Patents by Inventor Wei-Chih Hsieh

Wei-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).

  • Patent number: 11063578
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun Ou, Wei-Chih Hsieh, 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
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10483950
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that includes a level shifter and an output stage. The level shifter is configured to output a first output signal at a first output terminal in response to a first input signal having a first logic level, and is configured to output a second output signal at a second output terminal in response to the first input signal having a second logic level. The output stage is configured to receive and adjust the first output signal or the second output signal that is selected in response to the first input signal, and configured to generate a third output signal, wherein the third output signal has a logic value that is the same as a logic value of the first output signal or the second output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun Ou, Wei-Chih Hsieh, Shang-Chih Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20190280678
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that includes a level shifter and an output stage. The level shifter is configured to output a first output signal at a first output terminal in response to a first input signal having a first logic level, and is configured to output a second output signal at a second output terminal in response to the first input signal having a second logic level. The output stage is configured to receive and adjust the first output signal or the second output signal that is selected in response to the first input signal, and configured to generate a third output signal, wherein the third output signal has a logic value that is the same as a logic value of the first output signal or the second output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun OU, Wei-Chih HSIEH, Shang-Chih HSIEH
  • Patent number: 10291210
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that includes a level shifter and a selector. The level shifter is configured to output a first output signal at a first output terminal in response to a first input signal having a first logic level, and is configured to output a second output signal at a second output terminal in response to the first input signal having a second logic level. The selector is coupled to the first output terminal and the second output terminal. The selector is configured to pass one of the first output signal or the second output signal in response to the first input signal, to an output of the selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun Ou, Wei-Chih Hsieh, Shang-Chih Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20190115905
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that includes a level shifter and a selector. The level shifter is configured to output a first output signal at a first output terminal in response to a first input signal having a first logic level, and is configured to output a second output signal at a second output terminal in response to the first input signal having a second logic level. The selector is coupled to the first output terminal and the second output terminal. The selector is configured to pass one of the first output signal or the second output signal in response to the first input signal, to an output of the selector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun OU, Wei-Chih HSIEH, Shang-Chih HSIEH
  • Patent number: 10164615
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that includes a level shifter and an output stage. The level shifter includes a first current limiter. The level shifter is configured to generate a first output signal at a first terminal of the first current limiter, and to generate a second output signal at a second terminal of the first current limiter according to a first input signal. The output stage is configured to adjust a voltage swing of a selected one of the first output signal and the second output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun Ou, Wei-Chih Hsieh, Shang-Chih Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20180115307
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that includes a level shifter and an output stage. The level shifter includes a first current limiter. The level shifter is configured to generate a first output signal at a first terminal of the first current limiter, and to generate a second output signal at a second terminal of the first current limiter according to a first input signal. The output stage is configured to adjust a voltage swing of a selected one of the first output signal and the second output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun OU, Wei-Chih HSIEH, Shang-Chih HSIEH
  • Patent number: 9866205
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that includes a level shifter and a selector. The level shifter includes a first current limiter. The level shifter is configured to generate a first output signal at a first terminal of the first current limiter, and to generate a second output signal at a second terminal of the first current limiter according to a first input signal. The selector configured to selectively transmit one of the first output signal and the second output signal according to the first input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Lun Ou, Wei-Chih Hsieh, Shang-Chih Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20170141765
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that includes a level shifter and a selector. The level shifter includes a first current limiter. The level shifter is configured to generate a first output signal at a first terminal of the first current limiter, and to generate a second output signal at a second terminal of the first current limiter according to a first input signal. The selector configured to selectively transmit one of the first output signal and the second output signal according to the first input signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Yu-Lun OU, Wei-Chih HSIEH, Shang-Chih HSIEH
  • Patent number: 9142630
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more techniques for enhancing device (e.g., transistor) performance are provided herein. In one embodiment, device performance is enhanced by forming an extended dummy region at an edge of a region of a device and forming an active region at a non-edge of the region. Limitations associated with semiconductor fabrication processing present in the extended dummy region more so than in non-edge regions. Accordingly, a device exhibiting enhanced performance is formed by connecting a gate to the active region, where the active region has a desired profile because it is comprised within a non-edge of the region. A dummy device (e.g., that may be less responsive) may be formed to include the extended dummy region, where the extended dummy region has a less than desired profile due to limitations associated with semiconductor fabrication processing, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Limited
