Patents by Inventor Peter Harris Robert Popplewell

Peter Harris Robert Popplewell 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: 20210132646
    Abstract: Circuits and devices related to switch controller. In some embodiments, a radio-frequency module can include a packaging substrate configured to receive a plurality of components, and a switching circuit implemented on the packaging substrate. The radio-frequency module can further include a control circuit configured to control operation of the switching circuit. The control circuit can include a regulator configured to generate a plurality of reference voltage levels for the operation of the switching circuit, or to be in a sleep mode, based on a control signal received through a common input node. The control circuit can further include a mode detector in communication with the regulator and configured to provide a first form of the control signal to the common input node to allow the plurality of reference levels to be generated by the regulator, or a second form of the control signal to the common input node to put the regulator in the sleep mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Bang Li LIANG, Peter Harris Robert POPPLEWELL, Gregory Edward BABCOCK
  • Patent number: 10998862
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating an oscillating signal for use as a clock in digital logic timing. The oscillating signal is generated via a differential RC relaxation oscillator including an oscillator core and biasing circuitry. The oscillator core may be configured such that the oscillating signal it generates is substantially sinusoidal or pseudo-sinusoidal and contains less harmonic content relative to a square wave signal. The biasing circuitry may be configured to have a reduced dependence on temperature so that the biasing values it provides vary less with temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Bang Li Liang, Thomas Obkircher, Adrian John Bergsma, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell
  • Patent number: 10838446
    Abstract: Low leakage current switch controller. In some embodiments, a controller for a radio-frequency switch can include a low-dropout regulator configured to generate a plurality of reference voltage levels for operation of a switch, or to be in a sleep mode to conserve power, based on a control signal received through a common input node. The controller can further include a mode detector in communication with the low-dropout regulator, and be configured to provide a first form of the control signal to the common input node to allow the plurality of reference levels to be generated by the low-dropout regulator, or a second form of the control signal to the common input node to put the low-dropout regulator in the sleep mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Bang Li Liang, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell, Gregory Edward Babcock
  • Patent number: 10812030
    Abstract: Aspects and examples described herein provide a variable gain amplifier circuit and assembly. In one example, a variable gain amplifier circuit includes a signal input, a signal output, and a variable gain amplifier including a plurality of unit cell groups coupled between the signal input and the signal output, the variable gain amplifier configured to provide an adjustable gain to a signal received at the signal input during each of a plurality of amplify modes of the variable gain amplifier, each of the plurality of amplify modes corresponding to at least one unit cell group of the plurality of unit cell groups. A bypass path including a fixed attenuator is coupled in parallel with the variable gain amplifier between the signal input and the signal output to selectively couple the signal input to the signal output through the fixed attenuator during a bypass mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Peihua Ye, Patrick Marcus Naraine, Adrian John Bergsma, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell, Thomas Obkircher
  • Publication number: 20200153428
    Abstract: A radio-frequency module includes a pole node, a throw node connected to the pole node via a radio-frequency signal path, the radio-frequency signal path including first, second, third and fourth field-effect transistors connected in series, each of the first, second, third and fourth field-effect transistors having a gate, a first coupling path coupling the gate of the first field-effect transistor to the gate of the second field-effect transistor, a second coupling path coupling the gate of the third field-effect transistor to the gate of the fourth field-effect transistor, and a third coupling path coupling the first coupling path to the second coupling path
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Harris Robert POPPLEWELL, Ambarish ROY, Guillaume Alexandre BLIN
  • Patent number: 10601320
    Abstract: Voltage regulators for battery operated systems are provided. In certain implementations, a voltage regulator is operable in a regulating mode and a bypass mode. In the regulating mode, an input voltage greater than a selected value can be regulated so as to yield a desired output voltage. In the bypass mode, an input voltage at or less than the selected value can be regulated so as to yield an output voltage that substantially tracks the input voltage. Such a capability of switching between two modes can provide advantageous features such as reducing the likelihood of damage in a powered circuit due to high input voltage, and extending the operating duration of a power source such as a rechargeable battery. Also disclosed are examples of how the foregoing features can be implemented in different products and methods of operation and fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Florinel G. Balteanu, Jakub F. Pingot, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell
  • Patent number: 10560202
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for reducing the effects of an impedance mismatch between a communications system and a shared communications medium. A communication system, such as a transceiver within a cable modem, switches between various operating modes including a transmit mode, a receive mode, and a standby mode. The standby mode may be used while the transceiver is in an idle state between modes, such as while changing an amplifier gain states in between transmissions. While transitioning between modes, the impedance presented by the communications system can temporarily fluctuate causing unwanted signal reflections to propagate out of the communications system and on to the shared medium. Circuitry within the communications system, such as transmission circuitry including an adjustable attenuator, may be placed into a hybrid attenuation-isolation mode during the transition causing the magnitude of any unwanted signal reflections to be attenuated and reducing the impact on the shared medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Adrian John Bergsma, Peihua Ye, Thomas Obkircher, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell, Gregory Edward Babcock, William J. Domino
