Patents by Inventor Kian Chin Yap

Kian Chin Yap 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: 8352899
    Abstract: A method to modify a first IC design into a second IC design, the first and second IC designs specifying a common interconnection layer with a plurality of interconnections, is disclosed. The method includes identifying an interconnection from plurality of interconnections within the common interconnection layer. The interconnection is unused for routing signals in the first IC design. The metal layer that is coupled with the identified interconnection is removed from the first IC design to generate a modified design. The identified interconnection of the first IC design is placed into one of an invisible state or a temporarily removed state in the modified design. The metal layer in the modified design is routed for a specific logic gate design. The modified design is then stored as the second IC design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventors: Kian Chin Yap, Phooi Choong Loh, Kar Keng Chua
  • Patent number: 7304496
    Abstract: A mask-programmable logic device includes a macrocell having an external input/output port for “place-and-route” programming by addition of metallization layers. A programmable “fixed” layer allows the external input/output port to be isolated from the remainder of the macrocell so that it “floats,” allowing signals to be routed through the external input/output port when the macrocell is not in use, to reduce routing blockages. The macrocell also may have at least one internal input/output port, potentially connected to different logic circuits, and a programmable “fixed” layer that can be used to control which internal input/output port is connected to the external input/output port. By thus allowing multiple logic circuits to share a single external input/output port, routing blockages are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventors: Hee Kong Phoon, Kian Chin Yap
  • Patent number: 5564117
    Abstract: A VLSIC page printer controller includes an instruction processor which responds to a host computer and a printer video processor for accessing data from memory under the control of the instruction processor and serializing data for transfer to a printer through a video port. An I/O interface interconnects the printer controller with an I/O bus to which is connected a host computer, memory devices, and other peripheral devices. An internal memory interface connects the printer controller to memory, and the printer video processor is provided with direct memory access (DMA). Data and instruction caches and an instruction ROM are provided on-chip. A RISC instruction processing unit includes as an integral part thereof the special function, circuits of orthogonal rotator, bit/byte mirror, and pixel modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Derek J. Lentz, Johannes Wang, Trevor Deosaran, Linley M. Young, Kian-Chin Yap, Le T. Nguyen, Makoto Matsubayashi, Te-Li Lau
  • Patent number: 5559951
    Abstract: A VLSIC page printer controller includes an instruction processor which responds to a host computer and a printer video processor for accessing data from memory under the control of the instruction processor and serializing data for transfer to a printer through a video port. An I/0 interface interconnects the printer controller with an I/O bus to which is connected a host computer, memory devices, and other peripheral devices. An internal memory interface connects the printer controller to memory, and the printer video processor is provided with direct memory access (DMA). Data and instruction caches and an instruction ROM are provided on-chip. A RISC instruction processing unit includes as an integral part thereof the special function circuits of orthogonal rotator, bit/byte mirror, and pixel modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Derek J. Lentz, Johannes Wang, Trevor Deosaran, Linley M. Young, Kian-Chin Yap, Le Trong Nguyen, Makoto Matsubayashi, Te-Li Lau
  • Patent number: 5499384
    Abstract: An I/O controller (IOU) is provided for transferring dam between a host processor and one or more I/O devices. The I/O controller includes means for enabling concurrent performance of two different modes of data transfer between the host processor and the I/O controller. The main memory in the present invention will have its own memory bus while all other I/O devices and memory devices will sit on an external I/O bus. The IOU will interface with a Memory Controller Unit (MCU) to coordinate the data transfer directed to or from the external I/O bus. The I/O Controller also serves as a queuing structure to maximize the memory bandwidth of the memory bus and increase the data flow throughput. The I/O controller serves to provide proper handshaking signals to control the timing and direction of data and address flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Derek J. Lentz, Kian-Chin Yap
  • Patent number: 5394515
    Abstract: A VLSIC page printer controller includes an instruction processor which responds to a host computer and a printer video processor for accessing data from memory under the control of the instruction processor and serializing data for transfer to a printer through a video port. An I/O interface interconnects the printer controller with an I/O bus to which is connected a host computer, memory devices, and other peripheral devices. An internal memory interface connects the printer controller to memory, and the printer video processor is provided with direct memory access (DMA). Data and instruction caches and an instruction ROM are provided on-chip. A RISC instruction processing unit includes as an integral part thereof the special function circuits of orthogonal rotator, bit/byte mirror, and pixel modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Derek J. Lentz, Johannes Wang, Trevor Deosaran, Linley M. Young, Kian-Chin Yap, Le Trong Nguyen, Makoto Matsubayashi, Te-Li Lau