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WUS (unsafe) detection (kick back sensing)
An unsafe detection circuit for detecting a kickback signal including an input circuit for inputting a kickback signal, a circuit for detecting the presence or...
Method and circuit for eliminating glitches in a disk drive read head
An improved bias circuit for a disk drive head which reduces or eliminates transients while switching biasing. Embodiments of the invention are directed to...
Hidden hinge digital micromirror device with improved manufacturing yield
and improved contrast ratio
An improved DMD type spatial light modulator having an array of pixels (18). The pixels (18) are of the "hidden hinge" design, each pixel having a mirror (30)...
Digital cinema transport stream with embedded projector configuration data
A transport stream with embedded projector configuration data 208 being carried along with the video for use in digital cinema projector setup. The embedded...
CMOS comparator output stage and method
A CMOS circuit including a P-channel pull-up transistor (MP) and an N-channel pull-down transistor (MN) includes a first feedback circuit (6) producing a first...
Latched sense amplifier with full range differential input voltage
A sense amplifier that is capable of sensing small differential voltage between two inputs with full voltage range includes a first inverter 305 and 306; a...
Extraction of interconnect parasitics
The apparatus for detecting the effects of interconnect resistance and capacitance (RC) in a logic circuit includes a first ring oscillator with the interconnect...
Disk drive servo arm retract and spindle brake circuit
A spindle motor control circuit for controlling a motor; including a control circuit to control the motor during at least a low state, a pulse state and a high...
Method and structure for controlling surface properties of dielectric
layers in a thin film component for...
A method and structure for controlling the surface properties in the dielectric layers in a thin film component can be provided for improving the trimming...
Fine pitch system and method for reinforcing bond pads in semiconductor
A reinforcing system and method of fabrication for a semiconductor integrated circuit bond pad comprises a first dielectric layer or stack disposed under the...
Method for moat nitride pull back for shallow trench isolation
A method of fabricating a shallow trench isolation structure includes forming outwardly of a semiconductor layer a first oxide layer. A nitride layer is formed...
Method for producing low/high voltage threshold transistors in
The present invention provides a system and method for processing low voltage threshold transistors on a semiconductor wafer. The method may include: forming...
Micro-controller direct memory access (DMA) operation with adjustable word
size transfers and address...
A micro-controller direct memory access (DMA) unit includes hardware support for single read of the source address at a source word size and but writes to the...
Resistance measuring circuit
In the resistance measuring circuit, a measuring capacitor (Cm), as controlled by a microcomputer (10), is charged in a first cycle to a predefined charging...
Optical add drop multiplexer
An optical switch ideally suited for use as an optical add drop multiplexer (OADM). A light beam entering the OADM through a first input fiber (402) is separated...
Coding method for an image signal
To provide high quality coding with respect to both interlace video and progressive video. It is a coding method for image signals, which includes the steps of...
Spread spectrum interference cancellation
Iterative parallel interference cancellation estimations for signals received from multiple coded sources or a source with multiple coded outputs with updated...
Heat sink attachment
A new heat sink apparatus and method that simplify the assembly of the heat sink and thermal stud. The new heat sink assembly uses a spring retainer that, in...
Method and apparatus for mapping a location from a video image to a map
A monitoring system (10) includes a video camera (12) which generates images of a monitored area. A computer (16) receives the images from the video camera, and...
Minimizing noise in data channels implemented using frequency division
A filter circuit with two 2.sup.nd order stages cascaded in sequence. The first stage is implemented with high quality (Q) factor, and the second stage is...
The objective of the invention is to provide a booster circuit with reduced power consumption and switching noise. Booster circuit 1 of the present invention has...
Method for measuring NBTI degradation effects on integrated circuits
A method of testing integrated circuits for the effect of NBTI degradation. A static DC stress voltage is applied to the voltage supply input of the circuit....
Wire bonding for thin semiconductor package
An assembly of a semiconductor chip (301) having an integrated circuit (IC) including at least one contact pad (320) on its surface (301a), wherein the contact...
Vertical bipolar transistor and a method of manufacture therefor including
two epitaxial layers and a buried layer
The present invention provides a vertical bipolar transistor 110, a method of manufacture therefor, and an integrated circuit including the same. The vertical...
Single-poly EEPROM on a negatively biased substrate
Disclosed are devices and associated methods for manufacturing an EEPROM memory cell (10) for use on a negatively biased substrate (12). The invention may be...
