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1. (WO2018005727) DIODE CONDUCTION SENSOR
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What is claimed is:

1. A system, comprising:

a body diode conduction sensor configured for coupling to a switching element, the sensor comprising:

first and second voltage divider networks coupled to a voltage source;

a diode coupled to the switching element and to the first voltage divider network, wherein the diode is conductive at times corresponding to body diode conduction of the switching element decreasing the DC average voltage at the output node of the first voltage divider network; and

an output for a differential output voltage coupled to the first and second voltage divider networks having an output signal corresponding to a time of the body diode conduction of the switching element.

2. The system according to claim 1, further including a shunt capacitor coupled across the switching element.

3. The system according to claim 1, wherein a duty cycle of the switching element is adjusted based upon the body diode conduction of the switching element.

4. The system according to claim 1, wherein the switching element forms a part of a class E amplifier.

5. The system according to claim 1, wherein the sensor comprises a part of a power transmitter to transmit wireless power to a power receiver.

6. The system according to claim 5, wherein the power transmitter comprises a resonant wireless power transmitter.

7. The system according to claim 6, wherein the power transmitter includes an impedance matching network driven by the switching element.

8. A method, comprising:

providing a body diode conduction sensor configured for coupling to a switching element by:

coupling first and second voltage divider networks to a voltage source;

coupling a diode to the switching element and to the first voltage divider network, wherein the diode is conductive at times corresponding to body diode conduction of the switching element decreasing the DC average voltage at the output node of the first voltage divider network; and

coupling an output for a differential output voltage to the first and second voltage divider networks having an output signal corresponding to a time of the body diode conduction of the switching element.

9. The method according to claim 8, further including coupling a shunt capacitor across the switching element.

10. The method according to claim 8, wherein a duty cycle of the switching element is adjusted based upon the body diode conduction of the switching element.

11. The method according to claim 8, wherein the switching element forms a part of a class E amplifier.

12. The method according to claim 8, wherein the sensor comprises a part of a power transmitter to transmit wireless power to a power receiver.

13. The method according to claim 12, wherein the power transmitter comprises a resonant wireless power transmitter.

14. The method according to claim 13, wherein the power transmitter includes an impedance matching network driven by the switching element.

15. A body diode conduction sensor, comprising:

a divider means for dividing voltage coupled to a voltage source;

a diode coupled to a switching means and to the divider means, wherein the diode is conductive at times corresponding to body diode conduction of the switching means decreasing the DC average voltage at the output node of the first voltage divider network; and

a differential output voltage means coupled to the divider means, the different output voltage means having an output signal corresponding to a time of the body diode conduction of the switching element.

16. The sensor according to claim 15, further including a shunt element coupled across the switching means.

17. The sensor according to claim 15, wherein a duty cycle of the switching means is adjusted based upon the body diode conduction of the switching means.

18. The sensor according to claim 15, wherein the switching means forms a part of a class E amplifier.

19. The sensor according to claim 15, wherein the sensor comprises a part of a power transmitter to transmit wireless power to a power receiver.

20. The sensor according to claim 19, wherein the power transmitter comprises a resonant wireless power transmitter.