Patents by Inventor Shang-Chih Hsieh

Shang-Chih Hsieh 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: 20210089698
    Abstract: An integrated circuit designing system includes a non-transitory storage medium, the non-transitory storage medium being encoded with a layout of a standard cell corresponding to a predetermined manufacturing process, the predetermined manufacturing process having a nominal minimum pitch of metal lines along a predetermined direction, the layout of the standard cell having a cell height along the predetermined direction, and the cell height is a non-integral multiple of the nominal minimum pitch. The integrated circuit designing system further includes a hardware processor communicatively coupled with the non-transitory storage medium and configured to execute a set of instructions for generating an integrated circuit layout based on the layout of the standard cell and the nominal minimum pitch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventors: Shang-Chih HSIEH, Chun-Fu CHEN, Ting-Wei CHIANG, Hui-Zhong ZHUANG, Hsiang-Jen TSENG
  • Publication number: 20200410152
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving a library associated with a cell; determining a plurality of candidate hold times for the cell; acquiring a plurality of candidate setup times corresponding to the plurality of candidate hold times, wherein a data delay associated with each of the candidate setup time fulfills a data delay constraint for the cell; adding the plurality of candidate setup times to the plurality of candidate hold times, respectively, to obtain a plurality of candidate time windows; and selecting a target time window having a minimal time span among the candidate time windows. At least one of the receiving, determining, acquiring, adding and selecting steps is conducted by at least one processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: CHIA HAO TU, HSUEH-CHIH CHOU, SANG HOO DHONG, JERRY CHANG JUI KAO, CHI-LIN LIU, CHENG-CHUNG LIN, SHANG-CHIH HSIEH
  • Publication number: 20200395924
    Abstract: A device is disclosed and includes a first switch, a second switch, and a selector. The first switch outputs a first output signal at a first terminal thereof. The second switch is coupled to the first switch at a second terminal of the first switch. The second switch outputs a second output signal at the second terminal of the first switch in response to an input signal. The selector outputs, in response to the input signal received at two terminal of the selector, one of the first and second output signals as a third output signal. The third output signal has a logic value different from the input signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun OU, Wei-Chih HSIEH, Shang-Chih HSIEH
  • Publication number: 20200395938
    Abstract: A multiplexer circuit includes first and second fins each extending in an X-axis direction. First, second, third and fourth gates extend in a Y-axis direction perpendicular to the X-axis direction and contact the first and second fins. The first, second, third and fourth gates are configured to receive first, second, third and fourth data signals, respectively. Fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth gates extend in the Y-axis direction and contact the first and second fins, the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth gates, and are configured to receive the first, second, third and fourth select signals, respectively. An input logic circuit is configured to provide an output at an intermediate node. A ninth gate extends in the Y-axis direction and contacts the first and second fins. An output logic circuit is configured to provide a selected one of the first, second, third and fourth data signals at an output terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Inventors: Chi-Lin Liu, Shang-Chih Hsieh, Jian-Sing Li, Wei-Hsiang Ma, Yi-Hsun Chen, Cheok-Kei Lei
  • Patent number: 10867099
    Abstract: An integrated circuit designing system includes a non-transitory storage medium, the non-transitory storage medium being encoded with a layout of a standard cell corresponding to a predetermined manufacturing process, the predetermined manufacturing process having a nominal minimum pitch of metal lines along a predetermined direction, the layout of the standard cell having a cell height along the predetermined direction, and the cell height is a non-integral multiple of the nominal minimum pitch. The integrated circuit designing system further includes a hardware processor communicatively coupled with the non-transitory storage medium and configured to execute a set of instructions for generating an integrated circuit layout based on the layout of the standard cell and the nominal minimum pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shang-Chih Hsieh, Hui-Zhong Zhuang, Ting-Wei Chiang, Chun-Fu Chen, Hsiang-Jen Tseng
  • Patent number: 10867100
