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ABSTRACT

An improved LCD back light panel lamp connecting structure comprises cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL), and adjacent CCFL modules having high voltage ends and feedback ends arranged alternately, and the feedback ends on both sides of the CCFLs respectively coupled to two return boards. The feedback end of the CCFL is coupled to a proximate return board, and the return board is disposed separately at both ends of the CCFLs. Two return boards are coupled to a pulse width modulation (PWM) control unit so that the two return boards feed back the current to the PWM control unit. The high voltage end of the CCFL is coupled to a transformer.

Inventors: Chin-Wen Chou, Eddie Cheng
Original Assignee: Zippy Technology Corp.
Section: Electricity
Classification: Electric Techniques Not Otherwise Provided For

This is a continuation-in-part application, and claims priority, of from U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/359,182 filed on Feb. 06, 2003, entitled “LCD back light panel lamp connecting structure”, which is now U.S. Pat. No. 6,949,890.

FIELD OF INVENTION


The present invention relates to an improved LCD back light panel lamp connecting structure, more particularly to cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL), and adjacent CCFLs modules having its high voltage end and feedback end arranged alternately.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


A traditional LCD TV or touch screen of a LCD display requires a high brightness to compensate the visual requirements. In general, a cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) is lit by high voltage; the larger the current, the brighter is the lamp. Therefore several CCFL lamps are generally used to compensate the brightness and evenness, and it is the most important issue is to keep the current of the lamp even and minimize the error. The installation of several sets of loading also increases the number of control units for the lighting and the area of the circuit board, and thus making the manufacturing more complicated and the cost higher. In FIG. 1, it shows a driving device that lights up a CCFL, and comprises a power supply unit 13, a pulse width modulation (PWM) control unit 14, a driving unit 15, a transformer 11, and a loaded cold cathode florescent lamp (FFCL) 12. When the input of the input voltage is initialized, the driving unit 15 immediately drives the transformer 11 to light up the CCFL 12 by the negative/positive voltage effect and the PWM control 14 detects the current of the CCFL lamp 12 through the current feedback 16 and outputs a resonant frequency. The average current of the CCFL lamp 12 can be controlled by means of the driving unit 15 and the transformer 11. Therefore, the light produced can be projected onto the back light panel of the LCD.

Please refer to FIG. 2 for the schematic circuit diagram of a plurality of lamps in accordance with a prior art. In the figure, the high voltage ends of a plurality of lamps 21 respectively connect to a connector 221 and a connector of a transformer 23, and the plurality of transformers 23 are integrated to a circuit board 26 to form an inverter 20, and the feedback end of the plurality of lamps 21 are mutually coupled and connected to the PWM control unit 25, so that the PWM control unit 25 can detect the current of the lamp 21 through the current feedback to output a resonant frequency and control the average current of the CCFL lamp 12.

However, the connection method of the CCFL lamps described above has the following shortcomings:

1. Firstly, the feedback end of the prior-art multiple lamps generally makes the wiring job more complicated, not only increasing the size of the circuit board, but also making the manufacturing complicated, increasing the cost, and unnecessarily consuming higher voltage.

2. Secondly, since the high voltage ends of the cold cathode fluorescent lamps are installed on the same side of the lamp, therefore when the lamp is lit, the temperature at that side is usually too high and thus affecting the life of the lamp.

3. Thirdly, when several lamps are used to compensate the brightness and evenness, it generally causes uneven current and brightness between the lamps since there generally exists a discrepancy between lamps for their production. Thus, it becomes an issue of selecting lamps, or it may require more lamps to improve the brightness and evenness. Such arrangement will increase the cost, and make the manufacture more complicated and the adjustment more difficult.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION


The primary objective of the present invention is to overcome the shortcomings and avoid the deficiencies of the prior art. The present invention alternately arranges the high voltage end and the feedback end of adjacent cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) modules to save wire materials, average the current of the lamp, and enhance the stability of the current.

