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Title: Integrated circuits with programmable gate timing signal generation for power converters and apparatus comprising the same

Abstract

An apparatus is disclosed that includes a semiconductor device to control a power converter having two or more power FETs. The semiconductor device includes a gate signal generator configured to produce two or more gate signals able to drive the two or more FETs. The gate signal generator has programmable timing configuration parameters to control operation of the two or more gate signals, wherein the timing configuration parameters are digitally programmed via a memory in the semiconductor device. The memory may be implemented with fuses, other non-volatile memory or volatile memory. The parameters may be fixed or updated during a lifetime of the apparatus. A serial-to-parallel conversion may be used to input the parameters. Optimization methods may be performed to determine parameters considered to be optimal. The apparatus may also include the power converter.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1735016
Patent Number(s):
10707755
Application Number:
16/257,861
Assignee:
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H03 - BASIC ELECTRONIC CIRCUITRY H03K - PULSE TECHNIQUE
H - ELECTRICITY H02 - GENERATION H02M - APPARATUS 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
DOE Contract Number:  
AC52-07NA27344; B621073
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 01/25/2019
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Zhang, Xin, Takken, Todd Edward, Wu, Chung-shiang, Senger, Robert Matthew, Haring, Rudolf Adriaan, and Ohmacht, Martin. Integrated circuits with programmable gate timing signal generation for power converters and apparatus comprising the same. United States: N. p., 2020. Web.
Zhang, Xin, Takken, Todd Edward, Wu, Chung-shiang, Senger, Robert Matthew, Haring, Rudolf Adriaan, & Ohmacht, Martin. Integrated circuits with programmable gate timing signal generation for power converters and apparatus comprising the same. United States.
Zhang, Xin, Takken, Todd Edward, Wu, Chung-shiang, Senger, Robert Matthew, Haring, Rudolf Adriaan, and Ohmacht, Martin. Tue . "Integrated circuits with programmable gate timing signal generation for power converters and apparatus comprising the same". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1735016.
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abstractNote = {An apparatus is disclosed that includes a semiconductor device to control a power converter having two or more power FETs. The semiconductor device includes a gate signal generator configured to produce two or more gate signals able to drive the two or more FETs. The gate signal generator has programmable timing configuration parameters to control operation of the two or more gate signals, wherein the timing configuration parameters are digitally programmed via a memory in the semiconductor device. The memory may be implemented with fuses, other non-volatile memory or volatile memory. The parameters may be fixed or updated during a lifetime of the apparatus. A serial-to-parallel conversion may be used to input the parameters. Optimization methods may be performed to determine parameters considered to be optimal. The apparatus may also include the power converter.},
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year = {2020},
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