Patents by Inventor Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang

Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang 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: 10685686
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an internal supply rail; a plurality of first main header switches for coupling the internal supply rail to a first power supply; a plurality of second main header switches for coupling the internal supply rail to a second power supply; an auxiliary circuit including a first auxiliary header switch for coupling the internal supply rail to the first power supply and a second auxiliary header switch for coupling the internal supply rail to the second power supply; a feedback circuit, the feedback circuit tracking a status of the first and second main header switches; and a control circuit, the control circuit controlling the first main header switches, second main header switches and first and second auxiliary header switches responsive to the switch control signal and an output of the feedback circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fu-An Wu, Cheng Hung Lee, Chen-Lin Yang, Hung-Jen Liao, Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang, Yu-Hao Hsu
  • Publication number: 20200176053
    Abstract: A memory system includes a first array (of memory cells) and a second array (of write assist circuits) arranged into columns each including a bit line and a bit_bar line coupled to corresponding memory cells of the first array and a corresponding at least one write assist circuit of the second array, each write assist circuit including: latch and memory-adapted third and fourth NMOS transistors. The latch includes: memory-adapted first PMOS and first NMOS transistors connected in series between a power-supply voltage and a first node selectively connectable to a ground voltage; and memory-adapted second PMOS transistor and second NMOS transistors connected in series between the power-supply voltage and a second node selectively connectable to ground voltage. The third NMOS transistor is connected in series between the first node and ground voltage; and the fourth NMOS transistor connected in series between the second node and ground voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Yangsyu LIN, Chiting CHENG, Jonathan Tsung-Yung CHANG, Shang-Chi WU
  • Publication number: 20200176037
    Abstract: A memory macro includes a first memory cell array, a first tracking circuit, a first and a second transistor. The first tracking circuit includes a first set of memory cells configured as a first set of loading cells responsive to a first control signal, a second set of memory cells configured as a first set of pull-down cells responsive to a second control signal, and a first tracking bit line extending over the first tracking circuit. The second control signal is inverted from the first control signal. At least the first set of pull-down cells or the first set of loading cells is configured to track a memory cell of the first memory cell array. The first and second transistor are coupled to the first tracking bit line, and are configured to charge the first tracking bit line to a pre-charge voltage level responsive to a third control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Chien-Kuo SU, Cheng Hung LEE, Chiting CHENG, Hung-Jen LIAO, Jonathan Tsung-Yung CHANG, Yen-Huei CHEN, Pankaj AGGARWAL, Jhon Jhy LIAW
  • Patent number: 10672776
    Abstract: A memory circuit including: a first column of memory cells, each memory cell of the first column including a first supply segment; a first supply voltage line in a first conductive layer, the first supply voltage line being made of at least the first supply segments of the first column; a second supply voltage line; a first resistive device electrically connecting the first and second supply voltage lines, and being located in a via layer; a first material, from which the first resistive device is formed, being different than a second material from which a first type of via plug in the via layer is formed; and a supply voltage source electrically coupled with first supply voltage line through one or more conductive paths, and the second supply voltage line and the first resistive device being in a lowest resistance path of the one or more conductive paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yen-Huei Chen, Hung-Jen Liao, Chih-Yu Lin, Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang, Wei-Cheng Wu
  • Publication number: 20200152242
    Abstract: A device includes a memory array. The memory array includes a first sub-bank, a first strap cell coupled to the first sub-bank, and a first continuous data line. The first continuous data line includes a first portion and a second portion coupled to the first sub-bank via the first strap cell. The first portion of the first continuous data line is disposed above the first strap cell and the second portion of the first continuous data line is disposed above the first portion of the first continuous data line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jonathan Tsung-Yung CHANG, Cheng-Hung LEE, Chi-Ting CHENG, Hung-Jen LIAO, Jhon-Jhy LIAW, Yen-Huei CHEN
  • Publication number: 20200081636
    Abstract: Various embodiments for configurable memory storage systems are disclosed. The configurable memory storages selectively choose an operational voltage signal from among multiple operational voltage signals to dynamically control various operational parameters. For example, the configurable memory storages selectively choose a maximum operational voltage signal from among the multiple operational voltage signals to maximize read/write speed. As another example, the configurable memory storages selectively choose a minimum operational voltage signal from among the multiple operational voltage signals to minimize power consumption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Hao HSU, Cheng Hung LEE, Chen-Lin YANG, Chiting CHENG, Fu-An WU, Hung-Jen LIAO, Jung-Ping YANG, Jonathan Tsung-Yung CHANG, Wei Min CHAN, Yen-Huei CHEN, Yangsyu LIN, Chien-Chen LIN
  • Publication number: 20200075092
