Crystal Patents (Class 331/158)
  • Patent number: 10931232
    Abstract: A crystal oscillator circuit (100, 200) is described that includes a crystal resonator (220); and a voltage source (204) configured to apply a voltage step across the crystal oscillator (220) where a polarity of the voltage source (204) applied to the crystal resonator (220) is switched in response to a sign of a current passing through the crystal resonator (220) and in response thereto a self-timed energy injection waveform is provided to the crystal resonator (220).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Ronan van der Zee, Joeri Lechevallier
  • Patent number: 10931235
    Abstract: A sensing sensor includes an oscillator circuit, a base, a connection portion, and a temperature changing unit. The oscillator circuit oscillates the piezoelectric resonator. The base includes a base main body in which a depressed portion is provided and a lid portion at one side, supports the piezoelectric resonator at another side, and is for taking the oscillation frequency to an outside of the sensing sensor. The depressed portion houses the oscillator circuit. The lid portion covers the depressed portion. The connection portion is disposed at the one side of the base and connected to a cooling mechanism for cooling the base from the one side. The temperature changing unit is interposed between the piezoelectric resonator and the base, so as to cool and heat the piezoelectric resonator and transfer a heat radiated for cooling the piezoelectric resonator from the other side of the base to the one side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: NIHON DEMPA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuki Yanagisawa, Hiroyuki Kukita, Shohei Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10924061
    Abstract: A crystal oscillator includes an inverter configured to receive a first voltage at a first node and output a second voltage at a second node, a stacked-diode feedback network inserted between the first node and the second node, a waveform shaper configured to couple the second node to a third node in accordance with the first voltage, a crystal inserted between a fourth node and a fifth node, wherein the fourth node is coupled to the third node, and the fifth node is coupled to the first node, a first shunt capacitor inserted between the fourth node and a ground node, and a second shunt capacitor inserted between the fifth node to and the ground node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR CORP.
    Inventor: Chia-Liang (Leon) Lin
  • Patent number: 10914643
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a crystal model for a test product including a crystal oscillator are herein disclosed. The method includes measuring a first temperature of the test product and measuring a first frequency error of the crystal oscillator at a first calibration point during a product testing process, measuring a second temperature of the test product and measuring a second frequency error of the crystal oscillator at a second calibration point during the product testing process, estimating two parameters from the first temperature, first frequency error, second temperature, and second frequency error, and determining a 3rd order polynomial for the crystal model based on the two parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Daniel Babitch, Kuangmin Li
  • Patent number: 10910995
    Abstract: An oscillator includes a first container, a second container accommodated in the first container, a resonator element accommodated in the second container, a temperature sensor accommodated in the second container, a first circuit element that is accommodated in the second container and includes an oscillation circuit that causes the resonator element to oscillate so as to generate an oscillation signal on which temperature compensation is performed based on a detected temperature of the temperature sensor, and a second circuit element that is accommodated in the first container and includes a frequency control circuit that controls a frequency of the oscillation signal. The second container and the second circuit element are stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shinya Aoki, Ryuta Nishizawa
  • Patent number: 10897226
    Abstract: An oscillator includes a first container that includes a first base substrate and a first lid bonded to the first base substrate and has a first internal space, a second container that is accommodated in the first internal space and fixed to the first base substrate, a resonator element that is accommodated in the second container, a temperature sensor that is accommodated in the second container, a first circuit element that is accommodated in the second container and includes an oscillation circuit oscillating the resonator element and generating an oscillation signal on which temperature compensation is performed based on a detected temperature of the temperature sensor, and a second circuit element that is fixed to the first base substrate and includes a frequency control circuit that controls a frequency of the oscillation signal, in which the second container and the second circuit element are arranged side by side in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuta Nishizawa, Shinya Aoki
  • Patent number: 10897224
    Abstract: An oscillator includes a first container that includes a first base substrate and a first lid and that has a first internal space, a second container that is fixed to the first base substrate in the first internal space and that includes a second base substrate and a second lid and that has a second internal space, a resonator element that is disposed on the lower surface side of the second base substrate in the second internal space, a temperature sensor that is disposed on the upper surface side of the second base substrate, a first circuit element that includes an oscillation circuit and a second circuit element that is fixed to the first base substrate in the first internal space and that includes a frequency control circuit that controls a frequency of the oscillation signal output by the oscillation circuit. The second container and the second circuit element are arranged side by side in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ryuta Nishizawa, Shinya Aoki
  • Patent number: 10886877
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for compensating for mechanical acceleration at a reference oscillator. A reference oscillator provides an oscillator output signal and an accelerometer on a same platform as the reference oscillator, such that mechanical acceleration at the reference oscillator is detected at the accelerometer to produce a measured acceleration. A filter assembly, having an associated set of filter weights, receives the measured acceleration from the accelerometer and provides a tuning control signal responsive to the measured acceleration to a frequency reference associated with the system. An adaptive weighting component receives the oscillator output signal of the reference oscillator and an external signal that is provided from a source external to the platform and adjusts the set of filter weights for the filter assembly based on a comparison of the external signal and the oscillator output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: VIASAT, INC.
