Patents by Inventor Viet LAM

Viet LAM 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: 20200190361
    Abstract: The invention provides a chemical-mechanical polishing composition comprising an abrasive, a self-stopping agent, an aqueous carrier, and a cationic polymer. This invention additionally provides a method suitable for polishing a dielectric substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander W. Hains, Juyeon Chang, Tina C. Li, Viet Lam, Ji Cui, Sarah Brosnan, Chul Woo Nam
  • Patent number: 10639766
    Abstract: Described are materials and methods for processing (polishing or planarizing) a substrate that contains pattern dielectric material using a polishing composition (aka “slurry”) and an abrasive pad, e.g., CMP processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
    Inventors: Viet Lam, Ji Cui
  • Publication number: 20200116014
    Abstract: A drill string communication system is described. An uphole transceiver can couple a signal onto the drill string at a power that is always greater that a selectable power for a downhole signal. Communication from a drill rig to an inground tool can be re-initiated using a maximum uphole transmit power of an uphole transceiver. A procedure can establish a new set of transmission parameters for a drill string signal to establish communication between the drill rig and the inground tool. The system can include a walkover locator that receives an active/inactive status-controlled electromagnetic locating signal. Responsive to a locating signal degradation, a reconfiguration command can modify the locating signal. The uphole transceiver and a downhole transceiver can automatically modify at least one parameter of a downhole signal. An uphole receiver can apply a compensation response to a transferred signal to compensate for a drill string channel transfer function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: ALBERT W. CHAU, LOC Viet Lam
  • Patent number: 10619075
    Abstract: The invention provides a chemical-mechanical polishing composition comprising an abrasive, a self-stopping agent, an aqueous carrier, and optionally, a cationic polymer, and provides a method suitable for polishing a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander W. Hains, Juyeon Chang, Tina C. Li, Viet Lam, Ji Cui, Sarah Brosnan, Chul Woo Nam
  • Patent number: 10619076
    Abstract: The invention provides a chemical-mechanical polishing composition comprising an abrasive, a self-stopping agent, an aqueous carrier, and optionally, a cationic polymer, and provides a method suitable for polishing a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander W. Hains, Juyeon Chang, Tina C. Li, Viet Lam, Ji Cui, Sarah Brosnan, Chul Woo Nam
  • Patent number: 10598712
    Abstract: A portable device and associated method are described for use with a system in which a locating signal is transmitted from within the ground during an operational procedure. The locating signal includes a transmission frequency that is selectable from a group of discrete transmission frequencies in a frequency range and the region includes electromagnetic noise that can vary. The portable device includes a receiver having a bandwidth that includes the transmission frequency range and is operable for measuring the electromagnetic noise in the transmission frequency range to establish a frequency content of the electromagnetic noise for use in selecting one of the discrete transmission frequencies that is subsequently transmitted as the locating signal during the operational procedure. The locating signal can be transmitted from a boring tool, a pullback arrangement or an inground cable. A predicted maximum operational depth for a transmitter can be determined prior to the operational procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Merlin Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Loc Viet Lam, Albert W. Chau
  • Publication number: 20200041553
    Abstract: A portable device and associated method are described for use with a system in which a locating signal is transmitted from within the ground during an operational procedure. The locating signal includes a transmission frequency that is selectable from a group of discrete transmission frequencies in a frequency range and the region includes electromagnetic noise that can vary. The portable device includes a receiver having a bandwidth that includes the transmission frequency range and is operable for measuring the electromagnetic noise in the transmission frequency range to establish a frequency content of the electromagnetic noise for use in selecting one of the discrete transmission frequencies that is subsequently transmitted as the locating signal during the operational procedure. The locating signal can be transmitted from a boring tool, a pullback arrangement or an inground cable. A predicted maximum operational depth for a transmitter can be determined prior to the operational procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Loc Viet Lam, Albert W. Chau
  • Patent number: 10520536
    Abstract: A portable device and associated method are described for use with a system in which a locating signal is transmitted from within the ground during an operational procedure. The locating signal includes a transmission frequency that is selectable from a group of discrete transmission frequencies in a frequency range and the region includes electromagnetic noise that can vary. The portable device includes a receiver having a bandwidth that includes the transmission frequency range and is operable for measuring the electromagnetic noise in the transmission frequency range to establish a frequency content of the electromagnetic noise for use in selecting one of the discrete transmission frequencies that is subsequently transmitted as the locating signal during the operational procedure. The locating signal can be transmitted from a boring tool, a pullback arrangement or an inground cable. A predicted maximum operational depth for a transmitter can be determined prior to the operational procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Merlin Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Loc Viet Lam, Albert W. Chau
  • Patent number: 10520537
    Abstract: A portable device and associated method are described for use with a system in which a locating signal is transmitted from within the ground during an operational procedure. The locating signal includes a transmission frequency that is selectable from a group of discrete transmission frequencies in a frequency range and the region includes electromagnetic noise that can vary. The portable device includes a receiver having a bandwidth that includes the transmission frequency range and is operable for measuring the electromagnetic noise in the transmission frequency range to establish a frequency content of the electromagnetic noise for use in selecting one of the discrete transmission frequencies that is subsequently transmitted as the locating signal during the operational procedure. The locating signal can be transmitted from a boring tool, a pullback arrangement or an inground cable. A predicted maximum operational depth for a transmitter can be determined prior to the operational procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Merlin Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Loc Viet Lam, Albert W. Chau
