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Chemical mechanical polishing optical endpoint detection
Light is incident on a semiconductor wafer polish surface and an adjacent reference surface (80). The reflected light from each surface is detected by a detector...
Sub-pipelined and pipelined execution in a VLIW
A subpipelined translation embodiment provides binary compatibility between current an future generations of DSPs. When retrieved from memory an entire fetch...
System and method for processing data in an integrated circuit environment
A method for processing data is provided that includes storing a write operation in a store buffer that indicates a first data element is to be written to a...
Multicore DSP device having shared program memory with conditional write
A multi-core digital signal processor is disclosed having a shared program memory with conditional write protection. In one embodiment, the digital signal...
SDRAM with command decoder, address registers, multiplexer, and sequencer
A memory circuit (14) having features specifically adapted to permit the memory circuit (14) to serve as a video frame memory is disclosed. The memory circuit...
Extracting resistances for a substrate network
Determining a substrate resistance network includes receiving a description of a substrate network including nodes. Elements of the substrate network are...
Apparatus and method for automatically detecting defects on silicon dies on
An apparatus and method for automatically detecting defects on silicon dies on silicon wafers comprising a silicon wafer acquisition system (30) and a computer...
Acoustic echo-cancellation system
A multi-channel acoustic cancellation system 40 with, for example, stereo speakers and a pair of microphones in the transmitting and receiving rooms (11 and 21)...
Pseudo-noise sequence with insertion having variant length and position
An augmented pseudo-noise sequence (10) is generated from a two or more pseudo-noise sequences, using LFSRs or other such devices. A segment (16) of a one...
Stress relieved frame
An improved window frame and window piece for a micromirror assembly is disclosed herein. The window frame includes a stress-relieving contour positioned in the...
Increasing the SNR of successive approximation type ADCs without
compromising throughput performance substantially
When converting an analog signal to N-bit digital codes, high SNR (signal to noise ratio) by generating multiple N-bit codes from the same analog sample and...
Circuit for modifying a clock signal to achieve a predetermined duty cycle
The present invention accepts timing and clock signals with a desired frequency and undesired duty cycle CLKIN, and outputs a clock signal CLKOUT with the...
Comparator with hysteresis
A comparator with hysteresis which achieves fast switching despite a low current consumption. The comparator comprises a first transistor (M1) and a second...
Preconditional quiescent current testing of a semiconductor device
A method for testing a semiconductor device is included where sleep mode commands associated with the semiconductor device are generated. The semiconductor...
Semiconductor package insulation film and manufacturing method thereof
An insulation film for providing an insulation substrate carrying a semiconductor chip of a semiconductor package. Insulation film 10 is provided with rows of...
Bipolar junction transistor with a counterdoped collector region
An improved BJT is described that maximizes both Bvceo and Ft/Fmax for optimum performance. Scattering centers are introduced in the collector region (80) of the...
Diode having a double implanted guard ring
The present invention provides a diode 200 that includes a substrate 215 doped with a first type dopant and a double implanted guard ring 245 located within the...
IC with comparator receiving expected and mask data from pads
Test circuits located on semiconductor die enable a tester to scan test a plurality of die/ICs in parallel by inputting both stimulus and response patterns to...
Dual metal-alloy nitride gate electrodes
An embodiment of the invention is a gate electrode 70 having a nitrided high work function metal alloy 170 and a low work function nitrided metal alloy 190....
Method for software pipelining of irregular conditional control loops
A method for software pipelining of irregular conditional control loops including pre-processing the loops so they can be safely software pipelined. The...
Multicore DSP device having coupled subsystem memory buses for global DMA
A DSP device is disclosed having multiple DMA controllers with global DMA access to all volatile memory resources in the DSP device. In a preferred embodiment,...
Maintaining remote queue using two counters in transfer controller with hub
The data transfer apparatus and method employs two queue counters to maintain the status of a first-in-first-out buffer memory. A master count (251) indicates...
Method and apparatus for modeling mass storage disk drive motors
The present invention provides an improved model and methodology for simulating motor performance which allow increased control accuracy at the higher currents,...
Circuit and method for measurement of battery capacity fade
The remaining run-time (t_rem) of a battery is determined independently of the condition of the battery and the amount of load on the battery by obtaining the...
Digital tone control with linear step coefficients
Digital audio tone control implemented using Shelving filters for the digital audio treble tone control exhibits artifacts (noise, distortion, etc.) as the tone...
