Patents Assigned to TallannQuest LLC
  • Publication number: 20200090981
    Abstract: Designs for radiation hardening CMOS devices and integrated circuits using shallow trench isolation (STI) improve total ionizing dose (TID) radiation response by reducing the leakage currents from source to drain associated with corners and sidewalls of trench insulator edges passing under the gate in an NMOS device while maintaining high breakdown voltage. A silicide block pattern is used in combination with pullback of N+ source and drain regions from at least a portion of these edges of the active region. Additional p-type implants along these edges further increase parasitic threshold voltages and enhance radiation hardness. A process for fabricating devices and integrated circuits incorporating these features is also provided. These techniques and processes are applied to exemplary low-voltage NMOS transistors having straight gates and to high-voltage annular-gate devices, as well as to device-to-device isolation in integrated circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: TallannQuest LLC DBA Apogee Semiconductor
    Inventor: Emily Ann Donnelly
  • Patent number: 10242151
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product include electronic design automation (EDA) tools used with standard CMOS processes to design and produce radiation-hardened (rad-hard) integrated circuits (ICs) having a predictable level of radiation hardness while maintaining a desired level of performance and tracking circuit area. The tools include rad-hard design rule checking (DRC) decks, rad-hard SPICE models, and rad-hard cell libraries. A rad-hard parasitic components extraction process makes use of rad-hard DRC rules to locate occurrences of parasitic devices, calculate their effects on circuit performance, and return this information to layout and circuit simulation tools. Changes to the layout are suggested and implemented with varying degrees of automation. Some of these tools can be provided as components of a rad-hard process design kit (PDK). They can be used in conjunction with commercial EDA tools to facilitate the incorporation of rad-hard features into new or existing IC designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: TallannQuest LLC
    Inventor: Emily Ann Donnelly
  • Publication number: 20180096096
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product include electronic design automation (EDA) tools used with standard CMOS processes to design and produce radiation-hardened (rad-hard) integrated circuits (ICs) having a predictable level of radiation hardness while maintaining a desired level of performance and tracking circuit area. The tools include rad-hard design rule checking (DRC) decks, rad-hard SPICE models, and rad-hard cell libraries. A rad-hard parasitic components extraction process makes use of rad-hard DRC rules to locate occurrences of parasitic devices, calculate their effects on circuit performance, and return this information to layout and circuit simulation tools. Changes to the layout are suggested and implemented with varying degrees of automation. Some of these tools can be provided as components of a rad-hard process design kit (PDK). They can be used in conjunction with commercial EDA tools to facilitate the incorporation of rad-hard features into new or existing IC designs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: TallannQuest LLC
    Inventor: Emily Ann Donnelly
  • Patent number: 9779203
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product include electronic design automation (EDA) tools used with standard CMOS processes to design and produce radiation-hardened (rad-hard) integrated circuits (ICs) having a predictable level of radiation hardness while maintaining a desired level of performance and tracking circuit area. The tools include rad-hard design rule checking (DRC) decks, rad-hard SPICE models, and rad-hard cell libraries. A rad-hard parasitic components extraction process makes use of rad-hard DRC rules to locate occurrences of parasitic devices, calculate their effects on circuit performance, and return this information to layout and circuit simulation tools. Changes to the layout are suggested and implemented with varying degrees of automation. Some of these tools can be provided as components of a rad-hard process design kit (PDK). They can be used in conjunction with commercial EDA tools to facilitate the incorporation of rad-hard features into new or existing IC designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: TallannQuest LLC
    Inventor: Emily Ann Donnelly
  • Publication number: 20170098028
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product include electronic design automation (EDA) tools used with standard CMOS processes to design and produce radiation-hardened (rad-hard) integrated circuits (ICs) having a predictable level of radiation hardness while maintaining a desired level of performance and tracking circuit area. The tools include rad-hard design rule checking (DRC) decks, rad-hard SPICE models, and rad-hard cell libraries. A rad-hard parasitic components extraction process makes use of rad-hard DRC rules to locate occurrences of parasitic devices, calculate their effects on circuit performance, and return this information to layout and circuit simulation tools. Changes to the layout are suggested and implemented with varying degrees of automation. Some of these tools can be provided as components of a rad-hard process design kit (PDK). They can be used in conjunction with commercial EDA tools to facilitate the incorporation of rad-hard features into new or existing IC designs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicant: TallannQuest LLC
    Inventor: Emily Ann Donnelly
  • Patent number: 9569583
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product include electronic design automation (EDA) tools used with standard CMOS processes to design and produce radiation-hardened (rad-hard) integrated circuits (ICs) having a predictable level of radiation hardness while maintaining a desired level of performance and tracking circuit area. The tools include rad-hard design rule checking (DRC) decks, rad-hard SPICE models, and rad-hard cell libraries. A rad-hard parasitic components extraction process makes use of rad-hard DRC rules to locate occurrences of parasitic devices, calculate their effects on circuit performance, and return this information to layout and circuit simulation tools. Changes to the layout are suggested and implemented with varying degrees of automation. Some of these tools can be provided as components of a rad-hard process design kit (PDK). They can be used in conjunction with commercial EDA tools to facilitate the incorporation of rad-hard features into new or existing IC designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: TallannQuest LLC
    Inventor: Emily Ann Donnelly
  • Patent number: 9559883
    Abstract: A digital wireless transmitter and a method of transmitting a high-power modulated RF signal using a digital wireless transmitter are provided. In one embodiment, the transmitter includes: a digital system-on-a-chip configured to receive a complex digital input signal and having: an all-digital phase-locked loop and digital pulse modulator configured to modulate a phase and frequency modulation signal based on the complex digital input signal to yield a modulated complex signal, a driver configured to generate a pulse-position-modulated and pulse-width-modulated pulse train based on an instantaneous phase and amplitude of the modulated complex signal and a power supply modulation control block configured to develop an amplitude modulation control signal based on the complex digital input signal that defines a non-constant-envelope for an output signal of the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Tallannquest LLC
    Inventor: Oren E. Eliezer
  • Publication number: 20150286772
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product include electronic design automation (EDA) tools used with standard CMOS processes to design and produce radiation-hardened (rad-hard) integrated circuits (ICs) having a predictable level of radiation hardness while maintaining a desired level of performance and tracking circuit area. The tools include rad-hard design rule checking (DRC) decks, rad-hard SPICE models, and rad-hard cell libraries. A rad-hard parasitic components extraction process makes use of rad-hard DRC rules to locate occurrences of parasitic devices, calculate their effects on circuit performance, and return this information to layout and circuit simulation tools. Changes to the layout are suggested and implemented with varying degrees of automation. Some of these tools can be provided as components of a rad-hard process design kit (PDK). They can be used in conjunction with commercial EDA tools to facilitate the incorporation of rad-hard features into new or existing IC designs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Applicant: TallannQuest LLC
    Inventor: Emily Ann Donnelly