Milpitas, CALIFORNIA, United States
Milpitas, CALIFORNIA, United States

ESS Technology Incorporated is a private manufacturer of computer multimedia products, Audio DAC's and ADCs based in Fremont, California with R&D centers in Kelowna, BC Canada and Beijing, China. It was founded by Fred Chan and Forrest Mozer in 1984. Robert L. Blair is the CEO and President of the company.Historically, ESS Technology was most famous for their line of their Audiodrive chips for audio cards. Now they are known for their line of Sabre DAC and ADC products. Wikipedia.


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A redox flow battery system is provided. The system includes a positive electrode in fluid communication with a positive electrolyte comprising a first metal ion and a negative electrode in fluid communication with a negative electrolyte comprising a second metal ion. An electrically insulating ion conducting surface is provided separating the positive electrode from the negative electrode. Further, the system includes a catalyst surface in fluid communication with the first metal ion, the second metal ion, or a combination thereof, and hydrogen gas, wherein the hydrogen gas and the first metal ion, the second metal ion, or a combination thereof are fluidly contacted at the catalyst surface.


An apparatus and method are disclosed for providing output signal swings that are greater than the supply voltage in a class-D amplifier. The amplifier circuit boosts the voltage across the amplifier load, such as a loudspeaker, by using capacitors to charge pump the voltage across the load and thus increase the voltage temporarily. This is done by using two or more output bridges rather than one, and connecting the bridges through the capacitors. For signals of less than the supply voltage, only an inner bridge, similar to a full bridge of the prior art, operates. For signals above the supply voltage, an outer bridge charges capacitors, which are then used to boost the voltage on the bridge output for the short period of the Class-D switching period. Thus, only relatively small value boosting capacitors are needed, as they do not need to supply charge for very long.


An apparatus and method is disclosed for achieving improved sound quality from mobile hifi playback devices by driving compatible headphones in balanced or differential mode via standard size headphone connectors on the device, while retaining full compliance with legacy jack connections and conventional headphones. When a headphone is connected, a smartphone may determine whether the headphone is one capable of accepting balanced audio signals, or one that uses a conventional 3-pole jack or a 4-pole CTIA or OMTP jack. For a headphone that accepts balanced audio signals, the four poles of a 4-pole jack are used to drive left and right audio channels, and inverted left and right audio channels. For conventional 3-pole or 4-pole jacks, switches in the smartphone adapt the audio output signals to the configuration expected by the headphone.


An apparatus and method are disclosed for providing output signal swings that are greater than the supply voltage in a class-D amplifier. The amplifier circuit boosts the voltage across the amplifier load, such as a loudspeaker, by using capacitors to charge pump the voltage across the load and thus increase the voltage temporarily. This is done by using two or more output bridges rather than one, and connecting the bridges through the capacitors. For signals of less than the supply voltage, only an inner bridge, similar to a full bridge of the prior art, operates. For signals above the supply voltage, an outer bridge charges capacitors, which are then used to boost the voltage on the bridge output for the short period of the Class-D switching period. Thus, only relatively small value boosting capacitors are needed, as they do not need to supply charge for very long.


An apparatus and method are disclosed for providing output signal swings that are greater than the supply voltage in a class-D amplifier. The amplifier circuit boosts the voltage across the amplifier load, such as a loudspeaker, by using capacitors to charge pump the voltage across the load and thus increase the voltage temporarily. This is done by using two or more output bridges rather than one, and connecting the bridges through the capacitors. For signals of less than the supply voltage, only an inner bridge, similar to a full bridge of the prior art, operates. For signals above the supply voltage, an outer bridge charges capacitors, which are then used to boost the voltage on the bridge output for the short period of the Class-D switching period. Thus, only relatively small value boosting capacitors are needed, as they do not need to supply charge for very long.


Patent
ESS Technology | Date: 2016-10-31

A circuit and method for lowering noise in an audio rendering system is described. An analysis is made of the spectral content of an audio signal, i.e., the frequencies it contains, over a certain time interval. Cutoff frequencies of high pass and low pass filters that pass the audio signal are then adjusted for each interval by changing the effective values of adjustable impedance elements in the filters, so that the bandwidth of the system is adjusted to be what is sufficient to pass any frequencies in the resulting analog audio signal during any given time interval, rather than requiring the entire 20 kHz audio spectrum to be constantly present.


Patent
ESS Technology | Date: 2016-10-31

A circuit component that is adjustable at run time and a method of designing the circuit are disclosed. The component contains a hierarchy of recursive levels in which a bottom level is a compound element made from two connected simple elements, and each higher level contains two compound elements connected in the same fashion. The described circuit allows for a large number of available values of the component value to be arranged in a logarithmic fashion rather than a linear one as in the prior art, thus generally reducing errors between any desired value for the component and the available values. In addition, such compound elements reduce the power dissipated by the analog element and the susceptibility to noise as compared to prior art adjustable components without adversely affecting the overall gain of the circuit.


A method of rebalancing electrolytes in a redox flow battery system comprises directing hydrogen gas generated on the negative side of the redox flow battery system to a catalyst surface, and fluidly contacting the hydrogen gas with an electrolyte comprising a metal ion at the catalyst surface, wherein the metal ion is chemically reduced by the hydrogen gas at the catalyst surface, and a state of charge of the electrolyte and pH of the electrolyte remain substantially balanced.


A method and system for designing and implementing a finite impulse response (FIR) filter to create a plurality of output signals, each output signal having the same frequency but at a different phase shift from the other output(s), is described. Values are determined for the resistors, or other elements having impedance values, in a FIR filter having a plurality of outputs, such that each output has the same frequency response but a different phase than the other output(s). This is accomplished by the inclusion of a phase factor in the time domain calculation of the resistor values that does not change the response in the frequency domain. The phase shift is constant and independent of the frequency of the output signal.


Patent
ESS Technology | Date: 2016-03-16

An apparatus is disclosed for providing a common mode voltage to the inputs of a first differential amplifier (404, R3, R4) which outputs the difference between two signals. A second differential amplifier (406, R9, R10) receives the output of the first differential amplifier (404, R3, R4), and the output of the second differential amplifier (406, R9, R10) is fed back to the inputs of the first differential amplifier (404, R3, R4) as a common mode voltage. Since both inputs of the first differential amplifier (404, R3, R4) receive the fed back common mode voltage, the first differential amplifier (404, R3, R4) still outputs only the difference in the two signals, but the presence of the common mode voltage allows the first differential amplifier (404, R3, R4) to operate with lower noise if the voltage levels of the inputs to the first differential amplifier (404, R3, R4) vary. The second differential amplifier (406, R9, R10) may be of significantly lower quality and cost than the first differential amplifier (404, R3, R4), without affecting the performance of the first differential amplifier (404, R3, R4).

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