    Inventors: Branislav A. Petrovic, Michail K. Tsatsanis
  • Patent number: 10868543
    Abstract: An oscillator circuit comprises a crystal oscillator arranged to generate an oscillation signal, a bias current generator arranged to supply a bias current to the crystal oscillator, and a feedback stage arranged to generate a feedback signal in response to an amplitude of the oscillation signal reaching an amplitude threshold. The bias current generator is arranged to: in response to a supply of power to the oscillator circuit being switched on, generate the bias current at an increasing level commencing from a first level; in response to the feedback signal, terminate the increasing; and during subsequent oscillation of the crystal oscillator, supply the bias current at a second level dependent on a final level of the bias current reached when the increasing is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Janne Peltonen, Christian Elgaard, Anna-Karin Stenman
  • Patent number: 10848102
    Abstract: Provided is a crystal oscillator, including: a crystal; an oscillating circuit including a first oscillating transistor and a second oscillating transistor, where the first oscillating transistor and the second oscillating transistor are configured to provide transconductance for starting oscillation and maintaining oscillation of the crystal; a first driving circuit configured to generate a stable reference current; and a second driving circuit, configured to supply an operating voltage to the oscillating circuit and make an operating current of the first oscillating transistor and the second oscillating transistor be a stable current according to the reference current, where the operating voltage is used to control the first oscillating transistor and the second oscillating transistor to operate in a sub-threshold region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mengwen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10823623
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a crystal model for a test product including a crystal oscillator are herein disclosed. The method includes measuring a first temperature of the test product and measuring a first frequency error of the crystal oscillator at a first calibration point during a product testing process, measuring a second temperature of the test product and measuring a second frequency error of the crystal oscillator at a second calibration point during the product testing process, estimating two parameters from the first temperature, first frequency error, second temperature, and second frequency error, and determining a 3rd order polynomial for the crystal model based on the two parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Daniel Babitch, Kuangmin Li
  • Patent number: 10826500
    Abstract: An oscillator circuit comprises a crystal oscillator arranged to generate an oscillation signal, a bias current generator arranged to supply a bias current to the crystal oscillator, and a feedback stage arranged to generate a feedback signal in response to an amplitude of the oscillation signal reaching an amplitude threshold. The bias current generator is arranged to: in response to a supply of power to the oscillator circuit being switched on, generate the bias current at an increasing level commencing from a first level; in response to the feedback signal, terminate the increasing; and during subsequent oscillation of the crystal oscillator, supply the bias current at a second level dependent on a final level of the bias current reached when the increasing is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Janne Peltonen, Christian Elgaard, Anna-Karin Stenman
  • Patent number: 10778147
    Abstract: A drive level auto-tuning system includes a driver circuit, a resonant circuit, a driver controller and an automatic tuner. The resonant circuit is electrically connected to the driver circuit. The driver controller is electrically connected to the driver circuit. The automatic tuner is electrically connected to the driver controller, and the automatic tuner is configured to acquire a root-mean-square (RMS) current measured from the resonant circuit, so as to command the driver controller to automatically adjust a gain of driver circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: NANYA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chung-Peng Hao
  • Patent number: 10771038
    Abstract: A crystal unit includes an AT-cut crystal element that has a planar shape in a rectangular shape and a part as a thick portion. The crystal element includes a first end portion, a first depressed portion, the thick portion, a second depressed portion, and a second end portion in this order from a side of one short side, in viewing a cross section taken along a longitudinal direction near a center of the short side. The first depressed portion is a depressed portion disposed from the thick portion toward the first end portion side, depressed with a predetermined angle ?a and subsequently bulged, and connected to the first end portion. The second depressed portion is a depressed portion disposed from the thick portion toward the second end portion side, depressed with a predetermined angle ?b and subsequently bulged, and connected to the second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIHON DEMPA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Toshikawa, Shinobu Yoshida, Hirokazu Iwata
  • Patent number: 10756699
