Patents by Inventor Giovanni Girlando

Giovanni Girlando 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: 20180122752
    Abstract: A method of making an integrated circuit (IC) includes forming circuitry over a top surface of a semiconductor substrate having the top surface and an opposite bottom surface. An antenna is formed in an interconnect layer formed above the semiconductor substrate, where the antenna is coupled to circuitry. A seal ring is formed around a periphery of the interconnect layer. The seal ring is disposed around the antenna and the circuitry. A trench with a solid-state insulating material is formed. The trench extends vertically into the semiconductor substrate and extends laterally across the IC.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Alberto Pagani, Giovanni Girlando, Federico Giovanni Ziglioli, Alessandro Finocchiaro
  • Publication number: 20180040591
    Abstract: An embodiment of an integrated electronic device having a body, made at least partially of semiconductor material and having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side surface, and a first antenna, which is integrated in the body and enables magnetic or electromagnetic coupling of the integrated electronic device with a further antenna. The integrated electronic device moreover has a coupling region made of magnetic material, which provides, in use, a communication channel between the first antenna and the further antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Pagani, Giovanni Girlando
  • Patent number: 9887165
    Abstract: An IC may include a semiconductor substrate having circuitry formed in the substrate, an interconnect layer above the semiconductor substrate and having an antenna coupled to the circuitry, and a seal ring around a periphery of the interconnect layer. The IC may include an electrically insulating trench extending vertically into the semiconductor substrate and extending laterally across the semiconductor substrate from adjacent one side to adjacent another side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alberto Pagani, Giovanni Girlando, Federico Giovanni Ziglioli, Alessandro Finocchiaro
  • Patent number: 9799630
    Abstract: An embodiment of an integrated electronic device having a body, made at least partially of semiconductor material and having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side surface, and a first antenna, which is integrated in the body and enables magnetic or electromagnetic coupling of the integrated electronic device with a further antenna. The integrated electronic device moreover has a coupling region made of magnetic material, which provides, in use, a communication channel between the first antenna and the further antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Pagani, Giovanni Girlando
  • Publication number: 20170248534
    Abstract: A monitoring device is for a block of building material. The monitoring device may include an electric supply line configured to be buried in the block of building material and having a flexible main cable, and flexible jumper cables coupled to the flexible main cable and extending outwardly. The monitoring device may include sensor devices configured to be buried in the block of building material and coupled to respective ones of the flexible jumper cables. Each sensor device may include a primary inductor coupled to the electric supply line at a position based upon peaks of a stationary waveform when the electric supply line is alternating current (AC) powered, and a monitoring circuit. The monitoring circuit may include an integrated sensor, and a secondary inductor magnetically coupled to the primary inductor and configured to supply the integrated sensor, and communicate through the electric supply line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Giovanni GIRLANDO, Michele CALABRETTA, Francesco PAPPALARDO
  • Patent number: 9728837
    Abstract: An electronic communications device includes a body of semiconductor material with an integrated electronic circuit, an inductive element, and a capacitive element. The capacitive element is formed by a first electrode and a second electrode positioned between the inductive element and the integrated electronic circuit. Tuning of the device circuitry is accomplished by energizing the inductive/capacitive elements, determining resonance frequency, and using a laser trimming operation to alter the structure of one or more of the first electrode, second electrode or inductive element and change the resonance frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Pagani, Alessandro Finocchiaro, Giovanni Girlando
  • Patent number: 9678027
    Abstract: A monitoring device is for a block of building material. The monitoring device may include an electric supply line configured to be buried in the block of building material and having a flexible main cable, and flexible jumper cables coupled to the flexible main cable and extending outwardly. The monitoring device may include sensor devices configured to be buried in the block of building material and coupled to respective ones of the flexible jumper cables. Each sensor device may include a primary inductor coupled to the electric supply line at a position based upon peaks of a stationary waveform when the electric supply line is alternating current (AC) powered, and a monitoring circuit. The monitoring circuit may include an integrated sensor, and a secondary inductor magnetically coupled to the primary inductor and configured to supply the integrated sensor, and communicate through the electric supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giovanni Girlando, Michele Calabretta, Francesco Pappalardo
  • Publication number: 20170092625
