Protection Device Includes Insulated Gate Transistor Structure (e.g., Combined With Resistor Element) Patents (Class 257/360)
  • Patent number: 10737934
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes first and second exposed electrical contacts and a cavity having a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) structure therein. A conductive path extends from the first exposed electrical contact to the cavity and an over-voltage protection element electrically is coupled between the first and second exposed electrical contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: SiTime Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Miller, Ginel C. Hill, Charles I. Grosjean, Michael Julian Daneman, Paul M. Hagelin, Aaron Partridge
  • Patent number: 10720490
    Abstract: A trench capacitor includes at least one epitaxial semiconductor surface layer on a semiconductor substrate having a doping level that is less than a doping level of the semiconductor substrate. A plurality of trenches are formed through at least one half of a thickness of the epitaxial semiconductor surface layer. The epitaxial semiconductor surface layer is thicker than a depth of the plurality of trenches. At least one capacitor dielectric layer lines a surface of the trenches. At least one trench fill layer on the dielectric layer fills the trenches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: He Lin, Jiao Jia, Yunlong Liu, Manoj Jain
  • Patent number: 10714934
    Abstract: An ESD protection device includes a detection circuit and a clamping circuit. The detection circuit is configured to output a first control signal and a second control signal according to a first voltage and a second voltage that is different from the first voltage, in which if an ESD event occurs, the detection circuit is configured to perform an inverse operation according to the second voltage, in order to generate the first control signal and the second control signal. The clamping circuit is configured to be turned on according to the first control signal and the second control signal, in order to provide a discharging path for a current associated with the ESD event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hsin-Cheng Hsu, Tay-Her Tsaur, Po-Ching Lin
  • Patent number: 10699657
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bidirectional scanning gate drive circuit and a liquid crystal display panel. The technical problem to be solved is that gate drive circuits in the prior art are provided with only one drive mode. The bidirectional scanning gate drive circuit includes an input part, a control part, and an output part. Signals enter the control part from the input part and then enter the output part or signals enter the control part from the output part and then enter the input part, so as to realize driving of a horizontal scanning line in an Nth stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mian Zeng
  • Patent number: 10700187
    Abstract: A thyristor tile includes first and second PNP tiles and first and second NPN tiles. Each PNP tile is adjacent to both NPN tiles, and each NPN tile is adjacent to both PNP tiles. A thyristor includes a plurality of PNP tiles and a plurality of NPN tiles. The PNP and NPN tiles are arranged in an alternating configuration in both rows and columns. The PNP tiles are oriented perpendicular to the NPN tiles. Interconnect layers have a geometry that enables even distribution of signals to the PNP and NPN tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Silanna Asia Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Vadim Kushner, Nima Beikae
  • Patent number: 10665590
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to integrated circuit (IC) structures and their method of manufacture. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to forming a semiconductor device having generally fork-shaped contacts around epitaxial regions to increase surface contact area and improve device performance. The integrated circuit (IC) structure of the present disclosure comprises a plurality of fins disposed on a semiconductor substrate, at least one epitaxial region laterally disposed on selected fins, and a contact material positioned over and surrounding the epitaxial region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: Ruilong Xie, William Taylor, Hui Zang
  • Patent number: 10658354
    Abstract: A semiconductor transistor device includes a source region, a gate region having a p-type gate region and an n-type gate region, and a drain region having a p-type drain region and an n-type drain region. The p-type gate region, the n-type gate region, the p-type drain region, and the n-type drain region are positioned to provide, in response to an electrostatic discharge (ESD) voltage, a drain-to-gate ESD current path to at least partially discharge the ESD voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC
    Inventor: Han-Chung Tai
  • Patent number: 10622371
    Abstract: A memory gate electrode and a control gate electrode are formed to cover a fin projecting from the upper surface of a semiconductor substrate. A part of the fin which is covered by the memory gate electrode and the control gate electrode is sandwiched by a silicide layer as a part of a source region and a drain region of a memory cell. This silicide layer is formed as a silicide layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tadashi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10586844
