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7732322 Dielectric material with reduced dielectric constant and methods of manufacturing the same  
In a first aspect, a first method of manufacturing a dielectric material with a reduced dielectric constant is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) forming a dielectric material...
7732305 Use of Cl2 and/or HCl during silicon epitaxial film formation  
In a first aspect, a method of forming an epitaxial film on a substrate is provided. The method includes (a) providing a substrate; (b) exposing the substrate to a silicon source and a carbon...
7724747 Methods and apparatus for creating addresses  
In a first aspect, a first method is provided for creating a media access control (MAC) address for a device. The first method includes the steps of (1) obtaining one or more identifiers; (2)...
7720655 Extended mainframe designs for semiconductor device manufacturing equipment  
In a first aspect, a first mainframe is provided for use during semiconductor device manufacturing. The first mainframe includes (1) a sidewall that defines a central transfer region adapted to...
7720558 Methods and apparatus for mapping carrier contents  
In a first aspect, a first method of mapping contents of a substrate carrier is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) coupling a sensor to the substrate carrier or a loadport...
7720557 Methods and apparatus for enhanced operation of substrate carrier handlers  
Systems, tools, and methods are provided in which a first signal is transmitted from a tool to a Fab indicating that all substrates to be processed have been removed from a specific carrier and...
7718011 Apparatus for cleaning and drying substrates  
A method and apparatus for cleaning, rinsing and Marangoni drying substrates is provided. The invention includes spraying a line of fluid to a substrate, thereby creating an air/fluid interface...
7711445 Systems and methods for transferring small lot size substrate carriers between processing tools  
In a first aspect, a method of managing work in progress within a small lot size semiconductor device manufacturing facility is provided. The first method includes providing a small lot size...
7700049 Methods and apparatus for sensing characteristics of the contents of a process abatement reactor  
In certain embodiments, an apparatus is provided for use in removing pollutants from a gas stream. The apparatus includes a thermal reaction unit formed from a plurality of stacked porous ceramic...
7697329 Methods and apparatus for using a configuration array similar to an associated data array  
Methods, apparatus, and systems in accordance with this invention include memories that include a data array and a configuration array adapted to store configuration information for configuring...
7695700 Effluent gas stream treatment system having utility for oxidation treatment of semiconductor manufacturing effluent gases  
An effluent gas stream treatment system for treatment of gaseous effluents such as waste gases from semiconductor manufacturing operations. The effluent gas stream treatment system comprises a...
7688017 Multi-axis vacuum motor assembly  
In at least one aspect, a second multi-axis vacuum motor assembly is provided. The second multi-axis vacuum motor assembly includes (1) a first rotor; (2) a first stator adapted to commutate so as...
7684895 Wafer loading station that automatically retracts from a moving conveyor in response to an unscheduled event  
In a first aspect, a wafer loading station adapted to exchange wafer carriers with a wafer carrier transport system comprises a biasing element adapted to urge the end effector of the wafer...
7682940 Use of Cl2 and/or HCl during silicon epitaxial film formation  
In a first aspect, a first method of forming an epitaxial film on a substrate is provided. The first method includes (a) providing a substrate; (b) exposing the substrate to at least a silicon...
7682920 Method for making a p-i-n diode crystallized adjacent to a silicide in series with a dielectric antifuse  
A method is described for forming a nonvolatile one-time-programmable memory cell having reduced programming voltage. A contiguous p-i-n diode is paired with a dielectric rupture antifuse formed...
7682574 Safety, monitoring and control features for thermal abatement reactor  
The present invention relates to a thermal reactor apparatus used to treat industrial effluent fluids, for example waste effluent produced in semiconductor and liquid crystal display manufacturing...
7682123 Compact apparatus and method for storing and loading semiconductor wafer carriers  
An improved apparatus and method is provided for storing semiconductor wafer carriers, and for loading wafers or wafer carriers to a fabrication tool. The apparatus preferably provides an elevated...
7681986 Methods and apparatus for depositing ink onto substrates  
Embodiments of an ink jet printing system include a motion stage adapted to move a substrate having a display object in a printing direction and a first printing assembly mounted over the motion...
7681095 Methods and apparatus for testing integrated circuits  
In some aspects, an apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a plurality of memory arrays, a latch, and a selection circuit coupled to the plurality of memory arrays and to the latch. The...
7680043 Network processor having fast flow queue disable process  
In a first aspect, a network processor services a plurality of flows including a first flow and a discard flow. The first flow includes a first flow queue and the discard flow includes a discard...
7678420 Method of depositing germanium films  
A chemical vapor deposition method provides a smooth continuous germanium film layer, which is deposited on a metallic substrate at a sufficiently lower temperature to provide a germanium device...
7674337 Gas manifolds for use during epitaxial film formation  
The present invention provides methods, systems, and apparatus for epitaxial film formation that includes an epitaxial chamber adapted to form an epitaxial layer on a substrate; a deposition gas...
7673735 System for transporting substrate carriers  
In a semiconductor fabrication facility, a conveyor transports substrate carriers. The substrate carriers are unloaded from the conveyor and loaded onto the conveyor without stopping the conveyor....
7669095 Methods and apparatus for error injection  
In a first aspect, a first method of injecting one or more errors in data flowing into or out of a chip is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) generating an error injection...
7667999 Method to program a memory cell comprising a carbon nanotube fabric and a steering element  
A method to form a rewriteable nonvolatile memory cell is disclosed, the cell comprising a steering element in series with a carbon nanotube fabric. The steering element is preferably a diode, but...