    Abstract: An embodiment of an integrated electronic device having a body, made at least partially of semiconductor material and having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side surface, and a first antenna, which is integrated in the body and enables magnetic or electromagnetic coupling of the integrated electronic device with a further antenna. The integrated electronic device moreover has a coupling region made of magnetic material, which provides, in use, a communication channel between the first antenna and the further antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Applicant: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Pagani, Giovanni Girlando
  • Patent number: 9530743
    Abstract: An embodiment of an integrated electronic device having a body, made at least partially of semiconductor material and having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side surface, and a first antenna, which is integrated in the body and enables magnetic or electromagnetic coupling of the integrated electronic device with a further antenna. The integrated electronic device moreover has a coupling region made of magnetic material, which provides, in use, a communication channel between the first antenna and the further antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Pagani, Giovanni Girlando
  • Publication number: 20160172311
    Abstract: An IC may include a semiconductor substrate having circuitry formed in the substrate, an interconnect layer above the semiconductor substrate and having an antenna coupled to the circuitry, and a seal ring around a periphery of the interconnect layer. The IC may include an electrically insulating trench extending vertically into the semiconductor substrate and extending laterally across the semiconductor substrate from adjacent one side to adjacent another side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Alberto PAGANI, Giovanni GIRLANDO, Federico Giovanni ZIGLIOLI, Alessandro FINOCCHIARO
  • Patent number: 9335286
    Abstract: A monitoring device includes an electric supply line to be buried in the block of building material, to convey signals and to be AC supplied so as to generate voltage and current stationary waveforms. The device also includes primary inductors coupled to the electric supply line at positions corresponding to peaks of at least one of the voltage and current stationary waveforms. The device also includes integrated monitoring circuits to be buried in the block of building material, with each integrated monitoring circuit including an integrated sensor to sense at least one physical characteristic, and a secondary inductor magnetically coupled to a respective primary inductor to supply the integrated sensor, and communicate through the electric supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giovanni Girlando, Alessandro Finocchiaro, Bruno Murari
  • Patent number: 9234808
    Abstract: A monitoring device is for the inner pressure distribution of building material in a building structure. The device may include planar sensing capacitors to be buried in contact with the building material, with each sensing capacitor including a pair of plates and a dielectric material layer therebetween adapted to undergo elastic deformation under pressure without deforming plastically. The device may also include a protection box to be buried in the building material, a dielectric material enclosed in the protection box, and connection terminals protruding from the protection box. Pairs of metal vias are buried in the dielectric material enclosed within the protection box, with each pair connecting the plates of a respective planar sensing capacitor to respective connection terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giovanni Girlando, Alessandro Finocchiaro, Bruno Murari
  • Publication number: 20150336207
    Abstract: An electronic communications device includes a body of semiconductor material with an integrated electronic circuit, an inductive element, and a capacitive element. The capacitive element is formed by a first electrode and a second electrode positioned between the inductive element and the integrated electronic circuit. Tuning of the device circuitry is accomplished by energizing the inductive/capacitive elements, determining resonance frequency, and using a laser trimming operation to alter the structure of one or more of the first electrode, second electrode or inductive element and change the resonance frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Applicant: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Pagani, Allesandro Finocchiaro, Giovanni Girlando
  • Patent number: 9191072
    Abstract: An embodiment of a RF identification device is formed by a tag and by a reader. The tag is formed by a processing circuit and a first antenna, which has the function both of transmitting and of receiving data. The reader is formed by a control circuit and by a second antenna, which has the function both of transmitting and of receiving data. The processing circuit is formed by a resonance capacitor, a modulator, a rectifier circuit, a charge-pump circuit and a detection circuit. The antenna of the tag and the processing circuit are integrated in a single structure in completely monolithic form. The first antenna has terminals connected to the input of the rectifier circuit, the output of which is connected to the charge-pump circuit. The charge-pump circuit has an output connected to the detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alessandro Finocchiaro, Giovanni Girlando, Giuseppe Palmisano, Giuseppe Ferla, Alberto Pagani
  • Publication number: 20150294946
    Abstract: An embodiment of an integrated electronic device having a body, made at least partially of semiconductor material and having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side surface, and a first antenna, which is integrated in the body and enables magnetic or electromagnetic coupling of the integrated electronic device with a further antenna. The integrated electronic device moreover has a coupling region made of magnetic material, which provides, in use, a communication channel between the first antenna and the further antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Publication date: October 15, 2015
    Applicant: STMicroelectronics S.r.I.
