Patents by Inventor Hsin Fu Tseng

Hsin Fu Tseng 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: 20220075262
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving a photomask; patterning a wafer by directing a first radiation beam to the wafer through the photomask at a first tilt angle; and inspecting the photomask. The inspecting includes: directing a second radiation beam to the photomask at a second tilt angle greater than the first tilt angle; receiving a third radiation beam reflected from the photomask; and generating an image of the photomask according to the third radiation beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Inventors: CHIH-WEI WEN, HSIN-FU TSENG, CHIEN-LIN CHEN
  • Patent number: 10830912
    Abstract: A dual or multi-energy range x-ray image sensor is implemented as side-by-side pixel arrays on a planar and monolithic semiconductor substrate as part of an x-ray object detector. Each pixel array in this side-by-side monolithic arrangement is designed to be responsive to a particular x-ray energy range or spectrum (i.e. a high-energy (HE) range or a low-energy (LE) range) to provide high object sensitivity and material discrimination capabilities. The side-by-side monolithic construction of pixel arrays improves alignment and spacing precision for improved image alignment among different arrays specialized in detecting different energy levels and signatures. Furthermore, integrated signal processing circuitry, placed on a radiation-shielded periphery of the pixel arrays, enables improved detection performance with enhanced noise reduction and/or sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: X-Scan Imaging Corporation
    Inventor: Hsin-Fu Tseng
  • Publication number: 20190179038
    Abstract: A dual or multi-energy range x-ray image sensor is implemented as side-by-side pixel arrays on a planar and monolithic semiconductor substrate as part of an x-ray object detector. Each pixel array in this side-by-side monolithic arrangement is designed to be responsive to a particular x-ray energy range or spectrum (i.e. a high-energy (HE) range or a low-energy (LE) range) to provide high object sensitivity and material discrimination capabilities. The side-by-side monolithic construction of pixel arrays improves alignment and spacing precision for improved image alignment among different arrays specialized in detecting different energy levels and signatures. Furthermore, integrated signal processing circuitry, placed on a radiation-shielded periphery of the pixel arrays, enables improved detection performance with enhanced noise reduction and/or sensitivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventor: Hsin-Fu Tseng
  • Patent number: 10310106
    Abstract: A dual/multi-energy x-ray image sensor with stacked two-dimensional pixel arrays. Each pixel in one pixel array has a corresponding “overlaid” pixel in the other pixel array. The pixel arrays are stacked parallel and aligned so that they are nominally normal to the x-ray path, and so that a straight path taken by an x-ray photon from the x-ray source to a pixel in one pixel array will also nominally intersect the corresponding pixel in the other pixel array(s). The energy image sensor provides an x-ray scanning detector system, which has increased signal levels and signal-to-noise ratios over dual- or multi-energy detectors using linear diode arrays, specifically when the pixel arrays are TDI pixel arrays that offer higher sensitivities in high-speed line-scan applications. Signal processing circuitry is placed on a periphery of the pixel arrays and shielded. Dual-to-multiple energy applications can be accomplished by increasing the number of stacked pixel arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: X-Scan Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Shizu Li, Linbo Yang, Nguyen Phuoc Luu, Chinlee Wang, Hsin-Fu Tseng
  • Publication number: 20170115406
    Abstract: A dual/multi-energy x-ray image sensor with stacked two-dimensional pixel arrays. Each pixel in one pixel array has a corresponding “overlaid” pixel in the other pixel array. The pixel arrays are stacked parallel and aligned so that they are nominally normal to the x-ray path, and so that a straight path taken by an x-ray photon from the x-ray source to a pixel in one pixel array will also nominally intersect the corresponding pixel in the other pixel array(s). The energy image sensor provides an x-ray scanning detector system, which has increased signal levels and signal-to-noise ratios over dual- or multi-energy detectors using linear diode arrays, specifically when the pixel arrays are TDI pixel arrays that offer higher sensitivities in high-speed line-scan applications. Signal processing circuitry is placed on a periphery of the pixel arrays and shielded. Dual-to-multiple energy applications can be accomplished by increasing the number of stacked pixel arrays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Inventors: Shizu Li, Linbo Yang, Nguyen Phuoc Luu, Chinlee Wang, Hsin-Fu Tseng