    Abstract: A pedestal for a vibration element includes a main body that includes two connection portions, two clearance portions, a mounting portion, and arm portions. The two connection portions are formed along long sides of the main body and contact the base plate. The two clearance portions are formed on insides of the main body with respect to the connection portions and formed along the long sides. The mounting portion is located between the two clearance portions. The vibration element is mounted to the mounting portion. The arm portions are formed on four corners of the main body and connect the mounting portion to the connection portions. A metal pattern is connected to an electrode formed on the vibration element. The metal pattern is formed to connect the mounting portion, the arm portions, and the connection portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIHON DEMPA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomonori Abe
  • Patent number: 10756671
    Abstract: An apparatus that is comprised of a controller, a digital-to-analog converter (DAC), a temperature sensor, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and a voltage controlled oscillator (VCO). The controller to reads temperature data proportional to a temperature of the VCO, reads previously-calculated calibration data based on the read temperature data, determines a frequency command signal based on the read previously-calculated calibration data, and outputs the frequency command signal. The DAC converts the frequency command signal into a frequency analog signal. The temperature sensor produces the temperature signal. The ADC converts the temperature signal into the temperature data. The VCO produces an output frequency based on the frequency analog signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: IXI Technology Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Dekoker, Jeffrey Norris, Anthony Aquino, Cary Carlson
  • Patent number: 10749533
    Abstract: An oscillator includes a board having a first surface, and provided with a housing section opening on the first surface, a resonator including a resonator element and a resonator package configured to house the resonator element, a heat generator attached to the resonator, electrically connected to the resonator package, and disposed inside the housing section, and a plurality of lead terminals connected to the board, and configured to support the resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manabu Kondo, Kazuhiko Shimodaira, Kenji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10749467
    Abstract: A piezoelectric resonator unit includes a base member having a mounting surface. A piezoelectric resonator is mounted on the mounting surface and a lid member is bonded to the mounting surface such that the piezoelectric resonator is hermetically sealed in an inner space. A heat conductor is connected to a temperature sensor that detects a temperature of the piezoelectric resonator and is connected to a heating element that radiates heat onto the piezoelectric resonator. The heat conductor has a portion that is arranged in the inner space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Noto
  • Patent number: 10749536
    Abstract: Clock circuits, components, systems and signal processing methods enabling digital communication are described. A phase locked loop device derives an output signal locked to a first reference clock signal in a feedback loop. A common phase detector is employed to obtain phase differences between a copy of the output signal and a second reference clock signal. The phase differences are employed in an integral phase control loop within the feedback loop to lock the phase locked loop device to the center frequency of the second reference signal. The phase differences are also employed in a proportional phase control loop within the feedback loop to reduce the effect of imperfect component operation. Cascading the integral and proportional phase control within the feedback loop enables an amount of phase error to be filtered out from the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ciena Corporation
    Inventors: Sadok Aouini, Naim Ben-Hamida, Timothy James Creasy, Ahmad Abdo, Mahdi Parvizi, Lukas Jakober
  • Patent number: 10734947
    Abstract: Method and system for temperature-dependent frequency compensation. For example, the method for temperature-dependent frequency compensation includes determining a first frequency compensation as a first function of temperature using one or more crystal oscillators, processing information associated with the first frequency compensation as the first function of temperature, and determining a second frequency compensation for a crystal oscillator as a second function of temperature based on at least information associated with the first frequency compensation as the first function of temperature. The one or more crystal oscillators do not include the crystal oscillator, and the first frequency compensation as the first function of temperature is different from the second frequency compensation as the second function of temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Guangzhou On-Bright Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rusheng Zhou, Jiapeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10725285
    Abstract: Provided is a display device capable of reliably moving a micromirror to a parking position when operation is stopped. A head-up display device drives a DMD element on the basis of electric power from a battery power supply. The head-up display device is provided with: a DMD controller for performing control of the DMD element on the basis of the electric power from the battery power supply; a voltage monitoring circuit for monitoring the voltage of the battery power supply; and a backup power supply for supplying power to the DMD controller as a backup of the battery power supply. When the voltage of the battery power supply which has been monitored by the voltage monitoring circuit falls to or below a threshold value, the DMD controller moves the DMD element to the parking position on the basis of the electric power from the backup power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuki Honma, Makoto Hada
