Patents Assigned to STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
  • Patent number: 10768133
    Abstract: Miniature resistive gas detectors incorporate thin films that can selectively identify specific gases when heated to certain characteristic temperatures. A solid state gas sensor module is disclosed that includes a gas sensor, a heater, and a temperature sensor, stacked over an insulating recess. The insulating recess is partially filled with a support material that provides structural integrity. The solid state gas sensor module can be integrated on top of an ASIC on a common substrate. With sufficient thermal insulation, such a gas detector can be provided as a low-power component of mobile electronic devices such as smart phones. A method of operating a multi-sensor array allows detection of relative concentrations of different gas species by either using dedicated sensors, or by thermally tuning the sensors to monitor different gas species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Ravi Shankar, Olivier Le Neel, Tien-Choy Loh, Shian-Yeu Kam
  • Patent number: 10763194
    Abstract: A semiconductor package includes a lead frame, a die, a discrete electrical component, and electrical connections. The lead frame includes leads and a die pad. Some of the leads include engraved regions that have recesses therein and the die pad may include an engraved region or multiple engraved regions. Each engraved region is formed to contain and confine a conductive adhesive from flowing over the edges of the engraved leads or the die pad. The boundary confines the conductive adhesive to the appropriate location on the engraved lead or the engraved die pad when being placed on the engraved regions. By utilizing a lead frame with engraved regions, the flow of the conductive adhesive or the wettability of the conductive adhesive can be contained and confined to the appropriate areas of the engraved lead or engraved die pad such that a conductive adhesive does not cause cross-talk between electrical components within a semiconductor package or short circuiting within a semiconductor package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: STMICROELECTRONICS, INC., STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LTD
    Inventors: Rennier Rodriguez, Bryan Christian Bacquian, Maiden Grace Maming, David Gani
  • Patent number: 10749067
    Abstract: One or more embodiments are directed to system in package (SiP) for optical devices, including proximity sensor packaging. One embodiment is directed to optical sensor that includes a substrate, an image sensor die and a light-emitting device. A first surface of the image sensor die is coupled to the substrate, and a recess is formed extending into the image sensor die from the first surface toward a second surface of the image sensor die. A light transmissive layer is formed in the image sensor die between the recess and the first surface. The optical sensor further includes a light-emitting device that is coupled to the substrate and positioned within the recess formed in the image sensor die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LTD
    Inventors: Loic Pierre Louis Renard, Cheng-Lay Ang
  • Publication number: 20200241068
    Abstract: A method of testing integrated circuit die for presence of a crack includes performing back end integrated circuit fabrication processes on a wafer having a plurality of integrated circuit die, the back end fabrication including an assembly process. The assembly process includes a) lowering a tip of a first manipulator arm to contact a given die such that pogo pins extending from the tip make electrical contact with conductive areas on the given die so that the pogo pins are electrically connected to a crack detector on the given die, b) picking up the given die using the first manipulator arm, and c) performing a conductivity test on the crack detector using the pogo pins to determine presence of a crack in the given die that extends from a periphery of the die, through a die seal ring of the die, and into an integrated circuit region of the die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Applicant: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Pedro Jr Santos PERALTA, David GANI
  • Patent number: 10684389
    Abstract: A method for forming a molded proximity sensor with an optical resin lens and the structure formed thereby. A light sensor chip is placed on a substrate, such as a printed circuit board, and a diode, such as a laser diode, is positioned on top of the light sensor chip and electrically connected to a bonding pad on the light sensor chip. Transparent, optical resin in liquid form is applied as a drop over the light sensor array on the light sensor chip as well as over the light-emitting diode. After the optical resin is cured, a molding compound is applied to an entire assembly, after which the assembly is polished to expose the lenses and have a top surface flush with the top surface of the molding compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignees: STMICROELECTRONICS (RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT) LIMITED, STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LTD
    Inventors: Wing Shenq Wong, Andy Price, Eric Christison
  • Publication number: 20200168582
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a support substrate to which a first electronic chip and a second electronic chip are mounted in a position situated on top of one another. First electrical connection elements are interposed between the first electronic chip and the support substrate. Second electrical connection elements are interposed between the second electronic chip and the support substrate and are situated at a distance from a periphery of the first electronic chip. Third electrical connection elements are interposed between the first electronic chip and the second electronic chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicants: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd, STMicroelectronics (Grenoble 2) SAS
    Inventors: David GANI, Jean-Michel RIVIERE
  • Patent number: 10658238
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a package that includes an electric device having a recess. In one embodiment, the electric device is a sensor and the recess reduces signal drift of the sensor caused by thermal expansion of the package. In another embodiment, the recess is substantially filled with adhesive material, thus increasing adhesion between the electric device and a substrate of the package while at the same time allowing for lower adhesive fillets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LTD
    Inventors: Kim-Yong Goh, Xueren Zhang, Yiyi Ma
  • Patent number: 10600758
