Monolithic Power Systems Patent Grants

Efficient control circuit for buck-boost converters and control method thereof

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9602004
A controller used in a buck-boost converter includes a logic control circuit, a pulse width increasing circuit, a pulse width decreasing circuit, a first driving circuit and a second driving circuit. The pulse width increasing circuit generates a sum control signal based on a logic control signal generated by the logic control circuit. The pulse width increasing circuit increases the pulse width of the logic control signal by a first value to generate the pulse width of the sum control…

Isolated switching mode power supply and the method thereof

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9595885
An isolated switching mode power supply, having: an input terminal; an output terminal; a transformer having a primary winding and a secondary winding; a primary power switch coupled to the primary winding; a secondary power switch coupled between the secondary winding and the output terminal of the power supply; a secondary controller configured to generate a frequency modulation signal based on the output voltage and the first feedback signal; a coupled device configured to provide a…

Switching circuit and the method thereof

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9595952
A switching circuit having a low side driver providing a three-level low side drive signal keeps a low side power switch slightly on during a dead time between the low side power switch turn off and a high side power switch turn on, thus a current flowing through a body diode is mostly distributed to the slightly on low side power switch instead of the body diode.

Switching converter and associated discharge method

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9590503
A switching converter has an input port for receiving an input voltage and an output port for providing an output voltage. The switching converter has a power stage, an energy stored circuit, a power conversion circuit and a control circuit. The power stage has an input terminal coupled to the input port and an output terminal coupled to the output port. The energy stored circuit is charged by the input voltage and provides a first bias voltage which maintains a predetermined time period…

Bootstrap refresh control circuit, voltage converter and associated method

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9590608
A voltage converter having a bootstrap refresh control circuit and a method for controlling the voltage converter. The bootstrap refresh control circuit monitors a bootstrap voltage across a bootstrap capacitor and provides a high side driving signal to a high side switch of the voltage converter. The bootstrap refresh control circuit also controls the charging of the bootstrap capacitor through decreasing the output voltage of the voltage converter once the bootstrap voltage is dropped…

Schottky diodes with mesh style region and associated methods

Granted: February 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9583561
A Schottky diode comprising a cathode region, an anode region and a guard ring region, wherein the anode region may comprise a metal Schottky contact, and the guard ring region may comprise an outer guard ring and a plurality of inner open stripes inside the outer guard ring, and wherein the inner open stripes has a shallower junction depth than the outer guard ring.

Peak sample circuit for AC voltage and method thereof

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9577514
A peak sample circuit for AC voltage, including: a rectifier coupled to receive an AC voltage and to rectify the AC voltage to generate a rectified signal; a delay circuit coupled to receive the rectified signal and to delay the rectified signal to generate a delayed rectified signal; a comparison circuit coupled to receive the delayed rectified signal and to generate a square signal based on the comparison of the rectified signal and the delayed rectified signal; and a sample output…

Power converter with bootstrap circuit

Granted: February 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9577520
A power converter with bootstrap circuit, the power converter has a high side switch, a low side switch, a bootstrap circuit and a bootstrap capacitor for providing a bootstrap voltage to supply a high side driver of the high side switch. The power converter receives an input voltage and provides an output voltage based on driving the high side switch and the low side switch to switch on and off. The bootstrap circuit has a first comparing circuit, a first comparing circuit, a boost…

Switch mode power supply, control circuit and associated control method

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9559586
A switch mode power supply having an output terminal configured to provide an output voltage, the switch mode power supply has a first switch and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to provide a switching control signal to turn ON and turn OFF the first switch, an on-time period of the first switch is proportional to a first value when the switch mode power supply works in a power saving mode, and the on-time period of the first switch is proportional to a second value…

Control circuit with chopping amplifier for switching converter

Granted: January 24, 2017
Patent Number: 9553513
A control circuit for switching converter has a chopping amplifier, a sample-hold circuit, a first comparator, an oscillator and a logic circuit. The chopping amplifier generates an amplified error signal based on a reference signal and a feedback signal. The sample-hold circuit generates a sample-hold signal based on the amplified error signal. The first comparator generates a first logic signal based on a comparison result between the sample-hold signal and a current sensing signal…

Digitally calibrated voltage regulators for power management

Granted: January 10, 2017
Patent Number: 9541973
A computer provides a graphical user interface for displaying a virtual representation of a voltage regulator and for accepting a user requirement for the voltage regulator. The computer automatically determines an internal calibration setting of the voltage regulator that meets the user requirement. The computer simulates operation of the voltage regulator as calibrated with the internal calibration setting. The internal calibration setting is downloaded to the voltage regulator. A…