  • Patent number: 10715058
    Abstract: A piezoelectric device includes an insulating substrate, a piezoelectric vibration device that is mounted on a device mounting pad, a metal lid member that seals the piezoelectric vibration device in an airtight manner, an external pad that is arranged outside the insulating substrate, an oscillation circuit, a temperature compensation circuit, and a temperature sensor. The lid member and the temperature sensor or the lid member and the IC component are connected to each other so as to be heat-transferable, and a heat transfer member having thermal conductivity higher than that of the material of the insulating substrate is additionally included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kyo Horie
  • Patent number: 10693470
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for power supply for a voltage controller oscillator (VCO), where the power supply has a closed loop mode and an open loop mode. In closed loop mode, a peak detector circuit determines the amplitude of the output for the VCO, which is compared to a reference value in an automatic gain control loop. An input voltage for the VCO is determined based on a difference between the reference value and the output of the peak detector circuit. The peak detector circuit can be implemented using parasitic bipolar devices in an integrated circuit formed in a CMOS process. While operating in the closed loop mode, a controller monitors the input voltage and, when the input voltage is stabilized, the controller uses this input voltage value determined in open loop mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence E Connell, Michael Bushman
  • Patent number: 10691150
    Abstract: A redriver powers up a high-speed channel within a time window sufficient to satisfy the requirements of a CIO mode of operation. The redriver includes a signal detector for a channel and control logic to activate the channel within a time window that satisfies operation in a CIO mode. The control logic may activate the channel by controlling a first bias current for a first circuit of the channel based on a signal detected by the signal detector. The first bias current may be greater than a second bias current for the first circuit during a mode different from the CIO mode. These features may form any linear or limiting redriver for a faster power-up time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Siamak Delshadpour, Soon-Gil Jung
  • Patent number: 10680554
    Abstract: A circuit device includes a drive circuit driving a resonator, an oscillation circuit having the resonator and a variable capacitance circuit coupled to an oscillation loop including the drive circuit, and a D/A converter circuit that performs D/A conversion on frequency control data and outputs a first voltage signal and a second voltage signal which are differential signals. The variable capacitance circuit includes a first variable capacitance capacitor, to one end of which the first voltage signal is input and, to the other end of which a first bias voltage is input and a second variable capacitance capacitor, to one end of which the second voltage signal is input and, to the other end of which a second bias voltage is input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideo Haneda, Akio Tsutsumi
  • Patent number: 10666196
    Abstract: A crystal oscillator control circuit includes a first terminal and a second terminal, a current source, and a peak detection and bias voltage adjustment circuit. The first terminal and the second terminal are arranged to couple the crystal oscillator control circuit to a crystal. The current source is coupled to a power supply voltage and generates a bias current. The peak detection and bias voltage adjustment circuit is coupled between the bias current and a ground voltage and coupled to the first terminal, and performs peak detection and bias voltage adjustment to correspondingly generate a first signal at a node. The low-pass filter low-pass filters the first signal to generate a filtered signal. The feedback control circuit is arranged to perform feedback control according to the filtered signal to generate an oscillation signal at one or both of the first terminal and the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Artery Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Baotian Hao, Weitie Wang, Chao Li
  • Patent number: 10666268
    Abstract: Temperature-independent clock generation systems and methods are described that include a trained neural network coupled to a frequency correction circuit that corrects a crystal resonator output of a clock signal having a frequency that changes with changes in temperature. The neural network is trained with test temperatures and corresponding temperature based changes in frequency for test resonators of the same type as the resonator of the real time clock. The neutral network is trained to output frequency corrections based on a set of measured reference temperature-based changes in frequency for the crystal resonator and a current temperature of the resonator. The frequency correction circuit receives the frequency corrections from the neural network and corrects changes in the frequency caused by the changes in temperature of the resonator to provide a clock signal having an output frequency that is independent of the current temperature of the resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Eta Compute, Inc.
