Light Responsive Or Combined With Light Responsive Device Patents (Class 257/290)
  • Patent number: 10256265
    Abstract: An object is to provide an imaging device with high efficiency of transferring charge corresponding to imaging data. The imaging device includes first to fifth conductors, first and second insulators, an oxide semiconductor, a photoelectric conversion element, and a transistor. The first conductor is in contact with a bottom surface and a side surface of the first insulator. The first insulator is in contact with a bottom surface of the oxide semiconductor. The oxide semiconductor is in contact with bottom surfaces of the second and third conductors and the second insulator. Each of the second and third conductors is in contact with the bottom surface and a side surface of the second insulator. The second insulator is in contact with bottom surfaces of the fourth and fifth conductors. The first conductor has regions overlapped by the fourth and fifth conductors. The second conductor has a region overlapped by the fourth conductor. The third conductor has a region overlapped by the fifth conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10249818
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a memory element includes a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer. The first layer is conductive. The second layer is conductive. The third layer includes hafnium oxide and is provided between the first layer and the second layer. The first layer includes a first region, a second region, and a third region. The first region includes a first element and a first metallic element. The first element is selected from a group consisting of carbon and nitrogen. The second region includes a second metallic element and is provided between the first region and the third layer. The third region includes titanium oxide and is provided between the second region and the third layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Toshiba Memory Corporation
    Inventors: Marina Yamaguchi, Shosuke Fujii, Riichiro Takaishi, Yuuichi Kamimuta, Shoichi Kabuyanagi, Masumi Saitoh
  • Patent number: 10205033
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a semiconductor photomultiplier which comprises one or more microcells on a substrate having at least one terminal. At least one ESD protection element is operably coupled to the at least one terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: SensL Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Malachy Daly, John Carlton Jackson, Brian McGarvey, Stephen Bellis
  • Patent number: 10193035
    Abstract: A light emitting structure includes a packaged back-emitting light emitting device mounted on a reflective substrate. The properties of the reflective surface may be controlled to provide a desired luminance pattern. In this manner, the creation of a light emitting structure that provides a desired luminance pattern may be independent of the provider of the packaged light emitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stephane Diana, Erno Fancsali, Thierry De Smet, Gregory Guth, Yourii Martynov
  • Patent number: 10168570
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a first substrate, a second substrate assembled to the first substrate, and several spacers disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate. The first substrate includes a first base plate and a first light-shielding layer disposed on the first base plate, wherein the first light-shielding layer includes several first light-shielding portions extending along a first direction. The second substrate includes a second base plate and a second light-shielding layer disposed on the second base plate, wherein the second light-shielding layer includes several second light-shielding portions extending along a second direction, and the second direction is different from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INNOLUX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Li-Ming Lin, Chih-Ming Liang, Yi-Chun Kuo
  • Patent number: 10163963
    Abstract: Image sensors may include multiple vertically stacked photodiodes interconnected using vertical deep trench transfer gates. A first n-epitaxial layer may be formed on a residual substrate; a first p-epitaxial layer may be formed on the first n-epitaxial layer; a second n-epitaxial layer may be formed on the first p-epitaxial layer; a second p-epitaxial layer may be formed on the second n-epitaxial layer; and so on. The n-epitaxial layers may serve as accumulation regions for the different epitaxial photodiodes. A separate color filter array is not needed. The vertical transfer gates may be a deep trench that is filled with doped conductive material, lined with gate dielectric liner, and surrounded by a p-doped region. Image sensors formed in this way may be used to support a rolling shutter configuration or a global shutter configuration and can either be front-side illuminated or backside illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Johan Camiel Julia Janssens, Manuel H. Innocent, Sergey Velichko, Tomas Geurts
  • Patent number: 10164160