  • Patent number: 8180022
    Abstract: An X-ray line-scan camera utilizes an image transferring means to alter the optical path and thus eliminates the X-ray radiation damage on the electrical components of the camera system. The camera comprises a layer of scintillating material, a fiber optic face plate (FOFP) block, and an array of image sensors. One face of the FOFP block is bonded to the surface of the image sensors. The layer of scintillating material is placed on other face of the FOFP block and used to convert an impinging X-ray beam into visible light. The FOFP block is used to transfer the visible light from the scintillating layer onto the image sensor array, which in turn converts the visible light into electrical video signals. The FOFP block has a rotation angle of 32 to 40 degree relative to the impinging X-ray beam to prevent direct impingement of the X-ray beam onto the image sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: X-Scan Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Hsin-Fu Tseng, Linbo Yang
  • Patent number: 8124938
    Abstract: A radiation damage resistant linear X-ray detector array system based on a unique buttable monolithic image sensor design and precision chip-on-board assembly technology includes at least one of the detector chips. Multiple chips of the image sensor may be butted end-to-end on a common printed circuit board to accommodate larger detection systems. A layer of scintillating material, such as Gd2O2S:Tb (GOS), CsI(Tl), or CdWO4, is placed on the image sensor to convert the impinging X-ray energies into visible light which can be detected efficiently by the image sensor array. A protective metal shield is fastened to the substrate to protect the sensitive circuits of the image sensor from X-ray radiation damage. A proper separation of sensitive circuits from the photodiode array on the sensor chip, coupled with precision registration of the sensor chips on the substrate, allows easy installation of the protective metal shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: X-Scan Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Hsin-Fu Tseng, Lin-Bo Yang, Shizu Li
  • Publication number: 20110096904
    Abstract: A radiation damage resistant linear X-ray detector system based on a unique image transferring principle to alter the optical path and thus reduces or eliminates the X-ray radiation damage on the electrical components of the detector system. The system includes a layer of scintillating material, a fiber optic face plate (FOFP), and an array of image sensors. One face of the FOFP is bonded to the surface of the image sensors. The layer of scintillating material, such as Gd2O2S:Tb (GOS or GADOX), CsI(TI), or CdWO4, is placed on other face of the FOFP and used to convert the impinging X-ray energies into visible light which can be detected efficiently by the image sensor array. The FOFP is used to transfer the visible light from the scintillating layer onto the image sensor array after the X-ray flux has been converted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventors: Hsin-Fu Tseng, Linbo Yang
  • Patent number: 7463717
    Abstract: A radiation damage resistant linear X-ray detector array system based on a unique focusing principle reduces or eliminates the X-ray radiation damage on the electrical components of the detector system. The system includes a layer of scintillating material, a rod lens array, and an array of image sensors. The layer of scintillating material, such as Gd2O2S:Tb (GOS or GADOX), CsI(TI), or CdWO4, is placed on an image plane and used to convert the impinging X-ray energies into visible light which can be detected efficiently by the image sensor array. The rod lens array is used to focus the visible light after the X-ray flux has been converted. The photon energy of the visible light is collected with a scanning image sensor array that converts the photon energy proportionally into electrical video signals and enables the signals to be processed using standard signal and image processing software and equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: X-Scan Imaging Corporation
    Inventor: Hsin-Fu Tseng
  • Patent number: 7463716
    Abstract: A radiation damage resistant linear X-ray detector array system based on a unique focusing principle reduces or eliminates the X-ray radiation damage on the electrical components of the detector system. The system includes a layer of scintillating material, a rod lens array, and an array of image sensors. The layer of scintillating material, such as Gd2O2S:Tb (GOS or GADOX), CsI(TI), or CdWO4, is placed on an image plane and used to convert the impinging X-ray energies into visible light which can be detected efficiently by the image sensor array. The rod lens array is used to focus the visible light after the X-ray flux has been converted. The photon energy of the visible light is collected with a scanning image sensor array that converts the photon energy proportionally into electrical video signals and enables the signals to be processed using standard signal and image processing software and equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: X-Scan Imaging Corporation