    Abstract: A package packaged with a cap. The package features trenches, through holes, and a non-conductive coupling element forming a locking mechanism integrated embedded or integrated within a substrate. The package has a cap coupled to the non-conductive coupling element through ultrasonic plastic welding. The package protects the dice from an outside environment or external stresses or both. A method is desired to form package to reduce glue overflow defects in the package. Fabrication of the package comprises drilling holes in a substrate; forming trenches in the substrate; forming a non-conductive coupling element in the through holes and the trenches to form a locking mechanism; allowing the non-conductive coupling element to harden and cure; coupling a die or dice to the substrate; and coupling a cap to the non-conductive coupling element to protect the die or dice from an outside environment or external stresses or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LTD
    Inventor: Jian Zhou
  • Patent number: 10557812
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a gas sensor that includes an active sensor area that is exposed to an environment for detection of elements. The gas sensor may be an air quality sensor that can be fixed in position or carried by a user. The gas sensor includes a heater formed above chamber. The gas sensor includes an active sensor layer above the heater that forms the active sensor area. The gas sensor can include a passive conductive layer, such as a hotplate that further conducts and distributes heat from the heater to the active sensor area. The heater can include a plurality of extensions. The heater can also include a first conductive layer and a second conductive layer on the first conductive layer where the second conductive layer includes a plurality of openings to increase an amount of heat and to more evenly distribute heat from the heater to the active sensor area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LTD
    Inventors: Olivier Le Neel, Alexandre Le Roch, Ayoub Lahlalia, Ravi Shankar
  • Patent number: 10529652
    Abstract: A single chip integrated circuit (IC) package includes a die pad, and a spacer ring on the die pad defining a solder receiving area. A solder body is on the die pad within the solder receiving area. An IC die is on the spacer ring and is secured to the die pad by the solder body within the solder receiving area. Encapsulating material surrounds the die pad, spacer ring, and IC die. For a multi-chip IC package, a dam structure is on the die pad and defines multiple solder receiving areas. A respective solder body is on the die pad within a respective solder receiving area. An IC die is within each respective solder receiving area and is held in place by a corresponding solder body. Encapsulating material surrounds the die pad, dam structure, and plurality of IC die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LTD
    Inventor: Wing Shenq Wong
  • Patent number: 10475992
    Abstract: A miniature oxygen sensor makes use of paramagnetic properties of oxygen gas to provide a fast response time, low power consumption, improved accuracy and sensitivity, and superior durability. The miniature oxygen sensor disclosed maintains a sample of ambient air within a micro-channel formed in a semiconductor substrate. O2 molecules segregate in response to an applied magnetic field, thereby establishing a measureable Hall voltage. Oxygen present in the sample of ambient air can be deduced from a change in Hall voltage with variation in the applied magnetic field. The magnetic field can be applied either by an external magnet or by a thin film magnet integrated into a gas sensing cavity within the micro-channel. A differential sensor further includes a reference element containing an unmagnetized control sample. The miniature oxygen sensor is suitable for use as a real-time air quality monitor in consumer products such as smart phones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Olivier Le Neel, Ravi Shankar
  • Publication number: 20190319157
    Abstract: A carrier wafer has a back face and a front face and a network of electrical connections between the back face and the front face. A first electronic chip is mounted with its bottom face on top of the front face of the carrier wafer. The first electronic chip has a through-opening extending between the bottom face and a face. A second electronic chip is installed in the through-opening and mounted to the front face of the carrier wafer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicants: STMicroelectronics (Grenoble 2) SAS, STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Romain COFFY, Laurent HERARD, David GANI
  • Patent number: 10429330
    Abstract: A miniature gas analyzer capable of detecting VOC gases in ambient air as well as sensing relative humidity and ambient temperature can be used to monitor indoor air quality. The VOC gas sensor is thermally controlled and can be tuned to detect a certain gas by programming an adjacent heater. An insulating air pocket formed below the sensor helps to maintain the VOC gas sensor at a desired temperature. A local temperature sensor may be integrated with each gas sensor to provide feedback control. The heater, local temperature sensor, gas sensor(s), relative humidity sensor, and ambient temperature sensor are in the form of patternable thin films integrated on a single microchip, e.g., an ASIC. The device can be incorporated into computer workstations, smart phones, clothing, or other wearable accessories to function as a personal air quality monitor that is smaller, more accurate, and less expensive than existing air quality sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Olivier Le Neel, Ravi Shankar, Shian Yeu Kam, Tien Choy Loh
  • Patent number: 10429509
    Abstract: A proximity sensor includes a printed circuit board substrate, a semiconductor die, electrical connectors, a lens, a light emitting assembly, and an encapsulating layer. The semiconductor die is positioned over the printed circuit board substrate with its upper surface facing away from the printed circuit board substrate. Each of the electrical connectors is in electrical communication with a contact pad of the semiconductor die and a respective contact pad of the printed circuit board substrate. The lens is positioned over a sensor area of the semiconductor die. The light emitting assembly includes a light emitting device having a light emitting area, a lens positioned over the light emitting area, and contact pads facing the printed circuit board substrate. The encapsulating layer is positioned on the printed circuit board substrate, at least one of the electrical connectors, the semiconductor die, the lens, and the light emitting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LTD.
