Patents by Inventor Donald L. Brumbaugh

Donald L. Brumbaugh 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: 4521765
    Abstract: An integrated circuit digital to analog converter includes circuitry having first and second resistors in a R/2R resistor ladder which scales bit current contributions to an analog output current. Each of the first and second resistors have a respective terminal connected to the collector of a bit current transistor, the emitter of which is connected to the emitter of a waste current transistor. The digital to analog converter includes a metal ground voltage conductor having a "shared node" and a distributed resistance between one side of the shared node and a main ground voltage connection. The collector of the waste current transistor and a second terminal of the first resistor are both connected directly to the shared node. In operation, the waste current transistor switches waste current into the shared node, rather than into a separate waste current ground conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1985
    Assignee: Burr-Brown Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony D. Wang, Donald L. Brumbaugh
  • Patent number: 4468652
    Abstract: A monolithic digital-to-analog converter integrated circuit is disclosed including a first plurality of more significant bit switches having scaled bit switch currents and including a second plurality of lesser significant bit switches, the output nodes of which are coupled to a ladder network which contributes a binary-weighted portion of each lesser significant bit switch current to the summed analog output current. First and second output conductors, separate and apart from one another, are used to couple the output nodes of the more significant bit switches and the output current of the ladder network, respectively, to the analog output current pad. First and second ground voltage pads are included for isolating waste current conducted by the more significant bit switches from currents returned by the ladder network to the ground voltage. The waste current nodes of the lesser significant bit switches are conducted to the same ground voltage pad that conducts the currents returned by the ladder network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1984
    Assignee: Burr-Brown Research Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony D. Wang, Donald L. Brumbaugh