Patents by Inventor Chao-Chieh Li

Chao-Chieh Li 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).

  • Publication number: 20210242873
    Abstract: A frequency generator is disclosed. The frequency generator is for generating an oscillator clock according to a reference clock, and the frequency generator is used in a frequency hopping system that switches a carrier frequency among a plurality of channels, and the carrier frequency further carries a modulation frequency for data transmission. The frequency generator includes: a frequency hopping and modulation control unit, arranged for generating a current channel according to a channel hopping sequence and a frequency command word (FCW) based on the reference clock, a digital-controlled oscillator (DCO), arranged for to generating the oscillator clock according to an oscillator tuning word (OTW) obtained according to the estimated DCO normalization value. An associated method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Publication date: August 5, 2021
    Inventors: CHIA-CHUN LIAO, MIN-SHUEH YUAN, CHAO-CHIEH LI, ROBERT BOGDAN STASZEWSKI
  • Publication number: 20210225999
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an integrated circuit device is disclosed. The integrated circuit device include at least one inductor having at least one turn, a magnetic coupling ring positioned adjacent to the at least one inductor, the magnetic coupling ring comprising at least two magnetic coupling turns, the at least two magnetic coupling turns are disposed adjacent to the at least one turn to enable magnetic coupling between the at least two magnetic coupling turns and the at least one turn The integrated circuit device also includes a power electrode and a ground electrode, wherein the power electrode and the ground electrode are coupled to the at least one inductor and the magnetic coupling ring to provide a first current in the at least one inductor having a direction opposite to a second current in the magnetic coupling ring to cancel at least a portion of a magnetic field generated by the at least one inductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Publication date: July 22, 2021
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chao Chieh Li, Hao-chieh Chan
  • Publication number: 20210184681
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for hopping a digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) among a plurality of channels, wherein a gain of the DCO KDCO is a nonlinear function of frequency. A first normalized tuning word (NTW) corresponding to a first channel of the plurality of channels is generated. A first normalizing gain multiplier X is generated based on the nonlinear function of frequency, on an estimate of the nonlinear function of frequency, at a first frequency corresponding to the first channel. The first NTW is multiplied by the first X to obtain a first oscillator tuning word (OTW). The first OTW is input to the DCO to cause the DCO to hop to the first channel. A system for hopping among a plurality of channels at a plurality of respective frequencies comprises a phase-locked loop (PLL), a digitally controlled oscillator (DCO), a multiplexer, and an arithmetic module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Chao Chieh Li, Min-Shueh Yuan, Robert Bogdan Staszewski, Chia-Chun Liao
  • Patent number: 11031942
    Abstract: A frequency generator is disclosed. The frequency generator is for generating an oscillator clock according to a reference clock, and the frequency generator is used in a frequency hopping system that switches a carrier frequency among a plurality of channels, and the carrier frequency further carries a modulation frequency for data transmission. The frequency generator includes: a frequency hopping and modulation control unit, arranged for generating a current channel according to a channel hopping sequence and a frequency command word (FCW) based on the reference clock, a digital-controlled oscillator (DCO), arranged for to generating the oscillator clock according to an oscillator tuning word (OTW) Obtained according to the estimated DCO normalization value. An associated method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Chun Liao, Min-Shueh Yuan, Chao-Chieh Li, Robert Bogdan Staszewski
  • Patent number: 10971577
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an integrated circuit device is disclosed. The integrated circuit device include at least one inductor having at least one turn, a magnetic coupling ring positioned adjacent to the at least one inductor, the magnetic coupling ring comprising at least two magnetic coupling turns, the at least two magnetic coupling turns are disposed adjacent to the at least one turn to enable magnetic coupling between the at least two magnetic coupling turns and the at least one turn. The integrated circuit device also includes a power electrode and a ground electrode, wherein the power electrode and the ground electrode are coupled to the at least one inductor and the magnetic coupling ring to provide a first current in the at least one inductor having a direction opposite to a second current in the magnetic coupling ring to cancel at least a portion of a magnetic field generated by the at least one inductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chao Chieh Li, Hao-chieh Chan
  • Publication number: 20210080503
    Abstract: A circuit is disclosed. The circuit includes a time-to-digital converter (TDC), and an evaluation circuit coupled to the TDC and a phase-locked loop (PLL) external to the circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: CHAO CHIEH LI, CHIA-CHUN LIAO, MIN-SHUEH YUAN, CHIH-HSIEN CHANG
  • Patent number: 10931285