    Abstract: A light emitting structure includes a packaged back-emitting light emitting device mounted on a reflective substrate. The properties of the reflective surface may be controlled to provide a desired luminance pattern. In this manner, the creation of a light emitting structure that provides a desired luminance pattern may be independent of the provider of the packaged light emitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventors: Frederic Stephane Diana, Erno Fancsali, Thierry De Smet, Gregory Guth, Yourii Martynov
  • Patent number: 10156749
    Abstract: The present invention is for a backplane substrate including an in-cell type touch panel advantageous to reducing the number of masks and the number of processes, a liquid crystal display device including the same, and a method of manufacturing the same, includes a plurality of interlayer dielectric layers disposed above a drain electrode of a thin film transistor are simultaneously patterned after forming a sensing line and a common electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong-Pil Cho, Seon-Yeong Kim
  • Patent number: 10157956
    Abstract: A method for monolithic integration of a hyperspectral image sensor is provided, which includes: forming a bottom reflecting layer on a surface of the photosensitive region of a CMOS image sensor wafer; forming a transparent cavity layer composed of N step structures on the bottom reflecting layer through area selective atomic layer deposition processes, where N=2m, m?1 and m is a positive integer; and forming a top reflecting layer on the transparent cavity layer. With the method, non-uniformity accumulation due to etching processes in conventional technology is minimized, and the cavity layer can be made of materials which cannot be etched. Mosaic cavity layers having such repeated structures with different heights can be formed by extending one-dimensional ASALD, such as extending in another dimension and forming repeated regions, which can be applied to snapshot hyperspectral image sensors, for example, pixels, and greatly improving performance thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: INSTITUTE OF MICROELECTRONICS, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    Inventors: Hushan Cui, Jinjuan Xiang, Xiaobin He, Tao Yang, Junfeng Li, Chao Zhao
  • Patent number: 10139496
    Abstract: A multi-radiation identification and dosimetry system and method that allows for monitoring of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation is disclosed. The system/method incorporates a segmented silicon drift detector (SSDD) that allows measurement of directly absorbed radiation in the semiconductor (betas, conversion electrons, Lx lines, and alphas) on one SSDD segment and radiation from a radiation scintillation detector (RSD) on multiple segments of the SSDD. With the anode side of the SSDD directed toward the radiation inspection surface (RIS), the SSDD+RSD stacked radiation detector collects radiation which is processed by a charge sensitive amplifier (CSA) and then processed by a time stamping differentiator (TSD). A computing control device (CCD) may be configured to collect the time stamp differentiation data from the various SSDD segments to permit the simultaneous discrimination of several types of radiation by and presentation of these radiation types and counts on a display monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: MIRION TECHNOLOGIES (CANBERRA), INC.
    Inventors: Olivier Roger Evrard, Roger Abou-Khalil, Stephane Dogny, Nabil Menaa, Wilhelm Friedrich Mueller, Mathieu Morelle, Edward Lee Reagan
  • Patent number: 10090290
    Abstract: An electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection structure containing a bottom diode and a top diode vertically stacked on the bottom diode is provided to render sufficient protection from ESD events with reduced diode footprint. The bottom diode is serially connected to the top diode via a conductive strap structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Reznicek, Bahman Hekmatshoartabari, Karthik Balakrishnan, Tak Ning
  • Patent number: 10043848
    Abstract: In order to form a light receiving element having high reliability and a MOS transistor together on the same silicon substrate, after forming a gate electrode of the MOS transistor, a gate oxide film in a light receiving element forming region is removed. Then, a thermal oxide film is newly formed in the light receiving element forming region, and ion implantation is performed in the light receiving element forming region through the thermal oxide film such that a shallow pn junction is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SII Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiro Futatsugi
  • Patent number: 10043992
    Abstract: A photodiode according to example embodiments includes an anode, a cathode, and an intrinsic layer between the anode and the cathode. The intrinsic layer includes a P-type semiconductor and an N-type semiconductor, and composition ratios of the P-type semiconductor and the N-type semiconductor vary within the intrinsic layer depending on a distance of the intrinsic layer from one of the anode and the cathode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyung Bae Park, Kyu Sik Kim, Yong Wan Jin, Kwang Hee Lee, Dong-Seok Leem, Seon-Jeong Lim
  • Patent number: 10043990