    Inventor: Gopal Raghavan
  • Patent number: 10663598
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic device includes an oscillator circuit that outputs a clock signal of predetermined frequency, a clock circuit that counts date and time in accordance with input of the clock signal, a temperature sensor that measures a temperature relating to a change of the predetermined frequency, a receiver that receives a radio wave from a positioning satellite, and a first processor and/or a second processor. The first processor and/or the second processor estimates an amount of time count difference in date and time counted by the clock circuit on the basis of a history of temperatures measured by the temperature sensor, and combines date and time counted by the clock circuit, the estimated amount of time count difference, and part of date-and-time information obtained from a radio wave received by the receiver to identify current date and time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Matsue, Tatsuya Sekitsuka
  • Patent number: 10658976
    Abstract: A crystal oscillator with a configuration that allows for reduction of power consumption includes a crystal element, a first transistor, a second transistor, a third transistor, a fourth transistor, a fifth transistor, a sixth transistor, a seventh transistor, an eighth transistor, a ninth transistor, a crystal element. The crystal element includes a first terminal coupled to a control terminal of the seventh transistor and a second terminal coupled to a first terminal of the seventh transistor. The second transistor includes a control terminal coupled to an output terminal of the crystal oscillator and a first terminal of the ninth transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Ke-Han Chen, Min-Chia Wang
  • Patent number: 10658972
    Abstract: A piezoelectric oscillator includes a base member on which a piezoelectric resonator is mounted, a first lid member that seals the piezoelectric resonator on the base member, and a second lid member that seals the first lid member on the base member. The first lid member and the second lid member are each joined to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Oya, Hiroaki Kaida, Yoshihiro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10651855
    Abstract: An oscillator includes a container, an oscillation element housed in the container, a heating circuit housed in the container, and adapted to control a temperature of the oscillation element, a temperature detection circuit housed in the container, a temperature control circuit housed in the container, and adapted to control the heating circuit based on an output of the temperature detection circuit, at least one connecting wire housed in the container, and electrically connects a ground of the temperature detection circuit and a ground of the temperature control circuit to each other, and a ground external terminal disposed on an outer surface of the container, and electrically connected to the ground of the temperature detection circuit and the ground of the temperature control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10651854
    Abstract: A method of compensating for the temperature related frequency drift of an oscillator. The method comprises using an external reference frequency signal to derive oscillator compensation data over a range of operating temperatures, storing the oscillator compensation data in a first table, and, for a given operating temperature, using the first table to obtain corresponding oscillator compensation data and applying that data to provide compensation for the temperature related frequency drift. The method further comprises defining, for the range of operating temperatures, a series of temperature slots each sub-divided into a series of temperature bins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: u-blox AG
    Inventors: Roderick Bryant, Eamonn Glennon
  • Patent number: 10644647
    Abstract: An oscillator includes a first package including a first base, and a first lid bonded to the first base, a first temperature controller housed in the first package, and mounted on the first base, a second temperature controller housed in the first package, and mounted on the first base, and a circuit element housed in the first package, mounted on the first base, and including at least a part of an oscillation circuit, the circuit element is disposed between the first temperature controller and the second temperature controller in a planar view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Manabu Kondo
  • Patent number: 10644704
    Abstract: A package includes a base member and a first projecting portion that projects from one surface of the base member. The first projecting portion contacts a first substrate on which an electronic component is mounted, and has an insulating property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kensaku Isohata, Takayuki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 10634533
    Abstract: A device includes an acoustic resonance cavity through which fluid can flow and which can support an acoustic standing wave. The frequency of a supported wave varies with fluid temperature over an operating temperature range, thereby defining an operating frequency range. The device includes two acoustic transducers for generating and detecting the acoustic standing wave. Each transducer couples to an electric network including an inductive component and a capacitive component. The inductive and capacitive components and the connected transducer define a resonance behavior in which signals in a first part of the operating frequency range in which the transducer has a first sensitivity are amplified relative to signals in a second part of the operating frequency range in which the transducer has a higher second sensitivity. Amplitude variations through the resonance cavity, acoustic transducers and electric networks are less than amplitude variations through only the resonance cavity and acoustic transducers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: FT Technologies (UK) LTD