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a semiconductor memory device includes an array of semiconductor memory cells arranged in rows and columns. The array includes a first segment of memory cells and a second segment of memory cells. A first pair of complementary local bit lines extend over the first segment of memory cells and is coupled to multiple memory cells along a first column within the first segment of memory cells. A second pair of complementary local bit lines extend over the second segment of memory cells and is coupled to multiple memory cells along the first column within the second segment of memory cells. A pair of switches is arranged between the first and second segments of memory cells. The pair of switches is configured to selectively couple the first pair of complementary local bit lines in series with the second pair of complementary local bit lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Mahmut Sinangil, Hidehiro Fujiwara, Hung-Jen Liao, Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang, Yen-Huei Chen, Sahil Preet Singh
  • Patent number: 10559333
    Abstract: A memory macro includes a first memory cell array, first tracking circuit, first pre-charge circuit coupled to a first end of the first tracking bit line and a second pre-charge circuit coupled to a second end of the first tracking bit line. The first tracking circuit includes a first set of memory cells configured as a first set of loading cells responsive to a first set of control signals, a second set of memory cells configured as a first set of pull-down cells responsive to a second set of control signals, and a first tracking bit line. The first set of pull-down cells and first set of loading cells are configured to track a memory cell of the first memory cell array. The first and second pre-charge circuit are configured to charge the first tracking bit line to a voltage level responsive to a third set of control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Kuo Su, Cheng Hung Lee, Chiting Cheng, Hung-Jen Liao, Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang, Yen-Huei Chen, Pankaj Aggarwal, Jhon Jhy Liaw
  • Patent number: 10553275
    Abstract: A write assist circuit includes: a memory-adapted latch and memory-adapted third and fourth NMOS transistors. The latch includes: a memory-adapted first PMOS transistor and a memory-adapted first NMOS transistor connected in series between a power-supply voltage and a first node, the first node being selectively connectable to a ground voltage; and a memory-adapted second PMOS transistor and a memory-adapted second NMOS transistor connected in series between the power-supply voltage and the second node, the second node being selectively connectable to the ground voltage. The third NMOS transistor is connected in series between the first node and the ground voltage; and the fourth NMOS transistor connected in series between the second node and the ground voltage. A gate electrode of each of the third and fourth transistors is connected to a latch-enable signal-line thereby for controlling the memory-adapted latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Yangsyu Lin, Chiting Cheng, Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang, Shang-Chi Wu
  • Patent number: 10541007
    Abstract: A device includes a memory array. The memory array includes a first sub-bank, a second sub-bank, a strap cell and a continuous data line. The strap cell is arranged between the first sub-bank and the second sub-bank. The continuous data line includes a first portion coupled to the first sub-bank and a second portion disposed across the second sub-bank. The first portion of the continuous data line and the second portion of the continuous data line are disposed at separate layers above the strap cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang, Cheng-Hung Lee, Chi-Ting Cheng, Hung-Jen Liao, Jhon-Jhy Liaw, Yen-Huei Chen
  • Publication number: 20200020383
    Abstract: A semiconductor memory device includes: a local write bit (LWB) line; a local write bit_bar (LWB_bar) line; a global write bit (GWB) line; a global write bit_bar (GWBL_bar) line; a column of segments, each segment including bit cells; each of the bit cells including a latch circuit and first and second pass gates connecting the corresponding LWB and LWB_bar lines to the latch circuit; and a distributed write driving arrangement. The distributed write driving arrangement includes: a global write driver including a first inverter connected between the GWB line and the LWB line, and a second inverter connected between the GWB_bar line and the LWB_bar line; and a local write driver included at an interior of each segment, each local write driver including a third inverter connected between the GWB line and the LWB line; and a fourth inverter connected between the GWB_bar line and the LWB_bar line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Hidehiro FUJIWARA, Hung-Jen LIAO, Li-Wen WANG, Jonathan Tsung-Yung CHANG, Yen-Huei CHEN
  • Publication number: 20200020363
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an internal supply rail; a plurality of first main header switches for coupling the internal supply rail to a first power supply; a plurality of second main header switches for coupling the internal supply rail to a second power supply; an auxiliary circuit including a first auxiliary header switch for coupling the internal supply rail to the first power supply and a second auxiliary header switch for coupling the internal supply rail to the second power supply; a feedback circuit, the feedback circuit tracking a status of the first and second main header switches; and a control circuit, the control circuit controlling the first main header switches, second main header switches and first and second auxiliary header switches responsive to the switch control signal and an output of the feedback circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fu-An Wu, Cheng Hung Lee, Chen-Lin Yang, Hung-Jen Liao, Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang, Yu-Hao Hsu
  • Publication number: 20200005859
    Abstract: A circuit includes a memory array, a write circuit configured to store data in memory cells of the memory array, a read circuit configured to retrieve the stored data from the memory cells of the memory array, and a computation circuit configured to perform one or more logic operations on the retrieved stored data. The memory array is positioned between the write circuit and the read circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Yen-Huei CHEN, Hidehiro FUJIWARA, Hung-Jen LIAO, Jonathan Tsung-Yung CHANG