  • Patent number: 10554188
    Abstract: Systems and methods for suppressing transient outputs from an amplifier system are provided. An amplifier having a plurality of bias levels may be controlled to initiate a change in the level of a bias signal provided to the amplifier. The level of the bias signal is ramped from an initial bias level to a final bias level over numerous steps. The steps include at least one step in which the level of the bias signal is between the initial bias level and the final bias level. An amplifier system having multiple stages may be controlled to enable each stage and selectively couple each stage in a sequence that couples an output stage to an output terminal at the completion of the sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Adrian John Bergsma, Thomas Obkircher, Peihua Ye, Bang Li Liang, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell, William J. Domino
  • Patent number: 10541682
    Abstract: A radio-frequency switch includes a pole node, a throw node connected to the pole node via a radio-frequency signal path, the radio-frequency signal path including first, second, third and fourth field-effect transistors connected in series, each of the first, second, third and fourth field-effect transistors having a gate, a first coupling path coupling the gate of the first field-effect transistor to the gate of the second field-effect transistor, a second coupling path coupling the gate of the third field-effect transistor to the gate of the fourth field-effect transistor, and a third coupling path coupling the first coupling path to the second coupling path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Harris Robert Popplewell, Ambarish Roy, Guillaume Alexandre Blin
  • Publication number: 20200021249
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating an oscillating signal for use as a clock in digital logic timing. The oscillating signal is generated via a differential RC relaxation oscillator including an oscillator core and biasing circuitry. The oscillator core may be configured such that the oscillating signal it generates is substantially sinusoidal or pseudo-sinusoidal and contains less harmonic content relative to a square wave signal. The biasing circuitry may be configured to have a reduced dependence on temperature so that the biasing values it provides vary less with temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Bang Li Liang, Thomas Obkircher, Adrian John Bergsma, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell
  • Publication number: 20190386624
    Abstract: Aspects and examples described herein provide a variable gain amplifier circuit and assembly. In one example, a variable gain amplifier circuit includes a signal input, a signal output, and a variable gain amplifier including a plurality of unit cell groups coupled between the signal input and the signal output, the variable gain amplifier configured to provide an adjustable gain to a signal received at the signal input during each of a plurality of amplify modes of the variable gain amplifier, each of the plurality of amplify modes corresponding to at least one unit cell group of the plurality of unit cell groups. A bypass path including a fixed attenuator is coupled in parallel with the variable gain amplifier between the signal input and the signal output to selectively couple the signal input to the signal output through the fixed attenuator during a bypass mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Peihua Ye, Patrick Marcus Naraine, Adrian John Bergsma, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell, Thomas Obkircher
  • Patent number: 10461700
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating an oscillating signal for use as a clock in digital logic timing. The oscillating signal is generated via a differential RC relaxation oscillator including an oscillator core and biasing circuitry. The oscillator core may be configured such that the oscillating signal it generates is substantially sinusoidal or pseudo-sinusoidal and contains less harmonic content relative to a square wave signal. The biasing circuitry may be configured to have a reduced dependence on temperature so that the biasing values it provides vary less with temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Bang Li Liang, Thomas Obkircher, Adrian John Bergsma, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell
  • Patent number: 10439576
    Abstract: Aspects and examples described herein provide a variable gain amplifier circuit and assembly. In one example, a variable gain amplifier circuit includes a signal input, a signal output, and a variable gain amplifier including a plurality of unit cell groups coupled between the signal input and the signal output, the variable gain amplifier configured to provide an adjustable gain to a signal received at the signal input during each of a plurality of amplify modes of the variable gain amplifier, each of the plurality of amplify modes corresponding to at least one unit cell group of the plurality of unit cell groups. A bypass path including a fixed attenuator is coupled in parallel with the variable gain amplifier between the signal input and the signal output to selectively couple the signal input to the signal output through the fixed attenuator during a bypass mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Peihua Ye, Patrick Marcus Naraine, Adrian John Bergsma, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell, Thomas Obkircher
  • Patent number: 10404217
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for reducing inductor ringing of a voltage converter are provided. In certain configurations, a voltage converter includes an inductor connected between a first node and a second node, a plurality of switches, and a bypass circuit having an activated state and a deactivated state. The switches includes a first switch connected between a battery voltage and the first node, a second switch connected between the first node and a ground voltage, a third switch connected between the second node and the ground voltage, and a fourth switch connected between the second node and the output. The bypass circuit includes a first pair of transistors connected between the first node and the second node and configured to turn on to bypass the inductor in the activated state and to turn off in the deactivated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: Skyworks Solutions, Inc., SnapTrack, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Harris Robert Popplewell, Jakub F. Pingot, Florinel G. Balteanu, Martin Wilson, Mark Tuckwell