    Inventor: Hsin-Fu Tseng
  • Publication number: 20080152087
    Abstract: A radiation damage resistant linear X-ray detector array system based on a unique focusing principle reduces or eliminates the X-ray radiation damage on the electrical components of the detector system. The system includes a layer of scintillating material, a rod lens array, and an array of image sensors. The layer of scintillating material, such as Gd2O2S:Tb (GOS or GADOX), CsI(TI), or CdWO4, is placed on an image plane and used to convert the impinging X-ray energies into visible light which can be detected efficiently by the image sensor array. The rod lens array is used to focus the visible light after the X-ray flux has been converted. The photon energy of the visible light is collected with a scanning image sensor array that converts the photon energy proportionally into electrical video signals and enables the signals to be processed using standard signal and image processing software and equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Hsin-Fu Tseng
  • Publication number: 20080031418
    Abstract: A radiation damage resistant linear X-ray detector array system based on a unique focusing principle reduces or eliminates the X-ray radiation damage on the electrical components of the detector system. The system includes a layer of scintillating material, a rod lens array, and an array of image sensors. The layer of scintillating material, such as Gd2O2S:Tb (GOS or GADOX), CsI(TI), or CdWO4, is placed on an image plane and used to convert the impinging X-ray energies into visible light which can be detected efficiently by the image sensor array. The rod lens array is used to focus the visible light after the X-ray flux has been converted. The photon energy of the visible light is collected with a scanning image sensor array that converts the photon energy proportionally into electrical video signals and enables the signals to be processed using standard signal and image processing software and equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventor: Hsin-Fu Tseng
  • Publication number: 20050094222
    Abstract: A Contact Image Sensor (CIS) system with high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, low-power dissipation, and low-cost scanning has a CIS pixel structure that utilizes a junction photodiode as a detector element and a single-stage, high-gain, low-power inverter functioning as a charge integrating amplifier. The inverter clamps the photodetector at a fixed bias voltage and removes any signal charge generated by the incident light. A very small integrating capacitor is used on the integrating inverter amplifier for high pixel gain. The pixel further includes a noise cancellation circuit to eliminate the reset noise of the integrating capacitor. The pixel signal is then read out by a differential stage to cancel the dark offset. This structure allows the implementation of high-performance CIS arrays using low-cost standard CMOS manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Publication date: May 5, 2005
    Inventors: Hsin-Fu Tseng, Zhong Mo
  • Patent number: 6501865
    Abstract: A dynamic threshold two-level A/D converter, also termed a tracking digitizer circuit. The module circuitry includes a comparator circuit and a tracking low-pass filter circuit. The dynamic thresholding module takes the output signals from a CIS module and develops a tracking (variable) background signal. The tracking background signal is then compared to the output signals from the CIS in a comparator. The comparator outputs a two-level (binary) output digital signal. The circuit is designed to be used in conjunction with a scanning device, particularly a CIS system. The circuit can be used in a wide variety of applications that require pre-processed digitized video signals. The dynamic thresholding module's circuitry can be implemented quite simply. Moreover, the circuit provides a very low cost and a low parts density module that can easily be incorporated with existing CIS modules without substantially increasing the size of the CIS module or the cost to manufacture the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Peripheral Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru C. Tanaka, Hsin Fu Tseng, Pheng Tan
  • Patent number: 6381378