    Abstract: A chemical sensing field effect transistor device is disclosed. The device can include a control gate structure interfacing a control side of a semiconductor channel region, a source region, and a drain region. The control gate structure can comprise a control gate dielectric and a control gate electrode. The device can include a sensing gate structure interfacing the semiconductor channel region, the source region, and the drain region at a sensing side of the semiconductor channel region opposite the control gate structure. The sensing gate structure can comprise a sensing gate dielectric, and a sensing gate electrode. The device can include a functional layer interfacing the sensing gate electrode opposite the sensing gate dielectric. The functional layer can have an exposed interface surface. The functional layer can be capable of binding with a target analyte material sufficient to create a measurable change in conductivity across the semiconductor channel region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Ling Zang, Benjamin R. Bunes
  • Patent number: 10026791
    Abstract: An organic light emitting display device includes a substrate including a plurality of pixels defined thereon; a first electrode disposed at each pixel; a bank exposing the first electrode of each pixel; a spacer including, sequentially on the bank, a first layer of a first negative photoreactive acryl and a second layer of a second negative photoreactive acryl having a greater photoreactivity than a photoreactivity of the first negative photoreactive acryl, wherein the first layer has a negative taper and the second layer has a positive taper; an organic layer on the bank and the first electrode, the organic layer including an organic light emitting layer; and a second electrode on the bank, the spacer, and the organic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mi-Seong Kim, Joung-Woo Lee, Se-Jun Cho, Seung-Hee Kuk
  • Patent number: 10026852
    Abstract: Approaches for silicon photonics integration are provided. A method includes: forming at least one encapsulating layer over and around a photodetector; thermally crystallizing the photodetector material after the forming the at least one encapsulating layer; and after the thermally crystallizing the photodetector material, forming a conformal sealing layer on the at least one encapsulating layer and over at least one device. The conformal sealing layer is configured to seal a crack in the at least one encapsulating layer. The photodetector and the at least one device are on a same substrate. The at least one device includes a complementary metal oxide semiconductor device or a passive photonics device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Solomon Assefa, Tymon Barwicz, William M. Green, Marwan H. Khater, Jessie C. Rosenberg, Steven M. Shank
  • Patent number: 10002879
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure is provided. The semiconductor structure includes a substrate, a plurality of first stacked structures and two second stacked structures disposed on the substrate. Each of the first stacked structures includes alternately stacked metal layers and oxide layers. Each of the second stacked structures includes alternately stacked silicon nitride layers and oxide layers. The first stacked structures are disposed between the two second stacked structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: MACRONIX INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Wei Jiang, Jia-Rong Chiou
  • Patent number: 9986190
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging apparatus, including: a photoelectric conversion element; an amplifier transistor configured to output a voltage corresponding to electric charges generated by the photoelectric conversion element; a load transistor configured to supply a bias current to the amplifier transistor; and a voltage supply unit configured to input one of a first voltage and a second voltage, which have different voltage values, to a control node of the load transistor via an input capacitor. In the imaging apparatus, a current value of the bias current to be supplied by the load transistor at a time when the second voltage is input to the control node via the input capacitor is larger than a current value of the bias current to be supplied by the load transistor at a time when the first voltage is input to the control node via the input capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takamasa Sakuragi
  • Patent number: 9946132
    Abstract: An array substrate and a liquid crystal display panel including the array substrate are provided. The array substrate includes: multiple pixel units; at least one additional functional area located in each row of a matrix formed by the multiple pixel units, where the additional functional area is provided with a gate signal detecting transistor; and a detection signal output line and a preset signal line connected with each other. By detecting whether a drive signal on a gate line is normal using the gate signal detecting transistor, the problem of manually detecting one-by one whether a signal on a gate line is normal can be avoided, thereby improving the detection efficiency and accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignees: SHANGHAI TIANMA MICRO-ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., TIANMA MICRO-ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhaokeng Cao, Dandan Qin, Tingting Cui