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for hopping a digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) among a plurality of channels, wherein a gain of the DCO KDCO is a nonlinear function of frequency. A first normalized tuning word (NTW) corresponding to a first channel of the plurality of channels is generated. A first normalizing gain multiplier X is generated based on the nonlinear function of frequency, on an estimate of the nonlinear function of frequency, at a first frequency corresponding to the first channel. The first NTW is multiplied by the first X to obtain a first oscillator tuning word (OTW). The first OTW is input to the DCO to cause the DCO to hop to the first channel. A system for hopping among a plurality of channels at a plurality of respective frequencies comprises a phase-locked loop (PLL), a digitally controlled oscillator (DCO), a multiplexer, and an arithmetic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Chao Chieh Li, Min-Shueh Yuan, Robert Bogdan Staszewski, Chia-Chun Liao
  • Patent number: 10868542
    Abstract: Systems and methods for compensating a non-linearity of a digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) are presented. Data comprising a plurality of silicon measurements is received. Each silicon measurement in the plurality of silicon measurements is compared to an ideal value. Based on the comparing, a plurality of compensation vectors is generated. Each compensation vector comprises at least one silicon measurement. At least one frequency is adjusted based on a compensation vector in the plurality of compensation vectors. A digitally-controlled oscillator frequency is generated based on the adjusted at least one frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Chao Chieh Li, Chia-Chun Liao, Min-Shueh Yuan, Robert Bogdan Staszewski
  • Patent number: 10862426
    Abstract: An oscillator includes an oscillator circuit and a voltage circuit. The oscillator circuit includes a first transistor. The voltage circuit is configured to, in a small signal mode, provide a voltage swing at a source of the first transistor, a gate-to-source voltage of the first transistor being associated with whether the oscillator is able to generate an oscillator signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Chao-Chieh Li, Robert Bogdan Staszewski
  • Publication number: 20200366300
    Abstract: A frequency generator is disclosed. The frequency generator is for generating an oscillator clock according to a reference clock, and the frequency generator is used in a frequency hopping system that switches a carrier frequency among a plurality of channels, and the carrier frequency further carries a modulation frequency for data transmission. The frequency generator includes: a frequency hopping and modulation control unit, arranged for generating a current channel according to a channel hopping sequence and a frequency command word (FCW) based on the reference clock, a digital-controlled oscillator (DCO), arranged for to generating the oscillator clock according to an oscillator tuning word (OTW) Obtained according to the estimated DCO normalization value. An associated method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: CHIA-CHUN LIAO, MIN-SHUEH YUAN, CHAO-CHIEH LI, ROBERT BOGDAN STASZEWSKI
  • Patent number: 10771072
    Abstract: A frequency generator is disclosed. The frequency generator is for generating an oscillator clock according to a reference clock, and the frequency generator is used in a frequency hopping system that switches a carrier frequency among a plurality of channels, and the carrier frequency further carries a modulation frequency for data transmission. The frequency generator includes: a frequency hopping and modulation control unit, arranged for generating a current channel according to a channel hopping sequence and a frequency command word (FCW) based on the reference clock, a digital-controlled oscillator (DCO), arranged for to generating the oscillator clock according to an oscillator tuning word (OTW) obtained according to the estimated DCO normalization value. An associated method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Chun Liao, Min-Shueh Yuan, Chao-Chieh Li, Robert Bogdan Staszewski
  • Publication number: 20200244271
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for hopping a digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) among a plurality of channels, wherein a gain of the DCO KDCO is a nonlinear function of frequency. A first normalized tuning word (NTW) corresponding to a first channel of the plurality of channels is generated. A first normalizing gain multiplier X is generated based on the nonlinear function of frequency, on an estimate of the nonlinear function of frequency, at a first frequency corresponding to the first channel. The first NTW is multiplied by the first X to obtain a first oscillator tuning word (OTW). The first OTW is input to the DCO to cause the DCO to hop to the first channel. A system for hopping among a plurality of channels at a plurality of respective frequencies comprises a phase-locked loop (PLL), a digitally controlled oscillator (DCO), a multiplexer, and an arithmetic module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Chao Chieh Li, Min-Shueh Yuan, Robert Bogdan Staszewski, Chia-Chun Liao
  • Publication number: 20200244270
    Abstract: Systems and methods for compensating a non-linearity of a digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) are presented. Data comprising a plurality of silicon measurements is received. Each silicon measurement in the plurality of silicon measurements is compared to an ideal value. Based on the comparing, a plurality of compensation vectors is generated. Each compensation vector comprises at least one silicon measurement. At least one frequency is adjusted based on a compensation vector in the plurality of compensation vectors. A digitally-controlled oscillator frequency is generated based on the adjusted at least one frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Chao Chieh Li, Chia-Chun Liao, Min-Shueh Yuan, Robert Bogdan Staszewski
  • Patent number: 10666267