    Abstract: A dynamic threshold two-level A/D converter, also termed a tracking digitizer circuit. The module circuitry includes a comparator circuit and a tracking low-pass filter circuit. The dynamic thresholding module takes the output signals from a CIS module and develops a tracking (variable) background signal. The tracking background signal is then compared to the output signals from the CIS in a comparator. The comparator outputs a two-level (binary) output digital signal. The circuit is designed to be used in conjunction with a scanning device, particularly a CIS system. The circuit can be used in a wide variety of applications that require pre-processed digitized video signals. The dynamic thresholding module's circuitry can be implemented quite simply. Moreover, the circuit provides a very low cost and a low parts density module that can easily be incorporated with existing CIS modules without substantially increasing the size of the CIS module or the cost to manufacture the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Peripheral Imaging Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru C. Tanaka, Hsin-Fu Tseng, Pheng Tan
  • Patent number: 6025935
    Abstract: A Contact Image Sensor (CIS) system utilizing a phototransistor sensing element that consists of a mechanism to pre-charge or inject a "background charge" into the storage node and allow the charge to reset through the same output base-to-emitter junction. This pre-charge and reset process removes the residual image and replenishes the charge lost by the base-to-emitter sub-threshold leakage current. Furthermore, the reset of the injected charge through the same output base-to-emitter junction automatically sets the phototransistor to an initial dark level, which is at the start of a linear region of the response versus illumination curve, and thus substantially improves the photo-response linearity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Peripheral Imaging Corporation
    Inventor: Hsin-Fu Tseng
  • Patent number: 5724094
    Abstract: A contact image sensing system that eliminates the use of npn phototransistors. The device comprises a plurality of sensing elements, a like number of dummy sensing elements, control and drive clocks, a digital scanning shift register, and a differential amplifier. The device operates by sequentially reading the voltage output of the sensors, then comparing that output with the output of the dummy sensors so that any noise or offset in the signal can be cancelled by a differential amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: ScanVision
    Inventors: Hsin-Fu Tseng, Weng-Lyang Wang
  • Patent number: 5650864
    Abstract: A color-reproducing contact image sensing (CORCIS) system that eliminates the use of multiple arrays of photodetectors with separate color filters and which permits the use of any of various signal-processing improvements such as voltage pickoff, transducer gain and correlated double sample and hold processing. The device operates by sequentially illuminating the colored object to be reproduced by primary color illumination means, with each illumination transferring in parallel the appropriate color response to a readout register for sequential readout. The sample and hold, and the parallel transfer operation, allow the CORCIS system to be able to read out signal while the detector array is integrating the next color signal, thus improving the sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: Scanvision
    Inventors: Hsin-Fu Tseng, Weng-Lyang Wang
  • Patent number: 4250517
    Abstract: An improved BBD structure is disclosed which is realized with MOS, two layer, polysilicon technology. In the tetrode structure, the transfer gate overlaps the tetrode gate with no intermediate substrate region. The storage capacitor is off-set from the propagation channel and is formed by the two layers of polysilicon without using a p-n junction. High transfer efficiency is obtained over a wide frequency range with a shorter length per stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1981
    Assignee: Reticon Corporation
    Inventor: Hsin-fu Tseng
  • Patent number: 4087833
    Abstract: A photodiode array employing an analog shift register with a line of interlaced photodiodes. Alternate diodes are coupled to one of a pair of analog shift registers which are disposed on opposite sides of the line of photodiodes. An "anti-blooming" polysilicon line and a "transfer" polysilicon line are disposed along each side of the line of photodiodes adjacent to the shift registers. Each of the diffused region forming the photodiodes are coupled by a metal line to another diffused region formed between the anti-blooming and transfer polysilicon lines. This latter region acts as a remote, common region for both the anti-blooming function and transfer function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1978
    Assignee: Reticon Corporation
    Inventor: Hsin Fu Tseng