    Inventors: Alberto Pagani, Giovanni Girlando
  • Patent number: 9154188
    Abstract: An embodiment of a RF identification device is formed by a tag and by a reader. The tag is formed by a processing circuit and a first antenna, which has the function both of transmitting and of receiving data. The reader is formed by a control circuit and by a second antenna, which has the function both of transmitting and of receiving data. The processing circuit is formed by a resonance capacitor, a modulator, a rectifier circuit, a charge-pump circuit and a detection circuit. The antenna of the tag and the processing circuit are integrated in a single structure in completely monolithic form. The first antenna has terminals connected to the input of the rectifier circuit, the output of which is connected to the charge-pump circuit. The charge-pump circuit has an output connected to the detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Alessandro Finocchiaro, Giovanni Girlando, Giuseppe Palmisano, Giuseppe Ferla, Alberto Pagani
  • Publication number: 20150253268
    Abstract: A monitoring device is for a block of building material. The monitoring device may include an electric supply line configured to be buried in the block of building material and having a flexible main cable, and flexible jumper cables coupled to the flexible main cable and extending outwardly. The monitoring device may include sensor devices configured to be buried in the block of building material and coupled to respective ones of the flexible jumper cables. Each sensor device may include a primary inductor coupled to the electric supply line at a position based upon peaks of a stationary waveform when the electric supply line is alternating current (AC) powered, and a monitoring circuit. The monitoring circuit may include an integrated sensor, and a secondary inductor magnetically coupled to the primary inductor and configured to supply the integrated sensor, and communicate through the electric supply line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Inventors: Giovanni Girlando, Michele Calabretta, Francesco Pappalardo
  • Patent number: 9112263
    Abstract: An embodiment of an electronic communications device, including: a body of semiconductor material defining at least one integrated electronic circuit and having a top surface; an electromagnetic shield; a radiant element; and a capacitive element formed by a first electrode and a second electrode, the radiant element being set on the top surface and being ohmically coupled to the first electrode and the second electrode by means of a first connection element and a second connection element, respectively, the electromagnetic shield being set between the radiant element and the top surface and forming at least the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Pagani, Alessandro Finocchiaro, Giovanni Girlando
  • Patent number: 9083278
    Abstract: A device to be positioned between a heat source and a heat sink may transform infrared electromagnetic (IR-EM) energy exchanged therebetween from a first form to a second form. The device may include a pair of layers facing each other and having dielectric material with molecular excitability characteristics to produce the second form of IR-EM energy. The pair of layers may define a gap therebetween. The device may include a conversion circuit configured to convert the second form of IR-EM energy into electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giovanni Girlando
  • Patent number: 9076883
    Abstract: An embodiment of an integrated electronic device having a body, made at least partially of semiconductor material and having a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side surface, and a first antenna, which is integrated in the body and enables magnetic or electromagnetic coupling of the integrated electronic device with a further antenna. The integrated electronic device moreover has a coupling region made of magnetic material, which provides, in use, a communication channel between the first antenna and the further antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alberto Pagani, Giovanni Girlando