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Volatile memory with non-volatile ferroelectric capacitors
Memory apparatus and methods are provided for storing data in a semiconductor device, comprising volatile and non-volatile portions, where the non-volatile...
Power converter employing switched split transformer primary
A pulse-width modulated apparatus to convert an input voltage to an output voltage at advantaged duty-cycles utilizes more than two switches in a converter...
Digital temperature monitor
A digital temperature monitor (DTM (24) includes a proportional-to-absolute temperature (PTAT) sensor (44) and reference circuit (48) coupled to the inputs of a...
Integral nonlinearity error correction circuitry and method for DAC
An M+N bit DAC includes an N-bit interpolation circuit for interpolating between a first voltage (Vhigh) on a first conductor (17A) and a second voltage (Vlow)...
Switched control of inductor ringing for a boost switched power supply
A power supply circuit for generating regulated voltages includes a storage circuit to store the voltages, a control circuit to control the level of stored...
Semiconductor leadframe for staggered board attach
The semiconductor integrated circuit device comprises a planar leadframe having lead segments arranged in alternating order into first and second pluralities,...
HID land grid array packaged device having electrical and optical
A high density interconnect device which creates a thin, electrically and thermally high performance package for semiconductor devices having a mechanically...
Innovative method to build a high precision analog capacitor with low
voltage coefficient and hysteresis
The present invention relates to a method for forming an anlog capacitor on a semiconductor substrate. The method comprises forming a field oxide over a portion...
Method and system for avoiding plasma etch damage
An electronic device and method of construction are disclosed that provide for a dielectric layer (12) having a low dielectric constant. A conductive sheath...
Buried zener diode structure and method of manufacture
A buried Zener diode structure and method of manufacture requires no additional process steps beyond those required in a basic standard bipolar flow with up-down...
Transistor formed from stacked disposable sidewall spacer
A method of forming an integrated circuit transistor (80), comprising providing a semiconductor region (90) and forming a gate structure (92, 94) in a fixed...
Method for fabricating preplated nickel/palladium and tin leadframes
A method for fabricating a leadframe structure comprising a chip mount pad and a plurality of lead segments, each having a first end near the mount pad and a...
Simplified branch metric and method
A branch metric computation using limited bits by clipping the dynamic range and/or approximating the square of the difference between a sample value and the...
Integrated circuit with emulation register in JTAG JAP
An emulation device including a serial scan testability interface having at least first and second scan paths, and state machine circuitry connected and...
Host access to shared memory with a high priority mode
A digital system is provided with a memory (42) that can be shared by two or more data requestors (10, 20). Two modes of access are provided. In a shared access...
Personalized incoming call signal for communication devices
Apparatus and methods are presented to allow the creation of a personalized audio signal for a communication device., An option to record audio input and create...
FeRAM with a single access/multiple-comparison operation
A comparator-type sense amplifier compares a constant voltage that was read out of a FeRAM cell to a sequence of reference voltage levels. A multiple-comparison...
Micromirror truss structure and fabrication method
A micromirror (110) includes a frame portion (112), a gimbal portion (114) and a mirror portion (116) formed from a single piece of material. A plurality of...
A low-cost, high-performance, reliable micromirror package (300) that replaces the ceramic substrate in conventional packages with a printed circuit board...
Function graphing method with detection of discontinuities
A function graphing method for detecting discontinuities. The method involves scanning piecewise linear segments of the function graph and detecting large...
Fast, stable overload recovery circuit and method
A differential amplifier includes an input stage (13) and an output stage (100) including an output transistor (M11) having a source coupled to a supply voltage...
Voltage supply circuit with parasitic oscillation compensation
A voltage supply circuit in which parasitic oscillation of a charge pump driver circuit can be restrained, charge pump driving currents can be generated at a...
System and method for distributing a reference clock in an integrated
circuit using filtered power supply line
A clock distribution system and method for an integrated circuit includes a power supply line and a plurality of clock distribution elements. The power supply...
High speed, high common mode range, low delay comparator input stage
The comparator input stage uses low voltage transistors 20 and 21 as the input pair. They have a small threshold voltage, and hence support a low common mode....
Composite loop compensation for low drop-out regulator
A composite loop compensation circuit and method for a low drop-out regulator configured to facilitate stable operation at very low output load currents is...
