Signal Sensitivity Or Transmission Integrity Patents (Class 326/21)
  • Patent number: 8749267
    Abstract: A semiconductor device has a first controlled chip, including a first replica output circuit having the same configuration as a first output circuit, a first ZQ terminal connected to the first replica output circuit, a first through electrode connected to the first ZQ terminal, and a first control circuit which sets the impedance of the first replica output circuit. A control chip includes a second ZQ terminal connected to the first through electrode, a comparator circuit which compares a voltage of the second ZQ terminal with a reference voltage, and a second control circuit 123 which performs a process based on a comparison by the comparator circuit. The first control circuit and the second control circuit receive a common input signal to operate and sequentially change and set the impedance until the comparison result changes when an external resistance element is connected to the second ZQ terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Yoshiro Riho
  • Patent number: 8742788
    Abstract: A common mode control circuit (400) for generating a control signal indicative of a common mode signal in first and second signals of a differential signal pair comprises a first charge control means (300) for varying, dependent on polarity of the first and second signals with respect to a threshold, charge on a capacitive element (250, 260, 270). The first charge control means (300) is operable to, in response to the first and second signals both switching polarity simultaneously from opposite polarities, maintain a direction of flow of the charge. The first charge control means (300) can be operable to, in response to the first and second signals both switching polarity simultaneously from opposite polarities and the flow of charge being zero, maintain the flow at zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: ST-Ericsson SA
    Inventor: Bas Maria Putter
  • Patent number: 8736343
    Abstract: A logic signal isolator comprising a transformer having a primary winding and a secondary winding; a transmitter circuit which drives said primary winding in response to a received logic signal, such that in response to a first type of edge in the logic signal, a signal of a first predetermined type is supplied to the primary winding and in response to a second type of edge in the logic signal, a signal of a second predetermined type is supplied to said primary winding, the primary winding and the transmitter being referenced to a first ground; and the secondary winding being referenced to a second ground which is galvanically isolated from the first ground and said secondary winding supplying to a receiver circuit signals received in correspondence to the signals provided to the primary winding, the receiver reconstructing the received logic signal from the received signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Baoxing Chen, Geoffrey Haigh
  • Patent number: 8732425
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is provided with an arrangement of discrete circuit elements designed to reduce power consumption. Such an arrangement comprises a memory; a memory controller to generate a control signal which controls the memory according to a predetermined operating clock; and a transmission line disposed between the memory controller and the memory to allow the control signal to be transmitted to the memory, wherein the timing of the control signal is controlled by a change of the operating clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: June-bum Lee
  • Patent number: 8705636
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for estimating properties of a transmission line by means of features of a noise spectrum generated by noise entering said transmission line at an intermediate location between the ends of the line. The invention provides possibility to estimate a number of properties, e.g. length of a portion of the transmission line, line attenuation of said line portion and even line termination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Antoni Fertner, Miguel Berg, Per Ola Borjesson, Daniel Cederholm, Klas Ericson
  • Patent number: 8692574
    Abstract: Described is a communication system in a first integrated circuit (IC) communicates with a second IC via single-ended communication channels. A bidirectional reference channel extends between the first and second ICs and is terminated on both ends. The termination impedances at each end of the reference channel support different modes for communicating signals in different directions. The termination impedances for the reference channel can be optimized for each signaling direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventor: Kyung Suk Oh
  • Patent number: 8674720
    Abstract: A semiconductor device has a ZQ circuit (40) which generates impedance control information and an output buffer having an impedance controlled in response to the impedance control information. A plurality of control bits constituting the impedance control information are serially transferred from the ZQ circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Yoshinori Haraguchi
  • Publication number: 20140062527
    Abstract: An isolation receiver includes at least one isolation capacitor to provide a first logic signal in response to a second logic signal that is provided by a transmitter. The receiver includes a signal processing circuit to amplify the first logic signal to generate an amplified signal, and the signal processing circuit includes a an amplifier to apply a nonlinear function. A comparator of the receiver provides a third logic signal in response to the amplified signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Mills, Jing Li, Riad Samir Wahby
