Patents Examined by Fernando Hidalgo
  • Patent number: 11908523
    Abstract: Control logic in a memory device initiates an express programming operation to program the set of memory cells to a target programming level of a set of programming levels. A set of data associated with the express programming operation is stored in a cache register. At a first time during the execution of the express programming operation, a prediction operation is executed to determine a prediction result corresponding to a programming status of the set of memory cells. The prediction result is compared to a threshold level to determine whether a condition is satisfied. The release of the set of data from the cache register is caused in response to satisfying the condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Di Francesco, Violante Moschiano, Umberto Siciliani
  • Patent number: 11908504
    Abstract: A memory device formed of ferroelectric field effect transistors (FeFETs). The memory device can be used as a front end buffer, such as in a data storage device having a non-volatile memory (NVM). A controller can be configured to transfer user data between the NVM and an external client (host) via the buffer. The FeFETs can be arranged in a two-dimensional (2D) or a three-dimensional (3D) array. A monitor circuit can be used to monitor operation of the FeFETs. An optimization controller can be used to adjust at least one operational parameter associated with the FeFETs responsive to the monitored operation by the monitor circuit. The FeFETs may require a refresh operation after each read operation. A power down sequence can involve a read operation without a subsequent refresh operation to wipe the FeFETs, the read operation jettisoning the data read from the buffer memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Jon D. Trantham, Praveen Viraraghavan, John W. Dykes, Ian J. Gilbert, Sangita Shreedharan Kalarickal, Matthew J. Totin, Mohamad El-Batal, Darshana H. Mehta
  • Patent number: 11908512
    Abstract: A microelectronic device comprises local digit line structures, global digit line structures, source line structures, sense transistors, read transistors, and write transistors. The local digit line structures are coupled to strings of memory cells. The global digit line structures overlie the local digit line structures. The source line structures are interposed between the local digit line structures and the global digit line structures. The sense transistors are interposed between the source line structures and the global digit line structures, and are coupled to the local digit line structures and the source line structures. The read transistors are interposed between and are coupled to the sense transistors and the global digit line structures. The write transistors are interposed between and are coupled to the global digit line structures and the local digit line structures. Additional microelectronic devices, memory devices, and electronic systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc .
    Inventors: Tomoharu Tanaka, Yoshiaki Fukuzumi
  • Patent number: 11908541
    Abstract: A processing-in-memory (PIM) system includes a first and second PIM devices and a host. Each of the first and second PIM devices includes a plurality of multiplying-and-accumulating (MAC) operators and a plurality of memory banks supplying weight data to the plurality of MAC operators. The host controls the first and second PIM devices and includes a data buffer. The first and second PIM devices include a first global buffer and a second global buffer, which supply the vector data to the plurality of MAC operators, respectively. The host reads the vector data out of the first and second PIM devices to store the vector data into the data buffer and writes the vector data stored in the data buffer into the first and second global buffers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Choung Ki Song
  • Patent number: 11900988
    Abstract: An electronic device may include: a clock divider circuit configured to generate a first internal clock including pulses which are generated in synchronization with odd pulses of a clock, and generate a second internal clock including pulses which are generated in synchronization with even pulses of the clock; and a command decoder configured to generate an odd precharge command and an even precharge command based on a counting signal which is toggled by a chip selection signal and a command/address signal for performing a precharge operation in synchronization with the first internal clock or toggled by the chip selection signal and the command/address signal for performing the precharge operation in synchronization with the second internal clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Haeng Seon Chae
  • Patent number: 11895834
    Abstract: A method used in forming a memory array comprising strings of memory cells comprises forming memory blocks individually comprising a vertical stack comprising alternating insulative tiers and conductive tiers. Channel-material strings extend through the insulative tiers and the conductive tiers. Horizontally-elongated trenches are between immediately-laterally-adjacent of the memory blocks. Conductor material is in and extends elevationally along sidewalls of the trenches laterally-over the conductive tiers and the insulative tiers and directly electrically couples together conducting material of individual of the conductive tiers. The conductor material is exposed to oxidizing conditions to form an insulative oxide laterally-through the conductor material laterally-over individual of the insulative tiers to separate the conducting material of the individual conductive tiers from being directly electrically coupled together by the conductor material. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jiewei Chen, Jordan D. Greenlee, Mithun Kumar Ramasahayam, Nancy M. Lomeli
  • Patent number: 11894049
    Abstract: A memory cell comprises a pair of cross-coupled inverters as a storage element, a first inverter in the pair of cross-coupled inverters having a first output at a first node, a second inverter in the pair of cross-coupled inverters having a second output at a second node. A first complementary transmission gate includes a first nMOS pass gate and a first pMOS pass gate, connected between the first node and a first bit line. A second complementary transmission gate includes a second nMOS pass gate and a second pMOS pass gate, connected between the second node and a second bit line. A first word line is connected to gate conductors of the first and second nMOS pass gates in the first and second complementary transmission gates. A second word line is connected to gate conductors of the first and second pMOS pass gates in the first and second transmission gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Synopsys, Inc.