  • Patent number: 9905608
    Abstract: In electron multiplying charge coupled device (EMCCD) image sensors, electron traps in the dielectric stack underneath charge multiplication electrodes may cause undesirable gain ageing. To reduce the gain ageing drift effect, a dielectric stack may be formed that does not include electron traps in regions underneath charge multiplication electrodes. To accomplish this, silicon nitride in the dielectric stack may be removed in regions underneath the charge multiplication electrodes. The EMCCD image sensors can thus be fabricated with a stable charge carrier multiplication gain during their operational lifetime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jaroslav Hynecek, Eric Stevens, Christopher Parks, Stephen Kosman
  • Patent number: 9905601
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure provide an image sensor. The image sensor includes a pixel sensor array including a plurality of photosensors arranged in a semiconductor substrate. Peripheral circuitry is arranged in or on the semiconductor substrate and is spaced apart from the pixel sensor array. A protection ring circumscribes an outer perimeter of the pixel sensor array and separates the pixel sensor array from the peripheral circuitry. The protection ring has an annular width of greater than 20 microns. The protection ring includes a first ring in the substrate neighboring the pixel sensor array, a second ring circumscribing the first ring and meeting the first ring at a first p-n junction, and a third ring circumscribing the second ring and meeting the second ring at a second p-n junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsung-Han Tsai, Chun-Hao Chou, Kuo-Cheng Lee, Yung-Lung Hsu, Yun-Wei Cheng
  • Patent number: 9899484
    Abstract: A transistor device includes a field plate extending from a source contact layer and defining an opening above a gate metal layer. Coplanar with the source contact layer, the field plate is positioned close to the channel region, which helps reduce its parasitic capacitance. Meanwhile, the opening allows a gate runner layer above the field plate to access and connect to the gate metal layer, which helps reduce the resistance of the gate structure. By vertically overlapping the metal gate layer, the field plate, and the gate runner layer, the transistor device may achieve fast switching performance without incurring any size penalty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Tomomatsu, Hiroshi Yamasaki, Sameer Pendharkar
  • Patent number: 9881960
    Abstract: Each unit pixel includes a photoelectric converter, an n-type impurity region forming an accumulation diode together with the semiconductor region, the accumulation diode accumulating a signal charge generated by the photoelectric converter, an amplifier transistor including a gate electrode electrically connected to the impurity region, and an isolation region formed around the amplifier transistor and implanted with p-type impurities. The amplifier transistor includes an n-type source/drain region formed between the gate electrode and the isolation region, and a channel region formed under the gate electrode. A gap in the isolation region is, in a gate width direction, wider at a portion including the channel region than at a portion including the source/drain region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Sato, Ryohei Miyagawa, Tokuhiko Tamaki, Junji Hirase, Yoshiyuki Ohmori, Yoshiyuki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 9869711
    Abstract: A method for evaluating the performance of a plasma transistor comprises: setting a plasma wave velocity, which is adjusted by a gate overdrive voltage, as a first axis; setting an electronic drift velocity, which is adjusted by a drain-to-source voltage, as a second axis; setting a channel length as a third axis; and checking whether the plasma wave transistor is operated as a terahertz emitter according to a change in the performance parameter value of the plasma wave transistor on the basis of a relational expression among the first axis, the second axis, and the third axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: UNIST (ULSAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY)
    Inventors: Kyung Rok Kim, Jong Yul Park, Sung-Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9859309
    Abstract: A display device in an embodiment according to the present invention includes a first substrate, a second substrate opposing the first substrate, and a transistor provided in the first substrate, a scanning signal line, a video signal line, and a pixel electrode that are electrically connected to the transistor, and a first insulating layer. The thickness of the first substrate is 0.3 mm or less, the first insulating layer contacts the first substrate, and is provided between the first substrate and the transistor, and the first insulating layer includes an organic insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Takenori Hirota, Hidekazu Miyake, Toshinari Sasaki, Shinichiro Oka
  • Patent number: 9831279