Low drop-out regulator having current feedback amplifier and composite
A low drop-out regulator is configured to provide high output current with a fast response during transient conditions, while also maintaining low quiescent...
SOI DRAM having P-doped poly gate for a memory pass transistor
An integrated circuit including a DRAM is disclosed, wherein the DRAM includes a memory array including a plurality of pass gate transistors and a plurality of...
System and method for achieving planar alignment of a substrate during
solder ball mounting for use in...
A system (10) and method (30) for precisely depositing a solder compound onto a substrate (18). The system (10) generally includes a receiving member (20) having...
Automatic detection and correction of relatively rearranged and/or inverted
data and address signals to shared...
A set of related methods for detecting the existence and exact nature of any rearrangements and/or inversions of address lines and/or data lines to a memory...
Apparatus and method for the exchange of signal groups between a plurality
of components in a digital signal...
As the digital signal processor has become more flexible, the direct memory access controller has assumed greater computational power to permit the core...
Channel estimation for communication system using weighted estimates based
on pilot data and information data
A method (50) of operating a communications receiver (20). The method receives a communications signal (10) which is transmitted via a channel, where the...
Preamp reader design for high resistance read heads
A differential circuit to read differential data from a disk by a voltage bias includes a read circuit to read the differential data from the disk by maintaining...
Location estimation in narrow bandwidth wireless communication systems
The phase difference between a known stable reference signal (11) and a known signal output by a wireless mobile communication device (5, 5B) is determined at...
Signal settling device and method
A method and device are configured for providing for both quick and accurate signal settling. A high accuracy component is configured in parallel with a high...
Networked miniature chemical optical sensors
A network for detecting a substance includes at least two detectors that are capable of transmitting a signal, and a remote station capable of receiving the...
Saw oscillation circuit
An oscillation circuit uses a SAW oscillator and is able to control the oscillation frequency easily and correct the temperature characteristic of the oscillator...
Filter circuits based on trans-conductor circuits
A filter circuit uses a trans-conductor circuit coupled to a control circuit having similar characteristics as the trans-conductor circuit. The control circuit...
High density parasitic measurement structure
A method for testing a partially fabricated wafer is provided that comprises the following steps: providing a device under test (DUT) overlying a substrate of...
Output stage compensation circuit
An output stage compensation circuit and method for a low drop-out regulator configured to facilitate stable operation while providing output voltage and current...
Method for simultaneous output ramp up of multiple regulators
An apparatus for generating a supply voltage includes a first regulator for generating a first supply voltage, a second regulator for generating a second supply...
Method and apparatus for controlling charge balance among cells while
charging a battery array
A method for controlling voltage levels among cells while charging a battery array to a target voltage uses cell balancing modes employing respective charging...
Double-diffused MOS (DMOS) power transistor with a channel compensating
An improved DMOS power transistor (20) with a single p-body implant (12) and including an n-type channel compensating implant (NCCI) (24). The improved DMOS...
Process for optimizing junctions formed by solid phase epitaxy
A method of forming a semiconductor device includes forming at least one amorphous region within an at least partially formed semiconductor device. The method...
Disposable spacer technology for reduced cost CMOS processing
A method of fabricating a CMOS transistor using a silicon germanium disposable spacer (114) for the source/drain implant. After gate etch, silicon germanium...
Capacitor and memory structure and method
A rugged polysilicon electrode for a capacitor has high surface area enhancement with a thin layer by high nucleation density plus gas phase doping which also...
Apparatus and methods for removing solder ball connections from electrical circuits are disclosed. The apparatus and methods comprise a solder ball removing tool...
Micro-electromechanical switch fabricated by simultaneous formation of a
resistor and bottom electrode
The present invention provides a method and product-by-method of integrating a bias resistor in circuit with a bottom electrode of a micro-electromechanical...
Generating netlist test vectors by stripping references to a pseudo input
A method for enabling test vectors to be generated for a customer designed integrated circuit having an embedded vendor circuit is disclosed. The embedded vendor...
Cache with block prefetch and DMA
A digital system and method of operation is provided in which the digital system has at least one processor, with an associated multi-segment cache memory...
Wireless communications apparatus
Apparatus for a wireless communication network, comprises: a directional beam antenna, an antenna controller for directing said directional beam antenna in an...