    Abstract: An integrated circuit designing system includes a non-transitory storage medium encoded with a first set of standard cell layouts and a second set of standard cell layouts both being configured to perform a predetermined function. The predetermined manufacturing process having a nominal minimum pitch (T) of metal lines. Each standard cell layout of the first set of standard cell layouts and the second set of standard cell layouts having a cell height (H) wherein the cell height is a non-integral multiple of the nominal minimum pitch. A hardware processor communicatively is coupled with the non-transitory storage medium and is configured to execute a set of instructions for generating an integrated circuit layout based on the first set of standard cell layouts, the second set of standard cell layouts and the nominal minimum pitch; and creating a data file corresponding to the integrated circuit layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shang-Chih Hsieh, Hui-Zhong Zhuang, Ting-Wei Chiang, Chun-Fu Chen, Hsiang-Jen Tseng
  • Publication number: 20200350916
    Abstract: A circuit includes a level shifter circuit, an output circuit and a feedback circuit. The level shifter circuit is coupled to a first voltage supply, and is configured to receive at least an enable signal, a first input signal or a second input signal. The level shifter circuit is configured to generate at least a first signal responsive to at least the enable signal or the first input signal. The output circuit is coupled to at least the level shifter circuit and the first voltage supply, is configured to receive the first signal, and to generate at least an output signal or a set of feedback signals responsive to the first signal. The feedback circuit is coupled to the level shifter circuit, the output circuit and the first voltage supply, and is configured to receive the enable signal, an inverted enable signal and the set of feedback signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Yu-Lun OU, Jerry Chang Jui KAO, Lee-Chung LU, Ruei-Wun SUN, Shang-Chih HSIEH, Ji-Yung LIN, Wei-Hsiang MA, Yung-Chen CHIEN
  • Patent number: 10824784
    Abstract: A method is provided. A library associated with a cell is received. A minimum setup time of the cell is acquired in response to an ideal hold time according to the library and a reference clock. A maximum hold time of the cell is acquired in response to the minimum setup time according to the library and the reference clock. A plurality of candidate hold times are determined. A plurality of candidate setup times are acquired corresponding to the plurality of candidate hold times according to the library and the reference clock. The plurality of candidate setup times are added to the plurality of candidate hold times, respectively, to obtain a plurality of candidate time windows. A target time window is selected that has a minimal time span among the candidate time windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Chia Hao Tu, Hsueh-Chih Chou, Sang Hoo Dhong, Jerry Chang Jui Kao, Chi-Lin Liu, Cheng-Chung Lin, Shang-Chih Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20200320244
    Abstract: An integrated circuit structure includes a first, a second and a third set of conductive structures and a first and a second set of vias. The first set of conductive structures extend in a first direction, and is located at a first level. The second set of conductive structures extends in a second direction, overlaps the first set of conductive structures, and is located at a second level. The first set of vias is between, and electrically couples the first and the second set of conductive structures. The third set of conductive structures extends in the first direction, overlaps the second set of conductive structures, covers a portion of the first set of conductive structures, and is located at a third level. The second set of vias is between, and electrically couples the second and the third set of conductive structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Inventors: Jung-Chan YANG, Ting-Wei CHIANG, Jerry Chang-Jui KAO, Hui-Zhong ZHUANG, Lee-Chung LU, Li-Chun TIEN, Meng-Hung SHEN, Shang-Chih HSIEH, Chi-Yu LU
  • Publication number: 20200313659
    Abstract: A semiconductor standard cell of a flip-flop circuit includes semiconductor fins extending substantially parallel to each other along a first direction, electrically conductive wirings disposed on a first level and extending substantially parallel to each other along the first direction, and gate electrode layers extending substantially parallel to a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction and formed on a second level different from the first level. The flip-flop circuit includes transistors made of the semiconductor fins and the gate electrode layers, receives a data input signal, stores the data input signal, and outputs a data output signal indicative of the stored data in response to a clock signal, the clock signal is the only clock signal received by the semiconductor standard cell, and the data input signal, the clock signal, and the data output signal are transmitted among the transistors through at least the electrically conductive wirings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: Ta-Pen GUO, Chi-Lin LIU, Shang-Chih HSIEH, Jerry Chang-Jui KAO, Li-Chun TIEN, Lee-Chung LU
