Applied Micro Circuits Patent Grants

High frequency voltage supply monitor

Granted: February 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9568511
Various aspects provide a high frequency voltage supply monitor capable of monitoring high frequency variations of the voltage supply inside a microelectronic circuit substantially in real time. The voltage supply monitor can comprise a differential amplifier circuit having a substantially constant gain over a wide bandwidth, allowing the supply voltage variations to be amplified according to a known gain under a wide range of conditions. The amplified signal can then be sent to an…

System boot with external media

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9558012
Various aspects of the present disclosure provide for a system that is able to boot from a variety of media that can be connected to the system, including SPI NOR and SPI NAND memory, universal serial bus (“USB”) devices, and devices attached via PCIe and Ethernet interfaces. When the system is powered on, the system processor is held in a reset mode, while a microcontroller in the system identifies an external device to be booted, and then copies a portion of boot code from the…

Retrieval hash index

Granted: January 31, 2017
Patent Number: 9558123
Systems and methods are provided that facilitate retrieval of a hash index in an electronic device. The system contains an addressing component that generates a hash index as a function of an exclusive-or identity. The addressing component can retrieve the hash index as a function of a tag value. Accordingly, required storage area can be reduced and electronic devices can be more efficient.

DC offset calibration of ADC with alternate comparators

Granted: November 15, 2016
Patent Number: 9496884
System and method of calibrating the DC offsets of alternate comparators in an ADC in the background based on the digital outputs of the ADC. In parallel with A/D conversion of a plurality of samples, the calibration logic uses two counters to count the occurrences of the ADC outputs that represent samples falling in a first analog range and a second analog range, respectively. The two ranges are symmetric about the MSB reference voltage and in combination cover the nominal voltage range…

Calibration and tracking of receiver

Granted: November 1, 2016
Patent Number: 9485039
Techniques for calibrating interleaved analog-to-digital converter (ADC) arrays are presented. A transceiver comprises an ADC component comprising an array of interleaved sub-ADCs, and an auxiliary path associated with an auxiliary sub-ADC used to facilitate calibrating a sampling array by comparing the auxiliary path signal to signals of the sub-ADCs in the array. A calibration component employs a phase-interpolator and analog delay lines to adjust the auxiliary sub-ADC to enable the…

Product coded modulation scheme based on leech lattice and binary and nonbinary codes

Granted: October 11, 2016
Patent Number: 9467177
A transceiver architecture contains an encoder and a decoder for communicating high speed transmissions. The encoder modulates signal data based on an FEC code that has a symbol size that is not matched to a symbol size of a hexacode. Any code where the symbol size is less than the sample size for coding can be serially concatenated. During decoding the multilevel decoding leech lattice and FEC decoder iteratively passes their outputs back and forth to each other until the encoded bits…

High efficiency half-cross-coupled decoupling capacitor

Granted: September 6, 2016
Patent Number: 9438225
A decoupling capacitor circuit design facilitates high operational frequency without sacrificing area efficiency. In order to disassociate the sometimes opposing design criteria of high operational frequency and area efficiency, a p-channel field effect transistor (PFET) and an n-channel field effect transistor are connected in a half-cross-coupled (HCC) fashion. The HCC circuit is then supplemented by at least one area efficient capacitance (AEC) device. The half-cross-coupled…

System and method for SATA virtualization and domain protection

Granted: August 23, 2016
Patent Number: 9424205
A hardware SATA virtualization system without the need for backend and frontend drivers and native device drivers is disclosed. A lightweight SATA virtualization handler can run on a specialized co-processor and manage requests enqueued by individual guest devices or virtual machines (VMs). The lightweight SATA virtualization handler can also perform the scheduling or queuing of the requests based on performance optimizations to reduce seek time as well as based on the priority of the…

Debugging processor hang situations using an external pin

Granted: August 23, 2016
Patent Number: 9424165
Various aspects provide forced halt functionality for a processor to facilitate troubleshooting of processor hang situations. In the event that the processor initiates a transaction that does not receive a completion acknowledgement, a forced halt sequence can be initiated, which causes the processor to abort all pending transactions and transition to a debug state so that the internal state of the processor can be viewed. In addition, the processor can maintain a record of the processor…

Split loop timing recovery

Granted: July 19, 2016
Patent Number: 9397822
Various embodiments provide systems and methods for performing clock recovery on a received signal using a split loop architecture. A split loop timing recovery apparatus is provided comprising a first path configured for performing frequency offset tracking on a signal by adjusting a receiver clock frequency to match a remote transmitter frequency associated with the signal and a second path configured for tracking random jitter on the signal.

