Multifunction Three Quarter Bridge

Some apparatus and associated methods relate to a buck-derived switched mode power supply with three-quarter bridge (TQB) formed with a bypass switch in parallel with an inductor. In an illustrative example, the bypass switch may be configured to, in response to a decrease in average load demand, operate in a first mode to turn on the bypass switch to selectively circulate inductor current through the bypass switch while a high-side switch and a low-side switch are off. In a second mode, the bypass switch may be turned off to circulate the inductor current through, for example, an output capacitor and the low-side switch. In some implementations of the TQB, the bypass switch may be operated, for example, to selectively transfer a controlled amount of energy stored in the inductor to the output capacitor in response to a decrease in average load demand.

Some apparatus and associated methods relate to conductivity modulation apparatus for active operations with an inductive element in a packaged circuit module formed with a bypass switch for configuration in parallel with an inductor. In

A distress situation recognizing and remote assistance summoning device for recognizing a distress situation which may be encountered by a transport vehicle, and for summoning assistance via a wireless communications link is shown and described.

Apparatus and associated methods relate to a photoelectric sensor system with a primary photo-detector to receive an on-axis return reflected by a retro-reflective target, and a monitor photo-detector to detect off-axis light indicative of a

Apparatus and associated methods relate to dual safety touch button systems for generating machine operation commands, according to predetermined safety guidelines, from status information received via an intercommunications link (ICL) operably connecting the dual safety