  • Patent number: 8648619
    Abstract: Apparatuses including termination for complementary signals are described, along with methods for terminating complementary signals. One such apparatus includes a termination transistor including a first node configured to receive a first complementary signal and a second node configured to receive a second complementary signal. A regulation circuit can generate a regulated voltage to render the termination transistor conductive with a substantially constant resistance. In one such method, a first complementary signal is received at a drain of a termination transistor and a second complementary signal is received at a source of the termination transistor. Energy of the complimentary signals can be absorbed when the termination transistor is rendered conductive. Additional embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: William Kammerer, Kalyan Kavalipurapu
  • Patent number: 8643398
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a core logic section of an integrated circuit is switched to be powered by a standby mode power voltage lower than a normal mode power voltage when the circuit is switched into a standby mode. The standby mode power voltage, however, is too low relative to normal ground to drive a transition logic section of the circuit. A special ground bus is provided in the transition logic section. The special ground bus is pulled down to a voltage below normal ground (i.e., a negative voltage) when the circuit is switched to the standby mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Mitch Liu
  • Patent number: 8645724
    Abstract: Consistent with embodiments of the present disclosure a redriver circuit is provided for a first and a second serial-unidirectional communications channel. The redriver circuit conditions received data signals by adjusting signal properties to correct for signal level attenuation and noise. The conditioned data signals are transmitted to corresponding outputs of the channels. The redriver circuit disables, in response to a first enable signal being inactive, current drawing circuitry of components for both channels on a common side of the redriver. The redriver circuit disables, in response to a second enable signal being inactive, current drawing circuitry of components for both channels on the other side of the redriver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Kenneth Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 8644365
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving an input signal in transmitter circuitry of a first semiconductor die and processing the input signal, sending the processed input signal to an isolation circuit of the die to generate a voltage isolated signal, and outputting the voltage isolated signal from the isolation circuit to a second semiconductor die coupled to the first semiconductor die via a bonding mechanism. Note that this second semiconductor die may not include isolation circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Silicon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Zhiwei Dong
  • Patent number: 8625728
    Abstract: A communication system including a phase-locked loop, a signal division controller, a divider, and a transmitter. The phase-locked loop is configured to generate an output signal in response to a common reference clock signal. The output signal is in phase lock with the common reference clock signal. The signal division controller is configured to receive a select signal, select an edge of a rising edge of the output signal and a falling edge of the output signal in response to the select signal, and generate a divider reset signal in response to the selected edge. The divider is configured to generate a communication clock signal by performing frequency division of the output signal. The divider reset signal controls a start time of the frequency division. The transmitter is configured to operate in response to the communication clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventor: Pierte Roo
  • Patent number: 8621256
    Abstract: There is provided a signal processing device which is capable of suppressing the influence of a digital data process on an analog signal process without completely stopping a digital data processing circuit. A signal processing device includes an analog signal processing circuit, a digital data processing circuit, a determination section configured to determine an influence of the digital data processing circuit on the analog signal processing circuit, and a control section configured to stop a partial circuit of the digital data processing circuit or lower processing capability thereof in response to a determination result of the determination section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yosihiro Minami
  • Patent number: 8610485
    Abstract: A gate drive circuit includes a turn-on circuit having an upper limiter for receiving a gate drive signal. The upper limiter has an output terminal. The turn-on circuit also has a transistor having a base connected to the output terminal of the upper limiter. In addition, the terminal has a terminal connected to a gate of a power switching device. The upper limiter limits a voltage input to the base of the transistor to not exceed a first predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuaki Hiyama
  • Patent number: 8610456