    Inventors: Chang-Yu Wu, Chih-Chiang Chang, Shang-Chih Hsieh, Wei-Chih Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20140027821
    Abstract: Among other things, one or more techniques for enhancing device (e.g., transistor) performance are provided herein. In one embodiment, device performance is enhanced by forming an extended dummy region at an edge of a region of a device and forming an active region at a non-edge of the region. Limitations associated with semiconductor fabrication processing present in the extended dummy region more so than in non-edge regions. Accordingly, a device exhibiting enhanced performance is formed by connecting a gate to the active region, where the active region has a desired profile because it is comprised within a non-edge of the region. A dummy device (e.g., that may be less responsive) may be formed to include the extended dummy region, where the extended dummy region has a less than desired profile due to limitations associated with semiconductor fabrication processing, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Chang-Yu Wu, Chih-Chiang Chang, Shang-Chih Hsieh, Wei-Chih Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8514000
    Abstract: Some embodiments relate to a flip-flop having a data input terminal, a data output terminal and a clock terminal. The flip-flop includes a master latch, a slave latch, and an isolation element coupled between the master latch output and slave latch. The isolation element is arranged to isolate capacitive loading seen by the output of the master latch that comes from the slave latch. In some embodiments, the master latch includes one or more drive enhancement elements on its feedforward and feedback paths. The slave latch can also include one or more drive enhancement elements on its feedforward and feedback paths. These drive enhancement elements, particularly in combination with the isolation element, may help to reduce the setup and hold times and enhance meta-stability resistance of the flip-flop relative to conventional implementations. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wei-Chih Hsieh, Shang-Chih Hsieh, Chih-Chiang Chang
  • Patent number: 8419274
    Abstract: A fully on-chip temperature, process, and voltage sensor includes a voltage sensor, a process sensor and a temperature sensor. The temperature sensor includes a bias current generator, a ring oscillator, a fixed pulse generator, an AND gate, and a first counter. The bias current generator generates an output current related to temperature according to the operating voltage of chip. The ring oscillator generates an oscillation signal according to the output current. The fixed pulse generator generates a fixed pulse signal. The AND gate is connected to the ring oscillator and the fixed pulse generator for performing a logic AND operation on the oscillation signal and the fixed pulse signal, and generating a temperature sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Shi-Wen Chen, Ming-Hung Chang, Wei-Chih Hsieh, Wei Hwang
  • Patent number: 8258741
    Abstract: A solar power management system is provided for managing electric energy conversion by a photovoltaic cell module, supplying the converted electric energy to an external load, and storing the converted electric energy in a battery. The solar power management system comprises a multiphase maximum power tracking (MPT) module, a charging circuit, and a voltage conversion module. The multiphase MPT module regulates output current of the photovoltaic cell module to output maximum power within the high limit thereof and obtain improved solar energy conversion efficiency. The voltage conversion module converts the electric energy generated by the photovoltaic cell module into different voltage formats, such as 5.6V DC, 1.0V DC, 0.6˜0.3V DC low voltage, or ?1.2V DC negative voltage, to meet different external load requirements. The solar power management system has simple circuitry and can be configured as a system on chip (SoC) at reduced cost while provides very wide applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Chun-Yi Wu, Wei-Chih Hsieh, Wei Hwang
  • Publication number: 20120051395
    Abstract: A fully on-chip temperature, process, and voltage sensor includes a voltage sensor, a process sensor and a temperature sensor. The temperature sensor includes a bias current generator, a ring oscillator, a fixed pulse generator, an AND gate, and a first counter. The bias current generator generates an output current related to temperature according to the operating voltage of chip. The ring oscillator generates an oscillation signal according to the output current. The fixed pulse generator generates a fixed pulse signal. The AND gate is connected to the ring oscillator and the fixed pulse generator for performing a logic AND operation on the oscillation signal and the fixed pulse signal, and generating a temperature sensor signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventors: Shi-Wen CHEN, Ming-Hung CHANG, Wei-Chih HSIEH, Wei HWANG
  • Patent number: 8125263
    Abstract: A charge pump is disclosed for amplifying an input voltage received at an input end and outputting the amplified voltage at an output end as an output voltage. The charge pump includes a plurality of source/drain coupling transistors for serving as charging capacitors, and a plurality of cascode-connected transistors being symmetrically connected to between the input end and the output end. The charge pump further includes a plurality of diode-connected transistors to protect the source/drain coupling transistors against breakdown during the course of charge transfer and to speed up the charge transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: National Chiao Tung University
    Inventors: Chun-Yi Wu, Wei-Chih Hsieh, Ming-Hung Chang, Wei Hwang
  • Publication number: 20110221512
    Abstract: A charge pump is disclosed for amplifying an input voltage received at an input end and outputting the amplified voltage at an output end as an output voltage. The charge pump includes a plurality of source/drain coupling transistors for serving as charging capacitors, and a plurality of cascode-connected transistors being symmetrically connected to between the input end and the output end. The charge pump further includes a plurality of diode-connected transistors to protect the source/drain coupling transistors against breakdown during the course of charge transfer and to speed up the charge transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Chun-Yi WU, Wei-Chih HSIEH, Ming-Hung CHANG, Wei HWANG