  • Publication number: 20190229621
    Abstract: Voltage regulators for battery operated systems are provided. In certain implementations, a voltage regulator is operable in a regulating mode and a bypass mode. In the regulating mode, an input voltage greater than a selected value can be regulated so as to yield a desired output voltage. In the bypass mode, an input voltage at or less than the selected value can be regulated so as to yield an output voltage that substantially tracks the input voltage. Such a capability of switching between two modes can provide advantageous features such as reducing the likelihood of damage in a powered circuit due to high input voltage, and extending the operating duration of a power source such as a rechargeable battery. Also disclosed are examples of how the foregoing features can be implemented in different products and methods of operation and fabrication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Florinel G. Balteanu, Jakub F. Pingot, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell
  • Publication number: 20190190623
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for reducing the effects of an impedance mismatch between a communications system and a shared communications medium. A communication system, such as a transceiver within a cable modem, switches between various operating modes including a transmit mode, a receive mode, and a standby mode. The standby mode may be used while the transceiver is in an idle state between modes, such as while changing an amplifier gain states in between transmissions. While transitioning between modes, the impedance presented by the communications system can temporarily fluctuate causing unwanted signal reflections to propagate out of the communications system and on to the shared medium. Circuitry within the communications system, such as transmission circuitry including an adjustable attenuator, may be placed into a hybrid attenuation-isolation mode during the transition causing the magnitude of any unwanted signal reflections to be attenuated and reducing the impact on the shared medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Adrian John Bergsma, Peihua Ye, Thomas Obkircher, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell, Gregory Edward Babcock, William J. Domino
  • Patent number: 10256921
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for reducing the effects of an impedance mismatch between a communications system and a shared communications medium. A communication system, such as a transceiver within a cable modem, switches between various operating modes including a transmit mode, a receive mode, and a standby mode. The standby mode may be used while the transceiver is in an idle state between modes, such as while changing an amplifier gain states in between transmissions. While transitioning between modes, the impedance presented by the communications system can temporarily fluctuate causing unwanted signal reflections to propagate out of the communications system and on to the shared medium. Circuitry within the communications system, such as transmission circuitry including an adjustable attenuator, may be placed into a hybrid attenuation-isolation mode during the transition causing the magnitude of any unwanted signal reflections to be attenuated and reducing the impact on the shared medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Adrian John Bergsma, Peihua Ye, Thomas Obkircher, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell, Gregory Edward Babcock, William J. Domino
  • Patent number: 10170989
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating an integrated circuit with a voltage regulator are provided. In some implementations, a method includes forming a primary regulator on a semiconductor substrate, including fabricating a switch, fabricating an amplifier for controlling the switch, and fabricating a voltage generator for biasing the amplifier to operate the primary regulator in a bypass mode or in a regulating mode. The method further includes forming an input terminal and an output terminal of the primary regulator on the semiconductor substrate, forming a secondary regulator on the substrate, forming an input terminal and an output terminal of the secondary regulator on the semiconductor substrate, and forming an electrical connection between the output terminal of the primary regulator and the input terminal of the secondary regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SKYWORKS SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Florinel G. Balteanu, Jakub F. Pingot, Peter Harris Robert Popplewell
  • Publication number: 20180294776
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for reducing inductor ringing of a voltage converter are provided. In certain configurations, a voltage converter includes an inductor connected between a first node and a second node, a plurality of switches, and a bypass circuit having an activated state and a deactivated state. The switches includes a first switch connected between a battery voltage and the first node, a second switch connected between the first node and a ground voltage, a third switch connected between the second node and the ground voltage, and a fourth switch connected between the second node and the output. The bypass circuit includes a first pair of transistors connected between the first node and the second node and configured to turn on to bypass the inductor in the activated state and to turn off in the deactivated state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Peter Harris Robert Popplewell, Jakub F. Pingot, Florinel G. Balteanu, Martin Wilson, Mark Tuckwell
  • Publication number: 20180159476
    Abstract: Envelope tracking for radio-frequency applications. In some embodiments, a low frequency loss correction circuit can include a signal error detection circuit configured to produce an error signal in response to detecting one or more frequency components of a tracking signal below a cutoff frequency that are substantially attenuated through a capacitive path. The low frequency loss correction circuit can further include a drive circuit configured to convert the error signal into a low frequency correction signal, and provide the low frequency correction signal to a voltage supply line, the low frequency correction signal including at least some of the one or more frequency components of the tracking signal below a cutoff frequency that are substantially attenuated through the capacitive path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Florinel G. BALTEANU, Jose Alejandro MACEDO, Peter Harris Robert POPPLEWELL, Jakub F. PINGOT