Patents Represented by Attorney Martine & Penilla, LLP
  • Patent number: 6937915
    Abstract: In chemical mechanical polishing apparatus, a wafer carrier plate is provided with a cavity for reception of a sensor positioned very close to a wafer to be polished. Energy resulting from contact between a polishing pad and an exposed surface of the wafer is transmitted only a very short distance to the sensor and is sensed by the sensor, providing data as to the nature of properties of the exposed surface of the wafer, and of transitions of those properties. Correlation methods provide graphs relating sensed energy to the surface properties, and to the transitions. The correlation graphs provide process status data for process control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney Kistler, David J. Hemker, Yehiel Gotkis, Aleksander Owczarz, Bruno Morel, Damon V. Williams
  • Patent number: 6922688
    Abstract: A method to access an object in a computer system storage includes receiving a reference to the object, obtaining a referential map based on the reference (the referential map indicating a plurality of logical storage locations), each logical storage location associated with a portion of the object, and obtaining a physical map that is independent of the referential map from one of the logical storage locations indicated in the referential map, the physical map indicating a physical storage location of at least a part of that portion of the object being accessed. Computer storage systems providing distributed storage in accordance with this method and methods storage media having instructions to perform the method are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Adaptec, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander H. Frey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6922796
    Abstract: An invention is disclosed for performing failure recovery in a Java platform. An application is executed that includes a service module and a control module. The control module includes application-specific polices for the application. When an error is detected in a system component, the detected error is reported to a runtime executive, and the system component is isolated. The control module is then notified of the system component failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Matena, Rahul Sharma, Masood Mortazavi, Sanjeev Krishnan
  • Patent number: 6906470
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are provided for using a multi-element field emission cathode in a color cathode ray tube. The field emission cathode may have from four to ten field emission arrays linearly arranged. The arrays are preferably formed from carbon-based material. An electron gun assembly focuses electron beams from each array on to a phosphor stripe or dot on the screen of the cathode ray tube. Deflection apparatus moves the beam from each field emission array according to clock signals. Clock signals also turn on or turn off voltage to contacts controlling electron current from the array. Values of voltage applied, determined by a video signal, determine the intensity of electron current from each array, which controls the intensity of the light emitted by each color stripe or dot of phosphor on the phosphor screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Trepton Research Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Byron G. Zollars, John J. Lorr, Kent R. Kalar
  • Patent number: 6906730
    Abstract: A method and system for enabling a user to import a user-defined graphics edit into at least one template, the method including the steps of selecting, by the user, at least one first editable object, editing, by the user, at least part of the at least one first editable object, thereby producing a user-defined graphics edit, saving the user-defined graphics edit, selecting, by the user, a template containing at least one second editable object; and applying at least part of the user-defined graphics edit to at least part of the at least one second editable object within the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Roxio, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Joseph Ghislain Bossut, Natasha Deganello, Adolfo Vide
  • Patent number: 6896596
    Abstract: An ironing assembly for use in chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) is provided. The ironing assembly is designed for use over a linear polishing pad which has a plurality of asperities and applied slurry. The ironing assembly includes an ironing disk having a contact surface. The ironing disk is oriented over the linear polishing pad such that the contact surface of the ironing disk can be applied over the surface of the linear polishing pad to at least partially flatten the plurality of asperities before planarizing a semiconductor wafer surface over the linear polishing pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Yehiel Gotkis, Aleksander A. Owczarz, Rodney Kistler