    Abstract: A trench capacitor includes at least one epitaxial semiconductor surface layer on a semiconductor substrate having a doping level that is less than a doping level of the semiconductor substrate. A plurality of trenches are formed through at least one half of a thickness of the epitaxial semiconductor surface layer. The epitaxial semiconductor surface layer is thicker than a depth of the plurality of trenches. At least one capacitor dielectric layer lines a surface of the trenches. At least one trench fill layer on the dielectric layer fills the trenches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: He Lin, Jiao Jia, Yunlong Liu, Manoj Jain
  • Patent number: 10587114
    Abstract: A bi-directional ESD protection device for an RF circuit that utilizes two pre-driver FETs to reliably maintain the gate voltage of a ggNMOS-type main transistor the lowest applied voltage (e.g., 0V) in order to maximize the main transistor's drain-to-source breakdown voltage, which determines the trigger voltage of the ESD protection device. One pre-driver FET couples the main transistor's gate to ground during positive voltage input signal phases, and the other pre-driver FET couples the main transistor's gate to the input signal path during negative voltage input signal phases. While the amplitude of the input signals remains below the main transistor's trigger voltage, the main transistor remains completely turned off, whereby the input signals are passed to I/O circuitry with minimal interference. Whenever the input signal exceeds the trigger voltage, the main transistor turns on to shunt the over-voltage/current to ground, thereby protecting the I/O circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Newport Fab, LLC
    Inventors: Roda Kanawati, Samir Chaudhry
  • Patent number: 10546851
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a substrate, including: a first line; a second line; a thin-film transistor (TFT) between the first line and the second line, having a floating gate structure, a source electrode electrically connected to the first line, and a drain electrode electrically connected to the second line; and a first point-discharge structure between the floating gate structure of the TFT and the first line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD
    Inventors: Pan Xu, Yongqian Li, Quanhu Li
  • Patent number: 10535730
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present application are directed towards an integrated circuit (IC) in which a high voltage metal-oxide-semiconductor (HVMOS) device is integrated with a high voltage junction termination (HVJT) device. In some embodiments, a first drift well and a second drift well are in a substrate. The first and second drift wells border in a ring-shaped pattern and have a first doping type. A peripheral well is in the substrate and has a second doping type opposite the first doping type. The peripheral well surrounds and separates the first and second drift wells. A body well is in the substrate and has the second doping type. Further, the body well overlies the first drift well and is spaced from the peripheral well by the first drift well. A gate electrode overlies a junction between the first drift well and the body well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Karthick Murukesan, Wen-Chih Chiang, Chun Lin Tsai, Ker-Hsiao Huo, Kuo-Ming Wu, Po-Chih Chen, Ru-Yi Su, Shiuan-Jeng Lin, Yi-Min Chen, Hung-Chou Lin, Yi-Cheng Chiu
  • Patent number: 10535647
    Abstract: The invention provides an ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) protection circuit including a clamp circuit, a switch element, and a detection circuit. The clamp circuit is coupled between an ESD bus and a ground node. The switch element is coupled between a supply node and the ESD bus. The detection circuit is configured to detect whether an ESD event occurs. When no ESD event occurs, the detection circuit closes the switch element, such that the ESD bus is coupled to the supply node. When the ESD event occurs, the detection circuit opens the switch element, such that the ESD bus is decoupled from the supply node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Yu-Jen Chen, Chien-Hui Chuang
  • Patent number: 10535649
    Abstract: An enhanced layout for a multiple-finger ESD protection device has several embodiments. In these embodiments, the base contacts of the NPN (or PNP) transistors utilized as voltage clamps in the multiple-finger NPN-based (or PNP-based) multiple-finger ESD protection device are disposed at opposite edges of the multiple-finger ESD protection device and oriented perpendicularly to the orientation of the fingers in the multiple-finger ESD protection device. Similarly, the body contacts of the NMOS (or PMOS) transistors utilized as voltage clamps in the multiple-finger NMOS-based (or PMOS-based) multiple-finger ESD protection device are disposed at opposite edges of the multiple-finger ESD protection device and oriented perpendicularly to the orientation of the fingers in the multiple-finger ESD protection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intersil Americas LLC
    Inventor: Abu T. Kabir
  • Patent number: 10475784