Method to upscale single-pixel wide text without loss of image sharpness
A method to upscale single pixel wide text associated with flat panel display applications has a reduced cross-sectional area in two dimensions as compared to...
Receiver algorithm for the length 4 CFC
Decoding CFC codewords in the form of sums of QPSK-modulated spread symbols in a spread spectrum communications systems using comma-free codes with elements made...
Damped control of a micromechanical device
Device and method for a damping function to reduce undesirable mechanical transient responses to control signals. In one aspect of the present invention, the...
Graphing calculator with manual line drawing
A graphing calculator (10) having manual line drawing capability. The calculator (10) is programmed to receive data representing the begin point and end point of...
Calibrating capacitor mismatch in a pipeline ADC
An on-chip calibration circuit which can dynamically (i.e., in operational environment) measure the capacitor mismatch in an ADC using sampling capacitors to...
Scribe street width reduction by deep trench and shallow saw cut
In a method to singulate a semiconductor wafer (100) into chips, trench streets (107) of predetermined depth (105a) are formed across the first, active wafer...
Method of making bipolar transistor with integrated base contact and field
A method of manufacturing a bipolar junction transistor results in an integrated polysilicon base contact and field plate element minimally spaced from a...
User interface for graphical specification of functions
A graphing calculator having a user interface that allows the user to easily specify a mathematical function. The user interface allows the user to specify a...
Dynamic hardware configuration for energy management systems using task
A multiprocessor system (10) includes a plurality of processing modules, such as MPUs (12), DSPs (14), and coprocessors/DMA channels (16). Power management...
Microprocessor with an instruction immediately next to a branch instruction
for adding a constant to a program...
A data processing system with a microprocessor that has an instruction execution pipeline that includes fetch and decode stages and several functional execution...
Pipeline stage single cycle sliding alignment correction of memory read
data with integrated data reordering...
Trace data is aligned in a processor having an instruction pipeline by delaying write data and read data a predetermined number of clock cycles, selectively...
Quantization of linear prediction coefficients using perceptual weighting
A new method for quantization of the LPC coefficients in a speech coder includes a new weighted error measure including every frame sampling an impulse response...
Automatic test system for an analog micromirror device
An automatic tester for an analog micromirror device includes a computer having an ADC and DAC connected to its peripheral bus. A micromirror device under test...
Built-up bump pad structure and method for same
In accordance with the present invention, a built-up bump pad structure and method for the same are provided. The bump pad structure includes a substrate, a bump...
Semiconductor device and manufacturing method
A semiconductor device and its manufacturing method with which the connection reliability can be improved without complicating the manufacturing process....
Method for manufacturing a bipolar junction transistor
According to one embodiment of the invention, a method used in manufacturing an intermediate structure in a bipolar junction transistor includes implanting a...
Self calibrating current reference
The present invention relates to a current reference system comprising a selectively activatable high current reference circuit operable to generate a reference...
Low power wireless network
A network of electronic devices such as computers (50) and/or calculators (36, 38) uses low power communication to transmit wireless signals through a...
Apparatus for comparing an input voltage with a threshold voltage
An apparatus for comparing an input voltage with a threshold voltage includes: (a) a first current mirror device that includes a first bipolar transistor with a...
Threshold voltage stabilizer, method of manufacturing and integrated
circuit employing the same
The present invention provides a threshold voltage stabilizer for use with a MOS transistor having a body effect associated therewith. In one embodiment, the...
Method of manufacturing and structure of semiconductor device with floating
A high voltage semiconductor device includes a drain region disposed within a semiconductor substrate. The semiconductor device further includes a field oxide...
Mass production of cross-section TEM samples by focused ion beam deposition
and anisotropic etching
A method of preparing a TEM sample. A focused ion beam is used to deposit a mask on the material to be sampled. Reactive ion etching removes material not...
Method and system for visual linker
The present invention provides a visual linker. The visual linker includes a link server that implements linking instructions for sections to a memory. The...
Wireless user terminal and system having signal clipping circuit for
switched capacitor sigma delta analog to...
A wireless user terminal (42) and system (40) implementing a mixed signal CODEC (100) including an improved sigma-delta ADC (18) which limits input signals into...
Integrated circuit incorporating RF antenna switch and power amplifier
A novel integrated circuit incorporating a transmit/receive antenna switch capable of being integrated using silicon based RF CMOS semiconductor processes and a...