System with meshed power and signal buses on cell array
A method and apparatus for providing a meshed power and signal bus system on an array type integrated circuit that minimizes the size of the circuit. In a...
Segmented power MOSFET of safe operation
Segmented power transistors and fabrication methods are disclosed in which transistor segments are spaced from one another to facilitate thermal diffusion, and...
DMD heat sink socket assembly
A method for removing heat from a spatial light modulator device in a digital projection display by encapsulating the device package in a thermal conductive...
Method for evaluating a mask pattern on a substrate
A method for evaluating a mask pattern for a product that is manufactured by a process that is described at least in part by a mathematical process model...
IC test cell with memory output connected to input multiplexer
A test cell (12) provides boundary scan testing in an integrated circuit (10). The test cell (12) comprises two memories, a flip-flop (24) and a latch (26), for...
System for acquiring and maintaining reliable optical wireless links
Disclosed is apparatus and method for establishing and maintaining optical data transfer between a first optical communications device (202) and a second optical...
Implementation method of digital phase-locked loop
A phase lock loop to control phase error including a first phase error detector to detect the phase error in a first mode, a first loop filter to filter a first...
Multi-mode color filter
A multi-mode color filter 400 having an inner hub region 402 used to mount the color filter 400 to a motor shaft. A first track 404 and a second track 406 of...
Power supply rejection circuit for an audio amplifier
A circuit for power amplification for an audio amplifier that reduces power supply noise amplified to the load. The circuit takes the prior art circuit's...
Switch mode converter that allows 100% duty cycle on gate driver
A switch mode converter uses the bootstrap capacitor 30 to operate all the way to 100% duty cycle by adding only a very small amount of low-area extra circuitry....
Voltage independent class A output stage speedup circuit
A low drop-out voltage regulator circuit includes: a MOS pass through transistor 12; a resistor feedback circuit 18 and 20 coupled to the MOS pass through...
DC-DC converter and controller for DC-DC converter
A DC--DC converter prevents reverse current from flowing through the inductor, suppresses ringing noise in the low-load state, lowers the power consumption, and...
Method and apparatus for controlling current draw while charging a battery
An apparatus for use with a charge control system for affecting current draw from a charging unit coupled at an input locus of the charge control system for...
Resonant scanning mirror driver circuit
A micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) resonant scanning mirror driver circuit has separate amplitude and waveshape inputs which allows a relatively slow and...
Power supply circuit
External output terminal 28 is clamped by clamping circuit 20, and a current mirror is configured using diode circuit 23 within clamping circuit 20 and detector...
Method and apparatus for surface mounted power transistor with heat sink
A surface mounted power transistor is provided with a heat sink by positioning a mounting plate of a heat sink between the power transistor and a solder pad on...
Integrated circuit identification
A method for marking a semiconductor wafer 302 includes the steps of: providing a reticle 300 including liquid crystal pixels; positioning the semiconductor...
Source drain and extension dopant concentration
A method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming one or more sidewall spacer layers on the outer surface of a gate stack. At least one region of an at...
System and method of evaluating gate oxide integrity for semiconductor
The present invention provides a system and method for evaluating gate oxide integrity in a semiconductor wafer. The system may include: a semiconductor wafer; a...
Methods and apparatus for improved current density and feature fill control
in ECD reactors
Apparatus and methods are disclosed for electroplating conductive films on semiconductor wafers, wherein field adjustment apparatus is located in a reservoir...
Programmable multi-standard MAC architecture
The present invention provides a method, system and apparatus for managing data flow over an open system interconnection type network (10) which includes a...
Processor with pipeline conflict resolution using distributed arbitration
and shadow registers
A processing engine including a processor pipeline 820 with a number of pipeline stages, a number of resources and a pipeline protection mechanism. The pipeline...
Order broadcast management (IOBMAN) scheme
The present invention is a method and system for managing memory in a communication device which operates in a shared access media environment. In one aspect of...
Circuit and method for reducing access transistor gate oxide stress
A memory circuit and method for reducing gate oxide stress is disclosed. The circuit includes a memory cell for storing data. The memory cell has a first 106 and...
Hybrid of predictive and closed-loop phase-domain digital PLL architecture
A phase-domain digital PLL loop is implemented using a hybrid of predictive and closed-loop architecture that allows direct DCO oscillator transmit modulation in...