Fairchild Semiconductor Patent Grants

Thin semiconductor device packages

Granted: June 20, 2017
Patent Number: 9685398
In a general aspect, a packaged semiconductor device can include a semiconductor die having at least a first terminal on a first side of the semiconductor die and a second terminal on a second side of the semiconductor die. The device can include a leadframe portion electrically coupled to the first terminal of the semiconductor die and a clip portion electrically coupled to the second terminal of the semiconductor die. The device can include a molding compound. A surface of the…

Silicon carbide (SiC) device with improved gate dielectric shielding

Granted: June 20, 2017
Patent Number: 9685550
In one general aspect, an apparatus can include a silicon carbide (SiC) device can include a gate dielectric, a first doped region having a first conductivity type, a body region of the first conductivity type, and a second doped region having a second conductivity type. The second doped region has a first portion disposed between the first doped region and the body region, and the second doped region has a second portion disposed between the first doped region and the gate dielectric.

Junction-less insulated gate current limiter device

Granted: June 13, 2017
Patent Number: 9679890
In one general aspect, an apparatus can include a semiconductor substrate, and a trench defined within the semiconductor substrate and having a depth aligned along a vertical axis, a length aligned along a longitudinal axis, and a width aligned along a horizontal axis. The apparatus includes a dielectric disposed within the trench, and an electrode disposed within the dielectric and insulated from the semiconductor substrate by the dielectric. The semiconductor substrate can have a…

Low drop out supply asymmetric dynamic biasing

Granted: June 6, 2017
Patent Number: 9671803
Methods and apparatus for a dynamic bias generator are provided. In an example, a dynamic bias generator for a voltage regulator can include a slope generator and a peak detector coupled to the slope generator. In certain examples, the slope generator and the peak detector can receive a representation of output current of the voltage regulator and can adjust a bias control voltage at an output of the peak detector in response to a change in the output current of the voltage regulator.

Apparatus and methods of charging to safe cell voltage

Granted: June 6, 2017
Patent Number: 9673655
This document discusses, among other things, a charge regulator configured to optimize charging of an energy storage device by measuring an internal voltage drop of the energy storage device using an open circuit voltage (OCV) across the terminals of the energy storage device during charging and a voltage across the terminals of the energy storage device during charging (CCV).

Full bridge DC/DC converter control techniques

Granted: June 6, 2017
Patent Number: 9673712
The present disclosure describes full bridge power supply systems and control methods. In at least one embodiment, the full bridge power supply system may be driven utilizing a two-phase continuous conduction switching mode to control the inductor current. In another embodiment, the full bridge power supply system may be driven utilizing variably-configured three-phase continuous conduction modes to control the inductor current when an input voltage is within a window value to the output…

Audio accessory communication with active noise cancellation

Granted: June 6, 2017
Patent Number: 9674598
This document discusses, among other things, an advanced slave circuit and method configured to transfer power from a master device to a battery through an advanced slave circuit in a first mode using a load switch in a first state, to isolate the battery from the master device using the load switch in a second state, and to selectively couple a microphone to the master device using the advanced slave circuit in a second mode using a microphone switch.

Power supply with line compensation circuit

Granted: May 30, 2017
Patent Number: 9667156
A line compensation circuit for a power supply includes a line voltage sense circuit and a current limit adjuster. The line voltage sense circuit senses a slope of an inductor current by way of a compensation capacitor that receives a sense voltage that is representative of the inductor current on a primary side of the power supply. A compensation current that is generated from the compensation capacitor is used by the current limit adjuster to adjust an output current limit of the power…

Window reference trimming for accessory detection

Granted: May 16, 2017
Patent Number: 9654089
This document discusses, among other things, a detection circuit configured to receive an output of a window comparator over a range of input values and to measure a difference between first and second thresholds of the window comparator, and a trim circuit configured to adjust at least one of the first or second thresholds using the measured difference between the first and second thresholds.

