Systems and methods for designating a master power transmitter in a cluster of wireless power transmitters

  • US 10,153,645 B1
  • Filed: 03/04/2016
  • Issued: 12/11/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/07/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of designating a master power transmitter in a cluster of wireless power transmitters, comprising:

  • at a first power transmitter that is in wireless communication with other power transmitters;

    receiving, from a respective power transmitter of the other power transmitters, signals including information indicating at least (1) a network address of the respective power transmitter, and (2) status information of the respective power transmitter regarding whether the respective power transmitter is in a master mode or a non-master mode;

    in accordance with a first determination that none of the other power transmitters is in the master mode, determining whether a first network address of the first power transmitter is lower than respective network addresses of the other power transmitters;

    in accordance with a second determination that the first network address is lower than the respective network addresses of the other power transmitters;

    operating the first power transmitter in the master mode;

    sending, to each of the other power transmitters, an indication that the first power transmitter is in the master mode; and

    while the first power transmitter is operating in the master mode, assigning each of the other power transmits to transmit wireless power waves to one or more power receivers.

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