    Abstract: A semiconductor structure is provided. A substrate has a first conductivity type. A first well and a second well are formed in the substrate. The first well has a second conductivity type. The second well has the first conductivity type. A doped region is formed in the first well and has the second conductivity type. A gate structure is disposed over the substrate and overlaps a portion of the first well and a portion of the second well. An insulating layer is disposed over the substrate and is spaced apart from the gate structure. A conducting wire is disposed on the insulating layer and includes a first input terminal and a first output terminal. The first input terminal is configured to receive an input voltage. The first output terminal is electrically connected to the doped region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: VANGUARD INTERNATIONAL SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yu-Hao Ho, Shin-Cheng Lin, Wen-Hsin Lin, Cheng-Tsung Wu
  • Patent number: 10444265
    Abstract: A current level extraction method for preventing cutoff is disclosed. The method may include starting a voltage sweep to an interconnection structure at a certain temperature, measuring an initial resistance of the interconnection structure, calculating a measured resistance of the interconnection structure according to a corresponding input voltage, determining whether or not a resistance ratio of the measured resistance of the interconnection structure to the initial resistance is equal to or less than a preset value, updating a current value corresponding to measured resistance to a potential maximum current level and repeating the step of calculating the measured resistance when the resistance ratio of the interconnection structure is equal to or less than the preset value, and setting the current value corresponding to the measured resistance as a maximum current level when the resistance ratio of the interconnection structure is greater than the preset value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventors: Chang Hwi Lee, Sung Bae Kim, Si Woo Lee, Man Ho Seung
  • Patent number: 10446583
    Abstract: To provide a semiconductor device that is not easily damaged by ESD in a manufacturing process thereof. A layer whose band gap is greater than or equal to 2.5 eV and less than or equal to 4.2 eV, preferably greater than or equal to 2.7 eV and less than or equal to 3.5 eV is provided to overlap with a dicing line. A layer whose band gap is greater than or equal to 2.5 eV and less than or equal to 4.2 eV, preferably greater than or equal to 2.7 eV and less than or equal to 3.5 eV is provided around the semiconductor device such as a transistor. The layer may be in a floating state or may be supplied with a specific potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Kiyoshi Kato, Yuto Yakubo, Shuhei Nagatsuka
  • Patent number: 10411005
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes exemplary configurations and arrangements for various intelligent diodes. The intelligent diodes of the present disclosure can be implemented as part of electrostatic discharge protection circuitry to protect other electronic circuitry from the flow of electricity caused by electrostatic discharge events. The electrostatic discharge protection circuitry dissipates one or more unwanted transient signals which result from the electrostatic discharge event. In some situations, some carrier electrons and/or carrier holes can flow from intelligent diodes of the present disclosure into a semiconductor substrate. The exemplary configurations and arrangements described herein include various regions designed collect these carrier electrons and/or carrier holes to reduce the likelihood these carrier electrons and/or carrier holes cause latch-up of the other electronic circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Feng Chang, Jam-Wem Lee, Li-Wei Chu, Po-Lin Peng
  • Patent number: 10379414
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a display device having a function of performing display that is less likely to cause eye strain. In the configuration of the display device of the present invention, one of a source and a drain of a transistor (510) is electrically connected to one electrode of a resistor (580) and one electrode of a first capacitor (550), the other electrode of the resistor (580) is electrically connected to a first wiring (610), the other of the source and the drain of the transistor (510) is electrically connected to one electrode of a liquid crystal element (570) and one electrode of a second capacitor (560), and a gate of the transistor (510) is electrically connected to a second wiring (620).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Kensuke Yoshizumi, Hiroyuki Miyake
  • Patent number: 10297661
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a high voltage resistor device that is able to receive high voltages using a small footprint, and an associated method of fabrication. In some embodiments, the high voltage resistor device has a substrate including a first region with a first doping type, and a drift region arranged within the substrate over the first region and having a second doping type. A body region having the first doping type laterally contacts the drift region. A drain region having the second doping type is arranged within the drift region, and an isolation structure is over the substrate between the drain region and the body region. A resistor structure is over the isolation structure and has a high-voltage terminal coupled to the drain region and a low-voltage terminal coupled to a gate structure over the isolation structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Cheng Chiu, Wen-Chih Chiang, Chun Lin Tsai, Kuo-Ming Wu, Shiuan-Jeng Lin, Yi-Min Chen, Hung-Chou Lin, Karthick Murukesan
  • Patent number: 10262992