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a photoelectric conversion portion providing a recessed region, a transfer gate provided in the recessed region, and a floating diffusion region adjacent the transfer gate. The transfer gate includes a first pattern and a second pattern, which are sequentially stacked in the recessed region and have different conductivity types from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Younggu Jin, Jungchak Ahn
  • Patent number: 9818788
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a back-side illumination (BSI) complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor with a vertical transfer gate structure for improved quantum efficiency (QE) and global shutter efficiency (GSE) is provided. A sacrificial dielectric layer is formed over a semiconductor region. A first etch is performed into the sacrificial dielectric layer to form an opening exposing a photodetector in the semiconductor region. A semiconductor column is formed in the opening. A floating diffusion region (FDR) is formed over the semiconductor column and the sacrificial dielectric layer. A second etch is performed into the sacrificial dielectric layer to remove the sacrificial dielectric layer, and to form a lateral recess between the FDR and the photodetector. A gate is formed filling the lateral recess and laterally spaced from the semiconductor column by a gate dielectric layer. The BSI CMOS image sensor resulting from the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jhy-Jyi Sze, Alexander Kalnitsky, Yimin Huang
  • Patent number: 9795037
    Abstract: A touch panel includes: a uni-axially oriented base film; a transparent electrode pattern layer positioned on the uni-axially oriented base film; a first passivation layer formed in an edge region of the transparent electrode pattern layer and covering end portion side walls of the transparent electrode pattern layer; and a contact hole positioned on the first passivation layer and exposing the first passivation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Sugitani, Hoon Kang, Chul Won Park, Yang-Ho Jung
  • Patent number: 9755087
    Abstract: Approaches for silicon photonics integration are provided. A method includes: forming at least one encapsulating layer over and around a photodetector; thermally crystallizing the photodetector material after the forming the at least one encapsulating layer; and after the thermally crystallizing the photodetector material, forming a conformal sealing layer on the at least one encapsulating layer and over at least one device. The conformal sealing layer is configured to seal a crack in the at least one encapsulating layer. The photodetector and the at least one device are on a same substrate. The at least one device includes a complementary metal oxide semiconductor device or a passive photonics device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Solomon Assefa, Tymon Barwicz, William M. Green, Marwan H. Khater, Jessie C. Rosenberg, Steven M. Shank
  • Patent number: 9729809
    Abstract: A driving method of a semiconductor device that takes three-dimensional images with short duration is provided. In a first step, a light source starts to emit light, and first potential corresponding to the total amount of light received by a first photoelectric conversion element and a second photoelectric conversion element is written to a first charge accumulation region. In a second step, the light source stops emitting light and second potential corresponding to the total amount of light received by the first photoelectric conversion element and the second photoelectric conversion element is written to a second charge accumulation region. In a third step, first data corresponding to the potential written to the first charge accumulation region is read. In a fourth step, second data corresponding to the potential written to the second charge accumulation region is read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 9711585
    Abstract: An organic light emitting diode display according to an example embodiment of the present invention includes: a substrate; a scan line and a data line that are insulated from one another and crossing each other on the substrate; a first transistor on the substrate and connected to the scan line and the data line; a second transistor connected to the first transistor; a first electrode connected to the second transistor and having a cutout; an organic emission layer on the first electrode; and a second electrode on the organic emission layer, wherein the cutout is at a position corresponding to the data line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Chul Kim, Dong-Yoon So, Tae Gon Kim
  • Patent number: 9691812
    Abstract: Photodetector structures and methods of manufacture are provided. The method includes forming undercuts about detector material formed on a substrate. The method further includes encapsulating the detector to form airgaps from the undercuts. The method further includes annealing the detector material causing expansion of the detector material into the airgaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: John J. Ellis-Monaghan, John C. S. Hall, Marwan H. Khater, Edward W. Kiewra, Steven M. Shank
  • Patent number: 9666621
