Fairchild Semiconductor Patent Grants

Apparatus and method for detecting insertion anomaly of an audio jack

Granted: October 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9794708
Apparatus and methods for detecting audio jack connection anomalies such as moisture or a partial insertion of an audio jack plug with an audio jack receptacle are provided. In an example, a method for detecting an audio jack insertion anomaly can include ramping on a first detection current source of a detection circuit coupled to a detection terminal of a first audio jack connector, receiving a reference information at a comparator of the detection circuit, receiving a voltage of the…

Magnetic sensor utilizing magnetization reset for sense axis selection

Granted: October 17, 2017
Patent Number: 9791523
This document discusses, among other things, a first magnetic sensor configured to sense first and second components of a magnetic field in respective, orthogonal directions, using first, second, third, and fourth sense elements, each on an angled surface sloped with respect to a surface, each including respective first, second, third, and fourth longitudinal axes, each parallel to each other. Further, a second magnetic sensor on the same surface can sense second and third components of…

Differential thermistor circuit

Granted: September 26, 2017
Patent Number: 9772233
This document discusses, among other things, an apparatus and method for providing temperature information. In an example, an integrated circuit apparatus can include a first resistor configured to be coupled to a first terminal of a temperature-sensitive resistance, a second resistor configured to be coupled to a second terminal of the temperature-sensitive resistance, and a temperature information circuit configured to receive a first voltage from the first terminal of the…

Edge rate control gate driver for switching power converters

Granted: September 26, 2017
Patent Number: 9774240
This document discusses, among other things, apparatus and methods for an edge rate driver for a power converter switch. In an example, the driver can include an input node configured to receive a pulse width modulated signal, a first switch configured to couple a control node of the power converter switch to a supply voltage during a first state, a second switch configured to couple the control node of the power converter switch to a reference voltage during a second state, and a first…

Impedance detection circuit, method, and integrated circuit

Granted: September 26, 2017
Patent Number: 9774954
This document discusses, among other things, an impedance detection circuit, method, and integrated circuit, comprising a ramp-up current generation circuit and an impedance determining circuit, wherein the ramp-up current generation circuit is configured to input a ramp-up current including n breaks to a port of a device where the ramp-up current generation circuit is disposed, to which port an external device is connected, and wherein the impedance determining circuit is configured to…

Voltage comparator circuit and method

Granted: September 19, 2017
Patent Number: 9768761
This document discusses, among other things, a voltage comparator, an integrated circuit, or a voltage comparison method having increased precision. The hysteresis comparator or the integrated circuit can include first and second input transistors, each having a gate configured to receive a respective first or second input voltage. A bias power source can generate a bias current to a first node by applying a voltage through a first resistor. The first node can be connected to a source of…

Apparatus and method for detecting insertion anomaly of an audio jack

Granted: September 19, 2017
Patent Number: 9769579
Apparatus and methods for detecting audio jack connection anomalies such as moisture or a partial insertion of an audio jack plug with an audio jack receptacle are provided. In an example, a method for detecting an audio jack insertion anomaly can include ramping on a first detection current source of a detection circuit coupled to a detection terminal of a first audio jack connector, receiving a reference information at a comparator of the detection circuit, receiving a voltage of the…

Temperature and power supply calibration

Granted: September 12, 2017
Patent Number: 9759564
This document discusses, among other things, a temperature and power supply calibration system configured to compensate for temperature and supply voltage variation in MEMS or other circuits using representations of positive and negative supply voltages and first and second base-emitter voltages, wherein the second base-emitter voltage is a scaled representation of the first base-emitter voltage.

Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) monitor

Granted: September 12, 2017
Patent Number: 9762049
This document discusses, among other things, a self-test (ST) ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) monitor configured to generate a simulated ground fault starting in a first half-cycle of a first cycle of AC power and extending into a second half-cycle of the first cycle of AC power, wherein the first half-cycle of the first cycle of AC power precedes the second half-cycle of the first cycle of AC power. Further, the ST GFCI monitor can detect a response to the simulated ground…

Ignition control circuit with short circuit protection

Granted: August 29, 2017
Patent Number: 9745947
In a general aspect, an apparatus can include an insulated-gate bipolar transistor device (IGBT), a gate driver circuit (driver) coupled with a gate terminal of the IGBT and a low-resistance switch device coupled between an emitter terminal of the IGBT and an electrical ground terminal, the low-resistance switch device being coupled with the electrical ground terminal via a resistor. The apparatus can also include a current sensing circuit coupled with the driver and a current sense…

Trench-based power semiconductor devices with increased breakdown voltage characteristics

Granted: August 29, 2017
Patent Number: 9748329
Exemplary power semiconductor devices with features providing increased breakdown voltage and other benefits are disclosed.

Avalanche-rugged silicon carbide (SiC) power Schottky rectifier

Granted: August 22, 2017
Patent Number: 9741873
In at least one general aspect, a SiC device can include a drift region of a first conductivity type, a shielding body, and a Schottky region. The SiC device can include a rim having a second conductivity type at least partially surrounding the shielding body and the Schottky region. The SiC device can include a termination region at least partially surrounding the rim and having a doping of the second conductivity type. The termination region can have a transition zone disposed between…

Isolation between semiconductor components

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9735112
In some general aspects, an apparatus may include a first semiconductor die, a second semiconductor die, and a capacitive isolation circuit being coupled to the first semiconductor die and the second semiconductor die. The capacitive isolation circuit may be disposed outside of the first semiconductor die and the second semiconductor die. The first semiconductor die, the second semiconductor die, and the capacitive circuit may be included in a molding of a semiconductor package.

Fast and stable ultra low drop-out (LDO) voltage clamp device

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9735147
In one general aspect, an apparatus can include a junction-less, gate-controlled voltage clamp device having a gate terminal coupled to a voltage reference device.

Load balancing in discrete devices

Granted: August 15, 2017
Patent Number: 9735768
In a general aspect, an apparatus can include a temperature measurement circuit configured to produce a first signal indicating a first operating temperature of a first semiconductor device and a temperature comparison circuit operationally coupled with the temperature measurement circuit. The temperature comparison circuit can be configured to compare the first signal with a second signal indicating a second operating temperature of at least a second semiconductor device and produce a…

Protection of a speaker using temperature calibration

Granted: August 8, 2017
Patent Number: 9729986
In one general aspect, a method can include calculating, at a calibration temperature of a speaker, a calibration parameter through a coil of the speaker in response to a first test signal, and can include sending a second test signal through the coil of the speaker. The method can also include measuring a parameter through the coil of the speaker based on the second test signal, and calculating a temperature change of the coil of the speaker based on the parameter and based on the…

Two-terminal current limiter and apparatus thereof

Granted: July 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9696736
In one general aspect, an apparatus can include a load terminal, and a power source terminal. The apparatus can include a current limiter coupled to the load terminal and coupled to the power terminal. The current limiter can be configured to limit a current from the power source terminal to the load terminal using an electric field activated in response to a difference in voltage between the power source terminal and the load terminal.

Wireless module with active devices

Granted: July 4, 2017
Patent Number: 9698143
In a general aspect, a wireless multichip module can include a leadframe structure with portions configured to receive at least one flip-chip mounted semiconductor die, including one or more of an integrated circuit, a high side MOSFET and/or a low side MOSFET, which can form a half-bridge circuit that is encapsulated in a molding compound. The module can be assembled without any bond wires (e.g., be wireless). The module may include carry passive components including an external input…

Integrated power stage device with offset monitor current for sensing a switch node output current

Granted: June 27, 2017
Patent Number: 9692304
An integrated power stage device includes a switch node that is coupled to an output inductor. The integrated power stage device generates a monitor current that is a scaled version of the current through the output inductor. The integrated power stage device outputs a single-ended offset monitor current that is equal to the monitor current plus a DC offset current. A PWM controller senses the current through the output inductor by receiving a monitor voltage that is developed from the…

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…