Bidirectional signal conversion

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 8503194
APP PUB NO 20110149610A1
SERIAL NO

12899915

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An embodiment of a multidirectional signal converter includes first and second converter nodes, a transformer, and first and second stages. The transformer includes first and second windings, and the first stage is coupled between the first converter node and the first winding of the transformer. The second stage includes a first node coupled to the second converter node, a second node coupled to a node of the second winding of the transformer, and a filter node, is operable as a boost converter while current is flowing out from the second converter node, and is operable as a buck converter while current is flowing out from the first converter node. For example, in an embodiment, such a multidirectional signal converter may be a bidirectional voltage converter that handles power transfer between two loads. Such a voltage converter may have improved conversion efficiency and a smaller size and lower component count as compared to a conventional multidirectional voltage converter. Furthermore, such a voltage converter may be operable with a common switching scheme regardless of the direction of power transfer, and without the need for an indicator of the instantaneous direction of power flow.

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INTERSIL AMERICAS LLC1001 MURPHY RANCH ROAD MILPITAS CA 95035

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Moussaoui, Zaki San Carlos, US 70 456
Qin, Jifeng San Jose, US 10 89

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