    Inventors: Plamen Asenov, Victor Moroz
  • Patent number: 11894065
    Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device, such as 3D AND Flash memory device, includes a first page buffer, a second page buffer, a sense amplifier, a first path selector, and a second path selector. The first page buffer and the second page buffer are respectively configured to temporarily store a first write-in data and a second write-in data. The first path selector couples the sense amplifier or the first page buffer to a first global bit line according to a first control signal. The second path selector couples the sense amplifier or the second page buffer to a second global bit line according to a second control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: MACRONIX International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Teng-Hao Yeh, Hang-Ting Lue, Tzu-Hsuan Hsu
  • Patent number: 11892513
    Abstract: The invention is directed toward a primary AA alkaline battery. The primary AA alkaline battery includes an anode; a cathode; an electrolyte; and a separator between the anode and the cathode. The anode includes an electrochemically active anode material. The cathode includes an electrochemically active cathode material. The electrolyte includes potassium hydroxide. The primary AA alkaline battery has an integrated in-cell ionic resistance (Ri) at 22° C. of less than about 39 m?. The separator has a porosity of greater than 70%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: DURACELL U.S. OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Pozin, Brianna Rose Derooy, Nikolai N. Issaev
  • Patent number: 11887677
    Abstract: The memory device includes a controller that is configured to program the memory cells of a selected word line in a plurality of program-verify iterations. During a verify portion at least one of the program-verify iterations, the controller determines a threshold voltage of at least one memory cell relative to a first verify low voltage VL1, a second verify low voltage VL2, and a verify high voltage VH associated with a data state being programmed. The controller also maintains a count of program-verify iterations since the at least one memory cell passed a verify high voltage of a previously programmed data state or discharges a sense node through a channel including the at least one memory cell and compares a discharge time to predetermined sense times associated with the first and second verify low voltages and with the verify high voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Muhammad Masuduzzaman, Deepanshu Dutta, Gerrit Jan Hemink
  • Patent number: 11880591
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for feedback for multi-level signaling in a memory device are described. A receiver may use a modulation scheme to communicate information with a host device. The receiver may include a first circuit, a second circuit, a third circuit, and a fourth circuit. Each of the first circuit, the second circuit, the third circuit, and the fourth circuit may determine, for a respective clock phase, a voltage level of a signal modulated using the modulation scheme. The receiver may include a first feedback circuit, a second feedback circuit, a third feedback circuit, and a fourth feedback circuit. The first feedback circuit that may use information received from the first circuit at the first clock phase and modify the signal input into the second circuit for the second clock phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventor: M. Ataul Karim
  • Patent number: 11875837
    Abstract: A semiconductor device resistant to a high temperature with low power consumption is provided. The semiconductor device includes a first and a second circuit, a first and a second cell, and a first and a second wiring. The first cell includes a first transistor, and the second cell includes a second transistor. The first and the second transistor operate in a subthreshold region. The first cell is electrically connected to the first circuit through the first wiring, the first cell is electrically connected to the second circuit through the second wiring, and the second cell is electrically connected to the second circuit through the second wiring. The first cell sets a current flowing through the first transistor to a first current and the second cell sets a current flowing through the second transistor to a second current. At this time, a potential corresponding to the second current is input from the second wiring to the first cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kurokawa, Munehiro Kozuma, Takeshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 11869574
    Abstract: A semiconductor memory device includes a mode register set and a clock correction circuit. The mode register set stores a first control code set. During a duty training interval based on a duty training command, the clock correction circuit may divide the duty training interval into a first interval, a second interval and a third interval which are consecutive, may correct a phase skew of a first clock signal and a third clock signal during the first interval, may correct a phase skew of a second clock signal and a fourth clock signal during the second interval, and may correct a phase skew of the first clock signal and the fourth clock signal during the third interval. The semiconductor memory device may enhance signal integrity of clock signals by correcting duty errors and phase skews of the clock signals having multi-phases during the duty training interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Inventors: Hojun Chang, Hundae Choi
  • Patent number: 11862253