Clock phase adaptation for precursor ISI reduction

Granted: July 19, 2016
Patent Number: 9397867
Systems and methods of mitigating precursor ISIs for communication channels having time-variant precursor channel responses using digital circuit designs. A phase adaptation circuit is utilized in a receiver and configured to generate a phase control signal responsive to an input signal and based on the current precursor channel response. The phase control signal controls the phase shift of a recovered clock to a position where the precursor ISI at h(?1) is minimized. The phase control…

Generating a pulse clock signal based on a first clock signal and a second clock signal

Granted: July 5, 2016
Patent Number: 9385696
Various aspects provide for generating a clock signal for a hold latch. A latch pulse generator generates a pulse clock signal based on a first clock signal associated with a first flip-flop component and a second clock signal associated with a second flip-flop component. A hold latch component receives the pulse clock signal generated by the latch pulse generator and generates a data signal that is transmitted to the second flip-flop component.

Generating a timeout signal based on a clock counter associated with a data request

Granted: June 21, 2016
Patent Number: 9372500
Various aspects provide for generating a timeout signal based on a clock counter associated with a data request. An interface component is configured for receiving a data request from a master device and forwarding the data request to a slave device. A timeout component is configured for maintaining a clock counter associated with the data request and generating a timeout signal in response to a determination that a threshold level associated with the clock counter is reached before…

Address index recovery using hash-based exclusive or

Granted: June 14, 2016
Patent Number: 9367454
Systems and methods are provided that facilitate retrieval of a hash index in an electronic device. The system contains an addressing component that generates a hash index as a function of an exclusive-or identity. The addressing component can retrieve the hash index as a function of a tag value. Accordingly, required storage area can be reduced and electronic devices can be more efficient.

Method and apparatus for gapping

Granted: June 14, 2016
Patent Number: 9369135
Systems and methods for generating gapped signals comprising a Delta Sigma Modulator (DSM) configured to generate gapping control signals used to control gap removal rates of an associated gapping unit. The DSM is configured to generate a gapping control signal based on a value of an overflow resulted from performing adding a first number with a remainder of a stored value modulo a second number. The gap removal rates as well as the gap removal resolutions can be adjusted by selecting…

Discrete time compensation mechanisms

Granted: May 17, 2016
Patent Number: 9344209
Discrete time compensation mechanisms include a channel component configured for determining which channel of a plurality of channels to process time slots of sampled data that are time stamped in a discrete time and processing the time slots of the sampled data to the plurality of channels. A common channel clock component is configured for time stamping the time slots of the sampled data in the discrete time domain that is faster than a non-discrete reference time stamp of continuous…

System and method for pre-fetching data based on a FIFO queue of packet messages reaching a first capacity threshold

Granted: May 10, 2016
Patent Number: 9336162
A method is provided for pre-fetching packet data prior to processing. The method accepts a plurality of packets and writes each packet into a memory. A message is derived for each packet, where each message includes a packet descriptor with a pointer to an address of the packet in the memory. Each message is added to a tail of a first-in first-out (FIFO) queue. A pre-fetch module examines a first message, if the first message reaches a first capacity threshold of the FIFO queue. If the…

Scheduling memory banks based on memory access patterns

Granted: May 10, 2016
Patent Number: 9336164
Systems and methods are provided that facilitate memory storage in a multi-bank memory device. The system contains a memory controller and a memory array communicatively coupled to the memory controller. The memory controller sends commands to the memory array and the memory array updates or retrieves data contained therein based upon the command. If the memory controller detects a pattern of memory requests, the memory controller can issue a preemptive activation request to the memory…

Defect propagation of multiple signals of various rates when mapped into a combined signal

Granted: May 10, 2016
Patent Number: 9337959
Systems and methods for detecting defect propagation in a networked environment comprising a defect detection component to detect defects in an aggregate signal and/or in individual signals; and a replacement signal component to generate a maintenance signal to replace defective signals detected by the defect detection component. The maintenance signal can be a uniform signal type regardless of a type associated with a defective signal. The maintenance signal can replace a defective…

Programmable gain amplifier with controlled gain steps

Granted: April 26, 2016
Patent Number: 9325287
Provided is a programmable gain amplifier that includes controlled gain steps that dynamically control an output voltage in real-time. The programmable gain amplifier includes a first transistor and a second transistor that includes respective control ports, input ports, and output ports. The programmable gain amplifier also includes a resistor connected to the output ports of the transistors. Further, at least a third transistor is connected to the output ports, in parallel with the…