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Vertically stacked semiconductor device
A semiconductor device including a vertical assembly of semiconductor chips interconnected on a substrate with one or more metal standoffs providing a fixed...
Gate electrode for FinFET device
In a method of forming a semiconductor device, a self-planarizing conductive layer is formed over a substrate that includes a topography having sharp drop-offs....
Edge placement accuracy of signals generated by test equipment
A software controlled mechanism causing a test equipment to place the edges of test signals accurately. The mechanism determines expected time of occurrence of...
Digital self-adapting graphic equalizer and method
A self-adaptive graphic equalizer operable to equalize the affects of an audio system on an audio signal includes an adaptive graphic equalizer having a...
Series feram cell array
Memory devices and memory cell groups therefor are disclosed, which comprise series connected ferroelectric (FE) memory cells accessible using a single bitline....
Rejection of power supply variations for gain error cancellation in
pulse-width-modulated motor controllers
A positioning driver (32) for a voice coil motor (22) in a disk drive system (10) is disclosed. Pulse-width-modulated prestage drivers (46) are coupled to power...
Programmable output impedance for hard drive preamplifier write driver
A write driver output circuit having a programmable output impedance. A plurality of amplifiers are disposed in parallel between an input and an output of an...
Retention register for system-transparent state retention
State retention registers for use in low-power standby modes of digital IC operation are provided, wherein: a differential circuit (M1-M3; M1-M4) is used to load...
High voltage drain-extended transistor
The present invention provides, in one embodiment, a transistor (100). The transistor (100) comprises a doped semiconductor substrate (105) and a drain-extended...
Encapsulated MOS transistor gate structures and methods for making the
Transistor gate structures, encapsulation structures, and fabrication techniques are provided, in which sidewalls of patterned gate structures are conditioned by...
A zeolite and an organic binder are mixed with a solvent to form a paste (302). The paste is then cast or molded (304) into the desired shape. A portion of the...
Apparatus and method for compression based error correction procedure in a
data processing system
In a data processing system in which the complete set of op-code signal groups are stored in a ROM unit, a programmable, non-volatile memory unit stores the...
Apparatus for determining power consumed by a bus of a digital signal
processor using counted number of logic...
In order to measure the power consumed by a bus in a digital signal processor, each bus conductor has a lead electrically coupled thereto. The lead is coupled to...
Accumulating transformations for hierarchical linear regression HMM
A new iterative hierarchical linear regression method for generating a set of linear transforms to adapt HMM speech models to a new environment for improved...
Method and apparatus for scheduling cell search in CDMA mobile receivers
Search scheduling circuitry for use with a wireless communication device, such as a mobile telephone, includes a search time calculator, a search period...
Systems and methods for improving FFT signal-to-noise ratio by identifying
stage without bit growth
Systems and methods are provided for performing signal processing on communication data utilizing scale reduced Fast Fourier Transform computations. The present...
Block level space time transmit diversity in wireless communications
Space time transmit diversity (9, 14, 17, 19) is applied at the block level to an original block of bits (12) in order to reduce the effects of fading in...
Static memory cell and SRAM device
The objective of this invention is to provide a static memory cell and an SRAM device that can improve the write margin while preventing degradation of the...
Active gate clamp circuit for self driven synchronous rectifiers
A DC-DC converter circuit includes a transformer with a resonate filter or snubber connected at a primary side and a switch for controlling operation of the...
Yokeless hidden hinge micromirror device with double binge layer
A micromirror array 110 fabricated on a semiconductor substrate 11. The array 110 is comprised of four operating layers 12, 13, 14, 15. An addressing layer 12 is...
Difference amplifier for digital-to-analog converter
An improved circuit is provided that buffers the output of a DAC while improving the bandwidth and linearity of the circuit. A DAC comprises an output signal of...
Reducing noise in switched capacitor amplifier circuit
A switched capacitor environment in which a feedback capacitor of a stage is flipped to be used as a sampling capacitor of the next stage. Due to such use of the...
Class AB output stage circuit with stable quiescent current
A class-AB output stage circuit is configured with controllable reference voltages for providing stable quiescent current. An exemplary output stage circuit...
An amplifier apparatus includes: (a) an integrator having an input for receiving an input signal, and integrating the input signal to present an integrated...
Charge pump with constant output current
An improved charge pump circuit that is capable of producing a constant output current. The charge pump circuit includes a controllable current source, at least...