    Abstract: In a solid-state imaging device, a photoelectric conversion unit, a transfer transistor, and at least a part of electric charge holding unit, among pixel constituent elements, are disposed on a first semiconductor substrate. An amplifying transistor, a signal processing circuit other than a reset transistor, and a plurality of common output lines, to which signals are read out from a plurality of pixels, are disposed on a second semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuo Yamazaki, Tetsuya Itano, Nobuyuki Endo, Kyouhei Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9640572
    Abstract: A unit pixel formed on a substrate and configured to convert incident light to an electrical signal is provided. The unit pixel includes: a source having a source voltage supplied thereto and having a silicide layer for metal contact formed thereabove; a drain spaced apart from the source and having a silicide layer for metal contact formed thereabove; a channel formed between the source and the drain and having a current flowed therethrough; an insulating layer formed above the channel; and a floating gate having a nonsal structure in which no silicide layer is formed thereabove in order to facilitate an absorption of light, formed above the insulating layer so as to be placed between the source and the drain, and configured to control an amount of current flowing through the channel by an electric field generated by electron-hole pairs generated by the incident light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: BEYONDEYES
    Inventors: Kwangsue Park, Byung Il Min, Dong Wook Nam
  • Patent number: 9634173
    Abstract: There is described a photodetector comprising a semiconductor material having at least a region substantially depleted of free moving carriers, the photodetector comprising: a substrate of one of n-type and p-type; at least one charge collector along a surface of the substrate and having a doping-type opposite from the substrate; a substrate contact along the surface of the substrate spaced apart from the at least one charge collector to allow current to flow between the at least one charge collector and the substrate contact; and at least one non-conductive electrode positioned along the surface of the substrate in an alternating sequence with the at least one charge collector, and separated from the substrate by an insulator, and adapted to apply an electric potential to the substrate and cause charge carriers generated therein by application of a light source to advance towards the at least one charge collector due to the effects of an electric field, such that the at least one charge collector can measure
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Polyvalor, Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Yves Audet
  • Patent number: 9577008
    Abstract: A problem in that a light emitting element slightly emits light is solved by an off current of a thin film transistor connected in series to the light emitting element, thereby a display device which can perform a clear display by increasing contrast, and a driving method thereof are provided. When the thin film transistor connected in series to the light emitting element is turned off, a charge held in the capacitance of the light emitting element itself is discharged. Even when an off current is generated at the thin film transistor connected in series to the light emitting element, this off current charges this capacitance until the capacitance of the light emitting element itself holds a predetermined voltage again. Accordingly, the off current of the thin film transistor does not contribute to light emission. In this manner, a slight light emission of the light emitting element can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Miyake, Tomoyuki Iwabuchi
  • Patent number: 9577012
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an imaging element, an electronic device, and an information processing device capable of more easily providing a wider variety of photoelectric conversion outputs. An imaging element of the present disclosure includes: a photoelectric conversion element layer containing a photoelectric conversion element that photoelectrically converts incident light; a wiring layer formed in the photoelectric conversion element layer on the side opposite to a light entering plane of the incident light, and containing a wire for reading charges from the photoelectric conversion element; and a support substrate laminated on the photoelectric conversion element layer and the wiring layer, and containing another photoelectric conversion element. The present disclosure is applicable to an imaging element, an electronic device, and an information processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Susumu Ooki, Masashi Nakata
  • Patent number: 9570507
    Abstract: An image sensor pixel includes a semiconductor layer, a photosensitive region to accumulate photo-generated charge, a floating node, a trench, and an entrenched transfer gate. The photosensitive region and the trench are disposed within the semiconductor layer. The trench extends into the semiconductor layer between the photosensitive region and the floating node and the entrenched transfer gate is disposed within the trench to control transfer of the photo-generated charge from the photosensitive region to the floating node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Nozaki, Tiejun Dai