To achieve the above objective, the improved LCD back light panel lamp connection structure of the present invention comprises cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL), and adjacent CCFL modules having their high voltage end and feedback end arranged alternately, and the feedback end is coupled to a proximate return board and the return board is disposed separately on both sides of the CCFL. Such two return boards are coupled to a pulse width modulation (PWM) control unit, so that the two return boards feed back the current to the PWM control unit. The high voltage end of the CCFL respectively couples to a transformer and drives the transformer to light up several sets of cold cathode fluorescent lamps, and the feedback end of the plurality of CCFLs feeds back the current through the two return boards to a PWM control unit. Such PWM control unit detects the current of the lamp to output a resonant frequency and control the average current of the several sets of CCFLs.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS


FIG. 1 is a schematic circuit diagram of a prior-art cold cathode fluorescent lamp.

FIG. 2 is schematic circuit diagram of a multiple of prior-art lamps.

FIG. 3 is a block diagram of the circuit of the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a schematic diagram of the transformer and power supply board of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a schematic diagram of an improved LCD back light panel lamp connecting structure according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS


Please refer to FIGS. 3 and 4 for the block diagram of the circuit and the schematic diagram of the transformer and power supply board of the present invention respectively. In the figures, the improved LCD back light panel lamp connecting structure comprises cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) 31, and a plurality of CCFLs 31a, 31b, 31c and 31a′, 31b′, 31c′ comprise a module respectively such that a high voltage end 32 of the CCFL modules 31, 31′ is coupled to a first voltage end, and a feedback end 33 is coupled to a second voltage end, and the lamps are arranged in parallel in a first direction forming a row in a second direction perpendicular to the first second direction. High voltage ends 32 and feedback ends 33 of the adjacent CCFL modules 31, 31′ are arranged alternately, and the feedback ends 33 on both sides of the adjacent CCFL modules 31, 31′ respectively coupled to two return boards 34, 35. Such two return boards 34, 35 are coupled to a pulse width modulation (PWM) control unit 36, so that the two return boards 34, 35 feed back the current to the PWM control unit 36; the high voltage end 32 of the CCFL modules 31, 31′ couples to a connector 38 at an output end of a transformer 45 by a connector 37; the feedback ends 33 of the CCFL modules 31, 31′ mutually couple to the two return boards 34, 35; the transformer comprises at least one transformer or ceramic transformer being coupled to the connector 37 of the CCFL modules 31, 31′ by a connector 38, and each transformer 45 is integrated on a circuit board 43 to form a inverter 46, and then connected to a connector 40 on a power supply board 41 by a connector 44 on the circuit board 43. The power supply board 41 is coupled to a power supply unit 42 so that the power can be supplies to each transformer 45 on the inverter 46 via the power supply board 41, which can save wire materials and simplify the structure.

Referring to FIGS. 3 and 5 for the CCFL modules 31, 31′, three cold cathode fluorescent lamps 31a, 31b, 31c are grouped as a module and three CCFLs 31a′, 31b′, 31c′ are grouped as another module, the high voltage ends 32 and the feedback ends 33 of adjacent CCFL modules 31, 31′ are arranged alternately according to a preferred embodiment of the invention.

The drive transformer 45 drives the plurality of CCFL modules 31, 31′ to light up and the feedback end 33 of each CCFL module 31, 31′ feeds back the current to the PWM control unit 36 through the two return boards 34, 35, and the PWM control unit 36 detects the current of the CCFL modules 31, 31′ to output a resonant frequency, and control the average current of several adjacent CCFL modules 31, 31′.

In view of the description above, the present invention definitely overcomes the shortcomings of the prior art and has the following advantages:

1. The present invention arranges the adjacent CCFL modules alternately, such that the high voltage ends of the lamps are arranged alternately, and thus will not overheat one side of the lamp when the lamp is lit.

2. The feedback ends of several lamps of the present invention are connected in series, and all coupled to the two return boards, not only saving wire material, lowering the consumption of voltage for transmission, and increasing the stability of the circuit, but also making the manufacture easy and the cost lower.

3. The present invention arranges the high voltage end and the feedback end of several lamps alternately, so that the current of each CCFL can be more evenly distributed, and thus achieving the purpose of even lighting.

While the invention has been described by way of example and in terms of a preferred embodiment, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited thereto. To the contrary, it is intended to cover vanous modifications and similar arrangements and procedures, and the scope of the appended claims therefore should be accorded the broadest interpretation so as to encompass all such modifications and similar arrangements and procedures.