    Abstract: Systems and methods for compensating a non-linearity of a digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) are presented. Data comprising a plurality of silicon measurements is received. Each silicon measurement in the plurality of silicon measurements is compared to an ideal value. Based on the comparing, a plurality of compensation vectors is generated. Each compensation vector comprises at least one silicon measurement. At least one frequency is adjusted based on a compensation vector in the plurality of compensation vectors. A digitally-controlled oscillator frequency is generated based on the adjusted at least one frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Chao Chieh Li, Chia-Chun Liao, Min-Shueh Yuan, Robert Bogdan Staszewski
  • Patent number: 10659057
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for hopping a digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) among a plurality of channels, wherein a gain of the DCO KDCO is a nonlinear function of frequency. A first normalized tuning word (NTW) corresponding to a first channel of the plurality of channels is generated. A first normalizing gain multiplier X is generated based on the nonlinear function of frequency, on an estimate of the nonlinear function of frequency, at a first frequency corresponding to the first channel. The first NTW is multiplied by the first X to obtain a first oscillator tuning word (OTW). The first OTW is input to the DCO to cause the DCO to hop to the first channel. A system for hopping among a plurality of channels at a plurality of respective frequencies comprises a phase-locked loop (PLL), a digitally controlled oscillator (DCO), a multiplexer, and an arithmetic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Chao Chieh Li, Min-Shueh Yuan, Robert Bogdan Staszewski, Chia-Chun Liao
  • Publication number: 20200091920
    Abstract: A frequency generator is disclosed. The frequency generator is for generating an oscillator clock according to a reference clock, and the frequency generator is used in a frequency hopping system that switches a carrier frequency among a plurality of channels, and the carrier frequency further carries a modulation frequency for data transmission. The frequency generator includes: a frequency hopping and modulation control unit, arranged for generating a current channel according to a channel hopping sequence and a frequency command word (FCW) based on the reference clock, a digital-controlled oscillator (DCO), arranged for to generating the oscillator clock according to an oscillator tuning word (OTW) obtained according to the estimated DCO normalization value. An associated method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: CHIA-CHUN LIAO, MIN-SHUEH YUAN, CHAO-CHIEH LI, ROBERT BOGDAN STASZEWSKI
  • Patent number: 10511314
    Abstract: A frequency generator is disclosed. The frequency generator is for generating an oscillator clock according to a reference clock, and the frequency generator is used in a frequency hopping system that switches a carrier frequency among a plurality of channels, and the carrier frequency further carries a modulation frequency for data transmission. The frequency generator includes: a frequency hopping and modulation control unit, arranged for generating a current channel according to a channel hopping sequence and a frequency command word (FCW) based on the reference clock, a digital-controlled oscillator (DCO), arranged for to generating the oscillator clock according to an oscillator tuning word (OTW) obtained according to the estimated DCO normalization value. An associated method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Chun Liao, Min-Shueh Yuan, Chao-Chieh Li, Robert Bogdan Staszewski
  • Patent number: 10439018
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an integrated circuit device is disclosed. The integrated circuit device include at least one inductor having at least one turn, a magnetic coupling ring positioned adjacent to the at least one inductor, the magnetic coupling ring comprising at least two magnetic coupling turns, the at least two magnetic coupling turns are disposed adjacent to the at least one turn to enable magnetic coupling between the at least two magnetic coupling turns and the at least one turn The integrated circuit device also includes a power electrode and a ground electrode, wherein the power electrode and the ground electrode are coupled to the at least one inductor and the magnetic coupling ring to provide a first current in the at least one inductor having a direction opposite to a second current in the magnetic coupling ring to cancel at least a portion of a magnetic field generated by the at least one inductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chao Chieh Li, Hao-chieh Chan
  • Publication number: 20190296101
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an integrated circuit device is disclosed. The integrated circuit device include at least one inductor having at least one turn, a magnetic coupling ring positioned adjacent to the at least one inductor, the magnetic coupling ring comprising at least two magnetic coupling turns, the at least two magnetic coupling turns are disposed adjacent to the at least one turn to enable magnetic coupling between the at least two magnetic coupling turns and the at least one turn The integrated circuit device also includes a power electrode and a ground electrode, wherein the power electrode and the ground electrode are coupled to the at least one inductor and the magnetic coupling ring to provide a first current in the at least one inductor having a direction opposite to a second current in the magnetic coupling ring to cancel at least a portion of a magnetic field generated by the at least one inductor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chao Chieh LI, Hao-chieh CHAN
  • Publication number: 20190267944
    Abstract: An oscillator includes an oscillator circuit and a voltage circuit. The oscillator circuit includes a first transistor. The voltage circuit is configured to, in a small signal mode, provide a voltage swing at a source of the first transistor, a gate-to-source voltage of the first transistor being associated with whether the oscillator is able to generate an oscillator signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: CHAO-CHIEH LI, ROBERT BOGDAN STASZEWSKI