Patents by Inventor Pin Lu

Pin Lu 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: 8466508
    Abstract: A non-volatile memory structure including a substrate, stacked patterns and stress patterns is provided. The stacked patterns are disposed on the substrate. Each of the stacked patterns includes a charge storage structure and a gate from bottom to top. Here, the charge storage structure at least includes a charge storage layer. The stress patterns are disposed on the substrate between the two adjacent stacked patterns, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: MACRONIX International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shaw-Hung Ku, Shih-Chin Lee, Chia-Wei Wu, Shang-Wei Lin, Tzung-Ting Han, Ming-Shang Chen, Wen-Pin Lu
  • Patent number: 8466064
    Abstract: A system, method, and layout for a semiconductor integrated circuit device allows for improved scaling down of various back-end structures, which can include contacts and other metal interconnection structures. The resulting structures can include a semiconductor substrate, a buried diffusion region formed on the semiconductor substrate, and at least one of a silicide film, for example tungsten silicide (WSix), and a self-aligned silicide (salicide) film, for example cobalt silicide (CoSi) and/or nickel silicide (NiSi), above the buried diffusion (BD) layer. The semiconductor integrated circuit can also include a memory gate structure formed over at least a portion of the contact layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Macronix International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Fong Huang, Tzung-Ting Han, Wen-Pin Lu
  • Publication number: 20130134178
    Abstract: Embodiments of a vending machine are disclosed that can comprise one or more horizontally oriented shelves for supporting products to be vended, a plurality of vertically oriented dividers coupled to the shelves, a plurality of location markers located on the dividers and/or on the shelves, and an optical recognition module configured to optically recognize the location markers and to determine positions of the location markers and products relative to the shelves. In some embodiments, the optical recognition module can recognize the products by comparing images of the products to stored product images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventor: Pin Lu
  • Patent number: 8451641
    Abstract: A memory array including a plurality of memory cells, a plurality of word lines, a dummy word line, and a plug is provided. Each word line is coupled to corresponding memory cells. A dummy word line is directly adjacent to an outmost word line of the plurality of word lines. The plug is located between the dummy word line and the outmost word line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: MACRONIX International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Yuan Lo, Cheng-Ming Yih, Wen-Pin Lu
  • Patent number: 8436934
    Abstract: A method for assisting in focal length detection is applicable to a digital camera having the flash. The method includes the following steps. First, the flash of the digital camera is actuated and a first image is captured. Afterwards, a characteristic exposure value of the first image is calculated. A focus range comparison table is looked up according to the characteristic exposure value to obtain an initial focus position. Then, a focus procedure is performed according to the initial focus position to obtain a target focal length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Chan-Min Chou, Chia-Lun Tsai, Tsung-Pin Lu, Tzu-Huang Huang, Chih-Pin Yen
  • Patent number: 8373218
    Abstract: A nitride read-only memory cell and a method of manufacturing the same are provided. First, a substrate is provided, and a first oxide layer is formed on the substrate. Next, a nitride layer is deposited on the first oxide layer via a first gas and a second gas. The flow ratio of the first gas to the second gas is 2:1. After that, a second oxide layer is formed on the nitride layer. Then, a bit-line region is formed at the substrate. Afterward, a gate is formed on the second oxide layer. The first oxide layer, nitride layer, the second oxide layer and the gate compose a stack structure of the cell. Further, a spacer is formed on the side-wall of the stack structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Macronix International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chi-Pin Lu
  • Publication number: 20130010161
    Abstract: A method for capturing an image, suitable for an image capturing apparatus with a flash lamp, is provided. In the invention, a pre-flash image is captured when a pre-flash is fired by the flash lamp. An intensity of a main flash is estimated. Whether the pre-flash image is overexposed is determined for calculating an overexposure number. A brightness comparison data is looked up according to the overexposure number and a brightness target value, so as to reduce a photosensitivity. A raw image is captured according to the reduced photosensitivity when the main flash is fired by the flash lamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: ALTEK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chung-Pin Lu, Yi-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 8351778
    Abstract: A method for adjusting brightness of an image, suitable for an image capturing apparatus with a flash lamp, is provided. In the method, an intensity of a main flash of the flash lamp is raised, and a sensitivity is reduced. When the main flash is fired by the flash lamp, a raw image is captured according to the reduced sensitivity for calculating a brightness mean value. A gain ratio is calculated according to the brightness mean value and a brightness target, so as to use the gain ratio to compensate the brightness of the raw image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Chung-Pin Lu, Yi-Yu Chen
  • Publication number: 20130001667
    Abstract: A method for making a nonvolatile memory device includes the following steps. A conductive structure is formed, wherein the conductive structure has a first top portion. The first top portion is converted into a second top portion having a domed surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: MACRONIX INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-Pin Lu, Jung-Yu Hsieh, Ling-Wuu Yang
  • Publication number: 20120294599
    Abstract: A method for adjusting brightness of an image, suitable for an image capturing apparatus with a flash lamp, is provided. In the method, an intensity of a main flash of the flash lamp is raised, and a sensitivity is reduced. When the main flash is fired by the flash lamp, a raw image is captured according to the reduced sensitivity for calculating a brightness mean value. A gain ratio is calculated according to the brightness mean value and a brightness target, so as to use the gain ratio to compensate the brightness of the raw image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: ALTEK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chung-Pin Lu, Yi-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 8315029
