Electronic Circuit For Reducing Rotation Speed Of An Unpowered Electric Motor

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United States of America

APP PUB NO 20200028452A1
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16504520

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A motor drive circuit for driving an electric motor includes a plurality of driver circuits, each one of the plurality of driver circuit comprising a high side transistor coupled to a low side transistor in a half bridge arrangement, wherein each one of the high side transistors and each one of the low side transistors has a respective control node and respective first and second current passing nodes, wherein the second current passing node of each of the high side transistors is coupled to the first current passing node of a respective one of the low side transistors at a respective junction node, wherein each one of the plurality of driver circuits is operable to drive a respective current out of a respective junction node into a respective winding of the electric motor. The motor drive circuit further includes a capacitor coupled to the first current passing node of each one of the high side transistors, the capacitor operable to hold a capacitor voltage. The motor drive circuit further includes a power loss brake control circuit coupled to receive the capacitor voltage from the capacitor and operable to sense when a power supply voltage to the motor drive circuit is below a threshold voltage and, in a braking mode of operation, the high side transistors are off, and also in the braking mode of operation, when the power supply voltage is below the threshold voltage, the power loss brake control circuit is operable to generate at least one pulse signal having at least two state transitions and operable to communicate the at least one pulse signal to a respective at least one of the control nodes of a respective at least one of the low side transistors, resulting in on and off conditions of the at least one of the low side transistors, wherein the on condition of the at least one of the low side transistors results in the braking mode of operation during the on condition, and wherein the at least two state transitions results in a voltage boosting operation such that the capacitor voltage is a boosted voltage, the boosted voltage higher than a voltage that would be achieved without the at least two state transitions.

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  • ALLEGRO MICROSYSTEMS, LLC

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Alcorn, William Boyd Boylston, US 2 5
Reynolds, Timothy Westborough, US 27 173
Stoddard, Robert Lincoln, US 9 215

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