  • Patent number: 9548307
    Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a first well of the first conductivity type formed in a semiconductor layer where the first well housing active devices and being connected to a first well potential, a second well of a second conductivity type formed in the semiconductor layer and encircling the first well where the second well housing active devices and being connected to a second well potential, and a buried layer of the second conductivity type formed under the first well and overlapping at least partially the second well encircling the first well. In an alternate embodiment, instead of the buried layer, the integrated circuit includes a third well of the second conductivity type formed in the semiconductor layer where the third well contains the first well and overlaps at least partially the second well encircling the first well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Incorporated
    Inventor: Shekar Mallikarjunaswamy
  • Patent number: 9543356
    Abstract: CMOS image sensor pixel sensor cells, methods for fabricating the pixel sensor cells and design structures for fabricating the pixel sensor cells are designed to allow for back side illumination in global shutter mode by providing light shielding from back side illumination of at least one transistor within the pixel sensor cells. In a first particular generalized embodiment, a light shielding layer is located and formed interposed between a first semiconductor layer that includes a photoactive region and a second semiconductor layer that includes the at least a second transistor, or a floating diffusion, that is shielded by the light blocking layer. In a second generalized embodiment, a thin film transistor and a metal-insulator-metal capacitor are used in place of a floating diffusion, and located shielded in a dielectric isolated metallization stack over a carrier substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Gambino, Mark D. Jaffe, John Ellis-Monaghan, Richard Rassel
  • Patent number: 9508768
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a semiconductor device, includes forming a trench in a semiconductor substrate having a first face and a second face by processing the first face of the semiconductor substrate, the trench including a first portion and a second portion located between the first portion and a plane including a first face, filling an insulator in the second portion such that a space remains in the first portion and the trench is closed, and forming a plurality of elements between the first face and the second face, wherein the space and the insulator form element isolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuo Kokumai
  • Patent number: 9508873
    Abstract: Provided is a Schottky diode. The Schottky diode includes: a substrate; a core on the substrate; a metallic layer on the core; and a shell surrounding the core between the metallic layer and the substrate and adjusting a Fermi energy level of the core to form a Schottky junction between the core and the metallic layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignees: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Dongwoo Suh, Young Jun Kim, Wei Lu, Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 9489972
    Abstract: A light source unit has a substrate, a light source that is mounted to the substrate. The light source includes; a first emission part that emits a forward light, the forward light being a laser light in an oscillation state; a second emission part that is located on a side opposite to the first emission part and that emits a rearward light, the rearward light being a laser light in an oscillation state; and a light leakage part located at a position different from the first emission part and the second emission part. The light source further includes a photodetector that is provided on the substrate, wherein the photodetector has a light receiving surface for detecting a leakage light that leaks from the light leakage part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignees: SAE MAGNETICS (H.K.) LTD., TDK CORPORATION, ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Honda, Seiichi Takayama, Ryuji Fujii, Koji Shimazawa, Tsuguki Noma, Yoshiteru Nagai
  • Patent number: 9478582
    Abstract: A pixel cell, and a method of use thereof, the pixel cell including: an output, a photosensor configured to generate a first measuring current in a first measurement cycle and a second measuring current in a second measurement cycle as a function of radiation, an output node, a power storage device configured so that in a first operating mode a current can be injected by the power storage device as a function of the first measuring current, and so that in a second operating mode the power storage device is configured to hold the injected current so that the injected current can be detected at the output node, and a switching unit configured to form a difference between the injected current and the second measuring current at the output node in a reading cycle and to couple the output node to the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventor: Jens Doege