    Abstract: A buffer amplifier has a power on state and a sleep state. During regular operation a coupling state of a load to an output node is detected using feedback voltage. In a sleep mode and in a power collapse mode a detection current is injected into the output node, to produce a voltage, and the coupling state of the load is detected from the voltage. Optionally, the detection current and detecting of the voltage on the output node is enables by a low duty cycle clock. Optionally, signals generated in detecting the coupling state are qualified through a debounce circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Liviu Chiaburu, Shahin Mehdizad Taleie, Dongwon Seo, Roy B. Silverstein
  • Patent number: 8570062
    Abstract: An electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding circuit and a semiconductor integrated circuit including the same are provided. The EMI shielding circuit includes a data level comparison unit, a control signal generation unit, and a driver for EMI cancellation. The data level comparison unit generates a data comparison signal by comparing a number of high-level data transmitted through a plurality of data lines and a number of low-level data transmitted through the plurality of data lines. The control signal generation unit generates a driving control signal in response to the data comparison signal. The driver for EMI cancellation outputs an EMI cancellation signal in response to the driving control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: SK Hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Jun Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 8564327
    Abstract: A USB-based isolator system conveys USB signals between a pair of galvanically isolated circuit systems and supports controlled enumeration by a downstream device on upstream USB signal lines. The isolator system provides a multi-mode voltage regulator to support multiple voltage supply configurations. The isolator system further provides control systems for each of the isolated circuit systems and provides robust control in a variety of start up conditions. Additionally, the isolator system includes refresh timers and watchdog mechanisms to support persistent operation but manage possible communication errors that can arise between the isolated circuit systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Gaalaas, Mark Cantrell
  • Patent number: 8564328
    Abstract: A high-speed signaling system with adaptive transmit pre-emphasis. A transmit circuit has a plurality of output drivers to output a first signal onto a signal path. A receive circuit is coupled to receive the first signal via the signal path and configured to generate an indication of whether the first signal exceeds a threshold level. A first threshold control circuit is coupled to receive the indication from the receive circuit and configured to adjust the threshold level according to whether the first signal exceeds the threshold level. A drive strength control circuit is coupled to receive the indication from the receive circuit and configured to adjust a drive strength of at least one output driver of the plurality of output drivers according to whether the first signal exceeds the threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Rambus Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir M. Stojanovic, Andrew C. C. Ho, Anthony Bessios, Fred F. Chen, Elad Alon, Mark A. Horowitz
  • Publication number: 20130272048
    Abstract: A multi-die memory package may have separate chip enable inputs for the respective memory dice. Individual chip enable inputs may be separated by other chip connections such as power and ground. The memory dice may include multiple chip enable inputs to allow easy wire bonding of the individual chip enable inputs to a die without requiring any jumpers within the package. Circuitry may be included so that undriven chip enable inputs are masked and driven chip enable inputs may be propagated to the memory die to enable memory accesses while a single chip enable input is only connected to the capacitance of a single bonding pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Chu
  • Patent number: 8552758
    Abstract: Provided is a semiconductor integrated circuit according to an exemplary aspect of the present invention including a data transmitting circuit and a data receiving circuit that receives data transmitted from the data transmitting circuit. The data transmitting circuit includes a data output circuit that outputs the data or sets an output to a high impedance state, and a control circuit that outputs a control signal to the data output circuit so that the data output circuit outputs the data when the data transmitting circuit transmits the data, and the data output circuit keeps outputting data last output in the previous data transmission, during a predetermined period after the previous data transmission when the data transmitting circuit further transmits another data after transmitting the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Masayasu Komyo, Yoichi Iizuka
  • Publication number: 20130249591
    Abstract: A method of designing an integrated circuit, integrated circuits using different drive strengths and a signal integrity monitor are provide herein. In one embodiment, the signal integrity monitor includes: (1) a signal interface configured to receive a signal from a parallel data bus for transmission over a plurality of signal paths and (2) a victim signal identifier configured to dynamically determine a potential victim signal path of the plurality of signal paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: LSI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jay D. Harker, Marek J. Marasch, Jeff S. Brown, Mark F. Turner, Carol A. Anderson, Jay T. Daugherty
  • Patent number: 8525547