  • Patent number: 6893860
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and microorganisms for producing L-threonine. In particular, the present invention relates to the production of L-threonine using microorganisms, and Escherichia coli strains in particular, which require L-methionine for growth and are L-isoleucine-leaky, are resistant to ?-methylserine, diaminosuccinic acid, L-glutamic acid, L-threonine, medium containing 60% of L-threonine fermentation mother liquid, azetidine and dehydroproline, and which are susceptible to fluoropyruvate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Daesang Corporation
    Inventors: Hyo Hoon Lee, Jae Chun Han, Tae Man Jung
  • Patent number: 6894491
    Abstract: A method for detecting a thickness of a layer of a wafer is provided. The method includes defining a particular radius of a wafer carrier configured to engage the wafer to be processed. The method also includes providing a plurality of sensors configured to create a set of complementary sensors. Further included in the method is distributing the plurality of sensors along the particular radius within the wafer carrier such that each sensor of the plurality of sensors is out of phase with an adjacent sensor by a same angle. The method also includes measuring signals generated by the plurality of sensors. Further included is averaging the signals generated by the plurality of sensors so as to generate a combination signal. The averaging is configured to remove noise from the combination signal such that the combination signal is capable of being correlated to identify the thickness of the layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Yehiel Gotkis, Rodney Kistler, Aleksander Owczarz, David Hemker, Nicolas J. Bright
  • Patent number: 6892154
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a test case for testing a device to be connected to a computer is disclosed. A base test object is provided. The base test object defines test properties for a device. The base test object includes a transaction generator that generates transactions. An extending test object is created, the extending test object defines test properties for a distinct configuration of the device. The extending test object also inherits at least one test property of the base test object. The transaction generator is executed to generate several transactions for the test case, each of the transactions defining a stimulus being specifically designed to stimulate at least one test property of the distinct configuration of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Adaptec, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Lee
  • Patent number: 6880724
    Abstract: A photoresist supply system includes a storage bottle and a reservoir coupled in flow communication therewith. A vacuum pump is coupled in flow communication with the reservoir and creates a vacuum within the reservoir that draws photoresist out of the storage bottle and into the reservoir. An inlet into the reservoir is configured to flow photoresist down an inner wall of the reservoir. The photoresist flows out of the reservoir into a dispense reservoir from which the photoresist is pumped to a dispense nozzle for application to a wafer or substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Macronix International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shun-Tsai Liu
  • Patent number: 6879929
    Abstract: A system and method of adjusting a sense amplifier includes providing an amplification control parameter to the sense amplifier. A temperature of the sense amplifier is monitored and the amplification control parameter to the sense amplifier is adjusted according to the temperature of the sense amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems
    Inventors: Claude R. Gauthier, Shaishav A. Desai, Raymond Heald
  • Patent number: 6880033
    Abstract: A method for configuring channels of a dual channel SCSI chip is provided which includes setting at least one bit in a first configuration space within a first channel control in the dual channel SCSI chip where the first configuration space returns a device identification information when accessed by an operating system. The method also includes setting at least one bit in a second configuration space within a second channel control in the dual channel SCSI chip where the second configuration space returns data indicating that the second configuration space does not contain any device identification information when accessed by the operating system. The first channel control is detected and managed by the operating system, and the second channel control is not detected by the operating system and is managed by a device processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Adaptec, Inc.