  • Patent number: 9455295
    Abstract: There is provided a solid-state image sensor including a plurality of unit pixels arranged thereon, the plurality of unit pixels each including a light receiving section which stores a charge generated by photoelectric conversion, a signal storage section which is connected to the light receiving section and has a structure of a MOS capacitor, and a signal output section to which a gate electrode of the MOS capacitor is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kaneyoshi Takeshita, Kazuki Nomoto
  • Patent number: 9450003
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device including a photoelectric conversion element operable to generate electric charge according to the amount of incident light and to accumulate the electric charge in the inside thereof, an electric-charge holding region in which the electric charge generated through photoelectric conversion by the photoelectric conversion element is held until read out, and a transfer gate having a complete transfer path through which the electric charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion element is completely transferred into the electric-charge holding region, and an intermediate transfer path through which the electric charge generated by the photoelectric conversion element during an exposure period and being in excess of a predetermined charge amount is transferred into the electric-charge holding region. The complete transfer path and the intermediate transfer path are formed in different regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusuke Oike, Takahiro Kawamura, Shinya Yamakawa, Ikuhiro Yamamura, Takashi Machida, Yasunori Sogoh, Naoki Saka
  • Patent number: 9380239
    Abstract: An imaging system includes a plurality of pixel circuits each having a photodiode, a biasing circuit and a charge-to-voltage converter. The photodiode is configured to generate charges in response to light or radiation. The biasing circuit is configured to provide a constant bias voltage across the photodiode so as to drain the charges generated by the photodiode. The charge-to-voltage converter is configured to accumulate the charges drained by the biasing circuit and convert the accumulated charges into a corresponding output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Arundhuti Ganguly, Pieter Gerhard Roos
  • Patent number: 9368653
    Abstract: Approaches for silicon photonics integration are provided. A method includes: forming at least one encapsulating layer over and around a photodetector; thermally crystallizing the photodetector material after the forming the at least one encapsulating layer; and after the thermally crystallizing the photodetector material, forming a conformal sealing layer on the at least one encapsulating layer and over at least one device. The conformal sealing layer is configured to seal a crack in the at least one encapsulating layer. The photodetector and the at least one device are on a same substrate. The at least one device includes a complementary metal oxide semiconductor device or a passive photonics device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Solomon Assefa, Tymon Barwicz, William M. Green, Marwan H. Khater, Jessie C. Rosenberg, Steven M. Shank
  • Patent number: 9344658
    Abstract: A pixel cell includes a photodiode disposed within a first semiconductor chip for accumulating an image charge in response to light incident upon the photodiode. A transfer transistor is disposed within the first semiconductor chip and coupled to the photodiode to transfer the image charge from the photodiode. A bias voltage generation circuit disposed within a second semiconductor chip for generating a bias voltage. The bias voltage generation circuit is coupled to the first semiconductor chip to bias the photodiode with the bias voltage. The bias voltage is negative with respect to a ground voltage of the second semiconductor chip. A floating diffusion is disposed within the second semiconductor chip. The transfer transistor is coupled to transfer the image charge from the photodiode on the first semiconductor chip to the floating diffusion on the second semiconductor chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiejun Dai, Rui Wang, Dyson H. Tai, Sohei Manabe
  • Patent number: 9324758
    Abstract: A depth pixel includes a photo detection region, first and second photo gates and first and second floating diffusion regions. The photo detection region collects photo charges based on light reflected by an object. The collected photo charges are drifted in a first direction and a second direction different from the first direction based on an internal electric field in the photo detection region. The first photo gate is activated in response to a first photo control signal. The first floating diffusion region accumulates first photo charges drifted in the first direction if the first photo gate is activated. The second photo gate is activated in response to the first photo control signal. The second floating diffusion region accumulates second photo charges drifted in the second direction if the second photo gate is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Min-Seok Oh, Hae-Kyung Kong, Tae Chan Kim, Jung Chak Ahn, Moo Sup Lim