    Abstract: A USB-based isolator system conveys USB signals between a pair of galvanically isolated circuit systems and supports controlled enumeration by a downstream device on upstream USB signal lines. The isolator system provides a multi-mode voltage regulator to support multiple voltage supply configurations. The isolator system further provides control systems for each of the isolated circuit systems and provides robust control in a variety of start up conditions. Additionally, the isolator system includes refresh timers and watchdog mechanisms to support persistent operation but manage possible communication errors that can arise between the isolated circuit systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Gaalaas, Mark Cantrell
  • Patent number: 8508250
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein for an asymmetrical bus keeper circuit that provides asymmetrical drive towards one logic level. The asymmetrical bus keeper circuit comprises a first inverter stage having an input node and an output node, an asymmetrical inverter stage having an input node and an output node and a feedback stage with an input node and an output node. The input node of the asymmetrical inverter stage is connected to the output node of the first inverter stage. The input node of the feedback stage connected to the output node of the asymmetrical inverter stage and the output node of the feedback stage connected to the input node of the first inverter stage. The asymmetrical stage provides asymmetrical drive towards one logic level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: John Douglas McGinn
  • Patent number: 8497700
    Abstract: Systems and methods pertaining to propagation of digital data from a transmit side domain to a receive side domain through an intermediate isolation barrier are described. Specifically, a carrier waveform is superimposed upon a first logic level of a digital signal that is referenced to a first local ground. The digital signal with the superimposed first carrier waveform is propagated through the intermediate isolation barrier. On the receive side domain, the propagated digital signal is processed using a second local ground that is different than the first local ground, the processing including the use of the carrier waveform to enforce the first logic level upon an output digital signal generated from the propagated digital signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics
    Inventor: Geoffrey T Haigh
  • Patent number: 8497699
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling a driver to reduce data dependent noise, such as simultaneous switching effects and cross-talk effects. A plurality of drivers may each receive a data segment to transmit and a plurality of data segments that other drivers will transmit. A driver controller may adjust the time at which the data segment is transmitted in response to the plurality of data segments that the other drivers will transmit. The adjustment may compensate for simultaneous switching noise and cross-talk by, for example, delaying the transmission of a data segment or changing the slew rate of the signal carrying the data segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Chang Ki Kwon, Greg A. Blodgett
  • Patent number: 8493804
    Abstract: An embodiment includes configuring a current-limiting device to place along a power-supply bus to limit current through a first complimentary-metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) circuit coupled to the power-supply bus so that current does not exceed a trigger current level of a pnpn diode in a second CMOS circuit coupled to the power bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Ravindra M. Kapre, Shahin Sharifzadeh
  • Patent number: 8476931
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a core circuit including an integrated circuit; output drivers, each including sub-drivers to output digital data transferred from the core circuit, as output data; and a selector that selects a sub-driver to be driven from among the plurality of sub-drivers. Each of the sub-drivers includes: an output transistor connected between a first power supply and an output wiring line to allow the output data to rise or fall according to the digital data; and a switching transistor and a slew-rate control transistor which are connected in series between a gate of the output transistor and a second power supply. The switching transistor turns on or off the output transistor according to the digital data. A gate potential adjusted to determine a slew rate for rise or fall of the output data is selectively provided by the selector to each slew-rate control transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Fumiyoshi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 8461868
    Abstract: A chip comprising a signal transmitting circuit, a communication system between multiple chips and a method for configuring the communication system between multiple chips are provided. The signal transmitting circuit of the chip comprises a multi-route selector, a first bias resistor and a second bias resistor, a first signal line and a second signal line, and a signal transmitting end; wherein the multi-route selector comprises a first input end, a second input end, a selection input end and an output end, wherein the first input end is grounded, the second input end is connected to a DC bias voltage and the selection input end receives a selection signal; wherein the multi-route selector selects the first input end when the selection signal is a first selection signal, and the multi-route selector selects the second input end when the selection signal is a second selection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventor: Fei Wang
  • Patent number: 8451021