  • Patent number: 10778197
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that includes a level shifter and an output stage. The level shifter is configured to generate a first output signal based on a logic value of a first input signal. The output stage is configured to receive the first output signal transmitted according to the logic value of the first input signal, and to generate a second output signal. The second output signal has a logic value that is different from a logic value of the first output signal, and the second output signal and the first input signal has a same logic value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun Ou, Wei-Chih Hsieh, Shang-Chih Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20200272778
    Abstract: A method includes: identifying ad hoc groups of elementary standard cells recurrent in a layout diagram, selecting one of the recurrent ad hoc groups (selected group) such that: the elementary standard cells in the selected group have connections representing a corresponding logic circuit; each elementary standard cell representing a logic gate; each ad hoc group has a number of transistors and a first number of logic gates; and the selected group providing a logical function. The method includes generating one or more macro standard cells such that: each macro standard cell has a number of transistors which is smaller than the number of transistors of the corresponding ad hoc group; or each macro standard cell has a second number of logic gates different than the first number of logic gates of the corresponding ad hoc group. The method also includes adding macro standard cells to the set of standard cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Chi-Lin LIU, Sheng-Hsiung CHEN, Jerry Chang-Jui KAO, Fong-Yuan CHANG, Lee-Chung LU, Shang-Chih HSIEH, Wei-Hsiang MA
  • Patent number: 10740531
    Abstract: An integrated circuit structure includes a set of gate structures, a first conductive structure, a first and second set of vias, and a first set of conductive structures. The set of gate structures is located at a first level. The first conductive structure extends in a first direction, overlaps the set of gate structures and is located at a second level. The first set of vias is between the set of gate structures and the first conductive structure. The first set of vias couple the set of gate structures to the first conductive structure. The first set of conductive structures extend in a second direction, overlap the first conductive structure, and is located at a third level. The second set of vias couple the first set of conductive structures to the first conductive structure, and is between the first set of conductive structures and the first conductive structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Jung-Chan Yang, Ting-Wei Chiang, Jerry Chang-Jui Kao, Hui-Zhong Zhuang, Lee-Chung Lu, Li-Chun Tien, Meng-Hung Shen, Shang-Chih Hsieh, Chi-Yu Lu
  • Patent number: 10735001
    Abstract: A circuit includes an input circuit, a level shifter circuit, an output circuit and a feedback circuit. The input circuit is coupled to a first voltage supply, and configured to receive a first input signal, and to generate a second input signal. The level shifter circuit is coupled to the input circuit, and configured to receive an enable signal, the first input signal or the second input signal, and to generate a first signal responsive to the enable signal or the first input signal. The output circuit is coupled to the level shifter circuit, and is configured to receive the first signal, and to generate an output signal or a set of feedback signals responsive to the first signal. The feedback circuit is coupled to the level shifter circuit and output circuit, and is configured to receive the enable signal or the set of feedback signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun Ou, Jerry Chang Jui Kao, Lee-Chung Lu, Ruei-Wun Sun, Shang-Chih Hsieh, Ji-Yung Lin, Wei-Hsiang Ma, Yung-Chen Chien
  • Patent number: 10686428
    Abstract: A semiconductor standard cell of a flip-flop circuit includes semiconductor fins extending substantially parallel to each other along a first direction, electrically conductive wirings disposed on a first level and extending substantially parallel to each other along the first direction, and gate electrode layers extending substantially parallel to a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction and formed on a second level different from the first level. The flip-flop circuit includes transistors made of the semiconductor fins and the gate electrode layers, receives a data input signal, stores the data input signal, and outputs a data output signal indicative of the stored data in response to a clock signal, the clock signal is the only clock signal received by the semiconductor standard cell, and the data input signal, the clock signal, and the data output signal are transmitted among the transistors through at least the electrically conductive wirings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Ta-Pen Guo, Chi-Lin Liu, Shang-Chih Hsieh, Jerry Chang-Jui Kao, Li-Chun Tien, Lee-Chung Lu
