Atmel Patent Grants

Reference voltage circuits in microcontroller systems

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9658682
A microcontroller system includes a higher power reference voltage circuit and a lower power reference voltage circuit configured to draw less power than the higher power reference voltage circuit when enabled. The system includes a power state logic controller configured to enable the lower power reference voltage circuit to provide a first regulated voltage during a power saving mode, and, on exiting the power saving mode, enable the higher power reference voltage circuit to provide a…

Locating a backscatter-based transponder

Granted: May 23, 2017
Patent Number: 9661401
A method and apparatus for locating a transponder is provided. A carrier signal is transmitted by a base station and a transponder transmits a locating signal that is generated through phase modulation and backscattering of the carrier signal sent by the base station when the transponder is within a transmission range of the base station, whereby the transponder is located on the basis of the locating signal.

Proximity detection

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9651355
In certain embodiments, a proximity sensor includes a sensing element, an oscillator connected to the sensing element, and control circuitry connected to the oscillator. The sensing element has a capacitance to ground that is variable as a function of the proximity of an object to the sensing element. The oscillator includes a capacitor. The control circuitry is configured to supply an excitation to the oscillator and a charge to the sensing element, and to measure the resonant frequency…

Single wire communications using predictive host sampling window

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9652431
Systems and techniques for single-wire communications are described. A described system includes a host device, and a slave device coupled with the host device via a single-wire bus. The host device can be configured to transmit synchronization information based on transitions over the single-wire bus. The slave device can be configured to detect the transitions on the single-wire bus, determine timing information of the host device based on a first transition of the transitions and a…

System for debugging DMA system data transfer

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9645870
Systems and methods for generating DMA transaction trace records are described. One example system includes a controller that includes a trace module. The trace module receives transfer requests for direct memory access channels, receives timestamps indicative of a transfer request time, generates trace records, wherein each trace record includes a respective timestamp indicative of a transfer request time, generates save commands, and delivers the trace records and the save commands as…

Resistive interpolation for a touch sensor with opaque conductive material

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9647658
In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a substrate. The apparatus further comprises a plurality of drive electrodes disposed on the substrate. Each of the plurality of drive electrodes is formed of an opaque conductive material. The apparatus further comprises a plurality of resistors. For each adjacent pair of drive electrodes of the plurality of drive electrodes, a resistor of the plurality of resistors is coupled between the pair of drive electrodes.

Interdigitated touchscreen electrodes

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9632628
A device includes a plurality of adjacent electrodes for a touch sensitive device. The electrodes run generally in a first direction. Adjacent electrodes are interdigitated to provide one or more interpolation sections of the electrodes. Touch sensitive devices may utilize such interdigitated electrodes as drive electrodes, along with transverse sense electrodes formed over a display.

Touch sensor with reduced anti-touch effects

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9634660
In an embodiment, a system comprises a touch sensor. The touch sensor comprises an insulating substrate and a plurality of electrodes disposed on the insulating substrate. The plurality of electrodes comprises a drive line having a plurality of drive electrodes and a sense line having a plurality of sense electrodes. At least one of the electrodes comprises a first conductive material having a hole portion substantially free of the first conductive material.

Position-sensing panel and related methods

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9626045
An exemplary touch position-sensing panel has first and second electrodes that cross over each other to form touch sensing nodes at their intersections. Cut-outs are formed in the first electrodes at touch sensing nodes. The cut-outs extend at least partially across the region where second electrodes cross over the first electrode.

Microcontroller architecture with access stealing

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9626310
A microcontroller system is disclosed that includes an access stealing monitor coupled to a bus that is configured to receive a first access request from the bus for a first peripheral, duplicate the first access request, transform the first access request to a second access request on a second peripheral, and transfer the second access request to the bus. In another embodiment, a first peripheral coupled to the bus is configured to receive a first access request from the bus for the…

Permitting media contention in the presence of conflicting different wireless operations

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9629150
Unbiased media contention in the presence of conflicting wireless operation of data transmission includes beginning media contention only during Bluetooth® operation; treating the Bluetooth® operation as a rejection of media transmission; holding a backoff timer associated with a backoff period steady for a specified duration; upon immediate completion of the Bluetooth® operation, WiFi contends with a small backoff value when media access is busy; using a small random number for the…

Sense amplifier

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9621112
A sense amplifier measures a state of a memory cell coupled to a sense node. The sense amplifier receives a control signal to enable the sense amplifier. The sense amplifier generates a voltage based on an amplifier current that is based on a sense current flowing through the sense node. The sense amplifier generates a feedback current based on the voltage to compensate variations of the sense current. The sense amplifier receives a reference control signal to enable a reference circuit…

Voltage level shifter

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9621135
A voltage level shifter including a voltage converting unit to convert an input voltage into a current; a voltage level shifting unit to drive a driving voltage based on the current and shift a voltage level of the driving voltage when a modulation voltage is applied at a first voltage level to a floating ground; a circuit driving voltage supply unit to supply a circuit driving voltage and further to generate a shifted voltage level of the circuit driving voltage when the modulation…

Apparatus and technique for modular electronic display control

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9622307
The present invention discloses apparatus and techniques for modular backlighting control of a display. The display includes a number of strings of LEDs. The display is divided into several sections, and each section includes one or more strings of LEDs. A local controller is assigned to each section. The local controller receives feedback signals from the strings of LEDs in its sections and controls the drive voltages and drive currents of those strings. The local controllers…

Single wire system clock signal generation

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9612609
This specification describes an integrated circuit comprising: a single wire interface; a clock circuit configured to detect a voltage from the single wire interface and to generate a clock signal having a frequency that is based on the detected voltage; and a digital system coupled with the single wire interface and the clock circuit. The digital system is configured to: receive a data signal from the single wire interface; power the digital system using a power signal from the single…

Pseudo driven shield

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9612677
In one embodiment, a touch-sensitive device includes a controller, horizontal electrodes, and vertical electrodes. The touch-sensitive device further includes a first plurality of switches that couple the horizontal electrodes to a first plurality of sensors, a second plurality of switches that couple the vertical electrodes to a second plurality of sensors, and a third and fourth plurality of switches that couple the horizontal and vertical electrodes to a shield sensor. The controller…

Peripheral registers with flexible data width

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9612983
A flexible-width peripheral register mapping is disclosed for accessing peripheral registers on a peripheral bus.

Differential interface for inter-device communication in a battery management and protection system

Granted: April 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9614661
A multi-cell battery stack includes a microcontroller and a string of battery management and protection IC devices connected to one another in a daisy chain configuration. Each battery management and protection IC device can include a communication interface circuit includes pairs of differential input signal lines, receivers including respective current comparator circuits to receive differential signals on the differential input signal lines, and transmitters to provide outgoing…

Adaptive transmit voltage in active stylus

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9606641
In one embodiment, an active stylus includes a transmitter configured to transmit electrical signals to a device through a touch sensor of the device. The active stylus also includes a receiver configured to receive electrical signals from the device through the touch sensor of the device. Furthermore, the active stylus includes a controller configured to determine a strength of an electrical signal received by the receiver from the touch sensor of the device and instruct the transmitter…

Integrated touch screen

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608047
In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a display stack for a touch-sensitive screen. The display stack comprises a plurality of layers in which a top layer comprises a substantially transparent cover layer. The display stack is configured to display a color image. The apparatus also includes a touch sensor provided within the display stack. The touch sensor comprises a plurality of first conductive electrodes contacting a layer of a subset of the plurality of layers of the display…