    Abstract: A method for calibrating resistors on an integrated circuit chip via a daisy chain scheme. The method comprises the step of configuring one or more links of the daisy chain scheme, wherein each of the one or more links comprises one or more master resistors and one or more slave resistors. The method further comprises the steps of calibrating at least one on-chip reference resistor, the one or more master resistors, and the one or more slave resistors via the daisy chain scheme. The method using the daisy chain scheme enables resistance of at least one off-chip reference resistor to be duplicated to multiple distant locations while maintaining a low mismatch error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Fox, Nathaniel J. Gibbs, Andrew B. Maki, David M. Onsongo, Trevor J. Timpane
  • Patent number: 8432182
    Abstract: A USB-based isolator system conveys USB signals between a pair of galvanically isolated circuit systems and supports controlled enumeration by a downstream device on upstream USB signal lines. The isolator system provides a multi-mode voltage regulator to support multiple voltage supply configurations. The isolator system further provides control systems for each of the isolated circuit systems and provides robust control in a variety of start up conditions. Additionally, the isolator system includes refresh timers and watchdog mechanisms to support persistent operation but manage possible communication errors that can arise between the isolated circuit systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Gaalaas, Mark Cantrell
  • Publication number: 20130099817
    Abstract: Systems and methods pertaining to propagation of digital data from a transmit side domain to a receive side domain through an intermediate isolation barrier are described. Specifically, a carrier waveform is superimposed upon a first logic level of a digital signal that is referenced to a first local ground. The digital signal with the superimposed first carrier waveform is propagated through the intermediate isolation barrier. On the receive side domain, the propagated digital signal is processed using a second local ground that is different than the first local ground, the processing including the use of the carrier waveform to enforce the first logic level upon an output digital signal generated from the propagated digital signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Geoffrey T. Haigh
  • Patent number: 8427196
    Abstract: A system includes analog supply circuitry providing first and second analog potentials. A switch module assumes first or second states to enable and inhibit transfer of an analog electrical signal from a source module to a user module based upon a driving electrical signal. A driving device drives, based upon the driving electrical signal, a control terminal of the switch module, allowing the switch module to assume the first or second state. The driving device allows the switch module to make a first driving transition from the first state to the second state, and a second driving transition from the second state to the first state. The driving device alternately connects the control terminal to a first reference potential, during the first state, and to a second reference potential, during the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.R.L.
    Inventors: Pierangelo Confalonieri, Federico Guanziroli, Marco Zamprogno
  • Patent number: 8421496
    Abstract: A digital logic circuit and a manufacture method of the digital logic circuit thereof are provided. The digital logic circuit includes a voltage rail, a ground rail, and a plurality of logic circuit rails, wherein each of the logic circuit rails is electrically connected to the voltage rail and the ground rail. The logic circuit rail includes a logic unit and an auxiliary unit electrically connected to the voltage rail and the ground rail. The logic unit includes a logic voltage end electrically connected to the voltage rail and a logic ground end electrically connected to the ground rail. The auxiliary unit includes an auxiliary voltage end electrically connected to the voltage rail and an auxiliary ground end electrically connected to the ground rail. At least one of the width ratio between the auxiliary voltage end and the logic voltage end and the width ratio between the auxiliary ground end and the logic ground end is greater than 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Raydium Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Ching-Jung Yang, Tsung-Ju Yu
  • Patent number: 8407653
    Abstract: Approaches for estimating a derating factor for a plurality of potential soft errors in a circuit implementation of a circuit design. A plurality of respective estimated toggle rates are determined for a plurality of circuit elements for implementing the circuit design. A derating factor of the circuit design is determined as a function of the estimated toggle rates of the plurality of circuit elements. The derating factor is an estimation of a fraction of the plurality of potential soft errors that would cause functional failure of the circuit design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Xilinx, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Schumacher, Austin H. Lesea
  • Patent number: 8395433
    Abstract: A cascoded input-output device is provided configured to receive at an input node a lower voltage input signal and to generate at an output node a higher voltage output signal. The input-output device is split into two voltage domains to enable output signals in a larger range to be generated, while the components of the input-output device individually operate in a smaller range. By applying a selected bias voltage to a protected node of the cascoded input-output device, first changing that selected bias voltage in response to a transition of the input signal and then switching that selected bias voltage back when the output signal reaches a predetermined level, that node is protected, either avoiding stress-inducing voltage swings or providing a switching speed increasing charge boost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: ARM Limited