    Inventor: Michael Kincel
  • Patent number: 10630298
    Abstract: Systems and processes disclosed herein determine the temperature of a crystal, such as a crystal that may be used in a crystal oscillator, using the reference crystal itself. The system can measure the temperature of the crystal without a temperature sensor. Further, a single oven technique may be used to maintain the temperature of the reference crystal. Thus, in certain embodiments, a more compact crystal oscillator can be generated compared to conventional techniques. Further, by measuring the reference crystal based on signals generated by the reference crystal itself, the system disclosed herein is more accurate than many previous crystal oscillator systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Greenray Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Fry
  • Patent number: 10623002
    Abstract: A circuit device includes an A/D conversion section adapted to output temperature detection data, a temperature compensation section adapted to perform a temperature compensation process of the oscillation frequency based on the temperature detection data, and an oscillation signal generation circuit adapted to generate an oscillation signal using frequency control data from the temperature compensation section and a resonator. The frequency control data from the temperature compensation section is input to the oscillation signal generation circuit during a normal operation, and during a period other than the normal operation, data generated by a PLL circuit for comparing an input signal based on an output signal of the oscillation signal generation circuit and a reference signal with each other is input to the oscillation signal generation circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masashi Hattori
  • Patent number: 10614860
    Abstract: Systems and devices are provided for fully discharging leakage current generated during standby and/or power down modes regardless of variations in PVT conditions. An apparatus may include a power generation unit that powers components of the apparatus and a bleeder circuit. The bleeder circuit may include an operational amplifier. Further, the bleeder circuit may include leakage current generator circuitry that is coupled to the operational amplifier and generates a first current that mimics leakage current generated by the power generation unit. Furthermore, the bleeder circuit may include leakage current mirroring circuitry that is coupled to an output of the operational amplifier and that generates a second current that mirrors the first current. In addition, the bleeder circuit may also include leakage current bleeder circuitry that is coupled to the leakage current mirroring circuitry and that generates a third current that sinks the leakage current to ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Lu Chu, Dong Pan
  • Patent number: 10608584
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for speeding up the start-up process of a crystal oscillator. The energy required for starting oscillations is inserted to the crystal by a stimulus in the form of a time-variant voltage or current pattern, either periodic or aperiodic. The stimulus is stopped after a pre-established period, then the oscillator continues to operate in its normal mode and completes the start-up process significantly faster, compared to a start-up process not comprising the above stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: PLSense Ltd.
    Inventors: Shraga Kraus, Neil Feldman
  • Patent number: 10594325
    Abstract: Techniques are described for fast wakeup of a crystal oscillator circuit. Embodiments operate in context of a crystal oscillator coupled with a phase-locked loop (PLL). For example, prior to entering sleep mode, embodiments retain a previously obtained coarse code used to coarse-tune a voltage controlled oscillator of the PLL. On wakeup, the PLL is configured in a chirp mode, in which the retained coarse code and a sweep voltage are used to generate a chirp signal at, or close to, a target stimulating frequency for the crystal oscillator. The chirp signal can be used to inject energy into the crystal oscillator, thereby causing the crystal oscillator to move from sleep mode to steady state oscillation relatively quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mohamed Aboudina, Ahmed Emira, Faisal Hussien
  • Patent number: 10581378
    Abstract: A fast start-up oscillator circuit to reduce a start-up time of a crystal oscillator is presented. The circuit contains a crystal resonator to output a first oscillation signal and a tunable RC oscillator to output a second oscillation signal. A driver is coupled between the tunable RC oscillator and the crystal resonator The driver transfers the second oscillation signal output from the tunable RC oscillator to the crystal resonator. The driver drives the crystal resonator, and a feedback circuit connected between the crystal resonator and the tunable RC oscillator to align a phase of the tunable RC oscillator with a phase of the crystal resonator based on the oscillation signal output by the crystal resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor B.V.