    Abstract: A semiconductor device having a first stack and a second stack of device components. The first stack has a transistor switching element having a channel, a source in contact with the channel, a drain in contact with the channel, and a gate structure at least partially disposed in a space defined between and separating the source and the drain. The first stack has a source connection to the source, and a drain connection to the drain. The second stack of device components is disposed underneath the first stack and has a semiconductor substrate of a doping type the same as the drain, and a pair of electrical contacts spaced apart on the semiconductor substrate and contacting a conduction path in the semiconductor substrate extending between the pair of electrical contacts. The drain connection is connected to one of the pair of electrical contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL SALES PTE. LIMITED
    Inventors: Qing Liu, Shom Ponoth, Akira Ito
  • Patent number: 10211201
    Abstract: An ESD protection device includes a MOS transistor connected between a first terminal and a second terminal and having a gate region, source/drain region and a well region electrically coupled by a resistive-capacitive circuit configured to control turn on of the MOS transistor in response to an ESD event. The resistive-capacitive circuit has a common part with at least one of the source, gate or drain regions of the MOS transistor and includes a capacitive element and a resistive element. A first electrode of the capacitive element is formed by the resistive element and a second electrode of the capacitive element is formed by at least a portion of a semiconductor film within which the source/drain region is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics SA
    Inventors: Philippe Galy, Sotirios Athanasiou
  • Patent number: 10204897
    Abstract: An ESD protection semiconductor device includes a substrate, a gate set formed on the substrate, a source region and a drain region formed in the substrate respectively at two sides of the gate set, and at least a doped region formed in the source region. The source region and the drain region include a first conductivity type, and the doped region includes a second conductivity type complementary to the first conductivity type. The doped region is electrically connected to a ground potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chung-Yu Huang, Kuan-Cheng Su, Tien-Hao Tang, Ping-Jui Chen, Po-Ya Lai
  • Patent number: 10177138
    Abstract: A semiconductor device used in a protection circuit including a thyristor and an LCR circuit which includes a coil L, a capacitor C and a resistor R, the semiconductor device may include: a semiconductor layer in which the thyristor is provided; an insulating film provided on the semiconductor layer; and a pair of electrodes provided on the insulating film and connected to a protection target circuit, wherein at least one of the coil L, the capacitor C and the resistor R is provided in the insulating film, and the at least one of the coil L, the capacitor C and the resistor R is connected to an anode of the thyristor by a first metal wire filling a first hole provided in the insulating film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA CHUO KENKYUSHO, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Narumasa Soejima, Yosuke Kanie, Kengo Shima
  • Patent number: 10170414
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a dummy fin structure disposed over a substrate, a dummy gate structure disposed over a part of the dummy fin structure, a first interlayer dielectric layer in which the dummy gate structure is embedded, a second interlayer dielectric layer disposed over the first interlayer dielectric layer, and a resistor wire formed of a conductive material and embedded in the second interlayer dielectric layer. The resistor wire overlaps the dummy gate structure in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Hsin Hu, Yu-Chiun Lin, Yi-Hsuan Chung, Chung-Peng Hsieh, Chung-Chieh Yang, Po-Nien Chen
  • Patent number: 10163809
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an integrated circuit device includes a semiconductor substrate. An active area is disposed in the semiconductor substrate. A first guard ring is disposed in the semiconductor substrate and entirely surrounds the active area. The first guard ring has a first conductivity type. A via penetrates through the semiconductor substrate and is spaced apart from the active area such that the via is disposed outside of the first guard ring. A second guard ring is disposed in the semiconductor substrate and entirely surrounds the via and the first guard ring. The second guard ring has the first conductivity type and is disjoint from the first guard ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaw-Juinn Horng, Chung-Peng Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10164097
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a substrate, at least one first isolation structure, at least two second isolation structures, and a plurality of epitaxy structures. The substrate has a plurality of semiconductor fins therein. The first isolation structure is disposed between the semiconductor fins. The semiconductor fins are disposed between the second isolation structures, and the second isolation structures extend into the substrate further than the first isolation structure. The epitaxy structures are respectively disposed on the semiconductor fins. The epitaxy structures are separated from each other, and at least one of the epitaxy structures has a substantially round profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yen-Ru Lee, Chii-Horng Li, Heng-Wen Ting, Tzu-Hsiang Hsu, Chih-Yun Chin
