTROLLING APPARATUS - A load variation detecting section 10a determines whether or not the actual load variation falls below a load variation threshold stored in a memory. If a load variation detecting section determines that a specific time period (for example, one minute) has elapsed since the actual load variation fell below a load variation threshold, a power supply section applies same power to reactors for the respective phases. On the other hand, a heat dissipation property calculating section measures temperature-rise rates of the elements for the respective phases, ranks the rates in order from the one having a higher heat dissipation property, and notifies the priority drive phase determining section of the result. A priority drive phase determining section chooses a phase having the highest heat dissipation property as a priority drive phase.04-12-2012
20130207625SWITCHING REGULATOR - A switching regulator controls an output transistor supplying current to an inductor and generates a second supply voltage from a first supply voltage. The switching regulator has: an error amplifier amplifying a difference between the second supply voltage and a reference voltage; a current sense amplifier converting an inductor current into voltage; a current comparator comparing an output voltages of the error amplifier and the current sense amplifier, so as to output a trigger signal when the second supply voltage decreases; a pulse generation circuit generating a control pulse to drive the first output transistor in response to the trigger signal; and a sleep control circuit, during a sleep period by a sleep signal supplied from a load side, suspending operation of the current sense amplifier or the pulse generation circuit, and tentatively resuming the suspended operation in response to the trigger signal, and thereafter suspending the operation again.08-15-2013
20130207626Switching Power Supply Circuit - A switching power supply circuit includes: a reactor that has a main winding and an auxiliary winding having a leakage inductance, which are magnetically coupled with each other and are connected with each other at one ends thereof; a first series circuit, which has an auxiliary switch and a resonance capacitor connected in series, and which is connected in parallel with a direct current power supply via a main switch; a first diode that, which is connected in parallel with the first series circuit via the auxiliary winding; a smoothing capacitor, which is connected in parallel with at least one of the first series circuit and first diode via the main winding; and a control circuit, which alternately turns on and off the main switch and auxiliary switch to thus control an output voltage of the smoothing capacitor to be a predetermined value.08-15-2013
20130207627VIRTUAL OUTPUT VOLTAGE SENSING FOR FEED-FORWARD CONTROL OF A VOLTAGE REGULATOR - Disclosed are devices, apparatus, circuitry, components, mechanisms, modules, systems, and methods for virtual output voltage sensing for feed-forward control of a voltage regulator. A buffer has an input coupled to sense a monitored signal indicating a duty cycle of switch circuitry coupled to an output filter of the voltage regulator. The buffer is configured to provide at an output, responsive to the monitored signal, a buffer output signal having a high reference voltage for a high side on time and a low reference voltage for a low side on time of the switch circuitry. A filter is coupled to receive and filter the buffer output signal to provide a feed-forward signal indicating the output voltage of the voltage regulator. Control circuitry is configured to control the switching of the switch circuitry responsive to the feed-forward signal.08-15-2013
20130207628Power Supply Circuit, Switching Regulator, and Control Circuit and Control Method Thereof - The present invention discloses a switching regulator having a control circuit which includes an error amplifier circuit. The error amplifier circuit compares a feedback signal relating to an output voltage with a reference signal, to regulate the feedback signal to a level of the reference signal. When it is determined that the switching regulator has entered a shutdown procedure, the reference signal gradually decreases so that the output voltage is decreased to a shutdown threshold.08-15-2013

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