Patents by Inventor Anthony Dwayne WEATHERS

Anthony Dwayne WEATHERS has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11488673
    Abstract: After a predetermined period of time in a life cycle of a flash memory device, a plurality of reliability values corresponding to a plurality of reads of one or more of the plurality of memory cells are generated; each of the reads using a variation of a predetermined read level voltage. An offset voltage is then identified, offset from the read level voltage. The offset voltage corresponds to a zero crossing point in the range of the reliability values. Once the offset voltage is identified, the read level voltage is set to a calibrated voltage based on the offset voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Seyhan Karakulak, Anthony Dwayne Weathers, Richard David Barndt
  • Publication number: 20220284304
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems and methods for detecting multiple insertion and deletion errors in the presence of substitution errors in a signal (such as a sequenced DNA string). A convolutional code that includes two or more component convolutional codes is used for encoding. Each of the two or more component convolutional codes generates only a subset of all possible outputs of the convolutional code. The subsets of the two or more component convolutional codes are disjoint from each other. Only one of the two or more convolutional codes is active at any given time. The two or more convolutional codes together define a super code. The two or more convolutional codes are time interlaced within the super code, and the super code defines the convolutional code. A trellis that includes two or more component trellises designed based on the two or more component convolutional codes is used for decoding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Publication date: September 8, 2022
    Inventors: Majid Anaraki NEMATI, Anthony Dwayne WEATHERS, Pablo Alejandro ZIPEROVICH
  • Publication number: 20220214941
    Abstract: The subject technology provides for scanning blocks of a flash memory device for erased pages. A first codeword read from a page of a block in a flash memory device is received and provided to a first decoder for decoding. In response to receiving a first success indicator from the first decoder indicating that the first codeword was successfully decoded, first decoded data is provided from the first decoder to a second decoder for verification of the first decoded data. In response to receiving a first failure indicator from the second decoder indicating that the first decoded data was not verified, the page of the block is identified as being in an erased state based on the first success indicator received from the first decoder and the first failure indicator received from the second decoder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Publication date: July 7, 2022
    Applicant: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard David BARNDT, Seyhan KARAKULAK, Scott KAYSER, Majid NEMATI ANARAKI, Anthony Dwayne WEATHERS
  • Patent number: 11327837
    Abstract: The subject technology provides for scanning blocks of a flash memory device for erased pages. A first codeword read from a page of a block in a flash memory device is received and provided to a first decoder for decoding. In response to receiving a first success indicator from the first decoder indicating that the first codeword was successfully decoded, first decoded data is provided from the first decoder to a second decoder for verification of the first decoded data. In response to receiving a first failure indicator from the second decoder indicating that the first decoded data was not verified, the page of the block is identified as being in an erased state based on the first success indicator received from the first decoder and the first failure indicator received from the second decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard David Barndt, Seyhan Karakulak, Scott Kayser, Majid Nemati Anaraki, Anthony Dwayne Weathers
  • Publication number: 20210319837
    Abstract: Systems and methods for read level tracking and optimization are described. Pages from a wordline of a flash memory device read and the raw page data read from the wordline may be buffered in a first set of buffers. The raw page data for each of the pages may be provided to a decoder for decoding and the decoded page data for each of the pages buffered in a second set of buffers. First bin identifiers may be identified for memory cells of the wordline based on the raw page data and second bin identifiers may be identified for the memory cells of the wordline based on the decoded page data. Cell-level statistics may be accumulated based on the first bin identifiers and the second bin identifiers, and a gradient may be determined for respective read levels based on decoding results for each of the pages and the cell-level statistics. Settings for the read levels may be configured in the flash memory device based on the determined gradients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Richard David BARNDT, Aldo Giovanni COMETTI, Richard Leo GALBRAITH, Jonas Andrew GOODE, Niranjay RAVINDRAN, Anthony Dwayne WEATHERS
  • Patent number: 11101006
    Abstract: Systems and methods for read level tracking and optimization are described. Pages from a wordline of a flash memory device read and the raw page data read from the wordline may be buffered in a first set of buffers. The raw page data for each of the pages may be provided to a decoder for decoding and the decoded page data for each of the pages buffered in a second set of buffers. First bin identifiers may be identified for memory cells of the wordline based on the raw page data and second bin identifiers may be identified for the memory cells of the wordline based on the decoded page data. Cell-level statistics may be accumulated based on the first bin identifiers and the second bin identifiers, and a gradient may be determined for respective read levels based on decoding results for each of the pages and the cell-level statistics. Settings for the read levels may be configured in the flash memory device based on the determined gradients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard David Barndt, Aldo Giovanni Cometti, Richard Leo Galbraith, Jonas Andrew Goode, Niranjay Ravindran, Anthony Dwayne Weathers
  • Publication number: 20210103496
    Abstract: The subject technology provides for scanning blocks of a flash memory device for erased pages. A first codeword read from a page of a block in a flash memory device is received and provided to a first decoder for decoding. In response to receiving a first success indicator from the first decoder indicating that the first codeword was successfully decoded, first decoded data is provided from the first decoder to a second decoder for verification of the first decoded data. In response to receiving a first failure indicator from the second decoder indicating that the first decoded data was not verified, the page of the block is identified as being in an erased state based on the first success indicator received from the first decoder and the first failure indicator received from the second decoder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Richard David BARNDT, Seyhan KARAKULAK, Scott KAYSER, Majid NEMATI ANARAKI, Anthony Dwayne WEATHERS