    Inventors: Fadi A. Mahmoud, Stillman F. Gates, Daniel A. Dawson
  • Patent number: 6873916
    Abstract: A circuit for determining characteristics of a fluid under-test is provided. The circuit includes analog-to-digital processing circuitry for interfacing with a sensor and host electronics. The analog-to-digital processing circuitry includes a frequency generator for providing stimulus to the sensor and receiving a response signal from the sensor. Conditioning circuitry for reducing analog signal offsets in the response signal and signal detection circuitry for identifying amplitude data of the response signal are provided. Further provided is analog-to-digital conversion circuitry for converting the detected amplitude data into digital form. Memory for holding calibration data and approximated fluid characteristics of the fluid under-test is included in the circuitry. The digital form of the response signal is processed in conjunction with the calibration data and approximated fluid characteristics to generate fluid characteristics of the actual fluid under-test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Symyx Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Oleg V. Kolosov, Leonid Matsiev, Mikhail B. Spitkovsky, Vladimir Gammer
  • Patent number: 6868122
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for distributed intraframe transmission. In one embodiment of the present invention, digital images are divided into regions. In this embodiment, an I-frame is not transmitted all at once. Instead, in each transmission, a region of the image is compressed without using interframe compression while the rest of the image is compressed using interframe compression. The region transmitted without interframe compression changes with each transmission. Thus, over the course of several transmissions every region of the image is transmitted without interframe compression. A transmission schedule controls the transmission of I-frame data for an entire image over the course of several frame transmissions. In one embodiment, a digital image is divided into M regions, and one region is transmitted without using interframe compression in each frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas O'Neill
  • Patent number: 6865600
    Abstract: A system and method provide for selecting Internet media channels. Generally speaking, the selection involves choosing target channels based on user preferences. In one example embodiment, the system and method receive a user preference relating to a data item available from at least one of a plurality of media providers, augment the user preference with at least one additional preference that is related to the user preference, and select one or more media providers from the plurality of media providers, wherein the selection is based on the frequency with which the selected media provider provides the user preference or the augmenting additional preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Napster, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert B. Brydon, Diane E. Barram, Phong H. Le, Son N. Doan, Wilburt J. Labio
  • Patent number: 6865119
    Abstract: An invention is provided for reducing subthreshold current in memory core cells. A memory array having a plurality of memory core cells is provided. Each memory core cell in the memory array is selectable using a word line. A selected word line addressing a particular memory core cell is charged to a positive voltage. In addition, unselected wordlines of the memory array are charged to a negative voltage. In this manner, subthreshold current associated with unselected memory core cells is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Artisan Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott T. Becker
  • Patent number: 6864625
    Abstract: Color CRTs, used in large display screens, have a plurality of three color electron beams that are strongly focused so that they crossover and become divergent in both the X and Y axes if the CTR's face. The strength of the focusing determines the size of the illuminated area on the face of the CRT. A shadow mask, aperture grill, or slotted mask and the red, green and blue phosphor dots or stripes are located at predetermined positions such that the red electron beams only hit the red phosphors, the green electron beams only hit the green phosphors, and the blue electron beams only hit the blue phosphors. No raster scanning with the electron beams are required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Trepton Research Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Skupien
  • Patent number: 6865669
    Abstract: Methods for optimizing of memory resources during an initialization routine of a computer system which prepares the computer system for loading of an operating system is disclosed. One exemplary method includes receiving a request from a system BIOS to locate an amount of conventional memory where the amount of conventional memory accommodates at least a decompressed version of data located in an option ROM BIOS. Then the amount of conventional memory requested by the system BIOS is determined. If the amount of conventional memory requested by the system BIOS is not available, the method continues and system BIOS data located within the conventional memory is read where the system BIOS data occupies at least the amount of conventional memory requested by the system BIOS. After the system BIOS data is read, the system BIOS data is written from the conventional memory to an extended memory, and the system BIOS data located in the conventional memory that has been written into the extended memory is deleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Adaptec, Inc.
    Inventor: Fadi A. Mahmoud
  • Patent number: 6860028
    Abstract: An alignment device includes a crossbar and two brackets. Each one of the two brackets includes at least one guide hole, with each guide hole having a front opening. The crossbar couples the two brackets and defines a connector opening. The alignment device also includes two connector alignment posts. Each one of the two connector alignment posts has a first end coupled to the crossbar and an opposing end protruding into the connector opening. A method of connecting a circuit card to a mid plane and a computer including the alignment device also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn P. Charest, William L. Grouell, John A. Harada
  • Patent number: 6862721
    Abstract: A method for testing a circuit is provided. The method includes providing a normal internal clock signal for use in accessing functional logic, where the functional logic has access to redundant functional logic during normal operation. The method then applies a stress clock signal to the functional logic, and each pulse of the stress clock signal is of a shorter duration than each pulse of the normal internal clock signal. Based on the applied stress clock signal, the method identifies logic elements of the functional logic that fail to operate as intended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Artisan Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Templeton, Dhrumil Gandhi