  • Patent number: 10157905
    Abstract: An integrated circuit device includes at least two epitaxially grown active regions grown onto a substrate, the active regions being placed between a first gate device and a second gate device. The integrated circuit device includes at least one dummy gate between the two epitaxially grown active regions and between the first gate device and the second gate device, wherein each active region is substantially uniform in length. The first gate device and the second device are formed over a first well having a first conductivity type and the dummy gate is formed over a second well having a second conductivity type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Wun-Jie Lin, Han-Jen Yang, Yu-Ti Su
  • Patent number: 10157903
    Abstract: A semiconductor device that improves the discharge capacity with respect to ESD without increasing the surface area of the semiconductor device includes a first conductive portion including plural portions, each of the plural portions having a first type of conductivity, and each of the plural portions extending in a first direction and being arranged in parallel at a distance from each other in a second direction that intersects the first direction; and a second conductive portion including an island portion provided between the respective plural portions of the first conductive portion and extending in the first direction, the second conductive portion having a second type of conductivity that is different from the first type of conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: LAPIS SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiko Higashi
  • Patent number: 10134725
    Abstract: The present application provides an electrostatic discharge protection circuit including a first N-type transistor, a second N-type transistor and a high-voltage tracing circuit. The high-voltage tracing circuit includes a first input terminal, a second input terminal and an output terminal. The first input terminal is coupled to the metal pad to receive a metal pad voltage. The second input terminal receives a supply voltage. The output terminal is coupled to the second N-type transistor and configured to output a high-voltage tracing voltage, wherein the high-voltage tracing voltage is larger than or equal to the metal pad voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsung-Lung Lee
  • Patent number: 10090215
    Abstract: A semiconductor die includes a semiconductor circuit disposed within or over a substrate. A conductive contact pad is disposed over the substrate outside the semiconductor circuit. A floating electrical path ends at a singulated edge of the die. The electrical path is electrically coupled to the conductive contact pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRIA AG
    Inventors: Andrew Christopher Graeme Wood, Gernot Fasching, Marius Aurel Bodea, Thomas Krotscheck Ostermann, Erwin Bacher
  • Patent number: 10068897
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device includes providing a semiconductor substrate including a source/drain region, an active transistor region, and a substrate contact region coupled to a body region. A shallow trench isolation (STI) area is formed in a major surface of the semiconductor substrate in between the active transistor region and the substrate contact region. The method further includes at least partially burying at least one capacitor in the STI area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Hartmud Terletzki
  • Patent number: 9991260
    Abstract: A method of determining the reliability of a high-voltage PMOS (HVPMOS) device includes determining a bulk resistance of the HVPMOS device, and evaluating the reliability of the HVPMOS device based on the bulk resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-Feng Huang, Chia-Chung Chen, Tse-Hua Lu
  • Patent number: 9985433
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided an open-drain-type output circuit which outputs a signal of an internal circuit. The output circuit includes a first signal output terminal, a first signal line, a first floating line, a first rectifier element, and a first ESD protection circuit. The first signal line connects the first signal output terminal and the internal circuit. Potential of the first floating line is not fixed. The first rectifier element is connected between the first signal output terminal and the first floating line. The first ESD protection circuit is connected between the first floating line and ground potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Shuichi Takada
  • Patent number: 9831463
    Abstract: There is provided an organic EL apparatus as an electro-optic apparatus including: a substrate; a light-emitting element that is provided at a first area of the substrate; a guard line that is provided to surround the first area; and a sealing film or a sealing structure that covers the first area and reaches the guard line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryoichi Nozawa
  • Patent number: 9728531
