Control system for periodically energizing a capacitive load
Control system for driving a capacitive display unit such as an EL display panel
Electrochrome element control device
LED Display panel having bus conductors on flexible support
Method and apparatus for reducing power consumption to activate electroluminescent panels
ApplicationNo. 145898 filed on 01/20/1988
US Classes:345/82, Solid body light emitter (e.g., LED)313/500, Matrix or array340/815.45, Using light emitting diodes345/55Display elements arranged in matrix (e.g., rows and columns)
ExaminersPrimary: Brigance, Gerald L.
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Foreign Patent References
International ClassG09G 003/32
AbstractA computer-controlled LED display system including an N×M rectangular array of light units. Each light unit includes one or more LED's that are driven so as to emit a train of light pulses separated by intervals of substantially zero light intensity. The temperature of the LED cathodes will decrease during each interval of zero emitted light intensity, so that the average temperature of each LED over its operating period will be less thaN it would be with zero intensity intervals of shorter duration. In a preferred embodiment, the drive circuit has a nonzero, finite RC constant and a capacitor connected in series with the LED's, so as to produce sufficiently long duration, substantially zero intensity intervals between the emitted light pulses. Each LED driving circuit includes a switch (preferably of the opto-coupler or triac type) for switching the circuit between "on" and "off" modes. Each switch is controlled by serial digital signals supplied via an interface unit. The interface unit includes a serial-to-parallel converter and a parallel-in-parallel-out shift register for each of the M columns of the light unit array. Each serial-to-parallel converter-shift register pair accepts serial digital control pulses and generates N parallel data streams, each controlling one of the N light units in the Mth array column.
Field of SearchMatrix or array