    Inventor: Bram Verhoef
  • Patent number: 10574245
    Abstract: A digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) may include a transformer, which may contain a secondary winding comprising a first port, a second port, and an array of capacitor units, wherein each capacitor unit includes a first NFET having a gate and a back gate connected to a control signal, and a drain connected to the first port; a second NFET having a gate connected to ground, a back gate connected to the control signal, and a drain connected to the source of the first NFET; and a third NFET having a gate and a back gate connected to the control signal, a drain connected to the source of the second NFET, and a source connected to the second port. The capacitor units may allow fine tuning of the DCO output frequency with a resolution of about 0.3 MHz and a range of about 80 MHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventor: Chi Zhang
  • Patent number: 10571946
    Abstract: Provided is a constant voltage output circuit having an output terminal and configured to supply power to a crystal oscillator circuit connected to the output terminal, the constant voltage output circuit, having: a bias current control circuit subjected to negative feedback control by an output voltage which is supplied from the output terminal. As a result, variation in the constant voltage output caused by variation in current from a constant current source is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ABLIC INC.
    Inventor: Minoru Sano
  • Patent number: 10566979
    Abstract: An oscillator includes an oscillation source, multiple temperature control elements, and a controller adapted to perform control to suppress an increase in current consumed in one or more of the temperature control elements during at least part of a period from when operation of the oscillation source initiates to when the oscillation source reaches a specified temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kensaku Isohata, Takayuki Kikuchi, Takemi Yonezawa
  • Patent number: 10536112
    Abstract: An oscillator includes a container, a first heater disposed in a first area of the container, a second heater disposed in a second area of the container that is different from the first area, a vibrator disposed between the first area and the second area when viewed in the direction perpendicular to a surface on which the first heater is disposed, and a layer that is disposed between the vibrator and the container with at least part of the layer overlapping with the first heater, the second heater, and the vibrator when viewed in the direction perpendicular to the surface on which the first heater is disposed, and the thermal conductivity of the layer is higher than the thermal conductivity of the first and second areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Manabu Kondo
  • Patent number: 10503313
    Abstract: Components associated with receiving user touch input, receiving user force input, and providing haptic output interface are integrated into a unified input/output interface that includes a transducer substrate formed with a monolithic or multi-layer body having a number of electrodes disposed on surfaces thereof. Electrodes are selected by a controller to provide touch input sensing, force input sensing, and haptic output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Supratik Datta, Christiaan A. Ligtenberg, Karan S. Jain, Asif Hussain
  • Patent number: 10483984
    Abstract: A temperature compensated oscillation controller includes a temperature compensation circuit configured to provide a reference voltage through a first terminal and to receive an input voltage including temperature information through a second terminal, and an oscillation circuit configured to be connected to an external crystal resonator through third and fourth terminals and to output a clock signal in response to an oscillation signal from the external crystal resonator. The temperature compensation circuit is configured to perform a voltage controlled oscillator-based sensing operation to convert the input voltage into a temperature code and to adjust a frequency of the clock signal using the temperature code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sangdon Jung, Dokyung Lim, Wooseok Kim
  • Patent number: 10476493
    Abstract: A buffer circuit includes a first MOSFET including a first source electrode, a first gate electrode, and a first drain electrode, and a second MOSFET, which includes a second source electrode, a second gate electrode, and a second drain electrode, and is same in polarity as the first MOSFET, and the first gate electrode and the second gate electrode are electrically connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kenji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10476472
    Abstract: A quartz crystal device includes a quartz-crystal vibrating piece, a container, and a pedestal. The container houses the quartz-crystal vibrating piece. The pedestal is located between the quartz-crystal vibrating piece and the container for connecting and fixing the quartz-crystal vibrating piece to the container. The pedestal is configured with a crystal. The pedestal is fixed to the container at three places of a first fixation point, a second fixation point, and a third fixation point in a plan view. The first fixation point, the second fixation point, and the third fixation point are configured so as to become positions where an inner center, an outer center, or a gravity center of a triangle formed by connection of the first, second and third fixation points and a gravity center of the pedestal match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: NIHON DEMPA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Oi
  • Patent number: 10476508
    Abstract: An oscillator includes a first package, an oscillation element housed in the first package, a first temperature controller housed in the first package, a second package adapted to house the first package, and a second temperature controller disposed outside the first package, and housed in the second package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Manabu Kondo