  • Patent number: 10884854
    Abstract: The subject technology provides for scanning blocks of a flash memory device for erased pages. A first codeword read from a page of a block in a flash memory device is received and provided to a first decoder for decoding. In response to receiving a first success indicator from the first decoder indicating that the first codeword was successfully decoded, first decoded data is provided from the first decoder to a second decoder for verification of the first decoded data. In response to receiving a first failure indicator from the second decoder indicating that the first decoded data was not verified, the page of the block is identified as being in an erased state based on the first success indicator received from the first decoder and the first failure indicator received from the second decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard David Barndt, Seyhan Karakulak, Scott Kayser, Majid Nemati Anaraki, Anthony Dwayne Weathers
  • Publication number: 20200335173
    Abstract: Systems and methods for read level tracking and optimization are described. Pages from a wordline of a flash memory device read and the raw page data read from the wordline may be buffered in a first set of buffers. The raw page data for each of the pages may be provided to a decoder for decoding and the decoded page data for each of the pages buffered in a second set of buffers. First bin identifiers may be identified for memory cells of the wordline based on the raw page data and second bin identifiers may be identified for the memory cells of the wordline based on the decoded page data. Cell-level statistics may be accumulated based on the first bin identifiers and the second bin identifiers, and a gradient may be determined for respective read levels based on decoding results for each of the pages and the cell-level statistics. Settings for the read levels may be configured in the flash memory device based on the determined gradients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Richard David BARNDT, Aldo Giovanni COMETTI, Richard Leo GALBRAITH, Jonas Andrew GOODE, Niranjay RAVINDRAN, Anthony Dwayne WEATHERS
  • Patent number: 10748628
    Abstract: Systems and methods for read level tracking and optimization are described. Pages from a wordline of a flash memory device read and the raw page data read from the wordline may be buffered in a first set of buffers. The raw page data for each of the pages may be provided to a decoder for decoding and the decoded page data for each of the pages buffered in a second set of buffers. First bin identifiers may be identified for memory cells of the wordline based on the raw page data and second bin identifiers may be identified for the memory cells of the wordline based on the decoded page data. Cell-level statistics may be accumulated based on the first bin identifiers and the second bin identifiers, and a gradient may be determined for respective read levels based on decoding results for each of the pages and the cell-level statistics. Settings for the read levels may be configured in the flash memory device based on the determined gradients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard David Barndt, Aldo Giovanni Cometti, Richard Leo Galbraith, Jonas Andrew Goode, Niranjay Ravindran, Anthony Dwayne Weathers
  • Publication number: 20200160920
    Abstract: After a predetermined period of time in a life cycle of a flash memory device, a plurality of reliability values corresponding to a plurality of reads of one or more of the plurality of memory cells are generated; each of the reads using a variation of a predetermined read level voltage. An offset voltage is then identified, offset from the read level voltage. The offset voltage corresponds to a zero crossing point in the range of the reliability values. Once the offset voltage is identified, the read level voltage is set to a calibrated voltage based on the offset voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Seyhan KARAKULAK, Anthony Dwayne WEATHERS, Richard David BARNDT
  • Patent number: 10566061
    Abstract: After a predetermined period of time in a life cycle of a flash memory device, a plurality of reliability values corresponding to a plurality of reads of one or more of the plurality of memory cells are generated; each of the reads using a variation of a predetermined read level voltage. An offset voltage is then identified, offset from the read level voltage. The offset voltage corresponds to a zero crossing point in the range of the reliability values. Once the offset voltage is identified, the read level voltage is set to a calibrated voltage based on the offset voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Seyhan Karakulak, Anthony Dwayne Weathers, Richard David Barndt
  • Patent number: 10510405
    Abstract: A soft information module is coupled between one or more flash memory devices and a decoder. The soft information module receives a putative value of one or more memory cells of the one or more flash memory devices based on a read of the one or more memory cells at an initial read level, and one or more respective indicators of whether the putative value was read at one or more respective different read levels offset from the initial read level, and receives a page indicator for the read. The soft information module determines a cell program region for the read based on the putative value, the one or more respective indicators, and the page indicator, identifies a predetermined confidence value for the region, and provides the confidence value to the decoder for association with the putative value, the confidence value being representative of a likelihood that the one or more memory cells was programmed to the putative value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard David Barndt, Xinde Hu, Anthony Dwayne Weathers
  • Publication number: 20190324853
    Abstract: The subject technology provides for scanning blocks of a flash memory device for erased pages. A first codeword read from a page of a block in a flash memory device is received and provided to a first decoder for decoding. In response to receiving a first success indicator from the first decoder indicating that the first codeword was successfully decoded, first decoded data is provided from the first decoder to a second decoder for verification of the first decoded data. In response to receiving a first failure indicator from the second decoder indicating that the first decoded data was not verified, the page of the block is identified as being in an erased state based on the first success indicator received from the first decoder and the first failure indicator received from the second decoder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Richard David BARNDT, Seyhan KARAKULAK, Scott KAYSER, Majid NEMATI ANARAKI, Anthony Dwayne WEATHERS