  • Patent number: 10664565
    Abstract: A method (of expanding a set of standard cells which comprise a library, the library being stored on a non-transitory computer-readable medium) includes: selecting one ad hoc group amongst ad hoc groups of elementary standard cells which are recurrent resulting in a selected group such that the elementary standard cells in the selected group having connections so as to represent a corresponding logic circuit, each elementary standard cell representing a logic gate, and the selected group corresponding providing a selected logical function which is representable correspondingly as a selected Boolean expression; generating, in correspondence to the selected group, one or more macro standard cells; and adding the one or more macro standard cells to, and thereby expanding, the set of standard cells; and wherein at least one aspect of the method is executed by a processor of a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-Lin Liu, Sheng-Hsiung Chen, Jerry Chang-Jui Kao, Fong-Yuan Chang, Lee-Chung Lu, Shang-Chih Hsieh, Wei-Hsiang Ma
  • Publication number: 20200110912
    Abstract: A method is provided. A library associated with a cell is received. A minimum setup time of the cell is acquired in response to an ideal hold time according to the library and a reference clock. A maximum hold time of the cell is acquired in response to the minimum setup time according to the library and the reference clock. A plurality of candidate hold times are determined. A plurality of candidate setup times are acquired corresponding to the plurality of candidate hold times according to the library and the reference clock. The plurality of candidate setup times are added to the plurality of candidate hold times, respectively, to obtain a plurality of candidate time windows. A target time window is selected that has a minimal time span among the candidate time windows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: CHIA HAO TU, HSUEH-CHIH CHOU, SANG HOO DHONG, JERRY CHANG JUI KAO, CHI-LIN LIU, CHENG-CHUNG LIN, SHANG-CHIH HSIEH
  • Publication number: 20200099369
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a flip-flop is disposed as an integrated circuit layout on a flip-flop region of a semiconductor substrate. The flip-flop includes a first clock inverter circuit that resides within the flip-flop region, and a second clock inverter circuit residing within the flip-flop region. The first clock inverter circuit and the second clock inverter circuit are disposed on a first line. Master switch circuitry is made up of a first plurality of devices which are circumscribed by a master switch perimeter that resides within the flip-flop region of the integrated circuit layout. The master switch circuitry and the first clock inverter circuit are disposed on a second line perpendicular to the first line. Slave switch circuitry is operably coupled to an output of the master switch circuitry. The slave switch circuitry is made up of a third plurality of devices that are circumscribed by a slave switch perimeter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Chi-Lin Liu, Ting-Wei Chiang, Jerry Chang-Jui Kao, Hui-Zhong Zhuang, Lee-Chung Lu, Shang-Chih Hsieh, Che Min Huang
  • Publication number: 20200099368
    Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a semiconductor substrate and a plurality of circuit elements in or on the substrate. The circuit elements are defined by standard layout cells selected from a cell library. The circuit elements including a plurality of flip-flops. Each flip-flop has a data input terminal, a data output terminal, a clock input terminal, and a clock output terminal. A first one of the flip-flops directly abuts a second flip-flop such that the clock output terminal of the first flip-flop electrically connects with the clock input terminal of the second flip-flop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Shao-Yu Steve Wang, Chien-Te Wu, Shang-Chih Hsieh, Nick Tsai
  • Publication number: 20200083871
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that includes a level shifter and an output stage. The level shifter is configured to generate a first output signal based on a logic value of a first input signal. The output stage is configured to receive the first output signal transmitted according to the logic value of the first input signal, and to generate a second output signal. The second output signal has a logic value that is different from a logic value of the first output signal, and the second output signal and the first input signal has a same logic value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2019
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun OU, Wei-Chih HSIEH, Shang-Chih HSIEH