  • Patent number: 10513919
    Abstract: A drill string communication system is described. An uphole transceiver can couple a signal onto the drill string at a power that is always greater that a selectable power for a downhole signal. Communication from a drill rig to an inground tool can be re-initiated using a maximum uphole transmit power of an uphole transceiver. A procedure can establish a new set of transmission parameters for a drill string signal to establish communication between the drill rig and the inground tool. The system can include a walkover locator that receives an active/inactive status-controlled electromagnetic locating signal. Responsive to a locating signal degradation, a reconfiguration command can modify the locating signal. The uphole transceiver and a downhole transceiver can automatically modify at least one parameter of a downhole signal. An uphole receiver can apply a compensation response to a transferred signal to compensate for a drill string channel transfer function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Merlin Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert W. Chau, Loc Viet Lam
  • Patent number: 10414947
    Abstract: The invention provides a chemical-mechanical polishing composition including wet-process ceria particles having a median particle size of about 25 nm to about 150 nm and a particle size distribution of about 300 nm or more, and an aqueous carrier. The invention also provides a method of polishing a substrate, especially a substrate comprising a silicon layer, with the polishing composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Reiss, Viet Lam, Renhe Jia
  • Publication number: 20190203590
    Abstract: A transmitter is carried proximate to an inground tool for sensing a plurality of operational parameters relating to the inground tool. The transmitter customizes a data signal to characterize one or more of the operational parameters for transmission from the inground tool based on the operational status of the inground tool. A receiver receives the data signal and recovers the operational parameters. Advanced data protocols are described. Pitch averaging and enhancement of dynamic pitch range for accelerometer readings are described based on monitoring mechanical shock and vibration of the inground tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: ALBERT W. CHAU, Loc Viet Lam, Scott Phillips
  • Publication number: 20190185716
    Abstract: The invention provides a chemical-mechanical polishing composition comprising an abrasive, a self-stopping agent, an aqueous carrier, and optionally, a cationic polymer, and provides a method suitable for polishing a substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Alexander W. HAINS, Juyeon CHANG, Tina C. LI, Viet LAM, Ji CUI, Sarah BROSNAN, Chul Woo NAM
  • Patent number: 10301508
    Abstract: The invention provides a chemical-mechanical polishing composition comprising (a) wet-process ceria, (b) a water-soluble cationic polymer or copolymer, (c) an aromatic carboxylic acid or heteroaromatic carboxylic acid, and (d) water, wherein the polishing composition has a pH of about 3 to about 6. The invention further provides a method of chemically-mechanically polishing a substrate with the inventive chemical-mechanical polishing composition. Typically, the substrate contains silicon oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
    Inventors: Viet Lam, Tina Li
  • Patent number: 10227867
    Abstract: A transmitter is carried proximate to an inground tool for sensing a plurality of operational parameters relating to the inground tool. The transmitter customizes a data signal to characterize one or more of the operational parameters for transmission from the inground tool based on the operational status of the inground tool. A receiver receives the data signal and recovers the operational parameters. Advanced data protocols are described. Pitch averaging and enhancement of dynamic pitch range for accelerometer readings are described based on monitoring mechanical shock and vibration of the inground tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Merlin Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert W. Chau, Loc Viet Lam, Scott Phillips
  • Publication number: 20180297169
    Abstract: Described are materials and methods for processing (polishing or planarizing) a substrate that contains pattern dielectric material using a polishing composition (aka “slurry”) and an abrasive pad, e.g., CMP processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Viet LAM, Ji CUI
  • Publication number: 20180244956
    Abstract: The invention provides a chemical-mechanical polishing composition comprising an abrasive, a self-stopping agent, an aqueous carrier, and optionally, a cationic polymer, and provides a method suitable for polishing a substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander W. HAINS, Juyeon CHANG, Tina C. LI, Viet LAM, Ji CUI, Sarah BROSNAN, Chul Woo NAM
  • Patent number: 10029345
    Abstract: Described are materials and methods for processing (polishing or planarizing) a substrate that contains pattern dielectric material using a polishing composition (aka “slurry”) and an abrasive pad, e.g., CMP processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
    Inventors: Viet Lam, Ji Cui
  • Publication number: 20170350930
    Abstract: A portable device and associated method are described for use with a system in which a locating signal is transmitted from within the ground during an operational procedure. The locating signal includes a transmission frequency that is selectable from a group of discrete transmission frequencies in a frequency range and the region includes electromagnetic noise that can vary. The portable device includes a receiver having a bandwidth that includes the transmission frequency range and is operable for measuring the electromagnetic noise in the transmission frequency range to establish a frequency content of the electromagnetic noise for use in selecting one of the discrete transmission frequencies that is subsequently transmitted as the locating signal during the operational procedure. The locating signal can be transmitted from a boring tool, a pullback arrangement or an inground cable. A predicted maximum operational depth for a transmitter can be determined prior to the operational procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Loc Viet Lam, Albert W. Chau
  • Patent number: 9828528
    Abstract: The invention provides a chemical-mechanical polishing composition including first abrasive particles, wherein the first abrasive particles are wet-process ceria particles, have a median particle size of about 40 nm to about 100 nm, are present in the polishing composition at a concentration of about 0.005 wt. % to about 2 wt. %, and have a particle size distribution of at least about 300 nm, a functionalized heterocycle, a pH-adjusting agent, and an aqueous carrier, and wherein the pH of the polishing composition is about 1 to about 6. The invention also provides a method of polishing a substrate, especially a substrate comprising a silicon oxide layer, with the polishing composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Reiss, Dana Sauter Van Ness, Viet Lam, Alexander Hains, Steven Kraft, Renhe Jia