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Self-biased comparator with hysteresis control for power supply monitoring
A voltage monitor circuit for biasing a well region of a CMOS circuit includes a self-biased comparator which compares first (INP) and second (INN) input...
Stud-cone bump for probe tips used in known good die carriers
A method of forming a membrane for use in conjunction with a semiconductor carrier and the membrane which includes an electrically insulating substrate and an...
Reduction of channel hot carrier effects in transistor devices
A transistor can be fabricated to exhibit reduced channel hot carrier effects. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method for fabricating a...
Two step semiconductor manufacturing process for copper interconnects
An embodiment of the invention is a method of manufacturing copper interconnects 30 on a semiconductor wafer 10 where an electroplating process is used to...
Method and system for dopant containment
According to one embodiment, a semiconductor device is provided. The semiconductor device includes an oxide layer. The semiconductor device also includes a...
Methods, systems and structures for forming improved transistors
A method (100) of forming a transistor includes forming a gate structure (106, 108) over a semiconductor body and forming recesses (112) substantially aligned to...
Method to manufacture silicon quantum islands and single-electron devices
The present invention provides a method of manufacturing a single-electron transistor device (100). The method includes forming a thinned region (110) in a...
Wireless access modem having downstream channel resynchronization method
A resynchronization method for use in a data communication system having a first device configured to transmit data at a symbol rate to a second device. The...
IC with scan distributor and scan collector circuitry
Scan distributor, collector, and controller circuitry connect to the functional inputs and outputs of core circuitry on integrated circuits to provide testing...
Mechanism to enhance observability of integrated circuit failures during
A system and method enhance observability of IC failures during burn-in tests. Scan automatic test pattern generation and memory built-in self-test patterns are...
Secure mode for processors supporting MMU
A digital system is provided with a secure mode (3.sup.rd level of privilege) built in a non-invasive way on a processor system that includes a processor core,...
Priority arbitration based on current task and MMU
A digital system and method of operation is provided in which several processors (740(0) 740(n)) are connected to a shared resource (750). Each processor has an...
Integrated spectrum analyzer for tuners
A scheme to provide a spectral view of the signals present at the customer premises equipment by the network operator and includes a digital signal processor...
System and method for steering directional antenna for wireless
A system and method for determining an optimal antenna position of a directional antenna in a wireless communication system are described. The optimal antenna...
Using SISO decoder feedback to produce symbol probabilities for use in
wireless communications that utilize...
An apparatus and method for transmitting and receiving a bit stream. On the transmission side, coded bits (Y.sub.t) and an interleaved version of the coded bits...
Methods and apparatus for use in generating data sequences for spread
Methods and apparatus for use in generating data sequences for direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) communications are described. One exemplary method includes...
System for reducing row periphery power consumption in memory devices
The present invention provides a system for reducing row periphery power consumption in a semiconductor memory device, particularly during sleep mode operation....
Pre-regulator with reverse current blocking
An apparatus includes a blocking N-channel MOS (LDMOS) transistor that prevents current flow when the supply connection is reversed. When connected properly, the...
Capacitively coupled micromirror
A capacitively coupled microelectromechanical device and method of operation. The micromechanical device comprises: a semiconductor substrate; a member operable...
Method for identifying format of a received video signal
A method for identifying format of a video signal including a raster-synchronizing signal having a timing signal spanning a synch interval and a synch-follower...
Image resizing system and method
Image resizing through resampling by poly-phase filtering with a phase generation from input parameters but with lower resolution of the phase for filter...
Decoding variable length codes while using optimal resources
In one aspect, code-words of variable lengths are decoded using a multi-stage decoding approach, with different stages being of different sizes (and thus...
Backgate pull-up for PMOS pass-gates
The pass-gate circuit with backgate pull-up includes: a pass-gate transistor coupled between a first port and a second port; a backgate pull-up transistor...
Current control device for driving LED devices
A current control device for driving LED devices uses a switched-mode current control loop inside of an output intensity low-frequency pulse width modulation...
Versatile system for charge dissipation in the formation of semiconductor
The present invention provides a system for dissipating any aberrant charge that may accumulate during the fabrication of a semiconductor device segment (200),...
Versatile system for triple-gated transistors with engineered corners
The present invention provides a system for producing a triple-gate transistor segment (300), utilizing a standard semiconductor substrate (302). The substrate...