    Abstract: An integrated circuit device includes at least two epitaxially grown active regions grown onto a substrate, the active regions being placed between a first gate device and a second gate device. The integrated circuit device includes at least one dummy gate between the two epitaxially grown active regions and between the first gate device and the second gate device, wherein each active region is substantially uniform in length. The first gate device and the second device are formed over a first well having a first conductivity type and the dummy gate is formed over a second well having a second conductivity type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Wun-Jie Lin, Han-Jen Yang, Yu-Ti Su
  • Patent number: 9691757
    Abstract: Reduction of the speed of switching between the drain electrodes of transistors and the cathode electrodes of diodes due to the inductances of lines coupling them is inhibited. Transistors and diodes are formed over a substrate. The transistors and the diodes are arranged in a first direction. The substrate also includes a first line, first branch lines, and second branch lines formed thereover. The first line extends between the transistors and the diodes. The first branch lines are formed to branch from the first line in a direction to overlap the transistors and are coupled to the transistors. The second branch lines are formed to branch from the first line in a direction to overlap the diodes and are coupled to the diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinao Miura
  • Patent number: 9625932
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a switching mode converter and a method for controlling thereof. The switching mode converter includes a switching element, a bootstrap capacitor, and a control unit. The switching element is connected between one side of a first semiconductor device, another side of the first semiconductor device is connected to a ground, and an input power. The bootstrap capacitor is configured such that one side of the bootstrap capacitor is connected to the one side of the first semiconductor device. The control unit controls the output current or output voltage of a common charge pump provided to the switching element and the bootstrap capacitor in order to control the charging state of the bootstrap capacitor and the gate voltage of the switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Silicon Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wanyuan Qu, Young Jin Woo, Jin Yong Jeon, Dae Keun Han, Young Suk Son
  • Patent number: 9620606
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of liquid crystal display, and provides a method for manufacturing a TFT and the TFT thereof. The TFT includes: a base substrate; a gate electrode with a three-dimensional structure formed on the base substrate; a gate insulating layer for completely covering a top face and two side faces of the gate electrode; a semiconductor layer for completely covering a top face and two side faces of the gate insulating layer; a buffer layer for covering a top face and two side faces of the semiconductor layer at two ends of the semiconductor layer; and source and drain electrodes for completely covering a top face and two side faces of the buffer layer, wherein the semiconductor layer of the TFT is of a three-dimensional structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zongze He
  • Patent number: 9583388
    Abstract: A method for fabricating semiconductor device is disclosed. The method includes the steps of: providing a substrate having a gate structure thereon and an interlayer dielectric (ILD) layer surrounding the gate structure; forming a sacrificial layer on the gate structure; forming a first contact plug in the sacrificial layer and the ILD layer; removing the sacrificial layer; and forming a first dielectric layer on the gate structure and the first contact plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Chia-Lin Lu, Chun-Lung Chen, Kun-Yuan Liao, Feng-Yi Chang, Chieh-Te Chen
  • Patent number: 9461045
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a semiconductor device having two gate electrodes which are of about a same gate width as one another, and having a first diffusion region between the two gate electrodes. The semiconductor device also has second and third diffusion regions on opposing sides of the two gate electrodes from one another and which sandwich the two gate electrodes and the first source/drain region therebetween. Each of the second and third diffusion regions is longer than the first diffusion region in a direction of the gate width. Some embodiments include a semiconductor device having a PMOS construction and an NMOS construction, with both constructions having a shorter middle diffusion region sandwiched between a pair of longer outer diffusion regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Shintaro Asano, Yusuke Sakito
  • Patent number: 9461200
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes: a display region provided with a plurality of pixel portions; wires installed to the respective pixel portions within the display region from an outside of the display region and transmitting a signal to drive the respective pixel portions; connection pads provided on the outside of the display region and serving as input portions that provide the wires with a signal while electrically conducting with the wires; switch elements provided on the outside of the display region in a middle of the wires; and a light shielding covering portion shielding the switch elements from light and formed to cover the connection pads while electrically conducting with the connection pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: JOLED INC.
