Monolithic Power Systems Patent Grants

Multi-mode power converter and associated control method

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9634570
A multi-mode power converter and associated method for configuring and controlling a multi-mode power converter. The multi-mode power converter may have a boost operation mode and a buck operation mode. A first transistor is coupled between a switching terminal and a ground, and a second transistor and a third transistor are coupled in series between the switching terminal and an output port of the multi-mode power converter. In the buck mode, an on-resistance of the second transistor is…

Switching mode power supply and the controller and the method thereof

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9634572
A switching mode power supply with resonant technology. The switching mode power supply current uses current polarity evaluation to avoid capacitive mode by triggering the capacitive protection if the evaluation indicates that the system will enter capacitive mode.

Digitally controlled PFC converter with multiple discontinuous modes

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9621028
A PFC circuit having a switching circuit and a control circuit, the control circuit controls an operation mode of the switching circuit based on an input current and a switching frequency of the switching circuit, when the switching circuit works under a continuous current mode, the switching circuit is turned ON when the input current is less than an OFF current reference signal, and when the switching circuit works under a first discontinuous mode or a second discontinuous mode, the…

Digital isolator and the method thereof

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9621383
An isolator system has a transmitter configured to generate a first pair of buffered differential signals base based on an input signal; an isolation barrier having an input side coupled to the transmitter to receive the first pair of buffered differential signals, and an output side configured to provide a second pair of differential signals; and a receiver coupled to the output side of isolation barrier to receive the second pair of differential signals, wherein the receiver provides…

Trans-conductance regulation circuit, trans-conductance error amplifier and power converter

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9606566
A trans-conductance regulation circuit, a trans-conductance error amplifier module and a power converter. The trans-conductance regulation circuit provides a bias current at least partially based on an output voltage of the power converter. The bias current is sent to bias a trans-conductance operational amplifier in the trans-conductance error amplifier module so that a trans-conductance of the trans-conductance operational amplifier is direct proportional to the output voltage of the…

Switching converter with controllable restart delay and associated control method

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608509
A switching converter providing an output voltage has a first switch and a control circuit. The control circuit provides an auxiliary power supply voltage, and a switching control signal to control the first switch based on the output voltage and a reference signal. The switching converter is shut down by the control circuit when a fault happens, and the switching converter restarts when the auxiliary power supply voltage decreases to a first threshold.

Switching regulator and the method thereof

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608510
A switching regulator uses an over voltage comparator to compare an envelop line signal with a reference wave signal, to detect whether the system is in an over voltage condition. The envelop line signal is indicative of a peak value of an inductor current.

Battery discharge circuit and discharge method with over discharge protection

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608516
A battery discharge circuit has a switching circuit and a controller. The switching circuit is coupled between a battery and a load. The controller is configured to generate a control signal to control the switching circuit. When the battery voltage drops below a first reference voltage, the controller adjusts the control signal to regulate the battery voltage to be equal to the first reference voltage.

Switching converter with adaptive off time control and the method thereof

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608519
A switching converter having a power stage with a main switch to convert an input voltage to an output voltage; a current sense circuit generating a current sense signal indicative of a current flowing through the main switch; a PWM generator generating a PWM signal; an OFF time controller generating an OFF time control signal relating to the input voltage and the output voltage; and a logic circuit generating a switching signal based on the OFF time control signal and the PWM signal to…

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…