Enhancing SNR and throughput performance of integrated circuits
Low voltage transistors are used in high voltage environment. The low voltage transistors may be used in the path of processing of a signal to increase the...
System and method for extraction of C-V characteristics of ultra-thin
In one embodiment, a method for extracting C-V characteristics of ultra-thin oxides includes coupling a device under test to a testing structure, in which the...
Resonant scanning mirror driver circuit
A resonant scanning mirror driver configured to drive a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) mirror to a desired deflection utilizes a PWM pattern selected...
Method of passivating and/or removing contaminants on a low-k
One aspect of the invention relates to a method of removing contaminants from a low-k film. The method involves forming a sacrificial layer over the contaminated...
Memory with 6T small aspect ratio cells having metal.sub.--1 elements
physically connected to metal.sub.--0...
A method of forming a memory circuit comprising six transistor memory cells. The memory cells comprise first and second inverters. The inverters comprise...
Method of forming integrated circuit contacts
Contacts are formed to integrated circuit devices by first forming a conductive layer (80) on a semiconductor device. An optional dielectric layer (130) is...
Monitoring of nitrided oxide gate dielectrics by determination of a wet
The present invention provides, in one embodiment, a method method of monitoring a process for forming a nitridated oxide gate dielectric. A nitrided oxide...
Method and system for detecting an outlying resistance in a plurality of
In one aspect of the invention, a semiconductor die includes a plurality of resistive elements operable to receive a voltage differential between at least two of...
Upgrading of firmware with tolerance to failures
The firmware may contain multiple application modules, which can operate independent of each other such that upgrade of one application module does not affect...
Wire bonding simulation
Embodiments of the present invention may provide ways and uses for correlating actual wire bonding machine adjustment parameters to inputs needed for FEA...
Serial interface unit with transmit monitor
In a serial interface unit (10) for the transmission and reception of data under the control of clock signals, the data are output from a data source to a data...
Methods for enhancing performance of ferroelectic memory with polarization
The present invention facilitates data retention lifetimes for ferroelectric devices by improving switched polarization of ferroelectric memory cells. A...
Method of controlling reader amplifier gain variations of a HDD
preamplifier, or the like
An amplifier (70) has a differential input stage (84,86). An output transistor (102) is connected to receive a single ended output developed by transistor 86....
Computer display with switched capacitor power supply
A computer (80) includes a display assembly 10 which uses a backlight power supply 40 to power a fluorescent tube 18 for backlighting purposes. The power supply...
Preventing power-on audio output noise in a wireless telephone handset
A wireless telephone (10) including audio amplifier circuitry (20) that produces reduced "pop" noise in speakers such as in handsfree headsets (HS) is disclosed....
The invention relates to a DC/DC converter including an input to which an input voltage Vin is applied, a inductance L whose one terminal is connected to the...
Semiconductor circuit with multiple contact sizes
A semiconductor circuit comprising a semiconductor die and a package substrate. In one embodiment, a first plurality of conductive bumps serves as a portion of a...
Semiconductor package having integrated metal parts for thermal
A semiconductor device comprising a metallic leadframe (103) with a first surface (103a) and a second surface (103b). The leadframe includes a chip pad (104) and...
Forming a chip package having a no-flow underfill
A method of forming an underfilled chip package is provided. No-flow underfill material is deposited over a surface of a package substrate to form an underfill...
Remote diode temperature sense method with parasitic resistance
The temperature of an internally or remotely sensed diode is determined using sequential currents applied to the diode, while compensating for parasitic...
Increasing possible test patterns which can be used with sequential
scanning techniques to perform speed analysis
A non-robust test pattern, which causes a transition on a path of interest as well as off-paths, may be selected as being suitable for performing delay analysis...
Spectral power management for constrained transmissions using
In frequency channel communications, constraints on transmit power characteristics can be complied with by implementing constellation shaping (15, 71) in the...
Automatically adjusting low noise amplifier
A low noise amplifier circuit (10) includes an attenuator (12) for receiving a calibration signal and generating an attenuated calibration signal. A low noise...
High activity, spatially distributed radiation source for accurately
simulating semiconductor device radiation...
The present invention pertains to radiation sources that mimic radiation environment(s) encountered by packaged semiconductor devices. The sources are suitable...
Architecture with digital signal processor plug-ins for general purpose
processor media frameworks
A plug-and-play architecture including an extension of a general purpose processor media framework for adjoining DSP processing power.