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O2Micro receives strategic power tool patent

Posted: 20 Nov 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:O2Micro? power tools? power tool identifications? patents? patent issued?

Power management and security solutions provider O2Micro International Ltd was granted18 claims under U.S. patent number 7,119,516 for its Cordless Power Tool Identification circuitry.

"We are excited about this key addition to O2Micro's Cool Battery Technology IP portfolio," said William Kao, vice president of O2Micro. "This patent supports an architecture that can secure a cordless power tool to identify a safety qualified, compatible battery pack and allow the battery pack to support those power tools within its specification range. This can greatly enhance user safety."

The Cordless Power Tool Identification circuitry provides a removable battery pack containing information that is unique to the cordless tool. The patented solution enables the battery to adjust to the load type while increasing user safety by identifying non-authorized batteries that may not have been safety qualified. Applications include drills, circular and reciprocating saws, sanders, screwdrivers, and flashlights.

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