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A programmable analog tile integrated circuit is configured over a standardized bus by communicating tile configuration information from a first integrated circuit tile, through a second integrated circuit tile, to a third integrated circuit tile. Each of the three integrated circuit tiles is part of an integrated circuit. The standardized bus is formed when the tiles are placed adjacent one another. Data bus and control signal conductors of the adjacent tiles line up and interconnect such that each signal conductor is electrically connected to every tile. Tile configuration information may be written to a selected register identified by an address in any selected one of the tiles using the data bus and control lines, regardless of the relative physical locations of the tile sending and the tile receiving the information. Thus, tile configuration information may pass from one tile to another tile, through any number of intermediate tiles.

A quality of charge (QoC) detector for use in inductive charging systems is disclosed. In an exemplary embodiment, an apparatus includes an inductor that receives a current signal to generate an electromagnetic field during a power transfer to an external device, and a quality detector to determine a quality metric associated with the power transfer. The apparatus also includes an indicator that indicates multiple states, where one of the multiple states is selected to indicate the quality metric.

Active-Semi | Date: 2015-04-27

An integrated circuit that senses ambient gas concentrations includes a microcontroller, gas sensors, heating resistors and an analog-to-digital converter. A first gas sensor measures a first attribute of a gas concentration, and a second gas sensor measures a second attribute of the gas concentration. The first attribute varies with the gas concentration differently than does the second attribute. The microcontroller controls the duty cycles of signals driven through the heating resistors to adjust the temperatures of the resistors, which are thermally coupled to the gas sensors. A first heating resistor increases the temperature of the first gas sensor to a first target temperature, and a second heating resistor increases the temperature of the second gas sensor to a second target temperature. The analog-to-digital converter converts the attributes measured by the first and second gas sensors into digital values. The microcontroller then uses the digital values to compute the gas concentration.

Active-Semi | Date: 2015-07-24

A system for authenticating a rechargeable battery and for detecting counterfeit batteries includes battery characteristics detection circuitry and a battery. Battery characteristics detection circuitry performs an authentication routine on the battery such that battery characteristics of the battery are measured. Battery characteristics include state of health, state of charge, internal resistance, relaxation time, and impedance. The battery is validated by comparing the battery characteristics to validation parameters provided by a manufacturer. If battery characteristics are within ranges of the validation parameters, then the battery is authenticated as originating from a particular manufacturer or batch. If validation fails, then the device is disabled or protected. In one example, validation parameters are stored and compared locally on a device. In another example, the device communicates battery characteristics to a remote entity that performs the validation. In another example, the device receives validation parameters from the remote entity and performs the validation locally.

Active-Semi | Date: 2013-11-21

Apparatus and methods are provided to automatically detect and control a load switch for a wireless power receiver. In one novel aspect, a method is provided to adaptively control the load switch based on the output condition of a rectified output according to a predefined criteria. In one embodiment of the invention, the methods to adaptively control the load switch comprises a first stage that turns on the load switch quickly; a second stage that stops turning on the load switch and holds the load switch at its current value; a third stage that slowly pulls down the load switch; and a fourth stage that quickly turns off the load switch. In another embodiment, an integrated circuit for a wireless power pick up unit is provided to control the load switch adaptively based on a rectified output feedback and a predefined criteria.

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