7660322 Shared adapter  
In a first aspect, a first method is provided for sharing a multiple queue Ethernet adapter. The first method includes the steps of receiving a frame or packet in the adapter and determining...
7659599 Patterned silicon-on-insulator layers and methods for forming the same  
In an aspect, a method is provided for forming a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) layer. The method includes the steps of (1) providing a silicon substrate; (2) selectively implanting the silicon...
7659168 eFuse and methods of manufacturing the same  
In a first aspect, a first apparatus is provided. The first apparatus is an eFuse including (1) a semiconducting layer above an insulating oxide layer of a substrate; (2) a diode formed in the...
7657730 Initialization after a power interruption  
In response to the start of an initialization sequence at a service processor, if power to a main processor was interrupted at a most-recent time that an operating system executed on the main...
7656734 Methods and apparatus for extending the effective thermal operating range of a memory  
Systems, methods, and apparatus are provided for thermal regulation of a non-volatile memory IC. The systems and apparatus may include a thermal sensor on a memory IC; and a heating element...
7648896 Deposited semiconductor structure to minimize n-type dopant diffusion and method of making  
In deposited silicon, n-type dopants such as phosphorus and arsenic tend to seek the surface of the silicon, rising as the layer is deposited. When a second undoped or p-doped silicon layer is...
7644943 Gas spring assembly  
A gas spring assembly that is suitable for use on a vehicle suspension system includes a first end member and a second end member that is spaced from the first end member. A flexible wall is...
7644933 Vehicle suspension system and method  
A suspension system adaptable for cross-flow operation includes a plurality of gas springs, a transfer passage in communication between the gas springs, and a transfer valve for selectively...
7642588 Memory cells with planar FETs and vertical FETs with a region only in upper region of a trench and methods of making and using same  
In a first aspect, a first apparatus is provided. The first apparatus is a memory cell of a substrate that includes (1) a PFET with an orientation approximately planar to a surface of the...
7641182 Rigid jounce bumper and gas spring assembly including same  
A rigid jounce bumper includes a body and at least one support segment projecting axially from an end of the body. The rigid jounce bumper is formed from a substantially non-elastic material such...
7637707 Apparatus for storing and moving a cassette  
A cassette stocker includes a plurality of cassette storage shelves positioned adjacent a cleanroom wall above a cassette docking station, and a cassette mover to carry a cassette between the...
7637587 System and method for reliability testing and troubleshooting inkjet printers  
Systems, methods and apparatus are provided for reliability testing an inkjet printing system. The invention includes a testing interface, a print head coupled to the testing interface, printer...
7637580 Methods and apparatus for a high resolution inkjet fire pulse generator  
The invention provides methods, systems, and drivers for controlling an inkjet printing system. The driver may include logic including a processor, memory coupled to the logic, and a fire pulse...
7634527 Reciprocal estimate computation methods and apparatus  
In a first aspect, a first method of reciprocal estimate computation using floating point pipeline logic is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) receiving an input value having an...
7629247 Method of fabricating a self-aligning damascene memory structure  
A method of forming a three-dimensional, non-volatile memory array utilizing damascene fabrication techniques is disclosed. A bottom set of conductors is formed and a set of first pillar shaped...
7625063 Apparatus and methods for an inkjet head support having an inkjet head capable of independent lateral movement  
In a first aspect, a first apparatus is provided for inkjet printing. The first apparatus includes an inkjet head support that includes a plurality of inkjet heads. A first inkjet head of the...
7623450 Methods and apparatus for improving security while transmitting a data packet  
In a first aspect, a first method of transmitting a data packet is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) for each connection from which a data packet may be transmitted, storing...
7621538 Air spring assembly with localized signal processing, system and method utilizing same, as well as operating module therefor  
An operating module for localized signal processing at a corner of a vehicle includes a housing, a valve assembly or a sensor, and a signal processing device. The operating module can be used in...
7615828 CMOS devices adapted to prevent latchup and methods of manufacturing the same  
In a first aspect, a first apparatus is provided. The first apparatus is a semiconductor device on a substrate that includes (1) a first metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET);...
7615502 Laser anneal of vertically oriented semiconductor structures while maintaining a dopant profile  
A method to laser anneal a silicon stack (or a silicon-rich alloy) including a heavily doped region buried beneath an undoped or lightly doped region is disclosed. By F selecting laser energy at a...
7614630 Mounting bracket assembly and supplemental suspension system  
A mounting bracket assembly capable of operatively engaging an associated jounce tongue of an associated vehicle suspension and supporting a supplemental air spring assembly in spaced relation to...
7614615 Directional stabilizer ring and fluid spring assembly including same  
A directional stabilizer ring includes a first or mounting surface and a second or biasing surface that faces away from the first surface and extends at an included angle relative thereto. The...
7613870 Efficient memory usage in systems including volatile and high-density memories  
A first method for efficient memory usage includes (1) determining whether data retrieved from a first storage device is characterized as data that is primarily read; and (2) if data retrieved...
7611319 Methods and apparatus for identifying small lot size substrate carriers  
In at least one aspect, a system is provided that includes (1) a substrate carrier having first docking features; and (2) a loadport having second docking features. The second docking features are...
7611318 Overhead transfer flange and support for suspending a substrate carrier  
In a first aspect, a first apparatus is provided for use in supporting a substrate carrier. The first apparatus includes an overhead transfer flange adapted to couple to a substrate carrier body...


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