    Inventors: Mikael Rien, Jean-Claude Duby
  • Patent number: 8395410
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a semiconductor integrated circuit includes a first circuit, a second circuit, and a signal propagation control circuit. The first circuit is configured to have a first power supply terminal. The second circuit is configured to have a second power supply terminal independent of the first power supply terminal. The signal propagation control circuit is configured to provide a first fixed value to the second circuit for a predetermined period after power is supplied to the second circuit, and after the predetermined period, configured to control whether to transfer an output signal from the first circuit to the second circuit or provide the first fixed value to the second circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Fumitoshi Hatori
  • Patent number: 8390314
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for improving transmission channel efficiency are provided. In an example, a digital signal is received. A leading portion of a bit in the digital signal is pre-emphasized. The received digital signal is modulated with a pre-emphasis signal to pre-emphasize a leading portion of the bit in the digital signal. The pre-emphasis signal provides pre-emphasis substantially when a clock is high and the received digital signal transitions. The pre-emphasis signal does not provide pre-emphasis when the received digital signal is low or the received digital signal is unchanged. The pre-emphasized digital signal is then transmitted via the transmission channel. In an example, the received digital signal us a pulse-amplitude modulated multilevel signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Harry H. Dang, Vannam Dang
  • Patent number: 8390312
    Abstract: A digital electronic circuit includes: a plurality of sequential elements; at least one data-conducting path connecting an input sequential element to a destination sequential element; a clock outputting a clock signal on a clock tree for setting the speed of the sequential elements; a monitoring device receiving, as an input, at least one data signal traveling on a conducting path and arriving at a destination sequential element, the monitoring device including: a module for defining at least one detection window according to the clock tree; and a detector for detecting a transition of each data signal received during a detection window; and wherein each detection window is defined so as to enable the detection or anticipation of a fault corresponding to a violation of the rise time or the maintenance time of a data signal relative to a clock signal edge received by the destination sequential element receiving the data signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux energies alternatives
    Inventors: Bettina Rebaud, Marc Belleville, Philippe Lionel Maurine
  • Patent number: 8384420
    Abstract: This invention is a method of operating a system having multiple finite state machines where each finite state machine generating a ready signal when its operation is complete. This invention selects a set of the finite state machines to participate in an operation. If one or more of the finite state machines are selected for operation, the method waits until all selected finite state machines generate the ready signal. If none of the finite state machines are selected for operation, the method waits until at least one non-selected finite state machine generates the ready signal. This waiting can be accomplished with a precharge-conditional discharge circuit used for voting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Gary L. Swoboda
  • Patent number: 8384422
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention is a terminal resistance device including a variable terminal resistance unit including a plurality of first terminal resistance elements connectable to a transmission path and a terminal resistance control unit that transmits a first control signal of a thermometer code to the variable terminal resistance unit. The first terminal resistance elements have the same resistance value and the first control signal is a signal for selecting the first terminal resistance elements to be connected to the transmission path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Yuuji Matsui, Noriaki Suyama
  • Patent number: 8373435
    Abstract: A system comprises a first signal processing logic module and at least one further signal processing logic module. The system further comprises mismatch handler logic module arranged to detect a mismatch between outputs of the first and at least one further signal processing logic module, the mismatch between outputs indicating a failed operation. The mismatch handler logic module further arranged, upon detection of a mismatch between outputs of the first and at least one further signal processing logic module, to analyze internal states of the first and at least one further signal processing logic module, determine whether the cause of the output mismatch is due to a transient fault, and upon determination that the cause of the output mismatch is due to a transient fault, to re-synchronize the first and at least one further signal processing logic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Florian Bogenberger, Christopher Temple
  • Patent number: 8362805