    Inventors: Jing-En Luan, Jerome Teysseyre
  • Patent number: 10422860
    Abstract: A semiconductor package that is a proximity sensor includes a light transmitting die, a light receiving die, an ambient light sensor, a cap, and a substrate. The light receiving die and the light transmitting die are coupled to the substrate. The cap is coupled to the substrate forming a first chamber around the light transmitting die and a second chamber around the light receiving die. The cap further includes a recess with contact pads. The ambient light sensor is mounted within the recess of the cap and coupled to the contact pads. The cap includes electrical traces that are coupled to the contact pads within the recess coupling the ambient light sensor to the substrate. By utilizing a cap with a recess containing contact pads, a proximity sensor can be formed in a single semiconductor package all while maintaining a compact size and reducing the manufacturing costs of proximity sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
    Inventor: David Gani
  • Patent number: 10403661
    Abstract: An image sensing device includes an interconnect layer and a number of grid array contacts arranged on a bottom side of the interconnect layer. An image sensor integrated circuit (IC) is carried by the interconnect layer and has an image sensing surface. A number of electrical connections are coupled between the image sensor IC and an upper side of the interconnect layer. A transparent plate overlies the image sensing surface of the image sensor IC. A cap is carried by the interconnect layer and has an opening overlying transparent plate and the image sensing surface. The cap has an upper wall spaced above the interconnect layer and the image sensor IC to define an internal cavity and the cap defines an air vent coupled to the internal cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LTD
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Grebet, Wee Chin Judy Lim
  • Patent number: 10381504
    Abstract: An optical detection sensor functions as a proximity detection sensor that includes an optical system and a selectively transmissive structure. Electromagnetic radiation such as laser light can be emitted through a transmissive portion of the selectively transmissive structure. A reflected beam can be detected to determine the presence of an object. The sensor is formed by encapsulating the transmissive structure in a first encapsulant body and encapsulating the optical system in a second encapsulant body. The first and second encapsulant bodies are then joined together. In a wafer scale assembling the structure resulting from the joined encapsulant bodies is diced to form optical detection sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Yonggang Jin, Wee Chin Judy Lim
  • Patent number: 10355146
    Abstract: One or more embodiments are directed to system in package (SiP) for optical devices, such as proximity sensing or optical ranging devices. One embodiment is directed to an optical sensor package that includes a substrate, a sensor die coupled to the substrate, a light-emitting device coupled to the substrate, and a cap. The cap is positioned around side surfaces of the sensor die and covers at least a portion of the substrate. The cap includes first and second sidewalls, an inner wall having first and second side surfaces and a mounting surface, and a cover in contact with the first and second sidewalls and the inner wall. The first and second side surfaces are transverse to the mounting surface, and the inner wall includes an opening extending into the inner wall from the mounting surface. A first adhesive material is provided on the sensor die and at least partially within the opening, and secures the inner wall to the sensor die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LTD
    Inventors: Jing-En Luan, Laurent Herard, Yong Jiang Lei
  • Patent number: 10347786
    Abstract: One or more embodiments are directed to system in package (SiP) for optical devices, including proximity sensor packaging. One embodiment is directed to optical sensor that includes a substrate, an image sensor die and a light-emitting device. A first surface of the image sensor die is coupled to the substrate, and a recess is formed extending into the image sensor die from the first surface toward a second surface of the image sensor die. A light transmissive layer is formed in the image sensor die between the recess and the first surface. The optical sensor further includes a light-emitting device that is coupled to the substrate and positioned within the recess formed in the image sensor die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS PTE LTD
    Inventors: Loic Pierre Louis Renard, Cheng-Lay Ang
  • Patent number: 10317357
    Abstract: A semiconductor-based multi-sensor module integrates miniature temperature, pressure, and humidity sensors onto a single substrate. Pressure and humidity sensors can be implemented as capacitive thin film sensors, while the temperature sensor is implemented as a precision miniature Wheatstone bridge. Such multi-sensor modules can be used as building blocks in application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). Furthermore, the multi-sensor module can be built on top of existing circuitry that can be used to process signals from the sensors. An integrated multi-sensor module that uses differential sensors can measure a variety of localized ambient environmental conditions substantially simultaneously, and with a high level of precision. The multi-sensor module also features an integrated heater that can be used to calibrate or to adjust the sensors, either automatically or as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Pte Ltd.
    Inventors: Olivier Le Neel, Ravi Shankar, Suman Cherian, Calvin Leung, Tien-Choy Loh, Shian-Yeu Kam