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1. US11063516 - Power converters with bootstrap

Office
United States of America
Application Number 16942602
Application Date 29.07.2020
Publication Number 11063516
Publication Date 13.07.2021
Grant Number 11063516
Grant Date 13.07.2021
Publication Kind B1
IPC
H02M 3/158
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION, CONVERSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
MAPPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF
3Conversion of dc power input into dc power output
02without intermediate conversion into ac
04by static converters
10using discharge tubes with control electrode or semiconductor devices with control electrode
145using devices of a triode or transistor type requiring continuous application of a control signal
155using semiconductor devices only
156with automatic control of output voltage or current, e.g. switching regulators
158including plural semiconductor devices as final control devices for a single load
H02M 1/08
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION, CONVERSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
MAPPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF
1Details of apparatus for conversion
08Circuits specially adapted for the generation of control voltages for semiconductor devices incorporated in static converters
CPC
H02M 1/08
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
MAPPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF
1Details of apparatus for conversion
08Circuits specially adapted for the generation of control voltages for semiconductor devices incorporated in static converters
H02M 3/158
HELECTRICITY
02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
MAPPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF
3Conversion of dc power input into dc power output
02without intermediate conversion into ac
04by static converters
10using discharge tubes with control electrode or semiconductor devices with control electrode
145using devices of a triode or transistor type requiring continuous application of a control signal
155using semiconductor devices only
156with automatic control of output voltage or current, e.g. switching regulators
158including plural semiconductor devices as final control devices for a single load
Applicants FARADAY SEMI, INC.
Inventors Seungbeom Kevin Kim
Jack Walter Cornish, III
Saurabh Anil Jayawant
Parviz Parto
Agents Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
Title
(EN) Power converters with bootstrap
Abstract
(EN)

A power converter can include first, second, third, and fourth power switches, and a driver for operating the drive switches to modify an input voltage. An AC coupling capacitor can be coupled between the first and fourth power switches. Bootstrap capacitors can be used for driving the first and second power switches, which can be high-side switches. In some embodiments, a current sensing circuit can be used to measure current through the third and/or fourth power switches and for determining the current through the power converter. In some embodiments, the power converter can monitor the voltage across the AC coupling capacitor and can determine the current through the power converter based on the monitored voltages. In some embodiments, the AC coupling capacitor can be pre-charged before the power converter begins normal operation.


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