Microchip Technology. has filed a patent for an apparatus and method to determine electrical characteristics. The invention involves using a control circuit to modulate signals to an AC energy source and acquire electrical characteristics during specific time intervals. GlobalData’s report on Microchip Technology gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Apparatus for determining electrical characteristics of alternating current energy

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Microchip Technology Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20240039438A1) describes an innovative apparatus and method for controlling alternating current energy sources. The apparatus includes an acquisition circuit and a control circuit that modulates signals to different AC energy sources while acquiring electrical characteristics during specific deadtimes. The control circuit synchronizes the modulation cycles of multiple sources, allowing for efficient energy management and motor control. Additionally, the method involves issuing modulated signals to various AC sources and acquiring their electrical characteristics during specific deadtimes, enabling precise control and monitoring of the energy sources. The patent also introduces a microcontroller with similar functionalities, including multiple modulation circuits and acquisition windows for synchronized control and monitoring of AC energy sources.

The patent's claims highlight a sophisticated system for managing and controlling multiple AC energy sources efficiently. By synchronizing modulation cycles and acquiring electrical characteristics during deadtimes, the apparatus and method offer a comprehensive solution for driving motors or inverters with precise control. The microcontroller described in the patent further enhances these capabilities by providing synchronized control and monitoring of multiple AC sources, enabling a sinusoidal field of control drive for motors. Overall, the patent introduces a novel approach to energy management and motor control, potentially offering significant advancements in the field of electrical engineering and automation.

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