Patent Number: 7,042,363

Title: Methods and apparatus for producing a three-state single wire control

Abstract: Systems, methods and devices are described that provide a three-state control signal across a single electrical conductor. A three-position switch provides an output signal that selects between the first reference voltage, a second reference voltage and an intermediate voltage. The output from the switch is transmitted to a voltage divider circuit that produces a predetermined result when the switch output corresponds to the intermediate state. The output of the voltage divider is then provided to an analog-to-digital converter to decode the state of the switch. The three-state control signal may be used, for example, to place a vehicle component such as a windshield temperature controller or rear-window defogger into a desired one of three operating states. Similarly, the three-state concepts may be widely applied in many automotive, industrial, consumer electronics and other settings.

Inventors: Katrak; Kerfegar K. (Fenton, MI), Bauerle; Paul A. (Fenton, MI)

Assignee: General Motors Corporation

International Classification: G08B 21/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018