Power converter with pseudo-constant-on-time control and the control circuit and method thereof

Granted: December 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9525342
A control circuit for controlling a switching circuit is disclosed. The control circuit has a ramp compensation circuit, a ramp regulating circuit and a comparison circuit. The ramp compensation circuit generates a ramp compensation signal with the amplitude proportional to the difference between 1 and the duty cycle of a main switch of the switching circuit. The ramp regulating circuit generates a ramp regulating signal with the amplitude proportional to the duty cycle of the main…

Resonant converter, control circuit and associated control method with adaptive dead-time adjustment

Granted: December 20, 2016
Patent Number: 9525358
A resonant converter has a switching circuit having a first switch and a second switch, a control circuit and a resonant circuit. The control circuit has a slope sensing circuit providing a slope sense signal based on a voltage variation at the common node of the first switch and the second switch, a slope judge circuit providing a slope judge signal, and a turn-ON control circuit providing a first reset signal to adjust a first dead-time period from turning OFF the first switch to…

Constant on-time switching converters with ultrasonic mode determination circuit and control methods thereof

Granted: December 13, 2016
Patent Number: 9520778
A control method used in a constant on-time switching converter includes: judging whether the switching converter enters into an ultrasonic mode; turning ON the low-side switch to discharge the output capacitor when the switching converter enters into the ultrasonic mode; generating an additional slope compensation signal during the discharge of the output capacitor; comparing a feedback signal indicative of the output voltage of the switching circuit with the sum of a reference voltage…

Method for fabricating low-cost isolated resurf LDMOS and associated BCD manufacturing process

Granted: November 22, 2016
Patent Number: 9502251
A method for fabricating a LDMOS device in a semiconductor substrate of a first doping type, including: implanting a series of dopants into the semiconductor substrate using a first mask, and forming a first region of a second doping type adjacent to the surface of the semiconductor substrate, a second region of the first doping type located beneath the first region, and a third region of the second doping type located beneath the second region; implanting dopants into the semiconductor…

Field effect transistor, termination structure and associated method for manufacturing

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9496382
The present disclosure discloses a field effect transistor (“FET”), a termination structure and associated method for manufacturing. The termination structure for the FET includes a plurality of termination cells arranged substantially in parallel from an inner side toward an outer side of a termination area of the FET. Each of the termination cells comprises a termination trench and a guard ring region located underneath the bottom of the termination trench in the semiconductor…

Soft start circuit for switching converter and associated soft start method

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9496781
A soft start circuit for a switching converter, the soft start circuit has an internal soft start voltage generating circuit, an amplifier circuit and a buffer circuit, the internal soft start voltage generating circuit provides an internal soft start voltage, the amplifier circuit has a first input terminal receiving the internal soft start voltage, a second input terminal receiving a soft start reference signal and an output terminal, the buffer circuit has an input terminal coupled to…

Controller with thermal balance and control method thereof for multi-phase switching converters

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9496792
A controller used in a multi-phase switching converter, including: a bias current generator that generates a plurality of bias current signals; a temperature balance modulating circuit that generates a plurality of on time signals based on the plurality of the bias current signals; and a logic circuit that generates a plurality of control signals based on the plurality of on time signals. The plurality of the control signals is used to control a plurality of switching circuits of the…

Single stage LED driver system, control circuit and associated control method

Granted: November 1, 2016
Patent Number: 9485819
A light-emitting element driver system has a power conversion circuit, a second switch and a control circuit, the power conversion circuit has a primary circuit, a transformer, a first rectified circuit and a second rectified circuit, the second rectified circuit provides a first signal, the second switch has a first terminal coupled to an output terminal of the first rectified circuit and a second terminal to provide a second signal, when a dimming signal is in a first state, the…

Control circuit with synchronization unit for switching converter and associated control method

Granted: October 25, 2016
Patent Number: 9479043
A control circuit for a switching converter having a comparison circuit, a synchronization unit, an ON-time control circuit and a logic unit, the comparison circuit provides a comparison signal based on a reference signal and an output signal of the switching converter, the synchronization unit provides a first synchronization signal and a second synchronization signal based on a first clock signal, a second clock signal and the comparison signal, the first synchronizing signal is…