    Abstract: A data output control circuit includes a dividing circuit, a timing signal generating circuit and a control signal generating circuit. The dividing circuit divides read enable signals to generate multiple phase clock signals. The timing signal generating circuit generates a plurality of timing signals based on warming-up cycle information and the multiple phase clock signals. The control signal generating circuit generates data output control signals based on the multiple phase clock signals and the plurality of timing signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Kwang Soon Kim
  • Patent number: 11862226
    Abstract: Methods and systems include memory devices with a memory array comprising a plurality of memory cells. The memory devices include a control circuit operatively coupled to the memory array and configured to receive a read request for data and to apply a plurality of read voltages to the memory array based on the read request. The control circuit is further configured to perform a data analysis for a first set of data read based on the application of the plurality of read voltages and to derive a demarcation bias voltage (VDM) based on the data analysis. The control circuit is also configured to apply the VDM to the memory array to read a second set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Karthik Sarpatwari, Fabio Pellizzer, Nevil N. Gajera, Yen Chun Lee, Ferdinando Bedeschi
  • Patent number: 11861207
    Abstract: A processing device determines a duration for executing a portion of an erase operation based on a plurality of execution times of erase operations performed on a memory device. The processing device executes the portion of the erase operation. Responsive to detecting expiration of the duration for executing the erase operation, the processing logic executes an erase suspend operation to suspend the erase operation. Responsive to detecting completion of the erase suspend operation, the processing logic executes one or more commands. The processing device further executes an erase resume operation to resume the erase operation on the memory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Chandra M. Guda, Suresh Rajgopal
  • Patent number: 11862219
    Abstract: A memory cell includes a write bit line, a read word line, a write transistor, and a read transistor. The write transistor is coupled between the write bit line and a first node. The read transistor is coupled to the write transistor by the first node. The read transistor includes a ferroelectric layer, a drain terminal of the read transistor is coupled to the read word line, and a source terminal of the read transistor is coupled to a second node. The write transistor is configured to set a stored data value of the memory cell by a write bit line signal that adjusts a polarization state of the read transistor. The polarization state corresponds to the stored data value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Bo-Feng Young, Sai-Hooi Yeong, Chao-I Wu, Chih-Yu Chang, Yu-Ming Lin
  • Patent number: 11864393
    Abstract: A memory device includes a bit line, a word line, a memory cell, select bit lines, and a controller. The memory cell includes a first transistor, data storage elements, and second transistors corresponding to the data storage elements. The first transistor includes a gate electrically coupled to the word line, a first source/drain, and a second source/drain. Each of the select bit lines is electrically coupled to a gate of a corresponding second transistor. Each data storage element and the corresponding second transistor are electrically coupled in series between the first source/drain of the first transistor and the bit line. The controller turns ON the first transistor and a selected second transistor, and, while the first transistor and the selected second transistor are turned ON, applies different voltages to the bit line to perform corresponding different operations on the data storage element coupled to the selected second transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2023
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Meng-Han Lin, Sai-Hooi Yeong, Han-Jong Chia, Chenchen Jacob Wang, Yu-Ming Lin
  • Patent number: 11862229
    Abstract: A reading and writing method for a memory device and a memory device are provided. The memory device includes a memory chip. The reading and writing method of the memory device includes that: during operation of the memory chip, the temperature of the memory chip is measured, and a writing recovery time of the memory chip is adjusted according to the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: CHANGXIN MEMORY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Shu-Liang Ning
  • Patent number: 11862285
    Abstract: A sense amplifier, a memory and a method for controlling the sense amplifier are provided. The sense amplifier includes: an amplification module configured to read data in a storage unit on a first or second bit line; a control module electrically connected to the amplification module. When data in the storage unit on the first bit line is read, in a first amplification phase of the sense amplifier, the control module configures the amplification module to include a first current mirror structure and connects a mirror terminal of the first current mirror structure to the second bit line; when data in the storage unit on the second bit line is read, in the first amplification phase of the sense amplifier, the control module configures the amplification module to include a second current mirror structure and connects a mirror terminal of the second current mirror structure to the first bit line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignees: ANHUI UNIVERSITY, CHANGXIN MEMORY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Zhiting Lin, Jianqing Li, Jun He, Zhan Ying, Xin Li, Kanyu Cao, Wenjuan Lu, Chunyu Peng, Xiulong Wu, Junning Chen