Patents by Inventor CHIA-CHUN LIAO

CHIA-CHUN LIAO 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: 11106000
    Abstract: A driving mechanism for supporting an optical member is provided, including a base, a frame, a movable portion, a driving module, and an adhesive member. The base includes a plurality of first sidewalls, and at least one recess is formed on the first sidewalls. The frame includes a plurality of second sidewalls, and at least one opening is formed on the second sidewalls. The base and the frame form a hollow box, and the opening corresponds to the recess. The movable portion and the driving module are disposed in the hollow box. The driving module can drive the movable portion to move relative to the base. The adhesive member is accommodated in the opening and the recess, and extended along the first sidewalls. The adhesive member is disposed between the first sidewalls and the second sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: TDK TAIWAN CORP.
    Inventors: Chao-Chang Hu, Bing-Ru Song, Yi-Ho Chen, Chia-Pin Hsu, Chih-Wei Weng, Shin-Hua Chen, Chien-Lun Huang, Chao-Chun Chang, Shou-Jen Liu, Kun-Shih Lin, Nai-Wen Hsu, Yu-Cheng Lin, Shang-Yu Hsu, Yu-Huai Liao, Yi-Hsin Nieh, Shih-Ting Huang, Kuo-Chun Kao, Fu-Yuan Wu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 11043491
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes first-type-channel field effect transistors (FETs) including a first first-type-channel FET including a first gate structure and a second first-type-channel FET including a second gate structure. The first first-type-channel FET has a smaller threshold voltage than the second first-type-channel FET. The first gate structure includes a first work function adjustment material (WFM) layer and the second gate structure includes a second WFM layer. At least one of thickness and material of the first and second WFM layers is different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shun-Jang Liao, Chia-Chun Liao, Shu-Hui Wang, Shih-Hsun Chang
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20210013205
    Abstract: A semiconductor device manufacturing method includes forming fins in first and second regions defined on a substrate. The fins include first fin, second fin, third fin, and fourth fin. A dielectric layer is formed over fins and a work function adjustment layer is formed over dielectric layer. A hard mask is formed covering third and fourth fins. A first conductive material layer is formed over first fin and not over second fin. A second conductive material layer is formed over first and second fins. A first metal gate electrode fill material is formed over first and second fins. The hard mask covering third and fourth fins is removed. A third conductive material layer is formed over third fin and not over fourth fin. A fourth conductive material layer is formed over third and fourth fins, and a second metal gate electrode fill material is formed over third and fourth fins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Chia-Chun LIAO, Chun-Sheng LIANG, Shu-Hui WANG, Shih-Hsun CHANG, Yi-Jen CHEN
  • 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
  • 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: 10825813
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes first-type-channel field effect transistors (FETs) including a first first-type-channel FET including a first gate structure and a second first-type-channel FET including a second gate structure. The first first-type-channel FET has a smaller threshold voltage than the second first-type-channel FET. The first gate structure includes a first work function adjustment material (WFM) layer and the second gate structure includes a second WFM layer. At least one of thickness and material of the first and second WFM layers is different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shun-Jang Liao, Chia-Chun Liao, Shu-Hui Wang, Shih-Hsun Chang
  • Patent number: 10790283
    Abstract: A semiconductor device manufacturing method includes forming fins in first and second regions defined on a substrate. The fins include first fin, second fin, third fin, and fourth fin. A dielectric layer is formed over fins and a work function adjustment layer is formed over dielectric layer. A hard mask is formed covering third and fourth fins. A first conductive material layer is formed over first fin and not over second fin. A second conductive material layer is formed over first and second fins. A first metal gate electrode fill material is formed over first and second fins. The hard mask covering third and fourth fins is removed. A third conductive material layer is formed over third fin and not over fourth fin. A fourth conductive material layer is formed over third and fourth fins, and a second metal gate electrode fill material is formed over third and fourth fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Chun Liao, Chun-Sheng Liang, Shu-Hui Wang, Shih-Hsun Chang, Yi-Jen Chen
  • 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: 20200135734
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes first-type-channel field effect transistors (FETs) including a first first-type-channel FET including a first gate structure and a second first-type-channel FET including a second gate structure. The first first-type-channel FET has a smaller threshold voltage than the second first-type-channel FET. The first gate structure includes a first work function adjustment material (WFM) layer and the second gate structure includes a second WFM layer. At least one of thickness and material of the first and second WFM layers is different from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Shun-Jang LIAO, Chia-Chun LIAO, Shu-Hui WANG, Shih-Hsun CHANG
  • 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: 10515964
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes first-type-channel field effect transistors (FETs) including a first first-type-channel FET including a first gate structure and a second first-type-channel FET including a second gate structure. The first first-type-channel FET has a smaller threshold voltage than the second first-type-channel FET. The first gate structure includes a first work function adjustment material (WFM) layer and the second gate structure includes a second WFM layer. At least one of thickness and material of the first and second WFM layers is different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shun-Jang Liao, Chia-Chun Liao, Shu-Hui Wang, Shih-Hsun Chang