  • Patent number: 10387246
    Abstract: The subject technology provides for scanning blocks of a flash memory device for erased pages. A first codeword read from a page of a block in a flash memory device is received and provided to a first decoder for decoding. In response to receiving a first success indicator from the first decoder indicating that the first codeword was successfully decoded, first decoded data is provided from the first decoder to a second decoder for verification of the first decoded data. In response to receiving a first failure indicator from the second decoder indicating that the first decoded data was not verified, the page of the block is identified as being in an erased state based on the first success indicator received from the first decoder and the first failure indicator received from the second decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard David Barndt, Seyhan Karakulak, Scott Kayser, Majid Nemati Anaraki, Anthony Dwayne Weathers
  • Publication number: 20190214101
    Abstract: Systems and methods for read level tracking and optimization are described. Pages from a wordline of a flash memory device read and the raw page data read from the wordline may be buffered in a first set of buffers. The raw page data for each of the pages may be provided to a decoder for decoding and the decoded page data for each of the pages buffered in a second set of buffers. First bin identifiers may be identified for memory cells of the wordline based on the raw page data and second bin identifiers may be identified for the memory cells of the wordline based on the decoded page data. Cell-level statistics may be accumulated based on the first bin identifiers and the second bin identifiers, and a gradient may be determined for respective read levels based on decoding results for each of the pages and the cell-level statistics. Settings for the read levels may be configured in the flash memory device based on the determined gradients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Richard David Barndt, Aldo Giovanni Cometti, Richard Leo Galbraith, Jonas Andrew Goode, Niranjay Ravindran, Anthony Dwayne Weathers
  • Patent number: 10236070
    Abstract: Systems and methods for read level tracking and optimization are described. Pages from a wordline of a flash memory device read and the raw page data read from the wordline may be buffered in a first set of buffers. The raw page data for each of the pages may be provided to a decoder for decoding and the decoded page data for each of the pages buffered in a second set of buffers. First bin identifiers may be identified for memory cells of the wordline based on the raw page data and second bin identifiers may be identified for the memory cells of the wordline based on the decoded page data. Cell-level statistics may be accumulated based on the first bin identifiers and the second bin identifiers, and a gradient may be determined for respective read levels based on decoding results for each of the pages and the cell-level statistics. Settings for the read levels may be configured in the flash memory device based on the determined gradients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard David Barndt, Aldo Giovanni Cometti, Richard Leo Galbraith, Jonas Andrew Goode, Niranjay Ravindran, Anthony Dwayne Weathers
  • Publication number: 20180373591
    Abstract: The subject technology provides for scanning blocks of a flash memory device for erased pages. A first codeword read from a page of a block in a flash memory device is received and provided to a first decoder for decoding. In response to receiving a first success indicator from the first decoder indicating that the first codeword was successfully decoded, first decoded data is provided from the first decoder to a second decoder for verification of the first decoded data. In response to receiving a first failure indicator from the second decoder indicating that the first decoded data was not verified, the page of the block is identified as being in an erased state based on the first success indicator received from the first decoder and the first failure indicator received from the second decoder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Richard David BARNDT, Seyhan Karakulak, Scott Kayser, Majid Nemati Anaraki, Anthony Dwayne Weathers
  • Publication number: 20180374550
    Abstract: Systems and methods for read level tracking and optimization are described. Pages from a wordline of a flash memory device read and the raw page data read from the wordline may be buffered in a first set of buffers. The raw page data for each of the pages may be provided to a decoder for decoding and the decoded page data for each of the pages buffered in a second set of buffers. First bin identifiers may be identified for memory cells of the wordline based on the raw page data and second bin identifiers may be identified for the memory cells of the wordline based on the decoded page data. Cell-level statistics may be accumulated based on the first bin identifiers and the second bin identifiers, and a gradient may be determined for respective read levels based on decoding results for each of the pages and the cell-level statistics. Settings for the read levels may be configured in the flash memory device based on the determined gradients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Richard David BARNDT, Aldo Giovanni COMETTI, Richard Leo GALBRAITH, Jonas Andrew GOODE, Niranjay RAVINDRAN, Anthony Dwayne WEATHERS
  • Publication number: 20180151222
    Abstract: A soft information module is coupled between one or more flash memory devices and a decoder. The soft information module receives a putative value of one or more memory cells of the one or more flash memory devices based on a read of the one or more memory cells at an initial read level, and one or more respective indicators of whether the putative value was read at one or more respective different read levels offset from the initial read level, and receives a page indicator for the read. The soft information module determines a cell program region for the read based on the putative value, the one or more respective indicators, and the page indicator, identifies a predetermined confidence value for the region, and provides the confidence value to the decoder for association with the putative value, the confidence value being representative of a likelihood that the one or more memory cells was programmed to the putative value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Richard David Barndt, Xinde Hu, Anthony Dwayne Weathers