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an integrated circuit may include one or more power managed blocks and a power manager circuit. The power manager circuit may be configured to generate a block enable for each power managed block and a block enable clock. The power managed block may generate local block enables to various power switches in the power managed block, staggering the block enables over two or more block enable clock cycles. In particular, the power managed block may include a set of series-connected flops that receive the block enable from the power manager circuit. The output of each flop may be coupled to a respective set of power switches and may enabled those switches. The change in current flow due to enabling and/or disabling the power managed block may thus be controlled. In an embodiment, the frequency of the block enable clock may be set to a defined value independent of process, voltage, and temperature conditions in the integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Shingo Suzuki, Vincent R. von Kaenel, Toshinari Takayanagi, Conrad H. Ziesler, Daniel C. Murray
  • Publication number: 20130009665
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an integrated electronic circuit including elements enabling to implement a logic function and means for attenuating the sensitivity of said elements to external disturbances, said attenuation means being disconnectable during phases of intentional modification of the state of said elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: STMicroelectronics SAS (Crolles)
    Inventors: Sylvain Clerc, Gilles Gasiot, Maximillen Glorieux
  • Publication number: 20130002289
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a receptacle having a plurality of pins for connecting a plug of a transmission cable; and a transmission cable determination section adapted to apply a predetermined voltage to a predetermined one of the pins of the receptacle to determine a category of the transmission cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuaki TOBA
  • Patent number: 8344761
    Abstract: Included are embodiments of a 3-level line driver. At least one embodiment of a method includes generating a repetitive wave; receiving an input signal and a complement of the input signal; providing a 3-level output signal; and filtering a feedback signal, the means for filtering including at least one of the following: a 0th order filter, and an even order filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ikanos Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Kadaba Lakshmikumar, Sander Laurentius Johannes Gierkink
  • Patent number: 8339161
    Abstract: A voltage buffer may include a first signal path extending from an input terminal to an output terminal in which the first signal path further may include a buffer transistor that may have a control terminal, and a first and second current terminals responsive to the control terminal. In the first signal path, the control terminal may be connected to the input terminal, the first current terminal may be connected to the output terminal, and the first signal path may supply a load current to a load device responsive to an input signal at the input terminal. The voltage buffer further may include a second signal path extending from the input terminal to a current source node. The second signal path may include a replica load device. The voltage buffer further may include a current source supplying substantially constant current and coupled to the current source node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Ahmed Mohamed Abdelatty Ali
  • Publication number: 20120306893
    Abstract: A pre-emphasis circuit is disclosed. In one embodiment, a pre-emphasis circuit includes a first signal path configured to receive a first signal and a second signal path configured to receive the first signal. The second signal path includes a re-timing circuit configured to delay the first signal by a pre-determined amount to produce a second signal. The pre-emphasis circuit also includes a summing circuit coupled to receive the first signal from the first signal path and the second signal from the second signal path. The summing circuit is configured to add the second signal to the first signal to produce a third signal, wherein the third signal is logically equivalent to the first signal. The third signal has a first magnitude for a first portion of a bit-time of the first signal, and a second magnitude for a second portion of the bit-time of the first signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Sandra Liu, Eric W. Hu, Chih-Tsung Ku
  • Publication number: 20120293198
    Abstract: A multi-threshold null convention logic circuit. The circuit includes a first circuit, a first high-threshold transistor coupled to Vcc, and an inverter receiving power from the first high-threshold transistor, driven by the first circuit, and including an output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
    Inventors: Jia Di, Scott Christopher Smith
  • Patent number: RE44134
    Abstract: Input structures and topologies are provided for coupling a differential input into a first stage of a circuit, topology, or device. An input pin is coupled to an impedance divider that translates an input voltage to accommodate low input voltage levels, while not saturating an input differential pair. A termination pair with a center tap pin is further coupled to the input pins. The center tap facilitates coupling different termination configurations to the input signal. The topologies accommodate packaged devices that have at least three external pins, two pins for the coupling of a differential input signal, and a pin for the termination pair center tap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Micrel, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas S. Wong, Stephen J. B. Pratt