Patents Assigned to PS4 Luxco S.A.R.L.
  • Patent number: 9953686
    Abstract: A memory system of a high-speed operation can be realized by reducing an influence of reflection signals etc. caused by branching and impedance mismatching in various wirings between a memory controller and a memory module, and an influence due to transmission delays of data, command/address, and clocks in the memory module. To this end, a memory system comprises a memory controller and a memory module mounted with DRAMs. A buffer is mounted on the memory module. The buffer and the memory controller are connected to each other via data wiring, command/address wiring, and clock wiring. The DRAMs and the buffer on the memory module are connected to each other via internal data wiring, internal command/address wiring, and internal cock wiring. The data wiring, the command/address wiring, and the clock wiring may be connected to buffers of other memory modules in cascade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Matsui
  • Patent number: 9589921
    Abstract: In one semiconductor device, a semiconductor chip has first and second pad electrodes disposed on the main surface thereof, insulating films that cover the main surface of the semiconductor chip, a rewiring layer that is disposed between the insulating films, and a plurality of external terminals disposed on the top of the insulating film. The plane size of the first pad electrode and the second pad electrode differ from one another, and the first pad electrode and the second pad electrode are connected to any of the plurality of external terminals via the rewiring layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: PS4 LUXCO S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Katagiri, Yu Hasegawa, Satoshi Isa
  • Patent number: 9570405
    Abstract: One semiconductor device includes a wiring substrate, a semiconductor chip layered on one face of the wiring substrate and having a first face facing the wiring substrate and a second face positioned on a reverse side from the first face, a circuit being formed on at least the second face, a non-circuit-incorporating chip in which a circuit is not formed, the non-circuit-incorporating chip being layered on the second face of the semiconductor chip, and a sealing resin disposed between at least the wiring substrate and the non-circuit-incorporating chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Atsushi Tomohiro
  • Publication number: 20160359484
    Abstract: To decrease the circuit scale necessary for the calibration of the output circuit and to decrease the time required for the calibration operation. The invention includes a first output buffer and a second output buffer that are connected to a data pin, and a calibration circuit that is connected to a calibration pin. The first output buffer and the second output buffer include plural unit buffers. The unit buffers have mutually the same circuit structures. With this arrangement, the impedances of the first output buffer and the second output buffer can be set in common, based on the calibration operation using the calibration circuit. Consequently, both the circuit scale necessary for the calibration operation and the time required for the calibration operation can be decreased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Hiroki Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 9484075
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes data terminal, unit buffers which drive the data terminal and the impedance of which can be adjusted, and control circuits which successively switch the operation of at least two unit buffers selected from unit buffers. Because the operation of the plurality of unit buffers is switched successively, the peak current which flows during an output operation is dispersed, power-supply noise can be controlled, and the output potential can be switched very rapidly and continuously, while a fixed output impedance is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 LUXCO S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Arai, Kenji Asaki
  • Patent number: 9478525
    Abstract: One semiconductor device includes nine surface micro-bumps laid out in a 3×3 matrix on a semiconductor substrate, a transistor that contains first and second diffusion layers formed on the semiconductor substrate, and power-supply wiring laid out on the semiconductor substrate. The aforementioned first diffusion layer is connected to one of the surface micro-bumps, the second diffusion layer is connected to the power-supply wiring, and the transistor is laid out in the region between the surface micro-bumps located on one edge in an X direction and the surface micro-bumps located on the other edge in said X direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 LUXCO S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Machio Segawa, Hisayuki Nagamine
  • Patent number: 9472255
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a data input/output circuit that has an ODT function and a DLL circuit that generates an internal clock for determining an operation timing of the data input/output circuit. The DLL circuit has a first mode for controlling a phase of the internal clock in a precise manner and a second mode for operating with low power consumption. When the data input/output circuit does not perform an ODT operation, the DLL circuit operates in the first mode, and when the data input/output circuit performs the ODT operation, the DLL circuit operates in the second mode. In this manner, the operation mode of the DLL circuit is switched over depending on the ODT operation, so that the power consumption in the ODT operation in which strict phase control is not required can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 9466343
    Abstract: A method for writing a mode register in a semiconductor device, the method includes receiving a mode register command and a mode signal; generating a first mode register setting signal; delaying the first mode register setting signal in a first latency shifter to provide a second mode register setting signal; receiving a data signal in synchronization with the second mode register setting signal; and writing the mode signal to the mode register only if the received data signal has a first logic level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 LUXCO S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Chikara Kondo
  • Patent number: 9467142
    Abstract: A semiconductor device, includes an input buffer, first and second PMOS transistors serially interconnected between a first power supply node and an output node of the input buffer. First and second NMOS transistors are serially interconnected between a second power supply node and the output node of the input buffer. A replica circuit includes a third and fourth PMOS transistors serially interconnected between the first power supply node and an output node of the replica circuit. Third and fourth NMOS transistors are serially interconnected between the second power supply node and the output node of the replica circuit. The input node of the replica circuit is connected to the output node of the replica circuit and a comparison circuit compares a voltage at the output node of the replica circuit to a reference voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 LUXCO S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Toru Hatakeyama, Toru Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9466354
    Abstract: A system, includes a controller comprising a plurality of first external terminals configured to supply a command and an address, and communicate a data, and communicate a strobe signal related to the data; and a semiconductor memory device including a plurality of second external terminals corresponding to the plurality of first external terminals, at least one of the plurality of first external terminals and at least one of the plurality of second external terminals each being capable of supplying an information specifying a length of a preamble of the strobe signal before the semiconductor memory device communicates the data between the controller and the semiconductor memory device, the semiconductor memory device further including a preamble register configured to be capable of storing the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Atsuo Koshizuka