  • Publication number: 20190385672
    Abstract: A twelve-transistor (12T) memory cell for a memory device that includes a transmission gate, a cross-coupled inverter circuit operably connected to the transmission gate, and a tri-state inverter operably connected to the cross-coupled inverter circuit. The cross-coupled inverter includes another tri-state inverter cross-coupled to an inverter circuit. Various operations for the 12T memory cell, as well as circuitry to perform the operations, are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Mahmut Sinangil, Yen-Huei Chen, Yen-Ting Lin, Hung-Jen Liao, Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang
  • Patent number: 10510403
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a semiconductor memory device includes an array of semiconductor memory cells arranged in rows and columns. The array includes a first segment of memory cells and a second segment of memory cells. A first pair of complementary local bit lines extend over the first segment of memory cells and is coupled to multiple memory cells along a first column within the first segment of memory cells. A second pair of complementary local bit lines extend over the second segment of memory cells and is coupled to multiple memory cells along the first column within the second segment of memory cells. A pair of switches is arranged between the first and second segments of memory cells. The pair of switches is configured to selectively couple the first pair of complementary local bit lines in series with the second pair of complementary local bit lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mahmut Sinangil, Hidehiro Fujiwara, Hung-Jen Liao, Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang, Yen-Huei Chen, Sahil Preet Singh
  • Patent number: 10510380
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an internal supply rail; a plurality of first main header switches for coupling the internal supply rail to a first power supply; a plurality of second main header switches for coupling the internal supply rail to a second power supply; an auxiliary circuit including a first auxiliary header switch for coupling the internal supply rail to the first power supply and a second auxiliary header switch for coupling the internal supply rail to the second power supply; a feedback circuit, the feedback circuit tracking a status of the first and second main header switches; and a control circuit, the control circuit controlling the first main header switches, second main header switches and first and second auxiliary header switches responsive to the switch control signal and an output of the feedback circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fu-An Wu, Cheng Hung Lee, Chen-Lin Yang, Hung-Jen Liao, Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang, Yu-Hao Hsu
  • Patent number: 10503421
    Abstract: Various embodiments for configurable memory storage systems are disclosed. The configurable memory storages selectively choose an operational voltage signal from among multiple operational voltage signals to dynamically control various operational parameters. For example, the configurable memory storages selectively choose a maximum operational voltage signal from among the multiple operational voltage signals to maximize read/write speed. As another example, the configurable memory storages selectively choose a minimum operational voltage signal from among the multiple operational voltage signals to control minimize power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Hao Hsu, Cheng Hung Lee, Chen-Lin Yang, Chiting Cheng, Fu-An Wu, Hung-Jen Liao, Jung-Ping Yang, Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang, Wei Min Chan, Yen-Huei Chen, Yangsyu Lin, Chien-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 10504604
    Abstract: A memory device includes: a memory array comprising a plurality of bit cells arranged along a plurality of rows and along a plurality of columns, respectively; a plurality of row circuits respectively arranged along the plurality of rows; a plurality of column circuits respectively arranged along the plurality of columns; and a control logic circuit coupled to the memory array, and configured to determine respective locations of a first plurality of diagonal bit cells of the memory array for testing the pluralities of the row and column circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Lien Linus Lu, Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang
  • Publication number: 20190326302
    Abstract: A memory circuit including: a first column of memory cells, each memory cell of the first column including a first supply segment; a first supply voltage line in a first conductive layer, the first supply voltage line being made of at least the first supply segments of the first column; a second supply voltage line; a first resistive device electrically connecting the first and second supply voltage lines, and being located in a via layer; a first material, from which the first resistive device is formed, being different than a second material from which a first type of via plug in the via layer is formed; and a supply voltage source electrically coupled with first supply voltage line through one or more conductive paths, and the second supply voltage line and the first resistive device being in a lowest resistance path of the one or more conductive paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Yen-Huei Chen, Hung-Jen Liao, Chih-Yu Lin, Jonathan Tsung-Yung Chang, Wei-Cheng Wu
  • Publication number: 20190304520
    Abstract: A circuit includes a voltage node, a plurality of memory cells, a bit line coupled with the plurality of memory cells, and a switching circuit coupled between the voltage node and the bit line. The switching circuit is configured to couple the voltage node with the bit line responsive to a voltage level on the bit line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Shang-Chi WU, Chiting CHENG, Jonathan Tsung-Yung CHANG, Yangsyu LIN, Mahmut SINANGIL