    Abstract: A plasma processing system for processing a wafer is provided. The system includes an electrostatic chuck (ESC) positioned inside a plasma processing chamber and configured to support the wafer. The ESC includes a positive terminal for providing a first force to the wafer and a negative terminal for providing a second force to the wafer. The system also includes a first circuit arrangement configured to measure at least a first voltage for determining a value of a positive load current applied to the positive terminal. The system further includes a second circuit arrangement configured to measure at least a second voltage for determining a value of a negative load current applied to the negative terminal. The system yet also includes circuitry configured to adjust a bias voltage using the values of the positive load current and the negative load current for balancing the first force and the second force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Seyed Jafar Jafarian-Tehrani, Ralph Jan-Pin Lu
  • Publication number: 20120273842
    Abstract: A memory array including a plurality of memory cells, a plurality of word lines, a dummy word line, and a plug is provided. Each word line is coupled to corresponding memory cells. A dummy word line is directly adjacent to an outmost word line of the plurality of word lines. The plug is located between the dummy word line and the outmost word line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: MACRONIX INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chun-Yuan Lo, Cheng-Ming Yih, Wen-Pin Lu
  • Patent number: 8294785
    Abstract: A method for adjusting photosensitiveness is able to determine a relative distance of an object in an image capture area through images captured before and after pre-flash of a flash lamp, so that the relative distance serves as a reference for adjusting current photosensitiveness of the digital camera, thereby capturing an image having better quality in a status that the flash lamp provides a fill light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Chan-Min Chou, Tsung-Pin Lu
  • Publication number: 20120254148
    Abstract: Multiple search indexes can be served from a common set of resources. Instead of requiring a processor to be dedicated to serving a single search index, a processor can provide responsive documents for search queries that are based on different ranking algorithms and/or different sets of documents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: JIANYONG XIAO, YI LI, YANBIAO ZHAO, XUN KANG, PIN LU, ASHISH CONSUL
  • Publication number: 20120251090
    Abstract: A camera including a main body, a lens and a flashlight module is provided. The main body has an image capturing unit. The lens is disposed on the main body at a position corresponding to the image capturing unit for guiding lights to the image capturing unit. The flashlight module includes a first light source and second light sources. The first light source is disposed on the main body and has a first emitting area. The second light sources are disposed on the main body and surround the first light source. Each second light source has a second emitting area. The second emitting areas surround the first emitting area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: ALTEK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chung-Pin Lu, Yi-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 8275252
    Abstract: A camera including a main body, a lens and a flashlight module is provided. The main body has an image capturing unit. The lens is disposed on the main body at a position corresponding to the image capturing unit for guiding lights to the image capturing unit. The flashlight module includes a first light source and second light sources. The first light source is disposed on the main body and has a first emitting area. The second light sources are disposed on the main body and surround the first light source. Each second light source has a second emitting area. The second emitting areas surround the first emitting area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Chung-Pin Lu, Yi-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 8243489
    Abstract: A memory array including a plurality of memory cells, a plurality of word lines, a dummy word line, at least a first conductive region and at least a first plug is provided. Each word line is coupled to corresponding memory cells. A dummy word line is directly adjacent to an outmost word line of the plurality of word lines. The first conductive region is disposed only between the dummy word line and the outmost word line. The first plug is located between the dummy word line and the outmost word line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: MACRONIX International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun-Yuan Lo, Cheng-Ming Yih, Wen-Pin Lu
  • Patent number: 8237859
    Abstract: A method for video conversion of a video stream includes: interpolating a first interpolated frame according a first frame and a second frame of the video stream; and interpolating a second interpolated frame according to the first frame and the first interpolated frame. In addition, the method further includes interpolating a third interpolated frame according to the second frame and the first interpolated frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Himax Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Yi-Pin Lu
  • Patent number: 8199247
    Abstract: A method for assist in focal length detection is adapted to a digital camera having a flash. The method includes the following steps. First, the flash of the digital camera is actuated and an image having a face portion is captured. Afterwards, an exposure feature value of the face portion in the image is calculated. A focus range comparison table is looked up according to the exposure feature value to obtain an initial focus position. Then, a focus procedure is performed according to the initial focus position to obtain a target focal length. After the target focal length is obtained, a flash feature value of the image is further calculated, and a guide number (GN) and a diaphragm value are set according to the flash feature value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Chan-Min Chou, Tsung-Pin Lu
  • Patent number: 8189097
    Abstract: An adjusting method of flash intensity is applied in an image capture apparatus with a flash lamp, where two pre-flash images corresponding the object are retrieved under two different pre-flash lights, respectively, and then a flash intensity of main-flash light is calculated according to one of the retrieved pre-flash images, so as to retrieve a main-flash image corresponding the object under the main-flash light with the calculated main-flash light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Chan-Min Chou, Chung-Pin Lu