Method and apparatus for protection of AC-DC power converters

Patent No. 7,911,352

Issued: March 22, 2011
Filed: November 18, 2008

Inventors: Bucella; Thomas John (Rochester, NY), Dombroski; Thomas P. (Fairport, NY), Fuchs; David E. (Pittsford, NY), Block; Jeremy M. (Walworth, NY)
Assignee: Teknic, Inc. (Pittsford, NY)

An AC-DC power converter controls an external upstream switching device, which supplies it power to be converted. Power conversion is initiated when an external signal requests power be converted or when a program within the AC-DC power converter detects the need for power conversion. When this occurs, the AC-DC power converter signals the external switching device, which is upstream of the AC-DC power converter to turn on, thereby supplying the power to be converted to the AC-DC power converter.

Reference to Related Applications

This application claims one or more inventions which were disclosed in Provisional Application No. 60/988,947, filed Nov. 19, 2007, entitled "Method and Apparatus for Protection of AC-DC power Converters". The benefit under 35 USC 119(e) of the United States provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

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