San Jose, CA, United States
San Jose, CA, United States

Time filter

Source Type

A method for regulating an output of a power converter includes receiving a signal at a single terminal of an integrated circuit controller. The signal at the single terminal represents a line input voltage of the power converter during at least a portion of an on time of a power switch. The signal at the single terminal represents an output voltage of the power converter during at least a portion of an off time of the power switch. The power switch is switched in response to the signal to regulate the output of the power converter.


A controller for a power converter includes a driver circuit that generates a control signal to switch a power switch in response to an output, and a control circuit that controls the switching of the power switch. The control circuit includes a storage time reference circuit generates a storage time reference signal responsive to an input. A first comparator generates a collector off signal in response to a comparison of a switch current sense signal and a collector off reference signal. A storage time regulator circuit generates a base off reference signal in response to the storage time reference signal and the collector off signal. A second comparator generates a base off signal in response to a second comparison of the switch current sense signal and the base off reference signal. The driver circuit is coupled to discontinue and start charging a base terminal of the BJT power switch.


Patent
Power Integrations Inc. | Date: 2016-11-11

A charging circuit supplies charge to a charge store to provide power to a controller of a power converter. The power converter includes an inductive component having a winding coupled to receive power from an input to the power converter. A switching circuit includes a field effect transistor (FET) and a switching element. The FET is coupled in series between the winding and the switching element. A controller is coupled to control the switching of the switching element, and a charge store is coupled to provide power to the controller. The charging circuit includes a current diversion circuit coupled to conduct a winding current from the FET to the charge store. The switching element is arranged to allow the winding current to flow through the current diversion circuit to the charge store.


Patent
Power Integrations Inc. | Date: 2017-03-22

A boost-bypass converter includes a boost inductor coupled between an input and an output of the boost-bypass converter. A bypass diode is coupled between the input the output of the boost-bypass converter. A boost switching element is coupled to the boost inductor, and is coupled to be activated during a first interval in each line half cycle of an input voltage to boost an output voltage at the output of the boost-bypass converter. The boost switching element is coupled to be deactivated during a second interval in said each line half cycle such that the output voltage drops towards the input voltage. The output voltage is coupled to follow the input voltage during a third interval in said each line half cycle of the input voltage. Energy is transferred between the input and the output of the boost-bypass converter through the bypass diode during the third interval.


Patent
Power Integrations Inc. | Date: 2017-02-15

A diode includes a two-dimensional electron gas formed in a heterojunction defined between first and second semiconductor material layers. First and second layers of insulating material are disposed on the second semiconductor layer. First and second electrodes are disposed in the second layer of insulating material. The first electrode is coupled to the second semiconductor material layer. The second electrode is coupled to the heterojunction. Third and fourth layers of insulating material are disposed on the second insulating layer. A first via is disposed in the fourth layer of insulating material and coupled to the second electrode. A first field plate is disposed in the fourth layer of insulating material. An edge of the first field plate laterally extends towards first via. The first via is separated from an edge of the first via. The first field plate is coupled to the first electrode.


Patent
Power Integrations Inc. | Date: 2017-03-22

A controller for a switched mode power converter includes limit-to-valley ratio circuitry, an on-time generator, and a drive circuit. The limit-to-valley ratio circuitry is coupled to generate a ratio signal in response to sensing a switch current of a switch that regulates an output of the switched mode power converter. The ratio signal is representative of a time ratio between a first length of time that the switch current is at or above a switch current limit and a second length of time that the switch current is at or below a switch current valley that is a portion of the switch current limit. The on-time generator is coupled to vary a switch on-time signal in response to receiving the ratio signal. The drive circuit is coupled to output a drive signal to a control terminal of the switch in response to receiving the switch on-time signal.


Patent
Power Integrations Inc. | Date: 2016-08-18

A controller for use in a power converter includes a comparator to compare a current sense signal with a current limit to generate a comparator output signal representative of whether a switch current has reached the current limit. A drive circuit controls switching of a power switch to regulate an output of the power converter in response to a feedback signal and the comparator output signal. The drive circuit turns off the power switch in response to the comparator output signal. A current limit generator generates an initial current limit in response to the feedback signal. The current limit is responsive to the initial current limit. A light load sense circuit outputs a light load signal in response to sensing a light load condition of the power converter. A modulation circuit outputs a modulation signal and modulates the initial current limit in response to the light load signal.


An integrated circuit (IC) for controlling the discharge of a capacitor coupled across first and second input terminals of a power converter circuit, wherein the first and second terminals for receiving an ac line voltage. The IC includes a switching element coupled across the first and second input terminals and a detector circuit. The detector circuit including first and second comparators that produce first and second output signals responsive to a zero-crossing event of the ac line voltage. The first and second output signals being used to generate a reset signal coupled to a timer circuit responsive to the zero-crossing event. When the reset signal is not received within a delay time period, the timer circuit outputs a discharge signal that turns the switching element on, thereby discharging the capacitor.


Patent
Power Integrations Inc. | Date: 2016-10-07

A circuit for regulating an output level of a power converter includes an adjustment circuit to be coupled to a receive a feedback signal representative of an output level of the power converter. The adjustment circuit is coupled to generate a comparison result signal. A control circuit is coupled to receive the comparison result signal and an oscillating signal. A switch including a first terminal, a second terminal and a control terminal is coupled to the control circuit. The control circuit is coupled to generate a control signal to control switching of the switch. The switch is operable to couple or decouple the first terminal and the second terminal in response to the control signal received at the control terminal. The control signal is responsive to the oscillating signal and to a change in the comparison result signal.


Patent
Power Integrations Inc. | Date: 2016-05-11

A controller includes a multiplier block that is coupled to receive an input voltage signal, an input current signal, and an output voltage signal that are representative of a power conversion system. The multiplier block outputs a multiplier block output signal responsive to a product of the input voltage signal and the input current signal divided by the output voltage signal. A signal discriminator outputs a error signal responsive to the multiplier block output signal. The error signal is representative of a difference between a portion of the multiplier block output signal that is greater than a reference signal and a portion of the multiplier block output signal that is less than or equal to the reference signal. A switch controller generates a drive signal responsive to the error signal to control switching of a power switch to regulate an average output current of the power conversion system.

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