  • Patent number: 9466562
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a semiconductor chip that includes: a plurality of penetration electrodes each penetrating between main and back surfaces of the semiconductor chip, the penetration electrodes including a plurality of first penetration electrodes, a second penetration electrode and a third penetration electrode; and a wiring configured to intersect with a plurality of regions, each of the regions being defined as a region between corresponding two of the first penetration electrodes, one end of the wiring being coupled to the second penetration electrode, the other end of the wiring being coupled to the third penetration electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Nakazawa, Toru Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9466546
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a wiring board; a stack of semiconductor chips disposed over the wiring board, each of the semiconductor chip comprising via electrodes, the semiconductor chips being electrically coupled through the via electrodes to each other, the semiconductor chips being electrically coupled through the via electrodes to the wiring board; a first seal that seals the stack of semiconductor chips; and a second seal that covers the first seal. The first seal is smaller in elastic modulus than the second seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Koichi Hatakeyama, Mitsuhisa Watanabe, Keiyo Kusanagi
  • Patent number: 9461053
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to a semiconductor device having a plurality of unit transistors that include element isolation regions formed on a semiconductor substrate and a gate electrode formed in the shape of a frame and disposed on an active region sandwiched between the element isolation regions in such a way that the two ends of the outer periphery of the gate electrode extend onto the element isolation regions and the inner periphery thereof closes the active region. The active regions of unit transistors adjacent to one another in a first direction are electrically isolated from one another by means of the element isolation regions, and the active regions of unit transistors adjacent to one another in a second direction which intersects the first direction are linked to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 LUXCO S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Kanta Saino
  • Patent number: 9461049
    Abstract: Provided is a semiconductor device including first and second semiconductor pillars formed on a surface of a semiconductor substrate and aligning in a first direction; a first interconnect extending in a second direction intersecting with the first direction and provided between the first and second semiconductor pillars; and a first contact pad located over the first interconnect, the first contact pad being in contact with and electrically connected to the first semiconductor pillar at a side surface thereof, while being electrically isolated from the second semiconductor pillar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Kazuma Shimamoto
  • Patent number: 9455019
    Abstract: One semiconductor device includes a command receiver receiving the command signal to generate a first internal command signal, and a latency control circuit activating a second internal chip select signal after elapse of first cycles of a clock signal since a first internal chip select signal is activated. The latency control circuit activates a second control signal when the chip select signal is maintained in an inactive state during second cycles of the clock signal that is larger than the first cycles. The command receiver is activated based on a first control signal. The first control signal is activated in response to the first internal chip select signal. The first control signal is deactivated in response to the second control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Chikara Kondo
  • Patent number: 9449951
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes an insulating substrate including a first surface and an opposing second surface, and a semiconductor chip. The semiconductor chip is mounted over the first surface, includes signal electrodes, power-supply electrodes and ground electrodes, which connect to pads on the first surface of the insulating substrate. Lands provided on the second surface of the insulating substrate include signal lands, power-supply lands and ground lands through vias penetrate from the first surface to the second surface of the insulating substrate, and include signal vias electrically connected the signal connection pads to the signal lands, power-supply vias electrically connected the power-supply connection pads to the power-supply lands and ground vias electrically connected the ground connection pads to the ground lands. At least one of the signal vias are closer to the connection pads than immediately adjacent one of the power-supply vias or the ground vias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Yukitoshi Hirose, Yushi Inoue, Shiro Harashima, Takuya Moriya, Chihoko Yokobe
  • Patent number: 9443790
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate having a first surface, a through silicon via (TSV) that is formed so that at least a part thereof penetrates through the semiconductor substrate, and an insulation ring. The insulation ring is formed so as to penetrate through the semiconductor substrate and so as to surround the TSV. The insulation ring includes a tapered portion and a vertical portion. The tapered portion has a sectional area which is gradually decreased from the first surface toward a thickness direction of the semiconductor substrate. The vertical portion has a constant sectional area smaller than the tapered portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Osamu Fujita
  • Patent number: 9438251
    Abstract: A method for generating an internal clock signal by a clock generating circuit, including generating the internal clock signal based on an external clock signal, adjusting a phase of the internal clock signal by using a phase control value to synchronize with a phase of the external clock signal based on a phase difference between the external clock signal and the internal clock signal, switching operation modes including a first operation mode in which a phase of the internal clock signal is controlled at a predetermined cycle by updating the phase control value and a second operation mode in which a phase of the internal clock signal is fixed by fixing the phase control value, and the switching includes switching from the second operation mode to the first operation mode in response to a trigger signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 LUXCO S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Kazutaka Miyano
  • Patent number: 9431403
    Abstract: A semiconductor device provided with a capacitor that includes a plurality of cylindrical or columnar storage electrodes provided periodically on a semiconductor substrate, capacitor insulation films that cover the wall surfaces of the storage electrodes, and first conductive films provided on the capacitor insulation film and facing the storage electrodes, wherein the first conductive films of the capacitors adjacent in a first direction in which the storage electrodes are arranged are in contact with each other, and the first conductive films of capacitors adjacent in remaining other directions in which the storage electrodes are arranged are separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Kenji Komeda
  • Patent number: RE46141
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a power-supply control portion and a latch portion. The power-supply control portion supplies power to an internal circuit in response to an input signal synchronized with rising of clock. The latch portion latches the input signal in synchronization with falling of the clock and supplies the latched input signal to the internal circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: PS4 Luxco S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Yoko, Ryuuji Takishita