    Inventors: Shinya Tamonoki, Hiroshi Sagawa
  • Patent number: 9450403
    Abstract: Apparatus for protecting a device from transients. The apparatus includes a switching network and a transmission line electrically connecting an input to an output. The switching network includes a stub connected near the input with a detector at the other end, a switch, and a communication path therebetween. The detector detects a transient and communicates with the switch. The switch then actuates to place a low impendence across the output of the transmission line, thereby attenuating the transient. The switching network has a switching time that equals the sum of the times to detect the transient at the input, transmit a signal corresponding to the detection to the switch, and actuate the switch. The input signal travels from the input to the output along the transmission line, which has a propagation delay. The propagation delay is greater than the stub propagation time plus the switching time of the switch network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: ARC Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Jay Wiebe, William John Carey
  • Patent number: 9437140
    Abstract: An electro-optical device including a substrate; an array region which is formed on the substrate and in which a plurality of light emitting pixels are arranged two-dimensionally; first drive lines that are arranged in a row direction and are connected to each of the light emitting pixels; second drive lines that are arranged in a column direction and are connected to each of the light emitting pixels; a drive circuit that supplies a drive signal to at least one of the first drive line and the second drive line; an inspection terminal that is electrically connected to the drive circuit or the second drive lines; and an electrostatic protection circuit that is connected to the inspection terminal, in which at least a part of the electrostatic protection circuit overlaps the inspection terminal in a plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hitoshi Ota, Masanori Iwasaki, Makiko Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9337652
    Abstract: Apparatus for protecting a device from transients. The apparatus includes a switching network and a transmission line electrically connecting an input to an output. The switching network includes a detector, a switch, and a communication path therebetween. The detector, such as an electrical-to-optical converter, detects a transient at the input and communicates with the switch The switch then actuates to place a low impendence across the output of the transmission line, thereby attenuating the transient. The switching network has a switching time that equals the sum of the times to detect the transient at the input, transmit a signal corresponding to the detection to the switch, and actuate the switch. The input signal travels from the input to the output along the transmission line, which has a propagation delay. The propagation delay is greater than the switching time of the switch network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: ARC Technology, LLC
    Inventors: William John Carey, William Charles Nunnally, Aaron Jay Wiebe, Ryan David Nord
  • Patent number: 9331066
    Abstract: A method of detecting a parasitic transistor detecting is provided. The method includes extracting several diodes from a selected area, selecting at least one diode pair from the diodes in accordance with signals connected to the diodes, and filtering the at least one diode pair in accordance with a threshold distance to determine whether at least one parasitic transistor is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: TAIWAN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Ming-Huei Tsai, Yao-Jen Hsieh, Kai-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 9324703
    Abstract: The semiconductor device for protection from electrostatic discharges comprises several modules (MDi) for protection from electrostatic discharges comprising triggerable elements (TRi) coupled with triggering means, the said modules being connected between two terminals by the intermediary of a resistive network (R). A common semiconductor layer contacts all of the modules, each triggerable element (TRi) having at least one gate (GHi), and the triggering means comprise a single triggering circuit (TC) common to all of the triggerable elements and whose output is connected to the gates of all of the triggerable elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS SA
    Inventors: Philippe Galy, Jean Jimenez
  • Patent number: 9324845
    Abstract: Implementations are presented herein that include an ESD protection structure. The structure may include a plurality of first doped regions forming first terminals of a plurality of transistors, a plurality of second doped regions forming second terminals of the plurality of transistors, and a third doped region surrounding the plurality of first doped regions and the plurality of second doped regions to form a common third terminal of the plurality of transistors. The plurality of first doped regions and the plurality of second doped regions may be arranged in an alternating pattern such that an ESD discharge current received on any one of the plurality of first doped regions dissipates through at least two of the plurality of second doped regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventor: Krzysztof Domanski
  • Patent number: 9276116
    Abstract: A semiconductor device is provided. The semiconductor device includes a first fin on a substrate, a first gate electrode formed on the substrate to intersect the first fin, a first elevated source/drain on the first fin on both sides of the first gate electrode, and a first metal alloy layer on an upper surface and sidewall of the first elevated source/drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Elecronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigenobu Maeda, Tsukasa Matsuda, Hidenobu Fukutome
  • Patent number: 9236372
    Abstract: An integrated circuit ESD protection circuit (270) is formed with a combination device consisting of a gated diode (271) and an output buffer MOSFET (272) where the body tie fingers of a first conductivity type (307) are formed in the substrate (301, 302) and isolated from the drain regions of a second conductivity type (310) using a plurality of diode poly fingers (231, 232) which are interleaved with a plurality of poly gate fingers (204, 205) forming the output buffer MOSFET (272).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Stockinger