Via formation for damascene metal conductors in an integrated circuit
A method of fabricating an integrated circuit, having copper metallization formed by a dual damascene process, is disclosed. A layered insulator structure is...
Method of fabricating an integrated silicon-germanium heterobipolar
transistor and an integrated...
In a method of fabricating an integrated silicon-germanium heterobipolar transistor a silicon dioxide layer arranged between a silicon-germanium base layer and a...
Solid phase epitaxy recrystallization by laser annealing
Methods (70) are described for fabricating shallow and abrupt gradient drain extensions for MOS type transistors, in which a solid phase epitaxial...
Method of manufacturing transistor having germanium implant region on the
sidewalls of the polysilicon gate...
The present invention provides a transistor 100 having a germanium implant region 170 located therein, a method of manufacture therefor, and an integrated...
System and method for improved dopant profiles in CMOS transistors
According to one embodiment of the present invention, a method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming a gate stack on an outer surface of a...
Integrated circuit capacitor having antireflective dielectric
A capacitor (100) is disclosed that is formed as part of an integrated circuit (IC) fabrication process. The capacitor (100) has conductive top and bottom...
Method of manufacturing a metal-insulator-metal capacitor using an
The present invention provides a method for manufacturing a metal-insulator-metal (MIM) capacitor, a method for manufacturing an integrated circuit having a...
Fabrication of a ferromagnetic inductor core and capacitor electrode in a
single photo mask step
A method of manufacturing an integrated circuit on a semiconductor wafer. The method comprising forming a bottom plate of a capacitor 50a and a bottom portion of...
Sequential color recapture for image display systems
A method for transmitting light in an image display system includes generating a beam of light from a light source. The beam of light is directed at a first...
The addition of DMD illumination modulator(s) 702 in series with projection SLM(s) 706/709 to produce high-performance projection displays with improved optical...
Overhead material handling system and track block
A material handling system (100) and method (200) for isolating a carrier mechanism (110) from the system. The system (100) comprises a track (103) having a...
Overhead material handling system and track block
The present invention is directed to a material handling system (100) and method (200) for isolating a carrier mechanism (110) from the system. The system (100)...
Determining feasibility of IC edits
A computer method of analyzing an integrated circuit ("IC") masked design data, comprising grouping into a cluster areas of layers preceding a target metal layer...
Reduced complexity decoding for trellis coded modulation
The present application describes a method of implementing a Viterbi algorithm (VA) for trellis coded modulation (TCM) decoding in communication equipment....
Program counter range comparator with equality, greater than, less than
and non-equal detection modes
An program counter address comparator includes two comparators comparing an input program counter address with respective reference addresses. The comparators...
Frequency re-mapping for structure adaptive frequency hopping
The invention generally provides a method of intelligent frequency hopping such as in Bluetooth and Home RF networks. The method (400) includes the acts of...
Field diode detection of excess light conditions for spatial light
An improved SLM that is capable of detecting when light incident on the SLM exceeds a predetermined threshold. A diode is fabricated around, or within the pixel...
Method and apparatus for accurate inverse-linear voltage/current generator
To make use of its full input voltage operating range, an analog-to-digital converter is configured with a switched-capacitor circuit to produce a digital output...
Current sense components failure detection in a multi-phase power system
An evaluator (210) having an input (207) for receiving a signal indicative of a channel current sensed via a sensor in a mutlichannel current sharing system, and...
High-swing folded cascode having a novel gain-boost amplifier
A circuit topology for gain boosted high-swing folded cascode has been improved to maximize the available dynamic range in applications having low supply voltage...
Driver apparatus and method of operation thereof
A driver apparatus comprising a signal switching circuit coupled for receiving an actuation signal and generating a first and a second control signal in response...
Bandgap reference circuit for ultra-low current applications
A bandgap reference circuit as may be used in ultra-low current applications is provided. An exemplary bandgap circuit can be configured to generate a positive...
Apparatus and method for controlling operation of a processor device
An apparatus for controlling operation of a processor device during startup of the processor device includes: (a) a signal treating circuit receiving a voltage...
Systems and methods for sense FET calibration
Systems, methods and circuits for sense circuit calibration. In one particular case, a system is provided that includes a sense circuit, a calibration circuit,...