Apparatus and methods for PLL-based gyroscope gain control, quadrature cancellation and demodulation

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9644963
This application discusses simplified interface circuits for a gyroscope. In an example, an interface can include an automatic gain control (AGC) circuit configured to couple to driver for a proof mass of a gyroscope sensor and to drive the proof-mass to oscillate at a predefined oscillation amplitude, and a phase-locked loop (PLL) configured to receive sensed oscillation information from the proof-mass and to provide at least a first phase signal synchronized with a sinusoidal waveform…

Dual-mode voltage doubling buck converter with smooth mode transition

Granted: May 9, 2017
Patent Number: 9647546
Devices and methods provide a voltage regulating device including voltage supply circuitry configured to receive a first voltage, generate at least a second voltage based on the first voltage, and output an output voltage, the output voltage being one of the first voltage and the second voltage based on a voltage selection signal; regulator circuitry configured to switch between the output voltage and a reference potential based on a control signal; and control circuitry configured to…

Enable and disable comparator voltage reference

Granted: April 25, 2017
Patent Number: 9635453
This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods to reduce power use of an accessory detection device. The accessory detection device can be configured to be coupled to a mobile device having an audio jack configured to be coupled to a mobile device accessory having a send/end key. In an example, the accessory detection device can include a comparator and a switch. The comparator can be configured to receive mobile device accessory information from the mobile device…

MEMS quadrature cancellation and signal demodulation

Granted: April 18, 2017
Patent Number: 9625272
In certain examples, a quadrature cancellation apparatus can include a drive charge amplifier configured to couple to a proof mass of a MEMS device and to provide oscillation motion information, a first sense charge amplifier configured to couple to the proof mass and to provide first sense information of a first movement of the MEMS device, a first programmable amplifier configured to receive the oscillation motion information and provide amplified oscillation motion information, a…

MEMS device automatic-gain control loop for mechanical amplitude drive

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9618361
This document discusses, among other things, apparatus and methods for digital automatic gain control for driving a MEMS device, such as a proof mass. In an example, an apparatus can include a driver configured to oscillate a proof mass of a MEMS device, a charge-to-voltage (C2V) converter configured to provide oscillation information of the proof mass, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) configured to provide a digital representation of the oscillation information, and a digital,…

Adaptive response time acceleration

Granted: April 11, 2017
Patent Number: 9618920
This document discusses among other things, methods and apparatus to conserve energy when providing proximity information. An example apparatus can include an energy emitter configured to emit a first pulse of energy, an energy sensor configured to receive reflected energy from the first pulse of energy, a control circuit including a processor, the processor configured to provide first proximity information of the apparatus with respect to an object using the reflected energy. The…

Schottky-barrier device and related semiconductor product

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9608056
In one general aspect, a power rectifier device can include a drift layer including silicon carbide of n-type conductivity, and a Schottky electrode disposed on the drift layer where the Schottky electrode and a surface of the drift layer can provide a Schottky contact. The power rectifier device can also include an array of p-type regions disposed underneath the Schottky electrode.

Audio jack insertion/removal fault detection

Granted: March 28, 2017
Patent Number: 9609447
This document discusses, among other things, circuits and methods for providing an indication of an impedance between a detecting pin and a first signal pin of an audio socket using first and second comparators to, among other things, determine if moisture is present in the audio socket. If moisture is present in the audio socket, communication between an audio processing unit and the audio socket can be disabled.

MEMS proof mass with split Z-axis portions

Granted: March 21, 2017
Patent Number: 9599472
This document discusses among other things apparatus and methods for a proof mass including split z-axis portions. An example proof mass can include a center portion configured to anchor the proof-mass to an adjacent layer, a first z-axis portion configure to rotate about a first axis using a first hinge, the first axis parallel to an x-y plane orthogonal to a z-axis, a second z-axis portion configure to rotate about a second axis using a second hinge, the second axis parallel to the x-y…

Superjunction structures for power devices

Granted: March 14, 2017
Patent Number: 9595596
In one general aspect, a power device can include an active region having a plurality of pillars of a first conductivity type alternately arranged with a plurality of pillars of a second conductivity type. The power device can include a termination region surrounding at least a portion of the active region and can have a plurality of pillars of the first conductivity type alternately arranged with a plurality of pillars of the second conductivity type. Each of the plurality of pillars of…

Multi-die MEMS package

Granted: March 7, 2017
Patent Number: 9586813
This document refers to multi-die micromechanical system (MEMS) packages. In an example, a multi-die MEMS package can include a controller integrated circuit (IC) configured to couple to a circuit board, a MEMS IC mounted to a first side of the controller IC, a through silicon via extending through the controller IC between the first side and a second side of the controller IC, the second side opposite the first side, and wherein the MEMS IC is coupled to the through silicon via.